Saturday, February 25, 2006

Fear It Comes!

The Bush Administration is circling the bowl with their crap coated color charts.

The timing here is utterly exquisite!

The toxin was first discovered around 2:30 p.m. Thursday when one of the students who received treatment discovered a white powder after opening a roll of quarters from a non-local bank to do laundry on the first floor, Spalding said. The quarters had been in her dorm room on the second floor for several months, Spalding said. The powder fell out on the student's hands, which she washed immediately before reporting the incident to the UT Police Department, Spalding said.

This fits the standard M.O. for the Propoganda State

Expect more like this.

sidenote: wouldn't you know that I would be unable to find a color coded terror chart today?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Not A Single Supporter

“Ask them would they rather be hanged or sentenced to 20 years in Leavenworth?” Rider said. “I'd be willing to swat the horse ... just tell them to keep their paws off of our land.”

I heard one man call it theft, but nobody, absolutely nobody showed up to voice anything but dissent with Bush's plan to sell off our lands.

This is Montana and you think that somebody would get the balls to publish Bozeman's dirty little secret about this. Bozeman, home to the FREE Foundation where EXXON mingles it's money with the MellonScaife and chemical companies to run luxurious judicial re-education camps while they devise endless schemes to take our land away that would make Wile E. Coyote and ACME green with envy.

Giant Cheap Labor Sweatbox

Farmer tells us what we need to know about the UAE and it ain't pretty.

Loopy Out Of The Loop


Court Martial For Wife Murder

This grisly embarassment to the army almost sliped under the newswire of public conciousness.

The Associated Press

FORT LEWIS — Army officials have recommended a court martial for a Purple Heart recipient accused of killing his young wife, stabbing her more than 70 times.

Spc. Brandon Bare, 19, of Wilkesboro, N.C., was charged with one count of premeditated murder and two counts of indecent acts related to mutilation of Nabila Bare's remains.

On Wednesday, Fort Lewis officials said post commander Lt. Gen. James Dubik agreed with an investigating officer and had referred Bare's case to a general court-martial, meaning he is moving closer to facing the charges in a military court.

Bare remains held in the post's Regional Corrections Facility. No trial date has been set.

If found guilty, Bare faces a maximum of life in prison.

Bare is a machine-gunner with the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. He was sent home to recuperate after suffering cuts and internal ear injuries in a March 24 grenade attack on his Stryker brigade unit in Mosul.

The July 12 killing happened after he returned from the war to this Army post south of Tacoma and received a Purple Heart for being wounded.

Nabila Bare, 18, was stabbed at least 71 times with knives and a meat cleaver. About three dozen of the wounds were on her head and neck.

"The murder was premeditated, deliberate and savage," prosecutor Capt. Scott DiRocco said in January during Bare's Article 32 hearing, similar to a preliminary hearing in civilian court. "He did not stop after he killed her."

Bare's lawyer, while admitting the soldier killed his wife, said it wasn't planned.

"What this looks like ... is an act of rage, or some sort of other unexplainable act," defense attorney Capt. Patrick O'Brien said. "There's nothing to show it was premeditated."

Witnesses testified that Bare had enrolled in treatment programs after his return from Iraq in early April 2005.

Bare had said he was having trouble controlling his anger and that he didn't like his wife going out and partying, said Michael Collins, a nurse and case manager at Madigan Army Medical Center.

The soldier was enrolled in an "intensive outpatient" therapy program to deal with his anger-management and combat stress issues, Collins said.

A day before Nabila Bare was found dead in the couple's kitchen, Bare told his rear detachment commander Capt. Mickey Traugutt that he was taking a new prescription that made it hard to get up, and that he'd missed a treatment.

Bare wasn't made to make up the meeting because a doctor felt he was making progress.

Nabila plans to complete her senior year of high school died with her last July blasting any dreams the young woman and her young husband may have had as violently as the IED explosion in Mosul that surely caused the combat stress and anger he succumbed to.

Bare’s squad leader, Staff Sgt. Everett Clark, said the soldier performed well in Iraq. They fought together at the November 2004 siege of Fallujah and then in Mosul.

The day they were hit, they were riding in their Stryker about 5 mph along a street in Mosul’s Palestine neighborhood.

“A bunch of kids came running out. I was down inside the Stryker and they were like ‘Mister! Mister! Mister!’ and then all of a sudden I hear this” -- Clark made a loud snap of his fingers -- “and then I was out.”

