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Saturday, February 08, 2003
Wealthy Suing Accountants Over Rejected Tax Shelters I feel so sorry for these poor souls whose tax shelters were disallowed. The injustice of it all! I can't help it, I'm actually crying as I type this, and were it a paper missive from me you were reading, instead of a light-filled monitor, you would undoubtedly see the tracks of my tears running down the page.
U.S. in Talks on Allowing Turkey to Occupy a Kurdish Area in Iraq Are we already -- and openly! selling out the Kurds? Well why not? We've done so before.
Seeing the Pen Not as Mightier, but as More Honest This Army vet's description of the true nature of who serves makes it all the more clear why we need a universal, no-exemption military draft so that all segments of society share in the burden of blood the Bushians insist the nation must bear.
Friday, February 07, 2003
Read this "Call to Conscience" from vets to active duty troops and reservists.
US Moves Closer to Colombia's War Unfortunately, the government has the resources to move on many fronts; the anti-intervention movement has infinitely less resources. So while in non-Iraq War times this Colombia stuff might be the stuff of major protest, now it will probably be lost in the anti-Iraq War effort.
Rabid Rightists are Leninists of Today And they're not a fringe element anymore -- they're our federal government officials!
PBS' NOW With Bill Moyers Exposes Secret Draft Bill from the Department of Justice to Extend Powers of the Patriot Act If I don't post to the blog for a couple of days, you now know what might have happened!
Thursday, February 06, 2003
Can someone explain this concern about disclosing "sources and methods" in revealing intelligence information, at least insofar as it applies to what Colin Powell presented? Hasn't everyone known for years that US spy satellites can read the license plate of a car? So what's the big deal about revealing we have aerial photos? One would assume we'd position satellites so we have 24/7 over Iraq. Ditto for intercepted telephone conversations: I've assumed for years that US intelligence can overhear every phone call -- and read every email -- anywhere in the world.
Bush Budget Increases Push to Find Tax Cheats Typical Bush sleight-of-hand: the budget went up, but much less than the agency said was necessary, and in real dollar terms per return, the IRS still has less money than 5 years ago. Some effort! But after all, why push to hard to catch your friends and cronies in their tax-evasion schemes.
When I listen to O'Reilly, the mantra "cliches, buzzwords, platitudes and non sequiturs" keeps coming to mind. I wonder why?
The Iraqis' Use of Poison Gas Contrary to the article I cited the other day, these people say Halabja was an Iraqi attack, and in any case, there were dozens of others on other villages that had to have been Iraq. Saddam is no doubt a butcher -- unfortunately, the U.S. was his ally at the time. So our 15-years-later complaints ring a little hollow.
The War Against the Fur Trade Backfires, Endangering a Way of Life Yup, if people torturing and killing animals is what they base their economy on, let them continue doing so. Wouldn't want them to base their livelihood something less immoral and disgusting, would we?
Not a Case for War What a great beginning of an editorial:It was too much to ask that Secretary of State Colin Powell go before the United Nations to make a realistic statement like: "Look, Bush still has trouble finding Iraq on a map. Cheney is focused on bailing out Halliburton by grabbing another oil field. Rumsfeld just wants to get his war on. Iraq is pretty much disarmed. Any threat that it might pose can be contained. So let the weapons inspectors do their job and we'll talk some more about this in a few months."
More on Colin Powell, the Third World people-killing machine:[I]n January 1986, serving as a top aide to Pentagon chief Caspar Weinberger, he supervised the transfer of 4,508 TOW missiles to the CIA, and then sought to hide the transaction from Congress and the public. No wonder: Almost half of those missiles had become part of the Iran-Contra scandal's arms-for-hostages deal.And this also:
Wednesday, February 05, 2003
O'Reilly tonight told his viewers he put links to the French and German embassies on his site to make it easy for people to contact them. Is a network allowed to have its employees utilize the public airwaves in that kind of a partisan way?
