Wednesday, November 30, 2005

TSA Allows Scissors on Planes Again

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The TSA will allow scissors on planes again. Of course, over the years, scissors have been used to kill people, it is easy to find examples. But of course, the post 9/11 hysteria they confiscated tiny finger clippers and such which is plain silly.

From Yahoo:
Airline passengers will be allowed to carry small scissors and tools onto planes, reversing a rule that led to confiscation of many thousands of sharp objects at airports since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a Homeland Security Department official said Wednesday.
Of course, terrorists leave the planes alone and concentrate on trains instead, then they hit the hotels then they cycle back to whatever is guarded the least. This roving change of tactics will continue so long as we stubbornly seek to colonize or control Muslim countries with oil or land we desire.

Scissors can be dangerous. From Hindustan Times:
A woman has been convicted of killing her husband by duct-taping him to an office chair, bludgeoning him in the head and stabbing him in the eye with scissors.
Even back in the 1940s movies made scenes with people stabbing each other with scissors. But then, today, they confiscate blunt little children's scissors even from small children not only at airports but in schools which is really bizarre. From the Student Advocacy Center:
In light of high profile cases of violence in schools over the past decade, Zero Tolerance policies have been developed and enacted by federal and state government. However, children can and have been expelled from school for carrying scissors onto school buses, saying inappropriate things to other children, and playing with straightened paper clips.
Google is a fine tool when remembering things! Here is another school/scissors story: From Kron4:
An eighth-grader was stabbed in the chest with a pair of scissors during an argument with his 13-year-old classmate, authorities said.

The unidentified 14-year-old victim was taken to Oakland Children's Hospital, where he remained in stable condition Friday. The scissors nicked his heart, but he was expected to recover.

The 13-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon and taken to juvenile hall.
Again, discression is what secruity is all about. Looking at a situation and using the brains goes a long ways. Instituting draconian, mindless rules only worsens things which is why the extent of our budding police state irritates and frightens me.

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Troy, NY 20 Year Old Woman Blown Up in Iraq

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

After passing the 2000 dead, 30,000 wounded, It is back to "normal" with Bush pretending he is giving new speeches to only select, military controlled audiences, meanwhile, the carnage rages in Iraq and the political messes grow ever worse. Thanksgiving for one local family was celebrated by rushing to Walter Reed to see they gravely wounded daughter who is at Death's door. Meanwhile, the Bush twins drink and party onwards.

From the Times Union:
Local family members of Marissa Strock, 20, of Lansingburgh, who serves with the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, said Marissa's parents are at her bedside at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington where she is in serious condition.
Used to be, when young ladies such as she were killed or gravely wounded, the press would talk about it. This is a local story, so she is mentioned but I notice over and over again, the debate about women in combat has completely ceased on the right wing front. They really don't care who dies there, it seems.

Now that it isn't theory but real warfare, they are content to have young women die hideous, bloody deaths. It is immaterial to them, they want this war for various reasons and don't care who dies in it.

Women still have no parity in the military, it is just the Pentagon is short on cannon fodder so they don't care who they toss into the fiery furnace.
Family members confirmed that Melissa Strock, a 2003 graduate of Lansingburgh High School, was riding with two other soldiers and was the sole survivor after a bomb exploded beneath their Humvee and flipped it into a canal in Baghdad on Nov. 24. Her unit is based in Fort Lewis, Wash.

Killed were Staff Sgt. Steven Reynolds, 32, of Jordan, Onondaga County, and Pfc. Marc Delgado, 21, of Lithia, Fla.
Lansingburgh is part of Troy, NY. It is a dying industrial town, big manufacturerers clustered along the Mohawk/Hudson river since the Civil War. Now it is nearly deserted. It is understandable that a young woman out of high school would choose this career. There aren't too many others available.

From the Times Union:
President Bush, facing growing doubts about his war strategy, said Wednesday that Iraqi troops are increasingly taking the lead in battle but that "this will take time and patience."

In a speech defending his policy, Bush said that Iraqi forces have not always performed well in combat but have made substantial progress in the past year.

"As the Iraqi forces grow more capable, they are increasingly taking the lead in the fight against the terrorists," the president told a supportive audience at the U.S. Naval Academy. "Our goal is to train enough Iraqi forces so they can carry the fight against the terrorists."
Time=dead people. Each day, several Americans and a host of Iraqis perish. Since 0% Bushes or any GOP leader's children are fighting over there, the parents can take their sweet time dealing with this war. So what if yet another family has to live in travail and grief? It ain't the Bush family! Or Cheneys! The Cheney tot is running around the Middle East talking democracy while people avoid her or boo at her. Whoopee. She is surrounded by armed guards and each speech she makes ups the ante on the young women in Iraq who are exposed to actual danger.
Bush's speech did not break new ground or present a new strategy.
None of his speeches breaks anything aside from gas and the only thing they break are hearts.

The stay at home Pentagon and NPAC strategist's sole solution to this mess is "Vietnamization" which is really civilian victimization. The civil war there is now raging. There is no hope for any compromises. This is a fight to the death that will, like all such battles, spill out into the greater Muslim community as Shi'ites try to take revenge and take over the oil. Alarm that Iran is going to double in size is motivating more than one ruler in the Middle East to try to keep our troops in that hell hole as long as possible for the revolution brewing there will explode across the rest of the Middle East.

Look at Egypt's latest "elections" where the military had to openly prevent people from voting! The Muslim Brotherhood did very well in that election and they represent real political power for they can blow everything up.

From the Arabic News:
The third phase of the Egyptian parliamentary elections will be carried out in nine Egyptian governorates which are al-Diqlheyah, al-Sharqeyah, Suhaj, the Red Sea, south and north of Sinai, Aswan, Kafer al-Sheikh and Dumiat.

The secretary general of the ruling national party in Egypt, Safwat al-Sharif, said that the party included in its ranks several independents so that its majority in the parliament stood at 205 of 302 seats.

The two final results of the two phases the Egyptian government announced that independent candidates got 85 seats out of which 76 seats for the Muslim Brothers while the performance of the official opposition came weak and won only 12 seats.

The Egyptian security forces arrested 200 members of the Muslim Brothers in a measure which the group said aims at undermining the opportunity to increase its share in the first phase of the elections.

The police and Muslim Brothers sources said that the acts of detention took place in al-Sharqeyah and al-Dqhelya governorates in the Egyptian Delta, Suhaj in al-Saeed (Upper Egypt) and in North Sinai. Muhammad Habib, the deputy Muslim Brothers Guide (leader) expected more acts of detention acts in the coming days, stressing that the police still have under arrest other hundreds detained in the first and second phase of the elections.
This is nearly as funny as our elections. Mubarak told Mrs. Cheney Jr that there was no way in hell he was going to have real elections. He was going to imitate her damn daddy! Wot a surprize.

Speaking of daddies from hell: Atta's dad belongs to this group. Bin Laden is part of it, the first attack on the WTC broiled out of Egypt, too. The wild fury of the Palestinians has been uncapped and now flows into the Nile Valley to mix with the natives, a toxic brew thanks to European colonialism run amock.

From the Guardian:

n mid-2002, when I first came to the region, extremist and separatist violence was limited to the grey ruins of Chechnya, crippled by two separatist wars in the 90s. But by 2003, the violence had begun to spread to neighbouring Ingushetia, then further west to the tiny town of Beslan in September last year. By the end of this year, months of violence in Dagestan, to Chechnya's east, and the Nalchik attacks in the previously dozy republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, proved conclusively that the Kremlin had failed to keep a lid on the violent radicalisation of an entire region. Moscow may blame foreign fundamentalism for infecting its southern flank, but it is clear that Europe now has its own indigenous Islamist movement with militant teeth, what one analyst close to the Putin administration has called a "Russian Hamas". Extremists within the movement advocate establishing by force an Islamist caliphate across the north Caucasus.

Last Sunday, Russia attempted to complete the political solution it has imposed on the republic by holding parliamentary elections, a final bid to convince the outside world that the conflict is ebbing rather than intensifying. Ahead of the vote, I travelled from Nalchik in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria through five other republics to see how and why Islamic radicalism began to captivate the north Caucasus.
Chechnya: this is what got Putin into power, the tool he used for his palace putsch the night of the millenium. This mess isn't dying, it is killing. Each defeat makes them stronger for the power thrown against them radicalizes everyone around them. This is the cauldron bin Laden is stirring. He understood that the only way to get the revolution rolling was to roil the waters, force America and Russia into overreacting, to force the dictators in all those Muslim countries to crush people and thus, radicalize them.

It is working. The other scheme: to destroy the economy of the great Christian empires, is the other fang on this Beast and it is the most effective. I really am angry that my future earnings will be severely clipped as we struggle to deal with the trillions in new debts all so we can see local girls get blown to smithereens for no good reason.

This farce must end or Bush should be forced to ship his daughters out to replace Marissa.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Meet One of Our Readers, Amal

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Some of the readers of this blog have really nice blogs themselves. For example, Richard's This Old Brit, Earl's Radio Weblog and the always gracious Facti at Wimpling Wings.

