Dearest Readers, Prissy is in DC this week and will be blogging about our military active duty soldier's Petition for Redress Here's more:
All participants are asked to arrive at Lafayette Park between 11 and 11:30 am on the 14th. The event starts at NOON. The group will wait up to 1 hour for a representative of President Bush to appear and to tell the group when they might expect to receive a response to the Petitions for Redress of Grievances.
If no such representative appears, the participants will move to the front entrance of the Treasury Department where they will wait up to hour for a representative of Secretary Paulson to appear. If no such representative appears, the group will move to the Justice Department where they will wait up to hour for a representative of Attorney General Gonzales to appear. If no such representative appears, the group will move to the Reflecting Pool by the Capitol where they will wait up to 1 hour for a representative of Speaker Hastert or Majority Leader Frist to appear..
With Rummy gone and most of the neorepublicans voted out, much to Sanitorum and DeWines everlasting surprise...what or who will it be next?
Will the Dick trickier than the original Dick, step down for "health related reasons" -or will he and Dubya be forced out?
Prissy is sure Dubya blames Karl for not cheating as well as he used to...
Don't you listen to that Nancy Pelosi when she claims "impeachment is off the table". Impeachment is NOT off the table-neither is indictment. Unlike Dick Nixon, Dubya may not be given options...
Nixon was told if he didn't resign, the Guard would be coming in to get him...officials waited eight hours for Nixon to decide.
Elizabeth Holtzman, Esq, at a forum in Philadelphia, PA, on Nov. 11, 2006, calls for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and V.P. Richard Cheney. She is a former Congresswoman from NYC, and an ex-member of the legendary House's Judiciary Committee, in 1974. It drove President Richard M. Nixon out of office for his Watergate-related crimes.
Breitbart News Lieberman: Call Me a Democrat
So will he count as a Democrat or an independent who caucuses with the majority Democrats? In an e-mail message late Thursday, Lieberman spokesman Dan Gerstein said the senator will begin his new term as a Democrat.
With the Democratic takeover of the Senate, Lieberman is in line to become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Joe, its just like when some people announce they are gay-it rarely comes as a surprise to folks paying attention...its only offensive when they are in deep denial.
Center for Constitutional Rights WAR CRIMES COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD RUMSFELD
On November 14, 2006, CCR will file a criminal complaint against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in German Court. The complaint requests the German Federal Prosecutor open an investigation and, ultimately, a criminal prosecution that will look into the responsibility of high-ranking U.S. officials for authorizing war crimes in the context of the so-called "War on Terror." Former White House Counsel (and current Attorney General) Alberto Gonzalez, former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, and other high-ranking U.S. officials are also charged in the complaint. The complaint is brought on behalf of 12 torture victims – 11 Iraqi citizens who were held at Abu Ghraib prison and one Guantánamo detainee – and is being filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) and others, all represented by Berlin Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck. The complaint is related to a 2004 complaint that was dismissed, but the new complaint is filed with substantial new evidence, new defendants and plaintiffs, a new German Federal Prosecutor and, most important, under new circumstances that include the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense and the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 in the U.S. granting officials retroactive immunity from prosecution for war crimes. For full background on the complaint, please see the attached briefing paper.
Daily Mail-UK Outrage at London sting by US spies
In a recent operation, agents from America's Department of Homeland Security set up a suspect by posing as dealers wanting to illegally sell night-vision goggles for export to Iran.
The spies arranged a series of clandestine meetings in London hotels, which they secretly filmed as evidence. It is thought to be the first time American agents have been caught using such sting tactics in Britain.
Urgent questions were being asked about whether the British Government had been aware of the operation. If so, it raises issues of the State collaborating with foreign agencies to entrap suspects - and if not it raises the spectre of American spies working unchecked on British soil.
Italian researchers have come up with a novel way for cardiac rehabilitation patients to exercise their damaged hearts without having to squeeze into spandex or gyrate in a gym: waltzing.
The dance proved to be just as effective as bicycle and treadmill training for improving exercise capacity in a study of 110 heart failure patients. Dancers also reported slightly more improvement in sleep, mood, and the ability to do hobbies, do housework and have sex than the others.
Questions-The World Trade Center A Critical Review of WTC 'No Plane' Theories
With the amount of attention that the Pentagon no-plane theories have received, it shouldn't be surprising that some would also make the bizarre claim that no 767s hit the World Trade Center, despite voluminous video and photographic evidence to the contrary. My previous articles dealt with the core of these claims at length. Those articles were lengthy, so the purpose of this review is to provide a somewhat condensed and updated summary for those new to the subject or lacking in the time to delve into the details of the image analysis.
