Tuesday, August 31, 2004

49.3 % !

Zogby News!
On the eve of a Republican National Convention invoking 9/11 symbols, sound bytes and imagery, half (49.3%) of New York City residents and 41% of New York citizens overall say that some of our leaders "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act," according to the poll conducted by Zogby International. The poll of New York residents was conducted from Tuesday August 24 through Thursday August 26, 2004. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of +/-3.5.

I wonder if this will make any difference to anything.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Madonna's mystics target British kids

The Observer | UK News | Madonna's mystics target British kids

Listen to the Rabbi:

London rabbi Yitzchak Schochet said: 'The fact that they are now peddling their gibberish to children only compounds the tragedy of how the good name of Judaism is being brought into ill repute.

You got that right, Reb!

Friday, August 27, 2004

: Profiteering On America's Grunts

Haaretz - Israel News - Applying the Geneva Convention

Haaretz - Israel News - Applying the Geneva Convention

A wonderful quote from the article, maybe the beginning of Israels redemption:

"We used to think that the Western world, obsessed with guilt over the Holocaust, would never dare treat Israel like the whites of South Africa. We believed that Israel, as the classic victim, could always demand special treatment and its own set of norms and moral behavior. It turns out that this immunity has evaporated. The international community is tired of being preached to, of the outcry of the victim, and charges of anti-Semitism."

Too bad they couldn't come to this conclusion on their own, not have been forced by the threat of sanctions.

Bush admits "miscalculations" in Iraq

Top News Article | Reuters.com

Here we go- by election day Bush will be for ending the occupation, and Kerry will be for continueing into the quagmire. Byebye White House for Kerry.
John, don't say I didn't warn you this is what he would do.

Another interesting point in the article was when Bush was asked about North Korea.
"I don't think you give timelines to dictators." he said!
Was that a flip or a flop? And really, who cares as long as we avoid war with North Korea.
I bet Kerry does. Well, he threw away his "ace-in-the-hole" as Helen Thomas has it, so now he's not playing with a full deck. What's he gonna do if Bush pulls the boys out of Iraq? Tell us he wants to send them back, to finish the job right? Yeah, that'll fly.

Israeli Spies at Pentagon?

CBS News | FBI Probes Pentagon Spy Case | August 27, 2004�19:23:23
Oh my, oh my, oh my or should I say Oy gevalt !
I always said, if the neo-con dream goes wrong, they will go out with a "blame the Jews" schtick. Could this be the beginning of the whole megillah? Mayhaps.

Just another Item

Yahoo! News - Chaotic prison always on the brink

Life at the Abu Ghraib prison meant lurching from crisis to crisis.

DiNenna says he reported daily food shortages to his commanders in Baghdad. The food either ran short or was tainted with dirt and bugs, he told them. He feared that 4,500 restless prisoners would riot and overwhelm the American guards. In early November, his e-mails became exasperated and angry: "Who in the hell can fix this?" DiNenna demanded.

Days later, a riot erupted that took more than 70 U.S. soldiers to quell. Inmates rioted again two weeks later. That time, soldiers shot and killed four prisoners.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Weapons of Minimum Destruction

Weapons of Minimum Destruction
A few FACTS about those horrible WMDs.
What it all comes down to, as I noticed long ago, is the old short-circuit to movie plots when anything military comes up. After all, how many people do you know who have any experience with chemical or biological weapons?
So when the subject comes up, we short circuit to the old movie standby, the nasty looking device with all the wires and tubes and the timer on the front which is counting down the seconds until it blows up and everybody loses their hair, and womens bubbas deflate and no one ever gets a hard on again. Don't worry, the hero will de-fuse it JUST IN TIME! And the female lead's breasts will visibly enlarge just after he does so.