So it is no suprize to learn there are ever more of similar quality out there on the net. So please visit Amal's blog. Here is a typical entry. Amal's blog
Another day, another few hundred unreported deaths in Iraq The top story on BBC East today Middle was the bomb that went off near a hospital in a town called Mahmudiya, This bomb killed 30 but this is only one of many. Iraq has had unprecedented carnage in the last few months perpetrated by both the butchers of the “Coalition” forces and by the butchers of Al Qaeda in Iraq. No place is sacrosanct, no event, no home, no where. A bomb was set off in a funeral procession, another near a school. Just because we don’t hear about it on CNN or Al Jazeera or whatever station du jour doesn’t mean it is not happening.

When it comes to the “Coalition” of the damned, we have no choice and worse yet no voice however, when it comes to the butchers of Al Qaeda in Iraq, we do have a choice and we most certainly do have a voice. It is absolutely shameful that we as Muslims have been largely quiet about the carnage being sown by these murderers. In fact, until the suicide bombings in Jordan, most Arab papers were muted in their criticism of Al Zarqawi and his band of merry murderers. Why is this acceptable? Why has most of the Arab world turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the suffering of those in Iraq.

As a Muslim, I have never identified myself by sect. I have never ever differentiated between what is a Sunni Muslim and a Shiite Muslim. I was raised in a household where Muslims were Muslims and nothing else. As someone who was raised like that, I cannot fathom how we as a group who likes to identify itself by religion can keep quiet. How can we as a group ever talk about the beauty of Islam if we are allowing our fellow Muslims to be butchered.
There is much more here, so please visit and say hello.

I know the new security systems blogger set up, the code you have to type in so laboriously, has cut down on posting on such blogs, it was pretty noticable here. But please don't be shy or put off by it all, we bloggers really love hearing from readers! It makes our day. We don't feel like we are yelling into an empty room!

There are other good blogs from the Muslim corner of the net. This certainly is one that deserves regular visits.

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Aegis Security Puts Online a Video of Contractors Shooting Civilians

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Reporters in England discover an online video put up by Aegis Defense Services, a firm with a big "security" contract in Iraq, showing them killing civilians (and laughing). This brings up the topic of the glee and joy the invaders take in shooting unarmed civilians. And why the mass of Iraqis as well as Afghanis, hate us so much and why we are losing.

From the Telegraph:
A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.

Lt Col Tim Spicer is investigating the incident
The video, which first appeared on a website that has been linked unofficially to Aegis Defence Services, contained four separate clips, in which security guards open fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad.

The road has acquired the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous in the world because of the number of suicide attacks and ambushes carried out by insurgents against coalition troops. In one four-month period earlier this year it was the scene of 150 attacks.
I decided to check out Lr. Spicer and his website. Here it is: Aegis Fun Page:
I have today seen the new website - "Aegis Iraq PSD Teams", I have a number of points I wish to make:

I am fully in favour of good natured banter and a light hearted view of life and its difficulties in Iraq .
I encourage anything that takes the pressure off and improves motivation.
I would not be in favour of a site if it was in any way libellous to anyone, down right nasty or detrimental to anyone's morale.
My major concern is one of OPSEC - either that of our clients or our own individuals - posting unblanked photos may not be so clever. Anything that is of use to AIF should not be allowed to flourish.
I am also concerned about media interest in this site and I remind everyone of their contractual obligation not to speak to or assist the media without clearing it with the project management or Aegis London. This site could be construed in this way.
I remind everyone that there is a proper chain of command for airing concerns, grievances etc.
Please think twice about posting your happy snaps and whilst I am not concerned about this site as yet, if it develops into something other than a light hearted pressure valve I will take a much greater interest.
Remember that your job and those of your colleagues indirectly relies on the maintenance of our contract. Refrain from posting anything which is detrimental to the company since this could result in the loss or curtailment of our contract with resultant loss for everybody.
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Spicer, OBE
As always, revealing the "fun" our forces and our contractors are having is a big no-no. So long as only the Iraqis get to experience our hilarity, it is OK, just don't photograph it or put it online! Keep it under wraps, dudes.

We are fortunate these depraved people boast about their many war crimes. They really do think all of this is very funny. Hahaha. A big joke. Since this war is being run by psychopaths who like to joke about executing women or think war is funny so long as no one can shoot back, we get psychpathic behavior down in the lower ranks. Lt. Spicer is no angel. He has a record of giving arms to despots but this is no different from American official arms trafficking like selling arms to Saddam when he was conducting his totally illegal war against Iran.

From the Telegraph article:
The Foreign Office has also confirmed that it is investigating the contents of the video in conjunction with Aegis, one of the biggest security companies operating in Iraq. The company was recently awarded a £220 million security contract in Iraq by the United States government. Aegis conducts a number of security duties and helped with the collection of ballot papers in the country's recent referendum

Lt Col Spicer, 53, rose to public prominence in 1998 when his private military company Sandlines International was accused of breaking United Nations sanctions by selling arms to Sierra Leone.
The lunacy of paying uncontrolled mercenaries to provide security in war zones is now fully evident. The Fallujah incident when an enraged mob, no doubt brought to a boiling point by the sort of random haha shootins these mercenaries indulge in, attacked a mercenary vehicle and burned it. Then hung the bodies from a bridge as a warning. We then committed very grave war crimes, using chemical warfare against unarmed civilians there, and now we are in very serious legal trouble. First, we had to hide our crimes. This meant attacking al Jazeera who exposed our use of illegal chemical bombs, this led to Bush trying to pressure Blair into becoming a fellow war criminal by attacking a civilian television station in another, totally innocent country! This mess should be aired out in trials at the Hague but it won't because first, the perpetrators should be captured and Bush is surrounded by sharp shooters and military who will kill even American citizens if they even dare raise a hand against this psychopatic multiarrested AWOL criminal.

Click here if you want to see a video of Americans shooting unarmed demonstrators, dropping a bomb on them! While laughing.

Four Swedish soldiers blown up in Afghanistan this week: From Xinhuanet:
Four Swedish soldier were injured Friday afternoon in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, a local police officer said.

"This afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. in Mazar-e-Sharif a Swedish vehicle belongs to ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) hit a bomb on the way back from the buzkashi game. Four Swedish soldiers were injured, and one of them is in very serious condition," Shir Durani, spokesperson of the provincial police chief told Xinhua.

At the same time, an interpreter of the Swedish soldiers said on condition of anonymity that one Swedish soldier was killed, three others were injured.

About 11,000-strong NATO-led ISAF forces stationed in Afghanistan after the collapse of Taliban in late 2001. They continued with the cleanup operation of Taliban remains to stabilize the war-ravaged country.
The UN saw the need to stabilize this country. We screwed up the initial war and our actions in Iraq have aggravated the situation in Afghanistan and now the earthquake has made things worse, showing the mountain people that the dictator in Pakistan and the Americans don't give a hoot about them except to oppress them, this is making our opponents much stronger!

Already, with the stench of defeat in our nostrils, we try to extracate our troops. Here is the latest lunacy about this: From Newsweek:
Under the Pentagon's plans, U.S. numbers are to be reduced back to about 138,000 by the new year (troop totals are now edging up to 160,000 leading into the December election). Then, under what the Pentagon calls a "moderately optimistic" scenario—but the one it considers most likely—20,000 to 30,000 more troops would come out by mid-2006, with a further goal of phasing down the U.S. presence to 80,000 to 100,000 by "late next year." As additional evidence of its intentions, the Defense Department quietly announced on Nov. 7 the major units scheduled to deploy to Iraq in the next big rotation, starting in late summer next year. Those units add up to 92,000 U.S. troops in 2007.

To secure the country with so few troops, Khalilzad and Casey have had to swallow their pride. They are making compromises with Sunni supporters of the insurgency that would have been unthinkable a year ago. President Bush is also doing what he has been loath to do: asking neighboring countries for help, even the rabid anti-American Islamists in Tehran. Khalilzad revealed to NEWSWEEK that he has received explicit permission from Bush to begin a diplomatic dialogue with Iran, which has meddled politically in Iraq. "I've been authorized by the president to engage the Iranians as I engaged them in Afghanistan directly," says Khalilzad. "There will be meetings, and that's also a departure and an adjustment. "
My god. Didn't our insane ruler yap about the Triumverate of Evil so long ago? The Troika of Terror? The Triples of Turbulence? So, we ink treaties with North Korea, send them food, we go to Iran, hat in hand, "Please save us from the one country that didn't have terrorists", we beg.

I remember when troop strength was under 125,000 and our psychopath was prancing around an aircraft carrier under a "Mission Accomplished" banner. He lied about the banner, pretending it was made by the crew of the ship and put up spontaneously rather than manufactured professionally and brought aboard by the film crew to set up as a backdrop. Bush should have been removed from office for lying about all this. There has been 1000 reasons to remove this clown. Of course, he should never had been put in office when it was discovered he lied about being arrested again and again. Heck, putting career criminals into powerful positions always leads to really bad things happening!

