Wednesday, August 31, 2005

HOW TO IDENTIFY MISINFORMATION

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Cartoon by Elaine Meinel Supkis

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This is not a joke (hahahaha) but real. The State Department has issued a warning for us about people lying about things like...9/11 or the reasons for us invading Iraq or the anthrax attacker who only attacked people Bush wanted to terrorize or people wondering how many minutes (more than twenty) Bush sat reading "My Pet Goat" and other "misinformation and urban legends."

From the State Department:
Consider the source
Oh my god, I am really going to die laughing!
Certain websites, publications, and individuals are known for spreading false stories, including:

&spades Aljazeera.com, a deceptive, look-alike website that has sought to fool people into thinking it is run by the Qatari satellite television station Al Jazeera
Yeah, like as if we want the REAL Aljazeera broadcasting--- in between murdering their reporters and photographers and deliberately targetting them and then lying about it all...can't trust them to report stuff, yeah. Gods. Of course, they were on certain neo-con hit lists, literally. I got all my news during the illegal attack on Iraq from al Jazeera! Now the official station is muzzled by the Americans.
&spades Jihad Unspun, a website run by a Canadian woman who converted to Islam after the September 11 attacks when she became convinced that Osama bin Laden was right.
Another group the Israelis want to shut down somehow. They can't lob bombs at her home in Canada...
&spades Islam Memo (Mafkarat-al-Islam), which spreads a great deal of disinformation about Iraq.
Can't have us reading those pesky Iraqis! That is a no-no. We are supposed to read and believe those many State Department statements about WMD and other do-dads.

(More details on Islam Memo and Jihad Unspun in English and Arabic.)

There are many conspiracy theory websites, which contain a great deal of unreliable information. Examples include:

&spades Rense.com
He started out years ago with mild examinations about Israel's Mossad/anti Palestinian activities and now is totally anti Zionist to a startling degree. He is way out there but is also way out in general. I find a lot of interesting weird stuff at his site. I plow through lots of dross looking for gold all over the place including at the New York Times, for example (heh, everyone is a mess these days!).

&spades Australian “private investigator” Joe Vialls, who died in 2005
Dead investigator alert. Gads, I have personally known more than one...

&spades Conspiracy Planet
Yeah! My buddies! Luv ya all! Keep it up!

&spades Extremist groups, such as splinter communist parties, often publish disinformation. This can be especially difficult to identify if the false allegations are published by front groups. Front groups purport to be independent, non-partisan organizations but actually controlled by political parties or groups. Some examples of front groups are:

&spades The International Action Center, which is a front group for a splinter communist party called the Workers World Party
&spades The Free Arab Voice, a website that serves as a front for Arab communist Muhammad Abu Nasr and his colleagues.
(More details on Muhammad Abu Nasr in English or Arabic.)
I am so pissed off. I am not on this list! I will have to break the bad news to Mad Cow, too, that he is also off the list. And the wonderful people running the Memory Hole!

Who are the stupid slackers in the State Department dissing us? Seriously. I grew up inside the govenment, where the CIA and State Department cross wires! They know me! They have many files on me!

And I didn't make the list. (Hanging head in shame) Rats. I have to try harder. All you must help me make this list!

For a bunch of lying, thieving war mongers, if the truth ever crosses their lips, they get the Golden Scapegoat award and are hounded out of office or run over by stray cars or murdered or something. Certainly, ask Ambassador Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame!

The list also looks like it was drawn up by my old nemisis, Horowitz. I knew him in Berkeley and we used to correspond over at Salon.com for a while until he ended up screaming at me.

Well. I see my efforts have failed yet again.

Of course, this is a State Department site so they have to start in with the rank lies. This sub section really pisses me off on a million levels:
There are many exaggerated fears about depleted uranium because people associate it with weapons-grade uranium or fuel-grade uranium, which are much more dangerous substances. When most people hear the word uranium, a number of strongly held associations spring to mind, including the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, nuclear reactors, radiation illness, cancer, and birth defects.

Depleted uranium is what is left over when natural uranium is enriched to make weapons-grade or fuel-grade uranium. In the process, the uranium loses, or is depleted, of almost half its radioactivity, which is how depleted uranium gets its name. But facts like this are less important in peoples’ minds than the deeply ingrained associations they have with the world “uranium.” For this reason, most people believe that depleted uranium is much more dangerous than it actually is. (More details on depleted uranium in English and Arabic.)

Another highly controversial issue is that of forbidden weapons, such as chemical or biological weapons. The United States is regularly, and falsely, accused of using these weapons. (More details on this in English and Arabic.)
Read carefully this pot pourie of lies. They say there is only half of the uranium so they can poo poo obvious evidence about how this kills and maims? Huh?

Like saying this cup of poison is only half full so it won't kill you?

We have lots of information clearly showing how people who worked with and used these blasted bullets produce deformed babies. And many are suffering health problems, themselves! Like Agent Orange, we knew it was toxic and bad and caused deformities and brain damage and etc since 1972! But getting the State Dept and Pentagon to admit this...nada! Even today, we recently turned down Vietnam's request for us to pay for poisoning them and we pretended there was no case, sort of like the Japanese are doing to their victims of WWII atrocities.

I want to be on that list. Now.
Oh, and about those pesky lies: From CNN
A former top aide to Colin Powell says his involvement in the former secretary of state's presentation to the United Nations on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was "the lowest point" in his life.


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BUSH KILLING FEMA

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Cartoon by Elaine Meinel Supkis

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Via Atrios: Now we get more fun information about Homeland Security (sic). Anyone who remembers 9/11 and didn't pay attention to all the lies and propaganda spewed out on 9/12 onwards knows that literally all those people charged with protecting America were not only asleep at the wheel or goofing off but were promoted or rewarded for this. And all those people who sounded alarms or blew whistles were punished and driven away.

So, we had the stupid "9/11 Decommission Commission" which was supposed to not punish anyone (except for the whistle blowers, natch) but to suggest changes so the incompetent fools running America thanks to red voters, could function half way decently.

So, what did they do?

From the Washington Post:
In the days to come, as the nation and the people along the Gulf Coast work to cope with the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we will be reminded anew, how important it is to have a federal agency capable of dealing with natural catastrophes of this sort. This is an immense human tragedy, one that will work hardship on millions of people. It is beyond the capabilities of state and local government to deal with. It requires a national response.

Which makes it all the more difficult to understand why, at this moment, the country's premier agency for dealing with such events -- FEMA -- is being, in effect, systematically downgraded and all but dismantled by the Department of Homeland Security.

Apparently homeland security now consists almost entirely of protection against terrorist acts. How else to explain why the Federal Emergency Management Agency will no longer be responsible for disaster preparedness? Given our country's long record of natural disasters, how much sense does this make?

What follows is an obituary for what was once considered the preeminent example of a federal agency doing good for the American public in times of trouble, such as the present.

FEMA was born in 1979, the offspring of a number of federal agencies that had been functioning in an independent and uncoordinated manner to protect the country against natural disasters and nuclear holocaust. In its early years FEMA grew and matured, with formal programs being developed to respond to large-scale disasters and with extensive planning for what is called "continuity of government."
OK, now can we impeach Bush? Read on! According to the article, Bush put his ever faithful incompetent drinking buddies in charge of keeping us safe and saving us from danger. Sort of like putting Elmer Fudd in charge of hunting rabbits.

These country club clowns barely interrupt their golf games and reading "My Pet Hurricane" to pay attention to their jobs. Remember the article I talked about concerning DC administrators with "nothing to do"? Including of course bubble boy? They sit and twiddle their dinkies all day, demoralized because no one is paying attention to them? This is why Bush must be impeached for he is their boss who chose them and elevated them and rendered them inoperative!

Well, now the death toll is climbing into the thousands. Not one of them should have died for the vast majority of New Orleans deaths are the very poor, the very elderly, the very young! May god spare us.

Homeland Security is killing FEMA and replaced it with nothing. Or rather, a reproduction of the stupid slack jawed response to 9/11: to sit there, blank stare, the ultimate slacker.

BREAKING NEWS: Bush on TV today to talk about how he is going to have the Army Corp of Engineers that he has slated for severe cuts this year in the upcoming budget....to fix the messes! What a clown.

And a bunch of corrupt corporatists who pushed Bush through two very cheesy "elections" to a hair thin "victory" so they could have huge tax cuts will each give a million dollars to this effort which will cost us over $20 billion, yes, billion to fix up. Each of these executives take home bonuses and goodies to the tune of $20+ million a year. Why not donate a year's worth of bonuses?

Yeah, and pigs will fly on a breezeless day, too.

All this reeks of too little, too late. We knew for four days this hurricane was going to be a great one and a mass killer and paralyzed, the authorities on every level did nearly nothing at all. Even as the storm raged, they patted themselves on the back saying, "We dodged the bullet."

Well, maybe we did. But then we got smacked with the missile.

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ASTRODOME REPLACES SUPER DOME

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Home Sweet Home in Houston for hurricane victims?

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The Govenor or Louisiana just announced they will remove everyone from the city starting with the shelters like the now infamous Super Dome. Living conditions are deteriorating so rapidly, they must remove all 30,000 victims of the hurricane as fast as possible, she said within 48 hours.

