Saturday, July 23, 2005

Christian Emergency Network

Kindly reminds us that September, 2005 is the second National Preparedness Month.

We'll be blessed with the assistance of Jomentum and Chris Cox. What's not to like about that?

Another Terror Drill Alert

Norad exercises on 9-11.

Terror drill same time, place and method of the London bombings.

George Noory of Coast to Coast a.m. reports that there is a terror drill, about nukes entering a South Carolina port scheduled for sometime in August.

We have the setup,

The plan

and Conplan 8022.

Of course they would never do that. Forewarned is forearmed so a little premptive remembering should be a good thing.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Heave Ho! The Patriot Act Has Got to Go!

Why do they want to track every farm animal from cows to chickens, and deny the consumers the right to know where our food came from or what's in it?

When will it be enough to catalogue and track every man, woman and child in America? Who do we belong to?

Would it be enough to march naked into federal offices to tell them what we ate and what they read, or do they want hair, blood and nail samples as well? Perhaps they will not be satisfied until they have fondled our dirty underwear and discovered the secret ingredients of our heirloom recipes.

Thursday, July 21, 2005



Rachet Up The Fear

London Bombings

London bombings

House renews Patriot Act

Pentagon under increased surveillance until Senate cows down as well.

Alberto Gonzales Discusses The Release of Records


Each of you works for an agency that has a designated records official. You should contact that official to determine what the record policies are for your agency.

Congress made a deliberate choice that not every document created by you in connection to your duties should be released to the public. You should check with your records official to determine which of the documents should in fact be released and which of the documents should be preserved.

For example, certain types of documents related to litigation, documents that may implicate the privacy act, deliberative documents are all types of documents that Congress has determined can be preserved by the agency in order to ensure that the agency functions the way that it should on behalf of the American people.

That was then, this is now

A classified State Department memorandum central to a federal leak investigation contained information about CIA officer Valerie Plame in a paragraph marked "(S)" for secret, a clear indication that any Bush administration official who read it should have been aware the information was classified
, according to current and former government officials.

Further in we find this notation

Anyone reading that paragraph should have been aware that it contained secret information, though that designation was not specifically attached to Plame's name and did not describe her status as covert, the sources said. It is a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for a federal official to knowingly disclose the identity of a covert CIA official if the person knows the government is trying to keep it secret.

Last Week To Speak

Leave It Wild

Now is the Time to Speak for Alaska’s Wild Future

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently evaluating its long-term land use plan for over 7.1 million acres of public lands and valuable wildlife and recreation resources in eastern Alaska. This plan will establish the direction for federal land management decisions on these rivers, lands, and resources for the next 20 years or more!

Now is the time to make your voice heard! The 90 day public comment period will end July 28, 2005!

Alaska public lands affected by the plan include a range of scenic landscapes, stretching from the southern slopes of the Alaska Range to the Chugach Mountains, and the Talkeetna Mountains to the Wrangell Mountains, including portions accessible from the Glenn and Richardson Highways and the Denali Highway.

The BLM’s preferred plan would open 3.9 million acres to oil and gas leasing (55

percent of the entire planning area) and 6 million acres to hard rock mining (85 percent of the planning area). This radical plan would significantly and permanently change the landscape and would result in deterioration of wildlife habitat, traditional recreation opportunities and the area’s natural beauty.

Due in part to a lack of support from Alaska State officials, wilderness inventories were not conducted as part of this planning process. Although there are areas that possess remarkable wilderness characteristics, designation of wilderness areas is not considered in any of the BLM’s proposals.

BLM needs to know what YOU think about these 7.1 million acres of public lands and valuable resources in eastern Alaska. Join us in submitting comments to BLM to share our vision of how these public lands should be managed for the enjoyment of future generations.

Andrew Card on Ethics In Government


But even beyond that, recognize that working on this administration means that you should have the courage to follow the rules, obviously, and stay within the law, obviously. But it's actually to do more than that. Recognize that you do have a moral compass that tells you what to do and to do the right thing, and we'd like to see everyone do the right thing.

