Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Sunday, 5 June 2005 at 12h 47m 18s|
In case you missed it ... Ohio coingate is really smelly.
This is from Americablog who discusses and article from the newspaper
Toledo Blade. A link for the story is provided below.
"Noe fallout taints early candidates to succeed Taft; Democrats take aim at
The main article in the Toledo Blade [LINK] gives the overview of
the scandal and how the GOP leaders are involved.
Here is a portion of the Blade article.
Tom Noe has outraged and angered the governor of Ohio, caused the President to
return his campaign contributions, and his $50 million state-coin funds are in
But the Maumee coin dealer's biggest political victims might be Attorney
General Jim Petro, Auditor Betty Montgomery, and Secretary of State J. Kenneth
Blackwell - who are competing to become Ohio's next governor.
The three Republican officeholders running for governor have all received
campaign cash from Mr. Noe and have been criticized for their slow reaction to
the growing coin scandal.
Now they find themselves on the defensive, quickly distancing themselves from
the prominent Republican campaign fund-raiser, who is facing multiple
investigations, including a probe into whether Mr. Noe violated campaign-
finance laws by laundering money into the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. All
of the candidates say they have known Mr. Noe for years and they returned
thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from him and his wife,
Bernadette, last week.
That piece alone was a good read...but it gets better. In separate articles,
The Blade examines each of the three GOP candidates for Governor (Blackwell,
Montgomery and Petro) and their relationship to Noe and the scandal.
Secretary of State Ken Blackwell
Blackwell had few concerns at first:
In fact, Mr. Blackwell told The Blade on April 5 that "most people" wouldn't
find it "unreasonable" that the state had invested in rare coins with Tom Noe,
who has said through his attorneys that at least $10 million of the state's
assets are missing.
"When you run a fund the size of $18 billion and you're looking at $50 million,
beyond what one's disposition might be, is that an irresponsible amount of
risk? Most people would say no," Mr. Blackwell said on April 5 - two days after
The Blade's initial report on the coin investment.
State Auditor Betty Montgomery
Montgomery insists she didn't delay action on audit:
it took 43 days after The Blade's first story for Ms. Montgomery to announce
that her office would do a special audit of the rare-coin investment.
Democrats have charged that Ms. Montgomery, a former Wood County prosecutor and
state senator, didn't act sooner because she has known Mr. Noe for several
years and has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from him
and his wife, Bernadette. She relinquished $8,150 in contributions last week.
Attorney General Jim Petro
Petro saw no 'sense of illegality' at first in coin scandal:
Attorney General Jim Petro waited more than a month to begin taking legal
action after learning that two state-owned coins worth $300,000 were reportedly
stolen from the suburban Denver office of Tom Noe's rare-coin venture with the
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
But Mr. Petro, who first read about the bureau's $50 million investment with
Mr. Noe in The Blade on April 3, is adamant he took appropriate measures to
protect the bureau's assets as soon as there were questions of wrongdoing.
"The first story simply said he was an influential guy in the Republican Party
and he had a contract with BWC," Mr. Petro told The Blade last week. "I might
have looked at it that it's not the world's greatest investment from my
perspective, but that's not a cause of action."
A "breach" of contract, "possible misappropriation," or "misdeed" - would be
necessary to begin legal proceedings, but there "was not any sense of
illegality at that point," he said.
What a great way to spend a Sunday...reading about squirming, nasty Ohio
Republicans wrapped up in the biggest scandal to hit that state in decades.
And, they are all involved.
|Saturday, 4 June 2005 at 13h 27m 44s|
I couldn't have said it better myself
"We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true. But you
after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We're all you know.
You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning
to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do
whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube.
You even think like the tube. In God's name, you people are the real thing, WE
are the illusion."
|Friday, 3 June 2005 at 13h 38m 4s|
What did he say?
"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
"Effective propaganda must limit its points of a few and these points must
repeated until the audience understands what is meant by them."
|Friday, 3 June 2005 at 13h 33m 43s|
Remember Pat Tillman
They will even lie about those who consider themselves patriotic. The spin
must not reveal the ugly truth.
