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A Manifesto Slams Islamic Totalitarianism

Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali et al Slam Islamic Totalitarianism
This just in, stay tuned as the story develops. I think we’ll be seeing people die in the coming days. You know, from "reactions"….
MANIFESTO:
Together facing the new totalitarianism
After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.
We, writers, journalists, intellectuals, call for resistance to religious totalitarianism and for the promotion of freedom, equal opportunity and secular values for all.
The recent events, which occurred after the publication of drawings of Muhammed in European newspapers, have revealed the necessity of the struggle for these universal values. This struggle will not be won by arms, but in the ideological field. It is not a clash of civilisations nor an antagonism of West and East that we are witnessing, but a global struggle that confronts democrats and theocrats.
Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears …

The goat bride

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A south Sudanese man was caught making sweet love to someone else's goat, and was subsequently forced to "marry" the goat.
Tribal elders ordered the goat-lover to pay a dowry of 150,000 Sudanese dinars to the owner.
"They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife," the owner told the Juba Post.
"We have given him the goat, and as far as we know, they are still together."
May all goats someday be so lucky to find true love.

Blogger Widget

I just downloaded a blogger widget from yahoo widgets. It's pretty cool, you can blog without opening any windows. Only drawback I have found besides the pain in the butt initial set up, is you can't do images, but if you just want to put a quick post, it is pretty handy.

Graphic Posts

Ok, I know some of my recent posts have had some very graphic images. If you are offended, or upset by the images, too bad. If you want to hear me apologize, you can go fuck yourself. I hope your disgusted, angry, offended. I hope your speechless with rage. Now take that anger, rage, and focus it at doing some good. Write every congressman and representatives you can. Write the white house( a waste of time but still). Go to peace rallies, and support people and groups fighting to end this war. Do all you can to stop images like these. You have the choice to look away, but others are there, everyday they have to live in this mess, and we must unite to end this. Stop being afraid of making waves. Stop being to lazy to get up and do something for the betterment of someone other then yourself. We have to share this planet, bush is taking us down a dark path. We must fight and take our country back. DO SOMETHING POSITIVE!!!!!!

Are there any innocents in a war zone?

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A young boy caught in the middle



A boy shot while waving a white surrender flag, guess that only works in bugs bunny cartoons



A young boy killed when a tank opened fire on his home



A old man and his daughters shot while there sleeping



Yet we still want to try to justify our invasion, and our soldiers actions

Helping people with war

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In Iraq many families have been forced to move into dumps, as the only means to servive.



This is one family's home



This is about a million flies living in there home



and this is there baby.

Still think the war is helping???

This is for those of you who still think war is like you see in the movies

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These are pictures taken by the US military, there graphic, sorry, but sometimes you need to see the truth.



Democrat's new ad campaign

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Democrats in order to thin the herds of mindless republicans following blindly, have started this new ad campaign. So far results have been good, but the union representing the poor guys who get stuck cleaning the bugs off the windshields of the trains, are threatening to strike, if there not provided with bigger squeegees.

Kidnap and Torture American Style

This video is pretty scary, but you should watch it.

Rumsfeld Zeros in on the Internet

By Mike Whitney 02/24/06 "ICH" -- --

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was warmly greeted at the recent meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations. The CFR is the hand-picked assemblage of western elites from big-energy, corporate media, high-finance and the weapons industry. These are the 4,000 or so members of the American ruling class who determine the shape of policy and ensure that the management of the global economic system remains in the hands of U.S. bluebloods. As the Pentagon’s chief-coordinator, Rumsfeld enjoys a prominent place among American mandarins. He is the caretaker of their most prized possession; the high-tech, taxpayer-funded, laser-guided war machine. The US Military is the crown-jewel of the American empire; a fully-operational security apparatus for the protection of pilfered resources and the ongoing subjugation of the developing world. Rumsfeld’s speech alerted his audience to the threats facing America in the new century. He opined: “We meet tod…

'The cheapest thing in Iraq is a human life'

'By Anthony Loyd, Ali Hamdani, and Ali al Khafaji in Baghdad 02/25/06 "The Times" 02/24/06 “- Baghdad --

