Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Wednesday, 16 January 2008 at 18h 15m 29s|
Worst. President. Ever.
Bush returns from his Middle East trip. And everyone hates and
for "liberation." Nothing was accomplished. At least he didn't mispronounce both the Israeli and
Palestinian's names again.
What was the real reason why Bush made the Middle East trip? How does the Arab World view this
From the Miami Herald (hint to San Francisco Chronicle : they frequently publish relevant and
thorough journalistic first-hand stories about something other than Miami and Florida politics
instead of frequently putting Political
propaganda Analysts on the front page.)
Arab critics deemed Bush's peace efforts unrealistic, his anti-Iran tirades dangerous, his praise
of authoritarian governments disappointing and his defense of civil liberties ironic.
''There is no credibility to his words after what the region saw during his presidency,'' said
Mohamed Fayek, the Cairo, Egypt-based director of the nonprofit Arab Organization for Human Rights.
He cited the war in Iraq, the prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the Abu Ghraib detainee
abuse scandal. ``American policy threw the region off-balance and destabilized it. The visit caused
deep disappointment. I don't see any results.''
...In Lebanon, an explosion targeting an armored U.S. embassy vehicle in Beirut killed four
Lebanese and injured others in the first assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission there since the
...Meanwhile, Bush didn't back down on his warnings to Iran, which he has lambasted at nearly every
stop on his eight-day journey. He reiterated in Saudi Arabia that a military option wasn't out of
the question....However, many Gulf countries appear to be moving closer to Iran over Washington's
objections. Iran's firebrand president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, appeared at an important Gulf summit
recently, and Iranian investors play vital roles in the economies of Bahrain, the United Arab
Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq.
"I guess the visit was just about making sure the Gulf doesn't slip away toward Iran,"
said Ghanim al Najjar, the director of the Center for Strategic and Future Studies at Kuwait
University. "All these issues will just stay on the surface because there is no environment to
support action against Iran. Everything will stay on the level of rhetoric rather than reality."
[SOURCE: HANNAH ALLAM
| Miami Herald (McClatchy News Service) | 16 January 2008]
Read that last paragraph again.
|Wednesday, 16 January 2008 at 17h 23m 4s|
A discourse on hypocrisy
We are all hypocrites. The world is too large and life is too vast and random for
us to be
otherwise. This is not a morality issue, nor it is it a denunciation of all mankind. Our
hypocrisy stems from the disjunction between two worlds : what we believe to be ourselves, and what
we believe to be the external world. When we converse with one another, we share these believe
systems and try to come to common universal understandings. When we do not converse, we cannot
know the belief systems of others and so form conjectures based upon our own beliefs that are
always inaccurate. At some point in time, there will be a contortion by the ego which sustains
this mechanism of selfdom, and this is where the hypocrisy arrises.
The ego is the justification which separates and distinguishes our self from everything else. This
ego is the decision-maker created between the two worlds of beliefs, making choices and explaining
the decisions. Sometimes the ego explains to the self, sometimes to everyone else, sometimes both,
and in the slew of chatter resides the real individual. We are all defined by our choice of words
but also by the distinct flavor of hypocrisy with which we brandish the words.
But that which distinguishes the wholesome person from the dissolute soul is the manner with which
individual handles their own hypocrisy. Being humble in one's potential for self-deception and
working arduously towards reducing the affectation thereof is the best of all possible occurences.
|Monday, 14 January 2008 at 19h 10m 3s|
There's still a war going on.
for the latest in US deaths and casualties. Almost 4,000 dead, 30,000 wounded. Official
statistics. Not including the soldiers who die due to complications off-field. Not including the
300,000 plus iraqi and afghani civilian deaths, nor the millions of refuges and orphans, nor the
destruction of crop-land and infrastructure.
And how many dictators and oligarchical dictatorships has the US supported and currently support?
Why was this one dictator so damn different? In the words of our fearless Vice President:
In Afghanistan you’ve got a nation without significant resources. In Iraq you’ve got a nation
that’s got the second-largest oil reserves in the world, second only to Saudi Arabia. It will
generate billions of dollars a year in cash flow if they get back to their production of roughly
three million barrels of oil a day, in the relatively near future.
[SOURCE: | Meet The Press | 16 March
Here's another lovely quote from the same "interview" (dissemination of propaganda):
MR. RUSSERT: If your analysis is not correct, and we’re not treated as liberators, but as
conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American
people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I don’t think it’s likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do
believe that we will be greeted as liberators.
|Sunday, 13 January 2008 at 20h 18m 48s|
The Primary electors
The pink states are the states that will hold their primaries on Super Tuesday, 5 February.
Keep in mind all of the talking heads have been filling the air waves with nonsense over 11 total
electors. That is only 20% of
California's electors. The corporate media frames the historical events, while screening out all
relevant evidence contrary to the
This year's voters are well informed however. A ground-swell of voters under 35 is surging against
the juvenile narratives the
media liars offer as substantive discourse.