Meanwhile, our criminal government tries in vain to have trials of people they accuse of being terrorists: From the Guardian:
The Bush administration decided not to charge Jose Padilla with planning to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in a US city because the evidence against him was extracted using torture on members of al-Qaida, it was claimed yesterday.
Mr Padilla, a US citizen who had been held for more than three years as an "enemy combatant" in a military prison in North Carolina, was indicted on Tuesday on the lesser charges of supporting terrorism abroad. After his arrest in 2002 the Brooklyn-born Muslim convert was also accused by the administration of planning to blow up apartment blocks in New York using natural gas.

The administration had used his case as evidence of the continued threat posed by al-Qaida inside America.
Yesterday's New York Times, quoting unnamed current and former government officials, said the main evidence of Mr Padilla's involvement in the plots against US cities had come from two captured al-Qaida leaders, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, believed to be the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, and Abu Zubaydah, a leading al-Qaida recruiter. But the officials told the newspaper Mr Padilla could not be charged with the bomb plots because neither of the al-Qaida leaders could be used as witnesses as they had been subjected to harsh questioning and could open up charges from defence lawyers that their earlier statements resulted from torture. Officials also feared that their testimony could expose classified information about the CIA prison system in which the men were thought to be held.
This is what our Founding Fathers fought to end: Star Chambers.
In a sense the court was a supervisory body; its members oversaw the operations of lower courts. As well, its members could hear cases by direct appeal. Members of the court were either privy councillors (i.e. members of the king's advisory body) or judges drawn from the courts of common law.

The mandate of the court expanded under the Tudors to include instances of public disorder. Judges would receive petitions involving property rights, public corruption, trade and government administration, and disputes arising from land enclosures. Although the court was initially a court of appeal, Henry VIII and his councillors Wolsey and Cranmer encouraged plaintiffs to bring their cases directly to the Star Chamber, bypassing the lower courts entirely.

Although the court could order torture, prison, and ines, it did not have the power to impose the death sentence. Under the Tudors Star Chamber sessions were public.

The power of the court of Star Chamber grew considerably under the Stuarts, and by the time of Charles I it had become a byword for misuse and abuse of power by the king and his circle. James I and his son Charles used the court to examine cases of sedition, which, in practice, meant that the court could be used to suppress opposition to royal policies. It became used to try nobles too powerful to be brought to trial in the lower courts. Court sessions were held in secret, with no right of appeal, and punishment was swift and severe to any enemy of the crown.

Charles I used the Court of Star Chamber as a sort of Parliamentary substitute during the years 1628-40, when he refused to call Parliament.

Finally, in 1641 the Long Parliament abolished the hated Star Chamber, though its name survives still to designate arbitrary, secretive proceedings in opposition to personal rights and liberty.
To be imprisoned at the whims of a ruler is the most odious thing our Founders could think of, aside from slavery which many of them endorsed heartily. Indeed, from day one, America has been fractured by the chasm between idealism and crass usage. This is why we broke our treaties with the tribes who resided here before our invasion, why we go insane when we embrace patriotism, why we can't take the world peacefully and convert enemies into friends without lots of chaos and killing.

Most people want to be friends and do business. But not if the terms are akin to looting expeditions or piracy. We don't like to be attacked by pirates, do we? Yet we want to be exactly that when we want something and can't pay for it.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

The Blair/Bush Chat About Murdering Reporters Cause More Problems

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The leaky ship, HMS Blair, continues to take on water. The latest, the conversation Bush had about bombing Qatar and thus murdering al Jazeera reporters, continues to sink, pulling Blair down. His popularity rating is now 30% and dropping and Bush is doing just as badly. The problem with the latest leaks is murdering people is very illegal. Already, one widow is suing the USA over this matter.

From the Telegraph
Tony Blair yesterday branded as a "conspiracy theory" claims that a leaked memo has revealed plans by President George W Bush last year to bomb the Arabic television station al-Jazeera.

The Prime Minister broke his silence on the issue as fresh concerns surfaced over the use of the Official Secrets Act to suppress the memo.
Hiding this very important evidence showing clearly that Bush is a murderous psychopath is illegal. In Britain, in America, in the world. Murderous rulers should be put on trial.

We are trying Saddam this very day for similar actions.

Blair, by punishing the whistleblowers who revealed this vital information about a criminal trying to commit even more crimes, is now complicit in this crime, he is enabling Bush's violent rampage across the world stage. Conspiracy?

It is between Bush and Blair and the deal is, Blair gets to joine the Carlyle Group after he gets out of office. On every level, the two of them are in a conspiracy that should be put before a judge and if found guilty, executed.

Yes, we did this before and therefore are obligated to do it again: execute leaders who are criminals and psychopaths.
What it is being suppressed by the Government is because it contains a potentially damaging private discussion between the two leaders about the controversial United States attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah last year.

Mr Blair sought to play down the memo yesterday, despite the fact that two men, accused over its leaking, are to appear in court this week facing charges under the Official Secrets Act. He also shrugged off a request from the managing director of al-Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar, for a meeting. Mr Blair was speaking at the Commonwealth summit in Malta, where he has been locked in trade talks with African leaders.
Time for Blair to come clean. Like Woodward who conspired to hide vital information about the much more minor Valerie Plame affair, Blair is guilty of assissting a criminal in evading the law by hiding the information about Bush trying to plot to murder journalists.

This is part of the much greater crime: murdering the media people who bore witness about the illegal and terrible massacre of nearly unarmed civilians or babies and children in the city of Fallujah. This was a total war crime.

Blair's collapsing leadership is causing many problems. From Angus Reid
Few adults in Britain express satisfaction with the administration headed by Tony Blair, according to a poll by YouGov published in the Daily Telegraph. 30 per cent of respondents approve of the government’s record to date, down three points since October.

In May, British voters renewed the House of Commons. The governing Labour party secured 356 seats, followed by the Conservatives with 197 and the Liberal Democrats with 62. Blair has served as Britain’s prime minister since 1997.

On Nov. 9, the Labour government’s anti-terrorism bill was defeated in the House of Commons after a 322-291 vote. A revised version of the legislation—which allows for a 28-day detention period for suspected terrorists instead of the 90-day period Blair sought—was introduced and passed immediately following the conclusion of the first vote.
The loss of leadership is dangerous. Especially during wars. Spain left our conspiritorial coalition and now is investigating our secret CIA torture flights that landed in Spanish territory. The inability to pass any laws or do any actions is hobbling the entire alliance and it is a good thing in America because the laws being passed are destroying our country. In England, it is making any progress for Labor an impossibility which means it is time for an election, no?

Here is yet anther problem: when the law enforcers end up being part of a conspiracy to break the law, law and order collapses just like it did in the sixties and early seventies in America. From the Times of London:
Goldsmith risks going down in history as the most miserable holder of his Janus-faced office. He is supposedly an “independent law officer” and adviser to the government (as over Iraq). Yet he also enjoys the patronage of the prime minister as his private legal counsel (as over Iraq). The conflict of interest is glaring.

We know from past leaks that Goldsmith’s advice on invading Iraq was so unpalatable to Blair that he had to change it. His independence was utterly compromised. Now Downing Street claims that Goldsmith’s decision to prosecute over a leaked memo about bombing Al-Jazeera in April last year was a spontaneous act of legal combustion. We are told that Goldsmith thought that old carthorse, the Official Secrets Act, needed a fresh trot round the paddock. This had nothing to do with the smoke coming from Downing Street’s ears.
Like Bush's Attorney Generals, the one in England has entangled himself in a criminal conspiracy. This is why Blair and Bush are screaming about criminal conspiracies. With guilt written all over their bloody faces, they want us to stop putting two and two poodles together and spawning a puppy mill of crime.
So why invoke the Official Secrets Act to ban such material? Here the plot thickens. Blair is desperate not to have any split with Washington on public view. He senses that a dam may be about to burst, revealing Anglo-American splits over Iraq just when Bush’s policy there is facing domestic opposition. So far discipline has held on this front. Britain’s military and diplomatic elite may excoriate Pentagon policy in Iraq and excoriate Blair for failing to use leverage over it. But the public line has held that there is “not a rice paper” between the two leaders.
This article is very coy. It doesn't bring up the obvious, this Mafia type relationship is just like the Mafia: all business. Both parties make money in various ways by whacking people.
We assume from this and from Downing Street’s use of the Official Secrets Act against the Mirror memo that it knows of more high explosive lurking in the bomb bays of Fleet Street. Retired generals, SAS soldiers, Downing Street aides, diplomats and spies are queueing up, eager for profit or revenge. Blair will pay dearly for his lavish entourage of cronies and his contempt for discreet civil servants.

I believe that governments are entitled to keep their secrets, at least for a while. Secrecy and trust among colleagues are crucial to the circulating blood of power. Total transparency threatens that circulation and the open debate that should go with it. Any organisation depends on confidence among participants. Leaks gradually confine plain speaking to ever tighter circles of personal cronies. This applies even to democratic government. There is a public interest in privacy.
No, no, no. Secrets are that because the rulers don't want a democracy, they want freedom to do whatever so they can be either traitors or psychopaths. Ancient Greece struggled with that. Their leaders would run off and make all sorts of underhanded deals and they ended up slaves of Rome.