Clark regained consciousness to find a soldier lying across him. “His jugular vein had been ripped out,” the sergeant said.

He paused several times during the testimony to maintain his composure.

He recalled wadding up his glove and shoving it into the soldier’s wound to stop the bleeding, then looking to see another soldier whose head was on fire. He looked at Bare, who had a foot-long piece of wooden ladder sticking into the side of his head.

“I said ‘Don’t pull it out, Bare!’” Clark recalled. “And he says, ‘OK!’ and then he pulls it out.”

Then Bare got up into the rear hatch with his machine gun and started shooting to suppress whatever insurgents were out there.

His combat experience shook him, Bare’s lawyer said.

“He saw some very serious, some very nasty things,” O’Brien said. “He went through some very intense times.”

Bare is at least the third service member to kill a loved one after returning from Iraq.

Thanks to United for Peace of Pierce County Washington for the stories they reprinted under the fair use doctrine as they don't stick around on the original websites very long. The first story here was also published under the fair use doctrine for the same reason.

No Weather In Crisis Or War

Not during the three hour gap anyway

Feb. 23, 2006 — NOAA and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, or EUMETSAT, announced Wednesday they have signed a Data Denial Implementation Plan, which secures the continued flow of real-time meteorological satellite data from NOAA-provided instruments onboard EUMETSAT's MetOp spacecraft to public duty users in the United States and EUMETSAT Member States during episodes that might otherwise require data denial. Data denial means real-time data from U.S. environmental instruments can be denied during periods of crisis or war. (Click NOAA illustration for larger view of NOAA polar satellite orbiting the Earth. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

The agreement provides the necessary steps for data denial if NOAA makes the request. One important feature of the DDIP is that it contains lists of public duty users in the United States and in EUMETSAT Member and Cooperating States who will be allowed to continue receiving real-time access to U.S. instrument data during episodes of data denial. No restriction will apply to the availability of data more than three hours old.

Who knew?

Calling All Wingnuts

Mike Stark calls talk radio!

He's giving lessons at firedoglake. Go grab yourself a new skill!

Dead Soldier Update



Thursday, February 23, 2006


  • Above Normal
  • Much above normal
  • Record warmest


UAE Scrutiny

This is the United States of America where they track every high school child for grades and suseptibility to military recruitment. This administration has been adamant about their intent to continue spying and datamining the citizens who pay their salaries.

A foreign country with ties to 9/11 gets to take over a half dozen of the largest ports in America and they don't have to tell the government diddly squat because this administration made a secret agreement with them to keep their doings shielded.

Why in the hell does the UAE have more freedom and privacy in America than we do?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


"I was taught that you run your business in an ethical manner," he says. "If I hadn't seen the documentation that these companies knew what they were doing, I wouldn't have pursued this. But I'm angry."

But asbestos could hurt anybody. Although its miners and manufacturers and their insurers knew of its hazards as far back as the 1930s, and possibly the 1910s, no alarms were sounded for the general public and no warnings appeared on the packaging until usage ceased in the 1970s. The victims were in many cases unaware that the material they were exposed to was asbestos and to the extent they were employees in refineries and shipyards, they wouldn't have had the option to avoid it even if they knew.

My em

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Who pays them

In 2004, the General Accounting Office reported that 60% of all US corporations paid NO tax between the years of 1996 through 2000. In 2004, corporate taxes made up less than 7.4% of federal revenues. And this was BEFORE* additional tax breaks implemented by the Bush Administration! As we prepare our convoluted papers to comply with Uncle Sam, let’s revisit why the tax code sucks this weekend.

Exhibit A-Citizens For Tax Justice, Date From Annual Reports and Forms 10-K:

Year 2000 Profits of Colgate Palmolive Corporation: 860,600,000
Tax Paid: -8,200,000 Tax rate: -0.9%
Tax Break: 309,400,000

Profits of General Electric: 24,574,000,000
Tax Rate: 13.3%

Profits of IBM: 11,299,000,000
Tax Rate: 12.4%

Profits of Microsoft: 21,866,500,000
Tax Rate: 1.8%

Exhibit B: Family of 4, Income of $30,000 a year
Tax Rate: 17%

* (I believe there has been another three rounds of tax cuts since then)

Why does Bush want to increase collection costs by almost 500%?


We could sit around and compare our favorite shameful wasting of our tax dollars, everything from bridges to nowhere, the billions spent on domestic propaganda operations or Brewsters Millions.

What is your favorite wasteful scheme?

