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"I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world, not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world which will be safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty."- JFK 10/26/63 Amherst College

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Wolfowitz Shown the Exit
Finally resigns, after WB board, Germany say "not welcome". (story)

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The Real Mother's Day
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4/25 Subpoenas issued for Rice, Goodling, RNC emails.
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Monica Goodling
Monica Pleads the Fifth
"Hi. My name is Monica Goodling, and I'm a student at Regent University..."
Until her recent resignation, Monica was a DoJ conspirator running the AG firings. Regent University, founded by Marion 'Pat' Robertson, is ranked a "tier four" school by US News & World Report, the lowest score and essentially a tie for 136th place. Yet 150 of it's graduates have joined the Bush administration. (story)
Meet Monica Goodling

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Pat Tillman
See our page on the suspicious circumstances of Tillman's death and the latest news developments here.

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Grennsburg Tornado
Huge F5 Tornado in Kansas
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said the Iraq War has taken half of Kansas National Guard's Humvee and flat-bed trucks, which could have been used in the recovery effort. "Not having the National Guard equipment is really going to hamper this effort to rebuild." (ref)

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Swift-boating Nancy Pelosi
Bush: Screw the Senate- Swift-Boater to Belgium
Congress to investigate Bush recess appointment of top Swift-boat campaign funder.
Update: 'Ambassador' Fox's group, Republican-Jewish Coalition, is now Swift-boating Nancy Pelosi.

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Lord Rumsfeld in Exile
Latest Rumsfeld sighting:
April 2: The Dark Lord himself sat down and ordered a hot chocolate just like he was any normal visitor at the Taos Ski Basin a couple days ago. The waiter refused to serve him. A month ago, a man spotted him in the Trader Joe's checkout line, and yelled out, "Mr. Rumsfeld, how can you sleep at night?" For a complete report of a major Rumsfeld encounter, see Jeff Conant's "Greeting Rumsfeld in Taos"

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A.G. Gonzales is finished

Why Gonzo Isn't Gone- Yet
Bush: "I'm honored to be here with the Eternal General [sic], mi amigo, Alberto Gonzales."
Greg Sargent writes that if Gonzo left, Bush "would have to appoint someone with some credible level of independence to have any hope of Senate confirmation; in other words, a real Attorney General who would let real investigations into the administration move forward. That's a reality that President Bush simply cannot allow...The choice the President has on his hands is this: either keep a laughingstock and a political albatross as the Attorney General, or open the floodgates to all the various investigations this administration has worked so assiduously over the years to keep stopped up. (ref-TPMuckraker)

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Wilsons  v. Cheney
Update: the Wilsons pressing civil case against Cheney, Rove...
follow the latest here.

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Sheikh Zayed and the Burge Hotel
Halliburton Moving to Dubai
Cheney's company will be out of reach of the IRS, and more importantly perhaps, out of reach of investigations into war-profiteering and corruption. Above: Sheikh Zayed, sole ruler of Dubai for thirty years now; Cheney's kind of guy.

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AntiWar
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Counterspin
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Ring of Fire
Wonkette
FireDogLake
National Whistleblowers
Whistleblowers Coalition
FOX Attacks
May the Force Be With You
The Brand New Bag
Agence Global

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"There is a very ruthless core of people who are better described as dominionists... It is about bigotry, intolerance; there's not only a lust for violence, but a kind of pornographic fascination with violence. There's a cult of masculinity. There's a war on science, a war on truth." (interview, Chris Hedges)
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Congressman Murtha Rep. Murtha: "Let me tell you, the only people who want us in Iraq is Iran and al-Qaeda.." (story)

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Laura and President Duck
Laura - one from the heart?
From Morning Edition on NPR:
This is the morning that kids were invited to the White House for the Easter egg roll. The roll for Laura Bush includes reading a children's book. It's called, "Duck for President." The first lady will read the story of a duck who takes over the farm, then runs for governor, and then runs for the White House. He wins after a recount, but Duck gives it all up to go back to the farm. The duck concludes, "Running a country is no fun at all."

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Darth Cheney
Of course, the Bush-man is just there to sell the wars, as for who is running them, well we all know by now...
Cheney Theme Music: stream/download

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Soldier Iraq
"Surge" theme stream/download
(BambinoDiva)

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Bush boogies - Hard Work!
Favorite clip: Bush's Hard Work

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Bush gives the sign
"And truth of the matter is, a lot of reports in Washington are never read by anybody. To show you how important this one is, I read it..." -George W. Bush, on the Baker-Hamilton Report, 12/07/06

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Randi Rhodes
The Randi Rhodes Show

Stephanie Miller
The Stephanie Miller Show

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"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world- a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us... No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you." Hunter S. Thompson, "Kingdom Of Fear"


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Einstein on War
"This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!" - Albert Einstein,"The World As I See It"

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McCain's  Fading Star
John McCain on Blair, during an appearance at the World Affairs Council / City Club of Seattle: "He has literally sacrificed his political career because of Iraq. That is a great testament to his political courage."
No Mr. McCain, it is a testament to the arrogant delusion of Mr. Blair, and to the better sense of the British public.

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"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." -Edward R. Murrow
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Rudy Giuliani in drag
Giuliani in drag, with Donald Trump (click for video)

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"Holding hands is the warmest expression of affection between men, It's a sign of solidarity and kinship." - Samir Khalaf, professor of sociology, American University of Beirut. (... story)

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Pat Robertson on Aliens
"The devil can disguise himself in many forms...if there is life on other planets it is demonic. There is no question that there are demons in outer space."
-Marion 'Pat' Robertson

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"A tormenting thought: as of a certain point, history was no longer real. Without noticing it, all mankind suddenly left reality..." -Elias Canetti

Bush storm
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices." Voltaire

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Bush  on SOTU

Bush on the state of the union speech- a must see (quicktime download) .

