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Sun Nov 30, 2003

I went to school with Matt Taibbi and thought he was a smart guy - here's what he thinks about the Clark Candidacy

You can see something in the eyes of most all the Democratic candidates: the pugnacity of Howard Dean, the idealism of Dennis Kucinich, even (surprisingly) the elaborate sense of humor just under the surface of Joe Lieberman.

Not Wesley Clark. His eyes are blank. Like a turtle resting on a rock in the middle of a pond, he simply seems never to move, no matter how long you stare. But then, just as you're about to pack up your picnic basket and go home, you catch him: His head pops out, and he slides off into the water...


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 30, 03 | 3:00 pm | Profile

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Ah for those heady days when an attorney general could subvert political opposition by all means necessary....

Ashcroft's Cointelpro
By Matthew Rothschild
The Progressive

Monday 24 November 2003

It's official: Cointelpro is back.

The infamous FBI counterintelligence program of the 1960s and '70s, which spied on Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and disrupted the Panthers and the American Indian Movement, is being revived right now by Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

FBI headquarters sent out a memo last month to local law enforcement agencies telling them to gather intelligence on anti-war protesters who were assembling in Washington and San Francisco, according to The New York Times.

"Report any potentially illegal acts" to FBI counterterrorism task forces, the memo said.

The basis for viewing these protesters as terrorists is flimsy, as even the memo seems to acknowledge. The FBI "possesses no information indicating that violent or terrorist activities are being planned as part of the protests," the memo said.

So why are they being treated as such?

One law enforcement official suggested to the Times that some protesters may be acting in league with terrorists by distracting the FBI with a big demonstration while a terrorist attack is planned for somewhere else.

That's pretty far-fetched, if you ask me.

But the FBI is casting its net wide. The memo is concerned not only with people who commit violence but who are "capable of violence," one official said. That could be 275 million people!

The intelligence the FBI used in this memo came from FBI counterterrorism officials, the Times said. But much of the memo cited perfectly legal protest tactics, like using the Internet to recruit supporters, raise funds, and coordinate activities, the Times said. The memo also noted that protesters sometimes go to activist training camps, raise money for lawyers, and film the police. The latter activity, the memo said, was designed to "intimidate" law enforcement.

But the ones doing the intimidating are not the protesters but Ashcroft and Mueller.

Protesters aren't terrorists.

And by equating the two, Ashcroft and Mueller do grievous harm to our civil liberties.

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 30, 03 | 2:06 pm | Profile

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Sat Nov 29, 2003

From hero, to whistle-blower, to celebrity

Jessica Lynch's story is turning 'into a monster' for
the Bush administration

Toronto Star
Nov 16, 2003

Pity the poor PR boys at the Pentagon. It may be hard,
but try.

They thought they had it made:

A pretty, blonde soldier ambushed by the Iraqis,
courageously firing until her ammo runs out, shot and
stabbed and carried off by the enemy who, after taking
time out to rape her, deposit her unconscious body in a
hospital, where she is slapped around by evil medical
staff, then, nine days later, is rescued in a daring,
nighttime raid that is videotaped and can be shown
repeatedly around the world and who, as soon as she
recovers, will tell what it's like to be an all-American
hero. It was a gift from the propaganda gods.

Just two problems: It didn't happen that way, and the
designated hero, Pte. Jessica Lynch, refuses to say it

In fact, Lynch is telling anyone who asks that she is no
hero: "That wasn't me. I'm not about to take credit for
something I didn't do ... I'm just a survivor."

Okay so far, modesty and all.

But Lynch is also a mite angry about the Pentagon's
manipulation of events and can't seem to stop correcting
the record.

She says she never got off a shot because her gun
jammed. The Iraqi medical staff were kindness itself.
She was out cold for three hours after her Humvee
crashed in the grenade attack, so she doesn't remember
any sexual assault. And shocked Iraqi doctors deny it.

