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March 28, 2007

OT 07-24

News & views ...

Posted by b on March 28, 2007 at 8:11 UTC | Permalink


Blair wants no-fly zone enforced over Darfur

Tony Blair is pushing the United Nations to declare a no-fly zone over Darfur, enforced if necessary by the bombing of Sudanese military airfields used for raids on the province, the Guardian has learned.
According to Downing Street, he is pushing for a no-fly zone to be passed at the same time as the new sanctions package, in the form of a "chapter 7" security council resolution, allowing the use of force. "There could be an agreement in the security council that there could be a no-fly zone. If the Sudanese government broke that agreement there would have to be consequences," said a source.

A no-fly zone, of the kind enforced in Iraq before the invasion, has been widely dismissed by military experts as impractical over Darfur, which is the size of France. But the Guardian has learned that US and British officials are considering a cheaper alternative: punitive air strikes against Sudanese air force bases if Khartoum violated the no-fly zone.

Posted by: b | Mar 28 2007 8:18 utc | 1

Official 911 Story Pancakes to Earth -

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2007 -- A coalition of independent 9/11 investigators and journalists today announced the online publication of a set of original blueprints of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The set is composed of over 200 never-before-published drawings, including plans, elevations, and details, given to physicist Dr. Steven E. Jones by an individual interested in a more complete analysis. Groups presenting the plans include Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice, 9-11 Research, and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. A multi-resolution drawing viewer for the blueprints is located at 9-11 Research (

Richard Gage, AIA, Architect, the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, said, "We cannot truly understand what happened in these historical structural failure events when we are not allowed access to the construction documents." Gage believes that, given the profound differences in the official collapse theories, the need for more investigation is clear. "First they come up with the "pancake theory", then they changed it to the "column failure theory". We don't believe that either of those theories are supported by the available evidence."


"The only theory that is supported by the evidence is controlled demolition with explosives," Gage says. "You could never get a collapse event of that speed through 80 floors of intact steel structure. The laws of physics simply don't allow it."


The release of the blueprints is believed to be the first public presentation of a significant number of detailed architectural drawings of the destroyed skyscrapers. In 2002, lead FEMA investigator Gene Corley of the American Society of Civil Engineers was denied access to the plans by the Port Authority until he agreed to sign a waiver stating that his group would not use the blueprints to sue the agency. ...


Public access to blueprints of the three destroyed skyscrapers - the Twin Towers and WTC Building 7 - has been a long-standing goal of the 9/11 research community. The inability to access data on the structural design of the buildings has been an impediment to further investigation of the theory, these researchers say. One goal they have is to remodel the collapses and see if NIST's findings can be replicated.


Groups releasing the plans cite support for the demolition theory in their organizations and elsewhere by a variety of professionals including structural and civil engineers, architects, and physicists. Supporters point to several features which they say cannot be explained by a gravity-driven collapse, including the speed, symmetry, explosiveness, thoroughness of pulverization, and totality of these events, and numerous reports of molten metal pools in the debris piles. Independent Investigators Release Suppressed Blueprints of Destroyed World Trade Center Tower

Posted by: jj | Mar 28 2007 8:45 utc | 2

Part I.*

How peculiar is it that this is coming from a man whom now is being accused of this?

Baumann's letter went so far as to suggest that the victims may have willingly participated in, or even enjoyed, the acts of pedophilia involved: "As you know, consent is frequently an issue in sexual assault cases. Although none of the victims admit that they consented to the sexual contact, none resisted or voiced any objection to the conduct. Several of the victims suggested that they were simply 'getting off' on the school administrator."

*Note because typepad is still teh suck, I had to break this up into three posts.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 28 2007 8:51 utc | 3

Part II.

As back-up to WND, here is coverage by the Dallas Morning News: Abuse allegations rock TYC

Also, the first suit has been filed: $5M lawsuit filed in TYC scandal

Also see, Is DOJ Shielding Tom (Marianas Sweatshops) DeLay?

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 28 2007 8:53 utc | 4

Curios eh?

