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Saturday, January 21, 2006

i don't get very many comments on my blog

but when i do and there is a link to the commenter's blog, i click that link. i found the most wonderful blog this way.

verb-ops by blogger (artist, poet, humorist, every day run of the mill renaissance man) vanx.

if you happen to read this post by me, click on his link and read HIS blog. read the archives as well.

i just can't understand why people are NOT outraged

at this blatantly illegal activity. there are checks and balances set up for our government. there ARE rules to be followed. this is america. land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE. why would someone think it is acceptable for our government to trample on our rights simply because they are a member of the SAME political party? why won't they admit the administration LIED in order to get us into this war? why do they continue to insist iraq was in some way responsible for 9/11 (they WERE NOT) why would someone think it acceptable for a political party to ATTACK someone's service records when most of those doing the attacking NEVER SERVED? is everyone following the pied pier? aren't they seeing where this pied piper is leading us? why would someone support 'intelligent' design when of course it is simply creationism? why would someone think it is acceptable for someone's mail to be opened because they are corresponding with someone in a foreign land (i'm thinking of the elderly american professor who was corresponding with a professor in the philippines and had been for THIRTY YEARS)? why would someone think it acceptable for our government to ask for search engine records under the pretext of protecting our children against pornography (when search engine records do NOT include the ages of the people doing the web surfing)? i read an entry on one of the blogs off of ctweblogs and this person so very naively thinks our government is ONLY snooping on people with KNOWN terrorist ties (believe me i KNOW surveillance MUST go on and i accept it in order to protect our citizens and our country. i just KNOW it must be done LEGALLY). why isn't anyone saying anything about the price of gasoline and home heating oil and prescription drugs? why isn't anyone saying anything about our wounded and maimed soldiers coming home ... to WHAT? why don't our deployed soldiers have the proper equipment to better protect themselves? why do they keep raising the age of enlistment? why are the good old boys in power getting richer and richer off of this war? why are we going to allow someone on the supreme court who will most certainly reverse roe v wade? i am neither republican or democrat. i am a registered independent (i think i am going to switch to a party, i think you know which one, so i can vote in primaries). however, i have a message for both - republicans WAKE UP, please use your MINDS and your hearts will follow. democrats GROW A SET AND DO SOMETHING about these travesties. Bush launching aggressive defense of eavesdropping
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The White House is launching an aggressive effort to defend a domestic eavesdropping program prior to congressional hearings that are to delve into whether President George W. Bush overstepped his authority.
White House officials said on Friday that Bush will visit the National Security Agency next Wednesday as part of the effort. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA, will give a speech at the National Press Club on Monday and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will speak on Tuesday.
The highly classified program allows the government to bypass warrant requirements and monitor communications, such as e-mail and telephone calls, into and out of the United States by persons linked to al Qaeda or related terrorist groups.
Disclosure last month of the program sparked an outcry by Democrats and Republicans, with many lawmakers questioning whether it violated the U.S. Constitution. Civil liberties groups filed lawsuits challenging the program's legality.
"I think it's important for the American people to have a clear understanding of this vital tool and how it fits into our overall efforts and prevent attacks and prevail in the war on terror," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
Gonzales plans to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Feb. 6.
Polls show a split among the public. A Washington Post-ABC News poll last week found 51 percent favored the program as a way to fight terrorism, while 47 percent did not. A Pew Research Center poll found 48 percent of respondents thought Bush's actions were generally right, and 47 percent thought they were generally wrong. .............

Friday, January 20, 2006

the wicked wicked pickett

wilson, i'll wait till the midnight hour for you!
(gotta LOVE that suit!!!)

bbc entertainment news
Soul singer Wilson Pickett dies
Veteran US soul singer Wilson Pickett has died aged 64 after suffering a heart attack in Virginia.
His management company said that he had been in poor health for the past year, and last performed in 2004.
Born in Alabama, Pickett shot to fame in the 1960s, with hits including In The Midnight Hour and Mustang Sally.
Pickett had continued performing on a regular basis until he became ill, and had been inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He moved to Detroit as a teenager, after early beginnings as a gospel singer in Alabama.

from the nyt

Wilson Pickett, 64, Soul Singer of Great Passion, Dies
Wilson Pickett, the soul music pioneer whose insistent wail turned songs like "In the Midnight Hour" into hits, died yesterday in Virginia. He was 64.
The cause was a heart attack, Margo Lewis, his manager, said. She added that Mr. Pickett had spent the twilight of his career playing dozens of concert dates a year, but had finally started an extended hiatus last year as his health began to worsen.
Still, Mr. Pickett, who lived in Ashburn, Va., had enjoyed a series of accolades as he approached retirement. His first album in more than a decade - 1999's "It's Harder Now" - was honored with a Grammy nomination for best traditional rhythm and blues vocal performance. In 2000, he picked up three W. C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation, including one for comeback album of the year.
At the close of 2004, however, "we sort just said, 'Let's take a year off,' and eased him out of the responsibility of having to think about gigging," Ms. Lewis said. "It wasn't necessary for him financially."
Mr. Pickett had long since cemented his legacy; his shift from gospel music to rhythm and blues and soul led to a string of 1960's classics, including "Mustang Sally," "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "634-5789."
Born in Prattville, Ala., Mr. Pickett was one of 11 children; he told interviewers that he had suffered an abusive childhood. As a teenager he moved to Detroit, where he formed a gospel band, the Violinaires, that performed in local churches. .........