As for the dramatic, Rambo-style hospital raid on April
1, she says there was no resistance, no Iraqi military
in the hospital, and staff even offered the rescuers a

The Pentagon "used me to symbolize all this stuff,"
Lynch told a fawning Diane Sawyer on ABC last week.
"It's wrong."


Posted by: evil-barry on Nov 29, 03 | 11:37 am | Profile

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Wed Nov 26, 2003

Regarding The "Booming Economic Recovery"


Lately I've been listening to the media drumbeat about the economic turnaround that is apparently under way. And I've been thinking that perhaps it's true. After all, you can't simultaneously cut taxes and up spending without "priming the pump" as Keynesians have been calling it since the Depression. On the other hand, one of the things I do remember learning in Macroeconomics (a class I admittedly regretted taking as a college freshman) is that Keynes argued that warmaking while in the short-term is an effective means for economic recovery is the least efficient way to go about it. It's all very vague now (spring semester of 1989, after all), but I think he was arguing that investment in human and material infrastructure (education and roads as the primary examples) was more efficient in the short-term and long-term. In the short-term, a significant amount laid out in wages and materials is necessarily spent in the place where the war is occuring, and therefore doesn't "ripple" throught the domestic economy with the same efficiency. In the long-term, if you spend it on war you "prime the pump" with all kinds of war-related jobs and materials consumed in the war, but with education and infrastructure you get improved long-term results. It sorta reminds me of the "give 'em a fish vs. teach 'em to fish" analogy. Of course my line of reasoning assumes (perhaps cynically) that the only reason the administration got us into a war in Iraq was to lift the momentarily flagging economy, and certainly this was not their only reason for doing so. For one thing, the long-term economic effects of controlling most of the world's crude oil supply could conceivably be quite nice for a country with the Texas-sized balls to take and hold 'em. (And then of course there are all those "WMD's" that they're still cleverly hiding from us, as well as their well-known and documented ties to al Queda that everyone knows are "based on real good intelligence").

Anyhoo, another thing I keep thinking is: the numbers being used to establish the turn-around are short-term, quarterly numbers, up-ticks after a long decline. And, while everyone on the cable news networks (highly paid "professionals" with adequate insurance, homes in good school districts etc...) seem to think that this means the crisis is over, I can't help thinking about the over seventy million U.S. citizens who are without health insurance, the millions of jobs that have been lost since the beginning of this new millenium, and the endless rounds of cuts at every level of government services since then. And when I think of those things I thinks to myself: am I better off now than I was three years or even three months ago just because the nicely tanned cable news guys and gals keep telling me I should be? Maybe so. Or, are they saying the new version of Hoover's famous 1932 reelection campaign ("Prosperity is Just Around the Corner")? Maybe so.

Anyways, I've cut-n-pasted a rant by a Nation commie (Katrina vanden Heuvel) that sums up my gut feelings on the subject pretty well. So read it over, or don't, and comment on anything I or she have written, or don't, but definitely HAVE A NICE TURKEY DAY.


Slothrop More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 26, 03 | 10:02 am | Profile

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Let's Send Cronkite to Gitmo for a "Fair and Balanced" Report on Conditions There

American Unilateralism Alienates Allies, Isolates Us
By Walter Cronkite
Knight Ridder

Tuesday 25 November 2003

For almost three years now, the world has been given quite a different view of the United States than the one to which it had been accustomed.

It has seen global leadership abandoned and replaced with what now is known as American unilateralism - the Bush administration's disdain for international agreements and sometimes for diplomacy itself. The unilateralism has been a virtual addiction - a constant in an otherwise inconsistent presidency.

