Tuesday, November 29, 2005
interesting, former aide to colin powell has somewhat accused cheney of war crimes. This is only suprising because he had the balls to say it, no one is suprised to hear that cheney was advocating torture. the part I found interesting was that he said there were two sides, powell and friends wanted to stay within international law and follow the geneva convention in the detention of the accused. Cheney and his posse just wanted to throw out the geneva convention alltogether. So Bush made an agreement to follow geneva except for al-Qaeda and similar to al-Qaeda. Ok to make any exception to the geneva convention is a war crime. great big freakin dot period end of conversation. Ill repeat that, the geneva convention defined what was legal in times of war and what was not. therefore if you make any exception to those laws you have now broken international law. so once again Bush commited a war crime if he allowed the use of tortue on anyone. oh and then the article goes on to say that Cheney agreed to the comprimise and then just turned around and did what he wanted to anyway. but once again I had pretty well assumed Cheney had commited war crimes a while ago so the part I am interested in is that it sounds to me like Bush did as well.
This is a great article about the effects (or is it affects?) of torture. It ends really stong, if you dont want to read the whole thing thats fine but read the last three paragraphs , they're quite good. One part I particularly liked was talking about JosÃ© Padilla, a man that apparently has finally been charged with a crime after I believe 3 years in jail. They wanted to try him for attempting to set off a "dirty bomb" (as apposed to a clean one), but they have had to try him on a lesser charge because the witnesses they had against him had been tortured and if they brought them into court their treatment would have been further exposed which the CIA cannot afford. So now we have actually caught an attempted terrorist and we can't even charge them with the real crime because of torture. So we torture "terrorists" in an attempt to stop other "terrorists" and then we cant do any thing with the information because we tortured them. Great plan. Of course this is forgetting about the fact that it is morally reprehensible but really what makes you think that politicians care about morals? Then there is another rather critical part, people will say anything if you torture them enough, in the eloquent words of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, " If you fucking beat this prick long enough, he'll tell you he started the goddamn Chicago fire. Now that don't necessarily make it fucking so! " Its a fairly easy to understand concept that people will admit to almost anything and incriminate anyone to make the pain stop. This was also illustrated in the Orwellâ€™s 1984 as Iâ€™m sure you all remember. So we torture people making us look just that much worse in the public eye, we may have alienated our few remaining European allies as the EU is looking to remove voting rights from any country that had these illegal prisons, which most likely will not pass as it would require a unanimous vote from the remaining countries but I may we be enough to stop those countries from wanting to deal with us. And we cant use any of the information we gather thru torture in court, and its hardly reliable enough to use for intelligence, but then again its been a few years since anyone cared if our military intelligence was accurate or not. Most americans seem to agree that one way we can lead the world is with unbreachable morals which the world can look up to. The problem come about when you forget those moral and begin arrogantly bullying other nations. There is no nation today that can stand alone, we must work with the rest of the world not against it.
Monday, November 28, 2005
I can't believe Indian's still take part in Thanksgiving Day parades,
full traditional outfits no less. It always seems to me like Jews
part in a celebration of Hitler's birthday and dressing up in
I want to call that harsh, but then again I would almost garantee that by percentage a lot more indians were killed than jews, and actually possibly more killed in general. So really would it be a little harsh towards hitler? anyway that is not the point of this. actually there is no point, or maybe that is the point. im tired. i need to keep working. have a good one.
