Friday, July 08, 2005

Just In Time For Winter

Gasoline will likely cost $4-$5 a gallon by winter.

Someone on the Coast to Coast said that the price is expected to stabilize around $150 a barrel by next summer.

I hesitate to think of what that will do to grocery prices.

Missing Person Report

I saw Dick on the Noon News today. He was carrying his knapsack out of the hospital and grinning all the way to the back of his shiny driven car.

What in the heck does he carry in that thing? Fresh pants in case he wets himself? He wasn't driving so he didn't even have to carry his keys and the hospital surely has gowns and towels he could use, I think they would also supply basics like toilet paper and a toothbrush if he needed it.

How many people go to the hospital for a checkup anyway? Hospital. Not clinic or even medical complex. Suppose that every cardiac patient had every "routine" check up at the hospital, would there be room for anybody else?

I still haven't seen Karl Rove. I'm not the only one who hasn't seen him. I'm pretty sure he wasn't in Dick Cheney's knapsack, but he might be in Jim Baker's .

He could be cruising some Texas backroads in a '57 Chevy Thunderbird with Osama Bin Laden, the George Jones blaring a little too loud, the ripple a little too warm as they argue about whick animals are the most fun to run over and whether it's the chocotate or the peanut butter that made Reese's so popular.

I don't know, and I don't understand why there isn't a single reporter in the White House press corps hasn't thought to ask why he disappeared after his lawyer admitted that he was one of Matt Cooper's sources in the outing of former covert CIA operative, Valerie plame.

Maybe the White House press corps is preoccupied with questions of their own. Why does Dick have all his "routine" check ups at the hospital; what does he carry in his knapsack; is it the chocolate or the peanut butter? Are kittens really more fun to run over than armadillos?

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Where In the World is Karl Rove?

Did he sneak off with the Anthrax Killer and Ken Lay?

Did they take the Downing street memos along with the missing billions of dollars?

Does anybody know where Dick Cheney, James Baker and Osama Bin Laden are?

Everybody and everything is missing or out of place.

A Very Cowardly Thing To Do

We can all agree that the London bombings were a cowardly thing to do, can't we?

The thing we might not agree on would be who the terrorists are and what their angle is.

We know who this guy is, but why was he wishing for a terrorist attack, what was his angle?

Does Karl Rove Still Have Security Clearance?

If anybody was worried about a real threat, they wouldn't allow him to keep it until this matter of treason and what his role in it might be is thoroughly and completely resolved in a public and transparent way.

The Cat That Swallowed the Canary


No Benefit of the Doubt

If you wondered, we have hundreds, probably thousands of people locked up without trial, charges or representation on a lot less than we have on Bush.

A New Pearl Harbor


Whip It Good!

Pat Robertson is milking it for all he's worth.




When Smoke Blows Up Your Ass

All the news anchors are pretending to act like responsible journalists asking safety questions and accepting Negroponte's spin at face value.

Is There Laughter In the Briefing Room?

Code Orange

Negroponte is on the tube saying it's the rail and bus systems.

I think I could recite this stuff inn a coma.

"No specific threat"

Be Aware!

Be Afraid!

Operation Northwoods Redux?

According to a classified document, "Special Operations and Joint Forces in Countering Terrorism" prepared for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld by his Defense Science Board, a new organization has been created to thwart potential terrorist attacks on the United States. This counter-terror operations group— the "Proactive Preemptive Operations Group" (P2OG) will require 100 people and at least $100 million a year. The team of covert counter-intelligence agents will be responsible for secret missions designed to target terrorist leaders. The secret missions are designed to "stimulate reactions" among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to "counterattack" by U.S. forces.

Who could have ever guessed all the heads would be out en masse flooding the airwaves with the same disinformation we got last time and calling for more of the same stuff that got us here?

Appropriately enough for a story about the deepest possible covert operation — penetrating terrorist cells and provoking them into action — the saga of the Pentagon's "Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group" (P2OG) went straight back into the dark after strutting its brief hour upon the stage. There has been no new information about the group since it was first mentioned nationally in the Los Angeles Times as part of a larger story on Pentagon plans for new "secret armies." Was it funded? Is it operational? Has it "flushed out" any terrorists lately by goading them into "action"? Are any of the post-Iraq War spate of terrorist atrocities linked to P2OG activities?

I Don't Care What They Say

Our government has not told us the truth about anything for so long I refuse to believe anything they say. Tony Blairs government is as dirty as ours-they are partners in crime.

I don't believe anything the British government says either.

The only thing left are stories about the death and destruction. I am sorry but I have no power to make anything better.

Right now my only concern is to ensure our freedom from our own government.

That is the best I can do until everyone quits hyperventilating.

Now Is Not the Time to Surrender Your Rights

Don't let FOX and Rush tell you otherwise!

I Don't Think the GWOT is in Iraq Anymore Toto

Not that there was ever a GWOT, or that it should have been in Iraq anyway.

granny believes there are only two explanations for the London bombing that has claimed 41 lives and wounded hundreds more.