it's filibuster friday

from oped news
January 20, 2006
Urgent Phone Action: IT'S FILIBUSTER FRIDAY To Stop Alito
Instantly lookup your senators' local district phone and fax numbers
By thepen

We have gotten many emails from our participants, asking "what more can we do?" Some have reported senators arbitrarily turning off their answering machines at night, or long waits on hold. Are they trying to hide from the thousands and thousands of their constituents who are raising their voices to demand that they filibuster the evasive Alito? Even if you have already sent your personal message by email or made some phone calls, we have added a FABULOUS extra function to the main action page where you can instantly lookup all your senators local district offices phone and fax numbers with just one click. http://www.nocrony.com SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT FILIBUSTER FRIDAY
If the other side can have a so-called "Justice Sunday", we can have our own "Filibuster Friday", and that day is today. In just the last 24 hours we have seen a major shift in momentum. Yesterday, Senator Leahy came out with a very strong statement that he recognizes the immense threat to our freedom and democracy in allowing a dangerous and unpopular president to install a fifth and controlling vote to hold that our Constitution actually intended to create an executive dictatorship. Today we need to show our support for those senators who are standing up now by hitting every phone they've got right down to the district level with our phone calls and faxes. Get all your numbers with one easy click at: http://www.nocrony.com ..........

holy s**t

Rep. Tom Brinkman
Bill seeks abortion's end in Ohio Backers say it could help overturn Roe v. Wade
By Jon Craig Enquirer Columbus Bureau COLUMBUS - A Cincinnati legislator's bill to ban abortion in Ohio drew widespread support here Wednesday from a dozen groups eager to trigger a review of Roe v. Wade by what they see as an increasingly conservative U.S. Supreme Court.
At a Statehouse news conference marking this week's 33rd anniversary of the landmark 1973 decision, opponents called on the Ohio General Assembly to debate a bill banning all abortions.
Introduced nine months ago by Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Mount Lookout, House Bill 228 would make it a felony to carry out abortions or transport a woman across state lines to have one. It would allow abortions only to save the life of a mother.
Nancy Keenan, president of Naral Pro-Choice America, warned that anti-abortion advocates "are using the states as laboratories" in their efforts to overturn Roe. Indiana, too, is considering a ban on abortions, and other states are adding restrictions to when abortions are allowed.
Mark Harrington, executive director for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform Midwest, called Brinkman's bill a test case. Anti-abortion groups say that a Supreme Court reshaped by President Bush - with new justices John Roberts and, expected soon, Samuel Alito - will be inclined to overturn Roe.
"House Bill 228 provides the necessary constitutional challenge to strike down Roe versus Wade," Harrington said. "It will immediately be challenged in the courts, and that's the strategy. House Bill 228 is a trigger law. The U.S. Supreme Court needs a law to trigger a review of Roe versus Wade."...............

i'm NOT a child and if i want to surf for porn i will

and i don't want the bushwhacked extended family sticking their noses into MY PERSONAL BID-NEZ
someone please pinch me. every day when i wake up i think i'm in communist china, or cuba or north korea or russia in 1975.

Bush Administration Demands Search Data; Google Says No; AOL, MSN & Yahoo Said Yes
NOTE: We're continuing to update this news through postscripts below the original story.
John Battelle and Google Morning Silicon Valley, the San Jose Mercury News article "Feds want Google search records" covers the Bush administration demanding last year that Google and other search engines turn over aggregate search information to help revive a child protection law. Google has refused to comply with the subpoena. A motion has been filed this week by US Department Of Justice to force Google to hand over the data.
In particular, the Bush administration wanted one million random web addresses and records of all Google searches for a one week period. The government apparently wants to estimate how much pornography shows up in the searches that children do.
Here's a thought. If you want to measure how much porn is showing up in searches, try searching for it yourself rather than issuing privacy alarm sounding subpoenas. It would certainly be more accurate.
Getting a list of all searches in one week definitely would let US federal government dig deep into the long tail of porn searches. But then again, the sheer amount of data would be overwhelming. Do you know every variation of a term someone might use, that you're going to dig out of the hundreds of millions of searches you'd get? Oh, and be sure you filter out all the automated queries coming in from rank checking tools, while you're add it. They won't skew the data at all, nope.
Moreover, since the data is divorced from user info, you have no idea what searches are being done by children or not. In the end, you've asked for a lot of data that's not really going to help you estimate anything at all.
Far better would be to do some searches that you think children and teens are actually doing, such as by doing a survey of them. Then just go start searching on Google and the other search engines yourselves. See what actually comes up, especially when the filtering protection each service offers is enabled. That would give you plenty of data, plus it would be useful for everyone to have someone rigorously test the filtering systems that are offered. Serving subpoenas to get the data isn't necessary.........

