|Saturday, 14 October 2006 at 1h 25m 53s|
Today's Real news story
The British government is currently considering charging the US
war crimes because of an apparently deliberate killing of a British
journalist. The coroner and witnesses on the ground say it was deliberate.
The US military investigation disagrees, and provided a video of which
there is 15 minutes editted from the tape during the time the shooting
The London Guardian story
Here's the first paragraph of the London Guardian story by Leigh Holmwood :
ITN reporter Terry Lloyd was shot in the head by American troops as he was
being driven to hospital, the inquest into his death was told today.
Here is a story in the Melbourne Sun.
This isn't the first time reporters have been found killed under suspicious
circumstances. When an Italian Journalist Giuliana Sgrena
was nearly killed while investigating where the fake yellowcake Uranium
documents came from, the Italian Prime Minister publically denounced the
actions of the US Military.
|Saturday, 14 October 2006 at 0h 14m 20s|
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the
holy name of liberty and democracy?"
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 23h 6m 3s|
At least Foley didn't actually have sex with the pages...
oopsie. Not according to a former page who
From French Agency Press (AFP), as posted on yahoo.
The former page said he began receiving messages from Foley while in college.
He told the daily he is uncertain how Foley knew his college instant-message
name, but assumed the lawmaker had access to a directory listing former
The told the Times that some of the explicit e-mails from the ex-congressman
assessed the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages, but
made clear he had decided to wait before making advances.
"I always knew you were a player, but I don't fool around with pages," declared
one instant message from Maf54, a screen name Foley used in numerous exchanges
with former pages.
The young man told the LA Times that he and his fellow pages were surprised
that it took so long for Foley "to get caught," he said.
Click here for the
original LA Times story by staff writer Walter F. Roche, Jr. Here is the lead
paragraph of that story.
A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after
receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the
sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until
later to make direct advances.
Here's a timeline from Talkingpointsmemo
So now I wonder, how did Foley get a hold of all these instant message names?
that's a lot of pages over the years. Do you
think the pages freely give up that data to the government? How could Foley
possibly know those IM usernames?
Could he have given General Michael Hayden a call at NSA? How else could a
Congressman get this information?
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 19h 38m 31s|
the front page of the french press
on the front page of Le Figaro is
this story in french. Here is the first paragraph, translated by me.
"The Afghan population could be retaken by the Taliban if the conditions of
life don't change in the next 6 months", warns the ISAF chief of forces
[British General David Richards.]
"Afghanistan is on the edge of a razor."
... [and later] "The Afghani's don't want the Taliban but prefer to live an
austere and disagreeable life than 5 more years of war."
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 19h 10m 54s|
Lieberman is a liar
Thanks to David Sirota.
“There were some things Vice President Cheney said about Saddam having
nuclear weapons, I never bought that.”
-– Joe Lieberman, Fox Channel 61, 10/8/06 (2:05 in Part 2 of the
“Every day Saddam remains in power with chemical weapons, biological
weapons, and the development of nuclear weapons is a day of danger for the
United States of America.”
-– Joe Lieberman, 8/4/02
“We have reason to believe [Iraq] is developing nuclear weapons.”
-– Lieberman, 2/10/02
“What’s most frightening, said Lieberman, is that Iraq has chemical and
biological weapons, and is rapidly developing nuclear capability.”
-– Hartford Courant, 1/15/02
|Monday, 9 October 2006 at 19h 51m 40s|
The E. Coli and the Salinas Valley
According to a story in the New York Times (click here
) the E. Coli outbreak into spinach packages might be due to E. Coli in the
irrigated water. This is according to a quote by the President of a company
that is recalling packaged Lettuce, or
Executives [of the Nunes Company] ordered the recall after learning that
irrigation water may have
been contaminated with E. coli, said Tom Nunes Jr., president of the company.
The company has not found E. coli bacteria in the lettuce itself, Mr. Nunes
"We’re just reacting to a water test only,” Nunes said. “We know there’s
generic E. coli on it, but we’re not sure what that means.”
The recall covers green leaf lettuce sold from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6 under the Foxy
brand in grocery stores in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon
and Washington. It was also sold to distributors in those states who may have
sold it to restaurants or institutions.
|Sunday, 8 October 2006 at 19h 35m 51s|
George Stephanopoulos on Foley
This video gets at all the issues involved in the 2006 election. Watch as
Republican flack Adam Putnam lies and slanders and brings up irrelevant points
in order to justify Republican corruption and shame.
DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to debate RCCC Chairman Thomas
Reynolds on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Entangled in the Foley
page scandal himself, Reynolds ducked the debate, sending Rep. Adam Putnam in
Thanks to Crooksandliars.com for the video.
|Sunday, 8 October 2006 at 18h 55m 42s|
Nuclear Power is not the Answer
Click here for an essay about "Why Nuclear Power is Not the
Answer", by Dr. Helen Caldicott who is a professor at the University of
in Australia. I just ordered her book, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer to
Global Warming or Anything else
I will not quote the entire article, but the 2nd paragraph does give you an
instant reason for the insanity of the nuclear power industry:
Nuclear power is not “clean and green,” as the industry claims, because large
amounts of traditional fossil fuels are required to mine and refine the uranium
needed to run nuclear power reactors, to construct the massive concrete reactor
buildings, and to transport and store the toxic radioactive waste created by
the nuclear process. Burning of this fossil fuel emits significant quantities
of carbon dioxide (CO2)—the primary “greenhouse gas”—into the atmosphere. In
addition, large amounts of the now-banned chlorofluorocarbon gas (CFC) are
emitted during the enrichment of uranium. CFC gas is not only 10,000 to 20,000
times more efficient as an atmospheric heat trapper (“greenhouse gas”) than
CO2, but it is a classic “pollutant” and a potent destroyer of the ozone layer.
And further on in the article...
How exactly is electricity generated? In the case of hydropower (which accounts
for 7% of the electricity generated in the United States) the momentum of
falling water is converted into electricity. For most of the remaining 93%,
coal (50%), natural gas (18%), nuclear power (20%), and oil (2%) are used to
produce immense amounts of heat. The heat boils water, converting it to steam,
which then turns a turbine, generating electricity. So, in essence, a
reactor is just a very sophisticated and dangerous way to boil water—analogous
to cutting a pound of butter with a chain saw. At the moment, hydro
7%,and unfortunately wind is only 2% of the total U.S. mix, while solar is less
than 1%. Globally, coal supplies about 64% of the world’s electricity, hydro
and nuclear each provide 17%,and renewable sources again make up 2%.
|Sunday, 8 October 2006 at 0h 21m 57s|
Al Gore on Saturday Night Live
click here for the clip on flurl.com. It is hella funny.
|Saturday, 7 October 2006 at 18h 40m 33s|
Foley stalked male teenager pages for nearly a decade
Stalking teenagers is billions of miles different from having consensual sex.
The corporate media has been decent on this story, but some rabid meat eaters
have brought up incidents when a 17 or 18 year old page was having an affair
with a Congressman. One Democratic Congressmen, Gerry Stubbs, had a consentual
homosexual affair with a 17 year old page in 1973, when Congressmen Stubbs was
27. This came to light in 1983 when Dan Crane, Republican from Indiana was
busted having an affair with a 17 year old female since 1980 ( the affair came
to light right after the 1982 elections.) In order to save their own ass,
Republicans did then what they are trying to do now, they dug deep and found
that in 1973 Gerry Studds, Congressmen from Massachusetts had a homo-sexual
affair with a 17 year old male page. This is why Studds was added to the 1983
censure motion for an act that occurred in 1973.
Another incident occurred in 1990 when gay Congressman Barney Frank had an
affair with a man named Steven Gobie. According to the Boston Globe,
Back in 1985, Frank had engaged the services of a male escort named Stephen
Gobie, who had advertised his "hot bottom" in a personal ad. Over the next two
years, while Frank was trying to decide whether to come out, he and Gobie
carried on a clandestine affair, during which time Frank hired Gobie as a
driver despite knowing Gobie was on probation for drug possession and for
possession of child pornography. Frank used his House privileges to fix Gobie's
parking tickets. He wrote a memo trying to clear Gobie from probation that was
disingenuous at best and an outright deception at worst. Gobie repaid Frank by
running a prostitution service out of Frank's Capitol Hill apartment. When
Frank discovered this, he fired Gobie and ended their relationship. Then, in
1989, just two years after Frank's announcement that he was gay, Gobie told his
story to the conservative Washington Times.
Barney Frank (scroll about 60% down for the 1990
Irregardless of the propriety of these human errors, having consensual sex is
different than allowing a sexual predator to have free reign by the Republican
leadership from 2004 - 2006. Stalking many young boys over eight years is
vastly different than having a consentual affair, or being taken advantage of
by one's lover.