Archive for August 21st, 2007

“Inshallah” – God Willing

Sudhan@09:00 CET

By Cindy Sheehan from Amman

The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception. -Chronicle of Young Satan” Mark Twain

08/20/07 “Camp Casey Peace Institute” – – -The above quote from Mark Twain is how things have always been throughout the ages and throughout our American experience. These sentiments allowed an entire native population to be virtually wiped out and for black Africans to be enslaved for generations. Who cares if 600,000 Filipinos were wiped out during the Spanish-American War to “liberate” them from Spain, but to really have a coaling station for our Navy, or hundreds of thousands of Japanese slaughtered by the evil h-bomb when those people weren’t even white, Christian Americans? Now this slimy rationale is allowing for the decimation of the Iraqi people and we have killed a million during this war to plant permanent bases there as we have permanent military facilities in Japan and the Philippines to this day.

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Why So Many Are Unsatisfied With The Economy

by- Suzie-Q @ 7:15 PM MST

The right frequently seems genuinely mystified as to why so many Americans tell pollsters how unsatisfied they are with the economy. Bush and his allies frequently say, “Look at GDP and unemployment rates! You guys should be thrilled! What kind of idiots are you people?” Maybe news like this will help conservatives better understand the widespread discontent.

Americans earned a smaller average income in 2005 than in 2000, the fifth consecutive year that they had to make ends meet with less money than at the peak of the last economic expansion, new government data shows. […]

The combined income of all Americans in 2005 was slightly larger than it was in 2000, but because more people were dividing up the national income pie, the average remained smaller. […]

Total income listed on tax returns grew every year after World War II, with a single one-year exception, until 2001, making the five-year period of lower average incomes and four years of lower total incomes a new experience for the majority of Americans born since 1945.

Got that? Income growth not only stopped after Bush took office, but the last five years are unprecedented in the post WWII-era.


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Evening Jukebox… Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

by- Suzie-Q @ 5:24 PM MST

Good Evening Justice Bloggers!

Yep, Papa’s got a brand new bag…

Have a great evening!  :) 

James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

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by- Suzie-Q @ 5:03 PM MST

Not this again…

Via The Hill:

Vice President Dick Cheney’s office on Monday responded separately from the White House to a Senate subpoena for documents on warrantless wiretapping and resurrected the controversial contention that Cheney is not part of the executive branch.. Read more…


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Montebello Anti-SPP Demonstrations Aug.20

by Geezer Power …3:07 PM PDT

From Montebello, Monday night…

The tear gas appears to have started around 5 :30 PM. By that time, much of the corporate media had left Montebello, and many of the demonstrators had left for Ottawa and Montreal.

‘They’re going to wait for the media to leave before they start to clear the demonstrators,’ my friend Kabir had remarked 20 minutes before. He’d called it.

Before this point, the entire affair had been reasonably mellow, a street party punctuated by a line of unmoving protestors in front of police. A Red Cross official I spoke to had noted that they had received few injuries by 5PM, six hours after the demonstration had started, although police had sprayed pepper-spray at the crowd on a few occasions.

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Former CIA officer: US to attack Iran within 6 months

anthony @ 19:30 BST

Fox News asked former CIA field officer Bob Baer on Tuesday whether the US is “gearing up for a military strike on Iran.” Baer has written a column for Time indicating that Washington officials expect an attack within the next six months.

“I’ve taken an informal poll inside the government,” Baer told Fox. “The feeling is we will hit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.” His Time column also suggested that “as long as we have bombers and missiles in the air, we will hit Iran’s nuclear facilities.”

Baer explained that what his sources anticipate is “not exactly a war.” He said the administration is convinced “that the Iranians are interfering in Iraq and the rest of the Gulf” but that “if there is an attack on Iran it would be very quick, it would be a warning.”

“We won’t see American troops cross the border. … If this is going to happen, it’s going to happen very quickly and it’s going to surprise a lot of people,” said Baer. “I hope I’m wrong frankly, but we’re going to see.”

The following video is from Fox’s America’s Newsroom, broadcast on August 21.


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Brent Wilkes To Use Attorney For The Indigent At Trial

by- Suzie-Q @ 11:29 AM MST

Contractor Brent Wilkes, who was charged with “fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in government contracts” in the Duke Cunningham scandal, “will have an attorney paid for by taxpayers.”

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office protested that Wilkes should not be allowed to have an attorney that represents the indigent, “noting that the defense contractor is believed to have greatly profited from his alleged crimes.”


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FEC Complaint Filed Against Fred Thompson

by- Suzie-Q @ 9:43 AM MST

I was wondering what Fred meant when he said this on CNN:

Thompson: We’re going to be getting in, if we get in, and of course we’re testing the waters phase, legality. We’re going to make a statement shortly that’ll cure all of that, but yes, we’ll be in traditionally when people get in.

Lane Hudson files a complaint with the FEC.

Fred Thompson is breaking the law and it’s time somebody did something about it. So, this morning, I filed an FEC Complaint against him. For far too long, he has been ignoring the letter and spirit of Federal Election Law for his own political benefit. It reeks of the same disregard for the law that we have seen from the Bush Administration, Bob Ney, Duke Cunningham, Tom Delay, and Mark Foley.

It is my contention that he has violated the ‘testing the waters’ exemption of election law. He has been presenting himself as a candidate for President, he has been raising large sums of money beyond what would be required to explore a possible candidacy, and he has signed a long term lease on a headquarters for his campaign. He has even spent advertising dollars, which are specifically prohibited by the law…read on

Jake Tapper does a good job on his post at the Political Punch giving more background on why the complaint is valid.

Help out and call the FEC and demand an investigation: FEC Phone Number: (800) 424-9530 In Washington (202) 694-1100


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by- Suzie-Q @ 8:14 AM MST

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently visited Iraq with Sen. John Warner (R-VA) and reported that the escalation is “totally and utterly” failing to produce the political reconciliation needed.The media is reporting Levin’s comments as validation of Bush’s strategy. Fox News spins Levin’s comments as “praise” for the “surge results.” ABC claims the comments are proof of “success of the surge.”


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Cheney, Lieberman and the Iran War Conspiracy

Sudhan@11:10 CET

Neocons beat the drums for another war

By Gareth Porter, HuffingtonPost.com. Posted August 18, 2007.

I was never one of those who believed the Bush administration was getting ready to attack Iran in 2006 or early 2007. But it is now clear that at least Vice President Dick Cheney is conspiring to push through a specific plan for war with Iran. And Senator Joe Lieberman is an active part of that conspiracy.

We have known for a long time that Cheney wants a major air attack on Iranian nuclear sites and other military and economic targets. But an August 9 story published by McClatchy newspapers reveals that, instead of waiting for a decision to go ahead with such a strategic attack against Iran, Cheney now hopes to get Bush to approve an attack on camps in Iran where Iraqi Shiite militiamen have allegedly been trained in recent years.

Continued . . .

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