Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Demand an answer to the Downing St.memo!!!! Did he stage a fake basis for the Iraq WAR?

Well, I think the answer to my question is yes, but, MANY people have no clue! Inform them!
CLick below for info
The Big Brass Alliance is Formed
Please spread the word and take action.You may see this plea on hundreds of blogs today...


HE stood alone in some queer sunless place

Where Armageddon ends. Perhaps he longed

For days he might have lived; but his young face

Gazed forth untroubled: and suddenly there thronged

Round him the hulking Germans that I shot

When for his death my brooding rage was hot.

He stared at them, half-wondering; and then

They told him how I’d killed them for his sake—

Those patient, stupid, sullen ghosts of men;

And still there seemed no answer he could make.

At last he turned and smiled. One took his hand

Because his face could make them understand
Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).

THE Bishop tells us: ‘When the boys come back

‘They will not be the same; for they’ll have fought

‘In a just cause: they lead the last attack

‘On Anti-Christ; their comrades’ blood has bought

‘New right to breed an honourable race,

‘They have challenged Death and dared him face to face.’

‘We’re none of us the same!’ the boys reply.

‘For George lost both his legs; and Bill’s stone blind;

‘Poor Jim’s shot through the lungs and like to die;

‘And Bert’s gone syphilitic: you’ll not find

‘A chap who’s served that hasn’t found some change.’

And the Bishop said: ‘The ways of God are strange
Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).

Monday, May 30, 2005

"Hmmmph, and to think that someone would call this a violation of Human Rights"
Dick Cheney, Human Rights violations, and Amnesty International. Is he that blind?

The Color of AbuGhraib

Torturing Children

Frankly, Amnesty, I just don't give a damn......

----Frankly, I was offended by it," Cheney said in the videotaped interview. "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously."-----

Torture, what torture?

What alternate universe does he live in? Does he only read the quarterly reports from Halliburton? Did he miss all of the Abu Ghraib photos? Is he blind???

Well, I guess I shouldn't think that he WOULD take the leading International Human Rights Agency in the world "seriously." After all, he helped start a brutal war for profit. Human rights? What human rights? It's all about the money, honey. If you're not mean and following the green, then get lost. You offend Dick's sensibilities.

A bunch of anti-war human rights defending punks, that what Amnesty International is anyway, right, Cheney? After all, if it ain't making a PROFIT, it has no credibility in your world...
Why not just put the whole pansy wimpy bunch of them in ABU Ghraib or Guantanamo? That'll give them a better perspective on human rights and the USA, right Dick?

Memorial Day, 2005----------Why are we there?

From Peace Takes Courage--warning----you'll be war crying by the end.

and Howard Dean had the temerity to say what?????

Support the PDA. and John Conyers, Jr.
PDA is also calling upon activists to help Representative Lynn Woolsey's (D-CA) House Resolution (H.Con.Res.35) gain support from other members of Congress.
Representative Lynn Woolsey's (D-CA) House Resolution (H.Con.Res.35) calls for the President to: (1) develop and implement a plan to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq;

(2) develop and implement a plan for reconstructing Iraq's civil and economic infrastructure;

(3) convene an emergency meeting of Iraq's leadership, Iraq's neighbors, the United Nations, and the Arab League to create an international peacekeeping force in Iraq and to replace U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq with Iraqi police and Iraqi National Guard forces; and (4) provide the Iraqi people the opportunity to completely control their internal affairs. Urge your member of Congress to support this legislation!

Pl. sign, as "Things are getting worse by the day...

Suffer The Children, and the young people

The AWOL Coke HEAD C student Leader Speaks.....

President Discusses War on Terror at Naval Academy Commencement Navy Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland

-----When I spoke to the Class of 2001, none of us imagined that a few months later we would suffer a devastating surprise attack on our homeland, you know what, stop referring to our country, America, as the Homeland. That is a distinct Nazi reference. Stop it
or that our nation would be plunged by your golden corporate plunger into a global war unlike any we had known before.

