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Archive for February, 2006

Who did it?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Clearly, the bombing was not carried out by rogue elements in the disparate Iraqi resistance. This is the work of highly-trained saboteurs and bomb-experts who were executing a precision-demolition to incite sectarian violence. The blast bears all the hallmarks of a covert Intelligence-agency operation.

…Eyewitness accounts have appeared on various web sites claiming that there were “unusual activities” taking place at the mosque the night before the bombing. One witness reported that he heard their “cars the whole night until the next morning”. Another witness who lives near to the mosque says that at 8:30 that evening he was told “to stay in your shop and don’t leave the area” while Iraqi National Guard and American troops “patrolled the area until the next morning”. At 6:30 AM the American troops left.

At 6:40 the first explosion went off.

Continue reading The Smoking Gun.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Toll in Iraq’s Deadly Surge: 1,300

Morgue Count Eclipses Other Tallies Since Shrine Attack

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Bassam Sebti

BAGHDAD, Feb. 27 — Grisly attacks and other sectarian violence unleashed by last week’s bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine have killed more than 1,300 Iraqis, making the past few days the deadliest of the war outside of major U.S. offensives, according to Baghdad’s main morgue. The toll was more than three times higher than the figure previously reported by the U.S. military and the news media.

Not if. Not when. Civil war, now.

34%

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low

(CBS) The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush’s approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high.

Americans are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving a Dubai-owned company operational control over six major U.S. ports. Seven in 10 Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, say they’re opposed to the agreement.

34 percent, and 3 years to go. Scary times, folks, scary times.

Mann’s rules of life

Monday, February 27th, 2006

From the old website:

Mann’s Rules For Life…

These are just some notions that came to mind one morning. If any of them make you angry, think about it.

1: If you have to take a cab to a minimum wage job, stop.

2: If you are using a interesting-charging credit card to buy groceries, stop.

3: If your town or city has more pawn shops and check cashing shops than gas stations, move.

4: If you understand the concept (from weekly practice) of “financial float”, it’s time to re-evaluate your monetary practices.

5: If the concept of a place that both cashes government checks and sells lottery tickets excites you, you are in dire straits.

6: If you have more than once in the last month gotten annoyed at your child for wandering out of eyesight in a public place, you need to rethink your parenting skills.

7: If your child wandering away in a public place doesn’t scare you, you shouldn’t be a parent.

8: If you feel late fees at Blockbuster are a rip, you are a loser.

9: If you ever have to make a choice between finishing dialing and using your turn signal, park the car.

10: If you have ever pondered how to cheat a babysitter out of money, stay home.

11: If you can’t leave work to attend a parent teacher conference, get a different job.

12: If you don’t want people to think you are a drug dealer, don’t wear a pager when manning the drive-thru line at Burger King.

13: If you are ever let go from a job because of fingernails, nose rings or dreadlocks, your boss was not a jerk.

14: If you spend $2 in gas looking for a $5 ATM, take stock of your life.

15: If you don’t want people to glare at you, don’t stand in front of doorways.

16. If child support laws are a factor in your choice of places to live, you should be sterilized.

NP

Monday, February 27th, 2006

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The great Kenny Burrell.

Impeach him

Monday, February 27th, 2006

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Read it here.

Why indeed?

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Why Is Halliburton Building Internment Camps?
By Sheila Musaji

02/26/05 “ICH” — — On January 24th it was announced [1] that a subsidiary of Halliburton KBR was awarded a $385 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention centers in the U.S. These centers might be used for immigration, or for disaster relief, or vaguely “… to support the rapid development of new programs.”

As early as September of 2002, John Ashcroft discussed internment of even American citizens who were deemed “enemy combatants” [2a] and Peter Kirsanow of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission said that he “could foresee a scenario in which the public would demand internment camps for Arab Americans if Arab terrorists strike again in this country.” If there’s a future terrorist attack in America ”and they come from the same ethnic group that attacked the World Trade Center, you can forget about civil rights.” [2 b]

“Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters,” says Daniel Ellsberg, a former military analyst who in 1971 released the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. military’s account of its activities in Vietnam. “They’ve already done this on a smaller scale, with the ‘special registration’ detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo.” [3]

NP

Friday, February 24th, 2006

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New Derek Trucks. Buy it. Now.

More of that “Can’t Happen Here” stuff

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Peace groups under watch

Authorities keep tabs on non-violent Seattle activists in hunt for al-Qaida

By MIKE BARBER AND PAUL SHUKOVSKY
P-I REPORTERS

02/23/06 “PI” — — In the post-9/11 world, some unlikely figures have attracted the attention of local police and federal agents: the Raging Grannies, known for musical satire, and Quaker peace activists, known for non-violence.

Recently disclosed FBI files show that in Seattle in recent years, federal agents and local police looked for signs of civil disobedience among activists preparing to protest Navy ships arriving for Seafair:

Local anti-war groups such as the Raging Grannies, Not in Our Name and Ground Zero were watched for intent to disrupt Navy ships through civil disobedience such as chaining themselves to ships. It never happened.

Gee, didn’t Nixon try this already?

GOP adoption ban? Yeah!

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Ohio lawmaker to propose ban on GOP adoption
CARL CHANCELLOR

AKRON, Ohio – If an Ohio wmaker’s proposal becomes state law, Republicans would be barred from being adoptive parents.

State Sen. Robert Hagan sent out e-mails to fellow lawmakers late Wednesday night, stating that he intends to “introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents.” The e-mail ended with a request for co-sponsorship.

…Hagan said his legislation was written in response to a bill introduced in the Ohio House this month by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, that is aimed at prohibiting gay adoption.

“We need to see what we are doing,” said Hagan, who called Hood’s proposed bill blatantly discriminatory and extremely divisive. Hagan called Hood and the eight other conservative House Republicans who backed the anti-gay adoption bill “homophobic.”