Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Slam Dunk Eh?


Page 1
BY THE NUMBERS:
THE IRAQ WAR & U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY
Cost of Violence in Iraq
Number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq: 3,186
[DoD, 3/9/07]
Number of U.S. troops wounded in action in Iraq: 23,924
[DoD, 3/9/07]
Number of wounded in action and unable to return to duty: 10,627
[DoD, 3/9/07]
Number of troops killed so far this month (March): 26
[icasualties.org, 3/9/07]
Number of troops killed in December 2006: 112 – the highest since November 2004
[icasualties.org, 3/9/07]
Percent of U.S. troops killed by Improvised Explosive Devices in December 2006: 72
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of U.S. military helicopters downed in Iraq between January 20, 2007 and February 22, 2007: 8
[DoD, 2/22/07]
Number of insurgents in Iraq in November 2003: 5,000
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of insurgents in Iraq in October 2006: 20,000–30,000 (including militias)
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of civilian casualties in Iraq since U.S.-led invasion: estimates range from 47,500 – 70,100
[Brookings
Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of multi-fatality bombings in May 2004: 9
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of multi-family bombings in February 2007: 54
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Average number of daily attacks by insurgents in July 2003: 16
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Average number of daily attacks by insurgents in November 2006: 185
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Cost of the War to American Taxpayers
Amount appropriated for the Iraq War so far: $379 billion
[House Appropriations Committee]
Approximate amount U.S. currently spending in Iraq per month: $8 billion
[CRS, 9/22/06]
Amount in President Bush’s request for new DOD spending for the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan: $235 billion
(including a FY 2007 supplemental of $93 billion and a FY 2008 supplemental of $142 billion)
[Bush budget]
Strain on the Military
Number of U.S. troops currently in Iraq (approximate): 141,000
[AP, 3/9/07]
Number of additional U.S. combat troops to be sent to Iraq, according to President Bush’s escalation plan:
21,500
Number of additional U.S. troops, including both combat and support troops, that may be actually needed
under the President’s escalation plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office: as many as 48,000
[CBO, 2/1/07]
Number of soldiers in the Army that have served more than one tour in Iraq: 170,000
[Christian Science Monitor, 1/9/07]

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Percent of the Army’s available active duty combat brigades that have served at least a 12-month tour in Iraq
or Afghanistan: 100
[Washington Post, 9/14/06]
Number of active duty or reserve brigades in the U.S. considered “combat ready”: 0
[Christian Science Monitor, 9/22/06]
Number of active duty military that have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001: 1,067,971
[DoD,
1/31/07]
Number of National Guard and Reservists that have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001:
416,990
[DoD, 1/31/07]
Number of National Guard and Reservists deployed more than once since 2001: 84,198
[DoD, 8/31/06]
Percent of troops currently deployed that are in the National Guard and Reserves: 24
[DoD, 1/31/07]
Percent of National Guard combat and special operations battalions mobilized since September 11th: 95
[Foreign Policy Leadership Council, 2/06]
Length of average mobilization for Reserve and National Guard members: 18 months
[Washington Post, 11/5/06]
Percent of National Guard or Reserve units so poorly equipped they are rated “not ready”: 88
[Washington Post,
3/2/07]
Amount of essential equipment the Army National Guard has on-hand here at home: 30%
[GAO Testimony, 9/21/06]
Amount Army needs to repair or replace equipment destroyed/deteriorated in Iraq: $66.1 billion
[CBS/AP, 9/25/06]
Amount of time Army needs to catch up on backlog of equipment repairs generated from Iraq war: 3 years
[ABC News, 2/10/07]
Number of Army National Guard companies providing security in Iraq in 2004: 20
[Washington Post, 11/5/06]
Number of Army National Guard companies gearing up to provide security in Iraq in 2007: 50
[Washington Post,
11/5/06]
Number of months after U.S. invasion of Iraq that all American soldiers received body armor: 18
Number of advanced Humvee armor kits that the Army is short in Iraq and Afghanistan: more than 4,000
[Washington Post, 2/12/07]
Number of veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars that are homeless: 500-1,000
[Newsweek, 2/24/07]
Reconstruction Problems and Lack of Accountability
Amount Iraqi government says is needed over the next 4 years to rebuild country’s infrastructure: $100 billion
[Reuters, 10/31/06]
Amount of Iraqi reconstruction funds unaccounted for by the Coalition Provisional Authority: $8.8 billion
[Boston Globe, 4/6/06]
Tons of cash shipped to Iraq in December 2003 and June 2004 under the authority of the U.S.-led Coalition
Provisional Authority: 363
[Reuters, 2/12/07]
Percent of Iraqi population with access to clean, potable water in June 2006: 25
[Council on Foreign Relations, 6/22/06]