99% of the secrets should not exist in the dark. For any "enemies" usually knows the truth really fast. This is what spying is all about and the more secret the organization, the more easily it is spied upon. The CIA was/is a spy swiss cheese sandwich and ditto the Pentagon. I used to joke, if you want to know what is really going on in DC, ask the Russians.

This secrecy is evil. And people are murdered and tortured under the dark shroud of secrecy.

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Soldiers Not Guilty of Burning Bodies, All Was a Joke

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The Pentagon investigated the desecration of the dead Taliban and found this was done for hygenic reasons and not a war crime. They don't bother explaining the broadcast insults accompanying this action. Nor why it took place in remote mountains where the Taliban always retrieve and properly bury their dead fighters.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Four U.S. soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels--a videotaped incident that sparked outrage in Afghanistan--but they will not be prosecuted because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns, the military said.

Maj. Gen. Jason Kamiya said Saturday that two junior officers and two non-commissioned officers with the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade would be reprimanded in the Oct. 1 incident shot by a journalist in southern Afghanistan and later televised.

The Geneva Conventions forbid the burning of combatants except for hygienic purposes.
As usual, this is a lie, totally and completely. They were in the high mountains. The air there is very dry, it was also the dry season. There were no humans nearby to become sick from the bodies. Indeed, the vultures would have cleaned it all up just fine. This also ignores the funeral services: the soldiers set up loudspeakers and screamed deliberate insults through them to the mountains, taunting the hidden rebels. Of course, our military ignores all this other information because unlike our own trials of Nazis and Japanese after WWII, we get to decide if we are criminals and of course, if criminals are the judges and juries both, they always are exhonerated.

This is all falling apart now, big time. From the Washington Post:
Five months after the fall of Baghdad, I went to Iraq with Colin Powell. It was the first visit by a secretary of state in half a century, and although he moved under heavy security, there was an optimistic, forward-looking feel to the trip.
Hitler felt the same, touring Paris in 1940.
My second trip to Baghdad, on July 30, 2004, some 15 months after the fall of the city, was a secret. This time, the press corps traveling with Powell couldn't report it until after we'd landed.

We traveled from the airport to the Green Zone in Black Hawk helicopters, with U.S. troops perched in open windows on both sides manning machine guns that fire as many as 4,000 rounds per minute.

The route was so dangerous that we were all given flak jackets and helmets for the short trip.

This time, we didn't stay even one night. The al Rashid had come under rocket fire in October 2003, when then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was visiting. The attack had killed one American soldier and wounded 15 other people.

The hotel was off-limits even for journalists traveling with Powell. When I pressed the case, a diplomat offered to escort me through a new barricade between the convention center and the hotel, which was just across the street. Unfortunately, she didn't have clearance for the hotel. I didn't get in.
Anyone reading about the Nazis in WWII can sense the dejavu here.
My latest trip to Iraq, on Nov. 11, 31 months after the fall of the capital, was kept secret even from some of the people on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's plane. The dozen members of the traveling press were summoned to the State Department the day before we left on a trip to the Middle East and sworn to secrecy after a briefing about the additional stop.

We could tell an editor and a family member, but we were asked not to mention it to anyone else, particularly our bureaus in the Iraqi capital -- and not on the phone or by e-mail to anyone, at all, anywhere. If word got out, the trip would be canceled. A leak had forced the postponement of a similar trip in the spring.
The secrecy addled reporter should request a visit to the bunkers that Bush and Cheney use all the time. Heh.

The news is fast and furious this morning. As I write, new stories arise on this topic. Here is one example:From Associated Press:
Iraqi police have arrested eight Sunni Arabs in the northern city of Kirkuk for allegedly plotting to assassinate the investigating judge who prepared the case against Saddam Hussein, a senior police commander said Sunday.

The men were carrying a document from former top Saddam deputy Izzat al-Douri ordering them to kill Raed Juhi, said Col. Anwar Qadir, a police commander in Kirkuk, where the men were arrested on Saturday.

Al-Douri is the highest ranking member of the Saddam regime still at large and is believed to be at least the symbolic leader of Saddam loyalists still fighting U.S. forces and the new Iraqi government.
The civil war there is rising rapidly in volume, is about to flame forth hugely. From the Washington Post:
The leader of Iraq's most powerful political party has called on the United States to let Iraqi fighters take a more aggressive role against insurgents, saying his country will only be able to defeat the insurgency when the United States lets Iraqis get tough.

"The more freedom given to Iraqis, the more chance for further progress there would be, particularly in fighting terror," said Abdul Aziz Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Shiite Muslim religious party that leads the transitional government and whose armed wing is the most feared of Iraq's many factional forces.
This oncoming bloodbath whereby the Shi'ites slaughter the Sunni while the USA holds down the Sunni...Yugoslavia, anyone?

This religious war is going to cause huge tidal surges in the Islamic world. We are stuck smack in the middle of this mess because we wanted the oil. It is all a big trap.

Talking of oil, how about these cookies: From Energy Bulletin:
Kuwaiti oil production from the world's second-largest field is ``exhausted'' and falling after almost six decades of pumping, forcing the government to increase spending on new deposits, the chairman of the state oil company said.

The plateau in output from the Burgan field will be about 1.7 million barrels a day, rather than as much as the 2 million a day that engineers had forecast could be maintained for the rest of the field's 30 to 40 years of life, said Farouk al-Zanki, the chairman of state-owned Kuwait Oil Co. Kuwait will spend about $3 billion a year for the next three years to expand output and exports, three times the recent average.

To boost oil supplies, ``Burgan by itself won't be enough because we've exhausted that, with its production capability now much lower than what it used to be,'' al-Zanki said during an interview in his office in Ahmadi, 20 kilometers south of Kuwait City. ``We tried 2 million barrels a day, we tried 1.9 million, but 1.7 million is the optimum rate for the facilities and for economics.''
The declining oil reserves are happening all over the Middle East. The only countries to have large reserves today are Iraq and Iran due to the many wars and disorders between the Sunni and the Shi'ites there. This coming conflagration is going to dwarf the previous wars. This has the potential to cause WWIII if other colonial powers decide it is time to clip the American empire's wings just like England's were clipped so harshly during the 20th Century. Luckily for England, none of the powers attacking her had nukes.

The many forces at work here today are as complex and frightful as those at work exactly a century ago. England thought the sun would never set exactly at the point in time when the moon of death was rising in the East. Here is some typical propaganda. From the Washington Post:
Combat's potential to inflict psychic wounds has been recognized as far back as the ancient Greeks, but so has its ability to exhilarate, intoxicate and instruct those who experience it, experts say.

"If you think about all of the heroes and heroines in cultures across the world . . . all of them, in one sense or another, faced some sort of a dragon," said Matthew J. Friedman, director of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. "The transformation from that encounter has been celebrated from antiquity."

University of North Carolina psychologists Lawrence G. Calhoun and Richard G. Tedeschi, who have studied post-traumatic growth for 20 years, said they are careful in describing what occurs.

"We're talking about a positive change that comes about as a result of the struggle with something very difficult," Calhoun said. "It's not just some automatic outcome of a bad thing."

Calhoun said their studies suggest that for growth to occur the trauma must be severe. "We tend to use the metaphor of an earthquake."
Hail, Caesar! Heck, Heinlein talked about all this. "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" is a famous example. We are supposed to feel good about our maimed soldiers because they will overcome this, too and become super strong! Whoopee. Reminds me where Hitler conceived his first desire for world domination, no? In a military hospital. Eh?

I have known war heroes. One was a man who lived through the entire assault on Iwo Jima from day one to the end, rose in the ranks by the hour from the lowest soldier in the group to commander on the ground. He had many awards from that experience. He went home, became a farmer and a neighbor and a good friend. To my horror, the week he died, on the anniversary of the 50th year, the end of the battle, he died in his chair at home but not before, at sunrise when I came over to assist in the prepping of the fields for summer, he told me all about his war experiences. He never told anyone, I found out at the funeral, except for me and only because I was antiwar.

The truth was, his soul was seared by it all and troubled. He was in very great inner pain from all of it. All I could do was hold his hand and cry while he told me about it all. Even his wife wasn't told, he didn't want to shake everyone's faith in patriotism. But his heart knew better. It knew there was something very wrong with all the killing we had to do and it needed help.

Bless him, a great man. Still miss Walt.

Any soldier badly hurt will try to justify and fix the pain by being brave and stalwart. But this is a front. Pretending this is all for the good, gets them to "grow up" and all that, well, send in the clownish childish kids of our rulers. Let them grow up and learn to be better via pain and dismemberment. Hell, send in all of Congress, they want war, give it to them. In spades.

Hell, yes.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

More Chinese Chemical Factory Fires, Problems Like We Had Before EPA

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

A second chemical factory blew up in China, more pollution in rivers, this time in the south. Russia and China start new accords for alerting each other if Chernoybl-style disasters occur. Europe and America have been down this road before, too.

