Archives: July 2004
Fri Jul 30, 2004
Clipped from a funny site: http://www.bushwatch.com/
Today's Bush Lie:
"[Castro] welcomes sex tourism," Bush told a room of law enforcement officials in Florida, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Here's how he bragged about the industry," Bush said. "This is his quote: 'Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.'"
"As it turns out, Bush had lifted that quotation not from an actual Castro speech but rather from a 2001 essay written by then Dartmouth University undergraduate Charles Trumbull. In the essay, Trumbull did appear to quote a Castro speech about prostitution. Sadly, the student made the quotation up.
"According to officials, the actual quotation from Castro's 1992 speech reads as follows: 'There are hookers, but prostitution is not allowed in our country. There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a tourist. Those who do so do it on their own, voluntarily. We can say that they are highly educated hookers and quite healthy, because we are the country with the lowest number of AIDS cases.'"
"...And this isn't the first time the Internet has baffled Bush. Back in 2003, the President cited another student's thesis when making a case to go to war. The student's [faulty] work ended up in a government document describing Iraq's weapons capability. Not exactly the kind of hard intelligence needed to justify an attack on another country." The Register, 07.28.04
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Thu Jul 29, 2004
So when a 21st century American calls herself a "Conservative" — what exactly is being conserved?
White House to Project Record Deficit
By Alan Fram
Wednesday 28 July 2004
Washington - The White House will project soon that this year's federal deficit will exceed $420 billion, congressional aides said, a record figure certain to ignite partisan warfare over President Bush's handling of the economy. More...
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Freedom, Democracy, Women's Rights...Right?
The Real Reasons Bush Went to War
By John Chapman
The Guardian U.K.
Wednesday 28 July 2004
WMD was the rationale for invading Iraq. But what was really driving the US were fears over oil and the future of the dollar.
There were only two credible reasons for invading Iraq: control over oil and preservation of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. Yet the government has kept silent on these factors, instead treating us to the intriguing distractions of the Hutton and Butler reports.
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Wed Jul 28, 2004
Go, Pat, Go!
How to Lose the War on Terror
The American Conservative
August 2 Issue
A CIA bin Laden expert's lament
One of the striking things about the Iraq War is the extent to which American foreign-affairs professionals-intelligence analysts, diplomats, and high-ranking military officers-recognize it is a tragically misguided venture. Among the most recent to speak out is the CIA officer formerly charged with analyzing Osama bin Laden. Known only as "Anonymous," he is the author of the new book Imperial Hubris -a scathing look at the way the United States has conducted the War on Terror thus far. TAC editors Philip Giraldi (a CIA veteran with extensive Mideast experience), Kara Hopkins, and Scott McConnell recently visited with the author. Here are excerpts of the conversation. More...
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That was a pretty good speech
The Honorable Barack Obama | Address to Convention
Senator, Illinois State Senate
Tuesday 27 July 2004
On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant. More...
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Tue Jul 27, 2004
Gosh, I wonder why Colin Powell didn't want to be flanked by this image while making a spurious case for the a little "shock and awe"
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The State, the Spectacle and September 11
(from New Left Review 27, May-June 2004)
"He too fought under television for our place in the sun."
Robert Lowell on Lieutenant Calley, 1971
We begin from the moment in February 2003 when the tapestry copy of Picasso’s Guernica hung in the anteroom to the un Security Council Chamber was curtained over, at American insistence—not ‘an appropriate backdrop’, it was explained, for official statements to the world media on the forthcoming invasion of Iraq.  The episode became an emblem. Many a placard on Piccadilly or Market Street rang sardonic changes on Bush and the snorting bull. An emblem, yes—but, with the benefit of hindsight, emblematic of what? Of the state’s relentless will to control the minutiae of appearance, as part of—essential to—its drive to war? Well, certainly. But in this case, did it get its way? Did not the boorishness of the effort at censorship prove counterproductive, eliciting the very haunting—by an imagery still capable of putting a face on the brutal abstraction of ‘shock and awe’—that the velcro covering was meant to put a stop to? And did not the whole incident speak above all to the state’s anxiety as it tried to micro-manage the means of symbolic production—as if it feared that every last detail of the derealized decor it had built for its citizens had the potential, at a time of crisis, to turn utterly against it?
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Mon Jul 26, 2004
Sterling Hayden - In Passing
To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea - "cruising," it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.
"I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.
What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.