The interm plan is to move them to the Astrodome in Texas, of all places. Bush's backyard! This isn't a home or a hotel and it has no hope to hold people for more than a few days since there are no real rooms or beds or whatever people need, privacy, for crying out loud.

What are they going to do? Lock everyone inside? Or let them go where they will? Into Texas? This is going to be a real test, you know. The Govenor said people will not be allowed back for...get this: 16 weeks! This is the optimistic numbers! Namely, around New Years!

Like the other Great Mississippi Flood, it takes months to recover, actually years and years. It isn't an overnight thing like earthquakes where you shovel the rubble into the new foundations and immediately begin rebuilding. This is much messier and the underlying problem remains the basic unihabitability of the entire set-up for New Orleans. It is an illogical city with the same problems of Venice due to global warming only much worse since global warming is creating one massive hurricane after another aiming themselves at this fragile city. This wasn't even a direct hit. If it were, there would have been quadruple or more deaths.

We can't keep 30,000+ people in the Astrodome in Houston forever. During the Great Mississippi Flood, Hoover organized the food and shelter for everyone but for blacks, it became yet another punitive prison where they were put to work doing the dirty work under armed guards on horses with orders to shoot to kill.

But then, Hoover ordered those vets camping outside his house shot, too. Hmmm....Bush and Hoover have a lot in common, don't they? Yikes.

I don't see the Texans allowing all the minority males to run around Houston unattended with no jobs and no hope of jobs. This is going to get nastier and nastier. Displaced populations don't created happy outcomes.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

RIOTS AND INSURRECTIONS

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From Heaven and Hell in Western Art..Traini, 1349

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

While Bush runs around yapping about changing SS and laughing when talking about his utter refusal to stop oil price gouging, Cosmic Rays sends me this information: From ABC News:
Official: Prisoners Riot, Take Hostages in New Orleans
Children Reportedly Among Those Held Captive


Aug. 30, 2005 — Inmates at a prison in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans have rioted, attempted to escape and are now holding hostages, a prison commissioner told ABC News affiliate WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La.

Orleans Parish Prison Commissioner Oliver Thomas reported the incident to WBRZ.
A deputy at Orleans Parish Prison, his wife and their four children have been taken hostage by rioting prisoners after riding out Hurricane Katrina inside the jail building, according to WBRZ.

Officials are expected to hold a press conference regarding the riots at 9 p.m. ET.

A woman interviewed by WBRZ said her son, a deputy at the prison whose family is among the hostages, told her that many of the prisoners have fashioned homemade weapons. Her son had brought his family there hoping they would be safe during the storm.
Reason # 6488 why it is totally demented to send nearly the entire National Guard to Iraq. Gads. And this week was all about more base closings! Emptying out our empire to the furthest corners of the earth and then attacking Cindy Sheehan for suggesting they come home.

LASSIE, COME HOME!

Lord in heaven, what will it take? Bush wants to compare this to WWII?

Well, at the end of WWII, Germany lay in fucking ruins, you moron which is what we will be dwelling in at this pace. In ancient China, if bad things happened via the Gods, the Emperor was sacrificed to placate the deities. We don't do that but in this case, impeaching the idiot who plunged us all into a costly,wasteful war is most appropriate.

I am going to the Peace Pagoda at dawn to pray for the many dead and those who will be beset by Death's cold hands. I really wish I could save them all.

But I am not President of the USA. Nope. Nor are any of my readers.

Sigh.

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AND NOW FOR WORDS FROM THE CHIMP:

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

And now, hold on to your hat and canoe and paddle---the Washington Post talks to our very own bizarre chimpanzee at the golf resort he is swinging from the trees pretending to play golf: Bush babbles:
"In August 1992, after Hurricane Andrew flattened parts of South Florida, President George H.W. Bush swiftly visited the scene. But his gesture seemed hollow to many when it took several days for emergency supplies to arrive. . . ."

Flash forward to last summer, when four hurricanes ripped through Florida.

"The president responded with a massive outpouring of federal aid. The response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency initially was seen as robust and aggressive. Only later would FEMA be criticized for writing taxpayer-backed checks to those with dubious claims of damage."

Jennifer Loven writes for the Associated Press: "President Bush, urging prayer for Gulf Coast communities 'hit hard' Monday by Hurricane Katrina, weighed whether to release oil from petroleum reserves to help refiners, administration officials said. . . .
"Administration officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Bush seemed likely to authorize a loan of some oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. But details remained in flux and no decision was imminent, they said.

"The expected move would be designed to give refineries in the area a temporary supply of crude oil to take the place of interrupted shipments from tankers or offshore oil platforms affected by the storm. It would not be intended to keep a lid on soaring gasoline prices."
OK, the chimp used the usual unnamed semi nude pool party dudes to do the off the record junk. Obviously, this asshole thinks reaming us all out is business as usual. Why do po' white folk vote for this clown? Poverty rates have gone up every year he has swung from the chandeliers. The uninsured have gone up, too. 50% of the people who will be sick or hurt down South this summer can't go to a doctor!
What does Bush have to say about gas prices?

Here's a preview, from his Arizona speech: "I wish I could just snap my fingers and lower the price of gasoline for you. The markets don't work that way. I'd be snapping if I could do it. (Laughter.) But we've got a strategy and a plan to help you."
So, as people can't go to work or can but can't afford to put food on their families as gas soars past $3 a gallon, Bush won't snap his fingers but will...laugh...yes. Mr. Compassion thinks this is funny. All the fixed income people who will freeze to death next winter and the Farmer's Almanac says it will be very cold this winter!---are humor to him.

Florida was special but the WP won't point this out. Bush threw tons of money at the state because he was making a purchase: he got the votes for the election and helped his stupid brother out and we, the tax payers, foot the bill which was given to the Chinese.

Also from the WP:
China is willing to buy more U.S. goods to reduce its trade surplus and is eyeing energy deals despite Congressional opposition to state-run CNOOC's bid for U.S. oil firm Unocal, officials said on Tuesday, days before President Hu Jintao's U.S. visit.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry officials urged the United States to stop selling advanced weapons to China's rival, Taiwan, and not to play politics with its human rights record.

President George W. Bush will host Hu on September 5-8, a visit that caps months of rising trade friction as well as growing cooperation on stopping North Korea's nuclear arms ambitions.

China revalued its currency by 2.1 percent last month, but U.S. lawmakers have said they want more of a revaluation to address a trade deficit with China that is on track to surpass last year's record $162 billion.

"We are willing to import more U.S. goods," He Yafei, director-general of the ministry's Department of North American Affairs, told a news conference.

"We hope the United States will ease curbs on exports to China, especially curbs on high-tech goods," He said. The restrictions were imposed after the Chinese army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests on June 4, 1989.

He described the U.S. trade deficit as "complementary," saying cheap Chinese goods saved American consumers $20 billion each year and rein in U.S. inflation.
Time to learn Mandarin (ahem). They want weapon systems and oil. And we will be forced to sell both to them, won't we, gang? After all, who owns our President?

Ain't us!

Richard Morin writes on washingtonpost.com: "Slightly more than half of the country says President Bush should meet with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed last year in Iraq, who is leading a protest against the war outside Bush's ranch in Crawford, Tex., according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

"The survey found that 52 percent of the public says Bush should talk to Sheehan, who has repeatedly asked for a meeting with the president, while 46 percent said he should not. Fifty-three percent support what she is doing while 42 percent oppose her actions, according to the poll."
I am betting in one year that the only people who will want to meet with Bush will be his lawyers.

Schwarzenegger's poll numbers are lower than his buddy. Isn't this funny.

One last note about our chimp in chief: remember his press pool pool party? They pretended to have fun with this rotted beast. The pretend nondrinker? Well, it seems he wanted everyone but himself to be dressed in suits and ties! Some "pool party!"
In his pool report to colleagues yesterday, The Washington Post's Peter Baker noted the following: "Karl Rove was with POTUS and evidently unimpressed with your pooler's wardrobe, obtained at the all-night Wal-Mart in Waco last night thanks to American Airlines' impeccable talent for losing luggage. 'Wear a tie or at least a coat!' the deputy chief of staff admonished from his van as the pool ran by. No time to ask if he had an extra to spare."
Now, did the reporter spit in Rove's fat face and tell him he is a fat pig? Go to hell? What pool parties have this sort of poop running them?

Eh? What ails these people? If I went to a pool party and was told it was a formal with stiff manners I would think the person is Idi Amin or Baby Doc of Haiti! Or Saddam forcing one into a pool filled with shit which is what Bush does with these dumb cows called "reporters." I better warn Cindy that she doesn't want to hang out with this clown.

He is obviously deranged.

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NO REAL HOMELAND SECURITY

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The great hurricane is past but far from done. As flooding and general mayhem continues, the parts already hit wake up in a daze. There was a similar event back in the 1920s: the Great Flood. The Mississippi overflowed its banks and many people were stranded on high ground without food or water. And the Republican controlled government at first, sat idle....sounds familiar?