Today, we face brutal and determined enemies -- men who celebrate murder, incite suicide, and thirst for absolute power. oh, stop always talking about yourself
These enemies will not be stopped by negotiations, or concessions, or appeals to reason. oh, really, you tried those options? In this war, there is only one option -- and that is victory. (Applause.)
Today, I'm going to talk about our strategy for victory in this war, what we've accomplished to make our nation more secure, we created a vicious insurgency

your crucial role in this struggle, and why we need you to fight the war on terror cause no-one else will join up now and transform our military at the same time.
In the 21st century, America will be prepared to answer any challenge, and defeat any adversary. hello, Iraq???

Our nation is pursuing a clear strategy for the war on terror: We're using every available tool to disrupt terrorists and their organizations. ie;Fallujah, mass destruction of all living entities in the targeted area...
We are taking the fight to the enemy abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. uhoh, would that be Syria or Iran? (Applause.)
We're denying the terrorists sanctuary, in Fallujah? and making clear that America will not tolerate outlaw regimes that provide safe haven and support to terrorists. uhoh, Syria is mentioned again

We're using all elements of national power to deny terrorists the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons they seek. Still looking for those WMD's ?
We will not allow mass murderers to gain access to the tools of mass destruction. someone pl. give him a mirror And we're stopping terrorists from achieving their ideological victories they seek, by working to spread the hope of freedom and reform across the broader Middle East. toilets, plungers, lots of symbolism here
We understand that free nations do not support terrorists or invade their neighbors. ??????
We understand to make the world more peaceful and our country more secure, we will advance the cause of liberty. SYRIA, IRAN, in JUNE (Applause.)

Thanks to the men and women of the United States military, our strategy is working -- we are winning the war on terror. Since September 11, 2001, we've removed brutal regimes in Kabul and Baghdad that supported and harbored terrorists. We helped launch Afghanistan and Iraq on the path to lasting freedom by liberating over 50 million people. We have liberated over 100,000 Iraqis from thier life, and have 40,00 dead or wounded Americans, and have liberated thousands Iraqis more from thier homes and limbs (Applause.)

Both these nations have now chosen their leaders in free Repuglican sponsored and monitored elections, and their courage is inspiring democratic reformers across the broader Middle East to rise up and claim their liberty.

To stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction, we broke up the world's most dangerous nuclear trading network. WMD"S again? GWB, this isn't the My Pet Goat class, these kids are a bit older, they can actually read the newspaper...We convinced Libya's leader to give up his country's chemical and nuclear weapons programs, as well as his long-range ballistic missiles. Two years ago, we launched the Proliferation Security Initiative, an effort supported by 60 nations to stop shipments of weapons of mass destruction on land, at sea, and in the air. We have gone after al Qaeda have you found them???? and other terrorists with relentless determination, disrupting their communications, planning, training, and financing. We have put the enemy on the run, and now they spend their days avoiding capture, because they know America's Armed Services are on their trail. spin it baby, spin it (Applause.)

And we will stay on their trail. The best way to protect our citizens is to stay on the offensive. yup, just kill eveybody, the world is our football field
In the last few weeks, we've dealt the enemy a series of powerful blows. In Afghanistan, we brought to justice scores of terrorists and insurgents. and we have lots of prisoner photos to prove what we did...
In Pakistan, one of Osama Bin Laden's senior terrorist leaders, a man named al-Libbi, was brought to justice. In Iraq, we captured two senior operatives of the terrorist Zarqawi. and we lost how many soldiers while accomplishing that??

And in recent days, our forces have killed or captured hundreds of terrorists and insurgents in Baghdad and Western Iraq and near the Syrian border. nevermind a*hole, just stick with the my Pet Goat class. It was 125 killed, that's all, not hundreds, and we lost almost half that many during Operation Matador.
Across the world, our military is standing directly between the American people and the worst dangers in the world, and there's only a podium between them and you now and Americans are grateful to have such brave defenders. (Applause.)
Difficult and dangerous work remains............

I can't take reading the rest of that spin that was fed to the graduates. GWB and I must not speak the same language, cause, I heard a different meaning for every sentence in his speech....

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MAY 24: An Iraqi boy speaks to a US soldier at the scene of a car bomb explosion near a Baghdad junior high school for girls close to Withaq Square on May 24, 2005 in central Baghdad, Iraq. A car bomb exploded on May 24, 2005 targeting an Iraqi police patrol, killing at least two people and injuring many more, according to officials. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Image)

Fascism Anyone? A Reminder

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Well, I went to an astrology site today, and what did I find?