WILL all those from the Sha’ab district come forward?” a policeman shouted from the doorway of the mortuary. A group of Sunni men detached themselves from the crowd in the yard and shuffled towards him over the blood-stained ground. The hopeless among them wept and cursed. Others, clinging to the belief that their missing relatives were somehow still alive, stood in ashen-faced silence. Sporadically a spasm of rage ran through the crowd and accusations were yelled at the gate of the yard, where a checkpoint of police commandos stared dispassionately at the crowd, blaring Shia “latmia” music through the loudspeakers on their vehicles as if in triumph. Atta Dulaimi, 57, was one of those from the Sha’ab district of Baghdad, a mixed area in the northeast of the capital, who moved towards the mortuary door. The Sunni teacher’s son, Walid, had returned home to Iraq on Wednes…

Dick Cheney’s Song of America

The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike. It says not that the United States must be more powerful, or most powerful, but that it must be absolutely powerful.

By David Armstrong
Harper's Magazine, 0017789X, Oct 2002, Vol. 305, Issue 1829

Few writers are more ambitious than the writers of government policy papers, and few policy papers are more ambitious than Dick Cheney’s masterwork. It has taken several forms over the last decade and is in fact the product of several ghostwriters (notably Paul Wolfowitz and Colin Powell), but Cheney has been consistent in his dedication to the ideas in the documents that bear his name, and he has maintained a close association with the ideologues behind the…

A gleefully fiendish read

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Not One Penny More for War!

UFPJ National Call-In DayTuesday, February 28, 2006Call Congress: 202-224-3121
President Bush has asked Congress for another $72 billion for his illegalwar in Iraq. This will bring the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistanto almost $120 billion for 2006 -- that's on top of the $432 billion themilitary is already spending this year, and in addition to the more than$250 billion already spent on the Iraq war!
Call your Representative and Senators at202-224-3121 on Tuesday, Feb.28th, and tell them: Not one penny more for war!
Members of Congress are afraid to vote against this money because theydon't want to be accused of not supporting the troops. It is time to stopusing the troops as a shield for failed policy. It is time for the peopleof this country to speak up and show Congress how to stand up to thePresident.
Help us flood the Capitol Switchboard with calls for peace by forwardingthis email to your friends and family. (If you received this email from afriend, please consider …

FBI Memos Reveal Allegations of Abusive Interrogation Techniques

OK, Maybe it's just me, but isin't this just a normal friday night??

By Drew Brown, Knight Ridder
WASHINGTON - Military interrogators posing as FBI agents at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, wrapped terrorism suspects in an Israeli flag and forced them to watch homosexual pornography under strobe lights during interrogation sessions that lasted as long as 18 hours, according to one of a batch of FBI memos released Thursday.FBI agents working at the prison complained about the military interrogators' techniques in e-mails to their superiors from 2002 to 2004, 54 e-mails released by the American Civil Liberties Union showed. The agents tried to get the military interrogators to follow a less coercive approach and warned that the harsh methods could hinder future criminal prosecutions of terrorists because information gained illegally is inadmissible in court.
FBI officials raised repeated objections to "aggressive interrogation tactics" at the US pri…

Victims of War Are Not To Be Seen Or Heard Or Mentioned

By Robert Weitzel, ICH
"The greatest dignity and respect you can give [victims of war] is to show the horror they suffered, the absolute gruesome horror." -War Photographer David Lesson
Joseph Bonham was an American soldier. He lost both of his arms and legs and all of his face to an artillery shell. He could not see or hear or speak. Other than that he was healthy and lucid. That was Joe's nightmare. He could be kept alive a long time.
Joe remained an anonymous torso until his head tapping was recognized as Morse code. When his message was finally understood, it was assumed he'd gone insane. Joe asked to be put on exhibit so that children and parents and teachers and politicians and preachers and patriots of every stripe could have a close-up look at war's leavings. It was the only way he could give his nightmare meaning.
Joseph Bonham's request was denied. It was not in the best interest of the country to foist him on an unsuspecting public. He died an "un…

I HATE THIS FUCKER!!!!!!!!

