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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.



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Friday, 13 January 2006 at 12h 1m 0s

The Chronicle sucks, don't bother reading it

Dear Chronicle headquarters,

-- or should I say Hearst Corporation headquarters?

I must say, your paper not only sucks, it sucks real bad. But let me not just utter pejorative iconography. Allow a few recent examples.

You publish a story about the horrible mining accident, but never mention once that the company had violated 105 federal regulations -- 54 alone during the prior 30 days to the accident. You didn't detail that Bush administration appointee Jack Spiderro's interpretation of coal dust might be related to the high levels of coal dust that was 40% of the above mine violations. Methane gas and coal dust are the 2 reasons mine explosions occur, which your pathetic paper also neglected to discuss. You didn't also outline that the same mining corporation has other mines that also have a history of problems.

Instead, the story you put on the front page was how you made a mistake, and that actually 11 of the 12 miners died. Yep, that was THE story. Then the story became what this political hack said, and how it was a sad event, and how the surviving family members would have a hard time adjusting. Oh but at least the paper did say that mining is a dangerous occupation. Wow, that's really chomping at the bit folks, telling everyone the obvious.

No kidding. But how did that particular mine get to become dangerous? How come that story was not on the front page?

And today's earth-shattering events on the frontpage ... ( January 13, 2006 .)


3 killed at store in 1980
- Stacy Finz

Big changes sought in how UC raises pay
Regents asked to give president more power to set salary levels
- Todd Wallack, Tanya Schevitz

Bleak audit of S.F. public golf courses
- Becky Bowman

Parents, teachers fight for schools S.F. education board postpones vote to close or merge 26 of them
- Heather Knight

SOMBER PROCESSION FOR SLAIN EAST PALO ALTO OFFICER

State steps in to help seniors get medicines


Golf courses? Seriously, on the front page?

Way back in ... 1980? Wow.

Sad people at a police funeral. Like Duh.

Stay on that pay raise story. The public really, really needs to know about how the public university system is not causing pay raises to get outta hand. We can't let that happen, right?

Hmm, how'bout a story about how nominee Alito promised the Senate that he would recuse himself from any cases involving the financial company that manages his stock portfolio, which he breaks the very first time a case comes up, makes odd legal decisions, and then writes an adamant letter complaining when another judge asks him to recuse himself from the very case. Or a judge who rules that it was acceptable to strip search a teenage girl when she didn't have her id? Or ... ?

Oh but how nice of the state to help Seniors? Don't you think an in depth detail of the pork of the Medicare Act of 2004 would be a great idea? Or actions by Schwastikanigger on California medical regulations?

Seems to me like you don't want to leave the shoe box to get to the bigger picture, and in that box are only three things : 1) opinions of political hacks, 2) over-flowing grandeur about the personality or hard-ships involved without the details or even an outline on the connections between the people and the historical context, and last but not least: 3) loaded adjectives with subtle conjectures not supported by facts.

Look at the way you numb-skulls stretch to avoid to put a story about Alito's judicial history, or anything relevant on the NSA circumvention of the FISA laws, or anything about the details concerning the pathetic "reconstruction" process going on during Katrina, or how the Diebold and ES systems corporations are having their voting machines recinded in counties of North Carolina, Florida, New York, Texas, and Minnesota when Governor Schwastikanigger's appointed Secretary of State is currently reinstalling the Diebold machines that Kevin Shelley himself recinded after the Schwastikanigger recall hoax election.

Oh but Shelley did what over a $10,000 check? Did y'all bother to even print the fact that he was NEVER indicted after he resigned because "the irregularities were not sufficient to warrant a full investigation." How come you could'nt give that fact the same everyday frontpage treatment that the hoax scandal got?

And was Schwastikanigger paid $1 million by Chevron? And what was the 9 billion Energy Market Rigging lawsuit that Schwastikanigger cancelled his very first day in office? And how much digging did your paper due into this man our Governor when he meet with various Enron and Reliant energy officials during the summer of 2001 at a Los Angeles hotel? But that $10,000 check was front page for close to 2 weeks.

How come the attack dogs have highly selective noses?

Oh, and nice job printing 5 pages of high-quality photography trying to prove that only 65,000 people attended the 2003 protest. Now that was quality journalism morons. You'd think you would also print the White House's involvement with the tainted justifications used to drag the country down their megalomaniacal path to war and dictatorship. Scotter Libby, Karl Rove, Stephen Hadley, Bolton, Wolfowitz, etc could have used at least 20 percent of the space you filled up with trying to prove that an exact number of people filled Market street completely for 8 hours.

