Joe 6 Pack's Elegant Coincidence Theory Blog

Commentary: criticism of how 9-11 happened; criticism of how the Bush administration responded to 9-11; and criticism of how the Bush administration is still avoiding efforts to provide the public with the whole truth about September 11, 2001.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

    Boycott of American Goods Over Iraq War Gains

Well now, there's an interesting idea... the economy's in the toilet already anyways. If the domestic anti-war consumer crowd get on the global bandwagon too, George shall be out on his keister in 2004 for certain. Perhaps the peaceniks can start sipping imported beverages while marching? Perrier, anyone? THAT will get the corporate warmongers' attention! I understand it's not censorship but an individual's right to protest in America when they quit playing the Dixie Chicks on their radio networks, so I guess MILLIONS of anti-war marchers shall exercise their rights too by not listening to the country music stations or their sponsors at all and they'll quit buying American brands. I recommend NOT buying any product endorsed on the "cheerleading" television networks either throughout the war coverage.

    Boycott American Goods

    Boycott American Brands

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

    I'm currently devoting a considerable amount of my precious leisure time to a new Joe6Pack undertaking...

    Announcing: Joe6Pack's new home in the works! Check it out.

    Yes, I'll still be updating the Elegant Blog; but, I think the community will really appreciate the Spring spruce-up. There's significantly more space, and NO advertising (which is a plus considering that there's gradually becoming more and more blasted conservatives' merchandise being peddled in the ad space right at the top of each Elegant Blog page lately. Why, it's sacrilige I tell ya!). Oh, we'll be having commentary, and the content can be more easily organized into categories for quicker reference too. Sign up! Even obnoxious dittomonkeys provide some... er, valuable perspective. Especially when I've been remiss in viewing the mainstream media reports as I've been doing lately. *snark* Do have a peek in once in awhile to see how it's coming along, and update your bookmarks and pagelinks whenever you feel it merits it. I'll have it linked on the sidebar once the new site is sufficiently developed. Cheers!

Sunday, March 23, 2003

    Eric Alterman provides a candid view of the "duel loyalties" reality of being Jewish-American. As you know, wrongwing warhawks deny the existence of "dual loyalties".Be sure to read "Perle, Interrupted" while you're at it, as well as my growing The Prince of Darkness: Richard Perle dossier on him; and The Men From JINSA, if you haven't done so yet.

    The watchdog group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) shared Tescish's outrage. Describing the first Gulf War coverage as "enthusiastic cheerleading" and "boosterism for the war effort," FAIR deemed Gulf War coverage "one of the most disturbing episodes in U.S. journalistic history."

    Elizabeth Wilmhurst, 54, deputy legal adviser, is understood to be unhappy with the government's official line that it has sufficient basis for war under UN resolutions. Ms Wilmhurst has been a legal adviser at the Foreign Office for 30 years, and deputy legal officer since 1997.

    After a week of reported unease within the government about the legality of going to war without a second UN resolution, Lord Goldsmith on Monday published a condensed version of his advice to Mr Blair. But anti-war MPs and many lawyers suspect the full version may be more evenly balanced.

    Concern about the legal advice was also expressed this week by two former Foreign Office legal advisers. In a letter to the Times, Sir Franklin Berman, legal adviser from 1991-99, and Sir Arthur Watts, legal adviser from 1987-91, expressed regret that the search for a second resolution had been abandoned. They said the onus was on the government to account "for their actions to the international community in whose name they claim to act".
- Adviser quits Foreign Office over legality of war

"If you depend on the news for your worldview, friends, you're in a sad place." - Garrison Keillor 11/9/02

The Royal Journal of Found Art is a website that collects odd examples of graphic art and writing that site contributors have discovered in peculiar places, or spied in advertisements and commercial products.

Bush Uses War to Bury Probe of 9/11
Are You In Bush's Prayer Circle?

Saturday, March 22, 2003

A remarkable event occurred in the first Bush-Gore debate, held on October 3, 2000. In his very first statement of the evening, Candidate Bush said this:

BUSH: I want to take one-half of the surplus and dedicate it to Social Security, one-quarter of the surplus for important projects, and I want to send one-quarter of the surplus back to the people who pay the bills. I want everybody who pays taxes to have their tax rates cut.

Who Lost Bush's Budget?.

Minneapolis FBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley asked Special Agent in Charge Deborah Pierce to shift her to an investigative position, said Paul McCabe, a spokesman for the Minneapolis FBI office.

"This was special agent Rowley's personal decision," not a reprisal or a demotion, McCabe said, adding that Rowley will assume her new duties in the near future.

Coleen Rowley has made headlines — and attracted criticism — again this month when she said publicly that she didn't think the agency would be able to handle terrorism that could follow a war with Iraq. There are dedicated FBI agents in the field, and now there is one more.

Now that Noelle's getting the help she needs, when is Jeb going to get treatment for his chronic corruption addiction?

"Visit her. The monument, museum, crown, and observation decks are all closed now for security reasons, but it will still remind you of how great this country was, and what we used to stand for."

"Support him. With all of his faults he's still a better president than we have." - betterrhetor

Friday, March 21, 2003

    Who Is James R. Bath?    

He's a crooked enough bastard to merit his own dossier at Joe 6 Pack's is who he is!

Bush Pushes the Big Lie Toward the Brink

Even some in government can no longer be silent in the face of falsehood.

Robert Scheer, LA Times

So the truth is out: George W. Bush lied when he claimed to be worried about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Otherwise, Iraq's stepped-up cooperation
with the U.N. on disarmament would be stunningly good news, obviating the need to rush to war.

Instead, the U.N. weapons inspectors' verification of Iraq's destruction of missiles, private meetings with Iraqi weapons scientists, visits to locations where biological and chemical weapons were destroyed in 1991 and a series of unfettered flights by U2 spy plans have been met with a shrug and sneer in Washington. The White House line is that even if the Iraqis destroy all their slingshots, Goliath is still bringing his tanks and instituting "regime change." The arrogance is breathtaking. We have demanded that a country disarm - and even as it is doing so, we say it doesn't matter: it's too late; we're coming in. Put down your guns and await the slaughter.

Abraham Lincoln once observed that even a free people can be fooled for a time - and this, mind you, was long before Fox News existed - and in his chaotic two-year presidency, Bush has pushed the Big Lie approach so far that we are seeing dramatic signs of its cracking: an international backlash, a domestic peace movement and whistle-blowing from inside our own intelligence and diplomatic corps. - More...

InfoTech & Weapons of Mass Repression

Now George has fallen and Fred is dead

And John got lost in the shooting.

Blood, however, is still blood-red

And the army is again recruiting.

Song of the Three Soldiers

Bertolt Brecht 1927

"In the beginning of a change,the patriot is a scarce and brave man, hated and scorned.

When his cause succeeds however,

the timid join him, for then it costs nothing

to be a patriot."

- Mark Twain

"Fear not the path of truth,

for the lack of people walking on it."

Robert Francis Kennedy


In Israel, the belief that Ariel Sharon and his "security policies" will somehow end the violence bears bitter fruit.

Suicide bus bomber kills 15 in Israel



There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which comes as Israel's new hardline government is pressing ahead with a two–week–old
offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, and as the Palestinian Authority is considering far–reaching reforms.

Israeli media reported that the blast was caused by up to 60 kilograms (130lbs) of explosives – an exceptionally powerful bomb compared to those used in similar attacks. Its force caused damage and debris to cars as far as 30 yards away.

"Once again the bestial hand of Palestinian terrorism has struck at the heart of Israel," said Mark Sofer, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, adding that in the past two months Israeli forces had thwarted almost 100 attempted attacks.

However, Israel might be constrained in any reaction by the possibility of an imminent US strike against Saddam Hussein, because the United States has made clear that they want to keep a lid on the Israeli–Palestinian fighting until the Iraq issue is resolved.

Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat condemned "any attack that is targeting civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli. But he added: "We reject the Israel government finger–pointing that the Palestinian Authority is responsible."