The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it the tomb is sealed.
Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?
by Sterling Hayden (1916-1986), sailor extraordinaire
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Meanwhile, back in our own little hemisphere's biggest oil exporting country...
"Chávez must die like a dog, because he deserves it"
Violence Needed Against Chavez, Venezuela Opposition Leader Says. Dictatorship Must Follow
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Scott Ritter is such a commie. Good conservatives like Rush and O'Reilly have a much firmer grasp on the military realities facing us.
"There is no elegant solution to our Iraqi debacle. It is no longer a question of winning but rather of mitigating defeat. " More...
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This is probably just a big lie, written to undermine the school building and such that we are engaged in as part of our plan to bring democracy and freedom to Iraq
A Soldier Reports From Iraq
By Chris Murphy
Soldiers for the Truth
Tuesday 13 July 2004
81st BDE - Balad, Iraq - June 22 was a day I'll never forget. The week before it, six long-range rockets hit the base here - Camp Anaconda, about 50 miles north of Baghdad - and one of them hit the PX, killing two soldiers and wounding 25 others. I had a feeling something else bad was going to happen.
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Sat Jul 24, 2004
Law Not War
Published on Friday, July 23, 2004 by CommonDreams.org
by James Carroll
The following is an excerpt from James Caroll's new book: Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War
September 15, 2001
How we love our country! For days now, we Americans, while mourning and shuddering, have felt the accumulating weight of our patriotic devotion. We are joined in the shocking recognition of what a rare and precious treasure is the United States of America. Our nation's sudden vulnerability makes us shrug off, just as suddenly, the habit of taking for granted its nobility. We see it in the throat-choking empty place of the New York skyline, and in the gaping wound of the building beside Arlington Cemetery. We see it in the grimy faces of the resolute rescue workers, and in the implication that doomed airline passengers fought back against hijackers. We see it in the splendid diversity of our features, our accents, our beliefs, our responses even. Never has the national motto seemed more true: out of many, one. More...
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Wed Jul 21, 2004
'Cutest baby, ever' comments cause controversy
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Tue Jul 20, 2004
Mon Jul 19, 2004
What if it could?
Published on Monday, July 19, 2004 by CommonDreams.org
The Ghost of Vice President Wallace Warns: "It Can Happen Here"
by Thom Hartmann
The Republican National Committee has recently removed from their website an advertisement interspersing Hitler's face with those of John Kerry and other prominent Democrats. This little-heralded step has freed former Enron lobbyist and current RNC chairman Ed Gillespie to resume his attacks on Americans who believe some provisions of Bush's PATRIOT Act, his detention of American citizens without charges, his willingness to let corporations write legislation, and the so-called "Free Speech Zones" around his public appearances are all steps on the road to American fascism. More...
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Fri Jul 16, 2004
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Failure Is Not an Option, It's Mandatory
For three days this week the nation was transfixed by the spectacle of the United States Senate, in all its august majesty, doing precisely the opposite of statesmanlike deliberation. Instead, it was debating the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would not only have discriminated against a large group of citizens, but also was doomed to defeat from the get-go. Everyone knew this harebrained notion would never draw the two-thirds majority required for a constitutional amendment, and yet here were all these conservatives lining up to speak for it, wasting day after day with their meandering remarks about culture while more important business went unattended. What explains this folly?
Not simple bigotry, as some pundits declared, or even simple politics. While it is true that the amendment was a classic election-year ploy, it owes its power as much to a peculiar narrative of class hostility as it does to homophobia or ideology. And in this narrative, success comes by losing.
For more than three decades, the Republican Party has relied on the "culture war" to rescue their chances every four years, from Richard Nixon's campaign against the liberal news media to George H. W. Bush's campaign against the liberal flag-burners. In this culture war, the real divide is between "regular people" and an endlessly scheming "liberal elite." This strategy allows them to depict themselves as friends of the common people even as they gut workplace safety rules and lay plans to turn Social Security over to Wall Street. Most important, it has allowed Republicans to speak the language of populism.
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One more little tidbit to avoid mentioning to the kiddies while tucking them in...
Published on Thursday, July 15, 2004 by the Los Angeles Times
Sailing Toward a Storm in China: U.S. Maneuvers Could Spark a War
by Chalmers Johnson
Quietly and with minimal coverage in the U.S. press, the Navy announced that from mid-July through August it would hold exercises dubbed Operation Summer Pulse '04 in waters off the China coast near Taiwan.