From Wikipedia:
The Great Mississippi Flood in 1927 was the most destructive flood in United States history.
In the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 the Mississippi River broke out of its levee system in 145 places and flooded 27,000 square miles or about 16,570,627 acres (70,000 km²). The area was inundated up to a depth of 30 feet (10 m). The flood caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states.
Started in hurricane season. You know, a terrible drought followed this period of extreme wetness...both made the Great Depression much worse. The flood displaced farm workers decreasing the labor pool, for example, just before the stock market tanked.

As the flood approached New Orleans, Louisiana 30 tons of dynamite were set off on the levee at Caernarvon, Louisiana and sent 250,000 ft³/s (7,000 m³/s) of water pouring through. This prevented New Orleans from experiencing serious damage but destroyed much of the marsh below the city. As it turned out, the destruction of the Caernarvon levee was unnecessary; several major levee breaks well upstream of New Orleans, including one the day after the dynamiting, made it impossible for flood waters to seriously threaten the city.

By August 1927 the flood subsided. During the disaster 700,000 people were displaced, including 330,000 African-Americans who were moved to 154 relief camps. Many African-Americans were detained and forced to labor at gunpoint during flood relief efforts. The aftermath of the flood was one factor in the Great Migration of African-Americans to northern cities.
Relief efforts required a lot of manual labor. As we can see now, flood and hurricane messes are worse than earthquakes because the water rots the standing housing base as well as the mud fills the remaining houses and is very difficult to move and you can't just bulldoze the houses down if there is lots of mud in them, for example, and shoveling them out is all hand labor.

This is why we had the National Guard. Already, people are nervously wondering what happened to them. So far, about 5,000 of them have appeared in three states to deal with this mess. To clean up just the roadbeds of debrie in about 500 costal communities and one major city, this is what? Ten guards per town? Eh? Cleaning up New Orleans which should take only two weeks if enough Guards were available would require about 15,000 National Guards minimum!

From MSNBC:
WASHINGTON - Despite a heavy deployment of National Guardsmen to Iraq and Afghanistan, more than enough troops are on hand to assist with safety, security and relief efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina, a National Guard spokesman said Monday.

More than 5,000 National Guard troops across four states have already been activated; 3,500 of those in Louisiana alone, said Lt. Col. Mike Milord.

“The troops are available, they’re responding as we speak,” he said.
Four states! Gack! This comes down to 1,250 per STATE! In a blackout, this is how many you need for traffic direction only if you concentrate on the biggest intersections!

The la-de-dah about all this is infuriating. Perhaps, Americans who are well to do have successfully fled and think, let those darker people or useless elderly die? Huh?

This happened during the Great Flood. People were quite content to let the blacks stranded in the flood, die. Some photographers took pictures of these poor souls and they were reluctantly saved or the death toll would have been many thousands.

So it is now. The NG is handing out food right now but note that before the storm, they did NOT go door to door to seek out the old, the infirm, to firmly remove others who foolishly wanted to stay. They used to do this! I remember them doing this. As the storm lashes a city, you could see pictures of NG huge trucks rumbling through the rising waters rescuing people. One friend of mine, they had to use a ladder to save her as the ocean rose and was slamming into the front of her house and the only exit was the window out back!

There should be thousands of NG in boats and amphibians going all over, scouring for victims! Where are they? Soon, people will be very thirsty and hungry. There is no electricity. Many poor people will have to be removed from the area and fed and housed! In the twenties, they opened camps and then forced the residents to do the clean up for cleaning up will be a huge chore. But in this case, we are acting as if this were a minor inconvenience.

Yellow Dog:
According to Defense Department documents that show “a cumulative roster of all National Guard and Reserve personnel, who are currently mobilized,” a total of 4,109 Louisiana Reserve and Guard troops are currently serving in Iraq.

I'm sure their families and the people in New Orleans would give anything to have them home right now.
I feel the pain, brother! From Global Security (using our military as a private army):
Twelve 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operators here are preparing to leave in early September to support convoy operations in Southwest Asia.

These predominantly first-term Airmen will undergo rigorous training at Camp Bullis, Texas, before immediately deploying for six to eight months with an Army truck company in Southwest Asia, said Capt. Whitney Sherrill, 20th LRS vehicle management flight commander.

Since 2003 when the Army chief of staff requested base operating support augmentation, Airmen have been supporting convoy operations in the war on terrorism.

Since that time, more than 500 vehicle operators and maintainers per air and space expeditionary force rotation have assisted with daily convoy and security operations, mainly in Iraq.

"These Airmen are truly at the tip of the spear, performing a critical function in support of coalition forces," Captain Sherrill said. "The bottom line is, without their support, supplies don't get where they need to go."
So, next WEEK Bush is shipping out even more of the NG units in Louisiana! Amazing.

As we close bases at home, we pour personnel and equipment and money into Iraq and other distant places. Leaving Americans to fend for themselves. This is total insanity. Our tax money, the $2.5 trillion debt we are accumulating, all this is going down that sandy sinkhole!

Homeland security? More like Homewrecker insecurity! (I am betting, morosely, there will be lots of developing stories about people unable to get simple aid...already, there are such stories from Florida from this same, damned hurricane!)

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Monday, August 29, 2005

THE GOLDEN SCAPEGOAT AWARD

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush has handed out the Medal of Freedom and other top awards and pay bonuses and promotions to anyone and all who fuck up. He is single minded in this. Mess up an invasion? Use too few troops? Spend a fortune of taxpayer money?

Get promoted and awards! Or let bin Laden attack America and kill many people? Become Secretary of State! Fall on your sword to prevent public anger at Bush? Get more awards!

There are those who serve America. They get attacked and pay cuts, are driven out of service. Today's Golden Scapegoat awardee is the woman who exposed Cheney's chums as rip off artists. From Wimpling Wings:
The Army finally got around to firing Bunnatine Greenhouse, the principal civilian responsible for awarding contracts on behalf of the Corps of Engineers. She raised a lot of dust by questionning why Halliburton, the Vice President's former employer, was awarded - over her objections - billions without competitive bidding. This generally is the fate of whistleblowers: unemployment. Here is someone who was responsible for spending our tax dollars, and she took her responsibilities very seriously, too seriously, of course, for the inbred, old-boy, back-slapping parasites who view the U.S. Treasury as a rewards programs for political pals.

My guess is that the boys in charge consider her inflexible. That's the term they always use when someone insists on following the rules the old boys themselves put in place. She could be said to be lacking in vision, because that's how the crooks rationalize their thievery: they have vision. She'd also be derided as a bureaucrat, which translated means anyone who isn't in on the superliner gravy train.
One previous recipient of this award, FBI agent Coleen Rowley, is now running for office after she was shoved out the door for writing reports complaining about the FBI supressing her investigation of one of the potential 9/11 hijackers. From Outside the Beltway:
"I'm concerned about the direction of the country," Rowley said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "We have done things that have made us less safe, among them the Iraq invasion and the loss of our allies and the moral high ground in international affairs."

Rowley, 50, was named one of Time magazine's Persons of the Year for 2002 after writing a critical memo on FBI intelligence failures.

She had sought a seat this year on the new Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, designed to ensure that government actions in the war on terror do not infringe on people's rights. But when President Bush appointed members of the board earlier this month, Rowley's name was not on the list. She said that was a factor in deciding to run for Congress.

Rowley will face an uphill campaign in a conservative district that Kline won by 16 percentage points last year. Also, Kline's opponent in that race, Teresa Daly, might run again. Daly did not return phone messages Tuesday, but her 2004 campaign manager, Darin Broton, said, "If I was betting, I'd say she will run."
At least, unlike the FBI top investigator of bin Laden, O'Neill, she wasn't killed on 9/11 (possible oversight, this!).

It strikes me more and more that the Golden Scapegoat awards are nearly exclusively for women! One after another. Of all the pro-torture people running our gulags for Muslims, the only top official punished was a woman general! And of course, good old Lynndie English. A dual award, for sure.

Greenhouse irritates the Bush/Cheney crime duo the most because she is interfering with their looting the Treasury. Maybe we should alert old Skull and Bones Greenspan about this! Heh. He yapped about budget deficits just last Saturday! He wants fiscal responsibility. Time for him to attack these free spending free booters.

Eh? Do I hear the sounds of complicit silence? Yooohoo. Greenspannie! Hellllo?

I am very angry about Halliburton. I believe this stupid war was launched to save Halliburton's ass because they were going bankrupt right before 9/11 due to asbestos lawsuits. Note that Cheney and Bush want to limit class action lawsuits against companies!

Then there is Ken Lay. Here is an obvious criminal. And he isn't being swatted around by the press, is he? He is nearly as invisible as good old buddy boy, bin Laden, friend of the Bush clan. Hi ho. Where do they park all these men?

In the YMCA?

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

DARK MEMORIES

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Storyville, New Orleans, 1900, Lady of the Night

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

GALVESTON
(Words and Music by Jimmy Webb)
Glen Campbell - peak Billboard position # 4 in 1969


Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin'
I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she's crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

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The worst hurricane disaster to ever take down a city. The buildings that still stood saved no one for those inside often drowned in the tidal surge.

Up until tonight, no catagory 5 hurricane has made a direct hit on any major city. Florida was not heavily populated when the great hurricane of the late twenties destroyed much of lower Florida. Story of the hurricane:
For locals, any reference to "the storm" is obvious. If someone says a house survived the storm, there is no doubt it predates Sept. 8, 1900.

