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Archive for October 23rd, 2007

Evening Jukebox… In The Arms Of An Angel

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:39 PM MST


Sarah McLachlan- In The Arms Of An Angel

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by GEF @3:28 PM MST


Ridiculous Racist Wingnuts at it again..
Scoring political points while others suffer…
Protecting their Racist President & VP at all cost!

LA Wild Fires

From: Crooks and Liars -

By: John Amato on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 at 1:45 PM – PDT
(Bush in SD during Katrina)

It’s very eerie in LA right now. The temperature is unusually hot and the sky is very grey and smokey. I’m not too close to the fires, but I know a lot of people who have had to be evacuated or couldn’t get home because the roads were blocked. Over 750 homes have been lost. The Govenator said that Global Warming may be responsible for stepping up the frequency of the CA fires this morning. Will Bunch writes:

The AP has a good story today contrasting the treatment of the Southern California wildfire evacuees who’ve been forced to take shelter at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium with the notorious conditions at the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005…read on

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Like Hurricane Katrina evacuees two years earlier in New Orleans, thousands of people rousted by natural disaster fled to the NFL stadium here, waiting out the calamity and worrying about their homes.

The similarities ended there, as an almost festive atmosphere reigned at Qualcomm Stadium.

Bands belted out rock ‘n’ roll, lavish buffets served gourmet entrees, and massage therapists helped relieve the stress for those forced to flee their homes because of wildfires…….read on

 

The devastating fires continue to ravage southern California. At least one person has been killed, dozens have been injured, and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated from their homes, including a quarter-million people in San Diego alone.

Overwhelmed firefighters said they lacked the resources to save many houses.

“We have more houses burning than we have people and engine companies to fight them,” San Diego Fire Captain Lisa Blake said. “A lot of people are going to lose their homes today.”

And to hear CNN’s Glenn Beck tell it, that’s all right, because those people aren’t any good anyway.

On the October 22 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, host Glenn Beck stated, “I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.”

I wonder what kind of psychosis leads a person to look at the California wildfires and think about the political ideologies of those who are suffering.

I guess that’s what makes Glenn Beck special.

UPDATE: John Amato: I remember when the earthquake of ‘94 hit. I was selling computer parts back then to help support myself and a purchasing agent from Alabama told me the reason the quake hit Northridge was because there was so much pornography being produced there. See, we all deserved it.

UPDATE:

More than 500,000 flee homes

Could they all be Democrats ?

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Alberto Gonzales May Be Prosecuted

anthony @ 22:15 BST

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Fired US attorney: Inspector General probing Gonzales is a ‘straight shooter’

Mike Aivaz and Muriel Kane | Raw Story | Published: Tuesday October 23, 2007

Fired US Attorney John McKay, who indicated last week that the Justice Department’s Inspector General may soon recommend a criminal prosecution of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, appeared on Monday’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

McKay emphasized repeatedly that he has no insider knowledge of the content of the forthcoming Inspector General’s report, but said there are signs it is close to completion and may be released within the next few weeks.

“I think very highly of [Inspector General] Glenn Fine,” McKay told Olbermann. “He enjoys a very, very good reputation as a straight shooter, as a person of integrity.” McKay added that “there’s been a dark cloud over the Justice Department” which the report may help lift. (more…)

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Turkey Poised to Attack Separatist Rebels in Northern Iraq

by Geezer Power …12:09 pm

Around 100,000 Turkish forces backed by tanks and attack helicopters, have been deployed. Turkey’s Prime Minister is warning the United States to act swiftly after Washington asked for a few days before any response to the killing of more than a dozen Turkish soldiers by guerrillas from the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party. Turkey’s military says troops responded with a counter-offensive, killing at least 23 Kurdish rebels in sou More..theastern Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recalled security officials to Ankara for crisis talks. The fighting took place in Sirnak province, bordering Iraq, the Anatolia news agency reported, citing the army.The Kurds attacked with a heavy mix of weapons including Sniper Rifles bombs/grenades and heavy machine guns. The regional government in Sirak reported earlier Sunday that a PKK rebel had been killed while fighting the army in the Mount Cudi area. On Saturday, the army announced that it has created 27 new temporary security zones, reinforcing the already existing plan to deter rebel movement in the Sirnak, Siirt and Hakkari provinces, all close to the border with Iraq. Ankara estimates that there are thousands of PKK rebels who are supported or tolerated by Iraqi Kurds. Twelve people were killed at the end of September after a minibus was machine-gunned in Sirnak province, the PKK’s bloodiest attack in Turkey in recent years. The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, has waged a bloody campaign for self-rule in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish east and southeast since 1984. The conflict has claimed more than 37,000 lives.

Bu$hco speaks of using air power to subdue the PKK while in the same breath asking for $46 billion more for his war budget. The figure brings to $196.4 billion the total requested by the administration for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere for the budget year that started Oct. 1.

President Bush spoke with Turkish President Abdullah Gul by phone Monday in an effort to ease the crisis. According to an official familiar with the conversation, Bush assured the Turkish president that the U.S. was looking seriously into options beyond diplomacy to stop the attacks coming from Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq.

It’s not ‘Kumbaya’ time anymore — just talking about trilateral talks is not going to be enough,” the official said. “Something has to be done.”

Duhbya, being a self proclaimed student of history surely understands what the Kurds have been through and that they are a people without a country, and will use all diplomatic means to protect their citizens…Or will he?