I have stated on several occasions that It looks as if our whole seat of power in government has been saturated with a hidden socio-sexual deviance especially in the beltway, leftover from the psychohistory of the Nixon regime perhaps...In other words, it seems to have a under current of dark abnormal sexual deviance to it with regards to power and control, dominance and submission, or sentimentality and cruelty.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 28 2007 8:55 utc | 5

From Gannon to Foley, to The Child Prostitution Sex Ring Involving the Bush Sr. Whitehouse

The Child sex ring that reached Bush/Reagan Whitehouse

Also b, et al, if you enjoyed the Adam Curtis' new documentary, The Trap You may also find this lecture of interest...Why we cooperate – Martin Nowak

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 28 2007 8:55 utc | 6

So, the fastest way to force georgie's ouster would be for someone to pay off Secret Service Agent to testify that he watched him masturbating to Abu G- snuff films :)

Posted by: jj | Mar 28 2007 9:07 utc | 7

Study: Israeli Jews live four years longer than Israeli Arabs

The life expectancy of Jewish citizens in Israel is four years higher than that of Arab citizens, according to the equality index published Wednesday by Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel. The data also reveals that the mortality rate for Arab infants under the age of 12 months is double that of their Jewish counterparts.

The index, published Tuesday for the first time, suggests grave inequality in the level of medical services enjoyed by Jews in Israel, and that available to Arabs.

No wonder there then:
Poll: 50% of Israeli Jews support state-backed ethnic clensing
The poll participants were also asked about work relations with Arabs. 50 percent said they would refuse to work at a job in which their direct supervisor would be Arab. This number represents a 47 percent increase since the 2005 poll on the same topic.

Posted by: b | Mar 28 2007 11:03 utc | 8

Protecting Pedophiles: The OTHER Department of Justice scandal

When the Texas Rangers asked to have the Texas Youth Commission abuses prosecuted, Sutton's chief assistant sent an extraordinary response: The office had decided not to pursue the matter because the sexually abused boys had not sustained "bodily injury."

Is statutory rape no longer a crime in Texas?

Also don't miss the comment section where we find:

Foley Case: Not the First Time Heather Wilson Tied to Youth Scandal Questions

Reminiscent of the still-unfolding [forgotten] scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley -- and what many, even on the right, see as a Republican cover-up -- is an earlier scandal involving Republican Rep. Heather Wilson (NM-01) and her husband, Jay Hone. The video above shows a KOAT-TV7 (Albuquerque) news story prompted by one of Wilson's first actions when she was appointed to head the NM Department of Children, Youth and Families. Wilson served as Department Secretary from 1995-1998. On her third day in office, she removed a sensitive department case file, which had been opened on her husband, from the agency's central records repository in Albuquerque. Although Wilson initially denied doing so, she later changed her story and admitted removing the file. In other words, she lied.

The file was opened in response to an Albuquerque police report filed in March 1993 that reportedly contained potentially damaging allegations against her husband.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 28 2007 13:12 utc | 9

As if things weren't already chaotic enough...

Saudi king slams 'illegitimate occupation' of Iraq

RIYADH -- Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is a close US ally, slammed Wednesday the "illegitimate foreign occupation" of Iraq in an opening speech to the annual Arab summit in Riyadh.

Arab leaders have kicked off the two-day summit in the Saudi capital aiming to revive a dormant plan for peace with Israel and launch a diplomatic offensive to resolve the Middle East conflict.

"In beloved Iraq, blood is being shed among brothers in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation, and ugly sectarianism threatens civil war," Abdullah said.

He also said that Arab nations, which are planning to revive a five-year-old Middle East peace plan at the summit, would not allow any foreign force to decide the future of the region.

well i guess we know what he told Cheney now. and Cheneys answer:

"go f&*k yourself"

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 28 2007 15:29 utc | 10

Uncle Scam @ 10,

If I know the Saud at all, he probably means Iran and Syria. And possibly Iceland, Brazil and Northern Togo as well. Not the US, never the US.

On another topic, poisoned pet food, Menu Foods finally remember to note that they do *not* manufacture dry food. The matter is important to me, and I appreciate your posts.

Posted by: Alamet | Mar 28 2007 16:33 utc | 11

Uncle Scam, good that you posted all that, I only briefly read about the recent hullaballo on Cannonfire, while knowing the scandal has been brewing for a long time.>Cannonfire

Impunity, power, ‘deviant’ sexuality...

The poor can be encouraged or forced to marry, have children and a stable home, be prevented from having abortions, or be afraid of transgressing that taboo, while the power-frat-upper-class types can do as they wish, indulge in anything - torture of lesser humans (Abu Graib), enslaving others (servants, salves...), ‘deviant’ sex in various forms, particularly pedophilia.