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 26, 03 | 6:20 am | Profile

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Tue Nov 25, 2003

Kyle Hence on 9/11 Investigation

Compromised 9/11 Investigation a Looming National Scandal -- Demands Congressional Action
A Commentary
Kyle F. Hence
9/11 CitizensWatch

Mass-murderer Bin Laden Unwanted by the U.S. Government
Many of you might recall comments made by a field General during the Afghan war saying, in so many words, that they were not there to go after Osama Bin Laden...or reports by Seymour Hersch aired on Bill Moyers' NOW on PBS that, on orders from the Department of Defense, thousands of Taliban forces and even Al-Qeada operatives were airlifted to Pakistan in a break during the bombing of Kunduz. Now it appears the US military is saying that the man the US government maintains was behind the largest mass murder in U.S. history is off the hook because they tell us he's 'taken himself out of the picture"--thus no longer a priority. This according to a recent Reuters story of November 22:

Osama capture unnecessary, US general says; Reuters -- November 22, 2003

This latest policy shift follows a recent controversial White House compromise with 9/11 investigators, deemed unacceptable by victims' families, that provides highly censored and limited review of a Presidential Daily Briefings (PDBs) including one titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike the U.S." What mad farce is going on here? How does America's #1 enemy, a man "wanted dead or alive" for the brutal mass murder of thousands, become irrelevant even as the White House fights tooth and nail to control access and analysis of intelligence warnings about the threat he posed prior to the attacks?

I can imagine how this as yet unexplained new policy might be received by the thousands who lost family members on 9/11 or by the millions around the globe raising serious questions and expressing measured skepticism and doubts about the war on terror, the war on Iraq and the pretext that launched both.

9/11 family members and others have been insisting the Commission keep their word and "leave no stone unturned." Well, now they know that the Administration who created the Commission won't be turning over stones looking for Bin Laden any longer. Of course this will come as no surprise to those who have noted how little effort has been directed at finding Bin Laden especially after the Administration shifted its focus to Saddam Hussein and Iraq.


Posted by: evil-barry on Nov 25, 03 | 11:51 pm | Profile

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An Interesting Press Release from the United Steel Workers of America

USWA Calls for Congressional Investigation into Police-State Assaults in Miami


Union condemns use of federal Iraq reconstruction funds to subsidize "homeland repression" at FTAA meetings

PITTSBURGH — The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) is calling for a Congressional investigation into "a massive police state," created in part with federal funds, to intimidate union members and others critical of the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and limit their rights during FTAA meetings in Miami last week.

"Last week, the fundamental rights of thousands of Americans … were blatantly violated, sometimes violently, by the Miami police, who systematically repressed our Constitutional right to free assembly with massive force, riot gear and armaments," said Leo W. Gerard, USWA international president, in a letter to Congressional leaders.

"It is condemnable enough that a massive police state was created to prevent American citizens from directly petitioning FTAA negotiators for redress of their grievances," Gerard said in the letter.

"It is doubly condemnable," he added, "that $9 million of federal funds designated for the reconstruction of Iraq were used toward this despicable purpose. How can we hope to build democracy in Iraq while using massive force to dismantle it here at home?"

Citing "countless instances of humiliating repression in which the Miami police force disgraced itself," Gerard said that Miami police chief John Timoney should be fired, all charges against peaceful demonstrators should be dropped, and a Congressional investigation into the Miami police department's systematic repression should immediately be launched.

"To do less would be to endorse homeland repression in the guise of homeland security," Gerard’s letter concluded.

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 25, 03 | 1:59 pm | Profile

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funny is when it hurts a little


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 25, 03 | 1:19 pm | Profile

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Paul Krugman on Civility in our Political Discourse

The Uncivil War

One of the problems with media coverage of this administration," wrote Eric Alterman in The Nation, "is that it requires bad manners."

He's right. There's no nice way to explain how the administration uses cooked numbers to sell its tax cuts, or how its arrogance and gullibility led to the current mess in Iraq.

So it was predictable that the administration and its allies, no longer very successful at claiming that questioning the president is unpatriotic, would use appeals to good manners as a way to silence critics. Not, mind you, that Emily Post has taken over the Republican Party: the same people who denounce liberal incivility continue to impugn the motives of their opponents.