A twisted tale of a west point professor who volunteered for combat duty in Iraq for the experience of it. this goes on to explain what a strong leader he was and how great his morals were and all sorts of stories from his past. This man the then died from being shot with a pistol. the army claims it was suicide which looks very bad for the army, while others believe that he was murdered by someone within the military, which looks even worse. I do not know the details well enought to deliver any real insight here, hell i didnt even finish the article, but the two options are pretty bad, maybe there is a third that Im not thinking of. Either the military had him killed for some reason, which is terrible but really wouldnt shock me in the least these days. Or more disturbing to me is the idea that the man killed himself. he was a religious man, an athlete and highly iteligent, his morals were very strong and has led some to question if he saw things that he simply could not be a part of so he killed himself, or he saw things he could not be a part of and threatend to talk, either way he ended up dead and that is a tragity. It could be that they were just saying nice things about him because he had just died but he seemed like the kind of person that the millitary needs more of, a kind of person that the world needs more of. so at any rate think of it what you will.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Bush made the comment a little while back about how congress was given all the same inteligence information that he was and so if there was any misleading they were as much at fault as he was. This was a cute little story that I personaly dont think anyone with half a brain ever believed for a moment, but now more and more information is coming out that show that not only did he lie back before the war but he is still lying about it. or in this case lying about not lying before.the only reason im not completely in favor of impeachment is that president Cheney scares the living shit out of me. I dont like bush but he at least has morals and emotions, those morals might be twisted and corupt but at least he trys. Cheney has less emotion than a bowl of jell-o, actually jell-o is kinda cool so thats a bad example how about a brick, id put him on the same emotional plane as a brick.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
just wanted to save this page for when i get into an argument about carbon dating with my roomate. hes the right-wing anti-evolution guy. of course hes really not right wing its just that he is right of center and im pretty far to the left. Hes anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage and what not. but its his belief that carbon dating isnt perfect and there for evolution is bogus that kills me. he one time accused me of being to logical, i really didnt have a comeback to that one, other than maybe, thanks?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
rips apart the presidents use of quotes from democrats.Bush claims that the democrates were behind the war and now that the war is unpopular they are saying they are against it. the Rude One then fills in the missing parts of the quotes and show that they were all hesitantly for the war so long as the UN was involved and there was public debate and so basicly the democrates were supporting the war if the evidence supported a war. they were giving the president the power if it was required. Reid may have been quite wrong when he said that he didnt think the president was looking for a blank check. Thats what you get for trusting our selected leaders.
good article about the myths of the graham amendment. Im not sure if all of the myths that they debunk are actually believed by people, are there people so gulible to think that we are trying to give prisoners abroad greater rights than citizens? No we are trying to make it so that we follow international law and basic decency. We want to make it illegal for the US to hold people without a trial. Habeus Corpus does not set a person free it gives them the right to a trial. All these people are hoping for is their day in court. If they spend many years in jail for a crime thats one thing, but to be in jail for four years and never see a court room and never even be charged with a crime is simply wrong. This is what creates the terrorist mindset, it is actions like these that are making the world more dangerous everyday. It also sets a very bad president around the world. If other nations began holding our soldiers as criminals without a trial and torturing them for information then they now have justification. Who are we to persicute others for torture untill we condem it ourselves.
Its sad, extremely sad. The United States the most powerful nation the world has ever seen has been caught using chemical weapons against a people that it was supposedly liberating. Of course we had not signed the treaty not to use the particular chemical weapon, white phosphorus, against civilians. This weapon is used as an incendiary, it burns the flesh of its victims. We used it in Falluja, which of course was a stronghold for the people fighting for their homeland. This is a despicable act but what truly made me sad was when I realized that the only part of the story that surprised me was when I heard that the Bush administration actually admitted to it. How low have we fallen when the only thing left that shocks us is when our leaders Don't lie to us, or lie but then admit to the crime shortly after, of course claiming they didnâ€™t lie they were just misinformed. Why are our top official ALWAYS misinformed? are the people below them that incompetent? if everyone below you is incompetent then you should probably look at whoâ€™s doing the hiring, and fire them. If the lower level are competent then there is only a couple of options left, they donâ€™t want to know the truth, which may be criminal in the case of war, or that they are just plain lying, which IS criminal.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
This mans son was shot to death by isreali soldiers and so his response was to donate the body to israel for organ donation. he said that way his child can live on in every israeli.
if we had a few more people like this brave man who can take one of the worst tragedys that can happen to any parent and turn it into a positive, then just maybe we could have peace on this planet.