For them, *transgression* represents a badge of power.

(Paris Hilton and Britney Spears present the jagged teen female confused version. Both are very rich.)

So pedophilia, or snuff movies, ..etc. are the in thing.

Second, the links between impunity --> illicit acts --> hot house ideology feed backwards to create parallel, esoteric beliefs, crack-pot world views or ‘codes of behavior’ that rest on other-wordly tripe and authoritarian glee.

The hysteria about Billy C’s sex life was not just an attempt to sink the Democrats. It was outrage, screeching hysterical howls, terminal indignation that anyone from the ‘other camp’ could PRESUME to indulge in that kind of manipulation or advantage - softie opponents have to play their role and never, ever, in the personal sphere, exceed or use the position accorded them, which is temporary (patsies.)

They must be politically correct and straight, all the time.

Excesses are reserved for those who hold real power, that power being in itself attested to by rape, murder, etc.

Posted by: Noirette | Mar 28 2007 17:48 utc | 12

A tanka:

Foley, Kimmerling,
Thurmond... at least with Clinton,
it was an adult.
What else can you expect from
the Republican Party?

Posted by: The Truth Gets Vicious When You Corner It | Mar 28 2007 22:24 utc | 13

Evening Entertainment - an hour interview w/ Frances Boyle "Biowarfare and the Emergence of Police State America". He's an eminent lawyer, who has consulted w/Congress on Impeachment. Has some interesting things to say.

One thing that I missed was that when they wanted to pass UnPatriotic Act II, & Dems. were again sitting on it, they repeated in minor form what they pulled the first time around - sent some white powder up to the Hill & it was passed the next day :( W/crashing buildings being so much more spectacular, I don't think this has received the attention it deserves. I wonder how the clowns who swallow the official 911 horseshit rationalize this.

Posted by: jj | Mar 29 2007 2:31 utc | 14

“Move on, nothing to see here…” Department

Income Gap Is Widening, Data Shows

(helpful hint - click on ‘skip ad’ in upper right)

Posted by: Rick | Mar 29 2007 2:50 utc | 15

New Justice System Is a Work in Progress

But because of the unusual circumstances of the two admissions, it is not clear yet that either one is truly representative of the system the administration has established, legal experts said. Neither the guilty plea David Hicks entered on Monday, admitting to providing material support to a terrorist organization, nor the wide-ranging confession from Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, contained in a Pentagon transcript of a closed hearing on March 11, had about it the solemn finality of a conviction in a civilian criminal court, and in some ways, they were aberrations.
“The proceedings that led to Hicks’s plea,” Mr. Hafetz said, “underscore that the military commissions are a makeshift system that lacks legitimacy.”

In the hours before Mr. Hicks’s plea, the military judge hearing the case, Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann of the Marines, disqualified two defense lawyers, one for refusing to agree to abide by regulations that have yet to be written.

Mr. Hicks’s plea appears to be based on his calculation that he will be allowed to serve out his sentence in his home country, Australia. He may even be able to challenge his conviction there, in conventional courts.

Posted by: b | Mar 29 2007 6:22 utc | 16

Report Says Interior Official Overrode Work of Scientists

A top-ranking official overseeing the Fish and Wildlife Service at the Interior Department rode roughshod over agency scientists, and decisions made on her watch may not survive court challenges, investigators within the Interior Department have found.

Their report, sent to Congress this week by the department’s inspector general, does not accuse the official, Julie A. MacDonald, the deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, of any crime. But it does find that she violated federal rules when she sent internal agency documents to industry lobbyists.
She twice sent internal Environmental Protection Agency documents — one involving water quality management — to individuals whose e-mail addresses ended in “,” the report said.

Posted by: b | Mar 29 2007 6:32 utc | 17

Strikes on Baghdad's Green Zone on the Rise

Insurgents have struck inside the Green Zone, which includes the U.S. Embassy, on six of the past seven days, once with deadly consequences.
The Tuesday attack was the gravest in a series that have hit the walled zone of about four square miles in recent days, U.S. officials said. Three rockets crashed down Wednesday, Fintor said. Two attacks, coming two hours apart, hit Monday. The zone was also hit Saturday and Sunday, officials said. At least 10 people were wounded in those attacks.
Wednesday morning, embassy personnel received a bulletin citing the "recent increase of indirect fire attacks on the embassy compound." It included strict instructions: Body armor and helmets would now be required for all "outdoor activities" within the sprawling embassy complex, even short walks to the cafeteria. There would be no group gatherings outside, including at the famed Palace Pool. No "nonessential" visitors would be allowed in the compound.

