Dearest Readers, News reports and "talking points" are telling neoRepublicans that the folks who come into their office asserting that representatives should be paying better attention to the needs of the country are dangerous. Especially those claiming to stand for peace.
Apparently, the little fascists know what they have done, and they know how badly they have done it. This is surely the only reasonable explanation for their sudden fear of peace activists.
On Friday a small group of us went into to a previously scheduled appointment with our Senators aides. We stood in the lobby, which had been renovated with new security measures within the last six weeks. No one in the office would look at us.
The four of us were certainly everyday Americans. Prissy was there with two retired folks and a Recreation center Director. Certainly no mob with torches and pitchforks, but they seem to be expecting us to pull one out of our folder at any time... we already know who the scaries really are, don't we dear readers?
We told them that we all come from different organizations, but wanted to take the time to let them know we don't feel they are doing a good job of representing what is the majority view of their own constituents. We let them know politely, this is unacceptable behavior and a town hall style meeting is in order, as they have some explaining to do to the American people.
We took turns explaining why we are serious about wanting answers and why we will continue to return until we receive them-at their convenience, within reason. (One military mom has been attempting to get an appointment with them for 6 months)We all want some real answers. We tire of their foot dragging and repeated failures-from the war in Iraq to the port deal to civil liberties. We told them we want to know why they are refusing to get behind the people on these issues.
His assistant, while mostly polite, used a few of the neoRepublican "Let me try and feel superior by putting you down in some small, needling way." Each barb fell far short of its goal.
Prissy actually voted for one of the Senators, not that it makes much difference these days. They know the whole world, literally, is angry with them. They are becoming very afraid. A casual observer of politics knows for every major foul-up there is the inevitable backlash. Think about what it must be like to be a Republican these days and attempt to defend or justify that weak position.
We only got to speak with one aide. The other cancelled, citing the need to work on an alternative energy policy. I'll say. Prissy thinks they are about 30 years too late for that meeting...
They were too busy making fun of the tree huggers whom were asking for these things, way back when in the 60's and 70's. Dubya's buddies think Silent Spring is a bed that doesn't squeak.
New term: Economic Treason- this happens when an American corporation sells out ones own country and fellow Americans, for unconscionable record CEO profits.
Example: A corporation moves jobs overseas, avoiding American taxes and laws. At the same time exploiting the new workers being paid pennies in unsafe working conditionsand the other workers left behind with no job, pensions or health benefits...
Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him.”
These kids make Prissy proud to be an American! Great job of dissent with style! Gonzo just kept talking...
Civilian Inmate Labor Camps In PDF-All about the "labor camps". Who are they planning to put in them? They claim it is to help corrections officials. We already have more prisons than any other country! Can you say Concentration Camp? I thought you could.
More about Dubya's SS, from Capital Hill Blue Bush declares war on freedom of the press
As part of the investigation, the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency are wiretapping reporters' phones, following journalists on a daily basis, searching their homes and offices under a USA Patriot Act provision that allows "secret and undisclosed searches" and pouring over financial and travel records of hundreds of Washington-based reporters.
Spokesmen for the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security admit there are "ongoing investigations" regarding publication of stories "involving threats to national security" but will not reveal what those investigations include.
In addition to using the USA Patriot Act to pry into the lives of journalists, the Justice Department has also dusted off a pre-World War I law to prosecute people who receive classified information, although the law was aimed at military personnel not civilians.
Note to Dubya's SS: If you bother Prissy, she will request a polygraph-proving to you that women's intuition is not illegal. Don't expect to have anything answered which isn't related to this blog. No one needs secret clearance to tell what these dolts will do next-only a working brain.
International Herald Spying program illegal, Senate committee told (Listen to this DeWine! You tell the president to break the law and refuse to give straight answers regarding that law, yourself. Just where IS that pre-war intelligence report?)
Most voiced skepticism of the president's assertion that his wartime powers allow him to bypass the courts and spy on Americans' international calls and e-mail messages without warrants. Bush's legal theory, they said, is both wrong and dangerous.
Aides said it was possible that a third hearing, featuring the previous attorney general, John Ashcroft, and the former deputy attorney general, James Comey, could take place in March. The two reportedly had doubts about the program's legality, and the White House has discouraged Ashcroft and Comey from testifying.
WASHINGTON A group of legal specialists told a Senate committee that President George W. Bush's domestic spying program is illegal and may set a precedent that allows wartime presidents to break laws freely in the name of national security.
In its second hearing on the once- secret surveillance program, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Tuesday from a number of law professors and former officials. Most voiced skepticism of the president's assertion that his wartime powers allow him to bypass the courts and spy on Americans' international calls and e-mail messages without warrants. Bush's legal theory, they said, is both wrong and dangerous.