If people say they had family who died or survived the storm, there is no doubt that they are referring to a family history that goes back more than 100 years.

For in Galveston, "the storm" always refers to the hurricane that tore across Galveston on Sept. 8, 1900, and left the city in ruins.

Those who managed, either by sheer luck or the grace of God, to survive the storm faced the challenge of moving forward.

In his memoirs, meteorologist Isaac Cline referred to the morning after the storm as "a most beautiful day."

It was indeed a sunny, warm day, the kind of day people came to Galveston for at the turn of the century. But few visitors would walk the sandy shores for months after the infamous hurricane.

Instead, bodies of the dead that were improperly buried at sea washed ashore on those beaches, leaving even more treacherous work for the cleanup crews.

The storm left behind a legacy that extends across the country. As families moved from the island, they carried with them the story of that night.
I lived in Texas for a while, as a child. A hurricane in 1955 blew in from the Gulf and lashed the McDonald observatory complex. I remember how beautiful the skies were before it hit and how the low, billious grey/green clouds hung heavy as they crowded in and the howling winds when they hit.

People were still alive who lived through the Galveston blow. They were listened to respectfully for they went through the Gates of Death that terrible day. Like the survivors of nuclear bombs, they knew intimately what happens when things suddenly fall apart.
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A picture from 1900, Storyville, New Orleans.

Note the fragility of the houses. Much of New Orlean's charm is its extreme fragility. It is no surprise that "A Streetcar Named Desire" takes place in the old part of New Orleans. I fix old houses for a living. I know what they are like. Loose bricks, wood that looks sound but when I plunge a screwdriver into it, it gives way like butter. I have literally put my hands right through 8"x 8" beams in 200 year old houses! I get many calls after storms when the Old Ladies sigh and faint dead away. New Orleans is worse than New York City buildings. They were invaded the last 40 years by sturdy termites from Asian jungles that are eating the fabric of the city. Oak trees are desperately weak, walls that look solid due to plaster and other indigestibles are held up by the paint. Far from solid, the buildings are often extraordinarily weak due to the geography of the place, hot and humid and in a bowl. Perfect for cooking insect dinners.

Unlike many Gulf communities, New Orleans has dodged the bullet many times and so it has a great excess of very old buildings and it is by far and away, the oldest community on the entire Gulf for it was founded extremely early on by the French when they came down the Mississippi River thanks to La Salle.

So it is one of the very oldest cities in America and one of the most fragile, like Venice, only worse, for the entire contents of any rain up the continent runs through New Orleans so this hurricane is going to hit very hard for as it slogs up the Mississippi, all the tons of rain will fall, run downhill and end up in New Orleans.

The shameful foot dragging by the government will go down in our history as yet another crime. For there was time to clear out the city and they didn't exploit this at all at first. Only when the hurricane swelled up drinking the warm bathtub waters of the Gulf which has been killing all living things steadily all summer as the extreme heat killed off many creatures and red algae blooms sucked out all the oxygen in the water, it was inevitable that any tropical depression straying into these waters will be horrific.

This one is gigantic. Just three days ago, the papers were all screaming that the price of oil is plunging (one whole dollar a barrel...great, yeah) because no hurricanes were going to destroy the pumping/refining stations. Then it happened. Now we wonder if anything will be left!

Price of oil shoot up, of course.

Last hurricane, they hid the pictures of the collapsed oil rigs, the largest in the world. It was saved but there was virtually zero news about it, I saw pictures only after stumbling across some rig guys debating what was going to happen next! The media covers things while not covering them.

Tonight, I will extend my heart out to all those unfortunate people who were not evacuated because they can't go. But read this! From New Orleans TV
The bands were blaring on Bourbon Street, the bar tables were packed and the drinks were flowing.
"The only dangerous hurricanes so far are the ones we've been drinking," said Fred Wilson of San Francisco, as he sipped on the famous drink at Pat O'Brien's Bar. "We can't get out, so we might as well have fun."

As Hurricane Katrina whipped its way through the Gulf of Mexico toward New Orleans, some tourists were forced to stay put because flights and rental cars were booked up. Others were lucky enough to change reservations early and get out of town.
Mayor C. Ray Nagin called for a voluntary evacuation of the city at 5 p.m. Saturday. He said he would most likely be more forceful about making people leave Sunday. For the tourists stuck in town, he had some different advice.

"The only thing I can say to them is I hope they have a hotel room, and it's a hotel room that's at least on the third floor and up," Nagin said. "Unfortunately, unless they can rent a car to get out of town, which I doubt they can at this point, they're probably in the position of riding the storm out." In the French Quarter, the revelers, street musicians, tarot card readers and fortune tellers carried on like it was any other Saturday.

"I'll be here tomorrow, I'm not leaving," said trombonist Eddie "Doc" Lewis. "I've been through typhoons, monsoons, tornadoes, hurricanes and every other phoon, soon or storm. I'm not worried."

Down the street, psychic Jackie Wilson waited for customers at a card table, advertising "Free sample readings."
Sample readings? I can just imagine...

This is the Fin de Siecle aire. Remember, the end of the Victorian era wasn't 1900 but was a 15 year period ending with the beginning of WWI. The destruction of the similar vacation heaven, the sinking of the Titanic, the San Francisco Earthquake...all were like tremblors before the great blow out.

Speaking of great blow outs: From the Independent:
There are crackles on the tape but the message is clear. President John F Kennedy and his advisers considered using nuclear weapons against China if the Communist nation attacked India a second time.

The date was May 1963 and the year before China had attacked India along its 2,000-mile Himalayan border, overpowering and defeating the poorly trained and badly equipped Indian troops. At dispute were two areas under Indian control, Aksai Chin in Ladakh and another area on the north-east frontier.
Gads, that makes my hair stand on end! My mom and dad were in the Himalayan mountains when this border war broke out. The Chinese cornered her and asked her, "Are you a CIA spy?" and she said, "Why would the CIA send a six foot tall woman here to spy on you?" And they laughed and let her go.

I know their report influenced what happened concerning this, namely, they could plainly see the Chinese had no intention of pouring across into Nepal. They even went to Bhutan to insure that place was going to side with India and Nepal and the rest is history. No wonder Chou EnLai asked Nixon to send my parents to Beijing.

I feel for the people who lie in the path of the dragon. All of them, past and future. I will pray for them all.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

BUBBLE BOY'S BRIGADES

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Well, baby bubble boy couldn't meet the bereaved mothers besieging his swimminghole/trike track but he summons his buddies to save him! So some actually show up, showing clearly that there is always some people you can fool all the time.

So, using my semi-magical pretend reporters, here is the story today, of the huuuuge pro-war demonstration! By the way, the laconic press claims thousands, yes, thousands showed up to demand more war. But my bean counting reporters who are magical saw that every photograph of this great crowd, seldom is there more than three people in a picture and the people stand one person deep! Excuse me, but the arithmetic for crowds is, for every ten anti war people, the press counts one and for pro war crowds it is the reverse.

So the "thousands" are more likely to be a few hundred, if that. If you count the town drunk and the preacher looking for some ass.
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The press and the pro war types are certainly happy campers in their new digs!
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Energetic young man who can't find his own socks, much less a military recruiting station.
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He won the hog calling contest but lost the egg laying one.
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Bubble Boy's double shows up at last. Took no questions and gave no answers.

From Yahoo news:
A few Bush supporters went to the edge of the anti-war camp on Saturday, trying to remove some of the hundreds of white crosses bearing fallen soldiers' names. They had a list from families who did not want their sons' or daughters' names associated with Sheehan's group.

Sheriff's deputies said they could remove the name tags but not the crosses, so the group removed a few tags and left without incident.

There also were some heated moments at the pro-Bush rally when Bush supporters mistakenly identified two people as war protesters. The two walked in with a sign that read "Say No to War — Unless a Democrat is President."

Many Bush supporters only saw the top of the sign and believed the men were war protesters, so they began shouting and chasing the pair out. One man tore up their signs.

When Will Marean of Minneapolis kept repeating that he was on the Bush side, one Bush supporter shook his hand and apologized.
Another brainiac proving there is no Intelligent Designer for no designer even drunk out of his gourd, would be proud of creating this sort of animal. If He did, He certainly won't own up to in the next morning.

From a Texas "news" paper
An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people attended a pro-Bush rally in Crawford, waving flags and pledging their allegiance to U.S. troops. At times, they accused Cindy Sheehan of dishonoring the war death of her own son, Casey, who was in the Army.
Now all the non-Texan sources say less than 1,500 and trust me when I say, it is easy to tell a crowd of over 3,000 vs less than 1,500. It is dramatically different and all the photos, all are very sparse with people. You could spit down Crawford and are more likely to hit a cow than these bovines.

Seriously, if they are so gung-ho, why aren't they all marching to the recruiting offices?

Here is one student who tried to get the Young Republicans to sign up: From Neat Things (via Atrios.blogspot.com)
I finally decided to participate in Operation Yellow Elephant, and I think I successfully ticked off the republicans a bit. I went to their callout and spent a few minutes trying to recruit soldiers for Iraq after the meeting; unfortunately, they had a BOUNCER at their callout, who decided to shut me down. I was called insensitive, Michael Moore, and other nasty names.
Go and watch the video. It is rather funny. Certainly, some youngish Repubs need military training to reign in some pretty awesome potbellies.