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 25, 03 | 1:12 pm | Profile

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A friend sent me this link. My response is below
"Claim:   The County of Los Angeles has requested that equipment vendors avoid using the industry term "Master/Slave" in product descriptions and labelling.
Status:   True"

silly for someone to spend time drafting a letter that won't get taken seriously, but I've been avoiding that term for years. It's not a metaphor I care to reproduce, even in the machine world! It's funny becuase I think about that when I design software that works across a network, I don't even want to create the "master/slave" situation, not out of being PC (politically correct, not personal computer), but simply becuase I think the result will be more interesting if it doesn't rely on that relationship.
I remember some time ago, Peter Elsea described a work by a female student of his who examined the lexicon of computer terminology (max in particular) and found a lot of violent and forceful terms, such as "bang" and "uzi", no doubt a result of the mechanical and war-related background computers come from. I recall him mentioning that the commentary she provided apparently reflected on the idea that computers are benign and un-mechanical, so these terms are really anachronistic. She then provided a fanciful alternative of "nice" terms that sounded pretty funny.
I also think that if more of the population of West Oakland were working in the world of computers, there wouldn't be a need to draft a letter telling people that "Master/Slave" is an absurd term to fling about. Let's just say if the laid-off NASA employee looking for a job with Outer Spaceways Incorporated tried to explain his work with "Master/Slave" systems would definitely raise some eyebrows of the OSI CEO...

pete. More...

Posted by: pibor on Nov 25, 03 | 8:50 am | Profile

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Sat Nov 22, 2003

Anybody ever hear of COINTELPRO?

November 23, 2003
F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum.

The memorandum, which the bureau sent to local law enforcement agencies last month in advance of antiwar demonstrations in Washington and San Francisco, detailed how protesters have sometimes used "training camps" to rehearse for demonstrations, the Internet to raise money and gas masks to defend against tear gas. The memorandum analyzed lawful activities like recruiting demonstrators, as well as illegal activities like using fake documentation to get into a secured site.

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 22, 03 | 4:07 pm | Profile

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"political hate speech"

The Republican assault on "political hate speech" (11/13)
By Brendan Nyhan

Over the last two months, the Republican Party has begun a
systematic effort to label attacks on President Bush by
Democratic presidential candidates as "political hate speech," a
new piece of political jargon intended to delegitimize criticism
of Bush. It appears this strategy will expanded in the coming
months -- a recent memo from Republican National Committee
chairman Ed Gillespie urged party officials to adopt the term in
their rhetoric.

Posted by: evil-barry on Nov 22, 03 | 12:14 am | Profile

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Fri Nov 21, 2003

We're Number 1!! in Moral Character

A couple of months ago if you typed in "moral character george bush" into google this website came up as #1. I couldn't really understand why myself, actually - except that yes, these words existed on this site. But now... Citizens of Upright Moral Character is no where to be found in relation to gwb.

Is is a.... sshh! a conspiracy?

Uh wait.. I tried it again. Actually it was this: if you type in "Moral Character Bush" this site does come up #1 on Google. Rah Rah! Maybe we could challenge the Bush Blog to a run for #1. oh wait, We're ALLREADY #1!! so they're the UNDERDOG and we're the OBNOXIOUS ARROGANT ALL CAPS USING #1 TITLE HOLDERS! Well I challenge the Bush Blog for "Moral Character Bush" on Google! You're with us or you're against us! Bring it on! YAY!!

But the fun doesn't stop there. You can try it with anyone whose name has been indexed on here. I think same with "Moral Character Bennett" (as in Bill, former Drug Czar) - yup there it is, first page.

And in the world of google simply the term "Moral Character" nets us a #3! Imagine that!


Posted by: evil-barry on Nov 21, 03 | 11:00 pm | Profile

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Wannabe Christian Totalitarians, or just a coupla dumb fucks?


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 21, 03 | 11:08 am | Profile

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Shrub, the dinner guest

Not that I would do any better (as a social space-cadet, I wouldn't) but this is wince-enducing:

"When the queen finished, the president raised his glass, but Her Majesty did not return the gesture, instead waiting for the American national anthem to begin. Hearing the music, Bush put down his glass and placed his hand on his heart, then took it off, then put it on again. "The Star-Spangled Banner" over, he clinked glasses with the queen, then turned to clink glasses with Princess Anne, who was already sipping from hers.

