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Saturday, September 11, 2004
Halliburton Weighs Options as Iraq Work ChangesIn recent months, the company's presence in Iraq has rapidly expanded. Halliburton has about 36,000 employees and contractors in Iraq, 8,000 more than it had six months ago.36,000 employees there?! What a complete boondoggle.
In Cheney's Words: The Risk of 'the Wrong Choice'[I]t's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on November 2nd, we make the right choice. Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again. That we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts, and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for usMany people justifiably went crazy at the sheer gall of Cheney's remark. His speech had another doozy as well:The ultimate solution here is to make certain that we change the circumstances on the ground in places like Iraq and Afghanistan so they never again become breeding grounds for the terrorists that launched those deadly attacks not only against the United States, but obviously, for the kinds of terrorist attacks that we've seen around the world.Here, for the umpteenth time, Cheney is equating Iraq with 9/11. He knows damn well that Iraq has not been the breeding grounds for anyone connected with 9/11, nor for anyone associated with any attacks on the U.S.
Bogota Says Army Killed Union ChiefsThe attorney general's office said late Monday that Colombian soldiers assassinated three union leaders last month, an account that contrasts sharply with the army's earlier contention that the three men were Marxist rebels killed in a firefight.Yeah, I'm sure we had nothing to do with it. Just like in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile etc etc etc.
Maybe Kerry has polling or focus groups that disprove what I'm about to say, but absent that, the people running his campaign must be a bunch of morons to have him say that the money being spent in Iraq could have been used for domestic programs. That just opens him up to the dual charge of first, being a typical tax-and-spend liberal, and (even worse) second, that he doesn't understand that the war on terrorism needs to be fought vigorously and that effort will cost money. Instead of framing it like he did, Kerry should have said that the Iraq war has made us less safe, because the troops and money unnecessarily wasted in Iraq should have been used to go after bin Laden and al Qaeda in Afghanistan -- even if caught now in an October surprise, bin Laden has had three years to plan after 9/11 -- and, to increase homeland security at nuclear and chemical plants, and at our ports by inspecting all containers.
Friday, September 10, 2004
In Tight Race, Big Donors Sagely Bet on Both HorsesKerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry have a disclosed worth of as much as 747 million dollars, but the most that Kerry can personally lay claim to is 14.8 million dollars of those assets. The bulk of the fortune belongs to Heinz Kerry, though the two do hold some assets jointly, says the report.Paupers all!
The Numbers Game: Another Iraq DistractionThen the defense secretary, perhaps hoping to soften the impact of all those dead Americans, gave a very rare body count estimate of between 1,500 and 2,500 enemy killed in Iraq last month. By offering a body count for August, Rumsfeld violated the unwritten rule of every administration and a generation of military leaders to avoid giving such counts.You can believe the Bushian body count numbers the same way you can believe everything else they say.
Who The Hell Is "Undecided"? And Why do so Many Election Polls leave you Angry and Stupefied and Drunk?So then, who are the people so openly duped by the gluttonous TV coverage of either of the conventions that they watch the Dems and says, wow, that Kerry fellow sure is smart and articulate and, gosh, he's even a decorated 'Nam vet, I'm voting for him.The brain-dead, 5-hour-a-day-TV-watching undecideds do exist, I think, the type of feeble-minded masses who can be easily persuaded to believe whatever they heard last.
There is No Such Thing as a War on TerrorismHere in Spain, we don't feel as if we are at war because we aren't. And neither are the inhabitants of the United States, however vociferously many Americans may insist that they are.If you walk down the streets of virtually any American city or town, and ask random people if they have done anything differently today than they otherwise would have because of the "war on terrorism," the vast, vast majority would have to say "no."
As War Toll Climbs, Bush Still DeceivesThirteen months ago, a Washington Post poll found that 69 percent of Americans believed that Saddam was 'personally involved' in Sept. 11 and 82 percent thought Saddam 'provided assistance to Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network.' This overwhelming agreement was a natural result of an overwhelming public relations assault by the White House.People in other countries of the world are not so misinformed. It's truly frightening and dangerous that the most militarily powerful nation in the world has such an ignorant citizenry.