there's a song called 'the runaraound'

and boy did WE THE PEOPLE get it on this. we're screwed, no ifs ands or buts. we're never going to see 'justice' on this one babies

from raw story

....................The following can be attributed to Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director:
“President Bush and Attorney General Gonzales can manufacture all of the legal justifications they want, but the facts and laws show that this warrantless surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

i knew this went on

An American woman with a leopard shot in August, 2003 during a Buffalo Range Safari in Zimbabwe

and is still going on, not just in zimbabwe either but all over the globe. it makes me sick to think of someone shooting (for fun) leopards and elephants and all sorts of animals it's illegal to kill (or bring back the dead carcass or parts of the dead carcass of) to or in america. i can't help it but i think there is something just downright WRONG with these people who get off on the blood of these exotic animals. i have had many a discussion with many a hunter (the latest of which was yoga korunta. i'm know i pissed yoga off but i wanted to say i do NOT lump someone like yoga, a hunter yes, but a HUMAN, in with these exotic animal hunters). look at the picture above. look at that woman smiling with a once beautiful DEAD ANIMAL SLUNG OVER HER SHOULDERS. an animal it is ILLEGAL TO HUNT in the us (and other places). note that blood running down over her breast onto her trousers. go back up to her face again...........look at that grin

Shoot to Kill
Inside the hidden links between American big-game hunters and Zimbabwe’s Mugabe
By Joshua Hammer
Updated: 5:58 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2006
Jan. 13, 2006 - Jocelyn Chiwenga is not a woman to be taken lightly. The wife of Gen. Constantine Chiwenga, commander-in-chief of Zimbabwe’s army, Mrs. Chiwenga has earned a reputation in her own right as a vicious enforcer for President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Popular Front (ZANU-PF). In April 2002 she reportedly showed up at a farm outside Harare, the capital, with an armed gang and ordered the farm’s white owner to turn over his property to her or be killed, according to documents filed in a Zimbabwean court. One year later, Chiwenga accosted Gugulethu Moyo, an attorney for a pro-opposition newspaper, and beat her so severely that she had to seek medical attention. “Your paper wants to encourage anarchy in this country,” Chiwenga reportedly shouted as she punched and slapped the 28-year-old lawyer on a Harare street. “Chiwenga is as close to the center of power as you get,” says David Coltart, a parliamentarian and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, the country’s main opposition party.
She also knows how to use her power. About three years ago, Chiwenga won an auction for a coveted lease on a 220-square-mile tract of bush, owned by Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Authority, located just outside Hwange National Park in southwest Zimbabwe. Abounding in the Big Five—lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and black rhino—Chiwenga’s property has since become a choice destination for professional hunters, particularly well-heeled Americans.
Now, Chiwenga’s business ambitions—as well as her political clout—have brought her to the attention of the U.S. government. Last November, the Treasury Department added Chiwenga, 50, to a list of 128 Mugabe relatives and cronies who are “undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe.” The Treasury Department has blocked the assets of those on the list and established penalties of up to $250,000 and 10 years’ imprisonment for anyone who does business with them. And that executive order has put dozens, if not hundreds, of Americans who hunt on her land in legal jeopardy............

to me THIS is a more true portrait of iraq (than what the bushwhacked team is feeding us)

we stormed their country unannounced, uninvited and unwelcome (by most, granted not all). we stirred the pot up not with a spoon but with an egg beater. now what the hell are we going to do?

Official US agency paints dire picture of 'out-of-control' Iraq · Analysis issued by USAid in reconstruction effort · Account belies picture painted by White House

Julian Borger in Washington Wednesday January 18, 2006 The Guardian

An official assessment drawn up by the US foreign aid agency depicts the security situation in Iraq as dire, amounting to a "social breakdown" in which criminals have "almost free rein".
The "conflict assessment" is an attachment to an invitation to contractors to bid on a project rehabilitating Iraqi cities published earlier this month by the US Agency for International Development (USAid).
The picture it paints is not only darker than the optimistic accounts from the White House and the Pentagon, it also gives a more complex profile of the insurgency than the straightforward "rejectionists, Saddamists and terrorists" described by George Bush.
The USAid analysis talks of an "internecine conflict" involving religious, ethnic, criminal and tribal groups. "It is increasingly common for tribesmen to 'turn in' to the authorities enemies as insurgents - this as a form of tribal revenge," the paper says, casting doubt on the efficacy of counter-insurgent sweeps by coalition and Iraqi forces.
Meanwhile, foreign jihadist groups are growing in strength, the report said.....