Oh, and more soldiers died today. They die every day. And the Sunni promise uprisings against the dumbest Constitution to float up in a toilet.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

BUSH CIRCLING THE DRAIN

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Cartoon by Elaine Meinel Supkis

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

From Political Affairs:

Congressman Jim Leach (R, Iowa) has informed Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D, California) that he will co-sponsor her Resolution of Inquiry into Bush Administration communications with the U.K. about Iraq at the time of the Downing Street Memos. Leach is the first Republican member of Congress to publicly support a demand for an inquiry into the Bush Administration's pre-war claims. The 131 congress members who have signed Congressman John Conyers' letter to the President about the Downing Street Memo are all Democrats. The 11 Senators who have asked the Senate Intelligence Committee to do the investigation it committed to in February 2004 but never did are all Democrats.

The Resolution, H. Res. 375, is a privileged resolution which must be brought to a vote in the House International Relations Committee by September 16th, or Lee is permitted to demand a vote of the full House. Fifty-two Democrats, including Lee, have co-sponsored the Resolution. Leach is the first Republican to join them, and he is a member of the International Relations Committee..

The International Relations Committee has 27 Republican members and 23 Democratic members. Thus far 10 of the Democrats have co-sponsored the Resolution. If the other 13 vote for it as well, then along with Leach, one more Republican vote will be needed for a tie, or two more for passage.

Leach has questioned Bush's war policies for years and was one of five Republicans in May to vote for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey's amendment requiring an exit strategy. Another of those five, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, also serves on the International Relations Committee.
Another crack in the dam! Looks like the Downing Street Memos are going to take down both Blair and Bush. Both will park their carcasses at Carlyle and work for their real masters: the Saudi Rulers.

Meanwhile, things get worse and worse for both men.

Bush evidently is falling apart, hard to believe, isn't it, that he has any parts left to fall? From Capitol Hill Blue:
While President George W. Bush travels around the country in a last-ditch effort to sell his Iraq war, White House aides scramble frantically behind the scenes to hide the dark mood of an increasingly angry leader who unleashes obscenity-filled outbursts at anyone who dares disagree with him.

“I’m not meeting again with that goddamned bitch,” Bush screamed at aides who suggested he meet again with Cindy Sheehan, the war-protesting mother whose son died in Iraq. “She can go to hell as far as I’m concerned!”

Bush, administration aides confide, frequently explodes into tirades over those who protest the war, calling them “motherfucking traitors.” He reportedly was so upset over Veterans of Foreign Wars members who wore “bullshit protectors” over their ears during his speech to their annual convention that he told aides to “tell those VFW assholes that I’ll never speak to them again is they can’t keep their members under control.”
If this story is true and it sounds reasonable, Bubble Boy will have only one place where he can be himself: in a Saudi Sereglio.

There, no one will ask questions or look at him except for the Sultan who enjoys his caresses and kisses. They can roll in piles of American dollars and laugh at how Americans were fooled into supporting the oil barons and sheiks of Araby. Kissing and fondling each other, yes, that is what pleases Bush.

Instead, he runs from pillar to post, trying to pretend he and his fellow yellow bellies are real men and not nubile females in the Saudi stable, waiting to be kissed again.

Ah, the kisses of the Sultan on that hot, sultry, Texas afternoon! Bush sent his "wife" away so he could smooch his beloved Sultan without female interference.

Like a Valentino movie, Bush sighs and wonders how he can get rid of Cindy Sheehan. She can talk to the press for hours! Without a radio promptor! She can write without a ghost writer! She can read, too! Rats.

And worst of all, she can think and she has put 2+2 together and her numbers aren't fuzzy.
“Who gives a flying fuck what the polls say,” he screamed at a recent strategy meeting. “I’m the President and I’ll do whatever I goddamned please. They don’t know shit.”
Well, polls don't matter, do they, thanks to Diebold. But Bush's numbers have collapsed and he doesn't understand, he is in deep doo-doo now.

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ALL THE BRAVE TEXAS BOYS RUN FROM CINDY

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Cartoon by Elaine Meinel Supkis

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush has slipped out of town when the lady with the umbrella showed up to give him a jaw chewin' over the death of her son. AWOL knows how to run away from any dangers. He runs.

So the eagle eyed lady with the proverbial umbrella turns to a close gang member of the Bush Oil Rustlers and she nails him with this threat: From Altertnet:
Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose vigil near President George W. Bush's Texas ranch has become a symbol for the anti-war movement, said on Friday she plans to focus on Congress, starting with Bush close ally and fellow Texan House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Like Bush, DeLay is well known for shirking his duties. He ran away from war when he could. This is why he loves to send people overseas to be blown up. Must float his weinie or something.
A spokeswoman for DeLay said his schedule was already set and did not plan to change it to meet with Sheehan.
Waaaaal...I hate to do this, heh, but here is another news story from today...From the Houston Chronicle
Tom DeLay at a senior citizens' sock hop that featured a DJ dressed as Elvis? You betcha.

And he wasn't roped into attending, either.

His office called the Sugar Land Parks & Recreation Department and said the House majority leader wanted to attend the event at the Sugar Land Community Center earlier this month.

"I was a little shocked," said officer Todd Zettlemoyer of the Sugar Land Police Department, which helped organize the dance as part of a neighborhood crime-awareness program.

"This was the first year that we had the congressman there," he said. "He no sooner walked in the door than he had a crowd around him."
Boy, this child was soooo busy, he had to call around for playdates so he could diss the mad mommy with an excuse!

These children destroying America should be potty trained and then put in a proper nursery school so they can learn their ABCs and some Sunday School so they learn the 10 Commandments!

From Reuters:
The top U.S. military officer faulted U.S. political leaders on Friday for failing to get across what he portrayed as the huge stakes in Iraq and elsewhere in the U.S.-declared global war on terrorism.

"The most important thing we have ... right now in this kind of conflict is our will and our resolve," Gen. Richard Myers, outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Pentagon, adding the U.S. public does not get the stakes.
Well, since Bubble Boy and his gang of cookie stealers can't tell Ms Cindy why we should fight and if the war is even legal, maybe the General can explain this illegal war.

If this general is so resolved, why didn't HE fight in Iraq? Pushing paper in the Pentagon instead, he presided over this disaster, he signed off on sending men over without armor, he sat at his desk while they got blown up and did virtually nothing, yeah, right.

He wants us to fight harder. Why?

He certainly did not. I don't recall him punching Bush in the nose when Bush demanded soldiers go without armor.

Some fighter. Some leader. Pfffft.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

THE 35% SOLUTION

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From100 Years of Bicycle Posters by Darien House books

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush's popularity is down to the hard core right wing End of the World fantasists and a handful of rich people who are destroying our economy. NPR noted today that he is as popular as Nixon was on the eve of resigning.

Time to impeach the chimp, no?

Today, the Pentagon said they will send 1,500 more troops to help with the latest corner being turned in the Iraq Labyrinth. More soldiers were blown up today along with so many other people. The Israelis removed the illegal settlers in Gaza only to openly steal even more Palestinian lands around Jerusalem. Jerusalem's name had to be a source of irony for the gods that inhabit that place. It is probably one of the least peaceful places on earth.

Robertson's call to send out crazed assassins to murder democratically elected Presidents caused a bit of a flame out for him and the very last person to suggest this was a naughty thing for the leader of a large group of Republicans to do, was Mr. Bush himself.

Mr. Bubble Boy who is more terrified of assassins than anything but Cindy Sheehan who has this to say to him today:From Buzzflash.com
"President Bush charged Tuesday that anti-war protesters like Cindy Sheehan who want troops brought home immediately do not represent the views of most U.S. military families and are 'advocating a policy that would weaken the United States.'"

Bringing our troops home from the quagmire that he has gotten us into will be weakening the United States? George: even if you pretend you didn't know that Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction and Iraq was not threat to the USA before you invaded -- Americans know differently. We have read the reports and the Downing Street Memos. We know you had to "fit the intelligence around the policy" of invading Iraq. I want to know what your real reasons were.

"In brief remarks outside the resort where he is vacationing, Bush gave no indication that he would change his mind and meet with Sheehan after he returns to his Texas ranch Wednesday evening. Sheehan lost a son in Iraq and has emerged as a harsh critic of the war."

I will be back in Crawford George: Even closer to you now in Camp Casey II. Why don't you channel some courage from my son and come down and face me. Face the truth. Your house of cards built on smoke and mirrors is crumbling and you know it.
Go read the whole letter. My, she is good. She hits so many nails on the head, she built a house. Bush builds a house of cards by reciting "9/11" and "Iraq" over and over again, like a child telling the same lie so many times he no longer has to even pause before blurting it out. If he had Pinnochio's nose, it would be poking all the way across America.

Being a creep, he crept off to visit far right wing co-conspiritors who infest the American Legion, odd how nearly all of them at the conventions are whites when so many blacks fought Vietnam for us!--and here, thanks to Atrios via Billmon
"The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples," Thomas Cadmus, national commander, told delegates at the group's national convention in Honolulu" . . . "We had hoped that the lessons learned from the Vietnam War would be clear to our fellow citizens. Public protests against the war here at home while our young men and women are in harm's way on the other side of the globe only provide aid and comfort to our enemies."
Editor & Publisher
American Legion Declares War on Protestors
August 24, 2005

(via Atrios)

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Dear Mr. President:
The American Legion, a wartime veterans organization of nearly three-million members, urges the immediate withdrawal of American troops participating in "Operation Allied Force.''

