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The Spin, I’m In! No Fighting..

by GEF @ 4:52 PM MST

The Spin; I’m In! No Fighting…

Dinner, Some Beer, and some Dancing! Oh yeah, that Rejuvenates!

😉

Shakira – Hips don’t lie

Sade – Cherish the Day

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Exposed: The US Federal Income Tax is a Fraud!

by GEF @ 4:42 PM MST

Now how in the World did Mass Media miss this story ??

Clearly there must not be a law that requires Americans to pay a Federal Income Tax. It’s just extortion at Gun Point!

Four-month trial ends with no convictions

Federal income tax evasion case involved nine defendants

By JOAN WHITELY
REVIEW-JOURNAL

A criminal tax case alleging income tax evasion and conspiracy dissolved in federal court this week, when a jury returned zero convictions on 161 charges faced by nine defendants.

Monday’s verdict “sends a strong message,” said defense attorney Lisa Rasmussen, who represented Joel Axberg, a tile layer.

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Milton Viorst on ‘The Israel Lobby’

anthony @ 20:05 BST

By Milton Viorst | Truthdig | Posted on Oct 4, 2007

Longtime journalist and Middle East expert Milton Viorst examines John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s controversial new book about the Israel lobby and its influence on American foreign policy.

About 30 or so years ago, when I first began to write of my concern that Israel was embarked on a course that would lead only to recurring wars, or perhaps worse, I received a letter from Abraham H. Foxman, then as now the voice of the Anti-Defamation League, admonishing me as a Jew not to wash our people’s dirty linen in public. I still have it in my files. His point, of course, was not whether the washing should be public or private; he did not offer an alternative laundry. His objective was—and remains—to squelch anyone who is critical of Israel’s policies.

In the ensuing years, Foxman and a legion of like-minded leaders, most but not all of them Jewish, have been remarkably successful in suppressing an open and frank debate on Israel’s course. In view of Israel’s impact on America’s place in the world, it is astonishing how little discussion its role has generated. As a practical matter, the subject has been taboo. John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, professors of political science at the University of Chicago and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, respectively, have challenged this taboo in their new book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Foxman, in an effort to discredit them, has written a rejoinder in his book “The Deadliest Lies: The Jewish Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control.”

RELATED LINKS The original article that inspired the book can be found on the London Review’s Web site. The letters it provoked along with Mearsheimer and Walt’s reply are well worth reading. The essay also prompted a response by, among others, Christopher Hitchens on Slate. Some months later, the London Review of Books sponsored a debate at Cooper Union in New York City, which can be viewed here. Also, be sure to read this interview with the authors.

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Senator Craig, Blue Elephants, and Porkrind

by Geezer Power ….10:36: am


Senator Larry Craig exhibits his executive privilege as he refuses to leave his office until he serves his third term which expires in Jan. 2009. He has learned well from Bu$hco and will not leave office until he is carried out kicking and screaming, much like his proteges’, Rover, Woofowitz, Bolt-on, Rummy, Gonzo, Powell, Asscroft, etc. etc.

The new RNC logo has a (blue?) sex crazed elephant on it, indicating a male role for their party, while sporting Democratic party colors. I can only guess what the three stripes are about? Would it be the three branches of government that Bu$hco is planning to take control of when an emergency arises? Excuse my cynicism but I can’t help but wonder if Porkrind has really retired…

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anthony @ 17:55 BST

Bush and Cheney shoving a pram

Think Progress | Friday October 05, 2007

On the Senate floor today, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) decried the recent Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran that 72 of his colleagues voted for, calling it an exercise in “international verbal spitball.” Byrd warned his colleagues against “sleep-walking” into another war, saying “I hope that we can stop this war of words before it becomes a war of bombs.”

Byrd added that the Senate’s “chest-pounding” and “saber-rattling” towards Iran was “deeply troubling,” as the Iraq war has shown “all too clearly where it leads”:

It is deeply troubling to see the U.S. Senate joining the chest-pounding and saber-rattling of the Bush administration. I am no apologist for the Iranian regime, anymore than I was for Saddam Hussein, but I fear that we may become entangled in another bloody quagmire. We have been down this path before. We have seen all too clearly where it leads.

Video link.

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Bill Clinton: Hillary wants me to restore image of US

anthony @ 17:07 BST

Bill Clinton shakes hands with people in the crowd as he leaves Waterstones in Regent Street, London where he was signing copies of his new book, How Each of Us Can Change the World.
Bill Clinton shakes hands with people in the crowd as he leaves Waterstones in
Regent Street, London where he was signing copies of his new book, Giving:
How Each of Us Can Change the World. Photograph: Sean Smith

Oliver Burkeman | Friday October 5, 2007 | The Guardian

If Hillary Clinton wins the US presidency, Bill Clinton will be given the job of repairing America’s damaged international reputation, the former president tells the Guardian in an interview today.

Mr Clinton, 61, reveals that his wife has said she would ask him to “go out and immediately restore America’s standing, go out and tell people America was open for business and cooperation again” after eight years marked by unilateralist policies that have “enrage[d] the world”.

For the first time in his political life, Mr Clinton says, “ordinary US voters in the heartlands are concerned about who would be most likely to restore America’s standing in the world” in the wake of the Iraq war, lack of action on climate change and other policies.

“The average American knows instinctively that we have almost no problems in the world that we can solve all by ourselves,” he says. “And that, I think, is helping her candidacy, because people believe – I think rightly – that if she were elected she would quickly move to restore our standing in the world, and tell people there may be a few occasions when we have to do something on our own, but our strong preference is going to be to be cooperative.”

The collective effect of American unilateralism has been “to enrage the world at the very moment when we had more support than we’ve had in recent memory, because of 9/11”, Mr Clinton says.chimps

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Dr. Bush

anthony @ 16:50 BST

Bush

By Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria

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Tweetie Finally Gets it, Bush & Cheney are Criminals!

by GEF @ 6:02 AM MST

Matthews says Bush administration has “finally been caught in their criminality”

October 4, 8:04 PM
Playing Hardball with the Prez



“Hardball” host Chris Matthews addresses attendees at Thursday night’s ten-year anniversary of “Hardball,” which took place at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C.

Chris Matthews had barely finished praising his colleagues at the 10th anniversary party for his “Hardball” show Thursday night in Washington, D.C. when his remarks turned political and pointed, even suggesting that the Bush administration had “finally been caught in their criminality.”

In front of an audience that included such notables as Alan Greenspan, Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy, Matthews began his remarks by declaring that he wanted to “make some news” and he certainly didn’t disappoint. After praising the drafters of the First Amendment for allowing him to make a living, he outlined what he said was the fundamental difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations.

The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.

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Sudhan@10:00 CET

By Mary Shaw

As promised, George W. Bush has vetoed a highly popular bipartisan bill that would provide health care for uninsured low-income American children.

These children happen to have parents who aren’t lucky enough to have jobs that provide health care benefits for their families. That is not an unusual situation to be in these days. But Bush has no empathy for these children. He has always enjoyed the best medical care when he’s needed it. And, as he once told one of his professors at Harvard Business School, Bush believes that “poor people are poor because they’re lazy.” Absurd and pathetic as that attitude may be, it is even more absurd and pathetic to make the children pay the price.

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