Dearest Readers, Prissy has had a busy week of "hurry-up and wait". The Daily Show put us off again, after they became lost in Cincinnati. Boo-hoo, they tell us TDS will return to Columbus in March. Prissy will keep you posted.
Guarding the Truth Female German Concentration Camp former Guard speaks
Konzentrationslager Ravensbrueck was completed in 1939 to incarcerate Hitler's political enemies, but within a few years it had evolved into a brutal exemplar of Nazi "extermination through work," a slave labor camp where "undesirable" women -- first German opponents of the regime and prostitutes and criminals, then Gypsies, Jews and resisters -- toiled for the Nazi war machine. By mid-1944, the camp -- a high-walled, barbed-wire hellhole in which 40,000 starving, disease-ridden prisoners were crammed into barracks built for one-fifth that number -- supplied slaves to dozens of satellite camps and factories locally and across Germany.
The camp also served as the training ground for female SS guards, who, like notorious war criminal Irma Grese, then went on to serve in death camps such as Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen or Maidanek. Several dozen, with whips and dogs, ran the barracks alongside armed SS men, and more than 400 others marched the prisoners to their grinding work each day. Historians have shown that virtually all these female SS guards were simple German-speaking women from either the surrounding Mecklenburg region or Austria; most, like Margarete, were under 30, unattached, and had little schooling.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.--George Santayana (1863 - 1952), The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
Which group will be the Nazis, next time? What criteria will be used to determine where genocide begins or ends? Pray for justice before that time can come to pass...
The Fix by Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post Rep. Cunningham Enters Guilty Plea, Resigns
According to The Associated Press, Cunningham admitted "he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators." The defense contracting firm at the center of the scandal is MZM Inc., which is run by Mitchell Wade. Here's one of many Post stories from earlier this year with background on Wade's ties to Cunningham.
Cunningham is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 27. FindLaw.com has copies of the charges filed against Cunningham and his plea agreement.
More about MZM-Cunningham issues statement on home sale
MZM provides highly classified human intelligence support to the U.S. Military. While I am not at liberty to discuss the specifics of MZM's classified work, I can say that in 2003 MZM was actively seeking space for its operations close to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. Mr. Wade shared with me that his company hoped to acquire space where he could locate highly secure communications equipment along with quarters for employees visiting from other cities. I informed Mr. Wade that Nancy and I were contemplating selling our home in the Del Mar Heights neighborhood, which is close to Miramar.
After learning about the size and location of our property, Mr. Wade advised me that MZM would be interested in purchasing our house. I understood that MZM wanted the property for use as an office and as corporate housing until such time as MZM could locate more secure facilities for its operations at one of the military installations in the San Diego area. However, my understanding was that MZM would retain ownership of the property for use as corporate housing even if Mr. Wade was able to locate a more secure facility for their office operations at Miramar.
From USA Today Bush administration won't reconsider ports deal
The president's national security adviser said the White House would keep trying to persuade lawmakers — there's more time since the company offered to delay its takeover — but the administration wouldn't reconsider its approval.
"There are questions raised in the Congress, and what this delay allows is for those questions to be addressed on the Hill," Stephen Hadley said. "There's nothing to reopen."
There you have it. In other words, they will do as Dubya damn well pleases. No law or lawmaker will stop them. They have made so many other reliable decisions regarding national security...and say we should continue to "trust them."
By the way, the Coast Guard DOES NOT inspect cargo coming into American ports! They are lying AGAIN...Geez, the kids in the prisons didn't lie as much as this crowd.
Blunt truths, from Doug Thompson at Capitol Hill Blue The S.O.B. has to go
He is more dangerous than Osama bin Laden and more corrupt than any President in modern history. He is, simply put, a threat who must be removed from office now by whatever legal means necessary to protect the safety of the nation.Howard Scripps News -Bonnie Erbe Time to impeach Bush
Personally, I do not find illegal wiretapping to be the worst offense committed against our nation by this president. I'd rate purposefully destructive federal overspending as the most egregious transgression. Did you happen to notice last week Treasury Secretary John Snow "informed Congress that he would begin borrowing from the federal employees' retirement fund to avoid exceeding the nation's statutory debt limit of $8.184 trillion"? That, as reported by my Scripps Howard colleague, Dale McFeatters.
I'd rate "tricking" Americans into a costly, deadly, unwinnable war in Iraq and alienating most other nations as second. I'd rate wanton disregard for science and the promotion of so-called junk science to wit, global warming is a gossamer concept as an excuse for environmental destruction as third. Abramoff-related partisan corruption and the outing of CIA agent Plame would figure in there somewhere. And somewhere lower down the list would come warrantless wiretaps.
From TruthOut White House 'Discovers' 250 Emails Related to Plame Leak by Jason Leopold.
The emails are said to be explosive, and may prove that Cheney played an active role in the effort to discredit Plame Wilson's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a vocal critic of the Bush administration's prewar Iraq intelligence, sources close to the investigation said.
Sources close to the probe said the White House "discovered" the emails two weeks ago and turned them over to Fitzgerald last week. The sources added that the emails could prove that Cheney lied to FBI investigators when he was interviewed about the leak in early 2004. Cheney said that he was unaware of any effort to discredit Wilson or unmask his wife's undercover status to reporters.
If they had not discovered them, the Germans have a technology to "bring them back" from dead hard drive. Apparently, someone told the Bushies this and now the missing emails have been "found." Another amazing Bush world coincidence.
