"Cheaters never win" but these cheaters have been on a roll for a long time-most of their lives.
Did you know Rover was actually investigated in Watergate, but it was thought he was "too small a fish" to bother with...not this time.
Why Ricky Went AWOL
Sgt. Ricky Clousing is 24 years old. He is a trained Army interrogator with the 82nd Airborne. He spent a year in Iraq, interrogating “insurgents" on the scene, 90% of whom were innocent by his own admission.
Ricky, like many soldiers was skeptical about the war, but tried to stay focused on his job with the Army. He made Sgt in two and half years. He is college educated.
He received his orders to go to Iraq-about 9 months after the Abu-Grab scandel. He was in Iraq when he began to question his own participation in the war.
He is from Seattle and speaks several different languages.
The first dead body he ever saw was that of an 18-year young man in Iraq. Ricky was on maneuvers with a convoy when the turret gunner suddenly opened up on a slow car, as the young man began driving away in the opposite direction.
He was pulled out of the car by Army medics, through a broken window.
The young sergeant was stunned and in shock and could do nothing but watch as the youth held onto the contents of his stomach, which were falling out and foaming at the mouth. Ricky will never forget the look when this young man looked into his eyes whose eyes were pleading with him, “Why was I shot? What did I do?” The young man died on his way to the hospital. No ones kids are!
Unfortunately, these incidents are not uncommon. During one convey mission, they passed a man crossing the road with his sheep. A gunner in the convey thought it would be funny to shoot a couple of sheep. So he did.
Ricky told about this violation, which could be considered war crimes –or at least a failure to follow the rules of engagement... The Commander put on a display of anger over the incident. Nevertheless, at that time, they swept it under the rug. (1)
Ricky made it home from Iraq, but the experience forever changed him. He began to have gruesome nightmares, common in soldiers returning from war, also a symptom of Posttraumatic stress disorder.
When he went to the military for help, they asked him if he wanted a Conscientious Objector discharge. They told him if he said he was gay, he could get a discharge easily from the military.
The military was hoping he would take one of the deals, since he is the kind of young man who is a very effective speaker and a worthy opponent of this war. However, he felt that would be dishonest, as he is not opposed to all war, only the illegal war and occupation of Iraq.
He was not attempting to get out of the military-he went for help to learn to deal with the incidents he witnessed. He even went to the Chaplin for guidance regarding the barbaric level that our country has reduced itself to…
He felt like he had two options. Stay in the military and accept the grief -or leave. He explained to the military that he could not train people to go to Iraq. He packed his things and left his NC unit...
He took off for 6 months and then called the GI Rights Hotline. He made the decision to turn himself in at Ft. Lewis. They sent him back to Ft. Bragg for court martial. He is facing court martial sentencing in two weeks. Ricky is at peace with his decision. So is Prissy….when she could stop the tears from seeing this nice young man who has been ordered by his own country to break the law.
No more America…what will it take? Another 58,000 dead young Americans and countless civilians? Will America continue to roll over and let him? What happened to “home of the brave?”
You can donate to Ricky’s legal defense at Sgt. Clousing's Blog
“A warrior follows their heart, a soldier follows orders.” Kelly, Iraq War Veteran and the mother of two sons.
Which are you? Prissy Patriot clearly chooses to be a warrior…
(1) Note: The United States Army opened two parallel investigations into disclosures made by Sgt. Clousing about the abuse of power and lack of accountability of the US Military in Iraq. These disclosures have been backed up by investigations conducted by Human Rights Watch.
More pictures later, Prissy forgot the cable in VA...
Crooks and Liars- Graham Nails Geneva Conventions ArgumentLindsey Graham Finds His PrissyBalls! Senator Lindsey Graham (and JAG)tells why we must stay with Geneva. Well,well...
In These Times via RAW Wave of Party Switchers Hits Republicans Citing extremism, more GOPers are joining the Democrats.
A trend of local, below-the-radar party-switches is undercutting Republicans as they face the sternest challenge in a decade to one-party control of Congress and several state legislatures. Such party-switching by elected officials often indicates that the label they are shedding has lost appeal and foreshadows poor performance at the polls.
Hat tip to Lukery from WOTSITGOOD4 Kill the Messenger
Sibel Edmounds -From the Press Release:
"...the film presents a terrifying picture of Turkish networks’ activities in global nuclear black-market, narcotics and illegal arms trafficking activities in the United States, and examines the extraordinary efforts of officials within the US Government to insure that the secrecy surrounding Edmonds’ case be maintained at any cost – from Edmonds’ termination from the FBI, to invoking the State Secrets Privilege, to gagging the US Congress.
UK Telegraph Blair 'preparing ground for fourth election win'
Tony Blair will defy his critics this week by unveiling provocative plans to set Labour's "forward policy agenda" as it enters its second decade in power.
The Prime Minister will brush aside growing calls for his early departure from Number 10 by declaring he wants to "prepare the ground" for Labour's fourth general election victory.