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Olympic skier Bode Miller choked yet again in his final race on Saturday. He straddled a gate in the men's slalom just a few seconds into the run.
Miller stood to win five medals at the Olympics this year. However, he finished no better than fifth in any race, and was disqualified from three.
"I've straddled probably more times than most people have finished the slalom," he told reporters after he whiffed in a race earlier this week.
He hurt his ankle on Tuesday in a basketball game. Some say he's "partied harder than he's skied."
Four months ago, he told a Newsweek reporter:
For me, the ideal Olympics would be to go in with all that pressure, all that attention and have performances that are literally tear-jerking, that make people put their heads down because they’re embarrassed at how emotional they’re getting, that make people want to try sports, talk to their kids, call their f---ing ex-wives—and come away with no medals. I think that would be epic.…

Sex Pistols to Hall of Fame: Up yours

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The Sex Pistols have declined induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with their usual good manners.
"That hall of fame is a piss stain. Urine in wine," reads an official statement on JohnLydon.com. "We're not coming. We're not your monkey."
The legendary punk band, along with Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, and others, will be inducted (in absentia) into the Hall of Fame on March 13.
After the 1977 release of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, the band broke up. They reunited in 1996, 2002, and 2003 for brief tours.
When they were nominated for entry into the Hall of Fame in late November, guitarist Steve Jones said, "If I was 20, maybe I'd be upset, but it's all part of the game."
Susan Evans, the executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said she wasn't offended by their decision not to attend. "They are being the outrageous punksters they are, and that's rock 'n' roll.…

Take one for the team,,,,PLEASE!!!!!!

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Bill Would Block Republicans From Adopting Children

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

(Akron, Ohio) An Ohio Democrat is proposing legislation that would prevent Republicans from adopting children, a move aimed at embarrassing the GOP over moves to block gay adoptions.
State Sen. Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) admits his bill is purely "tongue-in-cheek" but says that the message is anything but a joke.
In an email sent to fellow legislators, and obtained by Knight Ridder Newspapers, Hagan says he's looking for co-sponsors 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."
Earlier this month a bill to ban gays, bisexuals, and transgenderds from adopting was proposed by 10 far-right Republicans. It was introduced in the House this month by state Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville)
"We need to see what we are doing," said Hagan, who called Hood's proposed bill blatantly discriminatory and "homophobic."
When…

'Never Before!' Our Amnesiac Torture Debate

Naomi Klein

It was the "Mission Accomplished" of George W. Bush's second term, and an announcement of that magnitude called for a suitably dramatic location. But what was the right backdrop for the infamous "We do not torture" declaration? With characteristic audacity, the Bush team settled on downtown Panama City.
It was certainly bold. An hour and a half's drive from where Bush stood, the US military ran the notorious School of the Americas from 1946 to 1984, a sinister educational institution that, if it had a motto, might have been "We do torture." It is here in Panama and, later, at the school's new location in Fort Benning, Georgia, where the roots of the current torture scandals can be found. According to declassified training manuals, SOA students--military and police officers from across the hemisphere--were instructed in many of the same "coercive interrogation" techniques that have since migrated to Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib…

The End of the Internet?

Jeff Chester

The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.
Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest pockets--corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers--would get preferred treatment. Content from these providers would have first priority on our computer and television screens, while information seen as undesirable, such as peer-to-peer communications, could be relegated to a slow lane or simply …

Bloggers at the Gate

Ari Melber

By now, most people are weary of hearing how blogs are changing American politics. The search engine Technorati estimates 70,000 new blogs are created every day, but most are obscure and will remain so forever. Only a few bloggers have the audience and credibility to effectively break stories, pressure the traditional media, incubate new ideas or raise real money. These influential bloggers are usually sharp, opinionated and focused on the world "offline." They refuse to view events through the solipsistic blinders of their own websites.
Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, the founding writers of MyDD and Daily Kos, are two such influential bloggers. They've written a provocative new book that offers a perceptive analysis of progressive politics and proposes to revolutionize the Democratic Party through a "bloodless coup."
Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics is both of the blogosphere and beyond it.…

Why's a Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel on the "No-Fly" List?

The federal officials who are busy assuring Americans that they've got their act together when it comes to managing port security are not inspiring much confidence with their approach to airline security.
When Dr. Robert Johnson, a heart surgeon who did his active duty with the U.S. Army Reserve before being honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, arrived at the Syracuse airport near his home in upstate New York last month for a flight to Florida, he was told he could not travel.
Why? Johnson was told that his name had been added to the federal "no-fly" list as a possible terror suspect.
Johnson, who served in the military during the time of the first Gulf War and then came home to serve as northern New York's first board-certified thoracic surgeon and an active member of the community in his hometown of Sackets Harbor, is not a terror suspect. But he is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, who mounted a scrappy campaign for Congress as the Democrat…