The awkwardness continued after Bush's toast, when he again picked up his glass to clink with the queen, who stood motionless, waiting for her own national anthem. Bush put his glass back down and, as the orchestra played "God Save the Queen," winked at somebody in the audience. Finally, the anthem finished, president and queen consummated their clinks.
Oh well. At least he didn't vomit like his old man.

Ironically, a drink might have done him some good. Or maybe not. The Queen--who has clinked with more diginitaries than anyone alive I think--from what I have read about her, probably well-enough likes Bush. But would probably rather have dinner with Powell.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Nov 21, 03 | 9:06 am | Profile

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I'm sorry,

As to the derangement of the crowd, they are impervious to reason. After two years of warnings from clapped-out Arabists that the incendiary "Arab street" was about to explode in anti-American rage across the Middle East, it remains as unrousable as ever. Instead, it is the explosive European street that remains implacably pro-Saddam, pro-Yasser, pro-jihad, pro-Taliban misogynist homophobes, pro-anyone as long as they are anti-American.

Posted by: evil-barry on Nov 21, 03 | 8:51 am | Profile

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Laughter and Lies in London

Smashing Sledgehammers in Iraq
by Frida Berrigan More...

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Wed Nov 19, 2003

Interesting title for an editorial, eh Jacques?

American Gulag
(Editorial from the November 16th NY Newsday)

No American president should have the absolute power to imprison people at will, even when the nation is at war.

That's the unfettered power President George W. Bush has claimed for himself in the war on terrorism. On his authority alone -- unchecked by courts or international convention -- 660 people from 42 nations captured in the Afghanistan war have been locked in a U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for two years. Two others -- American citizens -- have been held in military brigs almost as long, without criminal charges or access to family, lawyers or court.

Bush has labeled them "enemy combatants." With those two words, the president says he can lawfully move anyone he chooses beyond the reach of any legal authority other than his own.

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 19, 03 | 5:04 pm | Profile

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Our President, in his own words. (Sleep well...)

10. At this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly outta Ronald Reagan Airport.
9. Laura and I will thank them from the bottom of my heart.
8. When you have your own money, it means you've got more money to spend.
7. The benefits of helping somebody is beneficial.
6. We're in for a long struggle, and I think Texans understand that. And so do Americans.
5. Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of "Hop on Pop".
4. I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here.
3. And one of the things we've got to make sure that we do is anything.
2. We're making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.
1. Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better. More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 19, 03 | 3:00 pm | Profile

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Tue Nov 18, 2003

Ain't Hegemony Fun?

Hold On to Your Humanity
An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq
(US Army Retired)

Dear American serviceperson in Iraq,

I am a retired veteran of the army, and my own son is among you, a paratrooper like I was. The changes that are happening to every one of you--some more extreme than others--are changes I know very well. So I'm going to say some things to you straight up in the language to which you are accustomed.


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 18, 03 | 3:53 pm | Profile

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If they'd just stop sinnin' and start breedin' we'd have a whole hell of a lot more good American soldiers, I mean children.


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 18, 03 | 1:42 pm | Profile

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Just one of the reasons I like organic t-bone steaks (rubbed with garlic, grilled medium rare, thin-sliced, and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice)

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 18, 03 | 1:24 pm | Profile

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Mon Nov 17, 2003

Steyn on Shrub's trip to see the queen

I personally can't wait for the protests. At the very least, you have to admit that American effigy craftmanship is a bit disappointing compared to some of the recent examples we've seen coming out of the Czech Republic (and a few other former eastern bloc countries). I remember an early '90's Bread & Puppet Theater video my old painting instructor showed us our Senior year. If I recall correctly, every giant puppet/giant effigy foreman overseeing the volunteer crews was either Czech or Hungarian without exception. Let's hope we see the same spirit and attention to detail this week in merry old England. Give 'im bloody hell, boys! Bush je blázen sku dník!