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

methinks thou doth protest too much about ONE SIDED PROFESSORS

because everyone knows the republican side is NEVER 'ABUSIVE, ONE-SIDED OR OFF-TOPIC", nor are they threatening or bullies or imitating mccarthy, or distributing THEIR propaganda. YEAH RIGHT.....(so to speak)

UCLA Alumni Group Is Tracking 'Radical' Faculty
By Stuart Silverstein and Peter Y. HongTimes Staff Writers
January 18, 2006
A fledgling alumni group headed by a former campus Republican leader is offering students payments of up to $100 per class to provide information on instructors who are "abusive, one-sided or off-topic" in advocating political ideologies.The year-old Bruin Alumni Assn. says its "Exposing UCLA's Radical Professors" initiative takes aim at faculty "actively proselytizing their extreme views in the classroom, whether or not the commentary is relevant to the class topic." Although the group says it is concerned about radical professors of any political stripe, it has named an initial "Dirty 30" of teachers it identifies with left-wing or liberal causes.Some of the instructors mentioned accuse the association of conducting a witch hunt that threatens to harm the teaching atmosphere, and at least one of the group's advisory board members has resigned because he considers the bounty offers inappropriate. The university said it will warn the association that selling copies of professors' lectures would violate campus rules and raise copyright issues.The Bruin Alumni Assn. is headed by Andrew Jones, a 24-year-old who graduated in June 2003 and was chairman of UCLA's Bruin Republicans student group. He said his organization, which is registered with the state as a nonprofit, does not charge dues and has no official members, but has raised a total of $22,000 from 100 donors. Jones said the biggest contribution to the group, $5,000, came from a foundation endowed by Arthur N. Rupe, 88, a Santa Barbara resident and former Los Angeles record producer...................

..............Jones said he has lined up one student who, for $100 a class session, has agreed to provide tapes, detailed lecture notes and materials with what the group considers inappropriate opinion. He would not name the student or the professor whose class will be monitored. Jones characterized the work as non-commercial news gathering and advocacy that does not violate university policy. On one of its websites, the Bruin Alumni Group names education professor Peter McLaren as No. 1 on its "The Dirty Thirty: Ranking the Worst of the Worst." It says "this Canadian native teaches the next generation of teachers and professors how to properly indoctrinate students." McLaren, in a telephone interview, called the alumni group's tactics "beneath contempt.""Any sober, concerned citizen would look at this and see right through it as a reactionary form of McCarthyism. Any decent American is going to see through this kind of right-wing propaganda. I just find it has no credibility," he said................

why doesn't the government turn over 10,000,000 to this rehab center for vets?

instead of USING IT TO RECRUIT SIXTEEN YEAR OLDS? how about taking care of the heros who fought for our country and lost limbs or were burned or wounded in other ways? HUH? how about it???????????

By Jessica Bennett
Updated: 7:49 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2006
Jan. 13, 2006 - Former Army Major Tammy Duckworth lost both her legs in Iraq. The helicopter pilot--a major in the Illinois Army National Guard--was flying a Blackhawk over hostile territory when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her aircraft. Duckworth spent the next 13 months in hospitals and rehab centers, in a wheelchair or on prosthetic limbs, trying to relearn the skills she'd once taken for granted. “It’s the very little things,” that can be the hardest, she says. “It’s something as mundane as trying to do your laundry. For me, it was changing the sheets on my bed. How do you do that if you have no legs?”

Duckworth is now running for Congress as a Democrat, hoping to win Henry Hyde’s seat representing Chicago’s western suburbs. But she’s the exception: Most of the nearly 13,000 American veterans who have returned home from Afghanistan or Iraq to face life as amputees aren’t doing nearly so well. With record numbers of soldiers surviving injuries that would have killed them in earlier wars, veterans' organizations are questioning whether the federal government is able--or is willing--to cope with the demand for health-care benefits, rehabilitation services and ongoing treatment. And if Washington can't do it, then who should?

Enter the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Since last July, the nonprofit group has raised more than $25 million in private funds for the construction of a training and rehabilitation center for soldiers returning from battle with catastrophic injuries and amputations. To be built on site at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, the 60,000-foot marble and granite Intrepid Center needs $10 million more before it can be completed. Once it's finished--tentatively in January, 2007--the Veterans Administration and the military will take over. The facility will be able to work with as many as 100 returning soldiers and veterans at any given time. ........................

looks like cnn may have to come off of my 'holiday card' list as well

from media matters

cnn may have hired (yet another) asswipe

CNN reportedly hires radio host Glenn Beck
Summary: CNN's Headline News has reportedly hired radio host Glenn Beck in spite of his history of making controversial comments.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on January 17 that CNN's Headline News has hired Glenn Beck -- a nationally syndicated radio host known for making controversial statements -- "for a new prime time program." Media Matters for America has compiled some of Beck's more notable comments:

On families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "[T]his is horrible to say, and I wonder if I'm alone in this -- you know, it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year." ...................