From the BBC:
Hundreds of villagers in north-eastern China are being evacuated from their homes following the pollution of the local river by a chemical explosion.
The evacuations, from villagers in the suburbs of Harbin, came as 3.8 million people in the city centre endured a third day without mains water.

The water supply is not expected to be turned back on until Sunday.

In south-west China, another chemical factory explosion has led to warnings of more benzene pollution.
Many forms of pollution are global in impact. Water and air are the twin forces that keep us alive. We abuse both at our own peril.

Massive, out of control industrialization is very dangerous. Not too long ago, we were exactly like China is today. From the Volokh Conspiracy:

The story of the Cuyahoga River fire is a canonical tale, but my friend Jonathan Adler -- a law professor at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University -- argues in the Fordham Environmental Law Review that much of the story is a fable.

While many point to the fire as evidence of ever-worsening environmental conditions, Jonathan argues that water quality had already begun to improve before the fire. The Cuyahoga River was heavily polluted, to be sure, but it was starting to turn the corner.

From the 1880s to 1950s, fires on industrial rivers and harbors were rather common, and rarely elicited comment. Much pollution was accepted as the inevitable and unavoidable cost of industrialization. As the nation became richer, attitudes changed, and cleanup efforts began, even before the adoption of federal laws. River fires were rare by the 1960s, largely due to state and local cleanup efforts.

The 1969 fire attracted national attention more because of increased environmental consciousness than because environmental quality was steadily getting worse. It's a complex story, but quite interesting. I'm not an environmental expert, but Jonathan is, and I've found his work to be trustworthy and eminently readable.

One item of note from Jonathan's article. The fire received national attention when highlighted in Time, but the picture of a river aflame accompanying the article wasn't of the 1969 fire at all -- it was of a much worse 1952 fire. There are apparently no pictures of the 1969 fire itself because the fire was out before any photographers arrived. So the image many remember of the river on fire isn't of the famous fire at all.
This right wing site is rather funny. The spontaneous combustion of a river is OK because it burned out before it could be photographed and the much worse sponaneous fire 15 years earlier was used, but who cares?

The fact that the river caught fire REPEATEDLY is what matters! Like the Chinese today, we were willing to pay the price, we don't care. Now that we are living longer but more miserably thanks to the rapid rise in cancers, we are changing our minds. I remember the sixties and seventies! We got the government to lean on factories to clean up the water and the air which they did....By moving away! The water and air pollution in Mexico where all those factories moved is horrific in the extreme. Now, they are moving to China with similar results. This is why true "free trade" people advocated uniform pollution controls. Namely, we shouldn't get a free ride transfering our pollution to other, poorer nations.

Europe is no better. They have tried shipping out all sorts of toxins to dump in Africa and all nations allow their decommissioned ships to be torn apart in India, in a very primative, polluting fashion we don't dare do here! And as for river pollution and factory fires, here is another story I remembered, from Google: From Kent UK:
The Rhine and pollution

Many years ago, the Rhine was considered as one of the most polluted rivers in Europe. In 1986 the river was severely polluted by a chemical factory fire. 30 tonnes of pesticides (used for farming) ended up in the river killing many animals and fish for 100-200 kilometres downstream of the spill. But the governments of the countries through which the Rhine flows cleaned up the river and made it habitable again for wildlife. The Rhine Action Programme has been set up to check the levels of pollution in the river.
Many factories need gastly amounts of water to function. So they tend to hug rivers so when they fall apart, so do the rivers and all the living things nearby.

This is why very strict controls over how chemicals are stored and used are so vital. I used to say, all OSHA rules are written in blood, namely not one of them gets inplimented unless people actually die, in the case of asbestos, lots of people die. The Bush machine is rapidly dismantling the EPA and OSHA because it interfers with making profits. This is their plan: to turn back the clock so the USA is like China, whole cities becoming uninhabitable because of cheap, careless handling of toxic materials!

Way to go! Of course, Bush and his loopy buddies can't figure out, pollution travels far and kills many including possibly themselves.

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Again and Again, Our Soldiers Hand Out Toys And Children Are Blown Up

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Every so often, soldiers are allowed to or ordered to, I can't tell, the Pentagon won't say, hand out toys to tots in Iraq. We are obviously at war there, we go about heavily armed and armored, attacks kill our soldiers and the civilians every day, 4 more soldiers died and many more were maimed yesterday, yet we still persist in pretending that we are Santa Claus and are there to hand out goodies, not steal all their oil wealth. I wish they would stop doing this. If they want to distribute candy and toys, give them to the Iraqi adults and let them dispense them.
From the Washington Post:
A suicide attacker steered a car packed with explosives toward U.S. soldiers giving away toys to children outside a hospital in central Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 31 people. Almost all of the victims were women and children, police said.

In all, 53 people were killed in bombings and gunfire across the country, including two American soldiers who died in a roadside bombing near Baghdad. The U.S. military also reported the deaths of four American troops on Wednesday.
The first time this happened a year ago, I was shocked and horrified. My blog talked about how soldiers in battle should never ever lure little children over and try to befriend them when the parents are so obviously opposed to this. It is like going to a busy intersection and holding up candy and toys and calling children over. You don't do it! It is wrong!

If the situation is such that our soldiers were walking around with no more than a light sidearm if even that, fraterizing with friendly children, then they could indulge in displays of charity and fun. But they are target number one in an insurrection that is very serious, very effective and very obvious. Luring children to surround our troops in this hostile situation is insanity.

The Pentagon last year should have put out a directive forbidding this. The sole reason is to protect the children from the battlefield which is all of Iraq. Of course, the urge to win the hearts and minds of tots by bribing them is very strong. We hoped they would go home and lobby mommy and daddy to stop fighting us and let us pump Iraq dry and leave them with nothing at all.

This is like the Europeans offering the natives glass beads for Manhattan. After the first incursions, the natives realized this would be a fight to the death and it was, wasn't it?
"It was an explosion at the gate of the hospital," a woman who had wounds on her face and legs told the AP. "My children are gone. My brother is gone."

With no room left at the hospital, emergency workers rushed victims to hospitals in Baghdad, about 15 miles to the north. And when the hospital morgue was full, the workers were forced to place the dead in the hospital garden so family members could find them.

Ahmed said late Thursday that an Iraqi parliament member, Jafar Muhammad, was among the dead. His death would bring to three the number of National Assembly members killed in insurgent attacks.
Just the other day, a top Sunni leader and his entire family were massacred. This is a massive civil war and it will get much worse, not better. The "elections" there were a sham, the "constitution" is as strong as tissue paper. Heck, we don't honor our own "Constititution" so why would we think they would honor theirs, especially since so many Sunni made it crystal clear, the document is bad for them!

There is no way of fixing what is wrong in Iraq because we went in, determined to take, by hook or crook, the oil. This has been our main goal from day one and since it involves destroying the country, it happened. Now our only hope is to escape the mess we made.

And, I hope, pay reparations. Like Germany, we have to learn how to control our urge to steal.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Chemical Factory Explosion Destroys Water to Chinese City

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Two weeks ago, I read about a chemical factory explosion while reading about financial matters. Looks like the chemicals have destroyed the water quality of the city of Harbin in Manchuria. Water to 4 million people has been cut because it is too polluted for humans or animals. As usual, at first, the government lies about all this (like the EPA lying about the air quality in Manhattan after 9/11).
From the BBC:
The major Chinese city of Harbin is facing four days without water because of an unexpected mains stoppage.

The announcement that water supplies would be cut off from Tuesday has sparked panic-buying of bottled water and other drinks at local supermarkets.

There is confusion over why the authorities are cutting off the water.

Xinhua agency cited fears it had been contaminated by a chemical blast, but the China Daily quoted the government as saying it was for mains maintenance.
I read Xinhuanet because it carries standard diplomatic messages which amuse me greatly. I place the propaganda content there at a much lower level than the hysterically funny American diplomatic reports which are nearly 100% bullshit at this point. Only this month have the American press covered any real information in the diplomatic world. Like the NYT featuring Bush's idiotic "press conference" in China where he not only cut off questions in a snit but got beached by a locked door and couldn't move because his pea brain shorted out. Well!

The only security a population has from being literally poisoned to death is a free press that doesn't lie, cheat or steal! Here is Xinhuanet today:
The government of Harbin yesterday made a U-turn by admitting that fears of water contamination in Songhua River, which supplies the capital of Heilongjiang Province, were behind the city's four-day water supply cut.

On Monday, it rejected such fears as "just a rumour," saying the stoppage scheduled to begin late last night was for a thorough check of the water-supply system.

Students at Gongbin Primary School in Harbin join in the water-storage exercise as the city suspended its water supply at midnight Monday.[China Daily]
A government statement said yesterday that the environment bureau had forecast that possibly-contaminated water could arrive from the upper reaches of the river in the coming days following a chemical plant blast on November 13.