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"American journalism is in need of a spine transplant" Dan Rather
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evil and stupid
Hey! It's Hard Work!! Well, maybe we can just Imagine... Walk on the Wild Side! (mp3s)

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Richard Nixon, referring to the report by the Warren Commission: "it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated".[sic] (...ref)

Oh, and Oswald was CIA
(view document)

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Sheen on 911
Charlie Sheen on CNN:
"911 was an Inside Job"
And 82% agree! (ref)

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atta and jarrah

New videos show 9/11 hijackers at BinLaden's camp in 2000. Here pictured: Atta (r.) and Jarrah (l.)

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scan me stupid
"Americans are sheep. They'll put up with anything..."
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2007 May update 2

mission accomplished 4 years after "Mission Accomplished" Bush Vetoes Any Restrictions on His War
When Mr. Bush stood on the flight deck in his pilot suit and codpiece 4 years ago to claim victory in His Iraq War, there were 139 US dead; today, the number is 3,351. The number of US wounded stood at 542; today it is 24,912. As he pranced then, the number of insurgents was estimated at 5000. Today, the Sunni insurgents alone are counted at 100,000; the number of Iraqi dead is now estimated at over a half-million. And in those four years following "Mission Accomplished", another 400 billion dollars of American taxpayer money has been squandered. Today, on the fourth anniversary of Mr. Bush's delusional victory strut, he vetoed the war-funding bill because it required him to start winding down the war within a year. Apparently that's an intolerable impingement on Mr. Bush's self-proclaimed unlimited authority to wage war wherever, whenever, and for however long he wants. Mr. Bush: "As you know, my position is clear - I'm the Commander Guy." The California Democratic Party and the Vermont state legislature have sent impeachment resolutions to Congress citing the falsely justified Iraq War, the policy of torture, warrantless wiretaps, the exposure of a CIA operative and network, suspension of habeus corpus, and conspiring to ignore over 750 laws through 'signing statements'. Rep. Kucinich has introduced an impeachment resolution against Cheney, to get rid of him first. (refs)


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Tenet gets the Medal Tenet as Whistleblower:
The Ex-CIA chief, hitting all the talk shows to promote his new book, says there was never any debate over the idea of invading and occupying Iraq- that the CIA intelligence "was not the driver" in the decision to go to war, which Bush and Cheney had made, he believed, even before coming into office. He thus puts the lie to the administration's alibi that while they acted on the basis of what would later prove to be faulty CIA intelligence, they acted in good faith. Not so. Tenet is appearing on 60 minutes April 29, on Meet the Press May 6, likely at Henry Waxman's House Oversight Committee May 10, and in bookstores everywhere: "At the Center of the Storm".
Update: CIA Officers Denounce Tenet
Wow. Looks like Tenet ripped open a sore wound. For many CIA officers, seeing him posture on TV and collect millions on his book was just too much, and they've gone public in bitter denunciation of "grotesque mixture of incompetence and sycophancy".
CIA officers are hitting the airwaves and talk shows in a full frontal attack on the ex-director. A lot of stuff that was pent up is coming out. Several officers have gone public with a letter to Tenet:
"your lament that you are a victim in a process you helped direct is self-serving, misleading and, as head of the intelligence community, an admission of failed leadership.
"You were not a victim. You were a willing participant in a poorly considered policy to start an unnecessary war and you share culpability with Dick Cheney and George Bush for the debacle in Iraq."
"It now turns out that you were the Alberto Gonzales of the intelligence community -- a grotesque mixture of incompetence and sycophancy shielded by a genial personality."

Download the letter in pdf format

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General Odom Reagan's NSA Chief to Bush: Don't Veto Dem Bill
"I hope the president seizes this moment for a basic change in course and signs the bill Congress has sent him... The challenge we face today is not how to win in Iraq; it is how to recover from a strategic mistake: invading Iraq in the first place," he said. "The president has let (the Iraq war) proceed on automatic pilot, making no corrections in the face of accumulating evidence that his strategy is failing and cannot be rescued. He lets the United States fly further and further into trouble, squandering its influence, money and blood, facilitating the gains of our enemies." - Lt.Gen'l William Odom, Army Intelligence and National Security Administration chief under Reagan. (ref)

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Selling the Fear
In the recent debate among democratic candidates for the presidency, moderator Brian Williams asked them, 'Who are the three worst enemies of America?"

The truth is, America has no "enemies" but those we make ourselves. A little recent history is in order. After the collapse of the Soviet Empire, it looked like giant ams budgets, nuclear standoffs, and cruel proxy wars would be things of the past. We would now turn to quality of life issues like education, ameliorating poverty, breakthroughs in medicine and health care services, and dealing with pollution and global warming. We had the visions of Hubble and the promise of space exploration, the birth of the Web, and dreams of tele-operation and virtual reality, and a dizzying acceleration in scientific advances bringing us magical gadgets and startling discoveries.

But something happened along the way, and now, after 6 years of Bush and Cheney, we are mired in fearful talk of "enemies" who "want to kill us"; once again we spend half our nation's budget on war preparations, yet this is more than all other countries combined. How could the so powerful be so insecure? What happened to the glorious post-cold-war future we were envisioning? Well for one thing, we have a new model of "enemy" - shadowy networks of stateless plotters and assassins; so now we shall always be insecure no matter how vastly more powerful our military than all others; it is a formula for the permanence of Eisenhower's "military industrial complex".