Christ, don't you idiots recognize historical moments at all. When was the last time that many people marched down Market Street?

And what the blarney-stone is Laura Slanders doing on any paper news staff? A Conservative philosophy is not equivalent to a lying, deliberately misleading stale ruthlessly opinated hack.

And I won't forget how you served as the springboard for mendacious propagandista Kenneth Garcia's entrance into the world of columnists with opinions so biased that they manage to obviate the relevant issues rather than enlighten the public with ideas and thoughtful perspectives. Kenny-boy has since moved over to the less sophisticated but still slanted pages of the Examiner, but it was you who gave him some years as a farce of reason.

And how can the Sunday paper be ready for sale on Saturday morning? Ugh, I want to throw up.

You disgrace this city. It disgusts me that you actually publish and yet can't even be even 20 percent close to the quality of the Sacramento Bee or the San Jose Mercury News. How much of the staff was fired when the Hearst corporation decided to double the profit margin at the expense of the paper's content? Ever wonder maybe that is why subscriptions are down and a lot of folks are having the New York Times delivered?

So when will you guys just admit the Chronicle is just a haven for corporate shills.

Sincerely,

Gino Napoli.


Friday, 6 January 2006 at 19h 3m 59s

History repeats


"When they came for the trade unionists and socialists, I said nothing because I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the homosexuals and the gypsies, I said nothing because I was neither.

When they came for the Jews, I said nothing because I was not a Jew.

When they came for the Catholics, I said nothing because I was not a Catholic.

And when they came for me, there was nobody left to say anything."

-- Rev. Martin Niemoller, A German who lived through the 1930's in Germany.



Thursday, 5 January 2006 at 18h 34m 36s

A crime is a crime

From James Moore, author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential. These quotes are culled from a syndicated op-ed Mr. Moore penned on October 28, 2005 . [SOURCE ]


Leaking the names of CIA agents is not politics; it is a crime. Lying to congress about evidence for a war is not politics; it is a crime. Failing to tell a grand jury that you met with a reporter and talked about the CIA agent is not forgetfullness; it is a crime. Deceiving your entire nation and frightening children and adults with images of nuclear explosions in order to get them to support a bloody invasion of another country is not politics; it is a crime. Anyone other than Karl Rove and Lewis Libby and Tom Delay who does not get this, please raise your hand. The three of you will need to stay after class for further instruction in civics.

Fortunately, as the leaves of the Aspens continue to turn in Colorado (where she vacations) the suspects are also turning in Washington. Targets will be pleading and dealing and soon will be singing. We are, hopefully, seeing the beginning of an investigation that will broaden until it disabuses the final few million Bush supporters of their naievete'. Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald must surely just be at the beginning of rendering justice. An indictment or two will hardly serve to answer the critical questions. The leak and any lies to the grand jury were most likely motivated by a deep and abiding fear that a much greater crime was at risk of being uncovered. Karl Rove is vindictive, yes. But he is not stupid. Rove would never risk treason unless he thought it served a political purpose. And this was the most important political purpose of all: protecting his most precious asset, George W. Bush. Ethics have never been a consideration of Rove's and he sees the law as only marginally instructive. Karl might have been more concerned about the leak and talking to reporters if somewhere along the line he had been held accountable for any of his other political tricks. But he has not.

We the people expect Fitzgerald to do more than indict a few leakers. There was a grand scheme behind what happened and it was put together by the big brains in the administration. Unlike the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Rove will have a hard time making an argument that this leak just spontaneously occurred to harm Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife in a timely political fashion. What is hiding back there behind the curtains? The mainstream media is now beginning to report on the forged Niger documents in Italy and the names of Bush administration operatives who met in Rome with Italian intelligence and defense officials before the phony yellowcake papers began to circulate. Is that what Fitzgerald is beginning to pursue? If Joe Wilson was threatening to uncover the fact that our government had deployed agents to act as covert operatives against the very citizens they are sworn to serve, well, that's more than a crime; that's a John le Carre' novel. Small wonder Democrats suspect Rove of a smackdown of Wilson.

We have no real shot at the truth without Patrick Fitzgerald. And he will soon be demonized. He will discover that being 42 and unmarried makes him the practitioner of an alternative lifestyle and that he may have once had a beer at an airport in Milwaukee with a Democrat. First they called him accomplished and capable when he was appointed. What will they call him now? Perjury was a high crime when Bill Clinton fibbed about the blue dress girl but it is being spun into a technicality when you stand accused of historic deceptions that have led to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents. And that's not politics. That's a crime.