Rush Limbaugh is reaching out to the soldiers in need out there my offering a program to Adopt a Soldier, for your $50 you give the soldiers something that every soldier is hoping for, a subcription to Rush's radio show and newsletter. frickin sweet. I couldnt have thought of this as a joke. how sad is that trying to make a profit by charging people to sent their family a subscription to a syndicated show. people disgust me.
Found a pretty good webstie http://www.xpressyourview.com/ Ill probably put it in the links but they have t-shirts and typical mugs and what not, they had one shirt i really liked, says Homeland Security then there is a picture of native americans with guns and underneath it says fighting terrorists since 1492. most of the other shirts ive seen before including one i like that says something like protect the environment, more trees, less bush. And an new low for his approval rating and one that I like a new high record for disapproval among republicans.
Ok theres also a new law they are trying to pass to suspend Habius Corpus for foreign nationals. this along with the continued claims that while "we dont torture" but we need an exception from cruel and unusual for the CIA. This is the lamest excuse for a Lie ive ever heard. Come on Rove I know your busy and probably a little nervous right now but damn, we've come to expect a certian level of inginuity with your lies, this just doesnt show any spirt. He's either getting lazy or hes lost his will to fight. Oh so yeah the Mcain law passes and then they turn around and imediatly try to pass a law that would pretty much nullify the last law. http://www.thenation.com/doc/20051128/brecher
One more article
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1882-1945)
"The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out."-- Chinese proverb
Monday, November 07, 2005
"The great loser today was George W. Bush. The man went away wounded," a
triumphant Chavez told reporters here, alluding to the president's quick
departure. "You could see defeat on his face."
I love this guy. serious balls on this guy, although I think his talk of selling f-16's to Cuba and China was just trying to piss us off. I dont know all of his politics but the majority of what I've heard says that I really like this guy. If he was an american Id vote for him for president. Chavez for President I dont think congress will repeal that part of the constitution for a man who would try to take away much of their fortunes.
"The conditions do not exist to attain a hemispheric free-trade accord that is
balanced and fair with access to markets [and] free of subsidies and distorted
commercial practices," the dissenters wrote.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) "filed a report with
the Clerk of the House of Representatives indicating he received free travel
valued at $13,998.55 from Fox News Sunday for 'officially connected travel' on
October 1-2, 2005, from Sugarland, TX to Washington, D.C. and back to Sugarland, TX. Rep. DeLay appeared on Fox News Sunday on October 2, 2005, the weekend after his indictment on September 28, 2005."
Fox pays for travel
Ok I can see that they would pay for his flight and hotel room but where'd the other lets say ten grand go? At first I thought they were saying that this was an official trip as in political official not a trip to fox news. I suppose this isnt that unusual and my level of concern is pretty much nill now, sorry for wasting the time of anyone who bothered to read this which is probably no one.
The cardinal makes some good points, that science without religion gave us the atomic bomb, but religion without reason becomes fundamentalism.
Aparently the church believes in evolution too.
Monsignor Gianfranco Basti, director of the Vatican project STOQ, or Science,
Theology and Ontological Quest, reaffirmed John Paul's 1996 statement that
evolution was "more than just a hypothesis."
"A hypothesis asks whether
something is true or false," he said. "(Evolution) is more than a hypothesis
because there is proof."
Man they need to tell their people in this country that. The inspiration for this was the 1992 appology for the church attacking galileo for proposing that the earth circles the sun, not the other way around as the church taught. hmm.. the pope can admit that the church made a mistake and that science has proven its point. I wonder when all of our evangalists will grow-up and be able to admit that?
no wonder they keep trying to kill pbs.
oh story saying that there is clear evidence that the torture scandal go all the way to Cheney, not to shocking, theres so many things to be mad at the republicans about, who has the energy to fight all these battles?