..........On filmmaker Michael Moore: "Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong?" .................

hey, i don't care if you don't like michael moore. but to wax poetically on the air about KILLING HIM, is not only offensive, it's obscene

our government has given ONE advertising firm over 70,000,000 since 2002

for them to turn over the names (and it would seem, the habits too) of our daughters and sons for recruitment purposes. seems like a bit of harassment is going on as well, with these recruiters HOUNDING everyone with their phone calls. personally, a few years ago, i was being HOUNDED by recruiters. i am WELL past the age of recruitment mind you. i have caller id (and privacy manager) and wouldn't answer the phone most times. i did once just to tell them to STOP calling. they asked for 'my son'. i HAVE NO SON, which of course i told them. that didn't stop 'em, they continued to call for a LONG while thereafter.

Mining for kids: Children can’t “opt out” of Pentagon recruitment database
By Kathryn Casa Vermont Guardian
posted January 17, 2006
Parents cannot remove their childrenÂ’s names from a Pentagon database that includes highly personal information used to attract military recruits, the Vermont Guardian has learned.
The Pentagon has spent more than $70.5 million on market research, national advertising, website development, and management of the Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies (JAMRS) database — a storehouse of questionable legality that includes the names and personal details of more than 30 million U.S. children and young people between the ages of 16 and 23.
The database is separate from information collected from schools that receive federal education money. The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to report the names, addresses, and phone numbers of secondary school students to recruiters, but the law also specifies that parents or guardians may write a letter to the school asking that their childrenÂ’s names not be released.
However, many parents have reported being surprised that their children are contacted anyway, according to a San Francisco-based coalition called Leave My Child Alone (LMCA).
“We hear from a lot of parents who have often felt quite isolated about it all and haven’t been aware that this is happening all over the country,” said the group’s spokeswoman, Felicity Crush.
Parents must contact the Pentagon directly to ask that their childrenÂ’s information not be released to recruiters, but the data is not removed from the JAMRS database, according to Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman...........

.........She said the Pentagon spends about $500,000 annually to purchase the data from private companies, and has paid more than $70 million since 2002 to Mullen Advertising — a Massachusetts firm whose clients include General Motors, Hooked on Phonics, XM Satellite Radio, and 3Com — to target recruiters’ messages toward teens and young adults.
The Boston Business Journal reported in October that the Pentagon had spent a total of $206 million on the JAMRS program to date, and could spend another $137 million over the next two years.................

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

and this just in (with roberts dissenting, NO SURPRISE) the supreme court upholds oregon's suicide law

here is the scoop in the washington post

musician of the day: sandy denny

i was listening to some sandy and fairport convention this morning and was reminded of just how sweet that woman's voice was. i've shed many a tear just listening to her
6th January 1947 - 21st April 1978
Sandy was born Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny in Wimbledon on 6th January 1947. Music was an important part of her younger years and learned to play the guitar at an early age, as well as playing piano and singing in the school choir. While Sandy was studying at College to be a nurse she established an early reputation in the popular London folk clubs such as Les Cousins, Bunjies and the Scots Hoose. Her repertoire at the time drew mainly on the folk tradition and the work of newly emerging singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton, but Sandy was also tentatively starting to write her own material. In less than a year she was getting regular work and decided to leave college to pursue a career in music.........

Who knows where the time goes?
Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving
But how can they know it's time for them to go?
Before the winter fire, I will still be dreaming
I have no thought of time
For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?
Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving
Ah, but then you know it's time for them to go
But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving
I do not count the time
For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?
And I am not alone while my love is near me
I know it will be so until it's time to go
So come the storms of winter and then the birds in spring again
I have no fear of time
For who knows how my love grows?
And who knows where the time goes?

monica vs. our constitution (and here's a hint, our constitution does NOT win)

i too have wondered every day why the 'monica affair' was more important to prosecute than the 'violating our constitution affair'. i never come up with a good answer though

Why Doesn’t Presidential Dismantling of the Constitution Get the Same Intense Scrutiny as Presidential Adultery?
By Andrew Bard Schmookler
Eight years ago, a president entering his sixth year in office came under suspicion: had he conducted an adulterous affair with a young intern? For months thereafter, the media could talk of little else. It was the national topic of conversation for most of that year. The House eventually impeached the president, and the Senate tried him. Now again, a president entering his sixth year in office has come under suspicion: has he deliberately and unjustifiably violated both the Constitution and federal statutes by conducting searches without a warrant? But this suspicion is not getting anything like the kind of media attention of the Monica Lewinsky story.Why is that?.........

....Grounds for Suspicion
The president has admitted to ordering wiretaps to be conducted without getting the court warrants required by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution and by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978. To justify his actions, he and his people have made two claims: first, that they had the legal authority to do so; and second, that their actions were required for the sake of national security in a time of war.It is hardly reassuring about the moral and intellectual integrity of this administration that the legal justifications offered thus far are regarded as almost laughably flimsy by the independent legal authorities who have commented on them. ...........

this CANNOT be true

but i get a nagging sick feeling in my gut it just may be. seems like this dragon skin is more effective yet the armed services do not have a contract with it's maker.

from soldiers for the truth

Army Orders Soldiers to Shed Dragon Skin or Lose SGLI Death Benefits
By Nathaniel R. Helms
Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor for special treatment. The soldiers, who are currently staging for combat operations from a secret location, reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The soldiers were ordered to leave their privately purchased body armor at home or face the possibility of both losing their life insurance benefit and facing disciplinary action.