This will be the first time in U.S. naval history that seven of our 12 carrier strike groups deploy in one place at the same time. It will look like the peacetime equivalent of the Normandy landings and may well end in a disaster.
At a minimum, a single carrier strike group includes the aircraft carrier itself (usually with nine or 10 squadrons and a total of about 85 aircraft), a guided missile cruiser, two guided missile destroyers, an attack submarine and a combination ammunition, oiler and supply ship.
Normally, the United States uses only one or at the most two carrier strike groups to show the flag in a trouble spot. In a combat situation it might deploy three or four, as it did for both wars with Iraq. Seven in one place is unheard of.
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I'll tell you what Jesus would do: He'd vote a straight ticket for the G.O.P. After all, he was always so pro-war, so staunchly in favor of middle-class tax breaks, and so very against public expenditures for the poor and dispossessed.
Onward G.O.P. Soldiers
The New York Times Editorial
Wednesday 14 July 2004
The Bush-Cheney campaign is buttonholing Christian churches nationwide to serve as virtual party precincts in the Republican drive to turn out voters in November. The campaign has sent congregation volunteers marching orders - a schedule of 22 "duties," beginning with the submission of local church membership directories to party headquarters, the better to compare them with voter registration lists.
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Because, when you're making a Western-style democracy omelette, you gotta break some eggs.
Published on Saturday, July 17, 2004 by the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Allawi Shot Inmates in Cold Blood, Say Witnesses
by Paul McGeough, Chief Herald Correspondent, in Baghdad
Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.
They say the prisoners - handcuffed and blindfolded - were lined up against a wall in a courtyard adjacent to the maximum-security cell block in which they were held at the Al-Amariyah security center, in the city's south-western suburbs. More...
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Thu Jul 15, 2004
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Tue Jul 13, 2004
UPDATE: Yesterday was International Link to JC.C Day. I missed it!
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Mon Jul 12, 2004
Fri Jul 09, 2004
John Sayles 'Silver City - vote "Dickie" Pilager 2004
I saw John Sayles' 'Silver City' last night in a sneak preview. As well as being a great detective mystery it addresses a stunning whirlwind of issues - corrupt politics, privitization, environmental degradation, abortion, and media consolidation. So many subjects that it's literally head spinning.
The inarticulate 'frontier justice' talkin' political candidate, Dickie Pilager (ha!) is played by Chris Cooper. Richard Dreyfuss plays a super slimey Karl Rove type campaign communications manager.
It's timed to be released mid-September, One and a half months before the elections.
Here's the Dickie Pilager 'Campaign Site': Pilager '04 Website
Here's a link to the trailer.
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Yeah, well....they got ruined.....during the bad ol' Clinton days.....
Pentagon Says Bush Records of Service Were Destroyed
By RALPH BLUMENTHAL
HOUSTON, July 8 - Military records that could help establish President Bush's whereabouts during his disputed service in the Texas Air National Guard more than 30 years ago have been inadvertently destroyed, according to the Pentagon. More...
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Thu Jul 08, 2004
uh, look a the trailer here: http://http.dvlabs.com/carolina/Ofxd/TeaserB(Small).mov
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Wed Jul 07, 2004
E Tu Tony?
Blair: Guantánamo an Anomaly That Must End
By Ed Johnson
Tuesday 06 July 2004
London - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was an "anomaly" that has to end. More...
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Tue Jul 06, 2004
Nuts with hunger
Terms of Denouement for Venezuela Opposition
By Al Giordano
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
July 4, 2004
With 41 days and 41 nights left before Venezuela’s August 15 referendum on the term of President Hugo Chávez Frias, a hard rain has begun to fall on Venezuela’s opposition.
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Mon Jul 05, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Sifting through old classified materials in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, FBI translator Sibel Edmonds said, she made an alarming discovery: Intercepts relevant to the terrorist plot, including references to skyscrapers, had been overlooked because they were badly translated into English.
Edmonds, 34, who is fluent in Turkish and Farsi, said she quickly reported the mistake to an FBI superior. Five months later, after flagging what she said were several other security lapses in her division, she was fired. Now, after more than two years of investigations and congressional inquiries, Edmonds is at the center of an extraordinary storm over US classification rules that sheds new light on the secrecy imperative supported by members of the Bush administration.
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Editorial: Roots of 4th are radical
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