Here's a fact:

'When you think that fewer than 15 people have been killed by known terrorist use of chemical and biological weapons, and contrast that to the thousands who were killed on 9/11 and in conventional bombings in Madrid or Bali or Istanbul, it's quite remarkable that we are so obsessed with WMD', says Rapoport

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Bagging it


Click on the link to see how the TSA has been doing at protecting air passengers, and ripping off their luggage with impunity.
And you expected, what? That all those hurriedly hired schmucks wouldn't be gonifs ? Give me a break. Which is, by the way, what the screeners get when they're caught.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

This is Rich !

I'm reading this article by Richard Reeves when I notice the ad for the Herald Tribune at the bottom of the page. It says:

It's how the CIA learns about the CEO and vice versa.

And that is supposed to make you want to subscribe? All the snitch that fits?

The Reeves article is a hoot, though. Another screed recommending restraint, decency, some consideration for the men who do the fighting, an attempt to avoid military action, etc. What's he trying to do- turn us into a bunch of wimps?

57-year-old veteran called for duty

Read this, contrast and compare with the article below.
For God's sake, why to we endure those neo-con sons-of-bitches? What has happened to us that anyone who calls themselves an American citizen, an adult, a decent human being, or a religious person can regard the present crop of neo-cons as anything but a skein of excrement in a suit?
Well, as Bush once said of himself "I'm a media creation"

Jeffrey St. Clair- How Bush Got and Lost His Wings

Jeffrey St. Clair%3A How Bush Got %28and Lost%29 His Wings Read this and weep. Even Hitler, as far as I know, served honorably in the German Army in WW1. This article should, unless you're a confirmed kool-aid guzzler, put the Kerry-Swift Boat "controversy" in perspective.

And the Hits (and Misses) Keep Coming !

Crying Wolf in the War Against Terror
The feds face a stunning blow to credibility by releasing a long-jailed U.S. citizen.
By Andrew Cohen
"Never mind," the feds now say to Yaser Esam Hamdi, the alleged enemy combatant whose case was decided in June by the U.S. Supreme Court. Never mind that we threw you into the brig and then fought like wildcats to deprive you of fundamental constitutional rights. Never mind that we told federal judges that you were a dangerous enemy of the United States.
Now, it seems, the government is negotiating with Hamdi's attorneys for his release from confinement."

Have I mentioned lately...

Niall Ferguson is an idiot.

We Have a Winner!, or, It Grates On Our Minds Alike

The Post below poses the Question, Why on Earth would Our Goverment Exaggerate the Terror Threat?
And today,(http://www.antiwar.com/eland/?articleid=3313) Ivan Elund gives the correct answer! Give the man a Cigar or Coconut, according to his choice!
"The answer is simple. Although the U.S. government repeatedly warns its citizens of imminent terrorist attacks and takes draconian measures-both at home and abroad-in the name of “national security,” it really does not have many incentives to actually make those citizens safer."
"Research by political scientists and public choice economists indicate that in the absence of adequate public scrutiny, highly organized and well-connected vested interests-both inside and outside of the government-drive government policies. Because such policies concentrate their benefits on those interests, the pressure groups care greatly about them and lobby the U.S. government for their implementation".
"The Bush administration rhetorically exaggerated the threat from Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” and implied a false connection between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein to hide the real reasons for the invasion".