The National Executive Committee of The American Legion, meeting in Indianapolis today, adopted Resolution 44, titled "The American Legion's Statement on Yugoslavia.'' This resolution was debated and adopted unanimously.

Mr. President, the United States Armed Forces should never be committed to wartime operations unless the following conditions are fulfilled:

That there be a clear statement by the President of why it is in our vital national interests to be engaged in hostilities;
Guidelines be established for the mission, including a clear exit strategy;
That there be support of the mission by the U.S. Congress and the American people; and
That it be made clear that U.S. Forces will be commanded only by U.S. officers whom we acknowledge are superior military leaders.
It is the opinion of The American Legion, which I am sure is shared by the majority of Americans, that three of the above listed conditions have not been met in the current joint operation with NATO ("Operation Allied Force'').

In no case should America commit its Armed Forces in the absence of clearly defined objectives agreed upon by the U.S. Congress in accordance with Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution of the United States.

Sincerely,
Harold L. "Butch'' Miller,
National Commander

American Legion
Stunning, isn't it? I remember vividly how the howls on the right rang out like the shrieks of shrikes shredding mice back then! The cries of grief over the Blackhawk Down drowned out everything but Monica which was a screamaton to end all screamation!

They yelled that to support the troops, one had to attack the President. And they attacked. Many an assassin tried, too, flying planes into the White House for example which reminds me. The Republicans pretended that no one ever thought of anyone using planes to attack the White House before 9/11.

Shows us how brain dead people operate. They need memory pills. And a spanking with a brush and no dessert, either.

From the Sunday Mirror, England:
TONY Blair is expected to join one of the most exclusive groups of businessmen in the world after he leaves Downing Street.

The PM is being lined up for a highly lucrative position with the Carlyle Group - an American-based investment giant with strong links to the White House and the defence industry.

The firm has been nicknamed "The Ex-Presidents Club" because it has had a host of former world leaders on its books including George Bush Senior, his former secretary of state James Baker and former British PM John Major. There a also a large number of former US Army top brass.

Mr Blair has been keeping quiet about his plans after his departure from Number 10 - which could be as early as 2007 according to some Labour insiders.

But sources in the City have revealed that he is "seriously considering" a high-profile role with Carlyle - which manages $30billion (£20million) of investments worldwide.

The job could net Mr Blair up to £500,000 a year for only a few days work a month giving speeches and making "networking" trips on behalf of the company.

The move comes after it emerged that the premier's financial affairs are in an increasingly perilous state His dream home has crashed in value by £700,000 in just seven months and he and Cherie have to find £13,000 a month for the mortgage.
Hahaha. I predicted this five years ago! And as always, was right on the nose. The Japanese purchased Reagan, the Chineses and Saudis own the Bushes and the American elite own the British Prime Ministers. This is why Blair was Bush's poodle. He went to visit in the beginning and Bush showed him how Major betrayed England and got away with it.

So Blair betrayed the English people! See? Everyone owns everyone elses' leaders. This is called "globalization" and this is why, even if Diebold has no machines, no matter who anyone elects, they will be bribed or coerced or murdered. Like Robertson said about Chavez.

Remember: the big demonstration is in Sept in DC on the 24th. Be there. Impeach Bush! Arrest the traitors of America!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

NO FREE PASSES

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

They had a fair sized protest in the reddest of the red states and now the chimp chump show is up in super right wing White Powerland, Idaho, and guess what?

The Cindy Sheehan effect is still a powerful pull even up there! From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
As the names of the nearly 1,900 American soldiers who have died in Iraq were read over a microphone, Melanie House hushed her 8-month-old son.

"Nothing is going to justify my husband's death," said House, whose husband, U.S. Navy medic John Daniel House, was killed in a January helicopter crash. "Why are we there? What is President Bush trying to get out of this? Why must my son be fatherless?"

House was among more than 100 protesters who gathered at a park across from the Idaho Statehouse on Tuesday, on the eve of President Bush's speech in nearby Nampa.

The protesters want the soldiers to come home from Iraq. Bush's address is expected to focus on why the administration wants them to stay.
And how often did he mention Israel and oil? Not once? Heh. Cindy wants to chat with him and since she went on line and learned from the non mass media masses of bloggers and researchers here, she can chat about Halliburton and the Saudi/bin Laden/Bush crime family connections and all sorts of PNAC goodies the media goes to great lengths to hide. But of course, according to Bush, we are fighting for a constitution in Iraq, one that apes...Iran! So. And who was part of the Triple Entant? Or was it the Evil Trifecta? Or was it the Triad of Terror? Anyway, Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Seems they are all doing pretty well, kicking our political asses, aren't they?

The Terrible Enfant, Bush, feels that if we just stay the course and curse the dark and light our asses on fire, we will prevail. Of course, he and his toadies still aren't volunteering anything to this war. Their children are still goofing off. I wrote a fine fettle lady, Kathleen Parker the barking bat lady of Florida who attacks Cindy Sheehan, saying,
On Saturday, a caravan of military families who support the war in Iraq is scheduled to arrive in Crawford. The backlash battalion, which is calling itself the "You Don't Speak For Me, Cindy" tour, started in San Francisco Monday and is composed of parents whose sons and daughters are in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among those leading the caravan is Deborah Johns of Northern California Marine Moms, whose son, William, is a Marine in Iraq. Her sentiments are typical of other military families who sympathize with Sheehan but feel she's hurting others.

"I am deeply sorry for Ms. Sheehan's loss," said Johns, who also is starring in a commercial she is producing. "However, Ms. Sheehan's actions are only causing pain to those of us who have loved ones serving in the war against terrorism."
Ah, the calvary of outraged pro warriors! They already are being bogged down in California, ambushed by outraged Gold Star Mothers and Fathers as well as bereaved widows and orphans. What commercial is this right wingloon mother going to film?

"My only son is dead and buried forever and he was blown up by unknown people in Iraq and I think you should go there too, and join him in being blown up!"

Or how about this: "My son came home in a casket and I got a pretty flag to hug. You can do this too! Sign here and get a free funeral, at night, of course."

Or this: "My son is dead. Why is yours alive. Tell him to haul ass out here now! Sign up to fight."

I can see the recruiting stations filling with eager responders.
In practice, of course, it means that people lost in their emotions get a pass from the usual standards of debate and fair play, as Sheehan has. That's about to change. As others arrive in Crawford who share Sheehan's grief and her moral authority — but not her politics — her free pass expires.
Oh, that emotional mother, ticked off over a monkey mad war! Her free pass, honey buns, was bought at the most precious of prices: her beloved son is gone forever. I wrote to the newspaper whore begging her to join up and fight, she is, after all, ten years younger than the mother that was blown up last month at the age of 48 years old. Of course, she won't fight. Her free pass stays at $0.00.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

BUSH SPEAKS! TELLS LIES!

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The biggest, fattest, ugliest lie of this young century has got to be the American excuses for invading a helpless country the UN disarmed. Right on the hells of the UN team certifying that there were no WMD, Bush and Blair conned their people into allowing them an invasion. They claimed there were hidden WMD and we would find them.

There were none.

This grave crime was buried under the fiction that we were freeing the people of Iraq. Well, we reopened and reoccupied Saddam's prisons and we replicated every one of his odious tortures. So much for that. We also claimed he was killing Iraqi civilians.

Well. Welcome to the "Kill and Iraqi Child" sweepstakes!

Then we pretended we were freeing Muslim women from hardliner religious bigots. Scratch that.

So here is Bush, today, trying to answer Cindy Sheehan and the other Gold Star Mothers Against the War. According to today's message, "We went into Iraq to make America safe." Yup. Before we went into Iraq, the number of Americans killed by Iraqis of any shape, color or size, for the previous 12 years was zero. The number of attacks on Americans abroad and at home by Iraqis of any sort was also zero. They didn't kill anyone, anywhere, that was American. The number of Iraqis participating in or around or about the 9/11 attacks were also exactly zero.

Today, they kill a dozen Americans a week. Week after week, they fight us. Of course, we attacked their homes! But the VFW guys don't care about that! They still think this is WWII and we are saving people from foreign invaders. Only we aren't. We are the foreign invaders!

Wherever we went in WWII, everyone cheered because we were expelling hated foreign invaders. Now wherever we go, everyone wants to get rid of us except for the prostitutes, pimps and our puppets. They love us. Everyone else thinks we are a blight. Unless they are making money off of us like Eastern Europe. We pay them and plenty of other despots, money so we can park our armies over in their countries.

Bush won't explain why closing a great number of bases here in America is going to make us safer. I still remember the fumblebums laying about, open mouthed with flies inside, glazed eyed as the Saudis successfully attacked us right at home without Bush even pausing in his book reading with kids or Rummy's solitaire game on his computer. It doesn't astonish me that Bush went after the wrong guy after 9/11.