Answer: turn off the media box and listen to your heart.
|Sunday, 13 January 2008 at 18h 29m 52s|
ex-Attorney General John Ashcroft
Riches are raining down on the former attorney general's consulting firm, the Ashcroft Group, thanks to a former Justice
Department associate. The group has been handed an 18-month contract worth between $28-million and $52-million by
Christopher Christie, the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey - a man who used to work for Ashcroft. There was no competitive
bidding for this well-compensated work and, according to the New York Times, Christie has been using his position to direct
similar arrangements to other former department colleagues.
Ashcroft's contract has eye-popping numbers. For the sum of $750,000 per month plus between $150,000 and $250,000 per
month in expenses, his consulting group will monitor an out-of-court settlement the Justice Department reached with Zimmer
Holdings, a medical supply company in Indiana. That company was accused of paying kickbacks to doctors who used their knee
and hip implants.
Zimmer Holdings was directed to contract with Ashcroft's firm by Christie, who defends the action as just finding the best man
for the job. It is hard to believe that other firms wouldn't be as equally capable, and they would be without the appearance of
cronyism or rewarding friends.
Ashcroft's firm negotiated its fees directly with Zimmer Holdings in a way that raises questions about whether they might be too
generous in order to curry favor. The hourly billing rate for Ashcroft and his top staff is between $695 and $895. Nice work if you
can get it.
[SOURCE: | St. Petersburg Times | 11 January 2008]
This is why Republicans want to get government off your backs, because they got government in their back pockets.
|Sunday, 13 January 2008 at 20h 22m 16s|
America Has Spoken
|Sunday, 13 January 2008 at 18h 11m 54s|
Mindless whores who like their 7 figure salaries
"The media horseshit produced in New Hampshire was worse than useless;
not only arrogant, mindless and sheeplike, per usual, but also wrong on the
very horse-race measurements upon which these faux smarties pride themselves.
How can an entire industry continue to exist when the product it provides is
both unwanted and defective, and proven repeatedly to be so?"
Alterman | Altercation.com | 10 January 2008
Exceptionally moronic and insane are Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough. Why are these lying sack of shits getting paid millions
of dollars to "pretend' like they don't serve an agenda that is anti-democratic in spirit. Here is a snippet of the two of them
from the December 12 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
MATTHEWS: I was thinking that -- Giuliani's the other strong favorite. He's once again selected as the best leader, the most
experienced, and I think the best chance to win. But the fact that he's still the best leader in the Republican Party is the key thing.
Republicans like leaders, and I still think that's why he's the front-runner. If you look down the stretch, he can win the big states
with the unit rule. He could do well in Florida; he can do well in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California,
Washington, Oregon. He could win the coasts big time and win the nomination a little slower and a little dirtier than he'd like, but
he'll win it.
BRZEZINSKI: Yeah, but isn't it -- sorry -- isn't it because people just think he simply can win, as opposed to whether or not they
agree with what he stands for? Is it -- are we still there?
MATTHEWS: Yeah, that's where they're at. You're right, Mika. They think he can win it. And they think he's a leader, and they think
he might be an SOB. And one thing is, he's an authentic SOB.
I mean, he really looks like one, acts like one, talks like one -- he is the real thing. He is not a nice guy; he's a tough guy. And at
3 o'clock in the morning on the subway, do you want a nice guy to get on -- do you want Huckabee joining you on the subway -
- or do you want this guy who looks like he might just have brass knuckles on? You don't know.
SCARBOROUGH: I want Giuliani sitting next to me on the subway.
BRZEZINSKI: You don't want Huckabee?
MATTHEWS: I think that's what you want. You want [former New York City police commissioner] Bernie Kerik sitting next to you on
the subway is what you really want.
SCARBOROUGH: You're damn straight I want Bernie Kerik. I will not criticize Bernie Kerik --
BRZEZINSKI: Oh, Lord!
SCARBOROUGH: -- because I can walk around the streets of New York City at 2 in the morning and not be afraid for my life.
BRZEZINSKI: Chris --
SCARBOROUGH: You're damn --
MATTHEWS: I felt that, Joe.
SCARBOROUGH: You're damn straight.
MATTHEWS: Joe, I'm an out-of-towner, too.
MORNING JOE | | 12 December 2008]
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Amazing how this is considered insightful and provocative commentary on morning television. Rudy's heavy-handed police
tactics shot at, killed, and harassed people of color far out of proportion to the declining crime rate which had nothing to do with
Rudy. Money that was available occurred before he became Mayor. They praise for the mob lackey Bernie Kerik without
mentioning the adulterous romps in an apartment paid for by the city, along with the complete politicization and corruption of
the the police departments.
But Christy Matthews praises the man because he can walk the streets at night, and Joey Scarborough wants to sit next to Rudy
the subway. Case closed. The historical record be damned.
