Saturday, June 18, 2005

They Deserve To Know


Tell Me

Why does anybody buy the idea that the American people need a public relations campaign to falsify support for this war?

Do you think that the "terrorists" have the Rendon Group on standby also?

Saturday Strangeness

This one had me doing a double take.

As if there weren't enough things vying for your attention, Julie noticed these benches won't shut up and sit still .

Downing Street Story

Nothing new if you haven't been in a coma. Interesting anyway.

Feed Me Seymore, Feed Me

The meatgrinder takes two more. We are only 56 shy of 1776.

What are your ideas for a tribute to let them know we're watching?

Where Did The Money Go?

Demand an audit in Iraq. Sign Louise Slaughter's petition asking for a Truman Commission.

We have a right to know, money doesn't grow on trees and if it did, Bush would cut them down.

Friday, June 17, 2005

They Like Me! They Really Like Me!

grannyinsanity's blog got a little visit from the CIA this afternoon. I'm sure that John Negroponte will have that pesky business with Ryders Reward all sewed up real soon now.

We're All Neurologists Now!

Back in the Day when National Lampoon produced a good magazine every month, there was a comic strip that featured a doctor/lawyer character who would perform shoddy medical services then represent the victims in a lawsuit.

I never dreamed he was a real person, but David Allen found him representing Terri Schaivo.

David gives the doctor/lawyer a hand with a few more things the autopsy didn't rule out like:

- Abduction by Martians.
- Torture by Klingons.
- Zombieism.
- Mind Swapping by the Great Race.
- The possibility that she just didn't feel like talking to anyone for 15 years.
- A Nanobot yeast infection.
- Lycanthropy
- The Heebie Jeebies
- A second gunman on the grassy knoll.
- Voodoo.
- The 7th level clerical spell "Finger of Death" from Dungeons & Dragons.
- Somebody shouting "Boo!" real loud.
- Mrs. Schiavo having suffered heart failure after having a vision of her future where ghouls like you make money feasting on her and her husband's misery.

David Allen is the best friend a doctor/lawyer/neurologist in the wings could ever hope to find.

The Meatgrinder

Hey, it's devoured two more!

I think that Patia is right, that we need to do something when the number hits 1776. We are running out of time to plan something appropriate.

What are your ideas?

DingDing DingDing!

And the winner is (pause)

Conratulations Halliburton!

Halliburton, you have won yourself another 30 million dollars!

DingDing DingDing!

Come back real soon!

Take This Poll

Do you believe President Bush misled the nation in order to go to war with Iraq?

The correct answer is that he lied, he conspired to lie, he conspired to conspire, he lied some more and he paid a few PR companies to lie as well.

Amaingly enough, 7% of the people who took this poll said he didn't. Where did they find anybody that gullible?

The Meatgrinder

Claims another one. 1716

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Surprise Surprise Surprise

American Officials lied about Napalm

I'll just add a little emphasis:

American officials lied to British ministers over the use of "internationally reviled" napalm-type firebombs in Iraq.

Yesterday's disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that they held back the facts until after the general election.

Despite persistent rumours of injuries among Iraqis consistent with the use of incendiary weapons such as napalm, Adam Ingram, the Defence minister, assured Labour MPs in January that US forces had not used a new generation of incendiary weapons, codenamed MK77, in Iraq.

But Mr Ingram admitted to the Labour MP Harry Cohen in a private letter obtained by The Independent that he had inadvertently misled Parliament because he had been misinformed by the US. "The US confirmed to my officials that they had not used MK77s in Iraq at any time and this was the basis of my response to you," he told Mr Cohen. "I regret to say that I have since discovered that this is not the case and must now correct the position."

Mr Ingram said 30 MK77 firebombs were used by the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in the invasion of Iraq between 31 March and 2 April 2003. They were used against military targets "away from civilian targets"
, he said. This avoids breaching the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), which permits their use only against military targets.

Sounds like another Whopper to me, the President deliberately inflamed the tempers and emotions of our soldiers right before they started. He workes every raw nerve about 9/11 and he told them they were avenging our loss.

The confirmation that US officials misled British ministers led to new questions last night about the value of the latest assurances by the US. Mr Cohen said there were rumours that the firebombs were used in the US assault on the insurgent stronghold in Fallujah last year, claims denied by the US. He is tabling more questions seeking assurances that the weapons were not used against civilians.

