Some people call their plan Project for a New American Century. Prissy and others call it a neocons written goal to overthrow our government. They cannot have our government, it does not belong to them-although they clearly want it gone.
What else would you call it when Grover Norquist suggests to "shrink the United States government so that it could be drowned in a bathtub." Why Grover, why would you wish to do such a thing? Don't you like being an American?
That is the thing about neocons-they wish to have plenty of freedom for themselves-with none left over for you and I. That includes our world neighbors...it isn't really about America for this gang. Or "freedom" being on some march...
Alas for them, they fail to recognize what America is really about-liberty and justice for all. Even if it isn't all the time...we are supposed to strive for it-not contribute to liberty and justice' demise.
But not this gang-they intended to destroy the American system of government. Intentional? According to their previous works, it was is no accident.
Some neoconservatives have since abandoned the "Project" -others now deem it a failure of ideology.
Like communists and the tyrants before them, they failed to consider the reaction of those whose lives and liberties would be laid to ruin. They failed to consider previous successors were only temporary powers at best.
The world has seen the likes of them before and dealt with them accordingly. Important to note that in the end, nearly all lost power- often their lives as well as their ill-gotten fortunes.
Oh My News Korea Complaint filed in 32 countries against U.S. bank data mining Civil liberties group Privacy International demands half to 'unacceptable' monitoring
Privacy International said "the scale of the operation, involving millions of records, places this disclosure in the realm of a fishing exercise rather than legally authorized investigation." The complaint, sent to regulators in all 25 European Union nations as well as Canada, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong, asks authorities to intervene to seek the immediate suspension of the disclosure program pending legal review.'"'All of these countries have the potential to suspend, disrupt, paralyze the system," said the group's director, Simon Davies.
An industry-owned cooperative, SWIFT oversees about 11 million financial transactions a day among banks and financial institutions worldwide, recording customers' names, account numbers and other identifying information.
In a statement, SWIFT said it had responded to subpoenas from the U.S. Treasury for "limited sets of data" and had received assurances about "the purpose, confidentiality, oversight and control" of the information.
We've marched, held vigils, lobbied Congress, camped out at Bush's ranch. We've even gone to jail. Now it's time to do more, says peace mom Cindy Sheehan. While others are celebrating July 4th with barbeques, we'll be showing our patriotism by putting our bodies on the line to bring our troops home.
Hundreds of celebrities, veterans, mothers, and concerned citizens across the country will participate in a rolling fast. Strikers include musicians Willie Nelson and Michael Franti, actors Danny Glover, Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, Gold Star parents Cindy Sheehan and Fernando Suarez, legendary faster and comedian Dick Gregory, environmental activist Diane Wilson, Iraq war veteran Geoffrey Millard and Gulf War vet Michael McPherson, labor leader Dolores Huerta and CODEPINK cofounders Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans and Gael Murphy.
The organizers call on a long history of fasts for political purposes, claiming their place among the Suffragettes, Mahatmas Gandhi and Cesar Chavez. In honor of this rich history, the fasters will gather at the Gandhi memorial statue a Massachusetts and 21st NW on July 3 at 3pm, then march to Pennsylvania Avenue for the meal and press conference at 5pm. In other parts of the country, people will engage in rolling fasts, passing the fast from person to person every 24 hours.
CNN Syria chases Israeli jets out of airspaceIsraeli raids continue in Gaza to save kidnapped soldier
Syria says it chased Israeli warplanes out of its airspace Wednesday after what it called a "hostile and provocative act," Syrian state television reported Wednesday. Israeli jets flew over the country home of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Ladekye, the Israeli military reported. Israeli television reported that al-Assad was at home at the time.
A banner on Syrian television reported that the Syrian air force intercepted the Israeli aircraft and "forced them to separate and leave the area." It called the Israeli airspace breach "an unacceptable, hostile and provocative act."
Haaretz, Israel Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack Christian tourists in Jerusalem
A group of 50 pro-Israel Christian tourists came under attack Wednesday from some 100 residents of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She'arim in Jerusalem.