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

William Greider

David Brooks, the high-minded conservative pundit, dismissed the Dubai Ports controversy as an instance of political hysteria that will soon pass. He was commenting on PBS, and I thought I heard a little quaver in his voice when he said this was no big deal. Brooks consulted "the experts," and they assured him there's no national security risk in a foreign company owned by Middle East Muslims--actually, by an Arab government--managing six major American ports. Cool down, people. This is how the world works in the age of globalization.
Of course, he is correct. But what a killjoy. This is a fun flap, the kind that brings us together. Republicans and Democrats are frothing in unison, instead of polarizing incivilities. Together, they are all thumping righteously on the poor President. I expect he will fold or at least retreat tactically by ordering further investigation. The issue is indeed trivial. But Bush cannot escape the basic contradiction, because this…

They should have joined the Navy!!!!!!

By ESTES THOMPSON Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) --

The Army has charged seven paratroopers from the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division with engaging in sex acts in video shown on a Web site, authorities said Friday.
Three of the soldiers face courts-martial on charges of sodomy, pandering and engaging in sex acts for money, according to a statement released by the military.
Four other soldiers received what the military calls nonjudicial punishments.
The Army has recommended that all be discharged.

Clash Brews Over Tainted Waters

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Imperial County authorities are angry over claims made by an L.A.-based agency for control over the New and Alamo rivers.
By Tony Perry, Times Staff WriterFebruary 24 2006
CALEXICO —

Immigrants wear trash bags and hide in pollution as they ford the New River — the unlikely object of a drinking water rights fight in Southern California.

If ever you doubted the dictum often attributed to Mark Twain that in the West whiskey is for drinking but water is for fighting over, the New River stands as proof.Long branded the dirtiest river in America, this aquatic nightmare slithers into the United States from Mexico through this border city in the Imperial Valley.

Technically, it is not a river but a ditch carrying drainage water the color of pea soup that brims with sewage, animal carcasses and industrial waste from Mexicali. This toxic stew contains bacteria and viruses known to cause tuberculosis, polio, hepatitis and typhoid.Drug smugglers and illegal immigrants use the smelly, sudsy river as a…

Corpses in the Garden

By Charles Sullivan 02/24/06 "ICH" -- -- Knowing what I know about the history of my country, it is often difficult for me to fathom how my fellow countrymen have shaped their views. I have come to believe that they have created a mythical America that is not a real place. The perceived necessity of substituting a fantasy world for the real world suggests there is something terribly wrong with the American psyche. If there are corpses buried in our gardens, surely they must gnaw at our conscience and produce pathological behavior, even if we did not put them there. Subconsciously, we know they are turning in their graves trying to be free. We fear that they will awaken and climb out of their graves, forcing their way into our conscience, and revealing our complicity in the crimes committed in our name. Pretending that these corpses do not exist leads to a recklessness of language and perversion of truth that is both deplorable and manipulative. Denial of this magnitude requi…

GW's calloused right hand

By Sidney Blumenthal02/24/06 "The Guardian" -- -- After shooting Harry Whittington, Dick Cheney's immediate impulse was to control the intelligence. Rather than call the president directly, he ordered an aide to inform the White House chief of staff, Andrew Card, that there had been an accident - but not that Cheney was its cause. Then surrogates attacked the victim for not steering clear of Cheney when he was firing without looking. The vice-president tried to defuse the furore by giving an interview to friendly Fox News.His most revealing answer came in response to a question about something other than the hunting accident. Cheney was asked about court papers filed by his former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby, indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in the inquiry into the leaking of the identity of the undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame. In the papers, Libby laid out a line of defence that he leaked classified material at the behest of "hi…

Cost of Iraq

Ok, so lets pretend that EVERY American pays taxes, I mean everyone, kids, men, women, EVERYONE!!!! So if that were true, then we have all paid aprox. $2083.00 for the Iraq,,,,War? Invasion? What ever you want to call it. So, that dream you had of going to Vegas for a week and parting with a really hot call girl,,,,gone,,,,or getting freaky with two decent looking hookers, gone,,, or drinking/parting yourself into a coma, with four nasty hookers,,,,gone. Thanks GW, Thanks for everything!!!!!