Ain't him a good writ-ah!

Mr. Moore has now found himself on the TSA "No fly watch list" because his criticisms of the Bush Administration and Karl Rove in particular have gotten his attention to these sick-nazi mentalities. This is true. James Moore is no terrorist, but he is on the "No fly watch list", so what else are we left to conclude? Why else would this veteran journalist from Texas find his name on the "No fly watch list"?

Now, to clarify, this does not make Mr. Moore unable to fly per se, but he has to now go through a timely procedure where he has meet with a special TSA agent. The forms that get filled out and sent to get off the list aren't working at all, and Mr. Moore has to go through this everytime he wants to travel. In other words, it's a form of harassment. Apparently, there are another 80,000 persons on this list, and the list is getting bigger everyday.

Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi also found themselves on the list. Accidentally I'm sure, but then how come no Republican legislator or "book-writer" media type has yet to find themselves "accidentally" on the list?

Answer: this is no accident. The NSA spy program is not about terrorism either. They are tapping the phones for other less patriotic reasons, as will eventually be revealed.


Wednesday, 4 January 2006 at 19h 19m 57s

When the shoe fits, throw it at someone else

Thinking hurts too much these days. The nazi's are crawling everywhere, inhabiting and destroying everything.

Remember all the hubub made about Al Gore meeting a Chinese buddhist in a temple in 1996, that turned out to be nothing at all? Well now we have George Bush pioneer fund raiser Jack Abramoff involved in the largest web of corruption since the Credit Mobilier of the 1870's, involving fake charity funds that accepted $100,000 checks from a law firm in England that got the money from Russian lobbyists.

Oh but will the corporate nazi media pound on this story like they pounded on the Buddhist temple?

Of course not.

Today's f***ing Chronicle headline blasts out that Abramoff is a "rogue lobbyist" as if Abramoff was all alone and independent in bad guy land. Hey hack Chronicle reporter : would you care to mention his already convicted or being prosecutied cohorts in crime over the last year : namely, public relations executive --and former aide to House Majority Leader DeLay-- Michael Scanlon; chief of staff at the General Services Administration David Safavian, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Ohio Bush Pioneer Tom Noe? ALL ARE CONNECTED dumb asses.

And David Safavian was appointed by George Bush in 2003. [Read on ...]

So what the hell then does Bush mean when he says that Abramoff was "equal opportunity" corruption? Oh, Byron Dorgan(North Dakota) and Harry Reid(Nevada) both accepted small donations by local indian tribes ($18,000 and $5,000 respectively) in their districts that also happened to be clients of lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- but that is and was not illegal.

Bush himself got more than $100,000 from Abramoff and his other connected pioneers, in addition to appointing officials helpful to the purposes of Mr. Abramoff. There's more here from Lou Dubose at the Texas Observer:


"In May 2001, Jack Abramoff’s lobbying client book was worth $4.1 million in annual billing for the Greenberg Traurig law firm. He was a friend of Bush advisor Karl Rove. He was a Bush “Pioneer,” delivering at least $100,000 in bundled contributions to the 2000 campaign. He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove’s personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay. Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. "

Some "roque" operator.

And from the Bloomberg News: [SOURCE]

"Now you have two people instead of one," said Stan Brand, a former counsel to the House of Representatives when it was controlled by the Democrats. "What you're building is a ladder. You have Abramoff at the intermediate step, elected officials above him, and Scanlon and Safavian underneath."

In other words, this vast network of corruption was orchetrated and abetted by the Republican party.

Liars and heinous hypocrites. They speak of themselves when they pilory the perceived opposition.

Bush even gets to recess appoint the prosecutor Alice Fisher -- during the weekend of the Hurricane Katrina debacle -- to oversea the Abramoff investigation. Alice Fisher has no prosecution experience but used to work with the law firm of now Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff and has done work with Tom Delay's legal action network. At law.com she is lauded a bit maniacally for her "great" work investigating Enron. Oh you mean that lame investigation where all but a few scapegoats (including the two big boys Ken Lay, and ex- Secretary of the Army Thomas White) walked away scott free.

Yeah, she's great at investigating.

But even from law.com , you can still get a glimpse of why Bush had to sneak her appointment over the Katrina weekend ...

"I suck up to and wash the dirty laundry of powerful Republicans and gain legal experience from shamefully farcical investigations."