Remember what Georgi Arbatov, Gorbachev's close aide and top Kremlin 'Americanologist' told the US as the Soviet Union was disintegrating... "We will do a terrible thing to you; we will deprive you of an enemy". That was in March of 1990. By the summer of that year, then-president George Bush Sr had a plan to keep the military industrial complex in profitable business well into the future, in spite of the loss of our enemy. The US would instigate and lead ad-hoc coalitions of friendly states to discipline, punish, and if necessary, destroy dangerous "rogue states". This would be the New World Order. Of course 'rogue states' could mean any state which resisted the "Washington Consensus" and had the audacity to arm itself in defense. But these subtle details were not for the public. For the public, an example was needed, one which could be puffed up into a frightening 'enemy', then dealt with militarily by the righteous fury of a US-led coalition, thus establishing the paradigm for the New World Order, and ensuring decades of further prosperity for the military-industrial complex.

So our old buddy Saddam, fresh from warring on Iran with our help, was lured into an invasion of neighboring Kuwait. Now Saddam was a new Hitler, his armies were ferocious and threatened even our ally and principal oil-source, Saudi Arabia... or so we told them, and we got those bases we wanted there, in the Holy Land of Islam, and we rolled back the dictator with little loss of life or treasure on our side. Success- the New World Order was now clear and confirmed, and along the way, America massively expanded it's military presence in the region. Everyone was happy.

Except Osama bin Laden, who had petitioned the Saudi King to allow him to lead his warriors (fresh from victory over the Soviet Empire in Afghanistan) to drive the godless aggressor Saddam from Kuwait. The King went with the Americans instead. Bin Laden considered the monarchy a colluder from that point on, and the removal of the American military bases in Iraq would later become his principle demand as he turned his guns on America.

And there was a faction of the ruling regime in Washington that was unhappy too. The 'realists' who held sway through Bush the First called them 'the crazies'. These were the men who later in the decade signed on to the "Project for the New American Century", now known as the "neo-cons", who entered en masse the administration of George W. Bush. These men had been discredited in the eighties for hyping an imminent Soviet threat; since the CIA found their allegations doubtful, they ran an alternative "intelligence" assessment called "Plan B" to push their war-mongering fantasies and claims that Gorbachev was tricking us with his end-of-the-cold-war talk, and was actually preparing a surprise attack; this nonsense continued right up until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The neo-cons did not like the Bush Sr. New World Order. They thought that since America was now unrivaled in it's military might, it should take the opportunity to... well, rule the world. They wanted Bush Sr. to go all the way to Baghdad, depose Saddam, and take over Iraq as an object lesson to anyone who dared oppose us, and as a base from which to better impose our will on the region. During the Clinton interlude, these men plotted in the comfort of various right-wing think-tanks, notably the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute; their mouthpieces in the mainstream press, Safire, Kristol, Perle, Krauthammer, Will, et al, continued to press their talking points, and in 2001 they came to power under Mr. Cheney and the ignorant and pliant Bush Jr.

This background helps us understand why, after the attacks of 911, the Taliban's offer to turn over Bin Laden to a third country for trial was spurned in favor of military action. We didn't ever get Bin Laden of course, but we did get Afghanistan and the oil pipelines from the trans-Caucasus region the neo-cons and their oil-industry allies wanted. And we showed the world; we kicked butt.

It helps explain why, rather than treating Al Quaeda as a criminal enterprise best destroyed by determined intelligence and police work, they declared a 'War". A "War on Terror". It helps explain why, when Saddam gave free rein to the weapons inspectors in 2002, turned over a mountain of documents as demanded, and even offered through a back-channel to retire and go into exile, we insisted on invading Iraq, destroying the Iraqi state, and occupying that country, thus enormously boosting the appeal of Bin Ladenism and anti-American attitudes in general. We had a chance to solve the problem multilaterally and they preferred to wage a war of conquest. We had a chance to play a crucial part in the more gradual emergence of good governance in that already secular state, thus developing a bulwark against the kind of Islamic extremism which underlay Al Queda. But no, they wanted to use the war machine, to have an "enemy", to show the world that messing with America was suicidal. That was more important than being smart about solving whatever problems there were.

In spite of the utter disaster this mindset has wrought in Iraq, their efforts continue in the same vein today- now with Iran. Mr. Cheney et al have been threatening Iran with a nuclear attack for over a year now. We have in fact three aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf as i write this, and while massive domestic and international resistance seems to have temporarily postponed an assault, the danger is still very much there. Now we find out that the Iranians had made a concerted effort in 2002 to offer a grand bargain of peaceful resolution of disputes with the US, only to be spurned, once again, by Cheney and his war-mongering cohort.

By now it should be clear that these people have no interest in the peaceful resolution of disputes, but rather look for opportunities to unilaterally exert American military dominance as a matter of principle. It should be clear that they have no interest in participating in an enlightened world community, but rather aspire to rule the world the way the Republicans ruled Congress until this year- by brute force in service of corrupt selfish interest. It should be clear that this mentality is disastrous for our nation and the world. Those who have promoted this pathology and aided and abetted these conspiracies bear much of the blame for the mess that's occurred, and should be outed and discredited, retired from their pulpits in the main stream media, and set out to pasture once and for all.

Which brings us back to the beginning of this essay, with Brian Williams' question to the Democratic candidates. "Who are the three worst enemies of America?" (The rest of his questions, if you read the transcript were just as tendentious.) Williams works for NBC, and NBC is owned by General Electric, a top defense contractor and founding member of the military industrial complex. Yes, the very ones who need "enemies" to prosper.

Brian Williams: "Senator Gravel, same question: Other than Iraq, the three most important enemies to the United States?"

Senator Gravel: "We have no important enemies. What we need to do is to begin to deal with the rest of the world as equals. And we don't do that. We spend more as a nation on defense than all the rest of the world put together. Who are we afraid of? Who are you afraid of, Brian? I'm not. And Iraq has never been a threat to us. We invaded them. I mean, it is unbelievable. The military industrial complex not only controls our government, lock, stock and barrel, but they control our culture."