The soldiers asked for anonymity because they are concerned they will face retaliation for going public with the Army's apparently new directive. At the sources' requests DefenseWatch has also agreed not to reveal the unit at which the incident occured for operational security reasons.

On Saturday morning a soldier affected by the order reported to DefenseWatch that the directive specified that "all" commercially available body armor was prohibited. The soldier said the order came down Friday morning from Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command (HQ, USSOCOM), located at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. It arrived unexpectedly while his unit was preparing to deploy on combat operations. The soldier said the order was deeply disturbiing to many of the men who had used their own money to purchase Dragon Skin because it will affect both their mobility and ballistic protection. .........

even the fbi says it was TOO MUCH INFORMATION

from the nyt we get this......
once again, i KNOW we have to spy on people to protect ourselves from terrorists. we do not and should not ignore our constitution though. we MUST go through the proper channels to do this and do it WITHIN THE LAW. special judges were selected to issue warrants for all of this. they rarely declined requests. yet, most of these wiretaps (and the like) did NOT go through them. THIS IS AMERICA, let's remember that

Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month.
But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans.
F.B.I. officials repeatedly complained to the spy agency that the unfiltered information was swamping investigators
. The spy agency was collecting much of the data by eavesdropping on some Americans' international communications and conducting computer searches of phone and Internet traffic. Some F.B.I. officials and prosecutors also thought the checks, which sometimes involved interviews by agents, were pointless intrusions on Americans' privacy.
As the bureau was running down those leads, its director,
Robert S. Mueller III, raised concerns about the legal rationale for a program of eavesdropping without warrants, one government official said. Mr. Mueller asked senior administration officials about "whether the program had a proper legal foundation," but deferred to Justice Department legal opinions, the official said.
President Bush has characterized the eavesdropping program as a "vital tool" against terrorism; Vice President
Dick Cheney has said it has saved "thousands of lives." ..............

the text of al gore's speech yesterday

from raw story
there really isn't anything i can add except to say, accountability IS the key word here
In Martin Luther King Day address, Gore compares wiretapping of Americans to surveillance of King
01/16/2006 @ 12:08 pm Filed by RAW STORY
In an address delivered in Washington to multiple standing ovations, Vice President Al Gore repeatedly attacked the Bush Administration for the expansion of executive power -- the ability of the government to wiretap its own citizens without legal authority and kidnap Americans abroad.
His speech -- which compares the wiretapping of Martin Luther King to the broad surveillance now imposed on Americans by President Bush -- called on Congress to resume its oversight responsibilities, and enjoined Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to appoint a special prosecutor. Gore was to be introduced by former Rep. Bob Barr, a Georgia Republican who has advocated for the constitutional right to privacy. The full text of his speech follows. Reuters summarizes the speech in an article here

Congressman Barr and I have disagreed many times over the years, but we have joined together today with thousands of our fellow citizens-Democrats and Republicans alike-to express our shared concern that America's Constitution is in grave danger.............

Monday, January 16, 2006

this hambone satanist is running for governor of minnesota

fine with me, BUT he's saying he's lumping people who are wiccan and pagan in along with him. please don't think pagans and people who practice wicca are satanists. they are NOT

the impaler

more questions, NO answers

Flying out of Atlanta on September 11, 2001 - While planes were supposed to be grounded
by Margie Burns, January 15th, 2006
After more than four years, most Americans still do not know that a commercial airplane flew out of Atlanta on September 11, 2001, departing through closed air space while commercial aircraft were grounded nationwide. The jet was South African Airways flight 210, bound presumably for Johannesburg by way of Capetown, South Africa, carrying a Saudi national, age 43. According to Craig Unger, author of the nonfiction bestseller House of Bush, House of Saud, the flight was scheduled to leave at 10:30 a.m. This is rather an arresting timeline. That Tuesday morning, American Airlines 11 had struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. CNN aired footage two minutes later. United Airlines 175 struck the WTC South Tower, watched live on television by millions of people, at 9:03 a.m. At 9:15, American Airlines forbade new takeoffs. United Airlines did likewise a few minutes later. At 9:26, the FAA ordered a national ground stop forbidding takeoffs and requiring planes in the air to get down as soon as feasible. The order applied to civilian, military, and law enforcement aircraft. At 9:30, AA and UA ordered all their planes to land immediately. At 9:37, AA 77 hit the Pentagon. Shortly after 10:00, UA 93 crashed into the ground in Pennsylvania, brought down by passenger actions. At this point the FAA, NORAD, all airlines and airports, the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House had been alerted. Fighter jets had been scrambled.If South African Airways flight 210 was on time, it flew out of the huge but idled Atlanta airport one minute before the FAA allowed military and law enforcement flights to resume, along with some flights that the FAA cannot reveal that were already airborne, according to Time magazine.Was SA 210 among the flights that the FAA could not reveal? South African Airways had been code sharing with American Airlines, which had already grounded all its planes, since 1992. Coming out of Atlanta, it code shares with Delta, which was also grounded. The White House, which initially denied the Saudi flights, has not commented on this flight. These documents were obtained through a FOIA request by the conservative organization Judicial Watch, which submitted them to the independent 911 Commission on June 2, 2004, pointing out that the documents represent the first admission by the government that the flights occurred at all. According to the group, the documents were turned over by the Customs and Border Protection agency in the Office of Homeland Security, while six other government agencies disregarded the FOIA request. No wonder George W. Bush has started turning up the heat on the border patrol. As Unger wrote in a June 2004 New York Times op-ed, the 911 Commission investigated only the departure of 142 Saudis on special charter flights. It never investigated and perhaps was not informed about the 161 Saudis leaving on these domestic and foreign commercial flights from September 11 to September 15, 2001, even though the same questions pertain to these flights as to the others.In fact, the commercial flights raise extra questions. Chartering a plane, after all, is arguably a transparent process to the extent that you throw money at the dilemma and jet out of the country. But how could so many Saudi nationals get ready access to commercial flights leaving the U.S., at such a time, on regular aircraft? ........