Fisher first worked with Chertoff in 1995, when he hired her as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater investigation. She had graduated from the Catholic University of America School of Law in 1993, and worked as a litigation associate in the Washington office of New York-based Sullivan & Cromwell.

Then Chertoff brought her into the Senate investigation of investments that President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton made in the troubled Whitewater Development Corp.

Following her work in Whitewater, Fisher moved into the Washington office of Latham & Watkins in 1996.


So I'm sure she'll be spiking the investigation. Why else would Bush so secretively appoint her over that particular weekend? Was her services in such dire need that Bush had to rush her through without following the Constitutional requirement of Senatorial "advice and consent."

I really, really hope I am wrong.


Friday, 30 December 2005 at 20h 31m 32s

Too much computer time

I thought this was hilarious


Tuesday, 27 December 2005 at 7h 22m 22s

Larry Johnson blog

Larry Johnson is an ex-CIA career professional who has been an excellent source of realistic an relevant information about anything related to the CIA and government operations.

Go here to read Larry Johnson's blog.

Larry recently posted a lot of good points about why fighting "terrorism" with conventional military is wasteful and stupid, since it is more effectively attacked with law enforcement covert operations. Killing civilians and destroying cities (aka, Falluja) only create more terrorists.

But don't just listen to me. Go read Larry Johnson.


Monday, 26 December 2005 at 7h 25m 32s

President spoiled rotten

Steve Chapman over at the Chicago Tribune, has this to say: [ SOURCE]

Steve Chapman

Beyond the imperial presidency


Published December 25, 2005

President Bush is a bundle of paradoxes. He thinks the scope of the federal government should be limited but the powers of the president should not. He wants judges to interpret the Constitution as the framers did, but doesn't think he should be constrained by their intentions.

He attacked Al Gore for trusting government instead of the people, but he insists anyone who wants to defeat terrorism must put absolute faith in the man at the helm of government.

His conservative allies say Bush is acting to uphold the essential prerogatives of his office. Vice President Cheney says the administration's secret eavesdropping program is justified because "I believe in a strong, robust executive authority, and I think that the world we live in demands it."

But the theory boils down to a consistent and self-serving formula: What's good for George W. Bush is good for America, and anything that weakens his power weakens the nation. To call this an imperial presidency is unfair to emperors.

Even people who should be on Bush's side are getting queasy. David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, says in his efforts to enlarge executive authority, Bush "has gone too far."

He's not the only one who feels that way. Consider the case of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen arrested in 2002 on suspicion of plotting to set off a "dirty bomb." For three years, the administration said he posed such a grave threat that it had the right to detain him without trial as an enemy combatant. In September, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed.

But then, rather than risk a review of its policy by the Supreme Court, the administration abandoned its hard-won victory and indicted Padilla on comparatively minor criminal charges. When it asked the 4th Circuit Court for permission to transfer him from military custody to jail, though, the once- cooperative court flatly refused.

In a decision last week, the judges expressed amazement that the administration suddenly would decide Padilla could be treated like a common purse snatcher--a reversal that, they said, comes "at substantial cost to the government's credibility." The court's meaning was plain: Either you were lying to us then, or you are lying to us now.

If that's not enough to embarrass the president, the opinion was written by conservative darling J. Michael Luttig--who just a couple of months ago was on Bush's short list for the Supreme Court. For Luttig to question Bush's use of executive power is like Bill O'Reilly announcing that there's too much Christ in Christmas.

This is hardly the only example of the president demanding powers he doesn't need. When American-born Saudi Yasser Hamdi was captured in Afghanistan, the administration also detained him as an enemy combatant rather than entrust him to the criminal justice system.

But when the Supreme Court said he was entitled to a hearing where he could present evidence on his behalf, the administration decided that was way too much trouble. It freed him and put him on a plane back to Saudi Arabia, where he may plot jihad to his heart's content. Try to follow this logic: Hamdi was too dangerous to put on trial but not too dangerous to release.

The disclosure that the president authorized secret and probably illegal monitoring of communications between people in the United States and people overseas again raises the question: Why?

The government easily could have gotten search warrants to conduct electronic surveillance of anyone with the slightest possible connection to terrorists. The court that handles such requests hardly ever refuses. But Bush bridles at the notion that the president should ever have to ask permission of anyone.

He claims he can ignore the law because Congress granted permission when it authorized him to use force against Al Qaeda. But we know that can't be true. Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales says the administration didn't ask for a revision of the law to give the president explicit power to order such wiretaps because Congress--a Republican Congress, mind you--wouldn't have agreed. So the administration decided: Who needs Congress?