The chemical plant in Jilin city, in the neighbouring Jilin Province, is only a few hundreds metres from the banks of the 1,850-kilometre Songhua. Harbin is on the middle reaches of the river.

The water-supply cut, earlier announced to be from noon yesterday, was postponed to midnight as the government called on residents, work units and businesses to store enough water.

All the city's wells will be used to supply drinking water and the health department should ensure safety, the government said, adding that water tankers would be on standby.

City residents, who number 3.8 million, continued to buy and stock up water. All utensils, such as pails, kegs, thermos flasks, and washbasins in the city were filled; and containers enjoyed brisk sales.

Bottled mineral water remained out of stock in supermarkets and shops but beverages and milk were available.

However, there was no panic buying like on Monday or long queues at shopping centres because tap water was available.

At noon, the government issued a statement saying the water quality in Songhua was normal, and called on citizens to remain calm.
This is their New Orleans moment. Will the Chinese equivalent of Brownie now step forth and be equally clueless? Don't panic! There is no water, it is poisoned, yeah! One of the things Bush's maladministration couldn't do was provide water to the people huddled in government shelters long after the hurricane passed. It was a defining moment in our history. This, too, will define the rulership of Hu and Wen. They have been very good at the diplomatic stuff, very, very good. But domestic?

That is their weak point. Worker/peasant restiveness is growing and this isn't going to help the rulers at all. As long as rampant capitalist industrialization raises all boats, the people will be happy. But not if it kills them all! All over the planet, workers and peasants grapple with the downside of industrialization. The upsides are nice but like all yin/yang forces, the downsides are brutal. Indeed, this tandem force might annihilate us. This is why rushing into projects is so dangerous. Look at New Orleans! The health ill-effects of the hurricanes are barely understood. The entire city is caked in a thick, toxic mud that is now bone dry because they are in a drought now and the fine dust of all sorts of chemicals and carbons is now blowing about the place and you can bet, this is destroying people's basic health.

It is not being looked at very carefully because we don't want the bad news that the city is now uninhabitable except for desperate people who don't care if they die.

Here is more news from the BBC:
"Benzene levels were 108 times above national safety levels," said China's Environment Protection Administration.

The contamination followed an explosion at a chemical factory upstream of the Songhua river.

Some schools and businesses have closed in Harbin, a city of 3.4m people; flights out of the city are sold out.

"Everyone wants to leave Harbin and it is very difficult to buy tickets," a factory manager told Reuters.

Benzene is a highly poisonous toxin that is also carcinogenic.

Fifteen hospitals have been placed on stand-by to cope with possible poisoning victims.

The rivers of Europe when I lived there in the frantic sixties, as everyone was rebuilding after WWII, were filthy. I couldn't believe how horrible the water was. No one seemed to notice and I went around, pointing this out. When I came back to America, I noticed the same thing going on here. You see, I grew up in the wilderness, in pristine nature, it was quite a shock to see pollution.

Actually, I also lived in Death Valley. The water there is naturally polluted. You don't dare drink from any watering hole except for very special ones which were very tasty.

There is a cancer epidemic in the world. Americans are suffering from it. Part due to massive nuclear bombs going off at frequent intervals during the Cold War, a great deal due to industrialization and the spread of chemicals. We accept the poisoning of workers in factories. But when we poison everything, everything dies. Here is a classic example.

We citizens had to agitate for antipollution laws in the past. Here in NY, we are still fighting with GE over the pollution of the great Hudson River which was so polluted 30 years ago, the water changed color regularily as chemicals were flushed. These factories are now...In China! And the same old raging pollution is in China. Like our inflation, we exported our pollution.

I hope the Chinese can fight for their own country. I hope they can start Green Parties or Earth Days or find a leader like the Udalls to spearhead environmental protections. After all, we are the ultimate beneficiaries if we don't pollute! Unfortunately, here in America, the Bush gang is trying to undo as many antipollution laws as possible. The EPA no longer protects us or the planet. It exists only to serve the capitalists who can't figure out, you pollute the planet, you die.

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Now Condi Claims We Are Pulling Out of Iraq!

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

After attacking Democratic war hero, Murtha, a severely wounded Bush retreats. Today, Condi decides we will pull out troops because we have Iraq under control. That is, only 200+ Iraqis and 20 Americans were blown up last week. Victory!
Sieg Heil, Hitler won Stalingrad!

From Yahoo:
The United States may not need the number of troops it has in Iraq "all that much longer," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said amid reports the Pentagon may pull back three combat brigades.

With political pressure building on U.S. President George W. Bush to shift course in Iraq, U.S. officials are trying to reassure Americans that sufficient progress is being made in training Iraqi forces to possibly permit some U.S. troops to leave.

"I suspect that American forces are not going to be needed in the numbers that they're there for all that much longer, because Iraqis are continuing to make progress in function, not just in numbers, but in their capabilities to do certain functions," Rice told CNN on Tuesday.
Desperately, we are trying to install Saddam Program 2.0. It is full of bugs. We don't care, the program can crash and burn since we will be using a different computation system. It will show us in victory, haha!

Of course, not even dictators can conduct imperial wars in the teeth of vast popular disapproval! They suffer either assassination or coups. The 9/11 propaganda isn't working its wonders anymore because too many people are wondering if maybe they were duped by PNAC and the neocons who show utter indifference to the deaths of Americans in pretty much all circumstances. The real eye-opener was the hurricanes. Even now, today, at Thanksgiving, the neocons begrudge giving any aid at all to the many refugees of these hurricanes. They wanted to toss them into the street just before Christmas!

Jesus loves me!

Well. Merry Christmas and all that rot. Bush knows he broke many laws in this war of his. The revelations about him trying to conspire with Blair to bomb Quatar so he could murder al Jazeera reporters is just one of many indications that Bush is a pathological psychopath.From Al Jazeera:

The five-page transcript of a conversation between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals that Blair talked Bush out of launching a military strike on the station, unnamed sources told the daily.

The transcript of the pair's talks during Blair's 16 April 2004 visit to Washington allegedly shows Bush wanted to attack the satellite channel's headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

Blair allegedly feared such a strike, in the capital of Qatar, a key Western ally in the Gulf, would spark revenge attacks.

Aljazeera has said in a news statement that it is investigating the report and urged the US and British governments to challenge it.

A British civil servant has been charged under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking the government memo.
Bush and Blair, the Corsican Twins of War Crimes, claim they bonded because of Jesus. The fact that Blair had to plead with Bush to not commit even more crimes shows what sort of demented god bonds them and I would suggest it was the Devil that is Death and the bond is Carlyle. Namely, when Bush stole the White House, he summoned Blair and showed him all the riches that would be his if he only obeys Bush and ignores his own people.

Blair is as unpopular as Bush. Because Britain has a three party system, he got away with remaining in power by only one third of the populace. This is not good. Instead of building coalitions, his own party is now voting against him and in the next six months, he will propably be forced down.

Here in America, ditto. Bush is trying to brush off this latest example of his criminal mind at work by pretending he was only joking! Like Reagan "joking" about nuking Russia, the fact that Americans sit here and drool while their bloody rulers make merrry about murder should stop for once and all our delusions of being "good guys."

The real reason why Condi and Bush and their ilk are suddenly changing direction is very simple: we ran out of money. As my blog has detailed over and over, the sea of red ink unleashed by these psychopaths is now up to our chins and we are about to drown. We cannot afford this war. We can't rebuild New Orleans or prepare for the next massive wall of future hurricanes much less the inevitable blow out of the San Andreas. Mt. St. Helen's belched some more yesterday. She is a harbinger for volcanos and great quakes work in tandem. In a five year timeframe, they bounce off of each other. For example, the Great New Madrid Quake was followed by Mt. Tamboor blowing up and this caused a terrifically cold year, no summer up in upstate NY, it was a deadly five years.

Bush, in a panic, has tapped the national oil reserves. This has brought down the price of oil but in return, he has given the oil giants huge tax breaks. Now the American owned auto industry is dying. We think we can attract Japanese and German auto makers here by telling them our workers will work cheaper than Germans and Japanese workers who supposedly lost WWII. We will be on our knees begging them both to save us from becoming peasants. What a sight.

Stocks shot up this week because so far, whenever America killed off unions or destroyed workers at home, we got "richer" because our enemies would extend more and more credit for us to spend. This made us feel really good. So when the news that one of our very last industries was being butchered hit and GM and Ford announced they would ditch all workers into the abyss, this caused false joy. As if the now poor workers will go on shopping sprees at Christmas!

The Dow Jones should change their classification of businesses. Namely, call them Import Companies. We can track how well this importation is going and each time the trade deficit widens, Americans can celebrate by popping French champagne.

Of course, we are dying. We don't know what to do. Well, this is going to bite back no matter who we arrest or impeach.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Cheney X'ed Out on CNN

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Drudge dredged up this screen snap of Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute. By accident, he was x'ed out and Drudge thought this was funny, after all, nearly no one likes Cheney now, not even right wingloons! Cheney continues to attack Americans while the Iraqi government says their people have the right to kill Americans. Our allies! Hoorah.