Senseless killings


The Israel Defense Forces operations in the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip in recent weeks appear to have been carried out with reckless abandon. Care not to harm innocent bystanders - oft recited mechanically by military commanders and ministers - has disappeared.

The operations are leaving dozens of dead civilians in their wake. Of the 72 Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in February, 25 were civilians, including three children under the age of 10. A pregnant woman and two youths were among the dead in El-Bureij.

In demolishing the homes of terror activists, the IDF has also destroyed the property and possessions of neighbors who had nothing at all to do with anti-Israel activity before falling victim to the terror attacks, reprisals and counter-terrorism operations.

The declared intentions of adopting a selective approach to the operations - heavy-handed against the terror, and merciful toward unfortunate Palestinians who only want to live and make a living - have gone up in the smoke of the tanks and the dust of the bulldozers.

Dan Rather tells Greg Palast US reporters too afraid to ask questions

On my BBC television show, Newsnight, an American journalist confessed that, since the 9/11 attacks, U.S. reporters are simply too afraid to ask the uncomfortable questions that could kill careers: "It's an obscene comparison, but there was a time in South Africa when people would put flaming tires around people's necks if they dissented. In some ways, the fear is that you will be neck-laced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck," Dan Rather said. Without his makeup, Rather looked drawn, old and defeated in confessing that he too had given in. "It's that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions and to continue to bore in on the tough questions so often."

Investigators were ordered to "back off" from any inquiries into Saudi Arabian financing of terror networks....

The reports I did based on this information won the California State University School of Journalism's Project Censored Award in 2002. It's not the kind of prize you want to win - it's given to crucial stories that were effectively banned from U.S. airwaves and papers. I don't want any misunderstanding here, so I must emphasize what we did not find: We uncovered no information, none whatsoever, that George W. Bush had any advance knowledge of the plan to attack the World Trade Center on 9/11, nor, heaven forbid, any involvement in the attack.

FBI Document 199I

What we did discover was serious enough. To begin with, from less-than-happy FBI agents we obtained an interesting document, some 30 pages long, marked "SECRET." I've reproduced a couple of pages here (figure 2.1). Note the designation "199I" - that's FBI-speak for "national security matter." According to insiders, FBI agents had wanted to check into two members of the bin Laden family, Abdullah and Omar, but were told to stay away by superiors - until September 13, 2001. By then, Abdullah and Omar were long gone from the United States.


Political Deception: The Missing Link behind 9-11

by Michel Chossudovsky

"We have to find an approach that will help them (i.e. US troops fighting alongside the Phillipines
Gov't in their civil war) without violating their constitution,” Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news conference.

Arrests follow Philippines blast - Please note that while Islamic terrorists are "suspected", nobody actually knows who staged the bombings because no Islamic Terrorist group has claimed responsibility which is what they ALWAYS do to make a political point. Of course, there is no speculation that the bombing was staged by agents who are pushing for American involvement in the current civil war. THAT would be BEYOND THE PALE!

3/4/03 Arroyo: No combat for U.S. troops


Abu Sayyaf: The CIA’s Monster Gone Berserk

the dead peasant bonanza

Ari clarifies George's intentions

Kermit Rolls A Fat One

9/11: The Enlightenment

Can Science overcome Myth? (in time to stop the next war)

MEDIA RELEASE 4th March 2003

Professor A.K. Dewdney, author of ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’, has released the results of an experiment testing the feasibility of claims that cellphone calls were made from ‘hijacked’ airplanes on September 11th 2001.

The cellphone calls from hijacked planes were a crucial element of the 'official version' of the horrific events of '9/11', as they directly corroborated the notion that all four planes were hijacked by Arab terrorists.

Dewdney's experiment suggests that it is highly unlikely the cellphone calls took place as reported...


Graham: His 9-11 ‘Outrage’

The Florida senator says reported FBI and CIA failures inspired his White House run


March 10 issue — What prompted Florida Sen. Bob Graham to join the Democratic presidential sweepstakes last week? The 66-year-old Graham—who
recently had heart surgery—has toyed with the idea of running for years, but says he always lacked “fire in the belly.”

WHAT GAVE IT to him this time, he tells NEWSWEEK, was his experience last year overseeing a joint House-Senate inquiry into the events of 9-11. Graham says he became “outraged” by the intelligence and law-enforcement failures discovered by the inquiry—most of which, he charges, are still being suppressed by the Bush administration. The inquiry’s 400-page report can’t be publicly released because the administration won’t declassify key portions. Graham says the report documents far more miscues by the FBI and CIA than have been publicly revealed, as well as still unpursued leads pointing to 'facilitation' of the hijackers by a “sovereign nation.” (Sources say the country is Saudi Arabia.) “There’s been a cover-up of this,” Graham said.

—Michael Isikoff


But can Bob Graham be trusted?


Was it an ‘intelligence failure’ to give red carpet treatment to the ‘money man’ behind the 9-11 terrorists, or was it simply ‘routine’?

On the morning of September 11, Pakistan's Chief Spy General Mahmoud Ahmad, the alleged "money-man" behind the 9-11 hijackers, was at a breakfast meeting on Capitol Hill hosted by Senator Bob Graham and Rep. Porter Goss, the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence committees.

"When the news [of the attacks on the World Trade Center] came, the two Florida lawmakers who lead the House and Senate intelligence committees were having breakfast with the head of the Pakistani intelligence service.
Rep. Porter Goss, R-Sanibel, Sen. Bob Graham and other members of the House Intelligence Committee were talking about terrorism issues with the Pakistani official when a member of Goss' staff handed a note to Goss, who handed it to Graham. "We were talking about terrorism, specifically terrorism generated from Afghanistan," Graham said.


Mahmoud Ahmad, director general of Pakistan's intelligence service, was "very empathetic, sympathetic to the people of the United States," Graham said.

"Well, those of you who still believe the myth of the liberal media should consider this: MSNBC, an obscure cable channel, has fired Donahue, the host of its highest-rated show. A memo from inside NBC shows that NBC big wigs feared that the liberal Donahue represented in the words of the NBC memo - quote - "a difficult public face for NBC at a time of war, while our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity because he seems to delight in guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's motives." So there it is, according to NBC. Phil Donahue was fired because he's a liberal. In fact, the only liberal with the solo cable talk show. NBC, of course, is a division of the conglomerate GE, where they apparently only bring right wing things to life." - Paul Begala, Crossfire, 03/05/03

"This is really an argument between two kinds of prayer - vertical and horizontal. I don't have the slightest problem with vertical prayer. It is horizontal prayer that frightens me. Vertical prayer is private, directed upward toward heaven. It need not be spoken aloud, because God is a spirit and has no ears. Horizontal prayer must always be audible, because its purpose is not to be heard by God, but to be heard by fellow men standing within earshot. To choose an example from football, when my team needs a field goal to win and I think, ''Please, dear God, let them make it!'' - that is vertical prayer. When, before the game, a group of fans joins hands and ''voluntarily'' recites the Lord's Prayer - that is horizontal prayer. It serves one of two purposes: to encourage me to join them, or to make me feel excluded."

This is true. The religio-nuts want to be seen praying. They can pray all they want, 24 hours a day, but that's not what they want. They want to be seen praying to reassure themselves that their God is the real God.

It's pure insanity, and one of these nuts stole his way into the White House to rob us blind. - amen

Former President George Bush predicted in 1996 that if the United States were to engage in another war with Iraq, one aimed at overthrowing Saddam,
the “entire Arab world would turn against us” and the U.S. would alienate its allies in the international community. the scoop

"The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Russia today issued a joint declaration that they will not allow a second American-backed resolution to pass the UN. Bush wants the Security Council to explicitly authorize force against Iraq, and his press secretary today remained optimistic that in the end, that's just what he'll get. President Bush is said to be focusing on one fence-sitting Security Council member, the African nation of Guinea, because he said - quote - "I used to have one of their pigs." - Paul Begala, Crossfire, 03/05/03

"God is a neutral observer in the affairs of man. Man cannot march into war and assume God will be at his side.'" - The Pope, who Bush must think is lying

"If the economy is flat, we're gonna win it." - Ted Kennedy, talking about 2004

To begin with, check out the Express topics menu for the growing file titled Richard Perle: The Prince of Darkness

I've found a connection between him and the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. which implicates Dick Cheney too... and review the Artificialshrubbery file to see a further connection between the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar - and his wife, Princess Haifa al-Faisal, who is the daughter of former Saudi King Faisal - with funding two 9/11 hijackers AND being houseguests at George and Laura's Crawford spread!

