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Archive for December, 2005

Oh, what invective should we use now?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

I was alerted recently that calling King George a lying sack of shit was perhaps unwise, in this day and age. Ok, read the following and we’ll come up with a new name for him.

NSA Spied on U.N. Diplomats in Push for Invasion of Iraq

Despite all the news accounts and punditry since the New York Times published its Dec. 16 bombshell about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying, the media coverage has made virtually no mention of the fact that the Bush administration used the NSA to spy on U.N. diplomats in New York before the invasion of Iraq.

That spying had nothing to do with protecting the United States from a terrorist attack. The entire purpose of the NSA surveillance was to help the White House gain leverage, by whatever means possible, for a resolution in the U.N. Security Council to green light an invasion. When that surveillance was exposed nearly three years ago, the mainstream U.S. media winked at Bush’s illegal use of the NSA for his Iraq invasion agenda.

I think calling him a pathetic, pathological lying despot would work.

Go Bruce…

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

From a recent interview with Springsteen:

… We forget that every adult was brought up on fairy tales so it’s natural to go on and, politically for example, want to believe that your President is a nice, honest man. The inability to turn to an adult perspective once you get to the age where you have some political weight is a great tragedy, and this is a period of history when it seems the most obvious type of disguise is on display to the entire world and yet those are the people who are still in power.

Must read

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Fear destroys what bin Laden could not

One wonders if Osama bin Laden didn’t win after all. He ruined the America that existed on 9/11. But he had help.

By Robert Steinback

12/27/05 “Miami Herald” — — If, back in 2001, anyone had told me that four years after bin Laden’s attack our president would admit that he broke U.S. law against domestic spying and ignored the Constitution — and then expect the American people to congratulate him for it — I would have presumed the girders of our very Republic had crumbled.

Had anyone said our president would invade a country and kill 30,000 of its people claiming a threat that never, in fact, existed, then admit he would have invaded even if he had known there was no threat — and expect America to be pleased by this — I would have thought our nation’s sensibilities and honor had been eviscerated.

If I had been informed that our nation’s leaders would embrace torture as a legitimate tool of warfare, hold prisoners for years without charges and operate secret prisons overseas — and call such procedures necessary for the nation’s security — I would have laughed at the folly of protecting human rights by destroying them.

If someone had predicted the president’s staff would out a CIA agent as revenge against a critic, defy a law against domestic propaganda by bankrolling supposedly independent journalists and commentators, and ridicule a 37-year Marie Corps veteran for questioning U.S. military policy — and that the populace would be more interested in whether Angelina is about to make Brad a daddy — I would have called the prediction an absurd fantasy.

That’s no America I know, I would have argued. We’re too strong, and we’ve been through too much, to be led down such a twisted path.
What is there to say now?

All of these things have happened. And yet a large portion of this country appears more concerned that saying ”Happy Holidays” could be a disguised attack on Christianity.

New Addition

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

New addition to the family, from the greatest woman in da world, a 1966 ES335.

SWEET!

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To quote Lyle Lovett:


And I like cream in my coffee
And I like to sleep late on Sunday
And nobody knows me like my baby
And I like eggs over easy
With flour tortillas
And nobody knows me like my baby

And nobody holds me
And nobody knows me
Nobody knows me like my baby

See ya Saturday, LH.

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Says it all.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

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Well put

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Bob Barr, one of the most conservative Republican members of congress when he was on the hill, had this to say; “What’s wrong with it is several-fold. One, it’s bad policy for our government to be spying on American citizens through the National Security Agency. Secondly, it’s bad to be spying on Americans without court oversight. And thirdly, it’s bad to be spying on Americans apparently in violation of federal laws against doing it without a court order.”

I’m sure most columnists and editors have, or will have, something to say about President Bush’s spying on American citizens. They should. Now is the time for every American to stand up and be counted. Let the investigation begin and, if warranted, let the impeachment proceedings commence.

Continue reading It’s my party and I’ll spy if I want to

Why indeed?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Is the US State Department still keeping April Glaspie under wraps?

By Kaleem Omar

12/25/05 “Jang” — — It is now more than fifteen years since that fateful meeting on July 25, 1990 between then-US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie and President Saddam Hussein that the Iraqi leader interpreted as a green light from Washington for his invasion of Kuwait eight days later.

The US State Department, which is said to have placed a gag order on Glaspie in August 1990 prohibiting her from talking to the media about what had transpired at that meeting, is apparently still keeping her under wraps despite the fact that she retired from the American Foreign Service in 2002. .

Read on to find out why.

So, I guess we’re leaving then…

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Iraqis want US out as soon as possible: US commander

12/25/05 ” Ninemsn” — — The top US military commander admitted Sunday that Iraqis wanted US and other foreign troops to leave the country “as soon as possible,” and said US troop levels in Iraq were now being re-assessed on a monthly basis.

The admission by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine General Peter Pace followed a decision by the Pentagon to reduce the current level of 160,000 soldiers in Iraq by two army brigades, which amounts to about 7,000 soldiers.

Well, lets see if King George sticks to his word and “leaves if asked”.

Ha. I’m a kidder.

Ho damn ho

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

TTP wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, whatever you wanna call it. Spend the time with people you love and recognize how special they are.

I’ll be back for a bit next week, before the big day.

Diebold on the rocks

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Diebold withdraws as N.C. voting equipment vendor; only one left

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The effort to upgrade voting equipment in North Carolina by next spring took a hit when an approved vendor pulled out of the running, saying it couldn’t follow a new law that required it to share its software coding with the state.

Seems our favorite removers of democracy are on hard times. Boo f’n hoo to you, you scum. More here.