After Downing Street

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Blogging Beyond Downing Street

Have Americans gotten in the habit yet of reading Mick Smith's blog? Remember Michael Smith, the reporter who broke the Downing Street Memo story? He's still at it, and has some great stories up recently. Mick also has on his site the full text of the Iraq Options Paper, which was missing a couple of sentences in the version we all got last Spring.

The Middle Ages are here again!

Torture is legal, science is heresy, magic is studied in secrecy, leaders rely on religious fanaticism, poverty sweeps the land as murderous despots hoard wealth behind walls, mysterious plagues terrify the people, inquisitors hunt dissidents, and crusades against Arabs are used to distract the masses from revolt.
That describes Europe's grim Middle Ages, but medieval scholarEric Jager says it also describes the United States in 2006, in an era many Americans consider to be a glorious information age of technological wonders.
"The word modern was actually coined by medieval people to distinguish themselves from the ancients," Jager writes in the Los Angeles Times.
Or, as one of Jager's history students said, "Medieval people were so ignorant, they had no idea they were living in the Middle Ages."
During those long dark centuries between the Roman Empire's decline and the Renaissance, corrupt and amoral popes ruled Europeans with lies and terror. Kings were …

New Orleans Doesn't want Poor Back

By ERIC BERGER

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

New Orleans doesn't want its poorest residents back — unless they agree to work.
That was the message from three New Orleans City Council members who said government programs have "pampered" the city's residents for too long.
The news that some New Orleans City Council members weren't keen on the city's poorest returning home added another layer of discomfort in Houston, where local residents and elected officials alike have stretched to meet the needs of thousands of Louisiana residents in the months after Hurricane Katrina.
Chief among the complaints: Houston didn't discriminate when New Orleanians — from the poorest to the richest — filled this city's homes, hotels, motels and shelters. And Houston didn't flinch when nearly 100,000 evacuees needed subsidized housing for up to a year. So why, asked one Houston city councilman, are only the educated, healthy and employable welcome back in New Orleans?

Let them eat cake!!!!

The number of starving Americans has risen rapidly since 2000, with children and old people suffering more than ever.
The U.S. government says there are now 38 million hungry Americans, 5 million more than just a few years ago.
America's Second Harvest, a nationwide network of soup kitchens, now gives food to 25 million hungry people -- an 8% increase in just five years.
And one-third of those needing the soup kitchens are in households with at least one working adult.
"Even though individuals may have a job, they still are having a hard time making ends meet," Second Harvest's Maura Daly told the Christian Science Monitor.
"We find many people have to make choices between food and other basic necessities like paying for utilities and heat."
With income not keeping up with living expenses for so many Americans, going to the soup kitchen for some meals is the only way to keep on top of their mounting bills for housing, utilities and health care.
Some 30% of hungry …

The FISA File

Athan G. Theoharis

With a debate now raging over George W. Bush's secret authorization of warrantless wiretaps by the National Security Agency in defiance of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, we must take another look at why Congress passed the act in the first place. The legislative history clearly shows that the intention was to deny the President the unchecked right to determine whether a proposed target met a legitimate "foreign intelligence" need. Instead, Congress ordained that all proposals to intercept such communications with foreigners must first be reviewed and approved by a special FISA court.
Prodding Congress into action in 1978 were recent revelations of abuses by the NSA. One was Operation Shamrock, instituted in 1947 to intercept telegraph messages; another was Operation Minaret, created in 1967 to intercept the electronic communications of militant civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activists. NSA officials knew these programs were illegal an…

Abramoff's Evangelical Soldiers

Max Blumenthal

Gambling might not rank as high as homosexuality or abortion on the list of social evils monitored by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, but its growth has provided many occasions for his jeremiads. The indictment of Indian casino lobbyist and influential GOP activist Jack Abramoff was one such occasion. In a January 6 press release issued three days after Abramoff's indictment, Dobson declared, "If the nation's politicians don't fix this national disaster, then the oceans of gambling money with which Jack Abramoff tried to buy influence on Capitol Hill will only be the beginning of the corruption we'll see." He concluded with a denunciation of vice: "Gambling--all types of gambling--is driven by greed and subsists on greed."