Bush's Real Goal In Iraq

Be Very Afraid

Yongbyon, North Korea aerial imagery

Saddam Seminar

Sunset View From Space

WHO alert: Mysterious illness is 'worldwide health threat'

As a mysterious respiratory illness spread to more countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday took the rare step of issuing a health alert, declaring the ailment "a worldwide health threat" and urging all countries to help in seeking its cause and control.

The agency said that in the past week it had received reports of more than 150 new suspected cases of the illness, now known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. The syndrome has caused at least nine deaths, the last one a nurse in Hanoi. Some victims have recovered, but no one has been up, around and healthy in the past two weeks. It apparently does not respond to antiviral and antibiotic drugs.


"Before getting into the lobbying game, Chet Lott, son of Trent, worked at Domino's pizza - world renowned as the perfect training ground for future Washington power brokers. Harvard, Yale, Domino's. Now instead of taking orders for extra cheese, he pushes the piping hot agendas of clients like BellSouth and munitions maker Day & Zimmerman. Neither of whom, I'm sure, hired young Chet because his dad is an influential Senator. (Maybe it's because Chet promised that if he couldn't deliver the legislation they'd ordered in 30 minutes it would be free - some habits are hard to break)." - Arianna Huffington, Power On The Potomac,

"This is not battle, for only one side is engaged - it has another name. It is massacre." - Mark Twain

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Introducing The Queen of Baghdad!

Did you know that 85% of alcoholics relapse? George, it's mandatory that you pee in this bottle!

Is criticizing Ariel Sharon's and the Likudniks' policies antisemitism or not?

The vast majority of Iraq's biotoxins came from... Virginia.

Lessons From History

The Oilringwraiths' Timeline

Scepticism mounts among defence and intelligence officials

David Mulholland, JDW Business Editor, London

Jane's Defence Weekly, March 05, 2003

While Bush administration officials deride opposition to a war against Iraq as the usual "peacenik" reflex, Jane Defence Weekly sources say that dissenting views are now also coming from those who have traditionally supported military action.

Such opposition was witnessed on 26 February in the UK Parliament - one of the largest voting revolts in the past 100 years. It is also becoming clear that many military and intelligence officials in both the US and UK, who are not in a position to speak publicly, are deeply sceptical of the Bush administration's apparent rush to war.

The fundamental questions of why now, and why Iraq, have not been adequately answered, intelligence, military and legislative sources in Washington told JDW.

Sources said that the Bush administration's changing arguments for military action appear to confirm that none of them is sufficient to justify the use of military force.

One congressional source said that the arguments in favour of a war increasingly seem to be a "smokescreen" to hide the real reasons the administration is set on war.

Indeed, both the US and UK intelligence information supposedly justifying a war with Iraq raise serious questions. "[Chief of the UN weapons inspectors Hans] Blix's criticism pokes holes in [US Secretary of State Colin] Powell's intelligence," said Joseph Cirincione, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. "And the UK's intelligence dossier was shown to be a complete fraud."

A US military source said that Bush and his inner circle seem to be suffering from what is known in the Department of Defence as incestuous amplification. This is a condition in warfare where one only listens to those who are already in lock-step agreement, reinforcing set beliefs and creating a situation ripe for miscalculation. An illustration of this was Bush's address to the American Enterprise Institute - a right-wing think tank in Washington - last Wednesday on why military action was required.

"President George W Bush's speech on Iraq is significant, mostly because it reveals that he long ago made a decision for war and has always viewed the inspection process as an impediment to war to be overcome, rather than a means to avoid war," said Doug Bandow, a senior fellow with the libertarian Cato Institute and former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. "War was always his first option. The president paints a positive picture of post-war Iraq that is likely to prove wildly optimistic."

Retired US Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, former head of the US Central Command, which is responsible for the Middle East, said the administration is ignoring public reaction in the Muslim world about a US invasion of Iraq. In October he said: "Anti-Americanism, doubts about this war, concern about the damage that may happen, political issues, economic issues and social issues have all caused the [Arab] street to become extremely volatile. I'm amazed at people that say that there is no street and that it won't react. I'm not sure which planet they live on because it isn't the one that I travel. I've been out in the Middle East, and it is explosive; it is the worst I've ever seen it in over a dozen years of working in this area in some concentrated way. Almost anything could touch it off."

Another former Reagan administration official said that Bush appears to be set on the course of action he has already decided because he is out of his depth and is unable to understand the nuances of the arguments that oppose an immediate war with Iraq. "He just doesn't have the experience to be dealing with these issues."

This may have to do with Bush's seeming inability to change course in reaction to changing circumstances, a congressional source said. "With the exception of attacking Afghanistan in response to [11 September 2001], something that Bush had no choice about, he has not changed one iota of his agenda despite it being formed during a time of strong economic growth and a different perception of security threats."

Most sources interviewed for this analysis agreed that the Bush administration has backed itself into a corner and cannot reverse course at this point. It has now put too much political capital into a war. Backing out now would likely wreck Bush's image as a strong leader and focus the US voting public on the faltering US economy and the lack of appropriate policy initiatives. - more

Monday, March 17, 2003

Sunday, March 16, 2003

WHEN the Great Tao was abandoned,

There appeared humanity and justice.

When intelligence and wit arose,

There appeared great hypocrites.

When the six relations lost their harmony,

There appeared filial piety and paternal kindness.

When darkness and disorder began to reign in a kingdom,

There appeared the loyal ministers.

The function of the loyal ministers is to enforce ritual and etiquette, "with rolled-up sleeves" it says in Verse 38. Having utterly lost the Way, they mistake ritual and etiquette for compassion. The boys from PNAC strike me as loyal minister types. They talk about "moral principles" but haven't the foggiest notion of what that means. - mahablog

U.S. Arm-Twisting Allies On Iraq

As U.S. officials intensify their arm-twisting offensive to gather support for a war on Iraq, the Institute for Policy Studies has released a new study that examines the specific levers of U.S. military, economic and political power.

The study, entitled "Coalition of the Willing or Coalition of the Coerced?," looks at how this leverage applies to each current member of the U.N. Security Council. It also analyzes the power the U.S. government exerts over the broader group of countries that the Bush administration has dubbed the "Coalition of the Willing." Although the administration refuses to release a list of the members of this coalition, the authors compiled a list of 34 nations cited in press reports as supporters of the U.S. position on Iraq.

The major premise of the report is that most of the "willing" countries were recruited through coercion, bullying and bribery. Membership into this false coalition of countries like Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico stems mainly from free trade deals with the United States, for African nations the pursuit of access to U.S. export markets, and for Eastern European countries the desire to gain entry to the NATO alliance.

According to co-author and Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis, "It's hardly a new phenomenon for the United States to use bribes and threats to get its way in the U.N. What's new this time around is the breathtaking scale of those pressures -- because this time around, global public opinion has weighed in, and every government leaning Washington's way faces massive opposition at home."

Check It Out! IPS Releases Report On U.S. Arm-Twisting Over Iraq War

Get Off The Bus

"I don't get on press buses." That's the motto that veteran war correspondent Chris Hedges believes would fit a good war reporter. In an interview with Barbara Bedway of Editor & Publisher, Hedges said that only a small percentage of reporters truly want to cover war and the rest "just want to be hotel-room warriors, don't want to get anywhere near the fighting."

