Friday, July 09, 2004

Blood in the Water 

Am I the only one who wants to see Kerry and Edwards strike fast and hard, just as soon as possible? Bush is incredibly vulnerable right now. A crucial portion of his 1972 National Guard record has been conveniently destroyed, even though the AP was informed just two weeks ago that the record was available on microfilm and "would erase any questions" about Bush's service. (I guess "erase" was intended all too literally.) Bush's good buddy and Number One Campaign Contributer of All Time, "Kenny Boy" Lay just got perp-walked out of FBI offices in Houston. And, as stated below, the Bush administration is blatantly attempting to link Democrats to Al Qaeda. Meanwhile, reports have come out that Karl Rove and the Bush team are trying to time the apprehension of Al Qaeda to affect the election. And this is all just the last 36 hours or less.

Positive, upbeat and optimistic are nice, but it's time for Kerry and Edwards to attack like hungry sharks.

Somehow, though, I'm starting to get that sinking feeling I remember well from late 2000...


Greg Palast calls for Bush and other Republicans to give back the dirty money from Ken Lay and the Enron crew, who happen to be the Number One political donors for George W. Bush's entire political career.

The Donald fires Bush 

I hate reality TV shows. Except for two episodes of The Osbournes, which were terrific, I've never seen one. NEVER.

But I have seen plenty of promos and ads for them; you can't miss those if you watch TV at all. So I'm familiar enough with The Apprentice to appreciate this great parody.

I'm laughing my ass off, just waiting for this to LOAD!



This point has likely been made elsewhere and by others, and I haven't had the chance to poke around the Internet to see who has made it -- so I'll just say it here: the Bush crowd is obviously trying to link the Democrats to the terrorists.


Yesterday Tom Ridge called the potential terrorist strikes in the US "an effort to disrupt the democratic process." In other words, if the terrorists strike in the US any time between now and the election, it must clearly be an attempt to scare Americans into voting Bush out of office, just as Al Qaeda scared Spain into dumping its ruling party in favor of the liberal socialists.

It's a win-win way to frame the terrorist threat. If there's no strike, that's because the Bush team has been vigilant in a way that Kerry never could be. If there is a strike, it's a blatant attempt to frighten Americans into voting Democratic. Only through toughness and iron resolve will we be able to protect our president [sic] and his administration from those evildoers.

All of this is implied, of course, in such statements as this one by Tom Ridge: ""We know they have the capability to succeed and they also hold the mistaken belief that their attacks will have an impact on America's resolve."

The subtext is clear, though: Do you want Osama bin Laden to determine the outcome of the 2004 election, or do you love freedom and democracy?

If you're not with Bush, you're with the bad guys.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

CIA intel on 'Saddam gassing his own people' came from... 

...the newspapers.

Story here.

Saddam Could Call CIA in His Defence

Evidence offered by a top CIA man could confirm the testimony given by Saddam Hussein at the opening of his trial in Baghdad Thursday that he knew of the Halabja massacre only from the newspapers.

Thousands were reported killed in the gassing of Iraqi Kurds in Halabja in the north of Iraq in March 1988 towards the end of Iraq's eight-year war with Iran. The gassing of the Kurds has long been held to be the work of Ali Hassan al-Majid, named in the West because of that association as 'Chemical Ali'. Saddam Hussein is widely alleged to have ordered Ali to carry out the chemical attack.


A report prepared by the top CIA official handling the matter says Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the massacre, and indicates that it was the work of Iranians. Further, the Scott inquiry on the role of the British government has gathered evidence that following the massacre the United States in fact armed Saddam Hussein to counter the Iranians chemicals for chemicals.


The agency did find that each side used gas against the other in the battle around Halabja, he said. "The condition of the dead Kurds' bodies, however, indicated they had been killed with a blood agent -- that is, a cyanide-based gas -- which Iran was known to use. "The Iraqis, who are thought to have used mustard gas in the battle, are not known to have possessed blood agents at the time."


[CIA officer Stephen C.] Pelletiere wrote that Saddam Hussein has much to answer for in the area of human rights abuses. "But accusing him of gassing his own people at Halabja as an act of genocide is not correct, because as far as the information we have goes, all of the cases where gas was used involved battles. These were tragedies of war. There may be justifications for invading Iraq, but Halabja is not one of them."

Another Bush lie, repeated endlessly ad nauseum, debunked.