Despair in Iraq Over the Forgotten Victims of US InvasionIraqi officials demanded to know yesterday why so little international attention was being given to their numerous dead as the US mourned the death of 1,000 soldiers since the invasion of Iraq.The Brave Posturing of Armchair Warriors
The Next Shock: Not Oil, but DebtFrom 1988 to 2000, the ratio of nonfinancial debt to gross domestic product held steady at about 1.8 to 1...I don't usually pay too much attention to these kind of stats, but these latest numbers made even me sit up and take notice. This is self-destructive economic lunacy, isn't it?
The Hidden History of CIA Torture: America's Road to Abu GhraibThe CIA's torture experimentation of the 1950s and early 1960s was codified in 1963 in a succinct, secret instructional booklet on torture -- the 'KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation' manual, which would become the basis for a new method of torture disseminated globally over the next three decades. These techniques were first spread through the U.S. Agency for International Development's Public Safety program to train police forces in Asia and Latin America as the front line of defense against communists and other revolutionaries. After an angry Congress abolished the Public Safety program in 1975, the CIA worked through U.S. Army Mobile Training Teams to instruct military interrogators, mainly in Central America.Unlike most Americans, people all over the world know these things and that is one of the reasons why the Bush administration has become so despised all over the world. If we don't kick him out of office, that hatred will soon attach to us all, as a nation.
Dick Cheney: Vice President of the ApocalypseCheney's Cold War obsessions have frequently placed him on the wrong side of history, causing him to misread the geopolitical realities of regions around the world -- and of the key players within them. This is the man who was so certain that the African National Congress was a dangerous group that he regularly voted, as a member of Congress in the 1980s, against House resolutions calling for the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners in South Africa. While leading conservative Republicans such as Jack Kemp were hailing Mandela as an iconic fighter for freedom and racial justice, Cheney continued to decry the ANC as 'a terrorist organization' and to dismiss its leaders as threatening radicals.Cheney is a true piece of work.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Apocalypse Bush! Why Care for the Planet When the End Times are Almost Here? Vote Bush and Hop On the Salvation Train! There may well be more than a grain of truth here.
Last night O'Reilly had a segment in which the topic was whether the U.S. should have universal health care. O'Reilly, in his typical (faux?) selfish, cruel fashion, went on and on about how if someone eats too much and gets fat, or drinks, or uses drugs, O'Reilly doesn't want to pay for his medical care. Eventually he sort of agreed that children should be guaranteed medical care, and maybe everyone else as a safety net if they can't afford private insurance. Well, at least he allowed the subject to be discussed, for what I think was the first time ever as a full segment topic on his show. If it has been discussed other times, it's few and far between, compared to how much attention he gives to other topics certainly more important to the well-being of average Americans, like Jesse Jackson's tax returns or a porn film being shot on a state college campus.
Iraq War Heating UpAn American military official said Monday that American soldiers and their allies were attacked an average of 87 times each day in August, the highest such figure since American and British forces deposed Saddam Hussein and his government 17 months ago.Does the American public know this, or even care? What's the big deal, after all? It's only our own sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who are being killed and maimed. Why should we pay any attention, or throw out of office on his head the cruel, evil figurehead named W who created this situation?
In an Old Coal Town, the Old Party Labels Are FadedSharon Alfman, the cook at the little County Seat Diner here, might seem to be a likely John Kerry supporter. She has voted Democratic most of her life. She has no health insurance through the diner, and her husband's insurance ran out after he was on disability for more than a year. But she already knows that she is going to vote for President Bush.Yes, Bush has a solid working-class background, and has certainly done physical labor all his life. Bush's values are definitely middle-class. God help us all!! I hope this brain-damaged, pathetic moron and the rest of those who think like her get hit with the full brunt of Bushian policies if he's re-elected. It will serve her and the other f****ing imbeciles right to get what they wish for.