The New York Times staffer and author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (PublicAffairs), published in September, added: "The 10 percent that tries to get out will be stomped on. We saw that with Doug Struck, the Washington Post correspondent, when he tried to investigate civilian casualties in Afghanistan, by the U.S. military. He was made to lie down with a gun pointed to his head."

"I'm giving a voice to dissidents," Hedges acknowledged. "That has made some people at the newspaper uncomfortable." Hedges told Editor & Publisher that he believed the Times has done a good job on reporting about the war, "but the broadcast media has been so corrupted it is just parroting the jingoistic message from the state."

Check It Out! War Correspondent's Advice: Stay Off The Press Bus

So Few Get So Much

"Seldom have so few gotten so much from so many." That might be the motto of President Bush's proposed tax cuts.

This statement comes from a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Clinton - Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. He takes a hard look at President Bush's recent tax cut proposals in an essay published in The New York Review Of Books. Stiglitz's conclusion echoes that of leading economists who have written before him:

What is most impressive about the Bush tax proposals is the sheer brazenness with which they have been sold. Evidently thinking that the average American would not be able to understand statistics, the administration has presented the tax cuts by citing the average benefit it will bring - hoping that the average American will think that they will get the average tax benefit.

Stiglitz hopes that Americans will realize the true state of affairs regarding Bush's tax policy, and that their voices will be heard.

Check It Out! So Few Get So Much

Howard Dean Builds A Platform

On February 21, Vermont Governor Howard Dean laid out some of his basic ideas for his presidential platform in a speech to the Democratic National Committee. His statements indicate that he is as willing to battle his fellow Democratic presidential candidates as he is President Bush.

Dean asked:

  • Why in the world is the Democratic Party leadership supporting the president's unilateral attack on Iraq?
  • Why are Democratic leaders supporting tax cuts? The question is not how big the tax cut should be -- the question should be: Can we afford a tax cut at all with the largest deficit in the history of the country?
  • Why are we fighting in Congress about the Patient's Bill of Rights when the Democratic Party ought to be standing up for health care for every man, woman and child in this country?
  • Why are our folks are voting for the President's No Child Left Behind bill that leaves every child behind, every teacher behind, every school board behind and every property tax payer behind?

Howard Dean's speech indicates that there will be at least one liberal candidate who embraces much of what elected Democrats in the 107th Congress eschewed. He has yet to articulate his position on some of the tougher issues that could damge his reputation as a consistent liberal messenger -- raising taxes or U.S. policy toward Israel -- but there is still a year before the Democratic primaries begin.

Check It Out! Howard Dean Builds A Platform

Class Warfare Fact And Fiction

Compounding the public’s difficulty in comprehending President Bush's complex tax cut proposal has been the introduction of the incendiary phrase “class warfare” to attack opponents. This rhetoric implies that it is inappropriate to assess who would benefit the most and least under the plan because we must not think about our society along economic lines. The effect of the “class warfare” language has been to put on the defensive anyone who even mentions fairness.

To help correct myths and misleading claims that have appeared in the media during the current “class warfare” debate, and to defend the idea that we must consider the fairness of economic policy, Bernard Wasow at The Century Foundation has put together basic facts that demonstrate why particular assertions are wrong.

Myth #1 – The rich deserve most of the tax cuts because they pay most of the taxes.

Myth #2 – Cutting taxes on dividends and other capital income will generate new investment essential for economic growth.

Check It Out! Class Warfare Fact And Fiction

Bush's Theological Conversion

Since taking office, Bush's personal faith has turned increasingly public, arguably more so than any modern president, writes Deborah Caldwell for Beliefnet. What's important is not that Bush is talking about God more, but that he's talking about him differently. Bush's theology is shifting from a Wesleyan theology of "personal transformation" to describing a Calvinist "divine plan" laid out by a sovereign God for the country and himself.

Calvin, whose ideas are critical to contemporary evangelical thought, focused on the idea of a powerful God who governs "the vast machinery of the whole world." Bush has made several statements indicating he believes God is involved in world events and that he and America have a divinely guided mission. This shift has the potential to affect Bush's approach to terrorism, Iraq and his presidency, Caldwell claims.

For example, in his State of the Union address last month, Bush said that we place confidence in the loving God "behind all of life, and all of history" and that "we go forward with confidence, because this call of history has come to the right country. May He guide us now."

Check It Out! An Evolving Faith: Does The President Believe He Has A Divine Mandate?

What About the Iraqi Children?

March 3, 2003

The following is a transcript of a speech given by now 13-year-old Charlotte Aldebron at a peace rally in Maine.

Iraqi kidsWhen people think about bombing Iraq, they see a picture in their heads of Saddam Hussein in a military uniform, or maybe soldiers with big black mustaches carrying guns, or the mosaic of George Bush Senior on the lobby floor of the Al-Rashid Hotel with the word "criminal." But guess what? More than half of Iraq's 24 million people are children under the age of 15. That's 12 million kids. Kids like me. Well, I'm almost 13, so some are a little older, and some a lot younger, some boys instead of girls, some with brown hair, not red. But kids who are pretty much like me just the same. So take a look at me - a good long look. Because I am what you should see in your head when you think about bombing Iraq. I am what you are going to destroy.

If I am lucky, I will be killed instantly, like the three hundred children murdered by your "smart" bombs in a Baghdad bomb shelter on February 16, 1991. The blast caused a fire so intense that it flash-burned outlines of those children and their mothers on the walls; you can still peel strips of blackened skin - souvenirs of your victory - from the stones.

But maybe I won't be lucky and I'll die slowly, like 14-year-old Ali Faisal, who right now is in the "death ward" of the Baghdad children's hospital. He has malignant lymphoma - cancer - caused by the depleted uranium in your Gulf War missiles. Or maybe I will die painfully and needlessly like18-month-old Mustafa, whose vital organs are being devoured by sand fly parasites. I know it's hard to believe, but Mustafa could be totally cured with just $25 worth of medicine, but there is none of this medicine because of your sanctions.

Or maybe I won't die at all but will live for years with the psychological damage that you can't see from the outside, like Salman Mohammed, who even now can't forget the terror he lived through with his little sisters when you bombed Iraq in 1991. Salman's father made the whole family sleep in the same room so that they would all survive together, or die together. He still has nightmares about the air raid sirens.

Or maybe I will be orphaned like Ali, who was three when you killed his father in the Gulf War. Ali scraped at the dirt covering his father's grave every day for three years calling out to him, "It's all right Daddy, you can come out now, the men who put you here have gone away." Well, Ali, you're wrong. It looks like those men are coming back.

Or I maybe I will make it in one piece, like Luay Majed, who remembers that the Gulf War meant he didn't have to go to school and could stay up as late as he wanted. But today, with no education, he tries to live by selling newspapers on the street.

This is not an adventure movie or a fantasy or a video game. This is reality for children in Iraq. Recently, an international group of researchers went to Iraq to find out how children there are being affected by the possibility of war. Half the children they talked to said they saw no point in living any more. Even really young kids knew about war and worried about it. One 5-year-old, Assem, described it as "guns and bombs and the air will be cold and hot and we will burn very much." Ten-year-old Aesar had a message for President Bush: he wanted him to know that "A lot of Iraqi children will die. You will see it on TV and then you will regret."

Back in elementary school I was taught to solve problems with other kids not by hitting or name-calling, but by talking and using "I" messages. The idea of an "I" message was to make the other person understand how bad his or her actions made you feel, so that the person would sympathize with you and stop it. Now I am going to give you an "I" message. Only it's going to be a "We" message. "We" as in all the children in Iraq who are waiting helplessly for something bad to happen. "We" as in the children of the world who don't make any of the decisions but have to suffer all the consequences. "We" as in those whose voices are too small and too far away to be heard.

We feel scared when we don't know if we'll live another day.

We feel angry when people want to kill us or injure us or steal our future.

We feel sad because all we want is a mom and a dad who we know will be there the next day.