Most of our regular readers don't get 'round to Steyn's site that often, so I wanted to post this gem lest it slip on by:

"Having successfully reinvented himself as an easygoing Crawford rancher, Bush has nothing to gain by palling around with royalty. Besides, he always looks like a goofball in white tie."
Too true. You can take King Bush out of the country, but you can't take the kountry out of King Bush.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Nov 17, 03 | 5:17 am | Profile

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Fri Nov 14, 2003

Private Lynch

A couple days ago I was flying on Jet Blue - they have TV at each seat - and on NBC they had the Private Lynch Story.. I couldn't stomach it. Propaganda.. ?

So I was surprised that she had come out saying that the military's version was a lie. Of course that was reported months ago in the foreign press, and commondreams and all the other peace and justice oriented websites - but not in the mainstream press.

Anyway here's the headline I saw on Wed coming up out of the BART station.


Posted by: evil-barry on Nov 14, 03 | 2:50 pm | Profile

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 14, 03 | 6:33 am | Profile

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Thu Nov 13, 2003



*Note: some names have been changed to protect families from possible

Subj: [cpt_iraq] IRAQ: Testimony of an Iraqi minor mistreated by US Forces
Date: 11/2/2003 6:15:04 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: (CPT Iraq)


The following statement was recorded by CPT members Le Anne Clausen and
David Milne in a neighborhood heavily affected by US house raids in
Baghdad. The family has asked that the 16 year old youth who gave the
testimony not be identified because his relatives are still detained.

"At 2:30am, US troops came to our house, and ordered our entire family
outside. They ransacked the house searching for something, but they
didn't tell us what they wanted. They broke the locks to our cabinet [a
large storage chest and display case along one wall of the front room] and
threw the contents onto the floor, even though our father gave them the
cabinet key so they wouldn't have to do this. They took our money and a
gold wedding necklace belonging to my mother. My father, cousin, older
brother, and I were tied and taken away. We were not told why we were
being taken.

Posted by: evil-barry on Nov 13, 03 | 6:30 pm | Profile

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Tue Nov 11, 2003

George Soros grew up in Hungary under the heel of the Nazis and he's worried, so WHY AREN'T YOU?

"Soros believes that a "supremacist ideology" guides this White House. He hears echoes in its rhetoric of his childhood in occupied Hungary. "When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans." It conjures up memories, he said, of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit ("The enemy is listening"). "My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me," he said in a soft Hungarian accent." More...

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Mon Nov 10, 2003

Meanwhile, back on the home front

The Fruits of Secrecy
New York Times | Editorial

Saturday 08 November 2003

One of President Bush's first acts was to convene a task force to produce a national energy strategy. Led by Vice President Dick Cheney, the group met secretly with hundreds of witnesses. It heard from few environmentalists, but many lobbyists and executives from industries whose fortunes would be affected by any new policies. Despite lawsuits, the White House has refused to divulge the names of those privileged to get Mr. Cheney's ear. The results, however, have been plain as day: policies that broadly favor industry — including big campaign contributors — at the expense of the environment and public health.


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 10, 03 | 6:58 am | Profile

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Outraged YET?

Case For War Confected, Say Top U.S. Officials
By Andrew Gumbel
Independent UK

Sunday 09 November 2003

An unprecedented array of US intelligence professionals, diplomats and former Pentagon officials have gone on record to lambast the Bush administration for its distortion of the case for war against Iraq. In their view, the very foundations of intelligence-gathering have been damaged in ways that could take years, even decades, to repair.

A new documentary film beginning to circulate in the United States features one powerful condemnation after another, from the sort of people who usually stay discreetly in the shadows - a former director of the CIA, two former assistant secretaries of defence, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and even the man who served as President Bush's Secretary of the Army until just a few months ago.... More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 10, 03 | 6:53 am | Profile

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Fri Nov 07, 2003

Maybe Helen Thomas is a duck, too.