Kerry Wants Broader Effort by Bush on Crisis in SudanSenator John Kerry called on President Bush on Thursday to take the lead in stopping the killing of civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan by declaring it a genocide, pushing for tough United Nations sanctions on the government, backing the deployment of an international force and raising money for relief aid.Thank God someone's calling for these immediate measures, instead of that idiotic investigation into whether it's "genocide" or not.
Plan to Tame Journalists Just Stirs Them Up in BrazilA plan by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to create a national journalists' council to regulate Brazil's boisterous press has prompted mounting criticism here. News organizations that would be affected by the bill call it the most serious threat to freedom of expression here since a right-wing military dictatorship was toppled two decades ago.What's wrong with Lula?
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Estrich Talking Sense for a ChangeYou can't just answer the charges. You can't just say it ain't so.And she lists some of them. Maybe now she won't feel inclined to tell Sean Hannity, one of the prime spreaders of the vicious lies about Kerry, how much she loves him.
Kerry Is Back in the Race, Latest Poll Says Whew!
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Advice for Kerry:
'Snarlin' Marlin' urges Democrats: Don't be 'me-too' Republicans'I want to remind you,' he said, 'that it was Democrats who gave us Social Security and Medicare. It was liberals and labor unions who gave us the eight-hour day, five-day week, employer-paid health care, improvements in worker's compensation and unemployment insurance. It was liberals and Democrats who provided auto safety, drug safety, consumer protection, Earth Day and clean air and water, and it was Democrats who gave veterans the first mortgage home loan program and increases in student grants and loans in our universities.'Exactly the reason the commie dems should be defeated, before the US turns totally commie.
Iraq and the Crisis of Empire One of the best short pieces I've seen summarizing the US history of empire-building and the horrendous results for the subjects of said empire.
The Unwinnable WarCitizens of the United States are a decent, fair-minded people. The only reason we tolerate what is being done in our name in Iraq is that...[t]hinking of ourselves as only motivated by good intentions, we cannot fathom the possibility that... what we are doing is murder on a vast scale.Gee, poor unable-to-fathom Americans. Puh-leeze!
Oil slides as Saudis cut prices Looks like payback from the Saudi royal family to the Bush royal family.
All the talk of Kerry being such a great come-from-behind artist, misses a big point: when he came from behind against Weld, that was in Massachusetts which has a largely liberal population, and when he came from behind against Dean in Ohio, again, that was among decidedly liberal Democratic primary voters. To get liberals to come back to him is one thing; to get "middle America" swing voters to come back to him may be quite another.
Monday, September 06, 2004
Saravia GUILTYAudience members hugged and others shed tears after a federal judge in Fresno ruled Friday that a man thought to have lived in Modesto was responsible for the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador.One down, thousands to go, including Ronald Reagon posthumously, Oliver North, Elliott Abrams, the whole gang of those mass-murdering thugs.
Sick of Work: Always on the Job, Employees Pay With HealthAmerican workers are stressed out, and in an unforgiving economy, they are becoming more so every day.The powers that be are putting the screws on everyone else all over the world. Isn't it disgusting that as technology advances, so that theoretically people could work less but still have better lives, materially and otherwise, that the opposite is occuring? The reason: the greed of those at the top, which has ever-easier global reach in which to effect its evil.
Would it be wrong of me to maintain that GOP in reality stands for Greedy Old Pricks? Yes it would. Because not all of those greedy pieces of shit are men.
St. Louis Cleric Softens Stand on Voting by CatholicsThe archbishop of St. Louis, who has said he would deny the sacrament of Communion to Senator John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, because he supports abortion rights, now says Roman Catholics may vote for such candidates under certain circumstances.How nice of the Archbishop to elucidate us all further on his twisted thinking. Perhaps he would even dare to reveal what are the "other moral issues" he had in mind? Perhaps those contained in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats?