From the NewYork Times [LINK]
Pat Tillman, for example, was a popular N.F.L. player who, in a burst of
patriotism after Sept. 11, gave up a $3.6 million contract with the Arizona
Cardinals to join the Army Rangers. He was sent first to Iraq, and then to
Afghanistan, where he was shot to death by members of his own unit who mistook
him for the enemy.
Instead of disclosing that Corporal Tillman had died tragically in a friendly
fire incident, the Army spun a phony tale of heroism for his family and the
nation. According to the Army, Corporal Tillman had been killed by enemy fire
as he stormed a hill. Soldiers who knew the truth were ordered to keep quiet
about the matter. Corporal Tillman's family was not told how he really died
until after a nationally televised memorial service that recruiters viewed as a
public relations bonanza.
Mary Tillman, Corporal Tillman's mother, told The Washington Post:
"The military let him down. The administration let him down. It was a sign of
disrespect. The fact that he was the ultimate team player and he watched his
own men kill him is absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. The fact that they
lied about it afterward is disgusting."
If the administration treats our patriots this way, how can we trust them on
|Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 20h 44m 7s|
No way, not us, we are innocent
|Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 20h 24m 23s|
Thanks to bartcop and E Boyd
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude
a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I
friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're 30 feet above sea
level. You are at
31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west
She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Democrat."
"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically
correct, but I have no idea
what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not
been much help to me."
The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican."
"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"
"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going.
You've risen to where
you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have
no idea how to keep,
then you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position
you were in before
we met but, somehow, now it's my fault."
|Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 20h 11m 40s|
Newsweek retracts but the issue still stands
Thank you Juan Cole. Thank you.
Apparently, there is no background sourcing of the disrespecting of the Quran
at Guantanamo. Thus Newsweek is being heavily pressured to recant, and is then
being portray as the excuse for why the Afghani's are revolting. It's because
of the falsehoods written about by those bad ole liberal reporters at Newsweek.
Wait, stop the presses ...
This from a Lexis-Nexis search-
The Denver Post, January 9
HEADLINE: Nightmare of Guantanamo.... U.S. prison camp in Cuba has become legal
black hole, reporter says:
"They were punched, slapped, denied sleep, had seen other prisoners sexually
humiliated, hooded and forced to watch copies of the Koran being flushed down
toilets. Eventually the pressure proved too much - they gave false confessions
that the British intelligence service, MI5, later showed to be untrue. Upon
their return to the United Kingdom they were released without being charged."
Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia), January 3, 2005
HEADLINE: Koran prayer torture claim
LONDON -- A British detainee claims he was tortured at Guantanamo Bay for
reciting the Koran when talking was banned.
Moazzam Begg told lawyers he was tortured using the strappado, in which a
prisoner is suspended from a bar with handcuffs, Britain's Observer newspaper
Mr Begg alleged he had been shaven several times against his will and a guard
had said on one such occasion: "This is the part that really gets to you
Muslims isn't it?""
Financial Times (London, England), Oct 28, 2004
HEADLINE: Four Britons held at Guantanamo sue US government
In August Mr Ahmed, Mr Rasul and Mr Iqbal issued a 115-page dossier accusing
the US of abuse, including allegations that they were beaten and had their
Korans thrown into toilets.
USA TODAY, October 18, 2004
HEADLINE: Spy case was a 'life-altering experience' for airman
Al Halabi says he did not witness any treatment of prisoners that has now been
called into question as abusive. But he says he saw things at Guantanamo that
disturbed him. He says guards would purposely mishandle the Koran "just to see
the detainees' reaction."
Daily News (New York), August 5, 2004
HEADLINE: ABUSED AT GITMO, FREED BRITS CHARGE
"They would kick the Koran, throw it into the toilet and generally disrespect
it," Asif Iqbal wrote.
The Independent (London), August 5, 2004
HEADLINE: FATHER CALLS FOR SON'S RELEASE AFTER CAMP DELTA TORTURE CLAIMS BEGG
DEMANDS SON'S RELEASE AFTER TORTURE CLAIMS AT CAMP DELTA TORTURE
In the report, released in New York, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Shafiq Rasul -
the so-called Tipton Three - said one inmate was threatened after being shown
a video in which hooded inmates were forced to sodomise each other. Guards
allegedly threw prisoners' Korans into toilets, while others were injected with
drugs, it was claimed.