Brewsters Millions

Brewster's Millions is an old Richard Pryor movie about a man who inherits quite a bit of money that comes with a catch--he has to spend it all and have nothing to show for it so he can get the really big inheritance. It was hard work, but Richard Pryor's character finally managed to pull it off.

It would have been a very short movie if the writers thought to ask President Bush for help as he knows more ways to waste money and resources than you can shake a stick at.

Witness the document reclassification scheme

The program's critics do not question the notion that wrongly declassified material should be withdrawn. Mr. Aid said he had been dismayed to see "scary" documents in open files at the National Archives, including detailed instructions on the use of high explosives.

But the historians say the program is removing material that can do no conceivable harm to national security. They say it is part of a marked trend toward greater secrecy under the Bush administration, which has increased the pace of classifying documents, slowed declassification and discouraged the release of some material under the Freedom of Information Act.

Experts on government secrecy believe the C.I.A. and other spy agencies, not the White House, are the driving force behind the reclassification program.

"I think it's driven by the individual agencies, which have bureaucratic sensitivities to protect," said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, editor of the online weekly Secrecy News. "But it was clearly encouraged by the administration's overall embrace of secrecy."

National Archives officials said the program had revoked access to 9,500 documents, more than 8,000 of them since President Bush took office. About 30 reviewers — employees and contractors of the intelligence and defense agencies — are at work each weekday at the archives complex in College Park, Md., the officials said.

Archives officials could not provide a cost for the program but said it was certainly in the millions of dollars, including more than $1 million to build and equip a secure room where the reviewers work.

This is what they cut childhood nutrition and education funds for!

Pat Robertson Pushing Another Bush Line

Pat is having a nice chat with Bill Tierney* about Saddam's weapons and they are blaming the CIA, the DIA, and the NSA.

*the CBN News banner says that he is a former U.N. weapons inspector.

Corporation Appreciation Week is Coming

Next week, Lose The Noose and Consider the Boot will be celebrating CORPORATION APPRECIATION WEEK and Lily would like us to calebrate with her.

Thats right, folks. Corporation Appreciation Week. A week where we temporarily turn the lights on in the roach-infested world of Corruptco. A week where we will highlight some of our favorite polluters, kid killers, fine-dodgers, and pension raiders

Email losethenoose at if you want to participate and you should want to participate because they are a fun bunch of freedom fighting writers over there.

Dead In The Water

That's what Senator Burns has to say about President Bush's plan to trade a few rural education dollars for our National Parks.

grannyinsanity, Bachus and Burns are on the same side of this one; it must be time to adjust my meds.

Yet Another Torture Memo

“Statement for the Record: Office of General Counsel Involvement in Interrogation Issues.”

It really was a "few bad apples" and a bunch of idiots who lacked the balls or the humanity to refuse to participate in something so wrong.

Getting Our Money's Worth

Let's see here, we're spending $100,000.00 a minute for years on end and we could have done something about the 43 million Americans without health insurance.

We could have done something about that if the Bush Administration hadn't conned the American people to buy 2277 dead American soldiers, thousands of wounded and twenty five million pissed of Iraqis instead.

Five Million Dollars Found In D.C.

The day before President Bush started flying all over the place to look like he cares about alternative energy, his administration found five million dollars so that the thirty two people who were fired, er, laid off the day after his State of the Union Speech because Bush wanted to give the top 1% of the money holders their fifth major tax cut in five years could be hired back for his highly publicized visit.

What are the odds?

He's Back!

The newly rediscovered Osama Bin Laden is back with the threat that he won't be taken alive.

Oh no!

David Letterman explained that Osama would die of old age first.

If Osama didn't exist, the Bush Administration would have to invent him to keep the fear level high for their followers.

Monday, February 20, 2006

How Much Did It Cost?

Has anyone figured out how much we paid for Dick Cheney's little toodle loo?

Alert reader
I was wondering these last four/five days if the taxpayers realized that we footed the entire party . . flying in from around the world . .Switzerland, DC, etc

The Secret Service, the staff, the flight costs, are ALL ON US ....

Wonder if there will be any money left over to put a drinking fountain in my daughter's high school...a couple books for her classes would come in handy too!

What Begonia probably didn't realize at the time is that we are also paying the tab for Dick's little friend Pamela Willeford.

Pamela Willeford is on our payroll in a nice cushy job as the Ambassadress to Switzerland, it's not like she's the Democracy Czar or anything, but it's nice work if you can get it!