Page 3
Number of hours per day of electricity in Baghdad prior to the war: 16-24
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of hours per day of electricity in Baghdad, February 2007: 5.7
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Oil production – barrels per day – prior to the war: 2.5 million
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Oil production – barrels per day – March 2007: 2.13 million
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Unemployment rate in Iraq (December 2006): estimates range from 25% to 40%
[Brookings Institution, 3/8/07]
Number of planned 136 sanitation and water projects that are set to be completed: 49
[Councilon Foreign Relations, 6/22/06]
Amount the U.S. has allocated to private contractors for reconstruction and rebuilding efforts in Iraq since the
beginning of the war. $50 billion
[60 Minutes, 2/12/06]
Amount of taxpayer dollars squandered by the government in reconstruction contracts according to U.S.
auditors: $10 billion
[CNN, 2/15/07]
Amount of taxpayer money spent by Halliburton that the Defense Contract Audit Agency has deemed either
excessive or insufficiently documented: $1.47 billion
[Boston Globe, 6/28/05]
White House office that helped facilitate a no-bid Iraq reconstruction contract worth $7 billion to Halliburton:
Vice President Cheney
[GAO, June 2004]
Amount Halliburton has received in no-bid, “cost plus” contracts for Iraq reconstruction: more than $17
billion
[House Government Reform Committee, Democratic Staff]
Amount the “virtual pandemic” of corruption costs Iraq each year according to the Special Inspector General
of Iraq Reconstruction: $4 billion
[The Guardian, 12/2/06]
Number of weapons bought by the U.S. intended for Iraqi troops that are now missing: 14,030
[SIGIR, 10/29/06]
Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction
Days since 9/11 attacks that Osama bin Laden has remained free: 2,006
[3/9/07]
Estimated minimum number of nuclear weapons likely produced by North Korea during the Bush
Administration: 7
[Reuters, 10/26/06]
Percent decrease in funding for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program to contain loose nuclear material
under the President’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget: 10.4
[Center for American Progress, 5/3/06]
Public Opinion
Percent of Americans who are disapprove with the way President Bush is handling the situation in Iraq: 67%
[AP/IPSOS, 3/9/07]
Percent of Americans who support a plan to send more troops to Iraq: 13%
[Gallup/USA Today, 3/6/07]
Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2007
www.Speaker.gov
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A good friend sent me this. It really shows the immensity of this fiasco we have been conned into and the cost of life and limb to the troops.

Friends, if that isn't the work of evil, I don't know what is.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Moon-day





Full Moon and the daffy ducks are running rampant in the streets, so naturally I headed for the hills.








There are some really big trees and this one is no exception. The cool thing is there are many spider cobwebs attached to the green lichen growing on the bark.











Look closely and you can see the webs, individual patterns in each spiders' web but arranged into a treeside colony.









Nature also creates art of her own with driftwood.
Years of rubbing and scraping together with the waves create wonderful shapes.
Beached by the sun to a silver color this cluster contains many odd shapes and sizes.





Nature is art and art is nature.

Though we only see such a small part of it, it is rich and teeming with life, ever changing, renewing, and living.

The beauty of Nature is endless in its display of its' art.

Well kids, another week ahead and more in store, it is getting weirder by the week and this one will probably be no exception.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sunny Sunday



AH,Acapulco, I should be somewhere like that for the rest of my life, basking in tropical beauty, far away from the troubles of the world.

Oh well that isn't happening, just a working stiff trying to earn enough to pay bills and stay out of cardboard condo's, that is until some catastrophic event forces my senior citizen butt to the street.

People say the worst part of getting old is watching your friends die. My friend Rob has severe liver issues and luckily has insurance for now to cover expenses and treatment, but the prognosis is not good for a man with an entire warehouse of motorcycle knowledge packed into a size 6.5 hat. He is doing fairly well so far, still able to ride but in quite a bit of pain. Won two awards at last weeks bike show for his bikes that he showed.

Recognition by your peers was never so important.