I found something that I can relate to..I found statements from a President that didn't for once, make my stomach contents curl. I found statements from a President that I didn't have to force myself to read. I found statements from a President where the words and the grammer didn't have to be re-arranged so that some type of logical sense could be derived from them..........

Planet Waves May 28, 2005
First, Representative John Conyers joined 87 of his fellows to write a letter to the President asking him to respond to the Downing Street memo -- he has received no reply.

He's asking for 100,000 citizens to join him -- here's the link; add your name if you want an answer to why Bush and Blair had already made a decision to go to war in Iraq in the summer of '02 while telling us that war was a "last choice," and that all diplomatic options would be explored.http://www.johnconyers.campaignoffice.com/

Next, one of the things I mourn about this administration is the ability to watch a presidential speech or [rare] news conference and find something there for ME. You know ... some little "agreement" I can hang my hat on?
I suppose there are plenty of folks who are gung-ho about Bush and thrill to his rhetoric ... I can barely watch. I've never felt so ignored as a citizen and disenfranchised as a political entity.

So lets harken back to easier days -- despite the threat of cold war and mushroom clouds and the Bay of Pigs, John F. Kennedy had a "vision" of service to the nation I could get behind.

I expect that had 9/11 happened on his watch, he would have expected more of me ... of us all ... than "going to the mall."His friend, and former special counsel, Ted Sorensen, tells us what he might have said today ...

What JFK Might Tell our Leaders Theodore C. Sorensen
Saturday, May 28, 2005 by the Boston Globe http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0528-20.htm

Tomorrow would have been John F. Kennedy's 88th birthday. Were he still alive, I have no doubt that, with his customary idealism and commitment to country, he would still be offering advice to our current leaders in Washington. Based upon his words of more than 40 years ago, he might well offer the following:

To President George W. Bush on Iraq, Iran, and North Korea: ''The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough -- more than enough -- of war." (American University commencement, 1963)

To President Bush on stem cell research: ''For those of us who are not expert ... we must turn, in the last resort, to objective, disinterested scientists who bring a strong sense of public responsibility and public obligation." (National Academy of Sciences, 1961)

To Vice President Dick Cheney on international organizations, alliances, and consultations: ''The United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient. We are only 6 percent of the world's population . . . we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind." (University of Washington, 1961)

To Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on terrorism: ''If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." (Inaugural address, 1961)

To United Nations ambassador-designate John Bolton on diplomacy: ''Civility is not a sign of weakness. The United Nations [is] our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace." (Inaugural address, 1961)

To Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on space: ''We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding. This new ocean must be a sea of peace, [not] a new terrifying theater of war." (Rice University, 1962)

To House Majority Leader Tom Delay on fund-raising: We need ''men of integrity whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust." (Massachusetts farewell, 1961)

To Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on judges: ''To maintain the constitutional principle, we should support Supreme Court decisions, even when we may not agree with them." (News conference, 1962)

To White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on negative news media: ''It is never pleasant to be reading things that are not agreeable news, but it is an invaluable arm to the presidency as a check on what is going on . . . [e]ven though we never like it . . . and wish they didn't write it . . . we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press." (Television interview, 1962)

To pastor-in-chief Pat Robertson on church-state separation: ''I believe in an America where no [clergyman] would tell his parishioners for whom to vote, where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the public acts of our officials, where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference. The presidency must not be the instrument of any one religious group." (Houston ministers, 1960)

To Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes on propaganda: ''The United States is a peaceful nation where our strength and determination are clear, our words need merely to convey conviction not belligerence." (undelivered Dallas speech, 1963)

How I miss his friendship. How our nation misses his wisdom.
++I'll offer a big "ditto," Ted.
Peace ~Jude
How in the space of forty odd years, did we manage to move so very, very far, from the words that established that vision of the United States of America? I want that vision back. That's the America that I know. The America of Bush is a complete and total stranger to me.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

almost Sunday reading....Body Blow: Bush's Worldwide War on Women

from: Collected Writings
Body Blow: Bush's Worldwide War on Women
October 3, 2003 The defining issue of modernity is control of women's fertility. It is this question – more than religion, politics, economics or the "clash of civilizations" – that forms the deepest dividing line in the world today. It is a line than cuts through every nation, every people, from the highest level of organized society down to, in many cases, the divided minds and emotions of individual men and women.