Many people ask what kind of job they should be doing for this administration, and the truth is they should be doing a job for the American people. After all, we're here to serve them all. The money that the federal government spends really belongs to the American taxpayers. So we’re the stewards of the American taxpayer’s money, and we have to remember that every dime that we spend on their behalf should be spent wisely.

I have this crazy notion that somebody should find out what Manuel Miranda has been up to lately. When was the last time we found him doing some unethical thing before he resigned and resurfaced in a different high level position?

Spying On Law Abiding Citizens

It is intrusive and wrong for the FBI to be keeping tabs on us. This has absolutely nothing to do with anyone's safety and everything to do with quashing dissenting views.


Bush reminds us that our liberties are so precious that Congress must confiscate them for safekeeping.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

About That Energy Bill

The Lone Star Iconoclast wants us to know that it could be a set up for more Enrons and that the new FERC director won't be there to help us.

Read the whole thing

The Market and The London Bombings

Maybe that guy on FOX was doing Alan Greenspan a favor when he said it was a good time to buy.

Sure it was a coincidence that they were running terrorist drills at the same place and time the attacks took place, just like it was a coincidence that we were running terrorist drills with NORAD when 9-11 took place.

It was a coincidence that some type of market manipulation that I still don't understand happened before 9-11.

Strap on your tinfoil hats and make yourself some tinfoil mittens and a muffler before you head over to the cunning realist's place

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bye Bye Sea Birds

Nightline is not the only mainstream news organization covering the ongoing mass extinctions. USA Today has an article about the unusually high number of dead seabirds.

SEATTLE (AP) — With a record number of dead seabirds washing up on West Coast beaches from Central California to British Columbia, marine biologists are raising the alarm about rising ocean temperatures and dwindling plankton populations.

"Something big is going on out there," said Julia Parrish, an associate professor in the School of Aquatic Fisheries and Sciences at the University of Washington. "I'm left with no obvious smoking gun, but birds are a good signal because they feed high up on the food chain."

Coastal ocean temperatures are 2 to 5 degrees above normal, which may be related to a lack of updwelling, in which cold, nutrient-rich water is brought to the surface.

Updwelling is fueled by northerly winds that sweep out near-shore waters and bring cold water to the surface. The process starts the marine food chain, fueling algae and shrimplike krill populations that feed small fish, which then provide a source of food for a variety of sea life from salmon to sea birds and marine mammals.

On Washington beaches, bird surveyors in May typically find an average of one dead Brandt's cormorant every 34 miles of beach. This year, cormorant deaths averaged one every eight-tenths of a mile, according to data gathered by volunteers with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, which Parrish has directed since 2000.

"This is somewhere between five and 10 times the highest number of bird deaths we've seen before," she said, adding that she expected June figures to show a similar trend.

Read the article and remember that the salmon didn't spawn this year the way they usually do. This article ends by saying that this would be a particularly bad year for an oil spill, too bad the writer did not know that there have already been three oil spills on the North Slope this year.

Something big is going on out there,"

It Sure Sounds Stupid


Monday, July 18, 2005

Nightline Touches The Rove Scandal!

There was a flash timeline before Jessica Yellin was interviewed. I've been touched longer and more intimately by total strangers in line at the grocery store when they didn't even mean to do it!

Jessica Yellin sure looks and sounds a lot like a cheerleader to me. Peppy, upbeat, the Whitehouse says, if anybody is indicted, could take years...

Oh, they are going to do one or two other stories as well. ABC is going the rounds to make sure this story isn't told. As a matter of fact, that's all they said about it.

London bombings about 30 seconds--nothing of substance--New Jersey hotbed of terrorists. Yada Yada Yada. THE FBI is respectful now, the Muslims love the new way they get questioned, Many many tips about Newark New Jersey.