Three of the tourists and a police officer were wounded in the attack. They received treatment at the scene.
The tourists arrived at Mea She'arim wearing orange T-shirts with the words "Love your neighbor as yourself" printed across them.
More from HaaretzIAF warplanes buzz palace of Syrian President Bashar Assad
Meshal is responsible for the Sunday attack on an IDF base, in which two soldiers were killed and a third kidnapped, Ramon said. Israel launched a "limited" ground offensive into the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday in an effort to force the kidnappers to free the soldier.
In a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Wednesday morning, Ramon said that he was in no doubt that if it were Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden who was orchestrating terrorist attacks from Damascus, the international community would take decisive action to put an end to it.
In response, Gonzales expressed his understanding of the issue, and promised to pass the message along. He mentioned U.S. President George Bush's statement, following the 9/11 terror attack in the United States, in which he said "anyone who aides terror is a terrorist himself."
Why is Gonzo's DOJ advising foreign countries or in any way participating in foreign policy? How can that be ethical? Where is the ABA on this?
Foreign Policy in Focus Commentary Iraq 'Fool Me Twice' by Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.) | June 23, 2006
In October 2002 the White House deceived the Congress and the public, inducing Congress' in the administration's interpretation, to abandon its constitutional responsibilities in matters of war-making.
This 'fool me once' has inflicted on the world 39 months of bloody occupation and war in Iraq.
Now the House has once again, in effect, abandoned its role in any future decision about the need for and the wisdom of initiating war in the name of the people they represent,creating a vacuum the administration will eagerly fill.
It seems high time that the people call to account those whose votes against the amendment 215 Republicans and 47 Democrats'expose the nation to a repeat of October 2002 and its legacy. The United States cannot afford being 'fooled twice' by Congress or the White House.
Nor can the world.
The Pentagon said in a statement: "Homosexuality should not have been characterized as a mental disorder in an appendix of a procedural instruction. A clarification will be issued over the next few days."
"Notwithstanding its inclusion, we find no practical impact since that appendix simply listed factors that do not constitute a physical disability, and homosexuality of course does not," the Pentagon added.
They may be slow, but they eventually catch on...these must be the same ones who really know what happened on 911.
From the Wilderness-marked as a threat to dishonest doings Urgent Message From Mike Ruppert
Between the hours of 7:30 P.M. Sunday, June 25 and 7:30 A.M., Monday, June 26, the FTW offices were burglarized. Four interior doors were smashed with a sledgehammer. All seven FTW computers were transported to a central location in the building. Their covers were removed and they were also smashed with a sledgehammer. No other significant property was taken and there was no other damage to any other fixtures or furnishings.
An active police investigation is underway with a named suspect. I do not believe that this incident was the work of the U.S. government. I do believe that this is the work of an organized meth ring that I prevented from infiltrating my business. As Dmitri Orlov has noted in Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century, when societies collapse, organized crime becomes much more assertive. As beautiful as Southern Oregon is and as happy as I am to be here, the challenges that will be facing all of us as Peak Oil hits are making themselves known.
Zaman Turkey US Secretary of State Rice in Afghanistan
Rice poured lavish praises on Karzai, saying, "I don't know anyone who is more admired and respected in the international community than President Karzai, for his strength, for his wisdom and for his courage."
Afghan President Karzai noted that terrorists want to destroy the country; nevertheless, the government was getting the upper hand in the fight against terrorism. "We have won and won extraordinarily in Afghanistan", said Karzai citing the achievements of his government, though acknowledging Afghanistan is still experiencing security problems.
There has been no progress in Afghanistan. Prissy believes now- the real plan was to make sure the pipeline for Unicol went smoothly. They did not go there to install democracy or "get Osama". Osama was said to be a CIA asset in the 1980's when Russia was making war with Afghanistan. Often referred to as "Russia's Vietnam." Prissy isn't the only one questioning this ongoing involvement.