Article about how many people have lost their health care since 2000 and mentions the 35 billion dollars that the congress wants to slash from medicaid whic is the only thing many americans have. This is offset by the possitive side which mentions that our congress receives excellent health care, thats good I wouldn't want any rich people to have to pay those outrageous medical bills.
the US is installing a record number of wind power plants. sounds like a good plan to me, helps rural areas, reduced energy costs, reduced dependence on foreign energy. I like hearing good news coming from the energy sector.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
ok so the story is good for pointing out how the american public feels about the president and his administration, or at least the public opinion of the public that gets polled. But then again theres that damn liberal media that buries the fact that his approval rating is down to 35% the lowest of his presidency, on the second page of the article. 9 percent thats all we need is another 9 percent and he will be the lowest rated of any president since the polls have started. Nixon holds that record now at 27%. of course his favorablity is down to 33% so there's 2 percent that think unfavorably of him but approve of the job he's doing. Its terrible that we need to endure 3 more years of this but at this rate he should have no trouble becoming the least liked president ever. Hell there were as many pro-lincoln people in the south as there are non-republicans that like bush.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Survey USA Abortion by State
So the moral of the story is 56% of the country is pro-choice and 38% is anti-abortion,
Iâ€™m sorry I canâ€™t use the term pro-life to describe anti-abortion because thereâ€™s a lot more to being pro-life than just being against abortion. If your truly pro-life then you are against capital punishment and against all wars and you are for universal health care and providing food for all who need it in every country, If you believe in pro-life then you would be furious with anyone who dares to attack a sovereign nation, you would be appalled by sanctioning the medical supplies of a country that would lead to half a million babies dying unnecessarily, pro-life means helping immigrants to get established in this nation, if your concerned about life then your probably against torture and nuclear proliferation and landmines and chemical weapons and depleted uranium, if one is truly pro-life then you must accept all these things and probably many more that I didnâ€™t think of. If you are truly pro-life and accept all of these terms then that is OK by me and while I disagree I will happily accept your decision. Of course if you call your-self pro-life and you donâ€™t agree with this rant then you are most likely simply a hypocrite, or you simply have listened to others and never really thought about it. I can accept the latter of those two so long as you are still willing to listen, because then they can still make a choice and I am pro-choice.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Shakespeare's Sister writes:
You know, the thing that makes me angriest about this is that Bush is still playing to his base, that 30% or so who think that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs to church, as if heâ€™s still running for something. Itâ€™s always, always politics; itâ€™s all they know how to do. Never has there come a time when he has seemed to recognize that he needs to govern instead of campaign, or that heâ€™s president of the entire United States.
Liberal Avenger points out that Alito, a man worth a little over a half a million dollars, was the fortunate recipient of a buttload of stock last year:
I want to know WHO "bequested" a quarter-million dollars worth of Exxon-Mobil stock to Alito and I want to know WHY. These are legitimate questions for a Supreme Court nominee. We'll accept no bullshit obfuscation from the White House on this front -- "a nominee's personal finances are exactly that -- personal..."
Dear right wing militarist,
Posted by Evan Derkacz on October 31, 2005 at 11:19 AM.
Caesar crosses the Rubicon into Empire. Cool!Pointing to a passage from a National Review column in which the writer counsels Bush to "cross the Rubicon" in a number of areas in which he's tanking, Jonathan Schwarz writes:
I would be more comfortable if people like Victor Davis Hansonâ€”i.e., right-wing militarist historians beloved by Dick Cheney and Scooter Libbyâ€”didn't write columns calling on George Bush to "cross the Rubicon..."
You might think a National Review editor would tell Victor Davis Hanson: "Uh, Vic... here's the thing. Most people remember that the moment Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with his army is seen as the point at which the Roman Republic died and the Roman Empire was born. So, as a right wing militarist, you might be better off using a different figure of speech. Just, you know, so people don't think you actually want Bush to destroy republican government in the U.S."
But apparently the National Review has never had such editors. Either that or they did, but then Hanson stabbed them all to death with his gladius.
That link came from here
And I got there from here
and Im pretty sure I got to cursor from the Rude Pundit.
Oh and I think we should have stuck with the term TreasonGate instead of PlameGate, just has a lot stronger ring to it.
So Fitz is unwilling to hit them with the treason charges but he did stop plea bargin talks saying that Libby must see serious jail time. I cant remeber where I read that and its obviously not an exact quote but it was close enough.