The San Francisco Chronicle, JUNE 20, 2004
HEADLINE: THE FILE: PRISON ABUSE;
Prisoners have been forced to strip naked -- nudity is a violation of Muslim
principles; forced to commit actual or simulated sex acts; prevented from
sleeping; threatened with dogs; hooded; given electric shocks; beaten with
fists, chains, boots and other objects; forced to maintain painful positions
for hours; kept in frigid isolation rooms; subjected to loud music, strobe
lights and diets of bread and water; urinated on and prevented from praying or
reading the Koran.
The Observer, May 16, 2004
HEADLINE: Inside Guantanamo Bay
'THEY HAD already searched me and my cell twice that day, gone through my
stuff, touched my Koran, felt my body around my private parts. And now they
wanted to do it again, just to provoke me, but I said no, because if you submit
to everything you turn into a zombie.
The Guardian (London) - Final Edition, May 14, 2004
HEADLINE: Guantanamo abuse same as Abu Ghraib, say Britons
According to a source, who has interviewed them in secret since their release,
they were initially too ashamed to talk about it, and are only now starting to
give details. The source said: "They are embarrassed about talking about it
because they feel humiliated. We have had an account that their religion was
used against them, that a copy of the Koran was brought in front of them and
pages torn out."
The Observer, March 14, 2004
HEADLINE: World Exclusive: Inside Guantanamo: How we survived jail hell
As Muslims, they were shocked when in repeated 'shakedown' searches of the
sleeping tents, copies of the Koran would be trampled on by soldiers and, on
one occasion, thrown into a toilet bucket. Throughout their stay at Kandahar
the guards carried out head-counts every hour at night to keep the prisoners
The Washington Post, March 26, 2003
HEADLINE: Returning Afghans Talk of Guantanamo; Out of Legal Limbo, Some Tell
The men, the largest single group of Afghans to be released after months of
detainment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, gave varying accounts of how American
forces treated them during interrogation and detainment. Some displayed medical
records showing extensive care by American military doctors, while others
complained that American soldiers insulted Islam by sitting on the Koran or
dumping their sacred text into a toilet to taunt them.
That's 11 sources and counting. Hello. Is there anybody out there?
|Thursday, 19 May 2005 at 19h 47m 28s|
--by Ari Berman
map of Uzbekistan, and Central Asia
"Such people must be shot in the forehead," Uzbekistan dictator Islam Karimov
once said of political dissidents. "If necessary, I'll shoot them myself." When
not personally gunning down his opposition, Karimov keeps busy by instructing
his security forces to boil, rape or asphyxiate political prisoners.
Luckily for Karimov, he's a key US ally in the war on terror. The brutal events
of last week only confirmed that awful reality. For months the Uzbek government
had incarcerated 23 businessmen in the eastern city of Andijan on trumped-up
charges of supporting an obscure Islamist group. Last week, militants stormed
the prison and freed the prisoners. When thousands of demonstrators, emboldened
by the jail break, assembled in Andijan's town square to protest their
country's climate of repression, corruption and poverty, Karimov travelled to
the city and instructed his soldiers to open fire on the crowd. Violence soon
spread to the border with Kyrgyzstan, as soldiers allegedly targeted women and
children. Anywhere from a few hundred to 745 people are reported dead.
The Bush Administration's response to the butchery was both comical and
sad. "We have some concerns about human rights in Uzbekistan, but we are
concerned about the outbreak of violence, particularly by some members of a
terrorist group freed from prison," Scott McClellan said. "The people of
Uzbekistan want to see more representative and democratic government, but that
should come through peaceful means, not through violence."
How peaceful change will occur when the US has supplied Karimov with $500
million in military aid and waived human rights requirements for military and
non-proliferation assistance is anyone's guess. Shortly after 9/11, Uzbekistan
granted the US a crucial air base to use for the war in Afghanistan.