See below: From a right-wing nut child. This boy apparently gets ALL of his news from FOX, because this lad won't be hit with the truth until it bombs his suburb. Oh my... Should we prosecute sedition? He doesn't even know what sedition is. Perhaps this young man should be prosecuted for disloyalty to his country as well as the Constitution; or at least spanked and sent to his room to read it.
His date of birth? 1984! Read the book too, lad...And he thinks he should be telling grown-ups what to do.
Let us consider, however, the probable consequences of Gore's mea culpa on behalf of the "majority" of his countrymen. No doubt his words will fuel the massive tide of propaganda spewing forth from Muslim dictatorships around the globe. No doubt his words will be used to bolster the credibility of horrific disinformation like the Turkish-made, Gary-Busey-and-Billy Zane-starring monstrosity "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq," which accuses American troops of war atrocities and depicts a Jewish-American doctor (Busey) slicing organs out of Arab victims and shipping the body parts off to New York, London and Israel. No doubt Gore's speech will precipitate additional violence against Americans in Iraq and around the globe.
Al Gore-sue this boy for slander. Someone needs to teach him the facts of life-his Reaganite parents obviously failed in their duties. Cash will not quench his thirst, when water is required. Ask the residents of New Orleans...
Prissy has seen juvenile delinquents with a better developed sense of American patriotism. We should pity boys like Ben...Ben has a large vocabulary, yet no real world experience from which to justify his view.
Educate yourself, son...because you are destroying your own future! From the U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute in PDF A Hundred Osamas: Islamist Threats and the Future of Counterinsurgency
This monograph takes its title from President Hosni Mubarak's prediction that American involvement in Iraq would give rise to a "hundred Osamas." The author explores "the new jihad" and the regeneration of Islamist insurgencies and extremist movements in the context of religious and political movements throughout the Muslim world.
The world is now a more dangerous place for Americans,than before 911.
This is not just Prissy's opinion, but that of most terrorism experts, the CIA, U.S. Army War College and many others. In fact, it is the opinion of everyone studying these issues, except neocons...whom would rather sacrifice the entire planet, rather than admit their ideology is skewed...
The Scotsman Allies meet over Iraq deployment
MILITARY officials from Britain, Japan, Australia and the United States were meeting in London today to discuss troop deployments in Iraq as the country slips further towards civil war.
Ohio has so many problems...let us start with a prime instigator-Kenneth Blackwell. From the Yurica Report Blackwell's Un-American Scheme Under the Guise of "Character and Civic Renewal" Ohio State Foists a Religious Moral Code upon Its Citizens by Katherine Yurica
The 20-Rules to "good" character is titled "UncommonSense" which Blackwell recommends " as a character ethics model for Ohio's business and government leaders." Blackwell invites candidates for office to join him in launching a revolution of character-building in our great state."
Blackwell speaks candidly. It is a revolution in a deceptively pretty package. Hidden in its paragraphs are concepts of submission, obedience, inspection of the personal lives of people, and the loss of personal rights and freedom that would make America's founding fathers stand on their heads in their graves. In short it is a Dominionist document: a religious treatise in secular terms, but dominionist to the core. It's a brilliant little package to get millions of evangelical Christians and their friends to accept authoritarian government without even a whisper of protest.
Blackwell, like most neoRepublicans is far more concerned about the state of his personal bank account than in the state of the state...Remember Blackwell, cheaters never win.
He deludes himself with visions of being president. Perhaps he thinks they will cheat for him all the way to the White House. Good one, Kenny.
The neorepublican party used Ken, he just doesn't want to believe it.
Prissy is positive a much needed subpoena to Kenny, will clarify things for him.
Iraq government warns of risk of "endless civil war" And this is reason 210,987 why Dubya MUST be put out on his butt-IMPEACH HIM...before his kind destroys all human life. From Reuters
"If there is a civil war in this country it will never end," Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi, a minority Sunni Muslim in the Shi'ite-led interim government, told a news conference.
"We are ready to fill the streets with armored vehicles."
Iraq's 232,000-strong, U.S.-trained security forces have few tanks but U.S. forces, which routinely patrol Baghdad with heavy armor, are also standing by, commanders said. The loyalties of the largely untried new police and Iraqi army could be tested in any clash with militias from which many were recruited.
The Pentagon said in a report on Friday no Iraqi units were able to fight on their own but about 40,000 troops were in battalions able to take the lead in combat with support from U.S. forces, an increase of 50 percent in the past three months.
If the United States continues to refuse to leave occupied Iraq, this country will also suffer and be endangered on a daily basis. More proof neoRepublicans care not what or who they destroy. They are too thick to be aware their money will not save them or this planet from destruction. Their "security methods" can easily make Earth uninhabitable for all of us...
Quotes of the Day "We're turning our ports over to the Arabs. We can't even turn Iraq over to the Arabs. ... This is like putting Bill Clinton in charge at a Hooters, it's not a good idea."
Quotes of the Day
"We're turning our ports over to the Arabs. We can't even turn Iraq over to the Arabs. ... This is like putting Bill Clinton in charge at a Hooters, it's not a good idea."--Jay Leno
Today was the big White House President's Day clearance sale -- all our ports must go, no offer refused, no enemy turned down, Crazy George is insane, come on down!" --Jay Leno
"To the vice president's credit, he did own up to it. On FOX News he said the fault was his, he can't blame anybody else. Boy, it's amazing, the only time you get accountability out of this administration is when they are actually holding a smoking gun." --Bill Maher
Sometimes what's right isn't as important as what's profitable.--Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park
There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.--Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.--Steven Weinberg (1933 - ), quoted in The New York Times, April 20, 1999