What nightmares these two men must have in their subconscious reality.
|Sunday, 13 January 2008 at 8h 24m 3s|
Wait a minute
In what could be a first in the world of political advertising, a message created by a deeply unhappy Arkansas voter that initially
came alive on the web in December is going to air on television tonight in the important primary state of South Carolina, right in
the middle of a Fox News debate among the Republican presidential candidates.
The minute-long advertisement attacks Republican Mike Huckabee for the release of convicted serial rapist Wayne Dumond
during Huckabee's tenure as Arkansas governor. Dumond went on to kill a woman named Carol Sue Shields in Missouri. The spot
features Shields' mother, Lois Davidson, who tells viewers "If not for Mike Huckabee, Wayne Dumond would be in prison and
Carol Sue would be with us."
[SOURCE: Sarah Lai
Stirland | Wired | 10 January 2008]
But that's not all. Huckabee released Dumond over the advice of the state pardon board because of a political hoopla from some
right wing radio talk shows that Clinton was covering up his involvement and scapegoating Dumond.
But don't just believe me.
As Clinton rose to national prominence, the case came to the attention of his critics. Journalists and talk show hosts questioned
the victim’s story and suggested that DuMond had been railroaded by the former governor. Steve Dunleavy, a New York Post
columnist, took up the case as a cause, calling DuMond’s conviction “a travesty of justice.” […]
When Huckabee became governor in 1996, he expressed doubts about DuMond’s guilt and said he was considering commuting
his sentence to time served. After the victim and her supporters protested, Huckabee decided against commutation.
[SOURCE: | CBS NEWS | 5 December 2007]
|Thursday, 10 January 2008 at 7h 57m 9s|
Astronomy and Jesus
Is the birth of Jesus -- as leftover over to us by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John -- really just the
leftover co-optation by the Romans of the pagan rituals?
The birth sequence is completely astrological. The star in the east is Sirius, the brightest star
in the night sky, on December 24th, aligns with the 3 brightest stars in Orion's Belt. These 3
bright stars are called today what they were called in ancient times: The Three Kings and the
brightest star, Sirius, all point to the place of the sunrise on December 25th. This is why the
Three Kings "follow" the star in the east, in order to locate the sunrise -- the birth of the sun.
The Romans were losing their grip on their far flung empire even before the bad ole 300s when
the "barbarian invasions" began to appear. What were called "Christian" cults were cropping up all
over the various districts of the empire. In fact, these early groups were very many different
types of groups, many of them non-Christian, pagan groups who actually gathered together to perform
their rituals in tribune to the Earth's spirits and such. Holy groups worshipping the baby Jesus?
Far from it. But nevertheless, these groups were very numerous and growing in the period from 200
BC and on. Creating a state religion and then requiring all gatherings to be registered with the
state was a step towards attempting to control the population. The Roman Church is an outgrowth of
the old Roman Empire's bureaucracy of social control.
For all we know, these stories that are revered in the "Holy Bible" could be just ancient myth-
makers working in league with the tyranny of their day to keep the people down and in their place.
Mind you, the great spirit is everywhere, pervading all things, but not in any one book. Rather a
little piece in every single book that ever existed, even if a mere speck in the books and mouths
|Thursday, 10 January 2008 at 19h 39m 34s|
The FBI can't even pay the bills with the people's money
This is just too incredible to be funny, but I had to share this
Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of
the bureau's repeated failures to pay phone bills on time.
A Justice Department
audit released Thursday[100K PDF file] blamed the lost connections on the FBI's lax oversight
of money used in
undercover investigations. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company
In at least one case, a wiretap used in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act investigation "was
halted due to untimely payment," the audit found. FISA wiretaps are used in the government's most
sensitive and secretive criminal and intelligence investigations, and allow eavesdropping on
suspected terrorists or spies.
"We also found that late payments have resulted in telecommunications carriers actually
disconnecting phone lines established to deliver surveillance results to the FBI, resulting in lost
evidence," according to the audit by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.
More than half of 990 bills to pay for telecommunication surveillance in five unidentified FBI
field offices were not paid on time, the report shows.
..."It seems the telecoms, who are claiming they were just being 'good patriots' when they allowed
government to spy on us without warrants, are more than willing to pull the plug on national
security investigations when the government falls behind on its bills," said former FBI agent
Michael German, the ACLU's national security policy counsel. "To put it bluntly, it sounds as
though the telecoms believe it when the FBI says the warrant is in the mail but not when they say
the check is in the mail."
...The faulty bookkeeping was blamed, in large part, for an FBI employee who pleaded guilty in June
2006 to stealing $25,000 for her own use, the audit noted.
"As demonstrated by the FBI employee who stole funds intended to support undercover activities,
procedural controls by themselves have not ensured proper tracking and use of confidential case
funds," it concluded.
[SOURCE: Lara Jakes Jordan | AP News | 10
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