Control of fertility – and its active principle, sexuality – has always been an organizing principle of human society, of course, but modernity has presented the world with a revolutionary concept that overthrows millennia of received wisdom and tradition: namely, that an individual woman should control her own fertility. This notion destabilizes state structures and religious dogmas, and uproots cultural mores whose origins reach back to prehistoric times. It is a profoundly disturbing development in the life of humankind......MORE

I don't know the women in the military who were assaulted, but I remember Nicky

The Senate may have reached a compromise to disarm the nuclear option, but don't think that means this anti-choice Congress is willing to compromise it's far-right agenda.
This time, not only did our opponents take aim at our courts, they even turned their backs on women in the military.
By a vote of 56-43 the Senate confirmed Priscilla Owen, an anti-choice judicial activist from Texas, to a lifetime position on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

House Republican leaders refused to allow debate or votes on two amendments that would have provided compassionate health care to military women who have been raped.

The first would have ensured that the morning-after pill, ordinary birth control pills that can prevent pregnancy after sex or assault, is made available to servicewomen at every military base.

The second amendment would have allowed women to use their military health insurance for abortion care in cases of rape or incest. Given that sexual assaults against servicewomen rose 25 percent in 2004, it's appalling that anti-choice lawmakers refused to allow these amendments to even come to a vote.

Military women were also yet again denied the right to access abortion care at military facilities overseas when the House defeated an amendment to repeal a ban that forbids servicewomen and female military dependents from using their own money to pay for an abortion at overseas military hospitals.
Please express your outrage to your representative who voted against military women's access to abortion care.
Click here to take action and learn more today.

As of 4/04
"Nationally, U.S. military personnel have reported 129 cases of sexual assault to the Miles Foundation - a group that tracks cases of sexual assault - in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Bahrain. Only 27 were reported to military officials, according to its executive director, Christine Hansen, who spoke before members of Congress on Wednesday.
The Pentagon says it has received more than 100 rape reports in the last 18 months from servicewomen who say they were attacked by colleagues in war zones.
Numbers go up in wartime
Military sexual trauma includes rape, sexual assault, or persistent sexual harassment that was "threatening in nature," according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. "

God, talk about the ultimate injustice. You join the Military for whatever--your parents can't help with tuition money, or, you are 17 years old and believe the hype that the cute recruiter sells you, or, you were raised a flaming "patriotic"christian by distorted parents, and at 17, 18, you are just too young to be able to form your own opinions about a world that you know very little about or, or, or..

Really, though, the reasons that you joined the military, at this point, do not matter. The reasons that you joined the military at this point, do not matter, because, you are now lying on a barracks floor, beaten and bleeding from your vagina and or your anus, thanks to your fellow soldiers.

Or, you are lying in a heap of desert sand, perhaps your vagina is ripped open, your lip split, your ribs cracked, your mind and soul cracked more so.
And no, as an American, you won't have to worry about your young teenage brother or cousin now being recruited to kill you to avenge your family's dishonor, because you were brutally raped and injured, like so many women who live in Middle Eastern Countries have to worry about, after being raped.

But, you may have to worry about the possible revenge of your comrades in arms, if you report the abuse. You will have to worry about how you will now be treated by your superiors and your fellow soldiers. And you will have to worry about the possibility of being pregnant, and of contracting STD's.

As you lay, bleeding, bruised, raped, does it make any sense to even contemplate challenging the U.S. military by telling them that you were raped by your fellow soldiers and want appropriate medical treatment? Especially if you are presently in a godless forsaken area of Iraq? Or Afghanistan? How alone those women must feel, how frightened.
What inner strength the women who report sexual abuse and assault must have. What inner strength they must have to stand up to military courts, and to interrogations, and relate what was done to them.
And Repuglicans refuse to even consider making emergency contraceptives available to them?