A U.S. official in Baghdad characterized embassy personnel as "anxious and alert."

This is only the start - the resistance will increase these attacks until everybody in the GZ is down in bunkers and unable to do anything.

Posted by: b | Mar 29 2007 7:30 utc | 18

Black ops in Iraq: Elite Terrorist Hunters in Iraq

U.S. "black" special operations forces in Iraq have conducted as many as 300 "takedown" operations, an activity that an influential retired general calls "simply magic."

The assessment appears in an eight-page trip report written by retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, an adjunct professor at West Point, consultant and frequent television commentator, who recently toured Iraq and Kuwait and met with U.S. commanders at all levels.
Here's what Gen. McCaffrey says about the current OCF effort in Iraq:

"The US Tier One special operations capability is simply magic. They are deadly in getting their target--with normally zero collateral damage--and with minimal friendly losses or injuries. Some of these assault elements have done 200-300 takedown operations at platoon level. The comprehensive intelligence system is phenomenal."

So who did they kill? On what basis?

Posted by: b | Mar 29 2007 7:45 utc | 19

OT: somewhere tonite I read that USian Democratic Party people and Republican Party people are sqabbling about that Congress- and Senate-passed resolution about combat troops out of Iraq by late summer/early fall 2008; on a tv show called Scarboro ...

"[BUCHANAN:] They‘re going to give him the money, are you kidding? They‘re going to deny him the hundred billion dollars?
BUCHANAN: But you are wrong. After this goes through and they‘ve had their vote on the binding resolution, the non-binding resolution, then they‘re going to be told, You have lost on those. Now give me the money. And when Pelosi takes that to the floor, her party will split right in half."

My point if I recall it is that this is such a bs attack.

If the US Dems use law and it is respected by the ones who dole out the money, and deny money to the current Iraq war; that is not going to lead to any USians dying in Iraq or whatever ...

doy, someone will still send the plane, dole out the drugs, slide you some ammo or whatever to make sure y'all's ok.

Cause there is plenty of slack in the system, and we do support our troops and our buddies.

So cut off the funding already.

No one will die because you said, "I work hard for that money and if you want to buy candy that rots your teeth or a pea shooter to harass your classmates then use yer own gorram money!"

No one will die if the freaking taxes, congress-appropriated, are not paid.

Stop the funding I say.

If I had any skill I would come up with a slogan!

My original point was that scare-mongering about cutting off funding is a ridiculous joke if the result is presumed to be abandonment of USian volunteer youngsters, reserve-type family oldsters etc.

There is no f'ing way that these would ever be in danger; never were. When was the last time USian soldiers ever died in battle because of lack of funding?

Money never was the problem.

Posted by: jonku | Mar 29 2007 9:20 utc | 20

Judge me not by what I post but what I don't/

jj, I'm still afraid of anthrax -- not the band from Long Island NY but the powder they were sending to someone else, but killed postal workers. I worked near a post office, I got mail. I was fareaked out too.

But I had no choice to vote on anything instead I had to decide if me and mine could go outside that day.

I guess what I am remembering is NYC in the winter of 2001/2002 and into the next spring.
That smoldering pile was still there smoking up the pollution downtown and it seems there were almost bi-monthly scares, midtown tunnel, brooklyn bridge, anthrax, asbestos in the smoke.

At taht time I got up early to "go online quick to see what Debka,, have to say.

Is it safe to go work today?"

Big ups to new yorkers and anyone else who was getting scared, like Chicago and LA, for keeping on keeping on.

Today it is safe to go to work today, at least if English is your native tongue.

I hope.

But do you all remember what it is like to imagine that you are in the handbasket, to see it all go south.

Not just your prestige, position or possesssions. Your life, the life of the ones you love.

They felt at risk to me in 2001 and 2002 in Brooklyn, Chicagoans and LAians and Atlantans and Bostonians and TOinans and DCians etc. -- I felt I was in danger.

The whole anthrax thing is (tm) worthy of Karl Rove. Unfortunately I've seen his performance at the White House Correspondents Diner. He is no jack kennedy, however he uses a very Texan voice. Unexpected like.

