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Free Burma

by Geezer Power ….5:47 pm

International Bloggers’ Day for Burma on the 4th of October

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Afternoon Jukebox… Rockstar

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:54 PM MST


Nickelback – Rockstar

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The GOP are going down along with their failed Economy!

by GEF @ 11:37 MST


“Stubbornly holding on to the unrealistic notions that both the Economy and their Republicans fellows are in great shape they continue the rhetoric. Despite the multitude of retirements and resignations of their fellow Republicans who all know what is about to happen come this election cycle, they cling to failed ideologies that have fueled their unpopularity to the point of outright contempt for them and their party.

If the Republicans were hurting in 2006 they’re going to be on death row come 2008. Even if Bush attacks Iran and puts us into martial law, this will not stop the Election because they cannot maintain martial law for too long a time in the US.


Our Economy will begin to sink immediately if they attempt a permanent state of martial Law in the US and they know it. The US is not Iraq and neither is Iran like Iraq.


Maintaining US martial law here and in Iraq plus the added invasion of Iran cannot be sustained. Smoke and Mirrors folks..

Even if they refuse to come to grips with their unpopularity, their insistence in this insane war will be the end of them. They no longer have any fiscal discipline and are acting like a corporation about to go out of business having their end of the world fire sales.


Unfortunately for us we will have to put up a while longer with these lunatics and fanatics and their Democratic counter parts which are following them right down into the Globalism pit as well.


Even as they are planning to light the fires of hell by attacking Iran we know that one thing is certain.


In the end they shall all fail miserably because they will destroy America and that will be their legacy that will haunt them and their children for years to come.


So let them write whatever they want into law. It shall return to plague all of their kids soon enough..


Leading Indicators Point Down for GOP

DAVID ESPO | September 29, 2007 10:53 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — It is gallows humor time for Republicans in Congress, where one lawmaker jokes that “there’s talk about us going the way of the Whigs,” the 19th century political party long extinct.

“That’s not going to happen,” Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., hastens to add, although a little more than a year before the 2008 election, the major leading political indicators still point downward for a party abruptly turned out of power in 2006.

Fundraising for Republican campaign organizations lags. That is strikingly so in the House, where the party committee spent more than it raised in each of the past two months, reported only $1.6 million in the bank at the end of August and a debt of nearly $4 million. (more…)

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by Geezer Power ….8:18 am

Firms Seek Access to Burma Oil Fields Despite Bloody Crackdown

By Thomas Hogue/AP Writer/Bangkok

September 29, 2007—Just last Sunday—when marches led by Buddhist monks drew thousands in Burma’s biggest cities—Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora was in the country’s capital for the signing of oil and gas exploration contracts between state-controlled ONGC Videsh Ltd and Burma’s military rulers.

The signing ceremony was an example of how important Burma’s oil and gas resources have become in an energy-hungry world. Even as Burma’s military junta intensifies its crackdown on pro-democracy protests, oil companies are jostling for access to the country’s largely untapped natural gas and oil fields that activists say are funding a repressive regime.

Updates from CNN VIDEO


Associated Press

Last update: September 28, 2007 – 9:13 PM

Myanmar: Monks besieged; Internet cut
Sniper found not guilty of murdering two Iraqis
YANGON, MYANMAR – Soldiers and police took control of the streets Friday, firing warning shots and tear gas to scatter the few pro-democracy protesters who ventured out as Myanmar’s military junta sealed off Buddhist monasteries and cut public Internet access.
On the third day of a government crackdown, the streets were empty of the mass gatherings that had peacefully challenged the regime daily for nearly two weeks.

“Bloodbath again! Bloodbath again!” a Yangon resident yelled while watching soldiers break up one march.

Burma: From comment on Ko Htike’s Blog

28 September 2007 19:17

“We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon about a few hours ago.
We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were arrested. The true picture is far worse!!!!!!!!!
For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning.
A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.

The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.

When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.

Please tell your audience of the full extent of the fate of the monks please please !!!!!!!!!!!!

‘Arrested’ is not enough expression. They have been bludgeoned to death !!!!!!”

A.A.

Hong Kong

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Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War

Sudhan@11:15 CET

By John Nichols

The Senate agreed on Thursday to increase the federal debt limit by $850 billion — from $8.965 trillion to $9.815 trillion — and then proceeded to approve a stop-gap spending bill that gives the Bush White House at least $9 billion in new funding for its war in Iraq.