Wednesday, July 07, 2004


Or else.

I've been telling my Republican friends to get ready for the unveiling of Osama bin Laden some time between mid-July and mid-September of this year. Why? Just a hunch...

Of, By, For... 

How would George Orwell define "representative government"? Like this...

From the New Standard: One in Four Members of Congress Made Over $1 Million Last Year

Winning the War on the Environment 

...one tree at a time.

From BushGreenWatch:

Under the guise of preventing forest fires, the Bush administration is planning the biggest timber sale on public lands in modern history. The Biscuit Project would allow logging of 372 million board feet of timber across 30 square miles of southwest Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest—enough timber to fill 70,000 logging trucks. The logging would be done on wildlands of uncommon beauty and ecological diversity, far from any community that could be damaged in a fire.

"It's the biggest logging sale since World War II," says Steve Holmer, communications director with the Unified Forest Defense Campaign, a coalition of national and regional conservation organizations. "Timber companies have made huge contributions to the Bush campaign. This project is political payback."

Nader Calls Kerry a "Puppet" for Israel 

Amy Goodman has a great interview with Ralph Nader today.

NADER: John Edwards has been vetted. There aren't going to be any skeletons in his closet. He has a good two-Americas speech. There will be a lot of dynamism and he's a charmer, but the question I have is will he defend the civil justice system, which is the right of the American people when they're wrongfully injured or defrauded to have their full day in court against corporations, or will he sidestep that issue? Civil justice is under serious attack. It's already been eroded in state legislatures and there's a current Class Action bill in the congress that will further weaken the rights of defrauded people from having their day in state court. So that remains to be seen....

The other parties are pro-war, pro-PATRIOT act, pro-death penalty, pro-corporate globalization, and we are on the other side of that. We are the only anti-war candidate. When I talked to John Kerry, I talked basically about the dirty tricks that the democratic parties at the state level are using to try to keep us off the ballot on technicalities, drain our resources. In Arizona, the democrats hired three corporate law firms. They filed suit against us. They had filed suit on such things like one of our signature gatherers-- it takes 14,500 signatures to get on the Arizona ballot. One of the signature gatherers collected 550 signatures. He happened to be an ex-felon who paid his debt to society. He had been on juries. He was a registered voter. They found that he did not pay allegedly a $400 fine to the state, and they wanted to knock off 550 signatures. That would have cost us long days in litigation, and we had to drop our effort. We have limited funds under Federal Election Commission regulation. The democrats have unlimited funds outside of any regulation. That's what they're doing in Oregon and elsewhere. I told John Kerry to-- words to the wise. He may be presiding over a situation, whether he knows it or not, that can be a mini Watergate....

What is unfortunate and dismaying is the political bigotry that is being demonstrated by some liberals. Sure, oppose us, challenge us, argue with us, but don't say that you can speak, assemble and petition outside the electoral arena, but don't go into the electoral arena and be so adamant about it. Of course, the democrats' dirty tricks are just beginning to unfold. I'm sure that the press will report more of what's going on there. But we have an obligation to challenge the two-party cabal. The one corporate party with two heads wearing different makeup. The kind of parties that have brought us corporate-occupied territory in Washington. The kind of parties that have let giant business say no to health insurance for everybody, no to living wage, no to a fair tax system, no to waging peace, no to doing something about the bloated wasteful Pentagon budget that now comprises one-half of the federal government's operating expenditures, at the expense of schools, clinics, public transit systems and all the necessities back home that don't find any funds to improve facilities for the American people....

The U.S. government never connects with the deep and broad Israeli peace movement that represents members and former members of the Knesset, former military people, former intelligence people, former mayors, existing mayors, professors, rabbis. They put 120,000 people in the square in Tel Aviv recently. You would think that the U.S. government was not a puppet. It would support the deep Israeli peace movement, which has been in touch with the Palestinian peace advocates and has worked out more than one accord where there could be a two-state solution living in peace with a viable and independent Palestinian state. So, there should be a debate. The two candidates Kerry, and Bush, are both pro-Israeli military government. They do not connect with the Israeli peace movement or peace now or Jewish voice for peace or Michael Lerner's Tikkun group. Both Kerry and Bush are pro-war.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Strong rumor: Gephardt's in 

According to ArchPundit, and Political Wire.

I think I'm going to throw up. As I have said many times--if Kerry didn't pick Edwards, he doesn't want to win it badly enough.


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