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Archive for March, 2006

Blast from the past

Friday, March 31st, 2006

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I started digging these guys when I was in high school (original record came out in what, 1978?). I found this cd the other day, and its the album plus singles. This is crazy good stuff. Hell, it has Ape Love on it! Photo on poster above by Michael Mastro, fine photographer and political nutball…

Now, I’m off to order the live cd off the website.

Forgot about them, didn’t we?

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Exxon Mobil not welcome in Venezuela anymore

By NATALIE OBIKO PEARSON
Associated Press

03/30/06 “AP” — — CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s oil minister said today that Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s second-largest integrated oil company, was no longer welcome in this oil-producing nation.

Exxon Mobil has resisted tax increases and contract changes that are part of a policy by President Hugo Chavez’s government to “re-nationalize” the oil industry.

Rather than submit to new terms that will turn 32 privately run oil fields over to state control, the company sold its stake in the 150,000 barrel-a-day Quiamare-La Ceiba field to its partner, Spanish-Argentine major Repsol YPF, to avoid accepting the unfavorable terms in December.

“There are some companies that prefer to leave” than accept the policy changes, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said in an interview with the state-run TV broadcaster. “Exxon Mobil … preferred to sell to Repsol, its partner in the agreement, rather than adjust.”

Gee, just how long before the oil companies bestest buddy bush straightens this situation out? Eek.

“This was about getting past the election”

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief political adviser, cautioned other White House aides in the summer of 2003 that Bush’s 2004 re-election prospects would be severely damaged if it was publicly disclosed that he had been personally warned that a key rationale for going to war had been challenged within the administration. Rove expressed his concerns shortly after an informal review of classified government records by then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley determined that Bush had been specifically advised that claims he later made in his 2003 State of the Union address — that Iraq was procuring high-strength aluminum tubes to build a nuclear weapon — might not be true, according to government records and interviews.

Continue reading Insulating Bush by Murray Waas.

Good day at the store

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

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Good day for scores at the best CD store around, Ella Guru. Picked up this gem from Miles, Devotion from John McLaughlin, George Benson, Moondog (!) and a collection from the late great Atlanta band, Themos Greenwood, Pin Head Teddy. Ah yes. Nice selection to drown out the braying jackass over the cube wall.

Ah, nice

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Guess they wanted to make sure diplomacy wasn’t an option:

Neo-con cabal blocked 2003 nuclear talks
By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON – The George W Bush administration failed to enter into negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program in May 2003 because neo-conservatives who advocated destabilization and regime change were able to block any serious diplomatic engagement with Tehran, according to former administration officials.

Very good news

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Kidnapped U.S. Reporter Jill Carroll Freed

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Kidnapped U.S. reporter Jill Carroll has been released after nearly three months in captivity, Iraq police and the leader of the Islamic Party said Thursday. Her editor said she was in good condition.

“She was released this morning, she’s talked to her father and she’s fine,” said David Cook, Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor.

Me likey.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

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Me likey this.

Lawless

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

The United States is governed by a criminal organization.

One could cite numerous validations of this statement, and in fact, doing so has been the primary motivation of this blog since day one. Some of the items posted here may well be open to interpretation (although not by a reasonable person, IMHO.) but in some cases, there is no room for wiggle- a law exists, and someone broke it. When the criminal also happens to be an elected official, then the situation becomes more problematic, because the rule of law, the leading tenet of justice in our system, has been abandoned.

When the ruling party decides to disregard the laws under which it is chartered, you have no choice but to admit that these people are criminals- but criminals that in any real sense are unpunishable. For example:

Republican senators insert a deceptive “debate” into the Congressional Record, and then use this fabricated missive in a brief to the SCOTUS stating that the court has no jurisdiction into the matter of detainees in Gitmo.

The president signs a budget knowing that it wasn’t the version voted on in the House– which is unconstitutional- but refuses to send it back to Congress, where a new vote would entail reopening debate- a debate the ruling party might lose.

And finally, the illegal wiretapping of American citizens, in violation of numerous laws, and freely admitted to by the president.

So, where does this leave us? When the people who supposedly are the law in this country don’t follow it, exactly who is going to arrest them? More simply put, who watches the watchers?

As I said during Katrina, we’re on our own. We owe no allegiance to any criminal regime. We cannot debate nor convict them, because they are operating under rules we can’t see, and motivated by forces we can’t understand. What becomes of this?

Hopefully not this.

What’s the word? Oh yeah. Asshat.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Scalia has hand gesture for critics

BOSTON, March 27 (UPI) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia startled reporters in Boston just minutes after attending a mass, by making a hand gesture some consider obscene.

A Boston Herald reporter asked the 70-year-old conservative Roman Catholic if he faces much questioning over impartiality when it comes to issues separating church and state.

“You know what I say to those people?” Scalia replied, making the gesture and explaining “That’s Sicilian.

What a jackass. Read the story to see why he’s not just a bad Catholic, but a worse Supreme Court justice. But he is Cheney’s buddy, so…

Yet more lies

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

To whatever persons in the UK that are releasing this stuff, we all say “Kudos!”:

‘Assassination plan’

The memo indicates both leaders acknowledged it was possible no unconventional weapons would be found in Iraq before the invasion, the New York Times says.

The note cites Mr Bush suggesting three ways in which Iraq could be provoked into confrontation.

The US “was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours”, Mr Bush said.

If Saddam fired on them, the Iraqis would be in breach of UN resolutions, he suggested.

He also indicated the US “might be able to bring out a defector” to talk about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, and mentioned a proposal to assassinate the Iraqi leader.

Mr Bush describes US military strategy in some detail, including a concentrated air campaign.

He predicted it “was unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups” – an opinion with which Mr Blair agreed.

Excerpts from the memo were first quoted by UK human rights lawyer Philippe Sands in his book Lawless World.

Another day, another set of lies revealed. This is frankly getting tiresome.