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Rumsfeld Declares War on Bad Press

Analysis by Emad Mekay WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (IPS) -Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld has signaled that he plans to intensify a campaign to influence global media coverage of the United States, a move that is likely to heighten the debate over press freedom and propaganda-free reporting. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York last week, Rumsfeld said that Washington will launch a new drive to spread and defend U.S. views, especially in the so-called war on terror. He cited the Cold War-era initiatives of the U.S. Information Agency and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, widely viewed outside the United States as sophisticated propaganda outlets, as a model for the new offensive. If similar efforts over the past five years are any example, the campaign is likely to take place in two main areas -- the U.S. media and the press in the Arab and Muslim worlds, where Washington sees its strategic influence as pivotal. On Tuesday, Rumsfeld also said that the Pentagon is "review…

In Defense of Free Thought

Robert Scheer

I think as I pleaseAnd this gives me pleasure.My conscience decrees,This right I must treasure.My thoughts will not caterTo duke or dictator,No man can deny--Die gedanken sind frei.
--(Sixteenth-century German peasant song revived as a protest anthem against the Nazi regime)

The news on Monday that an Austrian court has sentenced crackpot British historian David Irving to three years' imprisonment for having denied the Holocaust seventeen years ago should have alarmed free speech advocates--particularly at a time when Muslim fundamentalists are being lectured as to the freedom of expression that should be afforded cartoonists. In the event, however, a lack of noticeable outcry has exposed a longstanding double standard in the West about who is entitled to free speech and why.
To be sure, Nazi propaganda is an extremely sensitive issue in Hitler's birth country, which for the most part endorsed the madman's vision of the Third Reich. But the repression of the free…

THE THIRD WAVE

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This is a great read, very scary, but a real insight about how easily we can be lead.

'The Aussie PM can go f@ck himself'

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On a recent flight from New Zealand to Australia a man found himself seated next to a musclebound gentleman reading a book bearing the ominous tile "Jihad: The Rise Of Militant Islam In Central Asia."
He did what any hopelessly paranoid slab of quivering milquetoast would do: He reported the guy to Australia's National Security hotline.
That guy was punk rock legend Henry Rollins.
Rollins received a letter warning him of his status as a suspected terrorist from a "nice lady" in the Australian government:
The person who sat next to you on the flight from New Zealand does not agree with your politics or choice of reading and so nominated you as a possible threat. As they were too cowardly or stupid to leave their details I can’t call them to discuss their idiocy with them.
In his response to the kindly tipster the former Black Flag frontman noted the irony that the book is written by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, one of America's more conservative newsp…

Terror stalks the yellow bus

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The Department of Homeland Security has new recruits in the war on terror: school bus drivers.

The new School Bus Watch program will train bus drivers to spot potential terrorists. They'll also learn how to look out for people casing their routes or plotting to explode buses full of happy tots.

One driver who attended a training session said, "I don't think I ever thought about, 'Oh, well, here, let me check my bus for a bomb.' So, you know, all of that stuff is very helpful."


For several years, municipal bus drivers have been trained in anti-terrorism techniques.

However, school bus drivers -- often retirees, mothers with young children, or people between jobs -- are a different matter.

Now, in addition to watching out for child molesters, reckless drivers, and pot-smoking teens in the back seat, bus drivers will have to look out for terrorists.

John Rollins, a former senior Homeland Security intelligence official, sees the beginning of a worrisome trend.

"Tod…

Why America will reap in Iran what it doesn’t expect

By abid Ullah Jan

02/19/06 "ICH" -- -- Many anti-war analysts believe that Iran has no nuclear weapons program in place and no one has ever produced a shred of credible evidence to the contrary. Yet they fear that the Bush administration’s spurious accusations and subsequent war will lead to a wider World War.

If Iran has no nuclear weapons, as concludes Mohammed el-Baradei the respected chief of the IAEA, the war on Iran, in itself, will not lead to the speculated World War 3. It will only worsen the situation worldwide. Instead of directly ending up in a World War, the war on Iran will only become a next phase in spreading the World War that is already on without our realizing that we are passing through its initial phases. [1]

On the other hand, a false assumption that Iran has no nuclear weapons will, in fact, quickly engulf many more countries and take the World War that is already on to a quick climax.[2]

Under-estimating Iran’s nuclear capacity is pushing the extremists i…

WWIII or Bust: Implications of a US Attack on Iran

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous... Having said that, all options are on the table." George W. Bush, February 2005

By Heather Wokusch

02/19/06 "ICH" -- -- Witnessing the Bush administration's drive for an attack on Iran is like being a passenger in a car with a raving drunk at the wheel. Reports of impending doom surfaced a year ago, but now it's official: under orders from Vice President Cheney's office, the Pentagon has developed "last resort" aerial-assault plans using long-distance B2 bombers and submarine-launched ballistic missiles with both conventional and nuclear weapons.