Additionally, the administration has been given emergency authority to tap further into a $70 billion “bridge fund” to provide new infusions of money for the occupation while the Congress works on appropriations bills for the Department of Defense and other agencies.

Translation: Under the guise of a stop-gap spending bill that is simply supposed to keep the government running until a long-delayed appropriations process is completed — probably in November — the Congress has just approved a massive increase in war funding.

The move was backed by every senator who cast a vote, save one.

Keep reading . . . 

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Attack on Iran Said To Be Imminent

anthony @ 09:30 BST

BENNY AVNI | New York Sun | Friday, September 28, 2007

UNITED NATIONS — In a sign that U.N. Security Council-based diplomacy is losing steam, a number of sources are reporting that a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities may be imminent. France and America also are pushing for tighter economic sanctions against Tehran, without U.N. approval.

Yesterday’s edition of Le Canard Enchaîné, a French weekly known for its investigative journalism, reported details of an alleged Israeli-American plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. The frontpage headline read: “A report sent to the Elysée — Putin tells Tehran: They’re going to bomb you!”

The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, also expressed concerns to reporters in New York that an attack on Iran might be imminent.

[Original Article]

Kucinich ‘seriously thinking’ about forcing vote on Cheney impeachment

Rep. Dennis Kucinich says he is so concerned about what he sees as the Bush administration’s push for a war with Iran that he is considering using a parliamentary measure to force the House of Representatives to vote on impeaching Vice President Dick Cheney.

“We’re preparing for another war, and they’re going to destroy America,” the Ohio Democrat said Thursday on the Ed Schultz show. “We have a government in place right now that has to be challenged. I’m seriously thinking about calling a privileged resolution on impeachment of the vice president and forcing a vote on the floor of the House.”

A privileged resolution would force the full House to debate about whether to proceed with impeachment, but it remains unclear precisely how, when or whether Kucinich would be able to introduce such a resolution. Privileged measures “may be called up on the floor whenever another measure is not already pending” and the House agrees to consider it, according to the Congressional Research Service.

[Source]

‘A Coup Has Occurred’

Editor’s Note: Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who leaked the secret Pentagon Papers history of the Vietnam War, offered insights into the looming war with Iran and the loss of liberty in the United States at an American University symposium on Sept. 20.

Extract:

Let me simplify this and not just to be rhetorical: A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred. It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, that completes the first.

The last five years have seen a steady assault on every fundamental of our Constitution, … what the rest of the world looked at for the last 200 years as a model and experiment to the rest of the world – in checks and balances, limited government, Bill of Rights, individual rights protected from majority infringement by the Congress, an independent judiciary, the possibility of impeachment.

There have been violations of these principles by many presidents before. Most of the specific things that Bush has done in the way of illegal surveillance and other matters were done under my boss Lyndon Johnson in the Vietnam War: the use of CIA, FBI, NSA against Americans.

I could go through a list going back before this century to Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus in the Civil War, and before that the Alien and Sedition Acts in the 18th century. I think that none of those presidents were in fact what I would call quite precisely the current administration: domestic enemies of the Constitution.

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War and “Peak Oil”

anthony @ 09:30 BST

Confessions of an ‘ex’ Peak Oil believer

by F. William Engdahl | Global Research | September 26, 2007

The good news is that panic scenarios about the world running out of oil anytime soon are wrong. The bad news is that the price of oil is going to continue to rise. Peak Oil is not our problem. Politics is. Big Oil wants to sustain high oil prices. Dick Cheney and friends are all too willing to assist.

On a personal note, I’ve researched questions of petroleum, since the first oil shocks of the 1970’s. I was intrigued in 2003 with something called Peak Oil theory. It seemed to explain the otherwise inexplicable decision by Washington to risk all in a military move on Iraq.

Peak Oil advocates, led by former BP geologist Colin Campbell, and Texas banker Matt Simmons, argued that the world faced a new crisis, an end to cheap oil, or Absolute Peak Oil, perhaps by 2012, perhaps by 2007. Oil was supposedly on its last drops. They pointed to our soaring gasoline and oil prices, to the declines in output of North Sea and Alaska and other fields as proof they were right.

According to Campbell, the fact that no new North Sea-size fields had been discovered since the North Sea in the late 1960’s was proof. He reportedly managed to convince the International Energy Agency and the Swedish government. That, however, does not prove him correct.

(more…)

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