Nobody gets off this planet alive, not even the chimp or deadeye dick, with those two it will not be soon enough for me.

Every day is meant to be precious but somehow humanity has twisted life into a money grub fest and made us all slaves to it.

Someday the Sun will rise for all of us in a better place, I hope.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Missles-n-Bombs, Oh My!


July 28, 2007

U.S. Set to Offer Huge Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, July 27 — The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve an arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors that is expected to eventually total $20 billion at a time when some United States officials contend that the Saudis are playing a counterproductive role in Iraq.

The proposed package of advanced weaponry for Saudi Arabia, which includes advanced satellite-guided bombs, upgrades to its fighters and new naval vessels, has made Israel and some of its supporters in Congress nervous. Senior officials who described the package on Friday said they believed that the administration had resolved those concerns, in part by promising Israel $30.4 billion in military aid over the next decade, a significant increase over what Israel has received in the past 10 years.

But administration officials remained concerned that the size of the package and the advanced weaponry it contains, as well as broader concerns about Saudi Arabia’s role in Iraq, could prompt Saudi critics in Congress to oppose the package when Congress is formally notified about the deal this fall.

In talks about the package, the administration has not sought specific assurances from Saudi Arabia that it would be more supportive of the American effort in Iraq as a condition of receiving the arms package, the officials said.

@ The Times

Isn't that convenient, selling SA stuff that in all likelihood will prolong the wars in the ME even longer and will no doubt be used against our troops.

Those waffle heads in Congress better NOT approve the chimps deal, if they know whats good for them.

The audacity and of the chimp-in-chief is beyond belief.


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Friday, July 27, 2007

FRIDAY FUNNIES






Thanks Alan!

Happy day after your birthday Gerald!

Stock market took a dump yesterday, must have been all those candles on Gerald's B-Day cake taking the hot air out of the market and replacing it with bad gas. POOT!

Aw hell, the mess is just beginning to creep into the ecomomy. The building boom out here in Sacramento went bust. My business is dependent on construction and it is just not happening, lots of grumbles.

Can anyone NOT be nervous right now? I see a lot of angst around here, especially redneck construction types who will break into a fit of rage in traffic at the slightest provocation, it's getting ugly out there.

I am glad everyone like the Apostle Islands slideshow, I too love nature. By the response it looks like we all could use some peace and tranquility to take us away from the political madness.

I'll see if I can't round up some funny stuff and post some links.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Leahy - K.O.


On tonight’s “Countdown” Keith Olbermann talks with David Shuster and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy, about Gonzo’s perjury, Executive Privilege and the vote today in the House to recommend contempt charges against former White House Counsel, Harriet Miers and White House Chief Of Staff, Josh Bolten.

read more | digg story

This is an experiment in "Digg"-ing. I am trying to establish a good way to connect right to important stories. I cannot get KO vids to post so I am re-routing them to here thru Digg.

Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bush Burning


Angry senators suggested a special prosecutor should investigate misconduct at the Justice Department, accusing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday of deceit on the prosecutor firings and President Bush's eavesdropping program.

Democrats and Republicans alike hammered Gonzales in four hours of testimony as he denied trying, as White House counsel in 2004, to push a hospitalized attorney general into approving a counterterror program that the Justice Department then viewed as illegal.

Gonzales, alternately appearing wearied and seething, vowed anew to remain in his job even as senators told him outright they believe he is unqualified to stay.

He would not answer numerous questions, including whether the Bush administration would bar its U.S. attorneys from pursuing contempt charges against current and former White House officials who have defied congressional subpoenas for their testimony.

"It's hard to see anything but a pattern of intentionally misleading Congress again and again," Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., told Gonzales during the often-bitter Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "Shouldn't the attorney general of the United States meet a higher standard?"

"Obviously, there have been instances where I have not met that standard, and I've tried to correct that," Gonzales answered.

The hearing rekindled a political furor that began with last year's firings of nine U.S. attorneys and led to disclosure of a Justice Department hiring process that favored Republican loyalists. Gonzales has soldiered on with Bush's support, despite repeated calls for his resignation and questions about his role in a hospital room confrontation with then-Attorney General John Ashcroft over whether to renew a classified but potentially illegal national security program.

@ TRUTHOUT

The absurd notion of Justice continues unabated at the IN-Justice Department as the head monkey digs himself a deeper hole.

Will any action be taken to relieve our ailing country of the scourge by the name of Gonzales?