And, finally, we feel confused - because we don't even know what we did wrong.

Charlotte Aldebron, 13, attends Cunningham Middle School in Presque Isle, Maine.

Who has more credibility on the issue Iraq's weapons of mass destruction?

President George W. Bush 33% 3040 votes

Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix 67% 6264 votes

Total: 9304 votes - another adorable opinion poll from wrongwinger Wolf Blitz

Not Yet Down The Memory Hole:
Why Has It Taken Iraq 12 Years to Disarm?

From The Institute for Public Accuracy:
In his presentation before the Security Council on Friday, Hans Blix claimed: "If Iraq had provided the necessary cooperation in 1991, the phase of disarmament - under resolution 687 -- could have been short and a decade of sanctions could have been avoided."

However, an examination of U.S. policy indicates that for the last 12 years the U.S. government has maintained the economic sanctions regardless of Iraqi actions towards the weapons inspectors, creating a disincentive for compliance -- and helping to explain why Iraq has taken so long to comply:

April 3, 1991: U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 687, the "cease fire" resolution. It includes many demands but states that once Iraq complies with the weapons inspection regime, the economic sanctions "shall have no further force or effect."

May 20, 1991: President George Bush: "At this juncture, my view is we don't want to lift these sanctions as long as Saddam Hussein is in power."

March 26, 1997: Madeleine Albright, in her first major foreign policy address as Secretary of State: "We do not agree with the nations who argue that if Iraq complies with its obligations concerning weapons of mass destruction, sanctions should be lifted."

Mid-Dec., 1998: A widely-criticized report is issued by UNSCOM head Richard Butler who, under U.S. pressure, withdraws UNSCOM inspectors, and the U.S. begins the Desert Fox bombing campaign on the eve of President Clinton's scheduled impeachment vote.

Jan. 1999: U.S. media report that, contrary to U.S. denials, UNSCOM was used for espionage.

Oct. 1, 2002: Just as Iraq is deciding whether or not to let inspectors have total access to presidential palaces, Ari Fleischer talks of "the cost of one bullet" being less than the cost of invasion.

Early March, 2003: As Iraq is destroying Al-Samoud missiles, U.S. escalates its bombing of "no-fly" zones.

March 3, 2003: Richard Boucher, State Department spokesperson, claims: "We have made clear all along that the goal was disarmament."

March 6, 2003: President George W. Bush: "We will be changing the regime of Iraq."

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Rockefeller said U.S. worries about Iraqi nuclear weapons were not based primarily on the documents, but "there is a possibility that the fabrication of these documents may be part of a larger deception campaign aimed at manipulating public opinion and foreign policy regarding Iraq." - Fake president uses fake documents to justify fake war

WHO alert: Mysterious illness is 'worldwide health threat'

As a mysterious respiratory illness spread to more countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday took the rare step of issuing a health alert, declaring the ailment "a worldwide health threat" and urging all countries to help in seeking its cause and control.

The agency said that in the past week it had received reports of more than 150 new suspected cases of the illness, now known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. The syndrome has caused at least nine deaths, the last one a nurse in Hanoi. Some victims have recovered, but no one has been up, around and healthy in the past two weeks. It apparently does not respond to antiviral and antibiotic drugs.


    U.S. Consumer Confidence fell this month to its lowest level in over a decade. Experts assert that soaring fuel prices and geopolitical instability were primary factors.

    The expectations index, based on optimism about the next one to five years, dropped to 67.2 from 69.9 last month. The February reading was the lowest since September 1993, when it was 66.8.

    Economists are scaling back forecasts of 2003 U.S. economic growth amid such signs of consumer weakness. The economy will probably expand 2.6 percent this year, based on the consensus of 54 economists in the latest Blue Chip Economics Indicators survey. That's down from the 2.7 percent growth they forecast a month ago and less than the 3.3 percent average annual growth rate for the past 50 years.

Dow Jones and the Empire of Gloom

Friday, March 14, 2003

It Isn't Just About The Destruction Of Iraq And The Deaths Of Iraqis

Found out what else it's about... from a veteran war correspondent.

    The following is borrowed from Rick Mercer from “This Hour Has 22 Minutes" on CBC Television.

    “On behalf of Canadians everywhere I’d like to offer an apology to the United States of America. We haven’t been getting along very well recently and for that, I am truly sorry. I’m sorry we called George Bush a moron. He is a moron but, it wasn’t nice of us to point it out. If it’s any consolation, the fact that he’s a moron shouldn’t reflect poorly on the people of America. After all it’s not like you actually elected him. I’m sorry about our softwood lumber. Just because we have more trees than you doesn’t give us the right to sell you lumber that’s cheaper and better than your own. I’m sorry we beat you in Olympic hockey. In our defence I guess our excuse would be that our team was much, much, much, much better than yours. I’m sorry we burnt down your white house during the war of 1812. I notice you’ve rebuilt it! It’s Very Nice. I’m sorry about your beer. I know we had nothing to do with your beer but, we Feel your Pain. I’m sorry about our waffling on Iraq. I mean, when you’re going up against a crazed dictator, you wanna have your friends by your side. I realize it took more than two years before you guys pitched in against Hitler, but that was different. Everyone knew he had weapons. And finally on behalf of all Canadians, I’m sorry that we’re constantly apologizing for things in a passive-aggressive way which is really a thinly veiled criticism. I sincerely hope that you’re not upset over this. We’ve seen what you do to countries you get upset with .”


Now why was it that Janet Rehnquist, former solicitor general of HHS and daughter of a Supreme Kangaroo, delayed the audit of Florida's pension fund until after the November gubernatorial election?

Because the conveniently delayed audit now shows that Jeb's government in Florida owes the United States more than $500M. That's why.

Gee, do you think that little factoid might have cost Jeb the election? Er, perhaps. Boy, this whole thing is pretty damned crooked, isn't it?

Happy Birthday Uncle Albert

Earliest photograph of Albert Einstein

Google has dressed up their page to celebrate. Do a search for Albert Einstein, and learn more about him and his revolutionary discoveries in physics.

Aboard the U.S.S. Caine, it was the business with the strawberries that finally convinced the doubters that something was amiss with the captain. Is foreign policy George W. Bush's quart of strawberries?

Over the past few weeks there has been an epidemic of epiphanies. There's a long list of pundits who previously supported Bush's policy on Iraq but have publicly changed their minds. None of them quarrel with the goal; who wouldn't want to see Saddam Hussein overthrown? But they are finally realizing that Mr. Bush is the wrong man to do the job. And more people than you would think — including a fair number of people in the Treasury Department, the State Department and, yes, the Pentagon — don't just question the competence of Mr. Bush and his inner circle; they believe that America's leadership has lost touch with reality.

If that sounds harsh, consider the debacle of recent diplomacy — a debacle brought on by awesome arrogance and a vastly inflated sense of self-importance.

Mr. Bush's inner circle seems amazed that the tactics that work so well on journalists and Democrats don't work on the rest of the world. They've made promises, oblivious to the fact that most countries don't trust their word. They've made threats. They've done the aura-of-inevitability thing — how many times now have administration officials claimed to have lined up the necessary votes in the Security Council? They've warned other countries that if they oppose America's will they are objectively pro-terrorist. Yet still the world balks.

Wasn't someone at the State Department allowed to point out that in matters nonmilitary, the U.S. isn't all that dominant — that Russia and Turkey need the European market more than they need ours, that Europe gives more than twice as much foreign aid as we do and that in much of the world public opinion matters? Apparently not.

And to what end has Mr. Bush alienated all our most valuable allies? (And I mean all: Tony Blair may be with us, but British public opinion is now virulently anti-Bush.) The original reasons given for making Iraq an immediate priority have collapsed. No evidence has ever surfaced of the supposed link with Al Qaeda, or of an active nuclear program. And the administration's eagerness to believe that an Iraqi nuclear program does exist has led to a series of embarrassing debacles, capped by the case of the forged Niger papers, which supposedly supported that claim. At this point it is clear that deposing Saddam has become an obsession, detached from any real rationale.