Turkey has many times in the past squashed Kurdish attempts
at self government and it is no surprise that they are again doing so. Afterall, a large part of what was at one time called Kurdistan is in their country and a large part of their population is Kurdish.

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Sudhan@19:05 CET

By NORMAN BAKER
UK Daily Mail
Monday October 22, 2007

Weapons inspector David Kelly was the decent man apparently hounded to suicide after exposing Tony Blair’s lies on Iraq.

But the crusading MP Norman Baker felt sure there was something more to his death – and gave up his front-bench role to investigate the case.

In the Mail he revealed extraordinary evidence that he believes proves Kelly did not take his own life and was instead murdered by Iraqi dissidents. Here, he reveals how the murder may have been carried out . . .

While investigating the death of Dr David Kelly I have made many strange discoveries, not least some disturbing parallels with the case of a young American journalist named Danny Casolaro.

Mr Casolaro made himself deeply unpopular with elements in the murky world of U.S. defence by probing too deeply into their activities.

One morning in August 1991, he was found dead in a hotel room near Harpers Ferry in Virginia. He was in the bath, naked, with his wrist slashed.

There were no signs of bruising or other marks on the body and the police concluded that he had committed suicide.

But this was totally false according to Dr Christopher Green, who was the CIA’s chief forensic pathologist for decades.

Keep reading . . .

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Bush and Cheney’s Halloween Dilemma

anthony @ 17:35 BST

cheney and bush

By Mike Luckovich

General claims Bush gave ‘marching orders’ on aggressive interrogation at Guantanamo

New book says US uses ‘methods of the most tyrannical regimes’

Nick Juliano | Raw Story | Published: Monday October 22, 2007

More than 100,000 pages of newly released government documents demonstrate how US military interrogators “abused, tortured or killed” scores of prisoners rounded up since Sept. 11, 2001, including some who were not even expected of having terrorist ties, according to a just-published book. (more…)

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My Oath of Office

anthony @ 17:28 BST

Chris Dodd | Huffington Post | Posted October 22, 2007 | 04:36 PM (EST)

As required by Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, Members of Congress are bound to support the Constitution. We take the following oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.”

As the representatives of the American people, our job is in many ways quite simple: to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” There’s no question in my mind that Democrats were given a majority in both the House and the Senate based on their promises to change the course of the country. We were elected to strengthen the nation by ending this war, restoring our standing in the world and returning the nation to an adherence to the rule of law. An integral part of that mandate was to reverse and stop the Bush Administration’s assault on the Constitution. (more…)

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How Benjamin Franklin Made New England Prosperous

anthony @ 12:50 BST

The following historical story is taken from a radio address given by Congressman Charles G. Binderup of Nebraska, some 50 years ago and was reprinted in Unrobing the Ghosts of Wall Street:

Colonies More Prosperous Than The Home Country

Before the American War for Independence in 1776, the colonized part of what is today the United States of America was a possession of England. It was called New England, and was made up of 13 colonies, which became the first 13 states of the great Republic. Around 1750, this New England was very prosperous. Benjamin Franklin was able to write:

“There was abundance in the Colonies, and peace was reigning on every border. It was difficult, and even impossible, to find a happier and more prosperous nation on all the surface of the globe. Comfort was prevailing in every home. The people, in general, kept the highest moral standards, and education was widely spread.”

When Benjamin Franklin went over to England to represent the interests of the Colonies, he saw a completely different situation: the working population of this country was gnawed by hunger and poverty. “The streets are covered with beggars and tramps,” he wrote. He asked his English friends how England, with all its wealth, could have so much poverty among its working classes.

His friends replied that England was a prey to a terrible condition: it had too many workers! The rich said they were already overburdened with taxes, and could not pay more to relieve the needs and poverty of this mass of workers. Several rich Englishmen of that time actually believed, along with Mathus, that wars and plague were necessary to rid the country from man-power surpluses.

Franklin’s friends then asked him how the American Colonies managed to collect enough money to support their poor houses, and how they could overcome this plague of pauperism. Franklin replied:

“We have no poor houses in the Colonies; and if we had some, there would be nobody to put in them, since there is, in the Colonies, not a single unemployed person, neither beggars nor tramps.”

Thanks To Free Money Issued By The Nation

His friends could not believe their ears, and even less understand this fact, since when the English poor houses and jails became too cluttered, England shipped these poor wretches and down-and- outs, like cattle, and discharged, on the quays of the Colonies, those who had survived the poverty, dirtiness and privations of the journey. At that time, England was throwing into jail those who could not pay their debts. They therefore asked Franklin how he could explain the remarkable prosperity of the New England Colonies. (more…)

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Kucinich: Bush Close to Igniting WWIII

Sudhan@11:20 CET

By Monisha Bansal
Global Research, October 22, 2007

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich criticized President George W. Bush, claiming that he is trying to start World War III.

Kucinich took issue with comments Bush made on Wednesday. For instance, the president said: “I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously. I’ve told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have (sic) the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”

But in a statement released Thursday, the congressman from Ohio said that by raising the specter of a possible World War III predicated on Iran’s nuclear energy ambitions, “the White House rodeo cowboy has gone dangerously too far and precipitously too close to igniting the war he claims to be trying to avoid.”

“You can worry about the apocalypse, or, you can ensure it by manipulating intelligence and, with pre-meditation, put your finger on the trigger that will make Iran the next deadly domino in the President’s irresponsible and irrational approach to the complex and sensitive political issues that make the region a more volatile tinder box than ever before,” Kucinich said.

Keep reading . . .

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