From the UK Criminology professional magazine: President Bush could face war crimes charges! 11-25-05
The cat is already out of the bag. President George Bush may have ordered the bombing of al-Jazeera broadcasting stations in Kabul and Baghdad. A simple memo and transcript of his meeting with Prime Minister Blair " who urged restraint " could bring Bush to face war crimes charges
Many of al-Jazeera's employees have long been privately convinced that their two offices were deliberately targeted by the Pentagon, under orders from President George Bush, in 2001 and 2003 respectively.
Another fine mess Dubya's supporter have gotten us into Pressure mounts on Jaafari to quit
Baghdad: Calls for Prime Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari to resign intensified on Sunday as Iraq's Sunni Arab minority blamed him for failing to curb the surge of sectarian killings in the country.
Every sect-Sunni Shia Kurds- don't like the guy, but guess who does?
From UK Sunday Times Washington splits over best policy to halt Iran's nuclear plan
Visiting MPs were astonished by a lack of consensus on the eve of the crucial nuclear meeting
THE US Administration is riven by divisions over how it should tackle Iran's defiance of the international community with its nuclear programme, according to British MPs returning from a fact-finding mission to Washington.
They expressed astonishment that widely differing policies ,ranging from military action to diplomatic soft-pedalling ,were still being debated even as the International Atomic Energy Agency board prepared for its vital meeting in Vienna today.
From Turkish paper Zaman Jyllands-Posten Turns out to be Hitler Fan
Apparently, Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper causing a crisis between the Muslim world and the West when it published cartoons insulting the Prophet Mohammed, had for many years been a pro-fascist publication.
The paper Jyllands-Posten that published profane cartoons of Prophet Mohammed turns out to be a Hitler fan.
Well, well. Didn't see the corporate owned media make this correction regarding the Danish paper...
From the BBC 3-6-06 Amnesty says Iraq abuses continue
Multinational forces are still abusing the human rights of thousands of detainees in Iraq, according to an Amnesty International report. The group said the lessons of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal appeared to have been ignored and reports of torture continued to "pour out of Iraq".
Here comes the GOP one lady wrecking crew, Cindy Sheehan! GO CINDY!! The New York Daily news reports 'Peace Mom' Still Campaigning Against War
Sheehan insists that no one is exploiting her, saying she has her own agenda.
"I really have to stay focused every day on my mission. That's bringing the troops home. This war's illegal and immoral and my son should be alive and nobody else should be dying," she says.
And she says she doesn't spend time thinking about her critics. "It's the people who say I'm their hero who respect me and what I'm doing - they're the ones who I feel so much pressure to not disappoint."
Still liable to tear up when talking about her son, she says her issue is right and wrong, not left and right. She points out that she has criticized Democrats, including Feinstein, for their war stance and has no problem supporting Republicans who oppose the war.
Is there anyone who can doubt the war began to lose support, in direct response to the "Cindy Sheehan Factor?" Cindy gave many military moms the courage to speak out-and it has certainly made a difference. Regarding the accusations that Cindy is a tool of the left; why do they her message is different than that of most people?
Cindy's own courage, considering the frantic attacks of the right wing nut jobs, is remarkable. She went from suburban mom to activist-these big boys have been "in the game" for decades. Shame on them. She is still deeply resented by the right wing-which means she should keep on telling truth to power.
From Iran Press Service IranÂs "Last Word" on Nuclear Crisis Is A Flop
"No matter we are referred to the Security Council, or menaced with sanctions or even a war, we shall not step back", Iran's senior nuclear negotiator reiterated.
And..."They must present sound, logic and reasonable arguments why we must suspend our research and development activities. Some nations like the Americans are concerned that we might produce nuclear weapons, but every body, any scientist, any technician knows well that one can not make atomic bomb starting from research and development step", he explained.
Don't miss this lovely morsel...Jason Leopold Fitzgerald Probes Niger Forgeries
The State Department officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because some of the information they discussed is still classified, indicated that the White House had substantial motive for revealing undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to reporters.
These are truly desperate and extreme measures to block an investigation of the President's conduct. Sen. First is literally threatening the Committee not to exercise oversight over the President's warrantless eavesdropping on Americans.
The Senate Intelligence Committee was created 30 years ago to perform exactly this oversight function , to investigate our government's intelligence activities. Here is how the Committee itself describes its purpose: ...In carrying out this purpose, the Select Committee on Intelligence shall make every effort to assure that the appropriate departments and agencies of the United States provide informed and timely intelligence necessary for the executive and legislative branches to make sound decisions affecting the security and vital interests of the Nation. It is further the purpose of this resolution to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Quotes of the Day
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.--Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.--Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.--Japanese Proverb
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.--Benjamin Franklin