Monday, December 12, 2005

Tell Me Another One, Just Like the Other One...

The mainstream media continues to justify war, although one would think the guilt of what they support and why they support it would crush them. Perhaps guilt requires a semblance of humanity.

Fox for instance, wants us all to understand someone wants to take away the meaning of Christmas. Why on earth are people who shop in exclusive boutiques telling us who takes away from the meaning of Christmas? Prissy thinks they pulled this "story" out of their desperado hat.

What else can they do when they refuse to print real news-warts and all?

UPDATE: The Prissy Patriot will return with a late Wednesday edition. Prissy will be out investigating for hope the spark of Democracy still exists. Check back for updates like these: From Live Journal-Al-Qaeda the Database Unbound

In a lengthy excerpt posted on Wayne Madsen's site, Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence, explains the origins of the word "al-Qaeda." As previously noted by British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, "al-Qaeda" has nothing to do with a terrorist organization, as the neocons and the corporate media tell us over and over, ad infinitum, but is in fact a database.

"In the early 1980s the Islamic Bank for Development, which is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, like the Permanent Secretariat of the Islamic Conference Organization, bought a new computerized system to cope with its accounting and communication requirements,"Bunel explains. "It was decided to use a part of the system's memory to host the Islamic Conference's database. It was possible for the countries attending to access the database by telephone: an Intranet, in modern language. The governments of the member-countries as well as some of their embassies in the world were connected to that network." Files associated to the database were called "Q eidat il-Maaloomaat" and "Q eidat i-Taaleemaat" in Arabic. "Those two files were kept in one file called in Arabic "Q eidat ilmu'ti'aat" which is the exact translation of the English word database. But the Arabs commonly used the short word Al Qaida which is the Arabic word for "base." From CNN-Anti-Arab rioters smash cars, windows in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Violence on the streets of Sydney spilled into a second night Monday, as scores of youths drove through beachside suburbs smashing windows of stores, homes and apartments, police said.

Any hopes that a race riot Sunday would be an isolated incident were shattered after dark when car loads of youths rampaged through southeastern Sydney chased by hundreds of police vehicles and a helicopter.

France and now Australia? Fire Dog Lake-Split Screen Bimbos: This Is How We Get Our Information?

Tonight's episode of Hardball was truly staggering. Jim VandeHei pipes up and announces that Stephen Hadley told Karl Rove about Valerie Plame's identity early in the game, prior to his conversation with Robert Novak:

We do know from the indictment of Scooter Libby that there certainly was a conversation between Libby and Rove where it was mentioned that Bob Novak (no relation to Viveca) was making phone calls and asking about Valerie Plame and that they discussed it. We still don't know where Karl Rove originally learned about Valerie Plame. That's still one of the mysteries. We know one of them, he had heard it from was Hadley as sort of just chatter inside the office, but he had learned it earlier from some other place and we still don't know where that is.

Who could forget this gem? RAW Story-Diebold CEO resigns after reports of fraud litigation, internal woes

The chief executive officer of electronic voting company Diebold who once famously declared that he would "deliver" Ohio for President Bush has resigned effective immediately, RAW STORY has learned.

"The board of directors and Wally mutually agreed that his decision to resign at this time for personal reasons was in the best interest of all parties," the company's new chairman said in a statement.

Diebold KNOWS they cheated the public and now they know that we know...Readers, if you get a chance-please google the General Accountability Office and see the federal governments scathing report regarding the reliability of the 2000 and 2004 federal elections. Ohio and Florida had so many problems. Hmm-and now Wally O'Dell resigns...both as CEO and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors-yet another Bush administration "coincidence."

More Dubya and his culture of death, via the "Terminator"... Convicted killer Williams put to death in Calif. Former gang member's appeals, requests for clemency fail

Prissy has worked with many killers-ones just like Tookie. Most of them would kill again-some who were let out at age 21, did just that. And the murders were grisly ones.

Anyway, after reviewing Tookies arguement, I would have let him live-in prison, that is. In no way does this excuse the lives he took. Interestingly, he claimed to be innocent. Prissy is not against the death penalty, per say, but against the inequality with which it is applied. So until that can happen, it shouldn't happen...a fair trial is everything.

However, Tookie was worth more to the state alive than he was dead as a deterrent for other thugs and murderers. Ones like him can be effective presenters, regardless of what others may say who have not worked in corrections.

About Arnold- he knew full well he wasn't going to commute the death sentence before the weekend. Why was he pretending to think about it? He is one sadistic animal himself for waiting until the last, to make his announcement...