One can only hope the curtain will be opened to reveal the phony wizard pulling the controls in the land called D.C. However I will not be holding my breath.

It was Congressman Conyers that prior to having Cindy Sheehan and others arrested there was not enough votes for impeachment. I'm pretty sure that includes ANY repug. currently pillaging The Constitution, (or whats left of it) including speedy.

Our country is being sacrificed on the funeral pyre, with The Constitution being used for kindling.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Goofy Gonzo



Denial is a wonderful thing, it absolves one of any responsibility, and gonzo is good at it.

The hearing today is a real ripper so far, no love lost between parties.

C-SPAN

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Monday, July 23, 2007

MC Weekend






While the neo-fascists were busily grabbing more control, I was doing what I could to help set up and work this show.

Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club puts on an annual event with a swap meet and show. This is my first year helping but my friends and I have been going for 6 years. Most bikes are restored to pristine condition and authentic early racers.

The pics above give a glimpse of what turned out to be a fun weekend with a multi bike road trip Saturday night and the show Sunday.

It's nice to step away from the political arena and get back to real life with real people, many of which hate repug assholes as much as I do.

Motorcycles represent freedom to all and fun with friends to me and I had a blast.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sunny Sunday


Normally rare noctilucent (“night shining”) clouds, which glow during the evening, are starting to move out of the polar regions to which they are normally confined, according to detailed pictures taken by a new NASA satellite.

Noctilucent clouds form 50 miles above the Earth’s surface, usually above the North and South pole during the summer months.

The "Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere” (AIM) satellite imaged the noctilucent clouds as far south as Northern Europe on May 25. Not long after, they were seen in the sky by people living in that region.

The unusually southern appearance of these clouds is a clear sign that part of our atmosphere is changing, but scientists do not currently know how, why or what this means. The movement of the clouds suggests a global climate change in the lower atmosphere.

Gerald posted this yesterday, thanks!

More strange goings on, on our planet.

MTP has Mike McConnel on the NIE and torture and Russ Feingold on the Iraq war.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Saturday Business


Howdy Folks!!

Short on time this AM, I am helping out at a motorcycle show and swap so I will be brief.

Have fun!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lights Out!


In a televised speech to California residents on April 5, 2001, Davis resisted Cheney's and Hebert's calls to increase electricity rates for average consumers to keep the state's public utilities afloat, opting instead to increase electricity rates of the state's largest power customers such as manufacturing plants. The next morning PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Davis publicly railed against the Bush administration's refusal to launch an investigation into wholesale energy companies trading practices, and its position on price caps. Davis's rhetoric started to impact the Bush administration's approval ratings. Rove, working closely with Cheney, entered into discussions on how the White House would respond to criticism by Davis that the Bush administration was turning its back on California.

"Karl [Rove] started to talk about using the resources of former Republican National Committee staffers to put together an attack campaign against Davis, and pin the power problems on the governor and his administration," according to one former high-level Energy Department official who was privy to the conversation between Rove and Cheney.

Rove enlisted the help of former RNC staffers Ed Gillespie, then a lobbyist who was working for Enron and other energy companies, and Scott Reed, who used to work for the RNC and was the former manager of Robert Dole's presidential campaign, to start devising a strategy to attack Davis and lead people to believe that the energy crisis was entirely his fault. Gillespie was recently tapped by President Bush to replace Dan Bartlett as White House counselor.

Reed and Gillespie, who was doing double duty advising Cheney's energy task force on behalf of Enron, advised Rove and the vice president that the PG&E bankruptcy left Davis vulnerable and the best course of action for the White House was to take advantage of Davis's vulnerability by stating that Davis single-handedly, in refusing to raise electricity rates, caused one of the largest bankruptcies in American history. Gillespie went a step further, according to Energy Department officials familiar with his conversations with Rove and Cheney, by suggesting that the White House start courting Republican gubernatorial candidates to replace Davis in the 2002 election.

At the White House in April 2001, Rove met with Brad Freeman, President Bush's California finance chairman during the 2000 presidential campaign, and Gerald Parsky, an investment banker, who was Bush's top adviser in California. The discussion centered on Parsky and Freeman's interest in courting actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss his bid for governor in 2002.

"That would be nice," Rove said about the possibility of Schwarzenegger, a Republican, to replace Davis as governor, according to people who were briefed about the meeting. "That would be really, really nice."