As David of the Orcinus blog has analysed, these ideas (I include attacks) are prevalent at the periphery and natural selection promotes them to national (US) dialogue.

Signing off now, going to check out what must be a full moon.

Okay stop killing our own selves please.

Posted by: jonku | Mar 29 2007 10:23 utc | 21

Bravo Jonku, your #21 drove it home crystal, crystal clear. Regarding 2001/2002, I hadn't felt continuous and unrelenting primal fear like that since I was a small, small child, living 8 blocks away from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis (68) when shots rang out dropping Martin Luther King, Jr. and 'the dream' like a raw egg spattered on the sidewalk, and brought with it martial law as riots broke out in more than 100 US cities. The South in particular, was a terrifying place to be. But the weeks and months afterwards, the escalating conflict in Vietnam, the striking sanitation workers, striking fire departments, shoot on sight curfews, beatings and teargass smell mixed with sweat blood and tears of the poor, the fire and trash in the air was paralyzing. I didn't fully comprehend it then as I was to young. But I felt the hatred and fear in the streets. Hoover's goons were everywhere.

And for some reason, I was disconnected a great deal from the events of sept 11th and the anthrax scare (probably because I had quit watching television by then) and was busy with classes, until the Beltway sniper attacks started happening. Then it all hit and was like reliving my childhood trauma and PTSD. After recovering my senses somewhat, and being reassured that I was safe in the mountains of Montana (though also knowing I lived three hours from major missile silo's) I became angry and the more I realized that the ptb were methodically and clinically ramping up the fear factor the more angry I became. I wasn't a scared little boy anymore. Things weren't beyond my control. I was having an awakening, an epiphany. I was watching the unfolding of the methodical plans of the invisible hand. Not long after I found Billmon, and then came MOA. And here we are, like shipwrecked survivors on a desert Island watching the watchers. Watching the horror show.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 29 2007 13:23 utc | 22

Castro slams biofuels.

Fit and working again, by the looks of it.

Pinochet, meanwhile, is still dead.

Posted by: Dismal Science | Mar 29 2007 14:17 utc | 23

& speaking of the dead, dismal - i have just been watching on cspan - the investigation by the judiciary committee with the rove-look-alike, mr sampson

the infantilism of these figures - their rotund (reminiscent of the worst of school prefects) form & their lying mouths is enouigh to give me the willies

lord of the flies guarding the ship of state

& i don't think i have ever heard so many ; "i don't remember', "i am unable to recall", "i would have to look at my notes" (which paranthetically alway seem to dissapear), i have never heard so many , "to the best of my memory"

soon like all the tyrants & crooks of the late 20th century - they will appear in investigations & courts - with their oxygen machines & nurses - conrad black is getting ready for a rapidly affectin alzheimers disease

if the results of these small men were not so horrific - it might have been the makings of light comedy

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Mar 29 2007 16:55 utc | 24

the ethiopian troops broke a ceasefire w/ the hawiye clan in mogadishu today, moving into the capital city w/ "Some 2,500 Ethiopian soldiers are using more than 100 tanks" and using helicopter attacks on specific neighborhoods, esp in the north of the city. this is another move on the part of the imposed authority of the TFG to secure the city, only rather than using the (small) AU peacekeeping troops they already have, they are still using the u.s.-trained & assisted ethiopian occupying forces. it's been a bloody day, from reports coming in, after a lull since the agreements that ended last week's fighting.

latest shabelle report has pix from the aftermath
Ethiopia lost soldiers in today’s fighting in Mogadishu

Mogadishu 29, March.07 ( Sh.M.Network) At least 15 Ethiopian soldiers have been killed and others were wounded in the latest fighting raged in the Somalia capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on late Thursday.

The casualty on the other side was unclear but sources close to the insurgents say there are fighters killed and wounded in the battle.

Some reports say that the Ethiopian forces retreated after one of its trucks was burnt by the militia.

Today’s fighting which lasted several hours was the heaviest and bloodiest in the capital since the Ethiopian backed interim government troops took control of the city late December 2006.

Posted by: b real | Mar 29 2007 18:21 utc | 25

It is important to note that the feeling of terror
Uncle and I speak on above is a transparent and hollow echo of the continuous high anxiety in Bagdhad under armed occupation.

How strange that the real and imaginary danger, polar opposites, somehow cancel each other out.

You can't ignore one without the other.

Posted by: jonku | Mar 29 2007 19:44 utc | 26

Jonku @ 26 - "...the continuous high anxiety in Bagdhad under armed occupation."