Buck Doesn't Stop With President Bush
By Helen Thomas
Hearst Newspapers

Thursday 06 November 2003

"WASHINGTON - Though President Bush is not a student of history, he surely has heard of Harry Truman's famous declaration: "The buck stops here."

That slogan was enshrined in a desk-top sign in Truman's Oval Office. I thought of it while watching all of the buck-passing that has become a White House ritual lately, especially in the sticky fallout from the U.S. invasion of Iraq and its aftermath.

There have been presidents who have taken blame for a catastrophe, bad judgment or a plan gone wrong..." More...

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Thu Nov 06, 2003

Can somebody explain the difference between a duck and a duck?

"As a legal concept, can someone explain the difference between George W. Bush's "enemy combatant" and Josef Stalin's "enemy of the people"? I don't think there is one: In each case, a national leader on his own, without courts, without laws, without clear definitions, dreams up a label and his government then applies it to certain people -- and then they're gone. " More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 06, 03 | 2:31 pm | Profile

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If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck....

Secret 9/11 case before high court
The justices consider a petition for a case with no public record.
By Warren Richey | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 06, 03 | 9:16 am | Profile

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En Route to the "Gulag" (First Released on the Internet by Art Bell, later )

>>> These photos were anoymously sent to several mainstream and alternative news organizations, according to CNN. It was radio host Art Bell who first published them on his Website, in the early morning hours of 8 November 2002.

The photos have been confirmed as genuine.

CNN: "A Pentagon spokesman says the photographs appear to be genuine. It is not known who took or e-mailed the pictures."

Associated Press: "Officials believe the photos were not authorized and know their release was unauthorized, he [a Pentagon spokesman] said."

According to these new reports, it's likely that the photos were taken as the prisoners were being transported from Aghanistan to Turkey, on their way to Guantanamo Bay.

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Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 06, 03 | 8:58 am | Profile

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Walker's Restaurant and pie shop

from a review in the sfweekly...

Walker's Restaurant and Pie Shop, 1491 Solano (at Curtis), Albany, (510) 525-4647. Open for breakfast Tuesday through Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.). Closed Monday. No reservations. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: easy. Noise level: moderate.

Fried chicken $15.75
Prime rib $18.95
Chicken pot pie $15.95
Pie $3/slice More...

Posted by: pibor on Nov 06, 03 | 8:26 am | Profile

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Tue Nov 04, 2003

Wal-Mart Receives Target Letter From U.S.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday it has received a target letter from the U.S. Attorney's Office saying the world's largest retailer allegedly violated federal immigration laws. More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 04, 03 | 8:23 am | Profile

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America minus Humor equals Ashcroft.


Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 04, 03 | 7:49 am | Profile

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Ya Mean The Dept of Homeland Defense Hasn't Shut These Commies Up Yet??

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 04, 03 | 7:45 am | Profile

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Mon Nov 03, 2003

Any Comments?

President Dubya, announcing the end of significant hostilities in Iraq, May 2003

Kahra Paul, 5, waves goodbye to her father, Staff Sgt. Dustin Paul, during a deployment ceremony in Eugene for the Oregon National Guard. (Pub: The Washington Post / Photo: Sol Neelman -- AP)

Lt. David Bernstein, killed in Iraq on Oct. 18, was buried on Friday at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (Pub: The New York Times / Photo: Librado Romero)

Posted by: Slothrop on Nov 03, 03 | 8:20 am | Profile

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Sat Nov 01, 2003

Yay! Chinese toy recreates 9/11 carnage for kids!

Here's a good example of the downside of free-market China, just in time for the holidays:


I'm sure this simply hasn't found the right distributor here in America, or it would be a huge hit. Or maybe not? Thanks to Discoshaman for this blog entry over at Le Sabot Post-Moderne. As if you needed any more reason to check this post out, says Disco:

"The label I've scanned here isn't nearly as fun as the 1'x1' playmat, complete with exploding Pentagon and wounded victims."

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Nov 01, 03 | 8:25 am | Profile

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