Davis said he could see now see how the energy crisis created a political opportunity for the White House in California.

"In retrospect I could see how that happened," Davis said. "There's no question that the energy companies saw me as an adversary when I wouldn't buckle under their demands. I was vulnerable and the [energy companies and the White House] took advantage of it. This crisis took place in the early days of the Bush administration. I figured these guys are too busy picking out furniture for their offices. I didn't think they [the Bush administration] were spending their days in office involved in some full-scale conspiracy. But it turns out they were."


@ TRUTHOUT

Executive Privilege

Immediately following reports that Cheney relied upon the recommendations of 400 energy industry executives to draft the National Energy Policy, lawmakers began to demand that the vice president turn over documents regarding his task force meetings to Congress. The vice president vehemently refused.

With White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales weighing in on the issue, the administration exerted "executive privilege" as the reason it refused to turn over task force documents to Democratic lawmakers. The issue reached the Supreme Court that ruled in Cheney's favor. As Attorney General, Gonzales still refuses to publicly release audiotapes from 2000 and 2001 in which other energy companies were also found to have discussed ways in which to manipulate the California energy market. Some of the heads of those companies implicated in the crisis also provided Cheney with input on the National Energy Policy.
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Up to their eyeballs in "Executive Mischief" this article shows how the Mis-Administration manipulates and deceives to get what it wants.

This was back in 2000 and 2001, just think of the stranglehold they have on things seven years later.

Impeachment is too good, firing squad would serve a better purpose.

Traitors one and all!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Spys-R-Us


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Vote Not Ye Poor


State welfare offices across the country are not offering millions of low-income Americans the opportunity to register to vote when applying for public assistance despite a federal law requiring them to do so, according to an analysis of a recent federal voting registration report and experts who say the Department of Justice and states are to blame.

"It's huge. It's another area where the administration is failing us," said Donna Brazile, chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute, speaking of the Department of Justice's oversight of the nation's voter registration laws. "They are not pushing states to recognize their voter registration responsibilities."

At the same time, the Justice Department's Voting Section, which enforces voting rights and supervises elections in some states, is pressuring 10 states to do more to purge voter rolls -- or remove ineligible voters -- before the 2008 presidential election, according to letters sent to state election officials this spring.

"We conducted an analysis of each state's total voter registration numbers as a percentage of citizen voting age population," wrote John Tanner, the Department of Justice Voting Section chief, in an April 18, 2007, letter to North Carolina's top election official. "We write now to assess the changes in your voter registration list ... and the subsequent removal of persons no longer eligible to vote."

@ ALTERNET

Gonzo is still busily trying to do Rovers bidding on this one. Their worst fear is the voters of this country and they will apparently stop at nothing to pare back the rolls.

This is a multi-headed assault directly at Constitutional principles involving the presence of free and fair elections.

Mighty hard to get the Neo-fascist ball rolling, tsk, tsk, tsk.

Be ever vigilant.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Chop Chop!


Although this may seem to be a historic image this branch of the Daba-Guyaozi Coal Railway was only completed in 2005. A QJ class locomotive hauls a long train of empties through the desert from Guyaozi to the new coal mine at Yangchangwan in Ningxia Province, China.


As consumers in the West, we love China. We are not so fond of India, since we seldom see "Made in India" stickers on the goods we buy. But "Made in China" stickers are everywhere.

Wal-Mart in 1998 posted banners saying the company bought American. Apparently, someone in management thought shoppers cared. They didn’t. Wal-Mart took down those banners years ago. Nobody protested. The parking lots did not empty. Companies in China began stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Target.

Call it the Bob Barker phenomenon. The price is right. Bob has retired, but the show goes on. So does its message.

So, if we buy "Made in China" items, we don’t hate China.

As customers, we love China.

But if a person is employed in manufacturing, he fears China. If he has just been laid off, he may hate China. If the plant where he worked is closed for good, he blames China.

@ LEW ROCKWELL

The sleeping giant is awake and taking over.

It's difficult not to feel a sense of loss to the Chinese, our appetite for consumer goods has put ourselves at risk of economic extinction.

Go "F" yourself Wally Mart!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

BIG MONEY




I tried stuffing my mattress but I had to give up.

You see, there is soooooo much money I just can't find room for it all. My mattress is under there somewhere but I just don't care any more.