Monday, August 16, 2004

The Unsayable, The Unthinkable

I think it- I'll say it! It's all a bunch of crap, a nasty fairy tale cooked up to frighten children and the childlike, that is to say, the American public. Yeah, that's right. I think it's a bunch of lies.
Of course, I'm talking about the "imminence" of the next terrorist attack.
In a few short weeks it will be three years from the 9-11 attacks. Three years! Thirty-six anxious months. 156 worried weeks. 1095 scary days. 26,280 fear filled hours.1,576,800 terrified minutes. And not a single terrorist act on American soil. Nothing- no more planes crashed into buildings, let alone hijacked. No bombs, dirty or otherwise.(And no dirty jokes, either, if Ashcroft can help it) Not even a stink-bomb or a smoke bomb. And stink-bombs and smoke-bombs have a lot to do with it, in ways I'll explain in a minute or so, depending on whether you finished that Evelyn Wood course you sent away for lo, these many years ago.
However, I wouldn't be surprised if there were at least 1,576,800 news reports, newspaper articles, television and radio news reports, magazine articles (many of which were cover features) and web pages devoted to telling us how inevitable, certain, "imminent", (I jus' loooves dat word, don't you?)how duck tape and plastic sheeting, dark and swarthy, look-up my-butt-but-keep-me-secure, what-are-you-afraid-of-if-you-haven't-done-anything-wrong, how freaking positively absolutely for-sure the next incident, attack, what-have-you was coming. Only it didn't. Man, I thought them Mooslims was on a-one of them Gee-hads or sumpfn ! Some Gee-had !
(For an analysis of the latest round of terror warnings seehttp://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/columns/shoptalk_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000612547 )
Is there some provision of Koranic law which says that after a successful terrorist attack, no subsequent attack is permitted unless it will be bigger and more deadly than the last? I doubt it. On the other hand, imagine how, well how terrorizing any subsequent attacks would have been. Even a stink-bomb or a smoke-bomb would have sent the entire US into a panic! Although the 9-11 multiple-hijackings-cum-suicide crashes took long advance training and teamwork, combined with incredible luck (let's not even get into the negligence and incompetence on our part which was of immeasurable assistance to the hijackers) many's the bombing, shooting, hell, the good old fashioned arson which could be done by a single person, on a moments notice. And I haven't noticed any considerable hardening of targets.
And although the 9-11 attack was probably effective beyond the participants wildest expectations, even an unsuccessful attempt at a bombing or similar would have an effect multiplied many times over by the intense media coverage such an event would generate. But no, the vast network of "Al Qaida cells" or even the greatly increased number of Muslims disgruntled by the treatment of their co-religionists, and Arabs generally, can't even rouse themselves to put dish detergent in the fountain at Rockefeller Center, or leave a burning paper bag full of dog-poop on the front porch of a prominent neo-con or two and ring the doorbell and run away. (I hope the FBI doesn't come after me for mentioning this type of thing on the Web)
And the omnipotent, many-tentacled, cabal (ha! I wonder what they would think if they heard themselves called that?) which threatens our every moment, well, could it be that Juan Cole is somewhat closer to the truth than the amalgam of Mongol hordes and SMERSH presented to us in the media? He usually is, on most things ME. And he says:
"Although it may be true that al-Qaida is as determined to destroy the US as the Axis Powers were in World War II, this observation is a Himalayan exaggeration if it is meant to suggest a parallel. Al-Qaida is a few thousand fanatics mainly distributed in a handful of countries. If Zacharias Moussaoui and Richard Reid are any indication, a lot of them are one step away from from collecting old soda cans on the street in their grocery carts while mumbling about the radios the government implanted in their asses.So while their determination may be impressive (or just creepy), they are not comparable to the might of three industrialized dictatorships with populations in the tens of millions. Some 13 million men served in the German army (Heer) alone between 1935 and 1945. (And WW II killed 55 million persons, not 3 thousand).I repeat, al-Qaida proper only has a few hundred fighters, those who pledged allegiance personally to Bin Laden, and a few thousand if you count other Afghan Arabs and their ideological soul mates. Most of them are not wealthy or trained or competent, and a lot are just crackpots. (Read an account of the misadventures of Richard Reid again). September 11 was possible mainly because Ramzi Bin al-Shibh lucked out and managed to recruit some high-powered engineering Ph.D. students in Hamburg who knew something serious about kinetic energy. The organization does not have a lot of persons of that caliber" (See http://www.juancole.com/2004_07_01_juancole_archive.html for this quote, and much else. About the Iraq war and the ME you're not a mayven if you don't read Prof. Coles blog everyday)
And while I was searching out that quote I came upon another (Prof. Cole was on a role that day, peeved by Cheney's latest blither-blather):
"I think Bin Laden and his lieutenants wanted to provoke wars between the US and Muslim states. I think they knew that the 9/11 attacks would guarantee a US war on Afghanistan, and that they were confident they could draw the US into the country and defeat it, as they had the Soviets."
So from 9-11 Al Qaida got everything they wanted (the war in Afghanistan) plus a huge parting gift, a big draining war by the US on a secular Arab country, Iraq, to boot!
Now, if you think really hard, and turn off the goddamn TV for a minute, you might just be able to figure out why, even assuming Bin Laddan amuses himself during those long lonely hours of dialysis in the cave by running his special computer programs that allow him to virtually blow up a selection of prominent US buildings, why it might even be in Al Qaida's interest to not blow up anything else in the US. Here's a hint: it's got a lot to do with why Bush, Cheney, et al are so interested in convincing us that they are. But feh, you won't get it. You'll be to busy supporting the troops so we won't have to fight Al Qaida in the streets of Peoria IL., "the heartland of America".
Of course, if you think you know, or if you decide to report me to Homerland Security there's always Comments.(I'd like to have a heads-up before they get here) But as for me, I'm done with it. I'm through being afraid of terrorists like I'm afraid of Godzilla or Hannibal Lector or Dracula. On the other hand, those guys in Texas with the cyanide bomb...