From Rense:
Matt Drudge reported that a strange "X" appeared to flash over Cheney's face on CNN during a televized speech, and offered the freeze frame below as proof. Others have noticed there was also black text below the X, and some managed to pull that data from the image, showing it was merely a technical glitch of the monitors -- not an intentional "X" cast over Cheney's image.
The gremlins and goblins lurking deep within our TV sets did this. Heh. Since Cheney and Bush are both satanists, this is rather fitting, no?

Cheney's speech was equally inspired today. From Yahoo:
Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday accused critics of "corrupt and shameless" revisionism in suggesting the White House misled the nation in a rush to war, the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious debate over prewar intelligence.

Cheney also denounced proposals for a quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq as "a dangerous illusion" and shrugged off the failure to find weapons of mass destruction. "We never had the burden of proof," he said, adding that it had been up to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to prove to the world that he didn't have such weapons.
Um, hate to say this, but Saddam showed the inspectors he had nothing, they found nothing, we claimed he was lying, went in and found nothing. I would suggest the burden of proof lay on the USA and especially the PNAC people running our government along with the pesky AEI clowns.

And what is "corrupt" about suggesting our excuses to invade were discovered to be false? I would think this is a Freudian slippage of the spine. Cheney's dark, satanic mind can't help but use the correct words to describe himself. Unlike Bush, Cheney seldom slips up. Bush blurts out the truth quite often like when he said he wasn't going to fund "No Child Left Behind" when he introduced it in Congress. Well, he is cutting funds for it just as he promised!

Cheney continued to thrash on the floor.
"Those who advocate a sudden withdrawal from Iraq should answer a few simple questions," Cheney said, such as whether the United States would be "better off or worse off" with terror leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri in control of Iraq.
Well, "those" people seem to be around 63% + of Americans. Half a year ago, I noted the sudden disappearance of all those ubiquitous magnet ribbons. Well, more and more, cars are sporting what my car has: peace signs!

It is particularily amusing to see Cheney corrupt and shameless rewriting of history concerning bin Laden. If anyone kicked open the front door for him, it was Cheney himself! But then, Bush and Rummy and Cheney left America's front door swinging wide open on 9/11 and even after 2 attacks, did virtually nothing to protect anyone. Not until after the Pentagon was hit, that is!

On the other hand, the Democrats have little imagination for understanding just how badly we messed up in Iraq. Here is an example:
Meanwhile, Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) of Delaware, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said he wouldn't go as far as Murtha but would like to see a gradual transition out of Iraq over the next two years. "That will require the administration not to stay the course, but to change course," Biden told the private, nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Withdraw over two years? Why in heaven's name? OK, list the names, at around 80+ a month, of the future dead American soldiers. That is about another 2000 dead and 20,000 losing arms, legs, eyes, you name it. Not to mention dead Iraqis all over the place.

Like a bear chewing off its leg to escape a trap! Why can't all our politicians who put them there volunteer to take over and be the unlucky 2000 dead? I could live with that.

Starting with Cheney and Bush, they need to hike over and stand up and take it like men, not the mice they are.

From the Washington Post:
Iraqi leaders at a reconciliation conference reached out to the Sunni Arab community by calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces and saying the country's opposition had a "legitimate right" of resistance.

A day after the communique was finalized by Iraqi Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni leaders, Washington reiterated Tuesday that the United States would stay only as long as it takes to stabilize Iraq.

The communique condemned terrorism but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if they don't target innocent civilians or institutions that provide for the welfare of Iraqis.
Obviously, the Iraqis know how to fight. They certainly know how to fight each other. They are quite good at fighting us. Time to say goodbye.

After all, I keep pointing out, we cannot afford this war at all. Not even slightly! The rebuilding of New Orleans is collapsing.
From the Washington Post:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave a holiday reprieve to about 150,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees yesterday, saying the vast majority will not lose government subsidies for the hotel rooms where they have been living until Jan 7.

A week ago, FEMA warned hurricane victims living in every state except Louisiana and Mississippi that it would stop paying for their hotel rooms by Dec. 1, which it said was an attempt to encourage them to find permanent housing. But the announcement sparked widespread protests from state and local officials and housing advocates, who said the huge number of evacuees in hotels could not find permanent housing in 15 days.
What a mess. As the money for "refugees" runs out, there is still a lot of loot for rebuilding after the Big Boys decide what they want to rebuild. Like the WTC mess, there is lots of contention and something stupid will probably result from all this.

The pretense is, this is like an earthquake: once ever 100 years sort of event. Alas, it isn't. In a mere 10 months we could see this all over again! Florida has soaked the nation for humongous amounts the last three years all because of predictible storms. And Mother Nature isn't finished with us at all.

I will note there is near zero news about the various gas and oil rigs in the Gulf. It is like they are under a security blanket, to hide from us, what is going on there. And remember: next summer, a replay!

From Skiracing:
Low snow and unseasonally warm temperatures in Scandinavia and in the American West are creating problems for U.S. nordic combined skiers as they try to make final training adjustments before the start of the World Cup -- and Olympic -- season.

Veterans Todd Lodwick, former sprint world champion Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong head to Norway over the weekend to start their final preparation for the annual "Nordic Opening" Nov. 25-27 in Kuusamo, Finland. But they’re not sure where they’ll wind up by the end of the week for training ... or perhaps even the first World Cup start.

"Kuusamo had its snow laid down, tracks cut [for cross-country] and were just about ready to go and then it rained and they lost everything," coach Dave Jarrett reported Friday. "And it’s pretty much the same report everywhere; no one’s got snow, it’s been warm and no one’s training.
Santa is going to surf this year.

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Unconstitutional Detention of an American--Padillo's "Trial"

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Just before Thanksgiving, the Bush junta decides to not go to the Supreme Court to justify an obviously unconstitutional detention of an American citizen so they suddenly file charges against Padillo---years too late, and not even remotely part of the original excuse for detaining him. Arrest Bush, arrest Ashcroft, arrest Cheney. Detain them without trial. Sheesh.

From the NYT:
Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for three years as an enemy combatant suspected of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack in this country, has been indicted on charges that he conspired to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas.
What? Did they torture him while he was held in incommunicato for all these years, unable to talk privately with a lawyer, never commmunicating with friends or family? Huh? Since we know our government endorses and uses and justifies torture, any "confession" has to be thrown out, period.

There isn't any way shape or form this man can be put on trial for anything at this point. Holding him while trying out one thing after another? Secret witnesses he and his lawyers won't be able to cross examine or even read their "testimony"? And how much of this swill is from CIA or military tortures? Eh?

This farce has to end with the unconditional release of Mr. Padillo. You can't convict someone of plotting against America without following all those damn rules our Founding Fathers thoughfully enshrined in the Constitution so we won't live in the sort of tyranny that characterized all of Europe back then.

"The man in the iron mask" was a real person put in prison with no trial, no hearings, no lawyers and no one was allowed to visit him or talk to him or anything. He was moved from prison to prison and legends grew up around the poor man. He is the symbol of all that is hateful in tyranny and oppression.

Bush has the nerve to lecture China about freedom and prisoners. This sickening episode in bad blood diplomacy would be funny if it weren't for the fact that Americans are torturing, murdering and oppressing so many humans. Bush is a butcher dripping with blood lecturing us about vegetarianism.

I don't care what Padillo was plotting at this point. The destruction of my political powers, my civil liberties, my own life and limb, is why I call upon the pathetic remains of our so called democracy to free this man and apologize for holding him in secret, in isolation, for so long.

Free Padillo now. Period. We have no grounds for charging him with anything.

And arrest Bush. He has plotted to and carried out "kidnappings, murders and maimings."

And arrest Rumsfeld, his chief operations officer. Ditto charges.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Israel and America Build Huge Wall Around Bethlehem

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This isn't in American news but from overseas: Israel, using our money, built a huge ghetto wall around Bethlehem. This is like walling up Detroit to stop crime. Of course, this is OK with American Christians and Jews who are at full war with Muslims now. We also shot dead a family in Iraq at one of our mobile checkpoints. Apocalypse, anyone?

From the Australian:
O LITTLE town of Bethlehem. O very big wall around it.

Already broke, and haemorrhaging a Christian population reduced to desperation by five years of intifada, the birthplace of Christ was sealed off from Jerusalem last week -- just in time for Christmas -- by an 8m wall and huge iron gate resembling a nuclear shelter.

The wall and sentry posts are the latest stretch of the controversial 680km barrier that Israel is building through Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Israel regards it as the linchpin of the strategy by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of separation from the Palestinians, pointing to its success in stemming the flow of suicide bombers and gunmen into Israel.

But, on the ground, Bethlehem's 30,000 Palestinians are walled off from Jerusalem, two of the most popular destinations for visitors to the Holy Land.
The devolving mess in the Unholy Land is our responsibility. There is no way in hell Israel could build these illegal, amoral, disgusting ghettos if Americans didn't cheerfully fork over money we owe to China and Japan to build all this. Israel can't go directly to China and Japan for loans to do this because they have rotten credit. So they piggy back on American tax payers.