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'Epic Collapse' 'Unfit to Lead'
Joe Klein, Time Magazine 04/06: Bush 'arrogant', 'incompetent', 'cynical', 'petulant', 'adolescent'; "defining sins" are "congenital". Klein ends with: "It is increasingly difficult to imagine yet another two years of slow bleed with a leader so clearly unfit to lead." (E&P coverage)

Iacocca-Throw the Bums Out! Lee Iacocca: "Throw the bums out!"
"Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!" read more.

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Prominent Conservatives Join to Roll Back Bush Admin's "Kingly Abuses"
Bruce Fein, Bob Barr, David Keene and Richard Viguerie launch a movement and a legislative program to roll back Bush's grab for Imperial Powers. From the Mission statement: "The American Freedom Agenda's (AFA) mission is twofold: the enactment of a cluster of statutes that would restore the Constitution's checks and balances as enshrined by the Founding Fathers; and, making the subject a staple of political campaigns and of foremost concern to Members of Congress and to voters and educators. Especially since 9/11, the executive branch has chronically usurped legislative or judicial power, and has repeatedly claimed that the President is the law. The constitutional grievances against the White House are chilling, reminiscent of the kingly abuses that provoked the Declaration of Independence.
The 10-point American Freedom Agenda would work to restore the roles of Congress and the federal judiciary, to prevent such abuses of power and protect against injustices, that are the signature of civilized nations. In particular, the American Freedom Agenda would..."
read more at the AFA website

Read the 10 points. AFA is asking all candidates for national office to sign on. Contact your favorite candidate and insist they do so. We think any candidate unwilling to sign on can justly be suspected of autocratic tendencies and the harboring of kingly ambitions, and should not be considered for national office. By asking our candidates to sign on, we can out the closet dictators and get the rest on record in support of the restoration of constitutional government.
April 3: Interview with Bruce Fein, a founder of the AFA at Truthout.org.

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Iran Attack Warning: Update April 29: It looks like an attack on Iran, if indeed it was in the works for early april, has been averted or at least delayed. Nevertheless, the US continues to try and provoke a fight, but Iran is not biting. A third aircraft carrier group is presently arriving in the area.
More on Iran here, including recent postings and the original 3/27 report.

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"Documents captured after 9/11 showed that bin Laden hoped to provoke the United States into an invasion and occupation that would entail all the complications that have arisen in Iraq. His only error was to think that the place where Americans would get stuck would be Afghanistan.
Bin Laden also hoped that such an entrapment would drain the United States financially. Many al-Qaeda documents refer to the importance of sapping American economic strength as a step toward reducing America's ability to throw its weight around in the Middle East."
- James Fallows, "Declaring Victory"

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"Actually, we now know that the occupation of Iraq- the Cheney strategy- has strengthened Al Qaeda immeasurably by recruiting thousands of young Muslims to its cause. We know that because the National Intelligence Estimate prepared for the Bush administration a year ago said so...
"Having neglected Afghanistan to pursue pre-emptive war in Iraq, the Bush-Cheney administration ensured safe havens and recruiting grounds for terrorists in both countries....Those twin failures reflect the broader collapse of Middle East policy under the intellectual stewardship of Mr. Cheney. Thanks to his belligerent outlook, we have abandoned the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, encouraged both Shiite and Sunni extremism, promoted the prestige of the Iranian mullahs, diminished our own capacity for military action in the region, and made democracy synonymous with irreparable destruction."
-Joe Conason, NY Observer

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Secret Scripts?
Note in all this: The US was supposedly attacked by Bin Laden and his Sunni Wahhabist Al Qaeda on 911, with Saudi financial backing and mostly Saudi soldiers. Bin Laden's main declared reason for attacking the US was the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia. Note that shortly afterwards, not only did the US close it's bases in Saudi Arabia, it then proceeded to destroy the secular regime of arch-enemy Saddam, while throwing that country open to looting, chaos, and extremism of all sorts. Remember that Saudi princes and Bin Laden family members were escorted safely out of the US in the days following 911... and that the 911 Commission, so long blocked by the Bush administration, had to black out several pages in it's official report concerning Saudi involvement in 911. Remember that the US allowed Bin Laden and his men to escape Afghanistan to Waziristan, where they likely are today. Note that last fall Saudi Arabia's princes summoned Cheney and insisted that America not turn Iraq over to the Shiia and allow a persecution of Sunnis there. And now we have the "redirection" - to contain and possibly make war on Shiite Iran. And if by any chance Sunni Arab Al Qaeda feels the need to put some more heat under the mad American giant, they can do so knowing that any attack on the US will precipitate a US attack on... Shiite Iran, Saudi Arabia's other arch-enemy! You gotta wonder, who's calling the shots here?
Readings:
House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties
American Dynasty : Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

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FOX War Machine

FOX and the Chickenhawks
Readers will remember that among the directives for hotels issued by VP Cheney's travel staff was the insistence that a TV be on in every room of the VP suite, and that all be tuned to FOX News. Amidst the disgraceful landscape of American Mainstream Media, FOX is a special case. Owner Rupert Murdoch gave a seat on the board to ex-Pres Aznar of Spain. He has offered the same to Blair, upon retirement from politics. And then there's John Howard in Australia. One better understands Howard's attacking Obama as a Murdoch ploy... spike the race angle from offstage, down-under. Then echo it 'innocently' through the Halls of FOXUSA, to see if it sticks. We might expect that Mr. Howard will be the next recipient of Mr. Murdoch's largesse.
Leaders who took their countries into an illegal war against the popular will, in collusion with FOX/News Corp Media, get a seat on the News Corp board when thrown out. And it's all owned by a reactionary globalist billionaire...
Ring any alarms??
While at Davos this year, Murdoch was asked if his News Corp. managed to shape the agenda on the war in Iraq, Murdoch said: "No, I don't think so. We tried." (ref) Looks in fact like he succeeded quite well, although given the way things turned out, he's not exactly crowing.
FOX Attacks