What we have now is not a robust executive but a reckless one. At times like this, it's apparent that Cheney and Bush want more power not because they need it to protect the nation, but because they want more power. Another paradox: In their conduct of the war on terror, they expect our trust, but they can't be bothered to earn it.


Herr Bush is an alcoholic degenerate spoiled-rotten brat. He is also mean and vindictive. And he is also the President.

Oh shit.


Monday, 26 December 2005 at 17h 25m 1s

Ho ho ho ...



Yea, I know ... it's one day late.


Monday, 12 December 2005 at 19h 28m 13s

An appointed mobster

More on the Randy Cunningham defense contractor scandal. You can read about it  here.

According to the LA Times, Schwasti-boy seems to be involved ( that's Schwartzeneger for those of you for whom my belligerent sarcasm is not immediately recognized .) According to Dan Morain, LA Times Staff Writer,[SOURCE ]

A businessman tied to the bribery scandal involving former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham donated more than $70,000 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign committees and received two gubernatorial appointments.

At Schwarzenegger's behest, Brent Wilkes, founder of the government contractor ADCS Inc., resigned Nov. 29 from the Del Mar Fair Board and from another panel that oversees the leasing of state land for racetracks, said Margita Thompson, the governor's press secretary.

Schwarzenegger appointed Wilkes to the Del Mar board in April 2004 and to the State Race Track Leasing Commission last April. A seat on the Del Mar board is a sought-after post given the panel's association with the Del Mar racetrack, among the most successful tracks in the nation.

...Wilkes' company, ADCS, which is based in Poway, has received millions in federal contracts.


Keep your eye on the ball folks. The news will be pounding on the $80,000 donations. What is important here are the appointed positions, not the money. Look what this manipulator of federal contract laws gets appointed to,the Del Mar Fair Board and a panel that oversees the leasing of state land for racetracks.

Can you say, money laundering?

Why do you think the mob was always heavily involved in the development of gambling institutions, because you could shuffle a lot of cash and make them appear as winnings. I recall reading about how a certain mob racket out of Miami operated by hiring professional gamblers to sit around and "win" while they were really shuffling the money through. They would get a "cut" of the winnings but those "winnings" would be re-deposited elsewhere.

Of course you do realize that this is all uninformed speculation on my part, but I still hear an implosion.


Monday, 5 December 2005 at 22h 4m 14s

More Corruption from San Diego

Thanks to Kevin Drum [SOURCE]

...Last week Duke Cunningham pled guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes and evading more than $1 million in taxes. Government documents in the case also referred to a "co-conspirator No. 1," later identified as a military contractor named Brent Wilkes. But acording to the San Diego Union- Tribune, Cunningham wasn't the only guy Wilkes was associated with:

"Wilkes befriended other legislators, too. He ran a hospitality suite, with several bedrooms, in Washington — first in the Watergate Hotel and then in the Westin Grand near Capitol Hill."


When will the Chronicle discuss or investigate this?

Instead, here are today's front-page stories.


ON THE BORDER
Civilian border patrols across the country have helped polarize political debate over immigration reform. As part of an occasional series, The Chronicle spends an evening on patrol with small group in California.
- Tyche Hendricks

-- This is the next distraction from the real issues of health care, corruption, and movement of capital to low cost labor regions of the world (ie, China!!!). Blame everything on the Mexicans.

Quake survivors in a race with time
As winter arrives, many ill-prepared for harsh conditions
- Declan Walsh

-- Reminder to San Fran : be afraid, man-made disaster looms

THE LINE OF FIRE
Some citizens fear for safety if courts uphold S.F.'s voter-approved ban on handguns
- Cecilia M. Vega

-- the voters approve and "some" citizens get to have a story on the front page. Hey, can "some" of us other citizens get to have special stories like this too. Was it another slow news day today?


How about Cunningham scandal may link other legislators ?

-or-

DeLay's money laundering charges upheld

See what I mean. Note that it's not whether the 3 chosen stories were valid stories, but whether they were so important as to be on the front page. Why does the Pakistani earthquake victim story trump the Tom Delay money laundering charges?

At least the quake story is more valid than a day two discussion on whether or not Schwastikaniger can attract moderates with an appointment of Governor Davis's ex-cabinet member -- as if merely his appointment of a stereotype is worth more than the substance of his policy proposals.

But instead, what we read is the 2nd hand version of the real conversation. It's all about the show and the costumes, or the chosen morality drama, NOT about honesty, integrity, and the truth.




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