What really has the insiders panicked, however, is the irresponsibility of Mr. Bush and his team, their almost childish unwillingness to face up to problems that they don't feel like dealing with right now.

I've talked in this column about the administration's eerie passivity in the face of a stalling economy and an exploding budget deficit: reality isn't allowed to intrude on the obsession with long-run tax cuts. That same "don't bother me, I'm busy" attitude is driving foreign policy experts, inside and outside the government, to despair.

Need I point out that North Korea, not Iraq, is the clear and present danger? Kim Jong Il's nuclear program isn't a rumor or a forgery; it's an incipient bomb assembly line. Yet the administration insists that it's a mere "regional" crisis, and refuses even to talk to Mr. Kim.

The Nelson Report, an influential foreign policy newsletter, says: "It would be difficult to exaggerate the growing mixture of anger, despair, disgust and fear actuating the foreign policy community in Washington as the attack on Iraq moves closer, and the North Korea crisis festers with no coherent U.S. policy. . . . We are at the point now where foreign policy generally, and Korea policy specifically, may become George Bush's `Waco.' . . . This time, it's Kim Jong Il (and Saddam) playing David Koresh. . . . Sober minds wrestle with how to break into the mind of George Bush."

We all hope that the war with Iraq is a swift victory, with a minimum of civilian casualties. But more and more people now realize that even if all goes well at first, it will have been the wrong war, fought for the wrong reasons — and there will be a heavy price to pay.

Alas, the epiphanies of the pundits have almost surely come too late. The odds are that by the time you read my next column, the war will already have started.    - Paul Krugman, NY Times

All the apologies for torture, especially the "what if there were a bomb about to go off" rationale, conveniently forget that there was such a situation.

The FBI Minnesota field office knew there was at least one guy planning to fly a passenger airliner into a building and very likely more. They held him on a visa violation and tried, over and over again, to search his hard drive. Not torture him, just a normal law enforcement procedure, search the suspect's computer. Those who sabotaged that request were rewarded.

We need to hit on that again and again and again. An experienced civil servant, using normal procedures, had the situation in hand; and was blocked by Republican political appointees. The Bush crowd doesn't want us to remember that. But why does the press, who all work in and around obvious terror targets, let them get away with it? Is not the gallows sufficient to concentrate their minds? ... referring primarily to the case of Zacarias Moussaoui. - from Orcinus

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead
- Masters of War, Bob Dylan.

'Why Americans tune in to Canada'

"An illegitimate war, a country in defiance of the UN. That was supposed to be Iraq's role in this drama. Instead, it seems to be the U.S. part," asserts Canada's Globe and Mail, before describing "just how far the United States has drifted from the global mood." And according to former National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, America "has never been so isolated globally, literally never, since 1945." - more

The Khashoggi/Reagan connection - Were you aware that Adnan Khashoggi once had an employee by the name of Theresa Lepore? Does the name Theresa Lepore ring a bell? She was the designer of the now infamous Palm Beach county 'butterfly ballot' that had lots of elderly jews voting for Pat Buchannon.

Joe has updated his stimulating economy feature Dow Jones and the Empire of Gloom. Lots of telling new statistics inform Joe and Josephine 6 Packs with a realistic perspective of finance. For example, did you realize the NASDAQ composite index is 75% less than it was on March 10th, 2000? Keep up to date on the Empire of Doom markets!

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Jerusalem is NOT a part of Israel. UN Resolution 303 declares Jerusalem an "International city", not part of any one nation. The U.N. should send in troops to kick the IDF the hell out of Jerusalem on behalf of its true proprietors: the international community. No more squatting!

It's Official: NYC Council Opposes War

UN Evacuates From Iraq, Peaceworkers Vow To Stay

    Baghdad - From its tent encampment across the road from the Canal Hotel UN Compound - beginning at 6:30AM, Wednesday, March 12 - the Iraq Peace Team (IPT), with deep regret, bid farewell to departing United Nations staff. While weapons inspectors and UN senior staff remain in Baghdad, the vast majority of international staff were involuntarily evacuated by the UN from Iraq on Wednesday.

    The Team posted signs saying, "Farewell UN. Please advise: Who will protect Iraq's children?" As UN vehicles departed, the Team lined the road bearing enlarged photos of Iraqi children and civilians.

    Despite the UN personnel's involuntary departure, twenty IPT members asserted their intent to remain in Iraq for the duration of hostilities. The UN departure signals the imminent escalation of the military attack on the Iraqi people. It is such an attack that Voices in the Wilderness, IPT's Chicago-based parent organization, has been working since 1996 to avert.

    IPT and Voices in the Wilderness co-founder, Kathy Kelly, declared, "We are shocked by the involuntary evacuation of UN workers here in Iraq. It is deeply disturbing to everyone everywhere who honors the UN Charter - a Charter which pledges to eliminate the scourge of war."

    Kelly explained, "The Iraqi people have been dependent on the international community during these long years of sanctions, siege and bombing. It was a forced dependency, but nevertheless they are now more abandoned than ever. We dread the coming carnage."

    IPT member and long-time UNICEF volunteer, Cynthia Banas, of Vernon, New York said, "We believe that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, and we choose to stay. Many of us come from faith-based backgrounds that urge works of mercy rather than works of war."

    The Iraq Peace Team in Baghdad consists mostly of US citizens, but also includes members from Canada, Australia, Ireland and South Korea. All IPT members are committed to active Nonviolence.

GOP: It's Okay to Lie to U.N., We're Leaving

"The U.N. 'Win-Win' for the Bush Cartel: Security Council Supports Iraq War Or U.N. Disbands," Bush doesn't care what the U.N. thinks, because he and his administration hawks want to end U.S. involvement in the U.N.

How can anyone be ignorant enough to feel unashamed being associated with the Bushvek regime? Clearly, they're the scourge of other civilizations besides once-proud America.

"As thinking people it is our job not to be on the side of the executioners." - Albert Camus

Senator Byrd, March 11, 2003: Senate Remarks: America the Peacemaker Becomes America the Warmonger

    The members of the Security Council are now faced with a grave choice. If they fail to agree on a common position and action is taken without the authority of the Security Council, the legitimacy and support for any such action would be seriously impaired.

    If, on the other hand, they can come together, even at this late hour, to address this threat in a united manner and ensure compliance with the previous resolutions, then the Council's authority will be enhanced and the world will be a safer place. ~ Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General,

When the U.N. Charter is violated, the Security Council must gather, discuss the situation and make the corresponding decisions.

Make a point of dropping by the ReachM Ranch where Cowboy Kahlil mends his fences and opens his gates quite frequently.

An excerpt from an Associated Press article;

Newsweek reported in its current issue that an Egyptian radical arrested in an earlier raid on an al-Qaida hideout decided to cash in on the $25 million reward that was offered by the United States for information leading to Mohammed's arrest.

The Egyptian also demanded an additional $2 million to relocate to Britain with his family, the magazine said, citing an unidentified Middle Eastern intelligence source.

A law-enforcement official said the United States agreed to pay the reward to an unidentified informant, but wouldn't discuss details, according to Newsweek. The report could not immediately be confirmed.


With that kind of loyalty in the troops, sometimes the big bribes do work! This proves to be the most effective way to dismantle terrorist groups. Wars aren't effective or necessary... unless fighting terrorism isn't the primary motive of the war, of course.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Canadians Still Have No Use For Your Damned War, George.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget is discontinuing the annual report called "Budget Information for States" - the primary federal document reporting how much states get under each federal program. In fiscal 2003, the report ran 422 pages. In 2002, it was 415 pages.

That decision must have something to do with Bush's keen mind concerning environmental policies. It'll save trees.

"He denied he had these weapons, and then he destroys things he says he never had." - White House professional lying press secretary Ari the truth stretcher Fleischer, March 3, referring to Saddam Hussein's destruction of Al Samoud missiles.