Friday, August 13, 2004

New Names for Old Things

We used to call it "The Spoils of Victory" We used to call it "War profiteering". Sometimes we called them "Camp Followers"

Now we call it "Reconstruction"


Our Very Own Barrel of Blood

If I wasn't lazy, and if I dasn't dare to dive into the intracasies of Blogger posting, this post would be below the post below. (Got that?)

Anyway, this New York Obsever asticle is the first sane comment I have read about the 9-11 report. The sentence:
"They (The report's authors) would have us make ourselves into the world’s largest Israel, a nation surrounded by concertina wire, search lights, sensors, patrol boats, electric fences, and a thick magnetic field of suspicion and secret detentions."
sent chills down my spine.

The article points out that the 9-11 report accepts as fact all the bigotry, propaganda, misinformatoin, and lies which form the basis for the "War on Terror", and will condemn the US to an endless war.

http://observer.com/pages/story.asp?ID=9388 is the link.

Now, if you're a glutton for punshment, go read this ridiculous editorial from the Seattle PI.


Notice how they swallowed the whole bucket of blood in one gulp. Is it possible for adult Americans to be this stupid? The problem, as they interpet the 9-11 report, is that we are not fighting the entire world, all at once!. If I didn't live here, I wouldn't believe the editorial was written by the PI staff. I would have thought it was written by a Bin Ladden agent.

But I guess you have to be careful, "something bad" may happen.


A Barrel of Blood

Happened across this article in Haaretz, a major Israeli newspaper. I wish every American Jew, and John Kerry for that matter, would read it.

A paragraph from the article:

"The Palestinians sense that it is not their violent activity that makes them terrorists in Israelis' eyes, but any act they use to fight the occupation - from a speech to a summer school camp. All will be recorded and used as proof of their desire to "destroy the State of Israel." "(My italics and bolding)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/463584.html is the link to the article.

"Perhaps the very argument is evidence that we have all reached the bottom of the barrel - and it is full of blood threatening to drown both sides"

Sunday, August 08, 2004

The New Boss

Feeling good about anything? This article should help.
I've been wondering for a while now about the corruption of the old reliable political labelers "left" and "right". Mostly about "left". That is, anything that is designed to provide a little government help to individuals, even the teensiest, littlest bit, is labeled "left". I thought you got to the "left" (man, those quotation marks are a pain) when you started nationalising industry, but no more. http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Aug04/Giroux0807.htm links to an article which explains.