Archive for October 4th, 2007

by Geezer Power ….7:02 pm

Global warming petitions, Cleveland

Thursday, May 20, Cleveland

We have been out for half an hour, and already we have collected a dozen on-camera signatures supporting Bush’s new pro-America ice age.

We are representing the Bush campaign on the streets of downtown Cleveland on a balmy spring day. Business people pour out of high-rise offices during lunch hour. Dressed in business suits we approach with clipboards and smiles, begging folks to sign our petition and explaining in no uncertain terms exactly what it’s about. We also offer copies of our “position paper.”

The petition and paper are about global warming—as solution, not problem. Americans should embrace global warming, we assert, and even accelerate the process should it serve any tactical military or economic advantages.

We wish we’d invented this, but we haven’t. Our petition is based on a 2003 Pentagon report (full story here) acknowledging the existence of global warming, but questioning its importance. Instead of cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions, we should prepare a fortified border to protect against the influx of starving masses. Instead of trying to regulate atmospheric pollutants, we should consider the possible economic advantage that a climate change might give us over up-and-coming economic superpowers like China, Europe, and Japan.

Yes, There’s more

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VoteVets.org Responds to Rush Limbaugh

by- Suzie-Q @ 6:38 PM MST

MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.   Wednesday’s third story: “A Real Soldier.”

“The “Phony Soldiers” Flap: As we reported last night, Rush Limbaugh yesterday responded to criticism of his “Phony Soldiers” cover-up attempt — criticism by a real American soldier — by comparing that soldier to a suicide bomber… when, coincidentally or not, it was a car bomber that caused the injuries that led to this soldier’s Purple Heart for actions in service to his country. In our third story tonight, so far, Limbaugh is still too scared, or smart, to accept this soldier’s challenge, to confront him on the air. So, in a minute, we will give that soldier, Brian McGough, a chance to watch Limbaugh’s latest remarks and respond for himself here, instead.”

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Senator Craig Feels his Oats: I love this guy!

by GEF @ 3:52 PM MST

Another Nail in the Coffin of the GOP!
“Go Craig Go”, or should I say “Stay Craig Stay!!!”

Craig Vows To Stay In Senate Until End Of Term

A statement released moments ago from Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID). Despite failing at his efforts to overturn his guilty plea, Craig says he will not resign from the Senate until his term ends in January 2009.

Craig Reaction to Court Ruling WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho Senator Larry Craig issued the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling by the State of Minnesota District Court Fourth Judicial District allowing the guilty plea to stand:

“I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today. I am innocent of the charges against me. I continue to work with my legal team to explore my additional legal options.

“I will continue to serve Idaho in the United States Senate, and there are several reasons for that. As I continued to work for Idaho over the past three weeks here in the Senate, I have seen that it is possible for me to work here effectively.

“Over the course of my three terms in the Senate and five terms in the House, I have accumulated seniority and important committee assignments that are valuable to Idaho, not the least of which are my seats on the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. A replacement would be highly unlikely to obtain these posts.

“In addition, I will continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee – something that is not possible if I am not serving in the Senate.

“When my term has expired, I will retire and not seek reelection. I hope this provides the certainty Idaho needs and deserves.”

Breaking Politics News

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by Geezer Power ….11:18 am

Mizzima News ~ Burma

Rangoon Commander Major General Hla Htay Win refused to give orders to gun down protesters

General Hla Htay Win, who earlier in the week defected from the military junta in Burma in disagreement of orders to gun down protesters and concerns about persecution of Buddhist Monks, is known to be a moderate among pro-democracy activists and did not want a brutal crack down on protesters.


3 Oct 07, 08:02
Admin: Yangon’s Brigadier General Hla Htay Win & family have been put under house arrest and all of their properties have been confiscated.

2 Oct 07, 23:02
Admin: it has been confirmed by KNU that Colonel Htay Win from Battalion 99 has defected to thai boarder with his son.

The Norway Post

Burma: – Colonel to seek asylum in Norway
A central member of the military junta in Burma is reportedly interested in seeking political asylum in Norway. The colonel is said to have defected recently, and is now hiding in the jungle among the Karen people.

30.09.2007 08:25

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Secessionists meeting in Tennessee

anthony @ 17:52 BST

By BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer | Wed Oct 3, 3:15 AM ET

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – In an unlikely marriage of desire to secede from the United States, two advocacy groups from opposite political traditions — New England and the South — are sitting down to talk.

Tired of foreign wars and what they consider right-wing courts, the Middlebury Institute wants liberal states like Vermont to be able to secede peacefully.

That sounds just fine to the League of the South, a conservative group that refuses to give up on Southern independence.

“We believe that an independent South, or Hawaii, Alaska, or Vermont would be better able to serve the interest of everybody, regardless of race or ethnicity,” said Michael Hill of Killen, Ala., president of the League of the South.

Separated by hundreds of miles and divergent political philosophies, the Middlebury Institute and the League of the South are hosting a two-day Secessionist Convention starting Wednesday in Chattanooga.

They expect to attract supporters from California, Alaska and Hawaii, inviting anyone who wants to dissolve the Union so states can save themselves from an overbearing federal government.

Video Link (added by GEF)

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WTC Worker Witnessed Lobby Explosions On 9/11

anthony @ 17:42

Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A man who was working in the World Trade Center on 9/11 has told WeAreChange.org that he personally witnessed explosions in the lobby area after he left the building to buy hot dogs at the same time that the first plane hit the north tower.

Watch the video.

“Once the plane hit the top, that’s when the bombs started going off on the first floor,” said Dean Brown.

“It’s like the plane actually hit the first floor.”

“You were hearing boom, boom, boom, boom from the top floor all the way down to the first floor.”

The eyewitness also describes talking to devastated firefighters who told him there were bombs in the building.

FBI Refuses To Confirm Identities Of 4 Aircraft Used During 9/11 Attacks

Aidan Monaghan | 911blogger.com | Wednesday October 03, 2007

A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for documentation confirming the recovery and positive identification of debris from the commercial aircraft allegedly used in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (N334AA, N612UA, N644AA, N591UA), has been denied.

An appeal is pending.


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Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations

New York Times | Published: October 4, 2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 — When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.

But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.


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Bush’s Global ‘Dirty War’

Sudhan@11:30 CET

Global Research, October 3, 2007

By Robert Perry

Though this reality has been the subject of whispers within the U.S. intelligence community for several years, it has now emerged into public view with two attempted prosecutions of American soldiers whose defense attorneys cited “rules of engagement” that permit the killing of suspected insurgents.

One case involved Army sniper Jorge G. Sandoval Jr. who was acquitted by a U.S. military court in Baghdad on Sept. 28 in the murders of two unarmed Iraqi men – one on April 27 and the other on May 11 – because the jury accepted defense arguments that the killings were within the approved rules.

The Sandoval case also revealed a classified program in which the Pentagon’s Asymmetric Warfare Group encouraged U.S. military snipers in Iraq to drop “bait” – such as electrical cords and ammunition – and then shoot Iraqis who pick up the items, according to evidence in the Sandoval case. [Washington Post, Sept. 24, 2007]

Keep reading . . . 

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