1.) The utter incompetence of the Bush-Blair management team.

2.) It's a black op orchestrated by Rumsfeld/Negroponte to keep us under control while they expand their war and torture profitmaking venture.

Fighting Them Over There

So they are better trained when they attack elsewhere.

Link from mixter at corrente comment board.

Well Lookie Here

How did this one escape us?

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has introduced bipartisan (I think Grover was right, it is date rape)legislation affirming that pest management professionals (PMPs) and other applicators using federally registered pesticides in accordance with label directions do not have to obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Fairfax, Va.-based National Pest Management Association (NPMA) supports the bill, which was filed by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.).

The Pest Management and Fire Suppression Flexibility Act was created in response to recent U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rulings, which require persons applying pesticides directly to or over bodies of water to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) under CWA.

The Pest Management and Fire Suppression Flexibility Act was created in response to recent U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rulings, which require persons applying pesticides directly to or over bodies of water to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) under CWA.

Look over there

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan (there's that word again) legislation affirming that applicators using federally registered pesticides in accordance with label directions do not have to obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fairfax, Va.-based National Pest Management Association (NPMA) supports this measure.

Filed by U.S. Representative Butch Otter (R-Idaho), the Pest Management and Fire Suppression Flexibility Act was made necessary by recent U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decisions that misinterpreted the intended relationship between CWA and federal pesticide law. The rulings require persons applying pesticides directly to or over bodies of water to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) under CWA, a costly and potentially time-consuming process.

Hey, it's only water for crying out loud.

This might seem like a nice benefit on top of the Deal Conrad Burns is working to pay chemical companies to test pesticides on human beings
, but Pest Management Professionals are an endangered Species.

Stay tuned.

Fighting Fake News

The Center for Media and Democracy is asking what you would do to stop fake news, and they would like us to fill out a brief survey to help them craft their "No fake news" campaign.

Who Is Our Government For Anyway?

How many Americans could feasibly donate a million dollars or more to federal campaigns?

The Pence-Wynn "Show Me the Money" campaign finance bill, which would gut 30 years of campaign finance reform, is racing through the House of Representatives and could come up for a vote as early as next week. The bill would allow a single individual to give more than $1 million in campaign donations to federal candidates.

Take action

Who Is Our Government For Anyway? adopted from Dave.

Monday, July 04, 2005

"Disrupt, Corrupt or Usurp Adversarial... Decision-Making."

Critism, questioning and debate are now defined as "adversarial"

Sure explains a lot, doesn't it?

Tip of the hat to Digby

Independence Day Remains the Same

This grand experiment with Democracy has gone on for 229 years and we seem to be unravelling under pressure of those who want to take our voices and our minds out of the equation.

You probably already heard the bleak story about the fate of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Maybe you got the same email I did, but I will share the important part of it with you.

When you read this I hope that you will respect and appreciate the sacrifices these men made enough to respect and appreciate the sacrifices our modern patriots have been and are still making.

To our soldiers who have been asked to give up their lives, their families, jobs, hobbies and their health and assorted body parts, Godspeed and good luck, may you arrive home safely and soon.

To Joseph Darby, Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Cindy Sheehan, Robert Byrd, Joe Wilson, Jim McDermott, Henry Waxman, John Conyers, Jim Jeffords, Ron Paul, Chuck Hagel, Jessica Lynch, Bob Grahm, Howard Dean, Cynthia Mckinney, Ray McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Michael Moore, and so many others, thank-you for having the courage of your convictions long enough to speak truth to a corrupt and vengeful power in this time of manufactured fear.

Thank-you to all the college professors, journalists, civil servants and military professionals who sacrificed their careers on the altar of truth and honesty. Your voices not only reverberate, they are beginning to cresendo with the inclusion of every one of us who dares to speak out about the assaults on our freedoms and the deceptions we have been subjected to.

The intensity increases every time someone finds the courage to step and say "no more". One by one we grow.

And yet the battle to protect what generations of Americans sought to achieve is perilous. One by one we speak as we must to honor those who came before us.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their
and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large
plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but
they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing
full well that the penalty would be death if they were

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
that he was forced to move his family almost
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from
him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery,
Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge,
and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted
that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the
Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged
General George Washington to open fire. The home was
destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she
dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His
fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more
than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning
home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted,
but we shouldn't.

George W. Bush is not Lord. The Declaration of Independence is not an infallible guide to Christian faith and practice. Nor is the U.S. Constitution, nor the U.N. Universal Declaration on Human Rights. "Original intent" of America's founders is not the hermeneutical key that will guarantee national righteousness. The American flag is not the Cross. The Pledge of Allegiance is not the Creed. "God Bless America" is not the Doxology.

Sometimes one needs to state the obvious—especially at times when it's less and less obvious.

I don't know the source for the story about the signers, but I do know I lifted the last quote from the Slactivist.


Sunday, July 03, 2005

Treason In War Time


Does Rove Still Have His Security Clearance?