There have been two no-plane hypotheses put forward: The first, that small planes or missiles hit the towers and these were covered over in the videos and photos of the impact by synthetic 3D graphic images of 767s (including real-time superimposition of these images on all live TV footage as it was broadcast). The no-planers have labeled this scenario "TV Fakery." The second argument holds that the planes (at least the second plane) was in fact a hologram generated by classified technology. This hypothesis has since been abandoned. The proponents argue that anomalies in the visual record indicate the fraudulent nature of the computer generated second plane and show that the plane in the Naudet video of the first hit was not the size or shape of a 767.
The over-arching weakness of the TV fakery argument is this: how could the perpetrators have ensured control over all the images taken of the planes that approached the WTC? Only one unmodified image posted to the web would have exposed the operation. New York is a media capital of the world, with national networks, local network affiliates and independent TV stations, international media bureaus, and many independent video companies like the kinds I've worked for, and professional photographers. Professionals would have been rushing out to document whatever they could, through professional pride or the hope for making a buck off it. Evan Fairbanks and war photographer James Nachtway are some examples. And then there are also cameras in the possession of ordinary citizens and the thousands of New York's ever-present tourists. In addition, one should consider the possibility of foreign intelligence assets acquiring their own images of the attack (which so many knew was coming) which could be used for blackmail.
There are detailed photos with the above article.
An audio clip purportedly recorded by the leader of Iraq's al Qaeda wing, has been posted on the internet gloating over the resignation of US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and boasts that the group has 12,000 armed fighters ready to fight US troops in Iraq.
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, said in the recording posted on the Internet that the group has 12,000 armed fighters and 10,000 others waiting to be equipped to fight US troops in Iraq. "I tell the lame duck (US administration) do not rush to escape as did your defence minister ... stay on the battleground," he said.
Only 8 percent of Americans support sending more troops to Iraq. The other 92 percent were not represented this week on Meet the Press.
Full transcript: McCAIN: The question is, is what’s the solution? And I believe that a withdrawal or a date for withdrawal will lead to chaos in the region, and most military expercent think the same thing. I believe that there are a lot of things that we can do to salvage this, but they all require the presence of additional troops.
RUSSERT: Should we send more troops?
LIEBERMAN: I think we have to be open to that as a way to succeed, to achieve a free and independent Iraq, which would be an extraordinary accomplishment.
Prissy heard McCains 18 year-old son is now in the service. But old man McCain, just like his pop, Admiral McNasty, is more than willing to "make the sacrifice."
Is that young'un as much trouble as you were, John? Or is it your shot at the presidency, that is worth your son's life?
Forget it McCain-only 8% of the loonies are on your side.
More proof he is unbalanced:
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 3:56 p.m. EDT McCain: ‘Suicide’ If Democrats Win Senate Arizona Sen. John McCain, a likely Republican presidential contender in 2008, joked Wednesday he would “commit suicide” if Democrats win the Senate in November. McCain, on a visit to Iowa to campaign for Republican congressional candidates, was asked his reaction to a potential Democratic takeover of the Senate in the Nov. 7 elections.
“I think I’d just commit suicide,” McCain told reporters, to accompanying laughter from Republicans standing with him. “I don’t want to face that eventuality because I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Pick your poison John or better yet, drop out of politics and get intensive therapy. Take your son with you...
"I am going to sit down with my family over the holidays and make that decision," the four-term senator, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2000, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Der Spiegel "End of a Six Year Nightmare"
In Britain, where any blow to Bush can be used to bash Prime Minister Tony Blair, John McDonnell a ruling Labour Party MP, said "The message of the American people is clear -- there needs to be a major change of direction in Iraq. Just as in Britain, people in the US feel that they have been ill advised, misled and ignored." McDonnell, a possible candidate for the Labour Party leadership when Blair steps down, said: "These election results have not only damaged Bush, they mean that Blair is now totally isolated in the international community."
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said that he was convinced that the election defeat was a result of Bush's Iraq policy. Speaking on Italian radio, he said that the president would now "have to negotiate with the opposition on all issues." The Italian Defense Minister Arturo Parisi described the election defeat as "a political judgement which follows the administration's political actions that we consider wrong."
In France, Laurent Fabius, the former prime minister and possible Socialist Party candidate in the 2007 presidential elections, said: "A lot of Americans have realised that Mr. Bush has lied to them." And Francois Fillon, a conservative politician close to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy -- the current frontrunner for the French presidency -- said: "I am happy to see American foreign policy criticized by the American people because it is bad."
Mercury News Iran vows retaliation if Israel strikes
The warning came two days after Israel's deputy defense minister suggested Israel might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran's disputed nuclear program as "a last resort."
"If the Zionist regime commits such stupidity, the response by the Iranian military will be swift, strong and crushing," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Hosseini said. "Iran will take no longer than a second to respond."