Does it matter if the young men, muscled up, and in their prime, maybe were given an anti malaria drug by the US Army, that can induce aggression and psychosis, prior to attacking, as the female soldier ended her watch, and walked back to her barracks built by Halliburton?

No, in many ways the why of the individual act of violence doesn't matter. That the person that you raped is a fellow soldier is, I am sure, lost on the aggressor. In his eyes, she is a woman, and the same society that produces the War machine that marginalizes all human life, while glorifying the act of deadly aggression, and that spends billion of dollars training men on the act of killing, views woman as just another form of bounty. I'm sure that programming is not lost on the soldier rapists. They have imbibed it, and now live it. Aggression is a good thing. Killing can be a good thing. Depends on who you are killing. There may also be a reward for all of that applauded aggression.

Whether the reward is openly told as 10,000 virgins, or is given as quiet condonment of a brutal attack, the bounty is still a woman. No matter the type of warrior, the reward is the same. Female flesh. Whether sitting in heaven or hushed up in a courtroom, the reward is the same.

Hostility to women, in all of it's forms, can be displayed by all men, whether they are straight, gay, bi, drugged up, in the military, in a church, or on a Senate floor.

Hostility to women, and the sense of power and control (Ahh Conqueror!) that empowerment over women gives to the male species, does not understand sexual orientation boundaries. And drugs may tip it's more ominous hat, but the root cause, the hate ingrained in the ideologies of religions, of governments, of society, is there, lurking, just waiting for an excuse to appear.

A torn vagina, a ripped open anus, a busted mouth, a cracked skull, they don't ask from where the injury came. They are just there, bleeding, hurting, and in need of healing. Healing that is so often not given. And it is not given because their wounds, the wounds of the bounty, do not rank as high as those of religion's and government's supreme flesh made in the image of GOD, that of a male.

The insult that our 2005 Repuglicans--those same Repuglicans with the GODawful current and past record of sexual abuse to women and children---the insult that they gave to our BRAVE WOMEN in the military, by REFUSING to even debate the option of allowing emergency contraceptives and abortions to military women who are the victims of rape, well, you know what I have to say to those American legislators?

and FUCK YOU by three Lariamed up, muscle bound, 20 year old military punks testeroned out on their guns, their lighting up of civilians, and their newfound sense of POWER that that farm in Kansas, or that that mean street in Chicago, would never have given them.

Bush and company have not just spawned a war against "terror." They have re-ignited a war against WOMEN. And rape, especially RAPE of women's rights, is one of their spoils.

But, there are still people who will oppose Bush and his current War Regimes onslaught of testerone, murder, rape and christianity....
NARAL keeps fighting, the Feminist majority and NOW keep fighting. Some of our Democratic legislators keep fighting. Lots of everyday people keep fighting. I'll keep fighting. I signed NARAL's petition. I'll see what else I can help them with in order to get access to emergency contraceptives and abortions for women in the military. I'll help for a lot of reasons. One reason being that I may not know those women in the military who have been raped and left bleeding, but I remember Nicky.

I remember a little, chubby, blonde friend who was the best kickball player on the block. She lived three houses up from me for all of my childhood life.

I was never allowed to sleep over at her house, though. That edict didn't come from my parents. With nine kids and their respective friends running around my parent's one bathroom home, well, sleep over's at someone else's house were allowed.

But I couldn't at Nicky's. The kickball game in the field behind the candy store went sooo great. Nicki was fabulous and awe inspiring, as awe inspiring as a superstar on a little block in a little town in working class south jersey can be.

She was great. Thick straight blond hair whipping past our opponents ( kids from Fourth ave.). An arm that could throw a slightly deflated basketball straight as an arrow at an opponent, and tag him out quicker than a bee could sting his foot. Jeez, she was fearless. She was quick, she was strong, and she always won the game for us.

But, you couldn't sleep over at her house after any of the late summer night victory's over the 4th ave kids.

No, not even if you were her best friend since your 4th year of life, and you were both so happy, walking back from that field, jumping and skipping so high in the south jersey night sky, cause...cause you had beat the 4th ave. kids, yet again.

Nope, you couldn't sleep over at Vicki's house. And the weird thing was, she couldn't sleep over at your's, either. Which, in that day and age, before the age of Amber Alerts, well, that was weird.