Gun Industry Ex-Official Describes Bond of Silence As a gun control activist quoted in the article succinctly put it:"The consummate insider has now exposed the dirty little secret of the gun industry � that is, the underground market is supplied by corrupt gun dealers, and the industry punishes anyone who tries to stop it."
A reader wrote (warning: contains vulgarity):Regardless of your parameters to make a comment (you communist bastard). You are just another liberal piece of SHIT that is hell bend on destroying this country by supporting deadbeats that don't want to work for a living and worse not supporting defending our freedom, but supporting another 911 terrorist attack or worse!!Do you think he doesn't like me?
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
O'Reilly tonight showed us the scared, censoring weakling that lurks beneath his blustering facade. His guest was the anti-Iraq war son of a man killed on 9/11 at the WTC. The son tried to explain his anti-war position. O'Reilly told him to "shut up" at least two times, then cut the son's mike. Any arguments that fit outside O'Reilly's view of acceptable positions -- meaning those he has a canned, ready-made answer to -- will not be allowed on the "No Spin Zone."
As Iraq War Looms, a New Sense of Vulnerability One ignorant interviewee blathers about Iraq:"These people can't have a space program. Their scientists are about making weapons of mass destruction. They can't dare to dream."That's right, our scientists don't make any weapons of mass destruction. The development of better ways to kill people is not the foremost R & R activity in the U.S. And our space program's primary aim is not to develop outer space for military purposes, to enable us to more easily kill people who challenge our economic rule of the planet.
The Picasso Cover-Up Why not just put the U.S. flag and George Bush's picture there permanently in place of "Guernica." Then the U.N.'s kowtowing to the U.S. will be properly reflected.
Mill Valley Seniors Stage Protest for Peace God Bless these senior citizens for not only having acquired some wisdom in their long lives, but for having the energy and panache at their age to go out and protest in the streets! I hope when I'm that old I'll be able to do the same thing (actually, I'd wish that in that decades amount of time, there would be no need for such protests, but let's be realistic...)
Monday, February 03, 2003
War Plan Calls for Precision Bombing Wave to Break Iraqi Army Precision like our Afghan bombing that killed up to 3,500 Afghan civilians? Also, the article says we won't destroy the Bagdhad water and electrical system, we'll only shut it down, whatever that means. Still a war crime to target civilian infrastructure. Finally, what gives with these dates. First we heard the war had to start by mid-January, then mid-February, then the end of February, now this article says we could start the war up until "early spring."
Split at C.I.A. and F.B.I. on Iraqi Ties to Al Qaeda So Chickenhawk Bush is not only ignoring the CIA's own analysis, but that of the FBI as well. What does the cowardly Bush care about facts? He has to make the case for WAR and fulfill his uncontrollable desire to kill people.
Europe Loses Advocate With Powell's Iraq Shift TheseEuropeans apparently couldn't see through the transparent Powell-Bush good cop/bad cop routine. Then when the "good cop" reveals his fangs, they're surprised. Colin "Kill the Third World Poor" Powell shouldn't be surprising anyone anymore, not after Vietnam, Nicaragua and Iraq War #1.
Military Mentality Develops in Venezuela Amazing what guilty consciences can unconsciously lead people to fear.
Sunday, February 02, 2003
Ashcroft's Push for Execution Voids Plea Deal Ashcroft's blood lust knows no bounds or decency. But hey, that's okay, because the man knows what's important: he knows that dancing is a sin in God's eyes. We're all truly in good hands with him as Attorney General, don't ya think?
Words Provide the Heat at Young Poets' Event "Amerika � land of the rich girls who choose not to eat," she recited, "and the starving people dying of the minimum wage disease in the street/ and the lawsuits against mcdonald's 'cos you make us obese!" "She" was only a 10th grader!
Another "stan" ally shows how democratic it is. And the real reason we had pre-9/11 plans to "project our power" into Central Asia: Kazakhstan Reaches Oil Accord with a ChevronTexaco-led consortium.
Iraqi Water and Sanitation Systems Could Be Military Target Disgusting! And a war crime under the Geneva Convention.
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