"In the missile area, Iraq has declared the development of a missile known as the Al Samoud, which uses components from an imported surface-to-air missile." - Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, Dec. 19, 2002.

Clearly Ari the truth stretcher Fleischer is accepting bribes in the form of wages for expressly lying to the American public. Can we afford to subsidize deliberate prevaricators in our public institutions?

Spring is in the air. Impeachment too. Hope springs eternal. Many hope that impeachment is effective as a method of deterrence. They're testing the new improved more destructive MOAB bomb today. All and all it's not our darkest hour. There's some consolation knowing it's certainly not George W. Bush's finest hour either.

Here's a snippet from these articles of impeachment that have been drawn by University of Illinois law professor, Francis Boyle:


In the conduct of the office of President of the United States, George Walker Bush, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has attempted to impose a police state and a military dictatorship upon the people and Republic of the United States of America by means of "a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations" against the Constitution since September 11, 2001. This subversive conduct includes but is not limited to trying to suspend the constitutional Writ of Habeas Corpus; ramming the totalitarian U.S.A. Patriot Act through Congress; the mass-round-up and incarceration of foreigners; kangaroo courts; depriving at least two United States citizens of their constitutional rights by means of military incarceration; interference with the constitutional right of defendants in criminal cases to lawyers; violating and subverting the Posse Comitatus Act; unlawful and unreasonable searches and seizures; violating the First Amendments rights of the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, peaceable assembly, and to petition the government for redress of grievances; packing the federal judiciary with hand-picked judges belonging to the totalitarian Federalist Society and undermining the judicial independence of the Constitution's Article III federal court system; violating the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions and the U.S. War Crimes Act; violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; reinstitution of the infamous "Cointelpro" Program; violating the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Convention against Torture, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; instituting the totalitarian Total Information Awareness Program; and establishing a totalitarian Northern Military Command for the United States of America itself. In all of this George Walker Bush has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

Wherefore George Walker Bush, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.

lots more on this very critical development here

U.S. diplomat resigns over Iraq war plans

    John H. Brown, who joined the U.S. diplomatic corps in 1981 and served in London, Prague, Krakow, Kiev, Belgrade and Moscow, said in a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell made available to the media: "I cannot in good conscience support President Bush's war plans against Iraq.

    "Throughout the globe the United States is becoming associated with the unjustified use of force. The president's disregard for views in other nations, borne out by his neglect of public diplomacy, is giving birth to an anti-American century," the diplomat added.

ABC asks Is Weapons Case Against Iraq Disintegrating?(ABC shall be hearing from Karl Rove about publishing this stuff about 'transparently' forged and plagiarized documents)

Does America Torture? "The men's death certificates, made public earlier this week, showed that one captive...died from 'blunt force injuries to lower extremities complicating coronary artery disease' while another ...from [a] blood clot in the lung that was exacerbated by a 'blunt force injury'." What steps are we taking in our "war on terror"? What if other countries decide to treat our civilians as "enemy combatants"? Is the Pax Americana so important that we must resort to torture, or, as is most often the case, giving up prisoners to countries that are known torturers?

posted by taumeson as commentary at Metafile

We've abandoned any semblance of decency. Bush cartel has sunk to the level of terrorists.

War opponents grill Gephardt on his Iraq vote. Dick may as well save the Democrats time and money and bow out of the primaries. He continues to show the signs of failed leadership. Even the Brits who oppose Bush's assinine ploy to take over the world beginning with Iraq have more representation from their Labor party than we have with Dick and Hillary and countless others. You're a disgrace, Gephardt. Take Hillary and Lieberman with you before the Democratic party sinks altogether to the level of their opportunist corrupt fascist warmongering opposition.

    This is a very insightful observation from someone sharing my cynicism about precisely what transpired before, during, and after 9/11. A point worth pondering, as well as the one immediately following from Maureen Dowd - one of the most credible writers remaining unsilenced today.

    I too am a Viet Nam vet. There are many of us out here. Being one doesn't give me anymore right to say yea or nay to war in Iraq. Being a citizen of the U. S. forces me to do peace walks, write letters to my reps etc. and tell them to rein the idiot in the WH in! He stole the election, didn't do anything to protect the people of this country after being told by George Tenet that airlines could be hi-jacked, we should be impeaching the little bastard!

    I really liked Condi's Rice's comments after the story broke that Bush had been warned - "we thought only in terms of traditional hi-jackings, we never dreamed they would fly them into buildings." Like traditional hi-jackings are OK????? - Tin Soldier

- from thread commentary on skippy the Bush kangaroo's blog.

80 See, e.g., Katherine M. Skiba, Quick Action Against Bin Laden Called Difficult, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, Sept. 26, 2001, at p.6A (quoting former CIA Director Stansfield Turner); Holger Jensen, Attacks Beyond Bin Laden’s Power?, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS (Denver), Sept. 18, 2001, at p.4A ( quoting Armed Forces Intelligence, a British think tank journal observing very much from the start (note publishing date) that the sophistication and planning of this operation “simply could not have been directed from a cave in Afghanistan”; Richard Sisk, The Prime Suspect Is Bin Laden, DAILY NEWS (New York) Sept. 12, 2001, at p.18, quote: “Intelligence officials and terrorism experts were stunned at the sophistication and coordination involved in the series of airline hijackings and suicide crashes in downtown Manhattan and the Pentagon.”
- courtesy of this pdf document citing bibliographical credits at bottom of page 16. A U.S. Dept. of Defense publication.

    The definition of "terrorism," downloaded (ostensibly by one of Bartcop's contributors but no link provided) from the U.S. Department of Defense website:

    Terrorism: The calculated use of violence or the threat of violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious or ideological.

If this is the official DofD definition of terrorism, then we're knowingly terrorizing Iraqis with a force of over one quarter million U.S. military personnel inculcating fear by overwhelming superiority of firepower, predicated solely upon Bush's express pursuit of political/religious/ideological goals (to force regime change in Iraq), while coercing other governments to approve it (with fabricated/plagiarized/non-existent evidence of WMD in Iraqi, wiretapping diplomats, and significant financial inducements and outright bribes). Thankfully, the world community is far more effective in fighting terrorism than America has proven to be under the misleadership of George W. Bush.

Find the real 9/11 'mastermind' yourself!

"We are scared of the world now, and the world is scared of us. Bush officials...want a spectacular show of American invincibility to make the wicked and the wayward think twice before crossing us. Of course, our plan to sack Saddam has not cowed the North Koreans and Iranians, who are scrambling to get nukes to cow us. It still confuses many Americans that, in a world full of vicious slimeballs, we're about to bomb one that didn't attack us on 9/11 (like Osama); that isn't intercepting our planes (like North Korea); that isn't financing Al Qaeda (like Saudi Arabia); that isn't home to Osama and his lieutenants (like Pakistan); that isn't a host body for terrorists (like Iran, Lebanon and Syria)."
- The Xanax Cowboy by Maureen Dowd, NY Times (registration required)

Visit your IRAQNAPHOBIA therapy unit

Monday, March 10, 2003

Are We Losing Our Humanity? asks Orcinus. A fascinating and quite eloquent discussion of the acceptance of torture in contemporary western culture since 9/11.

    The war itself, for all its terror, inflicted minor destruction compared to the U.N. sanctions imposed by the Security Council days after Iraq invaded Kuwait. An international health group estimated that "an excess of 46,900 children died between January and August, 1991," in Iraq from sanctions and the effect of the bombing, according to a report in the Sept. 24, 1992, New England Journal of Medicine. In 1995, a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization report found 12 per cent of children surveyed in Baghdad wasted and 28 per cent stunted. FAO team members estimated "567,000 children had died as a consequence of economic sanctions."