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The Necessity of Impeachment
We've heard it said that impeachment is a bad idea because it would tie up congress for months when there are more important things to do. This is sheer nonsense, from either republican dead-enders, or just plain cowardice. There is nothing more important. The Bush administration has abused and mutilated every single facet of government since taking power- and I mean "taking it"- 6 years ago. There is no area of federal activity they have not crippled and undermined. And we need to say officially and for the record that these abuses, these crimes, these outrages, are not to be tolerated, now or ever in this country. We need to make that clear to ourselves, and we need to make that clear to the rest of the world. And the only way to do that is by impeachment. Bush and Cheney have left a trail of impeachable offenses from day one of their tenure, and continue today. Many are already in the public record. They have even declared themselves on numerous occasions above the law, and beyond all oversight. A trial would not necessarily take that long, once congress really decides to act. -Editor, Dvmx.com

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Hagel on Impeachment
Hagel to Esquire Mag: Impeachment May Come
"The president says he's not accountable anymore, which isn't totally true. You can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment. I don't know. It depends how this goes."
"Congress abdicated its oversight responsibility," he says. "The press abdicated its responsibility, and the American people abdicated their responsibilities. Terror was on the minds of everyone, and nobody questioned anything, quite frankly."
-Chuck Hagel to Esquire Magazine March 7, 2007.

Esquire's Charles Pierce writes:
"Country's calling now. War's gone bad and nobody's listening, and the country's calling the way it always does, like the moan of a train whistle, soft and distant at first, but with increasing power behind it, the way the trains come through all the small places where Chuck Hagel grew up in Nebraska... Country's calling from places just like that, louder and louder, demanding in a new, plainer language an end to incompetence and vainglory, creating one of those moments that find the man through which the moment finds its voice."

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"When are the American people and their representatives in Congress and the military going to wake up and realize that the US has an insane war criminal in the White House who is destroying all chances for peace in the world and establishing a police state in the US?" (Paul Craig Roberts, ex-Reagan admin official, "Bush Must Go, Only Impeachment Can Stop Him")

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2007 February/ update 6

The Delusionists

The Delusionary Executive

"The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist." -Winston Churchill

"The violent destruction of life and property incident to war; the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they, at length, become willing to run the risk of being less free." -Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist #8

"George W. Bush has repeatedly asserted and exercised authority that he does not possess under the Constitution he swore to uphold. He has announced that he intends to continue exercising power according to his claim of a mandate that erases the separation and balancing of power among the branches of government, frees him from any real obligation to obey laws passed by Congress, and permits him to ignore any provisions of the Bill of Rights that may prove inconvenient." - Joe Conason, "It Can Happen Here"

"If we could manage to get past the tedious and the odious - like the empty speculation on whether a woman can win, or whether Barack Obama is black enough - we might be able to engage the essential issue facing the U.S. at this point in our history.
And that is whether, once the Bush administration has finally and mercifully run its course, the country goes back to being a reasonably peaceful, lawful, constructive force in the world, or whether we continue down the bullying, warlike, unilateral, irresponsible, unlawful and profoundly ineffective path laid out by Bush, Cheney & Co.
The question is not so much whether a Republican or a Democrat takes the White House in the next election; it's whether the American people can take back their country."
-Bob Herbert, NYTimes, 2/19/07,"The Real Patriots"

dkosopedia: Restoring Our Constitution

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2007 January 15

desperate measures
Desperate Measures / Failed Occupation
As we predicted in these pages 4 years ago, Iraq has become a horrific quagmire, and it appears impossible to judge whether its worse to stay or worse to leave...
On the horns of this dilemma, Bush-Cheney have opted to escalate the "war", a reckless gambler's move, which, given the minimal confidence he enjoys among the public, the congress, the military, and our allies around the world, seems almost pathological. more

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Steven Green, war criminal War Crimes:
Mahmoudiya Rape-Massacre Trials
These crimes occurred March 12, 2006, in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad.
According to the federal affidavit, PFC Steven D. Green and four other soldiers with Bravo Company, First Battalion, 502nd Infantry, in the Army's 101st Division, planned the attack after spotting Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, a 14 year-old Iraqi schoolgirl, at a traffic checkpoint they were manning near Mahmoudiya. On the day of the attack, Green and the other soldiers drank alcohol and dressed in black before going to the girl's house. They broke in, and Green took the girl's father, mother, and her 5 year old sister in a room and killed them all. Green, then the others, gang-raped the 14 year-old girl, then Green shot her "two or three times in the head". They set the girl's body on fire, then went about covering up the crime.
full article here

Harper's Interview Eli Flyer on Military Recruiting and Abuses in Iraq
Flyer Report: "Reducing the Threat of Destructive Behavior by Military Personnel" (pdf)
"U.S. is recruiting misfits for army- Felons, racists, gang members fill in the ranks" SFChronicle
ArabWoman Blues (blog)
"An Open Letter to America's Soldiers from the Ranks: The Looming Shadow of Nuremberg" T. Swindell, Counterpunch

Related: The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division has opened an investigation into a video, originally linked via a now defunct account on YouTube, which purports to show a former guard from Abu Ghraib talking about torture techniques employed at the American-run prison. The man also recounts the gang rape of a female teenage detainee, in which one guard "pimped" the girl to others for $50 each. As he recalls, "I think at the end of the day he'd made like 500 bucks before she hung herself."
Related: According to the Pentagon, there were 2,374 reported cases of sexual assault against women in uniform over the past year (2006). The reporting rate for the U.S. Armed Forces in sexual assault cases is 22-23 percent. That'd make about 10,000 rapes of our own female soldiers per year...

Read "The Women's War" on rape in the military, NYTimes 3/18/07.