I think I will go shopping today and maybe buy aaaaaaa, Hmmm........Yup! thats it! a Hummer, make it a Diesel too.

Hey you know what? I need a yacht. Someplace on it to land my helicopter. Dang all this money spending is hard work, figuring out who to buy from, scrapping for a deal and all that.

Hey!! I'll just let Jeebs do my legwork from now on. Oh, Jeebs! Bring the Rolls around will you? I have some work for you.

And you little people think you have it bad, just try to buy caviar at todays prices, we upper crusties don't exactly have it easy either. Oh, Jeebs!, where ever is that man!

Got to go, my winery foreman just called, there are some problems with.....OH, Jeebs!
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Of course that is just plain bullshit, 'cause I'm so poor, I can't afford to pay attention!

Illustrates the folly of being rich, that way I don't feel so bad about being poor.

Best to let others have all the money, cause if you have it, everybody wants it enough to steal it from you given half a chance.

If money is the ROOT of all evil, it must be one BAD tree!

Donations welcome!

VISA, MasterCard, Discover,PayPal accepted.

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Bill Moyers



A public opinion poll from the American Research Group recently reported that more than four in ten Americans — 45% — favor impeachment hearings for President Bush and more than half — 54% — favored impeachment for Vice President Cheney.

Unhappiness about the war in Iraq isn't the only cause of the unsettled feelings of the electorate. Recent events like President Bush's pardoning of Scooter Libby, the refusal of Vice President Cheney's office to surrender emails under subpoena to Congress and the President's prohibition of testimony of former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers in front of the House Judiciary Committee have caused unease over claims of "executive privilege." In addition, many of the White House anti-terror initiatives and procedures — from the status of "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo to warrantless wiretapping — have come under legal scrutiny in Congress and the courts.



@ PBS

Lets get down to business, impeachment business that is.

Before it is too late.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007

PELOSISHEEHAN








There must be an underlying shady reason that Speaker Pelosi took impeachment off the table. Her office stated the other day that she will not put the issue back on the table because she is focused on "ending the war." The statement would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that she is using a neo-con strategy of saying the exact opposite of what is true. Ms. Pelosi would not allow Rep. Barbara Lee's bill that truly supported the troops by fixing a quick timeline for their withdrawal to be brought to the floor and instead used her power to whip her caucus into approving a "non-binding" resolution that by its very name is meaningless and useless. The Dems can accomplish much if they put their muscle behind it and the Dems could impeach BushCo and end the war if that was truly their focus. Besides all this, actions speak louder than words and one cannot say that she is focused on ending the war with her mouth while she is signing a one hundred BILLION dollar check to keep the war going with her signing hand.

@ SMIRKING CHIMP

MMMMMPEACHMINT! on the table and in a bowl ready to eat! Might add some fruits.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Scary Man

ChertoffWhat’s wrong with this picture? (h/t to Amato at C&L)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has called an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday to discuss a potential new al Qaeda threat on U.S. soil, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

Top intelligence and law enforcement officials have been told to meet in the White House Situation Room to report on steps to minimize or counter the threat and what steps are being taken to tighten security at government buildings, ABC said.

The meeting would be one of a number that have been convened in light of new intelligence and information learned from the recent failed car bomb attempts in London, ABC reported, citing a senior U.S. administration official.

The unnamed official told ABC the level of concern of a new attack in the United States was now higher than it had been in some time.

The White House had no immediate comment on the report.

@ FDL

Oh man! How many times will theses bozo's cry wolf?

FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR! Be scared dammit! but don't worry, we are here to protect you from young Arabs bearing bombs, we are the Almighty Protectorate of the People.

Homeland Insecurity, Un-Patriotic Act, and many more advances in fascism have brought you to the brink of Prozac. Just try to lead a stable life without BIG Pharma keeping you docile and calm.

Think people are not a bit touchy? Flip the "Bird" at a Redneck and see what happens, now flip off a Prozac addled Stepford drone.

I rest my case.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Blitz Slap

CNN Gets Blitzed by Michael Moore




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Monday, July 09, 2007

Monday, Monday!

Consumer side of the Bull Market



While you are going about your daily lives doing whatever, the neo fascists are busily trying to further entrench their collective corporate tentacles into the mainstream of society.

If you have been paying attention you would have noticed a steady increase in the Dow Jones indices's of late. Our corporatist com padre's are rolling in the big bucks everywhere you look.
Masters of manipulations and corporate greed are hard at work making you a little poorer and their wallets a lot fatter. Products Americans are used to consuming are increasingly made in China which by 1960 standards were Communist enemies to be held beyond arms length.