Dearest Readers, speaking of reliable news you listen to Air America? Prissy has been the last few months-it is AM-but there are some excellent news programs. Prissy isn't big on Al Franken, but Ring of Fire on Saturday's (with RFK Jr.) is excellent. A breath of fresh air. Please write with any recommendations you may have, Prissy will print them here.

Here is what is going on Dec 14, Wednesday at noon in Columbus... Congressman Patrick Tiberi will be receiving a Bring Our Troops Home petition from his constituents, in front of his local office. At least 25 people will be there-with signs- to let him know he has constituents.

Last month, Pat held a "town hall meeting." His so-called "town hall meeting" consisted of the same old talking points and was a waste of their time, according to most participants. Tiberi hasn't been in politics long enough to take voters for granted. He forgets congress has a lower approval rating than Dubya...

One participant, a Marine mom - also a PhD candidate at OSU, said the experience left her disillusioned with the Democratic system. She realizes we are dealing with a neoRepublicans mindset which does not care about our troops-only towing the neoRepublicans talking points.

Politicians and our media are responsible for the demise of democracy. This brand of American shames and stains the American flag with their laundry list of deceit.

They have dishonored the dead who have given their lives over the last two hundred years, so that free speech and liberty for all could be the birthright of every American.

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More corporate "news" compare to survey done by Iraqis' for Iraq. ABC,BBC- Watch how both maintain their interests... Yahoo-Poll: Most Iraqis Oppose Troops' Presence

More than two-thirds of those surveyed oppose the presence of troops from the United States and its coalition partners and less than half, 44 percent, say their country is better off now than it was before the war, according to an ABC News poll conducted with Time magazine and other media partners.

Attitudes about Iraq's future were sharply different in the Sunni provinces and other parts of Iraq, however. Only a third in the Sunni regions were optimistic about their country's future. Shiites, who with the Kurds dominate the current parliament, had a much more positive view than the Sunnis of their own personal safety and whether their own lives are going well.

A majority of both the Sunni and Shiite population say they favor a unified country, however.

In other poll findings:

_Two-thirds express confidence in the Iraqi army and in police.

_Half now say the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was wrong, up from 39 percent in February 2004.

_More than six in 10 say they feel safe in their neighborhoods, up from 40 percent in June 2004.

_Six in 10 say local security is good, up from half in February 2004.

But the national concern mentioned most often is security, named by 57 percent.

A fourth of those surveyed, 26 percent, say U.S. forces should leave now, and another 19 percent say troops should leave after those chosen in this week's election take office. The other half say U.S. troops should stay until security is restored, 31 percent, until Iraqi forces can operate independently, 16 percent, or longer, 5 percent.

A picture worth a thousand media sponsored polls...from Iraq

Prissy thinks this poll from the telegraph is more reliable:

The survey was conducted by an Iraqi university research team that, for security reasons, was not told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces. It reveals:

Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified - rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;

82 per cent are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops;

less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;

67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;

43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;

72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.

The opinion poll, carried out in August, also debunks claims by both the US and British governments that the general well-being of the average Iraqi is improving in post-Saddam Iraq.

The findings differ markedly from a survey carried out by the BBC in March 2004 in which the overwhelming consensus among the 2,500 Iraqis questioned was that life was good. More of those questioned supported the war than opposed it.

Differ don't say.

Dubya's brand of diplomacy, making friends where ever we go... The UK Sunday Mail-Dec 11, 2005-SHELL SHOCK US frigate's terrifying ultimatum to Scots skipper one mile off Rhum

AN American warship fired four warning shots across the bow of a tiny Scots cargo boat - just a mile off the coast of Rhum.

The USS Klakring radioed Greig Milligan - skipper of the tiny Spanish John II - with a chilling ultimatum: "Move away from the safety zone or we will open fire." Redress Information & Analysis "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."(Edmund Burke, political thinker, 1729-97) What awaits Samira? Uri Avnery* recalls the reasons for the pain of Iraq-16 October 2005

Uri Avnery recalls why millions of decent, innocent Iraqis are having to live through a daily hell; why "Iraq looks now like a broken toy, taken apart by a wilful, mindless child". He says that it is not that what is happening to Iraq had been unpredictable, but that it could have been avoided if the US "had not been led by a tenth-rate politician; if policy had not been shaped by neo-conservatives blinded by a fanatical obsession; if Tony Blair, who should have known better, had not been an incorrigible opportunist".