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Haditha victims
War Crimes:
Haditha Massacre
Several marines now face charges of "unpremeditated murder" in the Haditha Massacre of Nov 2005, described in detail in "Rules of Engagement", Vanity Fair, November 2006. Some excerpts:
"...Daddy was shot through the heart. He was 43. Mommy was shot in the head and chest. She was 41. Aunt Huda was shot in the chest. She was 27. My sister Nour was shot in the right side of her head. She was 15. My sister Saba was shot through the ear. She was 11. My brother Muhammad was shot in the hand and I don't know where else. He was 10. My sister Zainab was shot in the hand and the head. She was five. My sister Aysha was shot in the leg and I don't know where else. She was three..." (more)
-William Langewiesche, "Rules of Engagement", Vanity Fair, November 2006.


Welcomed Liberators to Hated Occupiers
May 4, Pentagon report: Only 40 percent of Marines and 55 percent of U.S. Army soldiers deployed in Iraq say they would report a fellow serviceman for killing or injuring an innocent Iraqi.
Only 47 percent of the soldiers and 38 percent of Marines said noncombatants should be treated with dignity and respect.
More than 40 percent support the idea of torture in some cases, and 10 percent reported personally abusing Iraqi civilians, the Pentagon said Friday in what it called its first ethics study of troops at the war front. About a third of troops said they had insulted or cursed at civilians in their presence.
"Soldiers with high levels of anger, who had experienced high levels of combat or who screened positive for mental health symptoms were nearly twice as likely to mistreat noncombatants," acting Army Surgeon General Gale Pollock told reporters. (story)

"Victor O'Reilly told me, 'It is my belief that the insurgency was substantially created by the tactics used by the occupying force, who were initially the saviors, in their search for Saddam. Ambitious generals, who should have known better, created a very aggressive do-what-is-necessary culture. Frustrated troops, with no familiarity with the language or culture, naturally make mistakes. And in a tribal society if you shoot one person it spreads right through the system.'"
-James Fallows, "Why Iraq Has No Army"
Keep up on Iraq with Dahr Jamail / Riverbend / Juan Cole

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FISA warrants are easy to get. Even after the fact. Refusal rate around .02 of 1 percent. So why bother bypassing them and getting every one upset?
1. To assert president's authority to do whatever he wants to do (in order to protect us of course).
2. So as not to leave records of who was being wiretapped. This is the big one. Because they were wiretapping people for other reasons. Like Nixon, to see who didn't like them, or who disagreed on policies; and journalists, to find out who their sources were and 'plug the leaks'- silence the whistleblowers. And officials everywhere, making sure everyone towed the line; anyone in fact, to get some dirt on people - always useful when it comes to 'arm-twisting' ... you get the picture. You don't ask for a warrant because you don't want a record of who your targets were.

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click for clip (excerpt Eminem's Mosh Continues)
Osama Bin Forgotten

Osama Bin Forgotten?
Recently we learned that the CIA's Bin Laden unit was disbanded; also that Bin Laden is not wanted by the FBI for 9/11 (see wanted poster). And that Pakistan has signaled that Bin Laden and his coterie can remain unmolested in Waziristan so long as they remain "men of peace", and do not engage in terrorism. Pakistan also released thousands of Taliban as part of the deal. Someone, presumably AlQueda, released a kind of commemorative videotape on Sept 11 showing Bin Laden and the Martyrs preparing for the attacks; on the same day a Bush anniversary photo-op and speech from Ground Zero... and the ABC 4-hour commercial-free, right-winger scripted (and funded?) fakumentary, "Path to 9/11" blaming it all on the Clinton administration ( ! ). Cheney always says the enemy is media-sophisticated; funny - they seem to be working it together...

"The goal has never been to get bin Laden"- General Richard Myers, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, 6 April 2002.
"I don't know where he is. I - I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him." - Mr.Bush, 13 March 2002

"There is a kind of an urban myth here in Washington about how this administration hasn't stayed focused on Osama bin Laden. Forget it." -Mr.Bush, 9/06

Bush is reported to have told Ariel Sharon that if he caught Bin Laden, he would "screw him in the ass".

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Attitude
Maybe it's a symptom of the age of information overload; most people these days apparently don't care to be burdened with endless facts and the weighing of contradictory claims... the short cut is attitude. So instead of learning about something and forming a judgement, they consider other peoples' attitudes and choose the one they identify with. Right-wing punditry is all about attitude. So is FOX News. So is Bushian foreign policy. So is the Republican national election narrative. (The Democrats simply don't have an attitude of any kind.) Try a Google search for 'Bush + "my attitude"'.

By this point we find ourselves so steeped in delusional attitude - 'we are the greatest country on earth, you're a traitor if you don't agree, and anyone who obstructs us is bad', that even opposition party leaders believe they stray from this puerile mantra at their own peril. And Americans have fallen for it in vast numbers it seems; maybe its the media, the constant drumbeat of fear and silliness; maybe it's the collapsed education system that's spawned such gullibility. Thus a great country withdraws into a bubble of delusion; it is pathetic to see the nation that midwifed the United Nations, launched the Peace Corps, and put men on the moon, so shamed by it's political leadership as to have become a pariah in the community of nations, a feared and tiresome bully, not a respected leader. I've posted a sampling of the national discussions I think we should be having (Notes Toward an American Renaissance); but I'm pretty sanguine on whether we as a nation, at the rate we're going, will ever get around to such advanced considerations. (Ed.)