Thanks to the WTO we have been sold down the river as the fruits of our labors have rotted on the vine. The American worker once a proud force providing all that Americans needed or wanted has been replaced by cheap offshore labor. The America that produced the weaponry to stop Hitler and Hirohito and more now works low wage, no benefit jobs, often two or three of which it takes to make ends meet and still not make middle class. All could be brought crashing down by devastating illness despite ones' best efforts.

The neo-fascists(Corporatists) have transformed us into working poor and dividing America down well defined lines of rich and poor and not much else in between. All this has transpired without objection from the American people, not even a whimper. The gap between the rich and poor widens daily supported by the Democrats and Republicans and their Corporatist masters.

The war machine with the death and destruction is brought to you by corporations, for corporations. The oil carrot motivated the fascists to create PNAC and sponsored it's efforts to attain a goal of world corporate domination in the absence of the Cold War. And we can see it played out daily.

The MSM will not tell you that neo-fascism even exists under corporate rule but it is there every step of the way. They call it being neo-conservative, but any true Conservative will tell you there is nothing particularly conservative in what is happening in the World arena.

Mention FASCISM and everyone cringes, thats sounds like something from are not so distant past doesn't it? Like Hitler and Nazi. Using fascism in any statement raises flags with everyone and the corporatist's definitely do not want a negative connotation like FASCISM used, what would people think?

Precisely, what would people think? They would think it is something to be defeated at any cost and embark on a course to do just that. But we cannot have that can we? We must keep the people quiet and distract attention away from the truth.

Millions and Billions of dollars donated to produce the finest candidates money can by is happening right now, unnoticed, ignored, and supported as Democracy in action by the same fools that let this happen in the first place.

Us.


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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Sunny Sunday


Bethlehem Sunrise



Will the next week hold more surprises? Several things on the agenda in Congress including Conyers questioning the motives of commuting Scootie. Seems to be a road to no where to me.
Big thing is getting the troops out of Iraq and Deadeye out of the WH, in no special order,
just git 'er done!.

The neo fascists are firmly entrenched and will not be easy to remove, like a thorn in Americas backside.

Stay tuned for more.


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Saturday, July 07, 2007

7/7/7


Boeing 777



Better get on a plane to Vegas right now cause it might be your lucky day!

Just past 7AM on 7/7/7 and I'm scratching out a post here in Google Land when I should be yanking the slots in Reno, I could hit it big!! NOT!

Who ever said this day is really the seventh, or this month or year for that matter.
To do so would mean that the very first human on this planet would have to immediately start a calendar for others to follow, in other words 2007 is just a random year of existence, after all humans have been around a lot longer than that.

So it might be the year 400094 in reality, in which case 7/7/7 doesn't mean shit.

Wingnuts unite! into a 7/7/7 frenzy of numerology! Like all good little sheeple.


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Friday, July 06, 2007

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Unintended Results


Still more sentencing arguments for defendants from the Bush Administration

As stressed in posts here and here and here, President Bush's statement of reasons for commuting Lewis Libby's "excessive" prison sentence provides great material for federal defendants seeking reduced sentences from federal judges. (Intriguingly, this New York Sun article today explains that an "alleged Hamas operative is likely to be among the first criminal defendants to try to capitalize on President Bush's commutation.")

It is hard to be certain exactly how judges and others will react to what Ellen Podgor is calling "The Libby Motion". (Peter Henning adds here reasons why the President's work, legally speaking, "has created a bit of a mess on a number of different fronts.") What is certain, however, is that every official effort to defend the commutation creates more potential arguments for defendants and defense lawyers.


Read more @ the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog.

The worms have been let out of the can and they will be invading every court case from East to West and North and South, thanks to the genius-in-chief.

Remember when you were young and Mom said to never lie because it will just grow bigger and bigger?

I guess dubyas Mom forgot to tell him, or he simply chose to ignore it all together.

Bad dubya, bad!

(the little sign on top of the rig in the picture says "Justice", not real clear in the pic)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

KABOOM!!!





Meatgrinder, meatgrinder, boom, boom, boom.

Forty more soldiers headed for a tomb.

Meatgrinder, meatgrinder, boom, boom, boom.



Enjoy the fireworks.


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