From the NYT:
Defeating the "hateful ideology" of terror-mongers in Iraq will not only make Iraq and the Middle East safer, Mr. Bush said, but it will make the United States more secure - if not yet safe - in a world whose new dangers were brought home to America on Sept. 11, 2001.

"Terrorists in foreign lands still hope to attack our country," he said. "The lesson of Sept. 11, 2001, is that we must confront threats before they fully materialize."
The hateful ideology of terror is what the USA is all about. We even boasted about how "shock and awe" from our bombs and depleted uranium bullets would dismay and break the will of the Iraqi people and force them to bow to the Christians!

Well, that was one fat dud.

How our continuing to kill them will impress them into not fighting us, Bush refuses to explain. Nor will he offer his charming, drunk daughters to participate in this slaughter, either. Stubbornly, he and his hausfrau keep the wayward twins at home. They gad about, doing as they please, sticking their pink little tongues out at the rest of us.

Cindy Sheehan's son didn't stay home and lollygag about, drinking and laughing at others. He went to war and died. The continuing refusal of all the GOP children of draft age including the Congresspeople and others, to sign up and fight, is a victory for the "terrorists" because there is nothing less terrifying than a childish, weak kneed right wing kids trembling with fear because he or she might be blown up by someone they antagonized.

Bad news for Bushie: even in far rightwingland, Utah, about a thousand protestors showed up and some of them were the greatly feared Gold Star Mothers. The mayor of Salt Lake City joined the protest. It is growing, it is real, and it is terrifying Bush. He quakes with fear at the sight of the demonstrators which is why they are kept far, far away.

The distance grows smaller each week. Join us on Sept. 24 for the great demonstration in DC!

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FIGHTING TO END WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN IRAQ

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Editorial by Elaine Meinel Supkis

Like everything our Bankrupt Midas, Bush, touches, Iraq has devolved into the opposite of what we claim we are doing there. Like Afghanistan, when we "freed" them they immediately enslaved the women there. Iraq was the most liberal, free Muslim country for women under Saddam but now, thanks to USA interventions, they are eliminating women's rights ruthlessly.

This reminds me of our own Supreme Court: Bush is replacing the first woman judge with a far right wing ass who hates women's rights up and down and all around. He is a Mulberry Mullah. He wants to come in under the radar but note, this anti women's rights monster is replacing the only other woman on the Supreme Court.

Another reason to impeach Bush. This backward bubble boy is very destructive for us. Maybe he really hates his mom? Gack. Whatever psychology this pathological pyromaniac thinks, it is obvious that he, the man who kisses Saudi men and holds their hands and gooses them on the rear is a danger to all women all across the planet.

Not only has he cut birth control funding, internationally as well as at home, he reduces our influence and powers except for Condi, his mistress, who gets to mess up the world with her lover.

The Iraqi constitution which we are trying to ram down the throats of the city dwelling Sunni women is a regressive document that unlike our own which clearly states the church and state must be utterly seperate, they want to mimic Israel's way of doing things where one religion is favored above all others and the others can be dispossessed or removed or killed with impunity.

This model, the "Our clan is better than your clan" is followed in many places on earth and always is a catastrophe over the years. India struggles mightily with this, the religious/clan clashes burning down whole cities sometimes. China has dealt with this matter by becoming "modern", ie, merit and effort can get anyone ahead. They brutally suppress religious activity in order to maintain this modernism. But here in America, many want to kill modernism and replace it with glorified gang wars, namely, the women are either sluts or old ladies and outsiders can be killed or robbed and everyone sticks to their buddies on Harleys and kill all opposition.

What a mess.

This is gravely weakening America. Texas, the heart of the "gang/clan" rule ethos, just tipped the scales and there are more minorities there than gang/clan members of the ruling junta. The "white" people in Texas are already reacting to this news in unpleasant ways which is why they are forming crews to patrol the borders and keep "those people" out.

To make the war for oil popular, the anti-women right wingers had Laura Bush visit Afghanistan and Iraq and proclaim the victory of women's modernarity. But she was lying just like she lies every night in bed, letting her husband sleep wherever he wants, saying nothing so long as she has her booze, her servants and her drunken wild daughters nearby. She doesn't need modern civil rights because she can literally run over whoever she wants and drink whatever she wishes and no one is allowed to interfere, stop her or even note that she is a lush who has killed in the past.

Like the rulers of old, the women had many rights and could bugger whoever they wanted and live however they wished, the fight for women's rights is alongside the fight for worker's rights or civil rights for dispossessed clans/religions. Namely, everyone becomes a Queen. This is what equality is all about.

Roberts is a disaster and he should be filibustered out. He is bad for America, bad for the world, bad for women, bad--bad---BAD. Our attempts at foisting a fake constitution on Iraq is bad--bad--BAD too. And Afghanistan, like Iraq, is burning down because we are imposing on them, too. We don't want to fight to save women, we are there to kill people and they irritate us as they contend with our masculine military might.

When we go to DC in September, and I will post the bus information as it develops next week--one of the things we will be demonstrating for is for our feminine civil rights.

DOWN WITH ROBERTS. IMPEACH BUSH.

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

VOLUNTEER TO BE BLOWN UP!

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The media storm around Cindy Sheehan rages onwards. Now "counter demonstrators" have set up a camp which is an exact mirror showing the same reflection of the antiwar camp: parents weeping over their dead children.

Of course, the parents in the mirror camp are happy to see their children dead and want to send off the remaining children to die. Whatever floats your boat. I would call this either child abuse since the very vocal dad, from CBS news:
In Crawford, Gary Qualls, the father of a slain soldier, explained his reasons for supporting the pro-war camp. "If I have to sacrifice my whole family for the sake of our country and world, other countries that want freedom, I'll do that," said Qualls, who is friends with the local business owner who started the camp. He said his 16-year-old son now wants to enlist, and he supports that decision.
his only other son is still a juvenile and obviously, dad is pushing him into a known death trap. If he doesn't care if he has any descendants, fine.

But I see neither mother or son backing him up themselves.

Indeed, his rain of tears, instead of inspiring more people to rush into that grinding mill, it is causing even more to get cold feet! Neither he nor the media understand this. His "brave patriot" display satisfies them all, especially those who want to watch this parade while sitting at home, drinking beer and shouting about how manly they all are.

Just like during Nam. I wonder why the Marines don't set up a booth next to the weeping father and start recruiting. All those people in Crawford, irritated about peace marchers, can sign up!
The anti-war ad began airing on other Salt Lake City-area stations Saturday, two days before Bush was scheduled to speak in Salt Lake City to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

However, a national sales representative for KTVX, a local ABC affiliate, rejected the ad in an e-mail to media buyers, writing that it was an "inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City."

In the ad, Sheehan pleads with Bush for a meeting and accuses him of lying to the American people about Iraq's development of weapons of mass destruction and its connection to al Qaeda.
Virtually no station turned away those idiot "Swift Boat" ads. I wonder why (hahaha). Cindy is lucky she didn't have gays holding hands in her ad or they would have gone ballistic.

Which reminds me of the news not covering Bush hand holding and cheek kissing the Saudis who happen to be the ones who attacked us on 9/11 but then this Sunday, Bush on the radio, again tried to tie Saddam into 9/11 by association and this reminds us that Cindy wants to ask him about exactly that! What did Saddam have to do with 9/11, anyway?

Four soldiers blown up in Afghanistan. They are learning from the Iraqis how to terrorize our brigades sent over there to replace the Russians. One wonders why the Russians left (hahaha).

Another heart deficient right wingloon reporter lines up to attack Cindy: From the Sun Times:
Really? Well, what about those other parents who've buried children killed in Iraq? There are, sadly, hundreds of them: They honor their loved ones' service to the nation, and so they don't make the news. There's one Cindy Sheehan, and she's on TV 'round the clock. Because, if you're as heavily invested as Dowd in the notion that those "killed in Iraq" are "children," then Sheehan's status as grieving matriarch is a bonanza.

They're not children in Iraq; they're grown-ups who made their own decision to join the military. That seems to be difficult for the left to grasp. Ever since America's all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterize them as "children." If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that's her decision and her parents shouldn't get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the broadloom in Bill Clinton's Oval Office, she's a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year-old is serving his country overseas, he's a wee "child" who isn't really old enough to know what he's doing.
So, the mother of the missing teen got a bonanza? She was on the news 24/7 for weeks and weeks! Want to be on TV? Just sacrifice your eldest child to die horribly and you, too, will win Bush's trifecta! Be famous.

I happen to remember the right wingers during the Clinton years. Over and over again, we had to explain that Monica wasn't a child, she was a 24+ year old adult when she met Clinton. Nope. To the right wing, she was a child. Then there is the brain dead woman in Florida. A child! Her husband had no say in her life, she was a mother's child! Yup.

Also, this young reporter, I looked him up, he can fight!---claims volunteers are fighting this war so we shouldn't give a hoot if they die. They asked for it! Amazing. Obviously, he ain't volunteering! And if you are put in jail if you don't cycle through Iraqi Hell, this is volunteerism, isn't it? At gun point!
The infantilization of the military promoted by the left is deeply insulting to America's warriors but it suits the anti-war crowd's purposes. It enables them to drone ceaselessly that "of course" they "support our troops," because they want to stop these poor confused moppets from being exploited by the Bush war machine.