Missile Defense to Tie US to Iraq, Afghanistan, Caspian, Experts WarnA key component of national missile defense, whose development is receiving priority this year, is likely to strategically tie the United States to Iraq , Afghanistan and some of the authoritarian former Soviet republics, requiring permanent US military bases there, according to officials and scientists involved in the project.Another undisclosed reason for the the Iraq war and our cozying up to the brutal dictatorships running the former Soviet republics.
Iraq Extends al-Jazeera Ban and Raids Offices Ah, the democratic wonders of a U.S.-installed puppet government.
White House Blocked Probe of Sept. 11-Saudi Link: Top US SenatorFlorida Senator Bob Graham, the Democrat who co-chaired Congress's probe into the September 11 attacks, wrote that Saudi government agents were part of a support network in the United States for two hijackers who took part in the devastating strikes, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.Let's just hope that some of the filthy, rotten stink from the Bush family-Saudi royal family connection is convincingly revealed to the public before Nov. 2, even far beyond the exposure of Farenheit 911.
How Clinton Could Still CampaignEx-president Bill Clinton's Labor Day quadruple heart bypass surgery is expected to take just four or five hours, but Democrats fear a lengthy recuperation period could leave the party's top campaigner and fund-raiser sidelined until the election is over.Even if Clinton can't go around in person, it would still be a big draw, and maybe touchingly effective, for Clinton to campaign from his recuperative site on a big screen at Kerry rallies.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Heads in the SandWhen asked this week on CNN how long the U.S. military is likely to remain in Iraq, Senator John McCain replied 'probably' 10 or 20 years. 'That's not so bad,' he said, adding, 'We've been in Korea for 50 years. We've been in West Germany for 50 years.'If you've got kids, this must be a comforting thought. Be sure to go vote for Bush.
SAUDI ARABIA: 3 KILLED IN STAMPEDE AT IKEA OPENING Three people died and 17 were injured in a stampede on the opening day of an Ikea store in Jidda, security officials said. The opening and a promotional discount offered to the first 250 people in line drew more than 8,000 people to the doors of the home furnishings store, a company executive said. Some shoppers had arrived the night before and camped out. Once the doors opened, the crowd surged forward, causing the stampede. (AP)Saudi Arabia is one screwed up country.
In Western Sudan, Fear Is the Ever-Growing EnemyThe United Nations has issued the Arab-led government of Sudan a stark ultimatum: show evidence of improved security for the black African tribes of the vast western region called Darfur, or face the consequences - among them, possibly economic sanctions.Wow, after all these thousands of deaths, we threaten the government with possible economic sanctions. Pretty tough. As this eminently sensible ad asks, where is Bush on this?
McCain Calls Swiftboat Ads Garbage'If they question Kerry's medals,' he said, 'they question everybody's medals. All those men who found it so hard to come home, who found so little gratitude for their sacrifices when they got here, are going to feel mistreated again. The families of the people whose names are on the monument in Washington will feel wronged, too. The painful wounds we all worked so hard to close will all be reopened.Even McCain has now turned Commie.
Bush's National Guard File Missing RecordsDocuments that should have been written to explain gaps in President Bush's Texas Air National Guard service are missing from the military records released about his service in 1972 and 1973, according to regulations and outside experts.Why the heck has it taken until now for this info to surface? Will the true story get out in time to influence the election? Stay tuned...
Medicare Premiums to Rise 17 PercentMedicare premiums for doctor visits will rise 17 percent next year, the Bush administration said Friday. The $11.60-a-month increaseSo what? Let the damn old people pay for their own health care.
U.S. Troops in Iraq See Highest Injury Toll YetAbout 1,100 U.S. soldiers and Marines were wounded in Iraq during August, by far the highest combat injury toll for any month since the war began and an indication of the intensity of battles flaring in urban areas.You certainly saw this fact prominently reported on the news, right?
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