HOW indeed?????????????

i was talking to someone the other day who said he though global warming was NOT true

i don't know what planet he's on. NOT OUR earth for sure. once again i must say how frightening it is laws to protect us are not only NOT being drafted and passed, but those in force are being repealed. big business, big money i guess

Global warming to speed up as carbon levels show sharp rise

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Published: 15 January 2006
Global warming is set to accelerate alarmingly because of a sharp jump in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Preliminary figures, exclusively obtained by The Independent on Sunday, show that levels of the gas - the main cause of climate change - have risen abruptly in the past four years. Scientists fear that warming is entering a new phase, and may accelerate further.
But a summit of the most polluting countries, convened by the Bush administration, last week refused to set targets for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. Set up in competition to the Kyoto Protocol, the summit, held in Sydney and attended by Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea as well as the United States, instead pledged to develop cleaner technologies - which some experts believe will not arrive in time.
The climb in carbon dioxide content showed up in readings from the US government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, taken at the summit of Mauna Loa, Hawaii. The measurements have been taken regularly since 1958 in the 11,400ft peak's pristine conditions, 2,000 miles from the nearest landmass and protected by unusual climatic conditions from the pollution of Hawaii, two miles below.
Through most of the past half-century, levels of the gas rose by an average of 1.3 parts per million a year; in the late 1990s, this figure rose to 1.6 ppm, and again to 2ppm in 2002 and 2003. But unpublished figures for the first 10 months of this year show a rise of 2.2ppm.
Scientists believe this may be the first evidence that climate change is starting to produce itself, as rising temperatures so alter natural systems that the Earth itself releases more gas, driving the thermometer ever higher.
Global warming is set to accelerate alarmingly because of a sharp jump in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Preliminary figures, exclusively obtained by The Independent on Sunday, show that levels of the gas - the main cause of climate change - have risen abruptly in the past four years. Scientists fear that warming is entering a new phase, and may accelerate further.
But a summit of the most polluting countries, convened by the Bush administration, last week refused to set targets for reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. Set up in competition to the Kyoto Protocol, the summit, held in Sydney and attended by Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea as well as the United States, instead pledged to develop cleaner technologies - which some experts believe will not arrive in time.
The climb in carbon dioxide content showed up in readings from the US government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, taken at the summit of Mauna Loa, Hawaii.............

chile has it's first woman president!

i don't know much about her so i cannot say HOO-RAY just yet...

Bachelet is Chile's first woman presidentMon Jan 16, 2006 4:23 AM IST
By Pav Jordan
SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - A torture victim in the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, a former defense minister and a medical doctor, socialist Michelle Bachelet parlayed her ability to connect with voters into becoming Chile's first woman president.
Her challenger, rightist billionaire Sebastian Pinera, conceded shortly after first returns in Sunday's election showed Bachelet winning more than 53 percent of the votes.
Bachelet, also a former health minister, is a socialist from the center-left coalition that has governed Chile since the end of the 1973-1990 Pinochet regime.
"Together we recovered democracy for Chile," Bachelet, the front-runner during the campaign, said in a presidential debate. "Now I invite you to be a part of another historic moment by electing Chile's first ever woman president. Let's make history."
A poll this month showed Bachelet, known for her charisma when she meets one-on-one with voters, winning high marks for honesty and trustworthiness, and with a huge lead over Pinera among lower-class women.
She had failed to win more than 50 percent of the vote needed for an outright victory in a four-way first round presidential race in December.
Bachelet is a separated mother of three and her liberal social ideas at times clash with Chile's conservative elite, but business leaders trust her to carry on the prudent economic policies of her mentor, outgoing President Ricardo Lagos..................