I resisted writing about "Mother Sheehan" (as one leftie has proposed designating her), as it seemed obvious that she was at best a little unhinged by grief and at worst mentally ill. It's one thing to mourn a son's death and even to question the cause for which he died, but quite another to roar that he was "murdered by the Bush crime family."
I want this clown to go to Iraq and announce, "I am here to replace anyone who wants to go home."

I dare him. This fool needs to taste the sting of the lash. Why does this monster want this war to drag on? He ain't joining.

None of his cohort is joining. The professional whores who do the dirty work like this hit piece won't fight. They only fight orphans and widows and only from far away because if they talk like this in person, they will be slugged or in Cindy's case, hugged, for she is very generous. She will even hug Bush if he pulls out the troops.
Ah, well, they're not immediate family, so they lack Cindy's "moral authority." But how about Casey's father, Pat Sheehan? Last Friday, in Solano County Court, Casey's father Pat Sheehan filed for divorce. As the New York Times explained Cindy's "separation," "Although she and her estranged husband are both Democrats, she said she is more liberal than he is, and now, more radicalized."
Isn't it odd that someone becomes more radical when one loses one's son in a very illegal and destructive and useless war!

One reason why all the military families aren't besieging Bush is because he upped the death benefits rapidly to keep a lid on discontent. So you get a nifty packet of money if your loved one is dead. If injured, you get to nurse them along as they suffer horribly.

Now remember Nam? Everyone got weepy and tearful over the Memorial Wall but during that long, grinding mess, most people refused to sign up and fight. Half of that war's dead+ were draftees! And we had many antidraft marches and even riots and when draftees began to mutiny in Nam, the Pentagon begged for volunteers. But even Westpoint graduates refused to sign up in the end, only one did the last year of the ground war! They all wanted to be generals, not corpses.

And they died for what? So people can get all teary eyed and sing songs and wave flags, right? This is what it is all about?

The snarling jackals on the right, like during Nam, don't have the stomach to fight. Pwtuoi on them.

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CLUELESS IN CRAWFORD

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bubble Boy's cleaning crew are desperately trying to explain why they can't ever meet with angry mothers of dead soldiers:From the Washington Post:
Some of Bush's aides acknowledge now that they did not anticipate the reaction to turning Sheehan away, but they also are not expressing any regrets about it. These aides maintain that one of the strengths of this White House is a willingness to resist "what appears to be the easy PR route," as one aide put it, and to have the discipline to stick to long-laid plans.
Yo, long range plan according to the Pentagon is for at least 4000 more troops blown up as we try to occupy Iraq for at least four more years! That will make over 6000 possible angry moms of dead soldiers banging at Bush's front door! He will show strength by telling them to shove it, he is fit and healthy and wants to get on with his life unlilke them.
A former White House official said the Sheehan decision reflected a policy that Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. has enforced for five years on everyone from donors to governors to top aides. "If you want a meeting with the president, you will never get it," the official said. "If you need a meeting with the president, you will get it 100 percent of the time. Otherwise, he'd have a thousand meetings a day."
Earth to anonymous official: Cindy not only needs a meeting, she deserves one! She has paid the dearest price for a meeting with the man who recklessly and foolishly and illegally sent her son to his early grave! I can't imagine anyone having more pressing need to meet with this booby than she.

Bush could bike with a bikerider who refuses to sign up to fight in this war. Bush ate dinner with money baggers who bagged him with money. So what was their needs?

Oh, yes, tax cuts!
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush's focus on the long term rather than the immediate is "part of what, to his supporters, is steadfastness and, to his critics, is stubbornness."

"If you allow those who are the most vocal and most antagonistic to get a meeting with the president for fear that publicity will hurt you if you don't, you're creating incentives for your critics to become even more antagonistic and more vocal," Fleischer said. "Then, you're forever stuck in: Will you or won't you meet? You'll no longer lead. You'll just wrestle with meetings."
The Fuehrer who leads has no time to meet with people who object to the direction he is leading us in...how quaint. Straight out of the Hitler playbook.

So, booby bubble boy thinks that if he acknowledges there is opposition, it will only grow, but if he spits in our collective eyes and makes funny faces and laughs at us behind a screen of armed assassins, then he is a leader? The Washington Post wanted to host the 9/11 Run for Rummy celebration and they support the war even now so I suspect they genuinely, in this stupid article, think they are persuading people that bothering the Fuehrer von Booby Boy is uncalled for and just plain wrong. One shouldn't petition to talk to der Fuehrer. They should only follow orders they read in the Washington Post!

This is probably why the WP hasn't done a poll lately. Heh.

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND

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The body of Jean Charles de Menezes of Brazil lies in a London Underground train after he was shot dead by police on July 22, 2005, in this photograph obtained by ITV News on August 16, 2005. (REUTERS/ITV News)
By Elaine Meinel Supkis

America isn't the only place experimenting with drastic police actions that kill people like all those taser deaths of even youths or tasering children and elderly, not to mention shooting the toddler hostage a zillion times when the hostage taker nipped one policeman on the shoulder. This trigger happy problem is well neigh universal.

From Richard in England, we hear an earful about the evolving mess of the shooting of the supposed terrorist in London.
It has now emerged that Mr de Menezes:

* was never properly identified because a police officer was relieving himself at the very moment he was leaving his home;

* was unaware he was being followed;

* was not wearing a heavy padded jacket or belt as reports at the time suggested;

* never ran from the police;

* and did not jump the ticket barrier.

** But the revelation that will prove most uncomfortable for Scotland Yard was that the 27-year-old electrician had already been restrained by a surveillance officer before being shot seven times in the head and once in the shoulder.
Indeed, as information sloughs off the shedding beast, it gets only worse and worse. From the Guardian:
Britain's top police officer, the Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Ian Blair, attempted to stop an independent external investigation into the shooting of a young Brazilian mistaken for a suicide bomber, it emerged yesterday.

Sir Ian wrote to John Gieve, the permanent secretary at the Home Office, on July 22, the morning Jean Charles de Menezes was shot at short range on the London tube. The commissioner argued for an internal inquiry into the killing on the grounds that the ongoing anti-terrorist investigation took precedence over any independent look into his death.
Most internal investigations are usually white washes, note how DC handled the 9/11 mess. It should be obvious now that one can't investigate one's self. There is a conflict of interest here. This is why all things must be outsourced. If we let the Chinese investigate 9/11, for example, or the Germans, even better, maybe we would have seen some hard hitting truths.

Of course, the Chinese would conclude shooting the top officials who allowed this attack to succeed would be the solution. Obviously, our leaders wouldn't want that!

Back to Britain, from This Old Brit's self:
(Refering to the breaking news that the policeman watching the terrorist house went off to take a piss and mixed up who left the building) Within the last few minutes - from UK's ITN NEWS.

The guy who was "relieving himself" -- while filming the premises - was "A SOLDIER, ON LOAN TO THE POLICE"

I rest my case. A Soldier? Yeah. But they don't say which regiment. They don't bloody well need too. Some of us have known all along - S. A. S.

And incidentally, the poster who commented on my original piece[ when I claimed within hours of the killing that the SAS were responsible] telling me that although I was a good writer ----- I had started to sound like a loony.

An apology would be nice, if you're still around and read this.
Usually, Richard is right on the nose, analyzing things going on in his own country. Heck, here, too.

It is understandable that the police and military after any terrorist attacks, will be edgy. But their sole job is to protect innocent civilians and and any failure in this matter is serious. We don't need to be terrorized by our protectors when terrorists are doing it too. This is why our mission failed in Iraq. Every time terrorists attack our troops, they retaliate by butchering all and sundry in the neighborhood. We then invade all the nearby homes and take away any young men and torture and sexually humiliate them and then we wonder why four more soldiers were blown up and killed today!

This downward spiral was fed by the fact that no one in charge in Iraq has been held responsible for the misdeeds and murders. Even the soldiers who threw two innocent young men into the river and drowned one of them just for sport were let off with a slap on the wrist. Not to mention all the torture generals getting off scot free!

From the No Spin Zone:

Document 1: State Department cable, Future of Iraq Expert Working Groups, July 8, 2002

State Department officials held planning meetings with "free Iraqis"-described as "Iraqis who live outside Iraq or in northern Iraq"-as early as April 2002, according to this document. Directed to embassy posts in several allied countries, the State Department cable announces the establishment of 15 "Future of Iraq Project" working groups to prepare for the transition to a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, adding that priority subjects had been identified at a "planning meeting with Iraqis on April 9-10."
Seems the "planning" was for us to investigate human rights violations after a "regime change" and then punish the guilty. Well, we now know who is guilty and of course, we won't see any of these people punished. This is why the charade of the Saddam trials can't go forwards. In a country falling into chaos, you can't exactly try someone for being nasty if everyone is being very nasty indeed right now.

There is no authority left since authority comes with a moral charge and we don't want to be moral, we just want everyone to obey us.

The British ruled this way for centuries which was what we were supposed to be rebelling against back in 1776. The deal always is, with empires, let the rulers run amock in distant places, they just can't do it at home. Well, the chickens always come home to roost and the fighting always ends up in the captitals of the empires. This is part of the dynamic of all empires and is why they don't last forever.

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