The Bush Administration then began funneling $79 in aid to Uzbek security
forces at the same time the State Department was condemning "torture as a
routine investigation technique." When Colin Powell tried to cut off $18
million in additional aid for the security forces, General Richard Myers
protested, and forced Powell to restore $7 million.
And just two weeks ago, the New York Times reported that the CIA had sent at
least a dozen suspected terrorists to Uzbekistan for interrogation via a secret
rendition program. "In my view, we shouldn't let any single issue drive a
relationship with any single county," Myers said, dismissing human rights
concerns. "It doesn't seem to be good policy to me."
Meanwhile, on a recent trip to Europe, Bush appeared even more divorced from
reality than usual. "We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations,
appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of
stability," he said in Latvia. Then again, this is the man who once told the
New Yorker, "No president has ever done more for human rights than I have."
|Wednesday, 18 May 2005 at 16h 34m 41s|
Galloway rips senator norman coleman
If you did not witness or hear Parliamentary member Galloway speak
follow the link
here. It is a real-player 4 megabyte file, and might take a minute to
download for a
--"At long last, senator, have you no shame"
|Wednesday, 18 May 2005 at 16h 36m 24s|
SENATOR HARRY REID'S REMARKS AT DEMOCRATIC UNITY EVENT
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
The hour of decision has come for our nation's Senate. In the debate that has
begun, the Republican majority that holds the reins of power will have to make
They will have to choose between their partisan interests or the people's
Between upholding our liberties and rights or overturning 200 year old
Between continuing to abuse the power the American people have lent them or
using that power on behalf of everyday Americans who are looking for a fair
When Americans think of a scary person in a black robe, they should be thinking
of Darth Vader, not Republican choices for judges. But what the Republican
leadership is attempting to do is to pack the courts with judges far out of the
mainstream of American values.
To do so they want to scrap rules that have been in place since our nation's
beginning that give every Senator the right to speak their mind and say their
piece. They are demanding a power no president has ever had: the ability to
all-but personally hand out lifetime jobs to judges without giving the other
party any say.
That's too much power for one person. That's too much power for one
President. That's too much power for one political party.
Our Constitution says the Senate should give "advice and consent." Not advice
as long as we agree with everything President Bush wants. Not consent as long
as we rubber-stamp the most extreme elements of the Republican agenda.
These checks and balances were put in place by our founding fathers. And they
are there for a reason: to prevent any political party from abusing its power.
Look at the facts: more than 60 of President Clinton's nominees to be judges
never were allowed an up-or-down vote. In contrast, we have approved 208 out
of President Bush's 218 nominees. That's the best record any president has had
in a quarter of a century. But its not enough for George Bush and the
We've approved 95 percent of their picks. But that's not enough for them.
They want 100 percent. They want it all. All the say. All the control. All
the power. It's their way or the highway. But that's not the American way.
The Washington Republicans are on a quest for absolute power...and we all know
what that brings. Their corruption and abuse of power is already here for all
Americans to see. House Republican leader Tom Delay is a walking symbol of
what's wrong with Washington DC.
At a time when gas prices are going through the roof and families are cutting
back on summer vacations, George Bush and Dick Cheney are trying to line the
pockets of big oil and walking hand-in-hand with the Saudi princes.
And while health care costs are rising, pensions are sinking, and our economy
is stuck in place, Washington Republicans are wasting our time by trying to pay
off the far right.
We are a nation at war. And the American people want their leaders to be
focused on achieving progress, not playing partisan games.
Fifty years ago this Spring, a US Senator in the majority party wrote
that "Fanatics and extremists are always disappointed at the failure of their
government to rush to implement all their principles." But that the job of
leaders is to follow the "course of their conscience."
Those were the words of John F. Kennedy in "Profiles in Courage." Now comes a
time of testing for our own time. In the coming days, we will see who our
nation's leaders of courage are today. I ask Republicans who believe in
liberty and limited government to join us in taking a stand against this abuse
Its time that the Republican leaders in Congress stopped silencing people's
voices and began hearing the voices of Americans who are calling on us to live
up to our nation's promise.
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