The Communists and Greens in Prodi's coalition have been against Italy's military involvement in Afghanistan from the start and have recently repeated calls for Italian troops to be pulled out. The rest of the coalition is committed to keeping the 1,840 soldiers there for the time being, in line with commitments made to Nato allies by the previous government of Silvio Berlusconi .
A meeting of government allies on Tuesday had appeared to forge an accord making it possible for the nine allies to vote compactly in favour of the funding decree. Under the agreement no new troops or military equipment would be sent to Afghanistan and
Italy's civilian aid programmes would be boosted. But this was not enough for the eight dissidents, as they wrote in a letter to Prodi .
"If the decree on Afghanistan remains as it is, we are against it and we will vote no," they said, complaining that there was no "discontinuity" with the position of the previous centre-right government .
The senators' initiative underlined the deep problems that their parties - all avowedly pacifist - have in accepting Italy's military presence in Afghanistan .
Katherine Crier Report A must see video, gives us some hope!
She talks about voter fraud in America.
BP is facing legal action in the US over the charge that it tried to manipulate propane prices in 2004.
Regulators allege its BP Products North America subsidy artificially forced up prices by buying up huge propane stocks only to withhold them from the market.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said the propane had been needed to fuel homes in rural areas.
BP has denied the civil charges and said it intended to defend itself, yet it added that staff had been dismissed.
From Financial Times:
Propane abuse allegations hit US heartland By Doug Cameron in Chicago Published: June 28 2006 23:34 | Last updated: June 28 2006 23:34
The political sensitivity of alleged rigging of propane prices stems from its role as a fuel of the American heartland, providing heating and cooking for almost 7m US households which lack access to mainstream gas supplies.
"You say something," said Hanley, "and someone in the back of the room says, 'Sit down. You're doing all right. You're working, ain'tcha?' "
Last spring, Hanley, who for years lost out on hours and promotions because he refused to pay off the mob's henchmen, was elected a shop steward at Global Terminal, the local's largest employer, replacing a long line of mob-selected enforcers.
"It was the first legit elections I seen in my 49 years on the piers," said Hanley.
The unlikely revolution at Local 1588 began three years ago when U.S. District Court Judge John Martin was presented with evidence of massive corruption at the union and agreed to appoint a federal administrator to run the 450-member local's affairs. The judge's orders were to do whatever was necessary to rid the local of mob influence and set it on a path to self-rule.
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) is welcoming today's U.S. Supreme court ruling affirming most of the pro-Republican Texas congressional map.
But justices say part of the updated map fails to protect minority voting rights in district 23 and must be redrawn.
The congressional map was engineered by former house majority leader Tom Delay. Delay quit congress this month. He faces money laundering-related charges in Austin and says he is innocent.
Another welfare recipient, Laura L. Kegerreis, 33, receives $497 a month for herself and her three children while she takes job-preparation courses at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania. Mr. Kegerreis said the new work requirements could force her to take fewer classes, prolonging her stay on welfare and delaying her ability to get a professional credential.
The new law reauthorizes welfare programs through September 2010. The basic federal block grant remains $16.5 billion a year and is not adjusted for inflation or changes in the number of people on the rolls.
"Welfare" used to mean a monthly check that could be immediately converted to cash. But more than half of the money now goes into child care, education, training and other services — a huge shift since 1996.
Under the new rules, the federal government will spend $150 million a year on programs to help couples form "healthy marriages." Up to $50 million of this amount can be spent on activities promoting "responsible fatherhood." These activities could include seminars on the causes of domestic violence and child abuse.
Domestic violence and child abuse are dangerous fields for Bushites or "compassionate conservatives" to get into. The have a consistent pattern of making bad situtations worse...
Global Research Canada Restoring the Draft: The Universal National Service Act of 2006
"Rangel opposes war with Iraq and seeks to make the point that many soldiers are volunteers from low-income and minority families. Political leaders, his reasoning goes, would think twice about sending into war the sons and daughters of a more complete cross-section of America. But whether or not one agrees with Rangel's rationale, many Americans would agree that universal service can be a great leveler and a unifying force in society."