"Well, why can't I sleep over then?" "My Daddy wouldn't like it." Well, then, ask your Mom!" "I can't ask Honey." Honey being the name that Nicki's Mom had ordered all four of her children to call her. No Mom in that home, just..Honey.

"Oh, ok."
I was used to the weird Honey thing by now. Although, it was too weird for most of us kickballers to digest. It was too weird that Mrs. N made all of us, in addition to her children, call her honey, and that Mr. N., would wait, every single night, out on HIS steps, for Nicki to come home from the game.
Thick blond hair shining in the darkening light, chubby, tough, little body walking confidently home, until the last block.

By now, you probably know why I couldn't sleep over at Nicki's house. I won't hurt her anymore than she has already been hurt, by going over the sordid details of her father's continued rape of her, for years, and of her mother's continued feigned ignorance of the situation, for years.

If Nicki had joined the Army to escape her parent's, but had been raped once again, and became pregnant with her father's child just prior to her joining, she would not be allowed the option of taking an emergency contraceptive, or having an abortion. She would not be allowed the option of starting a life free from him and his claims on her young body.

Goddess forbid, if her fellow soldiers had targeted her pretty face and no longer chubby body, and had raped her and left her on a dirt floor in her barracks in the hellhole that is now Iraq, she would not even be allowed the consolation of an emergency contraceptive. Her father's property, her fellow soldier's bounty, her government's non debateable issue.

It is 2005, isn't it? The world has progressed, hasn't it? It WAS progressing. But somehow, now, in this year, 2005, the raped women of the US MILITARY, why they are not even allowed the option of having necessary assistance for their plight discussed in the SENATE.

In the SENATE, that SENATE for whom the women in the MILITARY paid taxes to support that SENATE'S salary, AND FOR WHOM THESE WOMEN MAY LOSE THEIR LIFE or be disabled, in a WAR THAT THE SENATE VOTED FOR, in THAT Senate, the war mongerer's will not even open to discussion emergency contraceptives and abortions for women in the military, who are RAPED.
You already know what I have to say to that Senate..

The spoils of WAR are so obviously for all men, whether in actuality or vicariously...

When I next place flowers on her grave, I'll ask Nicki's opinion about this newest blow to women everywhere. May she throw me a thought as straight as an arrow, and may her ghost kick all of their butt's out of the Senate field.

They are a disgrace to women everywhere.

They are a disgrace to Humanity.

***if you think that you saw this post late last night, you did. This latest onslaught against women's rights left me somewhat sleepless. I woke up early, pulled the post, and added a bit more. The marginalization of women in the military is even reflected in blogger. The spellchecker doesn't recognize the word, servicewomen.

A letter to the President

From Blondsense, here is a link to John H. Conyers site, where you can add your name to a letter being sent to the President, requesting answers to the questions raised in the Downing St. memo.

You can also send this letter to your Congressional representative. From the PDA--Urge your Congress member to support a Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to impeach President Bush.

The letter

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20005

Dear Mr. President:
We the undersigned write to you because of our concern regarding recent disclosures of a “Downing Street Memo” in the London Times, comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. These minutes indicate that the United States and Great Britain agreed to by the summer of 2002 to attack Iraq, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action, and that U.S. officials were deliberately manipulating intelligence to justify the war.

Among other things, the British government document quotes a high-ranking British official as stating that by July, 2002, “Bush had made up his mind to take military action.” Yet, a month later, the you stated you were still willing to “look at all options” and that there was “no timetable” for war. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, flatly stated that “[t]he president has made no such determination that we should go to war with Iraq.”

In addition, the origins of the false contention that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction remains a serious and lingering question about the lead up to the war. There is an ongoing debate about whether this was the result of a “massive intelligence failure,” in other words a mistake, or the result of intentional and deliberate manipulation of intelligence to justify the case for war.

The memo appears to resolve that debate as well, quoting the head of British intelligence as indicating that in the United States “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

As a result of these concerns, we would ask that you respond to the following questions:
1) Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?

2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain’’s commitment to invade prior to this time?

3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?

4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?

5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to “fix” the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?