*Uri Avnery is an Israeli journalist, writer and peace activist. From Jane's- Counterterrorism co-operation is endangered by US renditions (Full article requires paid subscription)Vital global counterterrorism co-operation is under threat in the wake of several international inquiries into the US government practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries outside the established legal framework, known as 'extraordinary renditions'. These inquires could also see US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives face legal action.

At issue is the US practice of rendition, which includes such missions as "snatch and grab" operations, as well as the shipment of prisoners already in the custody of one state to another for arrest, detention or interrogation - outside the lines of regular extradition processes.

The missions are typically carried out by CIA or Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) officers and have involved scores of suspects. Egypt alone has received "60 or 70" terrorist suspects from the US, Ahmed Nazif, the Egyptian Prime Minister, said in May. Media Monitors Network-Torture and White Phosphorus

Guerilla warfare, terrorism, and fanatical causes are not new to the 21st century, they are as old as human society, and governments have had many ways of dealing with them. This goes so far as governments changing around those regarded as terrorists and heroes, according to the needs of the time, much the way victors in a war define who were the good guys and bad guys.

One thing history surely does tell us is that nothing is more dangerous than Condeleezza's tendency to speak in sweeping, virtually meaningless generalizations about the people she regards as foes. Every war of aggression, every wave of state terror, every deadly fanatical cause has used just such terms. People are described with de-humanized slogans, making them easy to hate and abuse. We should all go on a personal terror alert when powerful figures talk this way.

Torturers and traitors to democracy do not deserve the right to call themselves Americans. The Pledge of allegiance to the United States requires liberty and justice for all...

Yahoo News-US "peace mom" Sheehan in new play by Nobel winner

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who won wide attention with a vigil outside President George W. Bush's ranch in the name of her soldier son killed in Iraq, is the subject of a new play by Nobel laureate Dario Fo.

"Peace Mom" received its world premiere in London on Saturday night, starring British actress Frances de la Tour, with both Sheehan and Italian dramatist Fo in the audience.

The one-woman show is based on extracts from Sheehan's letters to Bush and other writings. Wayne Madsen (Some claim he is a CIA asset-Um, yeah, sure. Prissy hasn't seen any evidence which points to this-please send it if you do)

December 11, 2005 -- SPECIAL REPORT. Additional ties between southern Christian fundamentalists, Texas oil interests, and Russian-Israeli mobsters and weapons smugglers uncovered. According to informed Washington insiders, there is increasing evidence of financial links between key "Christian Right" GOP notables and an international ring of Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli mobsters tied to notorious Russian weapons smuggler Viktor Vasilevich (aka Anatoliyevich) Bout.

Bout, whose U.S. assets were frozen by the Treasury Department, continues to provide various contractor services in Iraq and is considered by Condoleezza Rice to be out-of-bounds for U.S. law enforcement authorities.

12070362/1056 Cincinnati Enquirer-Sparks fly over voter ID proposal

Abrupt, multiple revisions to House Bill 3 drew ire.

Under state law now, registered voters only have to sign their name in poll books during elections. Poll workers can ask a voter to verify a home address if there is a potential discrepancy, but identification is not required to vote. The new law requires voters to show a photo ID or some other official proof of their home address.

"This bill has so many bad things in it that I don't know where to start," said Peg Rosenfield, election specialist with the League of Women Voters of Ohio.

For instance, there were only four confirmed cases of voter fraud in Ohio last year despite widespread rumors to the contrary, she said. More alarming is what she perceives as new efforts to disenfranchise voters. "This is a voter suppression bill," she said.

And one more...from Capital Hill Blue. Unfortunately, Dubya is the kind to say such a thing. Bush on the Constitution: 'It's just a g**damned piece of paper'

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

"I don't give a g**damn," Bush retorted. I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."

"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a g**damned piece of paper!"

I've talked to three people present for the meeting that day and they all confirm that the President of the United States called the Constitution "a g**damned piece of paper."

As a Criminal Justice major in college, Prissy is horrified beyond words that a president of the United States would commit such blasphemy.

Dubya at Harvard, a serious student? Perhaps he was studying the Constitution...

Quotes of the Day

It's not the people who are in prison worry me. It's the people who aren't. ~Arthur Gore

News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising. ~Lord Northcliffe,founder of the Daily Mirror

"For those of you who aren't Jewish, Hannukah is the celebration of when a tiny amount of oil lasted for eight days. Boy, sound's like a Republican's worst nightmare, doesn't it? A fuel-efficient device that doesn't use a lot of oil?" ~Jay Leno

"In a speech yesterday, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld criticized the media for casting the war in Iraq in a negative light. Yeah, he said they should focus on the light-hearted and fun aspects of the war." ~Conan O'Brien

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