In what many will see as an attempt to show he is still in control, Mr Blair will set up ministerial working groups to thrash out ideas in four "battle-ground" policy areas — economic competitiveness; public services; security and immigration; and foreign policy.
Khaleejt Times Setback for Bush, but victory for America Editorial from Middle East
Camp Democracy panelists, former Sr CIA analyst Ray McGovern, attorney and writer Jennifer Van Bergen(author of The Twighlight of Democracy) former Federal prosecutor Elizabeth del la Vega (wrote the US vs. Bush in bookstores Nov 30),law student and founder of Constitional Summer Jeffery King, and constitional law professor (whom loved Prissy's questions) Michael Avery. David from KOS was the mc.
Yahoo Uh, oh Dubya won't like this. Good Lord, please no more "Freedom Fries" French leader proposes Iran compromise
Chirac spoke before leaving for New York to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly, which opens Tuesday.
Asked about Iran, the French president noted that "Iran for years developed a clandestine nuclear program." However, "I am never favorable to sanctions" and, should they be unavoidable, they should be "moderate and adapted," he said.
In Vienna, Iranian Vice President Reza Aghazadeh said his country was "ready for negotiations and political compromise." However, he coupled that remark with a warning that "any hostile action by the U.N. Security Council would lead to limitation of cooperation" with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The IAEA's inspectors are trying to determine whether Tehran is using its nuclear program to make weapons, as the United States and other countries fear. Iran assures it is for civilian use.
<;P>Avi Rubin, the political scientist who has documented many problems with Diebold polling equipment, presents his report on a day at the polls during the Maryland primary. You should read the whole thing, but I am going to excerpt extensively because of how critical the performance of Diebold equipment is to our democracy. This information must be widely discussed.
There were many problems with Dielbold equipment at the polling place where Rubin spent the day as one of 16 election judges. Software errors, despite a story by The Washington Post that emphasizes human errors in the process that, as David Isenberg rightly criticizes, urge readers to miss the real problems with the Diebold systems. Most troubling to me, the errors are so pervasive that there is no systematic approach to trying to monitor for incorrectly counted votes.
Good Job Avi, but we hillbillies here in Ohio already figured out our votes were stolen...
Google video, hat tip to fellow justice blogger GEF 911 Mysteries - Demolitions (Part 1 of 3) A must see! Email it to everyone you know-no politics here-just simple physics explained. Shows the inaccuracies of the 911 Commission Report.
From the site:
90 minutes of pure demolition evidence and analysis, laced with staggering witness testimonials. Moving from "the myth" through "the ... all » analysis" and into "the players," careful deconstruction of the official story set right alongside clean, clear science. The 9/11 picture is not one of politics or nationalism or loyalty, but one of strict and simple physics. How do you get a 10-second 110-story pancake collapse?
The extraordinary buildup of European naval and military strength in and around Lebanon’s shores is way out of proportion for the task the European contingents of expanded UNIFIL have undertaken: to create a buffer between Israel and Hizballah.
Close investigation by DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources discloses that “Lebanese security” and peacemaking is not the object of the exercise. It is linked to the general anticipation of a military clash between the United States and Israel, on one side, and Iran and possibly Syria on the other, some time from now until November
This expectation has brought together the greatest sea and air armada Europe has ever assembled at any point on earth since World War II: two carriers with 75 fighter-bombers, spy planes and helicopters on their decks; 15 warships of various types – 7 French, 5 Italian, 2-3 Green, 3-5 German, and five American; thousands of Marines – French, Italian and German, as well as 1,800 US Marines.
Alrighty then, so Dubya really does want to kill us all...
Brudirect Al Qaeda threat over pope speech
"We tell the worshipper of the cross (the Pope) that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya," said an Internet statement by the Mujahideen Shura Council, an umbrella group led by Iraq's branch of al Qaeda, according to the Reuters news agency.
"We shall break the cross and spill the wine. ... God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome. ... God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen," said the statement.
On Sunday the pope said he was "deeply sorry" for the reaction to comments he made last week when he quoted from a 14th-century emperor regarding Muslims.
"These in fact were quotations from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought," he said in his regular Sunday blessing, the Angelus.
Advice to Pope: Keep apologizing-but try saying you are sorry for offending them-not "for their reaction." Since the Pope never had a wife/girlfriend, perhaps apologizing is new to him;-)
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.--George Orwell (1903 - 1950), Polemic, May 1946, "Second Thoughts on James Burnham"
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.-- Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967), The People, Yes (1936)
A diplomat... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.--Caskie Stinnett, Out of the Red (1960)
ATTN ALL Navy Officers: Prissy Patriot wants to talk to you. 20 colonels have been sent to Iran as "military observers." In light of the Oct 1 order, we all know what that means ...why do you want your kids to attempt to survive after you make the planet uninhabitable? You won't be here to protect them-or anyone else. This cabal has the intent to destroy the American military. Google "Project for a New American Century"
Prissy reminds you that you have sworn an oath to the constitution of the United States of America-not the "president" and a solemn duty obligation to disobey illegal orders.