Well they sure covered those stories in eighteen minutes without missing a single commercial!

Comming up after the break, wait for it, Why are all the HoJo's closing up shop?

Sitting down with a chef at the last Howard Johnson's in Connecticut discussing chef's career and book. What were some of the things you learned at Howard Johnson's?

Oh yeah, this is soo much more interesting than the story about how the White House lied us into a disasterous and expensive war and retaliated against anybody who tried to tell the truth. The HoJo's story got a full six minutes of airtime before the commercial break.

There is going to be something about some old soldier who died today or yesterday or something, but he didn't die in Iraq so they can talk about it. It's General Westmoreland, he was 91.

Worth Notice

Codifying our right to privacy.

Make Your Reciept-Stop voting fraud dead in it's tracks


They also cleared up that nasty internet censorship thing and comcast users can now get emails with in the body of their private email!

finds a blogger blowing the whistle on the latest orwellian name to slide more asbestos right up our noses. FAIR it ain't

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Lying For Credibility

Fresh out of the mouth of Roy Blunt,the third ranking House Republican. Courtesy of my local rag.

Asked about the White House's previous statements that Rove was not involved, Blunt told CBS' "Face the Nation" that spokesmen for the White House "need to be very thoughtful about what they say and be sure that their credibility is sustained.

With news coverage this bad, does anybody wonder why Kalispell votes Republican?

Cue Karen Hughes

I predict that it will be days, not weeks before Karen is going to rush in to prop this mess up a while longer.

What started as political gossip and damage control has become a major criminal investigation that has already harmed the administration and could be a problem for President Bush for months to come.

One reason investigators are looking back is that even before Novak's column appeared, government officials had been trying for more than a month to convince journalists that Wilson's mission was not as important as it was being portrayed. Wilson concluded during the 2002 mission that there was no solid evidence for the administration's assertion that Iraq was trying to acquire uranium in Niger to develop nuclear weapons, and he angered the White House when he became an outspoken critic of the war.

The FBI is trying to determine when White House officials and members of the vice president's staff first focused on Wilson and learned about his wife's employment at the agency. One group that may have known of the connection before that time is the handful of CIA officers detailed to the White House, where they work primarily on the National Security Council staff. A former NSC staff member said one or more of those officers may have been aware of the Plame-Wilson relationship.

"We will fuck him. Do you hear me? We will fuck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him!" As a reporter, you get around—curse words, anger, passionate intensity are not notable events—but the ferocity, the bellicosity, the violent imputations were, well, shocking. This went on without a break for a minute or two.

Even so, we shouldn't get hung up on him - or on most of the other supposed leading figures in this scandal thus far. Not Matt Cooper or Judy Miller or the Wilsons or the bad guy everyone loves to hate, the former CNN star Robert Novak. This scandal is not about them in the end, any more than Watergate was about Dwight Chapin and Donald Segretti or Woodward and Bernstein. It is about the president of the United States. It is about a plot that was hatched at the top of the administration and in which everyone else, Mr. Rove included, are at most secondary players.


This case is about Iraq, not Niger. The real victims are the American people, not the Wilsons. The real culprit - the big enchilada, to borrow a 1973 John Ehrlichman phrase from the Nixon tapes - is not Mr. Rove but the gang that sent American sons and daughters to war on trumped-up grounds and in so doing diverted finite resources, human and otherwise, from fighting the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. That's why the stakes are so high: this scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative who posed for Vanity Fair.


Seasoned audiences of presidential scandal know that there's only one certainty ahead: the timing of a Karl Rove resignation. As always in this genre, the knight takes the fall at exactly that moment when it's essential to protect the king.

1763 Dead, thousands injured, many disabled for life.


This Is Good

Found at Spontaneous Arising

Take the quiz: "What Kind of Soul Do You Retain?"

You have a very warm and loving aura about your soul and believe in the virtues of Love. To you, there is a bright side to everything! You are the polar opposite of the Dark soul.