Sunday, January 15, 2006

a christian with a conscience

a lovely piece, from the heart AND soul

Birth of the Red-Letter Christian Movement
By Anthony Wade
January 14, 2006

Christianity has been hijacked. Christ himself has been hijacked and in the words of theologian Jim Wallis, it is time to take Him back. As a born again Christian with a social conscience in latter day America, identity has always been a struggle. The reason for that is if you believe in the heart of Christ’s teachings, you often do not have a pulpit in modern Christianity. This is because too often the only Christians willing to step up to the microphone are the fundamentalists on the religious right. Between the calls for war with no end, the advocacy of the assassination of Hugo Chavez and support for a most immoral, and anti-Christian budget in modern history, it is no wonder there are so many Christians on the outside of the debate looking in, wondering where their collective voice can be heard.As I sit in Washington DC listening to Mr. Wallis, at the Politics and Spirituality National Conference, I am hearing my own concerns echoing in my head. I have often wondered when Jesus Christ became a pro-war, pro-rich and only pro-American figure. I am convinced it is the last one that gives people so much trouble. We live in a me-first, materialistic, greedy society. Too often this leads us to think of God in terms of our country first, and too often, only. However, as Wallis points out, once we start viewing God in those terms, our country itself becomes an idol which we worship in lieu of God. The fact of the matter is that all of the people on this planet are God’s children and we just happen to be the most blessed. What do we do with those blessings?Yesterday, 30,000 children died on this planet because of poor drinking water or lack of food. Today, another 30,000 died and the same will perish tomorrow. One half of God’s children “live” on less than $2.00 per day. Are these the values Christ taught when He walked the earth? It has been said there are over 2,000 verses in the Bible speaking specifically about taking care of the poor. We all breeze by the “widow and orphans” verses and never truly comprehend the message God is giving us. The ministry of Christ was not about what we can accumulate. Naked you came into the world and naked you will go out. Jesus spoke not of hatred for homosexuals or conservative values. He spoke about social justice. He spoke about how we were to live our lives in relation to one another. He spoke about love, redemption, and peace................

don't call an english policeman's horse gay

or else...........you get to spend a night in the big house

'Gay horse' case dropped
AN OXFORD University student who called a policeman's horse "gay" will not be prosecuted.
But police stood by their decision to take him to court for "homophobic comments" after the Crown Prosecution Service yesterday dropped the case.
Sam Brown, 21, from Belfast, approached the mounted officer during a night out in Oxford after his final exams last May, and said: "Excuse me, do you realise your horse is gay?" Moments later, two police cars appeared and he was arrested under the Public Order Act.
English literature graduate Mr Brown, then at Balliol College, spent a night in the cells. He refused to pay an £80 fine, so police took the case to court.
But prosecutor Cariad Eveson-Webb told Oxford magistrates the CPS would not proceed. There was not enough evidence to prove Mr Brown's behaviour was disorderly, he said.
Thames Valley Police denied being heavy-handed.

'cyber chat room bullies' are being sued

i too can be found most weekdays (VERY early mornings) in an aol chat room. i open it so i have power of the bolt (i can kick people out, but believe it or not, do NOT enjoy it). i don't allow trolling or offensive language (mature talk IS allowed, just not idiocy) or bots. i have seen far too many cyber bullies in my day in other chat rooms. i won't allow it when i open a chat room. we are all to be treated with respect. i have seen threats made, i have seen people go nuts. RELAX, it's the INTERNET. at any rate, mr gillespie could have opened another chat room, OR put his 'tormenters' on ignore (you have both of those capabilities on aol chat). to sue someone is just down right ridiculous. he claims one of the men went to his home and photographed it and posted it on the web. he also claims one of the men posted personal information about him on the web. IF THAT is true, it's another story. that is just downright wrong and could be quite dangerous.

Man sues chatroom pals: I was humiliated beyond what 'no man could endure'
By J.K. Dineen
Court TV Updated Jan. 12, 2006, 11:50 a.m. ET
Mike Marlowe fully admits that he sometimes gave George Gillespie a hard time in that AOL chatroom.
But never in his wildest imagination did he expect to be sued in court for what he characterized as "razzing."
"We gave him crap," said Marlowe, a 33-year-old welder in Fayette, Ala. "I'm not going to deny it. I teased him and he teased me back. He gave it back better than he ever got it."
A generation ago, such petty personal beefs might have been settled with fists outside the corner bar, but now it's the Internet age — and Ohio resident George Gillespie instead filed a $25,000 lawsuit against two erstwhile cyber chums he met in the sprawling 900-room, mostly anonymous society that makes up AOL's chat universe.
Gillespie, 53, claims that Marlowe and Bob Charpentier, a 52-year-old Oregon resident, insulted him and harassed him in the AOL chatroom called "Romance — Older Men" to the point where it inflicted "severe emotional distress and physical injury that is of a nature no reasonable man could be expected to endure it."
The complaint, expected in court on Jan. 31 for a pretrial conference, also names AOL as a defendant for allowing the alleged harassment to take place................