Mr Ingram did not explain why the US officials had misled him, but the US and British governments were accused of a cover-up. The Iraq Analysis Group, which campaigned against the war, said the US authorities only admitted the use of the weapons after the evidence from reporters had become irrefutable.

I'm waiting for the Bush administration to be charged with war crimes.

Letterman Asks Clinton About Downing Street Memo

Bill wimps.

"We are where we are" "No matter what you think about it you should want it to work."

"They are dying in greater numbers than we are."

Yeah Bill, I've seen chunks of people all over the place.

"It's not Viet Nam."

"The American people should not give up, it could still work."

So, President Clinton, what does it look like when it works?

How many more soldiers do we sacrifice on this fools errand?

How many innocent Iraqis are we willing to kill to get some that weren't bothering us before we took over their home?

How long must they wait for safe water and reliable electricity?

Do we keep going until this country is bankrupt? That reminds me of something I've wondered about for quite a while, who is keeping track of the tsunami money?

I've heard things aren't going too quickly, but the indiginent peoples are being displaced from the coastline to make room for fancy tourist traps.

No, I am not surprised at all. I remember when Junior Bush shook all the school kids down for money to send to Afghanistan and then turned around and illegally diverted $700 million dollars to start the Iraq war.

I am appalled that either you or Hillary could defend such morally reprehensible behavior. Do not expect me to vote for her.

Watching the Meatgrinder

It seems that I spoke too soon in my earlier post, another somebody else died in Iraq today making the number 1715.

The President still has time for golf and to fly criss cross America pushing for the privatization of our Social Security system, but he has not bothered to attend a single funeral of anybody he tricked into dying for ?Bridge Street Strategies? Dyncorp? Exxon Mobile? Blackwater? KBR?

The Spirits of 1776

The number of American soldiers killed in Iraq has climbed to 1714, or eight dead in the last two days. Scott McLellan has clearly rejected the idea that the Bush Administration make any plan to get our kids out of this meat grinder.

It's ironic that he would even dare to speak like that during the first day of the first hearing on what CNN is calling "The so-called Downing Street Memo", which is only one of the many pieces of edidence that the Bush administration planned long and hard to get the troops into Iraq without respect for them or any of the laws they broke to do so.

The fact that CNN is finally saying "fixed the intelligence and facts around the policy" is an affirmative result of the dilligence that hundreds of blogs put forth and the dedication of Pam, Melissa, Ivory Joe and Freiheit und Wissen.

Patia wants to have some kind of protest when the number of dead American Soldiers reaches 1776. Sounds like a good idea, does anyone have any ideas for a 1776 protest?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Bend Over, Guaranteed to Hurt

As if there weren't already enough ways to force toe workers to support the wealthy, Marc Racicot is going to get a million or more dollars a year to find more ways for industry to feed at the public trough.

"I am looking forward to beginning this next chapter of my career and immersing myself in the industry challenges that must be resolved in the immediate future, such as extension of the national terrorism insurance program, as well as longer-term priorities, such as addressing lawsuit abuse (corporations are the biggest abusers by far) and modernizing (remember how much it cost us to let him modernize things around here?)the industry's regulatory system," Racicot said.

Soo-eee! Soo-eee! Halliburton, Soo-eee!

Among top priorities identified on its Web site, the AIA cited the need to find a national solution to asbestos litigation(as long as no wealthy Republican donor is ever held accountable for anything they know will cause great suffering and/or death to the peons), which affects Libby, the northwestern Montana town where Racicot was raised. At least 200 Libby residents have died from exposure to asbestos from W.R. Grace and Co.'s vermiculate mine, and hundreds more workers, their families and other Libby residents were exposed to asbestos.

Soo-eee! Soo-eee! Halliburton, Soo-eee!

F*** Saddam!

We're taking him out!

Another brick in the wall, or as Maha phrased it "So How Many Smoking Guns Do We Need?"

Small Apology

To The Daily Interlake.

They did publish Walter Pincus's story, on the front page of the Sunday paper.

The editor used his space to talk about how terrified he is about the latest white princess and what happens when rich girls run amuck. Apparently he makes enough moolah that his children could get into trouble if other people don't reign in their permissiveness towards their eighteen year old children or something like that.