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scholars for 9/11 truth
New Feature movie Probes 911 Questions
From the press release: "THE REFLECTING POOL is an intense, sobering investigation into the most controversial tragedy of our time. Drawn from known sources and verifiable facts, THE REFLECTING POOL is a thought-provoking study of a search for truth and the profound consequences of not looking for it any further than the nightly news." Watch the trailer at YouTube.com

Scholars for 9/11 Truth
January 27 2006 press release: "An influential group of prominent experts and scholars have joined together alleging that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11... These experts contend that books and articles by members and associates have established that the World Trade Center was almost certainly brought down by controlled demolitions and that the available relevant evidence casts grave doubt on the official story about the attack on the Pentagon. They believe that the government not only permitted 9/11 to occur but may even have orchestrated these events to facilitate its political agenda."
"Founders include Robert M. Bowman, Former Director of the U.S. "Star Wars" Space Defense Program in both Republican and Democratic administrations, and a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 101 combat missions; Morgan Reynolds, former Chief Economist for the Department of Labor for President George W. Bush, and former Director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis; and Andreas von Buelow, former assistant German defense minister, and director of the German Secret Service."
Website, Scholars for 9/11 Truth
Watch videos of demolitions at Controlled Demolition Inc.'s website. CDI was contracted for the 911 cleanup. Also the Murrah Building cleanup.

Amazing. You watch those towers come down, you watch CDI demolition videos, and you know. Yet for many in the opposition, 9/11 is still no-go territory. Even The Daily Kos will ban you if you post doubts on the government story. George Washington Blog: 9/11 and the Left

Loose Change updated
New 9/11 documentary by Dylan Avery. Free viewing online, DVD available.

Here's the Decider-in Chief responding [sic] to 911 doubts: Bush-911.mov

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Over-Loaded Update:
The top 25 managers of hedge funds in New York were paid, in 2006 alone, three times the total annual salaries of NYC's 80,000 school teachers combined. Their average daily income was 1.5 million. (paid weekends and holidays too). Three earned more than a billion dollars in the year.
Westender writes: "What have these individuals done to justify their incomes? In a word, nothing. Their wealth derives overwhelmingly from financial speculation, short-term bets on stocks or derivatives, and similar operations that produce no real value. Others have specialized in pressuring corporations to cut costs, slash wages, and downsize in order to increase share value. The hedge fund managers typify an American ruling class that has become increasingly divorced from any direct relationship to the productive process, making its money through parasitism and fraud....
"This is a portrait of an aristocracy of wealth that is unlike any other period in American history. A tiny layer of society- the top one-tenth, or even one-hundredth or one-thousandth percent of the population- has amassed unimaginable wealth while wages for the majority of the population, in the US and internationally, continue to stagnate or decline." (ref)

Previous Over-Loaded:
The richest 300,000 Americans earn as much as the bottom 150 million
The New York Times reports on a study by Prof. Emmanuel Saez, the University of California, Berkeley, based on 2005 tax data, the latest available, average incomes for people among the bottom 90 percent of Americans that year declined 0.6 percent, while the incomes of those in the top 10 percent increased about 14 percent.
The top 10 percent of Americans collected 48.5 percent of all reported income in 2005, more than at any time since 1928, when the figure stood at 49%. The top 1 percent received 21.8 percent of all reported income in 2005, up significantly from 19.8 percent the year before and more than double their share of income in 1980. (The peak was in 1928, when the top 1 percent reported 23.9 percent of all income.)
The top tenth of a percent and top one-hundredth of a percent recorded even bigger gains in 2005 over the previous year. Their incomes soared by about 25% in one year, largely because of the rising stock market and increased business profits."
The study noted that the analysis was based on preliminary data and that the highest-income Americans were more likely than others to file their returns late, so his data might understate the growth in inequality.
The disparities may be even greater for another reason. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that it is able to accurately tax 99 percent of wage income but that it captures only about 70 percent of business and investment income, most of which flows to upper-income individuals, because not everybody accurately reports such figures. NYT: "That such a large share of the income gains are going to the very top, at a minimum, raises serious questions about continuing to provide tax cuts averaging over $150,000 a year to people making more than a million dollars a year, while saying we do not have enough money" to provide health insurance to 47 million Americans and cutting education benefits." ( NYTimes: Income Gap is Widening)

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Lee Raymond, CEO
Fat Cats
Iraq: Qui Bono? Exxon CEO Lee Raymond, on retiring in December, got a retirement package estimated at $398 million in total. Raymond has been compensated more than $686 million from 1993 to 2005; that's $144,573 per day. Exxon had record-breaking annual profits last year of $36 billion. 1st quarter 2006 profits were up 7% to a further record of $8.4 billion. (Counterpunch- Ralph Nader)
Note that Raymond was among the Big Oil CEOs consulting Cheney on his "energy plan" in late spring 2001 (replete with plans for dividing up Iraqi oil), and now sits as VP of the American Enterprise Institute, the pampered roost of die-hard neo-cons, the most vociferous supporter of the Iraq War, and author of the "surge" strategy adopted instead of the Baker-Hamilton plan. AEI is funded by Exxon-Mobil. Note that AEI has recently offered bribes of $10,000 to columnists and 'experts' to write articles undermining the science of global warming. (more on these connections from Juan Cole)

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Protestoress
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Music for Bush-time
Here are some of our favorite wry pieces of internet musical agitprop
gathered for Dvmx by BambinoDiva.
Imagine... Walk on the Wild Side download / stream
I'm the Decider- Kookookachoo download / stream
Have You Had Enough? -Ricky Lee Jones download / stream
It's Hard Work! download / stream
BushBoogies video remix download

There's a great mix of these tracks along with other samples and atmospherics from George Galloway to HunterThompson, called "Music for Wartime" at BambinoDiva.com. It's a classic portrait of the times.

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Gannon pounds the Bible now
Gannon Pounding Bible Now
Jeff Gannon (aka James Guckert) is now the spokesman for the International Bible Reading Association. In 2005 "Gannon" represented GOPUSA.com, a Bushista Web site, in the White House Press Corps (and made dozens of non-press related 'visits' to the White House)- until it was revealed that he posted nude pictures of himself on his website HotMilitaryStud.com, offering his services as a $200-an-hour gay escort. (ref)

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MC Rove et al
What do sociopaths do for fun? Watch one here!