The comments by Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh were the clearest yet from a high-ranking official of possible military action against Iran. However, the Israeli government later said the comments did not necessarily reflect its views or those of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Israel bombed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program. While Israel neither acknowledges nor denies possessing nuclear arms, it is thought to have about 100-200 nuclear warheads, according to a 2006 report by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Much like Israel's "excursion" into Lebanon, their pre-emptive bombing of the nuclear reactor was considered by most military experts to be a strategic failure.
The ship's officer in charge of an Israeli cargo ship that rammed a Japanese fishing boat, killing seven people, was sentenced Sunday to six months of community service in a local hospital, following a plea bargain.
Second Officer Pilastro Zdravko, a Montenegrin citizen, was in command of the Zim Asia container ship when it crashed into the fishing boat in darkness on the morning of Sept. 28, 2005, about 25 miles off the northern coast of Japan, killing seven of the eight men on the boat.
The Israeli ship's crew initially denied involvement in the accident, but confessed when confronted with evidence. The behavior caused a diplomatic incident between Israel and Japan, which demanded a full investigation and punishment of those responsible. Zdravko was the only crew member charged.
Swiss Info News Baghdad morgue took in 1,600 bodies in October
National statistics issued last week by the Interior Ministry for Iraqis killed in specifically political violence, as opposed to incidents put down as criminal, put civilian deaths last month at 1,289, up 18 percent from the 1,089 seen in September, itself a record for this particular series of data.
Such figures have become increasingly controversial, notably since the United Nations put the monthly civilian toll at over 3,000 this summer and a group of medical statisticians estimated that over 650,000 may have died since the U.S. invasion of 2003.
Iraq's health minister was quoted last week as saying the total number of dead was closer to 150,000, although it was not clear how he arrived at that figure.
U.S. officials, who dismiss the statisticians' estimate, question the reliability of Health Ministry data, noting the department is controlled by Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, some of whose followers are accused of sectarian killings
Boston.com FBI: L.A. man mailed threatening letters
Authorities claim he mailed threatening letters to Pelosi, Letterman, New York Sen. Charles Schumer, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.
Some letters included phrases like "Death to Demagogues" and pictures of victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, authorities said.
Authorities said they watched Castagana, who is unemployed, walk from his home to a public mailbox Thursday and deposit several letters. One was allegedly addressed to someone previously targeted and contained the white powder, the FBI said
Although Israel was grateful to see Saddam Hussein overthrown, officials here have long focused on what they consider a much bigger concern - preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. They say that the American policy of empowering Iranian-backed militias in Iraq has been counterproductive to Israel's interests.
That is bound to be the subtext when Olmert goes to the White House on Monday. And now the Democratic electoral sweep causes fresh concerns that the administration, whose muscular approach to Islamist terror and Iran has brought comfort here, will turn more to accommodation and compromise. Bush has chosen as his next secretary of defense Robert Gates, who in the past has been highly critical of the administration's refusal to engage in dialogue with Iran.
Lavrov said Russia and Iran would work to restart talks between Tehran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany.
"We think it's possible, if there is a goodwill, to find mutually acceptable basis for the resumption of talks on the basis of the proposals of the six and Iran's response to them," Lavrov said.
Larijani, said Friday that Tehran would push ahead with its nuclear program, and suggested it could break off ties with the U.N. nuclear watchdog if the world inflicts punishments proposed by European nations.
"I think the US deserves a better president," declares one Iraqi student, after writing that the American invasion "ended a brutal dictatorial regime [but] it brought the American occupation which the Iraqis can't stand."
Another Iraqi student writes soberly, with more journalistic acumen and integrity than some of the top-paid reporters at The New York Times, "[The war] was about the oil, that damned liquid made a lot of people die for nothing and a lot of nations fight for it. . . . All we want is peace on this beautiful earth."
Yet another response: " . . . Don't be sorry. it's not your fault that we were invaded, we are living in a world where 'Power and Money' is the vital element that is running the show. Military troops were sent to Iraq for oil."
Compare this choral harmony issuing from Iraqi high-school students on the motivation for the war to its causal assessment by a ”young captain from Michigan, not long out of West Point.” "Why do you think you're here?" asks Ferner. “To get rid of Saddam Hussein; to give Iraqis their freedom; to fight terrorism.” One “bone-tired” US soldier, however, perhaps because his brain escaped the coddling, doctrinal massage of a superior military academy, utters a single word -- "Oil." He and the Iraqi students share the same common sense in examining the evidence. Had Iraq been rich in turnips instead of oil, they both imply, there would have been no war.
Quotes of the Day
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”--Bishop Desmond Tutu
“Injustice never rules forever”--Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”--Elie Wiesel
“Extreme law is often extreme injustice”--Terence (Ancient Roman comic Playwright and Dramatist of the Roman Republic. 195 BC-159 BC)
“INJUSTICE, n. A burden which of all those that we load upon others and carry ourselves is lightest in the hands and heaviest upon the back.”--Ambrose Bierce (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914)