Most people would have to pay a stranger a hundred dollars an hour to listen to that kind of drivel, but he gets paid to do it.

NBC Kinda Covers the Downing Street Memo

Ah, eight memos, NBC has verified them.

"Some people" say vs what the war criminals (although they were not identified as such). No mention of the words "impeachable offence".

It is still progress, though I wonder about the legal aspect and whether they will be charged with any crimes resulting from their complicity in this whole illegal war and it's disasterous consequences.

The number of forgotten dead American soldiers rose to 1706 today, but I don't recall them mentioning it.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Single Payer

I haven't seen any studies about people who become disabled because they cannot afford proper preventative care, but this is a nice flash that covers the rest of it.

Howard Dean Speaks For Me


Joe Biden was too busy speaking for MNBA
John Edwards was too busy with the jellyfish lobby
Max Baucus was too busy giving asbestos what it wants
Obama was too busy whitewashing torture
Mary Landrieu was too busy with the energy (robbing) policy

Who else was talking out both sides of their big two faced mouths?

Still Dropping


Number of funerals President Bush has attended =ZERO

Daily Interlake Mentions Memo

It must have busted their ignorant little butts to put this wishy washy bit in the paper even if they hid it waay behind the white girl of the moment.

"U.S. Memo Said to Question Postwar Plan" How pathetic is that, are they still hoping Junior can pull off another escape? Sorry about your dead kids, but they weren't subscribers and you're poor so there.

I don't know if Mr. Hagadone or his editor realize that this town is covered with really ugly yellow ribbons that are almost ready to be replaced a second time because the weather wears them out. Do either of them ever notice the cheerful porch on First Avenue East with the banner about their soldier?

I bet that neither of them ever noticed the rickety trailer South of Montana Wood Products with a picture of their soldier on the door.

It matters whether the President lied us into this hellhole that has turned 1698 sons and daughters into lifeless slabs of meat, but it apparently doesn't matter as much as that little tax cut they got.

It matters that well over 100,000 innocent Iraqis are dead because the tax cutter lied about everything to get us into this mess.

It matters that people are comming home without all their body parts, and 60% of them are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries and their medical benefits are being cut.

It matters that Private Military Companies tho do not take the same oath to the Constitution of the United States that the soldiers do get risk free no-bid cost plus contracts to hire people who also don't take an oath to The Constitution of The United States of America.

Who are those people loyal to?

Those people make a lot more money than the grints who keep getting smuggled back in patriotic colored boxes, Bill alerted me to this doozy today:

Source Page 7-D , the USA Today newspaper Wednesday February 23, 2005
" ICITAP Iraq Program Civilian Police
Instructors Needed." ( advertisement ) The US Department of Justice / ICITAP has implemented an Iraqi police development program in Iraq & Jordan. Subcontractor / Consultant fees for Iraq are approximately $ 12750 per month,
with all lodging, meals and transportation provided. Fees for Jordan are approximately $ 8500
per month, with $ 1500 per month living allowance, transportation pro-
vided . Contact information

Judith Duff

Lorton, Virginia

Ph. 703 - 541 - 4163

It doesn't matter to Halliburton, they get a nice fat commission on every one they sign on. It does matter to the families that rely on WIC or food stamps to supplement their income, and it matters to military children who are having their schools closed, when they close all the bases to dump more cash into KBR coffers, will they lose their homes, too?

Folks, none of this matters to the people at the Daily Interlake, they have an agenda that doesn't care about honoring the memory of the 1698 American Soldiers who were told they were defending their country including these six from Montana

Edward M.Saltz of Bigfork died Three days before Christmas in 2003
Owen D.Witt of Sand Springs died on May 24, 2004
Dean P.Pratt of Stevensville died on August 02, 2004
Aaron N.Holleyman of Glasgow died on August 30, 2004
Raleigh C.Smith of Troy died two days before Christmas in 2004
Robbie D.McNary of Lewistown, he left a wife and three kids on March 31, 2005

Too bad the families of these men aren't respected enough to print the much better story Walter Pincus wrote for the Washington Post, because the white girl of the moment disappeared from her vacation.

What will be more important than telling their readers how tightly the 427 members of the Big Brass Alliance has pulled the pieces together on this story, or that John Conyers has scheduled hearings for this comming Thursday, the 16 of June?