How ironic that the Pentagon proposes using nuclear weapons on the pretext of protecting the world from nuclear weapons. Ironic also that Iran has complied with its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, allowing inspectors to "go anywhere and see anything," yet those pushing for an attack, the U…

Constant Conflict

US Army War College Quarterly

There will be no peace. At any given moment for the rest of our lifetimes, there will be multiple conflicts in mutating forms around the globe. Violent conflict will dominate the headlines, but cultural and economic struggles will be steadier and ultimately more decisive. The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.

We have entered an age of constant conflict. Information is at once our core commodity and the most destabilizing factor of our time. Until now, history has been a quest to acquire information; today, the challenge lies in managing information. Those of us who can sort, digest, synthesize, and apply relevant knowledge soar--professionally, financially, politically, militarily, and socially. We, the winners, are a minority.

The Most Fiendish Face in Movies, Lon Chaney

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The LA Times has a great article about one of the greatest actors of all times. This is a really good read, and there are some great pictures.
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The Democratic Process at it's finest

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The Democrates Flopping around in the breeze, and the Republicans doing what ever they want

So are we even now?

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Muhammad Cartoon Protest in New York

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American Heroin

It oftentimes boggles the mind to try and understand the ease with which the Establishment can manipulate the American citizenry into another warmongering escapade, this time an ominous foray into the Persian lands of Iran, a nation rich in history, culture, location and most importantly to the Evil Empire, oil and gas. Yet upon further inspection it is easy to comprehend this phenomenon, for we live, as Gore Vidal has labeled it, inside the United States of Amnesia, a country where all semblance of the yesterday becomes but a haze of blatant forgetfulness and convenient whitewash, a black hole of Alzheimer’s-like darkness from where no recollection of past lessons, mistakes, errors or history can be seen or touched.We live in a nation of gluttonous stupor and comfortable surroundings, easily distracted by the cocktail of materialism that lines our homes. We are trained to live to work, not work to live, sacrificing love of life for love for the Almighty dollar, becoming worker bees a…

Mother of the Year

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This is Fucked up Beyond Words!!!!! I'm just totally speechless!!!!

Do Bush supporters hate their country?

By Jaime O'Neill
Sometimes the people who still fervently support George W. Bush seem just plain stupid, and other times it seems they must be dishonest and even malevolent, harboring a hatred for their country that allows them to support misguided ideas and private agendas over the public good. In more reasonable moods, I want to believe that the Bush supporters are just like me in simply wanting what is best for the country safety, security, fairness and a commitment to a government that observes the principles upon which our nation was founded. When I'm thinking that way, I assume we don't disagree on goals and objectives, just on the most effective way to achieve those goals and objectives.
It's hard to keep that thought, though, when the lies keep piling up higher and deeper, and when so much of the energy of Bush supporters goes into evading reality. Is it really possible for there to be an honest difference of opinion about the calamitous Bush decision to invade I…

The War on Privacy, Circa 1984

Rumsfeld warns that the enemy can succeed in changing our way of life. It already has.

"There was, of course, no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. . . . But at any rate they would plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and except in darkness, every movement scrutinized. "George Orwel

By Nat Hentoff02/13/06 "Village Voice" -- --One morning, in his Supreme Court chambers, Justice William Brennan was giving me a lesson on the American Revolution. "A main precipitating cause of our revolution," he said, "was the general search warrant that British customs officers wrote—without going to any court—to break into the American colonists' homes and offices, looking for contraband." Everything, including th…

Every move you make ... they'll be watching you

By Joe Burris Baltimore Sun Posted February 6 2006, 9:57 AM EST

Ever get the feeling that someone's eyeballing you? You're probably right.These days, between the news that the National Security Agency has been eavesdropping without warrants and that the Justice Department wants to know what searches have been conducted on Google and elsewhere, it's no wonder you feel under watch.
The real surprise, though, may be how so much of what you do on an everyday basis already gets screened, monitored, tracked, scanned and observed - often without your ever knowing it.From spyware on your computer to police cameras on your street to GPS devices on your cell phone, how much of your private life is really private any more?