Yes. Recent piece about Iraqis fleeing the country:

Refugees on the Highway from Hell

"I'm so glad to see Syria," the young mother says. Her exhausted smile betrays the nervous tension her arrival in this bleak stretch of desert is finally releasing -- a tension that must have accumulated for years. "Finally I can feel free again," she says.

Posted by: Alamet | Mar 29 2007 23:11 utc | 27

in ethiopia

Meanwhile, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told parliament in Addis Ababa that he had withdrawn two-thirds of his forces from Somalia.

"As the situation in Somalia unravelled differently than expected, we had to withdraw troops gradually in two rounds. Hence, two-thirds of our troops have been withdrawn so far," Meles said in a speech to parliament.
Somalia: Bloody Clashes Rock Somali Capital

in somalia

GALKAYO, Somalia Mar 29 (Garowe Online) - Hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers crossed over the common border and entered Somalia overnight Thursday, according to sources in Galkayo.

The soldiers, estimated to number 500-strong with armored vehicles, were stationed in the outskirts of Galkayo, the capital of Mudug region in central Somalia.

Reliable sources in Galkayo told Garowe Online on the condition of anonymity that the Ethiopian troops were heading for the northern Somali city of Bossaso, a bustling port town that serves as Puntland’s economic hub.

There was no reason given for the arrival of fresh Ethiopian troops, even as that country’s leader, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, pledged to withdraw his remaining troops from Somalia.

At least 30 people died in Mogadishu on Thursday when Ethiopian troops forcefully entered insurgent strongholds in attempts to disarm the capital’s inhabitants.
Fresh Ethiopian troops arrive in central Somalia

Posted by: b real | Mar 30 2007 4:10 utc | 28

Jonku, that was highly dangerous anthrax - weaponized - as only FBI/CIA can produce. You should have been scared if near it. I didn't mean to deride it by using term "entertainment". Rather I was Elevating the term "Entertainment". I was thinking we should have an ongoing thread "Evening Entertainment". In lieu of TV & other escapist shit, which I don't indulge in, I thght. it would be good to post something barflies would like to do in evening - listening to insightful interview, poetry, music - etc. Since that is a full one hr. interview, it falls into that category for me. Very Sorry if you felt I was trivializing the fear as that NEVER occurred to me.

Posted by: jj | Mar 30 2007 5:25 utc | 29

For those unaware of how far Theocrats have advanced, Chris Hedges is currently on speaking tour w/his new bk, American Fascist. Don't know why he calls them Fascist rather than more proper term, Theocrats. Anyway, just listened to his 15min. interview posted on - radio. He says that of the DC535 - 45 Senators & 186 CongressCritters have 80-100% rating from Top 3 Fundie Groups. Not to mention that the press takes it as a given that no Pres. Candidate for Repugs is allowed to run unless they approve of him-it.

One of the good things about his discussion is that he connects its rise to the Predators War on Americans - filling the vacuum left by departing factories. But I'm not sure he sees Predators as building a neo-feudal police state, so of course, they would use religion similarly to Middle Ages feudal states. I guess, what I'm saying, is that I think we are well & truly effed & that theocracy w/gang warfare will be a permanent feature of the future, unlike Chris who thinks it can be defeated. I've been wondering for several days, as I understood that both "parties" want to eliminate all the legitimate work of the state 'cept for Mass Slaughter, how long before Fundies start, perhaps through buyout, their own hospital chains. Catholics have 'em...Prot. Fundies coming increasingly to power....stay tuned...Oh, & gee, shucksypoo, don't forget to vote Democratic :)

Posted by: jj | Mar 30 2007 6:51 utc | 30

Pat Tillman's mother rejects military's bullshit

(CNN) -- The mother of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former NFL player killed
by friendly fire in Afghanistan in April 2004, on Tuesday rejected
the latest explanation from the U.S. military about her son's death.

"It became very obvious early on that they were lying to us," Mary
Tillman said on ESPN Radio's "Dan Patrick Show." "They were only
telling one side of the story. They weren't telling the other side."

The military reported Monday that nine military officers, including
four generals, will face "corrective action" for making critical
mistakes in the aftermath of the Army Ranger's death.