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Tenet Tells all (?)
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Karl Rove Pelted
April 4: While leaving a gaggle with College Republicans at American University, Karl Rove was pelted by students who attempted a "citizen's arrest".(story & videos)
Brigham Young students and faculty protest Cheney commencement invitation (story)
Florida State faculty nixes Jeb Bush honorary degree. (story)

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Wolfowitz booed offstage
"Resign! Resign!"
April 12: Wolfowitz attempted to address about 200 staffers gathered in the World Bank's central atrium but left after some began hissing, booing, and chanting "Resign! . . . Resign!" Wolfowitz, a principal architect of the neo-con Long War, and who had escaped to the World Bank directorship as things went bad in Iraq, is in trouble again. "Bank insiders confirmed reports that Wolfowitz directed personnel officials to give Shaha Riza, his longtime lover, an automatic "outstanding" rating and the highest possible pay raises during an indefinite posting at the State Department, as well as a promotion upon her return to the bank." (WaPo)(Wonkette)

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"... the political system of the United States today is one of the most unstable combinations there is - domestic democracy and foreign empire. A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can't be both. If it sticks to imperialism, it will, like the old Roman Republic, lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship." -Chalmers Johnson interview 2/27/07

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Brzezinski: Bush "Catastrophic"
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Blood Money
Greenwald film: Iraq For Sale
"Thats what you do in a democracy, you investigate and you find out where there's corruption, you find out where there's profiteering, and you make sure there's hell to pay!" (Greenwald on Olbermann)

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Shia Leader
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Your job is to go about your business.
John Stewart riffs on Bush's conception of his "job". click for video


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Bush Kissing Saudi King

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a damned piece of paper
"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."
"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said, "There's a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

-Reported by Doug Thompson re an 11/05 meeting with congressional leaders on the Patriot Act.

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Spader denounces Bush Administration
TV Characters Rise Up
James Spader, on the "Boston Legal" TV show: "Torture, warrantless search and seizure, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial- or any trial, war on false pretenses... we as a citizenry are apparently not offended..."
A great speech!
download quicktime clip

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Zozobra link
"We will export death and violence to the four corners of the Earth in defense of our great nation."
- quoted in"Plan of Attack"
by Bob Woodward

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Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has confessed to just about everything, after a few years in secret prisons and then Guantanamo, from the Pope assassination to 9/11, including the killing of Danny Pearl. Pearl's wife Mariane has written a must-read book on the very murky story: "A Mighty Heart".


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Sibel Edmonds  Movie
Sibel Film 'Radioactive'
"Possibly the festival's most radioactive entry, this 2006 documentary for French TV centers on FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds, who was fired from the bureau's translation unit in March 2002 and subsequently claimed she'd seen evidence of money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and participation in the nuclear black market." (story)

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"There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God." George W. Bush (...story)

Commander of America
"I'm the commander - see, I don't need to explain - I don't need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." George W. Bush, quoted in "Bush at War"

war monkey
"I'm a war president." Bush. Meet the Press 2/13/04


"Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president." Bush, campaign speech July 2004

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Bush before Jesus
"When I am talking about war I am really talking about peace" -G.W. Bush (Link)

Joker!
Mr. Bush in New Orleans
"You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on." Bush at a Washington dinner, March 2001

Bush of the  cross
"See, in my line of work, you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
Bush in Greece May 2005 (ref)

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Malignant Genius Cheney
"Am I a malignant genius in the background whom nobody sees come out of his cave? That's a good way to work, in fact."-Dick Cheney to USA Today, 2004

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Bush flips the bird
Bush flips the bird, Washington, 8/05
It's not the first time the POTUS is on tape giving the old "one-finger victory salute"


Bush gives the one-finger salute
Download the video

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"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." - NeoCon Michael Ledeen
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"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" (Barbara Bush on ABC's "Good Morning America", 3/18/03)
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Vic Gold
"There would be regime change in Iraq. All that the Neo-Con war hawks, in the Bush administration and out, needed to bring it about was an excuse to invade. Looking back a half-decade and knowing what we now know, who could doubt that if al Qaeda hadn't obliged the Neo-Cons with 9/11, the Kristolites would have torn a page out of history and, with Rupert Murdoch playing the role of William Randolph Hearst, given us a reprise of the sinking of the Maine?" Victor Gold, GOP insider, former Bush 41 speechwriter and close friend of the Bush family, in his new book "Invasion of the Party Snatchers". See "Former Bush Speechwriter Hints at 9/11 Inside Job"


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"Hostile Takeover tells you more about our corporations and politicians than our corporations and politicians think you really ought to know."
-Chicago Sun-Times

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"I believe that women have the fate of the Earth in the palm of their hands. Some 53 per cent of us are women and we really are pretty wimpish. We don't step up to the plate - and it's time we took over. I think men have had their turn and we're in a profound mess."- Helen Caldicott

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That Giant Sucking Sound
Official: "US needs a net inflow of $3 billion per day to keep the economy afloat..."
(story, NYT)

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Richard Branson Virgin Galactic
"...that's when the merry prankster himself, Sir Richard- master of Virgin Air, Virgin Records, Virgin stem cells, Virgin everything if he had his way- shows up and starts talking about sex in space. A vision of weightless gymnastics at zero G and intricate human docking maneuvers dances briefly in everyone's head..." (Time, "The Space Cowboys") Over 80,000 have signed up at Virgin's site.

Jeff Bezos' space launch
Jeff Bezos of Amazon has his own entry in the space-tourism sweepstakes: Blue Origin
download: video clip of launch
More on space-tourism enterprises

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Bit the hand that fed it
Bit the hand that fed it. Hand got sewn back on.


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