Despite Rangel's antiwar resolve, the bill supports Washington's stated objective to extend the war into new frontiers and to ultmately send an entire generation of young Americans to fight an illegal, and unjust war. It is worth noting in this regard that the Neoconservative Project for a New American Century calls for increasing active duty strength from 1.4 to 1.6 million.
The bill also supports Big Brother. Those who are not sent overseas to the war theater would, according to the clauses of the bill, be inducted into the civilian homeland defense corps and other civilian duties, including the Citizens Corps, the "Neighborhood Watch Teams" and the "Volunteer Police Service" established in partnership with local law enforcement. (see http://www.citizencorps.gov/pdf/council.pdf )
THE media mogul Rupert Murdoch could switch support to the Conservatives at the next general election, he said last night.
The news will be a blow to Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, who is known to set great store by the support of Mr Murdoch's stable of newspapers, including the Sun and the Times.
ABC Bush Promotes War, Candidate in MissouriBush Visits Missouri to Promote War, Candidate in State That Has Become GOP Trouble Spot
CLAYTON, Mo. Jun 28, 2006 (AP)— President Bush accused Democrats of waving "the white flag of surrender" with proposals that would bring the troops home from Iraq and insisted that he will keep combat forces fighting as long as they are needed to achieve victory.
Offering a spirited defense of his national security policies, Bush also said there was "no excuse" for newspapers to disclose a secret government program that tracked millions of financial records in search of terrorist suspects.
Bush said the program had been a vital tool in the war on terror when it was reported last week in the media.
"There can be no excuse for anyone entrusted with vital intelligence to leak it, and no excuse for any newspaper to print it," Bush said.
Illegal spy programs "vital intel" ...oh come now, Dubya. What there is no excuse for is the msm which has given you a ticket to ride for five years. They should print everything they know about what has been done in the name of your erratic WOT.
Al-Jazeera Iraqi armed groups set terms for truceEleven armed groups opposed to the Iraqi government, working through mediators, have offered to immediately stop attacks on US-led forces in Iraq if a two-year timetable for the withdrawal of US soldiers is set, AP reports.
But there are believed to be about two dozen organisations, meaning the 11 that are in contact with the government represent nearly half of the known groups.
A key Sunni politician, however, predicted a big majority of anti-US fighters could be enticed to the negotiation table.
"If the reconciliation initiative is implemented properly, 70% of the insurgent groups will respond positively," said Naseer al-Ani, an official with the largest Sunni political group, the Iraqi Islamic Party of Tariq al-Hashimi, an Iraqi deputy president.
Poll on Al-Jazeera: Will the Iraqi prime minister's national reconciliation plan quell violence?
Number of pollers:8382
Mercury News Hamas leaders arrested; Israeli executed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli forces rounded up dozens of Palestinian Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from Hamas, increasing pressure on the Islamic militants to release a captured Israeli soldier, and witnesses said tanks moved into northern Gaza, widening Israel's largest military operation in the year since Israel pulled out of the seaside territory.
Adding to the tension, a Palestinian militant group said it executed an 18-year-old Jewish settler kidnapped in the West Bank. Palestinian security officials said they believed the body of Eliahu Asheri had been found in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Hamas officials said more than 30 lawmakers have been arrested in the West Bank. Palestinian security officials said Israeli forces detained the Palestinian deputy prime minister, Nasser Shaer, and three other Cabinet ministers, as well as four lawmakers in Ramallah. Several others were arrested in the town of Jenin, they said.
The fairest poller of all John Zogby Rendell, Casey Jr. hold edge, but it;s too early to count out the Republicans
In the race for Senate, incumbent Republican Rick Santorum lags behind his Democratic challenger, Bob Casey Jr., the son of a popular former governor. Santorum is among the most vulnerable incumbent senators in the nation. Just 39% give him a positive job approval rating.
Except Santorum, count him out. Diebold won't be there to save him by November.
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.--Henry David Thoreau
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.-- Henry David Thoreau
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. --Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973)
Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado.--Menander (342 BC - 292 BC)