    When I met the minister of health, a Kurd and a medical doctor, in Baghdad on Feb. 24, 2003, he gave me the ministry's detailed report on the effects of the sanctions on the people of Iraq, through December, 2002. It stated 1,807,000 people had died in Iraq as a direct result of the sanctions since their imposition on Aug. 6, 1990. Of these 757,000 were children under the age of five." -     "Bush has sought war with Iraq throughout his presidency. He and a handful of advisers are obsessed with the desire to control Iraq and its resources, and have brought us all to the brink of disaster." - International human rights activist Ramsey Clark

Quite an effective foreign policy ... FOR BIN LADEN THAT IS. [see a quote of his below from before 9/11] HIS RECRUITMENT EFFORTS WILL SERVE AL-QUEDA LONG AFTER HE'S GONE, thanks to president lumpy pants wielding 'big stick' diplomacy. Not a single Iraqi amongst all of those al-Queda cells, and now we're expecting there won't be significant numbers after THIS happens... TWICE!!??? Good gracious, we have nuts in our White House and they're even willing to lie to the entire world AND defy the majority of U.N. Security member states PLUS well over 100 nonvoting member nations at the U.N. in order to act out their obvious psychopathology!

With all due respect, Mr. Clark... most of President clap-for-me's closest aides were chosen due to their long-time seething obsession with gleefully massacring Iraqis. It's NOT just a coincidence that they were chosen well before 9/11 and the subsequent war on terrorism, either. Most of them are associated with either big petroleum or the big weapons industry (and often both along with significant dabbling in the CIA), and 'think tanks' (which is the buzzword for lobbyists actually). Most of them are also signatories of policy papers advocating war with Iraq that predate their current roles - by several years in some cases. Wolfowicz is 'credited' with drafting the framework a decade ago (which is just about in line with the mopping up period of the first massacre).

Something totally unexpected (by George's administration) is going to occur in light of the overwhelming opposition to this preemptive unjustified unprovoked war. It's NOT merely going to be lack of consensus from the majority of voting nations on the U.N. Security Council either. Bearing in mind international law regarding conduct of war (see Geneva Conventions, 1949; amended... at least through 1977), absence of substantiated evidence adequately providing pretext for this war, and the bare fact that the only alternative these international powers have in lieu of diplomacy regarding America's belligerence in the face of such strong condemnation, don't be at all surprised to find ANOTHER resolution tabled by a MORE POWERFUL COALITION OF THE WILLING soon after the nuclear monkeys running our government have severed ties with their former U.N. Security Council peers, because when it comes right down to it... America needs to be reined in right now and it will take all of the other U.N. Security Council member states combined to do it NOW or the U.N. WILL be impotent and redundant thereafter.

If you can't beat them on the ice [meaning prevent them from a preemptive assault upon Baghdad in defiance of the fact that the U.N. weapon inspections ARE making progress in Iraq, and in defiance of the strong conscientious objections of the MAJORITY members AND in direct violation of the spirit of any of those members' vetoes (if it comes to that)]... then watch out. You beat them in the alley. With a long history of enjoying veto privileges as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. has exercised that privilege 73 times since 1990, and those vetos were all respected by the other S.C. members every time even though the U.S. vetoed alone on the majority of occasions. If it should come to the U.S. disrespecting the veto privileges of other members this week, by launching a 'shock and awe' assault upon Iraq, there will be very serious and very unpredictable reactions from almost every quarter of the entire world including traditional and steadfast allies of many years. In fact, expect to see some very unexpected but well-intended responses to this blithering idiot's NEXT assinine step even before he makes it. Consider it preemptive diplomacy - with the gloves off!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases a report saying virtually every American living in the United States since 1951 has been exposed to nuclear fallout."Operation Anaconda," the largest battle in the war in Afghanistan, ends and is declared a success. Later it's learned that despite killing over 800 Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, hundreds if not thousands got away as a result of double-dealing by local warlords the Americans had hired to actually do the fighting on the ground. GNN publishes Newswire entitled, The Price of Propaganda, revealing: "Muslims who watch Al Jazeera have long known that bin Laden hates Saddam, or so he says on a videotape that his Al Qaeda organization released before 9/11."

Now here's a guy who knows Governor George W. better than half of America! (although we're optimistic about the slower ones soon coming around).

    GNN wins the 2002 Sundance Online Film Festival "Live Action" category for their NewsVideo, "Crack the CIA."  Bush refers to Iraq, Iran and North Korea as the "Axis of Evil," changing the word "hate" to "evil" at the last minute. Speechwriter quits. Shortly after, CNN airs a video of Osama bin Laden in which he says, "Freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people and the West in general into an unbearable hell and a choking life."

The U.S. government IS leading the West in that general direction, Osama (may I call you Saddam bin Laden like our stupid misleader does?). Our government IS waltzing us right out of the doors of the U.N.. You must be thrilled with that prospect since division amongst us hated Western types is something you'd love to propagate. I don't suspect that George attended any of your training camps since we found he isn't up to that sort of commitment here; but, I suspect some of those former partners of yours Osama who helped you build all those lovely hate-festering training camps may very well be in George's shadow cabinet. I mean just look at the felons he's not ashamed to publically endorse in his above-ground administration, and you'll (nearly) shudder as much as the majority of Americans do now at the prospects of what his shadow government is comprised with. Terrorists such as yourself are more acquainted with these forms of reptiles than us ordinary taxpaying working folks (which is something else you and George have in common that Joe Six Packs doesn't - lots of money. Odd how that applies, really isn't it Saddam bin Laden? Well, I'm sure you're absolutely delighted with our unelected misleader's response to 9/11. Not only did the twin towers' collapse go over better than you'd ever imagined; but, the boy-idiot has surpassed your lowest estimations, Osama, and now he's invoking invisible cloud deities to provide his strength and faith on par that we've never encountered... well, since we first seen a grainy videotape of a terrorist invoking Allah's name in declaring jihad upon Western society. You've got to be thrilled with that, Osama. It's what you ruddy well hoped to do, and now when the entire world sympathizes with the plight of untold millions of defenseless Iraqis who are led by a guy you hate as much as George does, you'll be able to stir up a great deal more support for your cause than any previous terrorist with bad kidneys could ever dream of. Iraq shall be ripe for your pickings once the dust has settled.

Besides all the lost innocent working Joes and Josephines who died as a result of that attack on 9/11 that you were obviously delighted about, Osama, who would venture to estimate the vast amounts of damage your former partner's idiot-son would cause in addition to that toll. Over 300,000 more Americans started filing for unemployment last month alone. About the same numbers applying in the period shortly after the attack in 2001. You must be howling each time George gets on the television and gets applause for linking Saddam Hussein to you. Maybe if these George-adorers found out how much you hate Saddam's secular society and see it as 'corrupt' and against the true teaching of the Koran, Americans would question the motives of their lying thieving fraud in the White House. Certainly most of them are smart enough. They're just informed inadequately through the corporate media. That must tickle you too, since the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network has more integrity than all of America's mainstream media combined. We can't even depend upon our Secretary of State or President or his spokespeople to be honest any more. Hell, they're capable of even trying to submit decade old student essays to the U.N. Security council as evidence, so we've become wary of every utterance these secretive types make. Vice President Cheney even appears on camera less than you do, Osama. Do you insist that everyone applaud as a condition for speaking? If you do, then there's something else you and George have in common, besides believing the U.N. is irrelevant!

Well, I imagine you're in a rush with all of them troops chasing you about the mountains along the border of our allies Pakistan, Osama. I'm sure you're a lot safer in this war on terror than the children living in Baghdad, and you certainly are better able to defend yourself too. It's strange that George is planning on bombing all those innocent kids so far away from where you and your fellow terrorists live, isn't it? I almost slipped and called you Saddam bin Laden again... well, nearly everyone here thinks you're the same person. After awhile it all starts making sense to bomb Iraq once you hear the government's manufactured arguments repeated enough times every days. Is that a method you use too for training terrorists, Saddam Osama? It sure seems like you know what you're doing. I heard you were claiming that you were going to die in a blaze of glory in the heartland of your enemies. For once, I'd like George to do the right thing instead of attacking Iraq. It looks like he's going to do what you want again, though.