An investigation by the Army's inspector general and Criminal
Investigation Command concluded officers in Tillman's chain of
command knew almost immediately after his death that he had been
killed by fire from his own platoon, but that information was
withheld from his family for more than a month, in violation of Army

The investigation also concluded that inadequate initial
investigations "contributed to the inaccuracies, misunderstandings
and perceptions of concealment."

Tillman's mother was not convinced.

Everyone involved in the shooting knew almost immediately that her
son had been shot three times in the head by his own troops, she said.

Yet, at the memorial service for her son in May 2004, the military
said Pat Tillman had been killed by enemy fire, she said.

"That was not a misstep, that was not an error," she said. "This was
an attempt to dupe the public and to promote this war and to get
recruitments up, and that is immoral."

Mary Tillman called for a congressional hearing "to have it all aired out."

She added, "I really don't know what happened. We've been told so
many different things."

Shot intentionally?

Mary Tillman said she was not excluding the possibility that her son
was shot intentionally.

"Pat was used," she said. "Once he was killed, I think they saw this
as an opportunity." She noted that April 2004 was the worst month up
to that time in the year-old Iraq war, and the shooting occurred
right after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke.

The latest investigation "only presented the points of view of the
soldiers in the vehicle" who fatally shot her son and an Afghan
soldier and wounded two others, she said.

"They never brought into play what the other witnesses said," Mary
Tillman said.

She described as "shocking" the military's claim that no rules of
engagement were broken.

The platoon members "fired at soldiers who weren't firing at them in
areas where hands were waving and at a building," she said. "All of
those things are breaking rules of engagement."

The soldier believed to have shot her son three times in the head was
asked whether he had made a positive identification of the target
before firing, she said. "This soldier said, 'No, I wanted to be in a
firefight,' " she said. "That was a definite breaking of the rules of

She said the military is still spinning the story for its own gain.

"The first investigative officer, in his statement to the third
investigative officer, said in his opinion, there was evidence of
criminal intent, and he also used the term 'criminal negligence,' "
Tillman said.

"Yet his report has been devalued because it doesn't go along with
what they want out in the public eye."

In 2002, Pat Tillman, a safety with the Arizona Cardinals, turned
down a multimillion-dollar contract offer and instead joined the
Army, a decision he said was a response to the September 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks.

He was shot April 22, 2004, in a remote area near the
Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Mar 30 2007 9:34 utc | 31

Unintended irony in the LA Times: 132 Iraqis killed in wave of bombings

There has been a surge in bombings in Iraqi towns and cities as American and Iraqi forces have launched a crackdown on insurgents in the capital.

Posted by: b | Mar 30 2007 9:34 utc | 32

harold pinter: Why George Bush is Insane

Earlier this year I had a major operation for cancer. The operation and its after-effects were something of a nightmare. I felt I was a man unable to swim bobbing about under water in a deep dark endless ocean. But I did not drown and I am very glad to be alive.

However, I found that to emerge from a personal nightmare was to enter an infinitely more pervasive public nightmare - the nightmare of American hysteria, ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and belligerence; the most powerful nation the world has ever known effectively waging war against the rest of the world. "If you are not with us you are against us" President Bush has said. He has also said "We will not allow the world's worst weapons to remain in the hands of the world's worst leaders". Quite right. Look in the mirror chum. That's you.

Posted by: b real | Mar 30 2007 16:06 utc | 33

Democratic Committee requests deposition from Secretary of State over Niger forgeries and Iraq

i like waxman's cajone's. lets hope it leads to impeachment

Posted by: annie | Mar 30 2007 18:45 utc | 34

uncle, i watched tillmans mother in an interview the other day. she made mention of his diary being burnt also. weird. his brother claims he wrote him, or told him (sorry, memory) that he was very anti iraq. makes me wonder if it was a fragging. who burns a diary? someone who wants the contents destroyed i wonder what the last entry was. perhaps he felt threatened.

Posted by: annie | Mar 30 2007 18:51 utc | 35

something ugly

via cryptome
haaretz: In the service of the Jewish state

In the late 1940s, Walther (Walter) Rauff, an SS officer who was responsible for the murder of at least 100,000 people and was wanted by the Allies as a war criminal, was employed by the Israeli secret service. Instead of bringing him to justice it paid him for his services and helped him escape to South America. Documents of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that have been released over the past several years show that the Americans were aware that Rauff's case was not exceptional.

something pretty
a handful of china landscape photos

Posted by: b real | Mar 30 2007 19:07 utc | 36

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