Our grandchildren will pay for this wall in 100 ways especially with the future terrorist attacks since Palestinians can't hit Israel and it doesn't matter, anyway, the true cause of all this woe and evil is in the USA anyway. We have paid a lot for control of the Holy Land. We will pay a tremendous amount in the future especially if the Apocalyptic war against the Muslims heats up fatally.

Iran is now totally determined to have nukes. And why not? Pakistan and India, two bitter rivals, have them now! And the most insane country on earth, the USA not to mention equally insane North Korea, talk openly about using nukes for political or military advantages!

We have no shame as we do increasingly Nazi acts. The left is totally fractured about this, worrying about Muslims in Iraq while torturing and murdering Muslims in Israel. This myopic, insane approach to foreign and domestic policy is fatal. We can't have a dual system. Just as the Jews impose totally Nazi style population controls on a captive people, we do the same in Iraq. The battle for power in the Middle East is a feed back system, the push in Israel belches out deat in Iraq and the intercinine wars rage ever hotter.

Eventually to consume the world just like WWI and WWII, both wars were imperialist projects run amok.

The left in America has been fatally fractured by all this. Jews in the left want peace in Iraq but also want Israel to build giant walls around all Muslims and Christians in Israel. This is why we have nearly zero debate about this in America. Indeed, one will be banned from a number of leftist sites for talking about this when it is part of the war discussion. In many sites, people agree to be silent because they want some "unity".

Well, silence is shit, everyone! The mess in the Holy Land is destroying our democracy at home for you can't be a part-time fascist, one has to embrace real liberalism or end up schizophrenic. This is bad because being mentally ill isn't useful for dealing with developing problems.

And the need to colonize and terrorize Muslims so we can have our way and do as we please is a great way to launch a world wide confragation. As the flames leap ever higher, we will spend more and more money in a frantic effort to douse the flames. But this conflicts with our desire to kill off the Muslims so we can steal their lands and goods so naturally, the Muslims are fighting back as hard as they can.

Right now, we have the upper hand. We can murder everyone by dropping nukes on them. We hope to draw China and Russia into our conspiracy. Both hate Muslims, too! So why not murder all of them, we say? This is the Great Temptation. As the devil grins, "religious" people really consider this as a great opportunity. To have our Apocalypic cake and eat it too!

Alas, we will eat dust. This is what the Antichrist is all about: using religion as an excuse to steal, murder, rape. Whatever sympathy Jews got for the hideous crimes of Hitler dissipate in the dust of their own collective crimes. Every year, they approach the Nazi altar and worship the monster that squats there. American Christians are even worse: they hypocritically pretend to be the friends of Jews only they believe Jews, their "friends", will burn forever in hell and suffer unimaginable (except Nazis imagine this easily!) torment and torture. Secretly, and I know this for a fact, living deep in Jesusland in my youth, Christians take great glee in this idea, that the Jewish Jesus will welcome them to Paradise while they get to watch the torture of the Jews from above, laughing with Jesus. Hahahaha.


Right now, the lunatic Born Again Christians are all howling about saying "Merry Christmas" at retail stores selling junk for self-centered consumers. Well, maybe they should be yelling about tearing down the ghetto wall penning Joseph and Mary inside of Bethlehem. Shades of Herod!

Bring on Salome.

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Startling Pictures Showing Bush Acting Stupid On Chinese TV

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush, in a disheveled suit, tries to go out fake doors after fake speech. When the doors refused to open, he stood there like a cow with mad cow disease, clueless. I drew his face exactly as it is in the photo. Put this man in a mental hospital, please.

From Atrios:See the entire series at Atrios. It would be funny except it is terrible. When Reagan was going obviously insane as well as selling his services to the Japanese as if he were a private citizen, he should have been put away. We are very fortunate Gorbachev was a good man. Reagan went off with him in Iceland and made a deal which was good because Gorbachev had a nice deal for him.

But he was totally senile at that point and would of or could have done anything. As it was, he let Ollie North run riot in the White House basement.

This guy is much worse. He shows all the trademarks of a brain dead drunk. His clueless features when confronted with a door that wouldn't open is a sign he is mentally incapacitated. His goofy behavior after this bizarre episode is just like a typical drunk. To laugh it all off and make a goofy, vacuuous smile. Wave the hand limply, make a lingering exit, unable to comprehend how to be dignified, acting as if he were in some comedy show.

This isn't funny. Everywhere he went, he did stupid things. Luckily for us, the Chinese want America intact right now and were very careful to keep Bush propped up and to keep a straight face when he acted like a clown. Unlike Putin who can barely hide his rage and disgust when he watches Bush blunder about. It takes all his KGB skills to pull a straight face when Bush turns to look at him but the cameras catch his frequent rages and looks that could kill.

The Chinese overlords, Hu and Wen, have totally impassive faces. They smile with the lips. They don't need to gladhand anyone, they make deals. They show courtesy and restraint and keep things moving along. They don't care if Bush is lying on the ground, drooling, so long as he signs on the dotted line.

Which he does, without question.

The diplomatic dance this week was won, hands down, 100%, by the Chinese diplomatic duo. They used all their human resources to corral and capture the Americans. They endured many insults and difficulties and still won. They got their contract by giving a contract. Tit for tat. With the status quo in their favor, ongoing.

If Bush tries to force them into concessions, they can cancel the Boeing deal. It is a great tool for them. They love it.

Meanwhile, we must demand Congress remove this idiot. I don't even want to see him arrested, I want him in a mental ward.

One Fluke Over the Coo-Coo's Nest indeed.

If finding a way out of Iraq is an immediate problem for Mr. Bush, then dealing with China's increasingly assertive tone on economic and military issues, and with Mr. Hu's quiet resistance to Washington's calls for political liberalization, is a challenge that will last far beyond his presidency.

After a day of talks that began with a 90-minute meeting inside the Great Hall of the People, Mr. Bush emerged with little progress to report beyond a $4 billion deal for 70 Boeing aircraft for China.

Even that agreement - to purchase the 737-700 and 737-800 jets as part of a larger order that Boeing officials hope will total 150 airplanes - seemed highly preliminary. One person with detailed knowledge of the negotiations said that the actual contract, including the price tag for each aircraft, was still being discussed. He declined to be identified because of the commercial sensitivity of the pending contract. That strongly suggested that the deal had been announced ahead of time to provide the White House with a concrete accomplishment during Mr. Bush's visit.

Mr. Bush appeared to be tense during much of the day. When asked about that later by a reporter, he said, "Have you ever heard of jet lag?"
Hahahaha. Gads. So, Bush got all snippy, didn't he? Now it seems all the niceties are falling apart because Bush is an idiot. Complaining about clearing out dissidents so Bush can't see them? Hahahaha. Welcome to America, Hu and Wen!

Arrest Bush. Arrest his entourage. Obviously, they are Manchurian candidates here at home. Why do they want freedom in China and can't give it a chance here? Eh?

I can't imagine Hu or Wen being snappy at anyone in public. I suppose any aid who screws up in public gets screwed over in private. Thus, the emotionless faces. I wish I were at their meetings. I remember the Chinese officials who lived with me once. They called me the White Bone Demon in Chinese. One day, I enlightened them as to my knowledge of this. And cackled like her. Hehehehe. Actually, it was an honorific to be called this. It meant they were scared of me.
American officials had set low expectations for what Mr. Bush might accomplish today beyond deepening his relationship with Mr. Hu, a man he had expected would embrace reforms more quickly than his predecessor, Jiang Zemin.

But while administration officials stressed that they felt that the two men had begun to develop a personal chemistry that made it easier to grapple with trade, currency and geopolitical problems, none of that comity was on public display.
Always the low expectations! "He is expected to walk across the room and go out the door, " they say as Bush goes the wrong way and stands clueless at a blank door. Ok. So he is expected to sit and not barf. Wow, he did it! Unassissted!

The NYT twaddle about "personal chemistry" is worthy of a Commedia del Arte skit. Geeze. They are warm and friendly only in public, they are cold and distant! Another low expectation! This is much better than Putin giving muderous looks to Bush's back!
On economic issues that are of major concern to American businesses - letting market forces set the value of the undervalued Chinese currency and protecting intellectual property from rampant piracy in China - Mr. Bush made marginal progress. He secured a public statement from Mr. Hu that he would "unswervingly press ahead" to ease a $200 billion annual trade surplus that wildly outstrips anything Mr. Bush's father faced with Japan in the late 1980's.

But Mr. Hu set no schedule for further currency moves, which are politically unpopular in China because they would make Chinese goods less competitive abroad. An American participant in the meetings in the Great Hall of the People said it was clear that "no Chinese leader was going to act immediately under the pressure" of a request from a foreign leader.
Gods, get Bush outta there now! Each hour that goes by tempts the Chinese. Putin knows how to deal with someone like Bush. The Chinese are even better at the dark arts. They invented much of the interrogation techniques that we are so fond of today! On second thought, let's leave Bush in China. Serves them right.

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