Acording to Fitz he cant try Libby on some of the serious crimes because he doesnt know the motive, state of knowledge, or intent of the leak, of course he doesnt know much of this because Libby lied. So if you murder someone, then just lie about it the whole time in court and all they can charge you with is perjury and false statements, What The Fuck kind of legal president is that? The other factor here is that the espionage act does not care about intent or motive, if you out an agent you broke the law. The Fact that a CIA operative died because of this leak doesnt seem to be effecting anyone in the slightest. They are still only charging him with lying about the crime not the crime itself.
This is only one of many cases that will come under the scruitiny of the blogs, the question is wither or not the MSM will look into these cases. Fox will call it protecting the rights of the police to prosicute crimes, as apposed to violation of privacy.
"There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House," Reid said. He said Bush and Cheney "should come clean with the American public."
Reid added, "This has gotten way out of hand, and the American people deserve better than this."
Reid, D-Nev., also said Bush should pledge not to pardon any aides convicted as a result of the investigation into the disclosure of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity
Im not sure how I didnt think of this but its a great point after all of this there is still the chance that bush will just pardon everyone involved. Im not even sure what I would want to do if that happened, crazed shooting spree, nah not my style, Nuke the white house? I dont have money for a nuke, maybe just move to australia. Im pretty lazy, Ill most likely just sit here and bitch about it for a while.
Well three cheers to Reid for finialy coming after the White house.
Oh and on a semi-related topic. Here is a piece about how Fitzgerald missed an important part about how illegal it is to even mention the name of CIA agent even to other people with Top Secret clearance, unless it is a need to know basis. This was clearly not a need to know situation and their for anyone who spoke her name has broken the law. There is almost nothing that the CIA hides more closely than the names of its NOC agents, these are the agents who are on spy missions without the protection of the government. Remeber the movie Mission Imposible? Tom Cruise coming in throught the increadible security? He was after the NOC list. It was only a movie but when they were writing it they must have tried to think of the most sensitive piece of information they could come up with and they came up with the NOC list. So then we have White House personel using that information for political gain. They need to go to jail for a very long time, there are certain things that are simply off-limits to using for political gain over a rival, If this is allowed then they might as well allow political assasination. Rather than have debates we could just have duels, two canidates 20 yards apart with pistols, but we need to keep it exciting so maybe have it like a paint ball arena and they can run around untill one of them is killed.
-------- Approve -------- ------- Disapprove ------ No
NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly opin.
10/29/05 39 22 17 58 13 45 3
And they had him as fairly high before this, so other polls will probably put him a few points lower.
Oh and here a little article about the new Supreme Court nomine, Alito
I havent been able to read the whole thing yet but it starts right out attacking bush for picking a person who is so far to the right just to pacify one segment of his party while dividing the country even further.
A Free Press, hmm.. interesting concept.
Editor and Publisher
Why is it that calling a person a liberal is an insult? they reference mcarthyism and say that liberals are the new communists. But why? How is it that the right has gained so much power and yet is so disliked by the country? how can a few extreamists control our government? and what can we learn from them? should we start using their tactics? Should we just make up stories and spread them around so quickly that everyone just assumes they are correct, so that by the time the truth comes out no one is even paying attention? It might not be an ethical plan but it works, and its funny the people so well versed in this are the ones who are trying to save the morals of this country. Is it irony, or is it cold and calculated? It is a little frightening when almost every major television news has the same thing to say about an issue. I will agree with them, its no watergate, no one died as a result of watergate. Watergate was illegal trespassing and stealing, treasongate on the other had is outing a CIA agent, also called treason, and lying about reasons to go to war. so they are right watergate isnt shit campared to what is going on now.
I do have to say though that Rove is an increadibly smart man, we is doing an amazing job of keeping the media focused on the Supreme court nomines and not on treasongate, or plaimegate or whatever you feel like calling it. http://www.buzzflash.com/editorial/05/11/edi05068.html
The only person that I fear right now is our president. He will destroy this nation if he is not stopped imediatly.