These are the same questions 89 Members of Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., submitted to you on May 5, 2005. As citizens and taxpayers, we believe it is imperative that our people be able to trust our government and our commander in chief when you make representations and statements regarding our nation engaging in war.
As a result, we would ask that you publicly respond to these questions as promptly as possible.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

When the President Talks to God......

the vid above

the lyrics

Friday, May 27, 2005

Halliburton Cowboys

In Uzbekistan, they shoot protestors. In Texas, they just trample them.

the protest, version one

the protest, version two

addl info

Ahlam Abt Al-Hassan, former KBR employee
photo by Dar Jamail

A letter to the Vice President

Been busy the past few days, but wrote and mailed the letter below to our VP today.
Do you know how much our VP, and up until 2000, the CEO of Halliburton, is reaping from that company and it's subsidiaries?
Do you know just how many ex Halliburton employees and "contractors", both
from Iraq and from the states, are suffering from war related injuries, and are w/o any disability or other type of insurance compensation from the company that our government just awarded a 72 million dollar bonus too?

Did you know that "Many Halliburton contractors leave Iraq with debilitating injuries and deep psychological scars. Then they return home only to find that the insurance they need to rebuild their lives is out of reach. "

Did you know that Halliburton recruits truckdrivers and other employees from small towns throughout the US? "

"Thousands of these employees are poor Americans from small towns who are lured by the promise of making up to $100,000 a year, tax-free. The company hires them through a Cayman Island-based subsidiary named Service Employees International, then flies them to Houston and Kuwait for training. Eventually, many -- like Tony Johnson -- end up working alongside the military in camps throughout Iraq."

Did you know Halliburton does business with-----one of the Axixs of Evil?

DId you know that "Cheney's deferred compensation and stock option benefits are in addition to a $20 million retirement package paid to him by Halliburton after only five years of employment; a $1.4 million cash bonus paid to him by Halliburton in 2001; and additional millions of dollars in compensation paid to him while he was employed by the company. In 2002, Cheney's total assets were valued at between $19.1 million and $86.4 million."

It's Memorial Day this weekend--how many people have died? How much profit has been made by Dick Cheney on this war?

I suppose it is useless to be outraged that Halliburton paid Ahlam Abt Al-Hassan, $475 for three months of work? And now that she is injured, won't return her phone calls? The outrage spilleth over in all aspects of this War for Money. Turning the outrage into action helps a bit.

Feel free to take THE Letter and mail it off to our VP, also. Here is his email address vice.president@whitehouse.gov Send it to your local paper, send it to the President, Dick's buddy. And visit CorporationWatch for yet more info on Halliburton

The letter

Vice President Dick Cheney
Eisenhower Executive Office Bldg.

Washington DC, US 20501

Dear Mr. Cheney,
As the former CEO of Halliburton, Inc., and as the current recipient of $433,000 of unexercised Halliburton stock options worth more than $10 million dollars, as well as the more than $7 billion that you have earned under its 2001 logistics contract with the U.S. military, I am requesting your intervention in the case of a young Iraqi woman who was shot twice in her head while on her way to work for Halliburton in Iraq.

At this writing, the young woman, Ahlam Abt Al-Hassan, is without the funds to support herself, or to fund her necessary medical care. As she sits, blind, and afraid, her former employers, the employees of your former company, Halliburton, will not return her phone calls.

How did this young woman, a college graduate with so much promise, wind up in this awful state? Surely the shots fired were not fired by Halliburton, however, because of the comprised safety of Iraqi citizens working for American companies in Iraq, then surely Halliburton holds responsibility both for not ensuring their employees safety, and for not assisting their Iraqi employees who were injured in the Iraq War.

I am requesting immediate intervention on Halliburton's part to assist this young woman. She requires at the least, medical care and funds for same, as well as appropriate housing. Please advise ASAP on how you will intervene with Halliburton, your former company, on this woman's behalf.

I am sure that out of the 9 billion plus dollars that Halliburton has received in contracts from our government since the start of the Iraq War, and the 72 million bonus recently awarded your former company, which you still financially benefit from, that some of those funds could surely be used to improve the heartrending plights of the employee's, both Iraqi and American, that Halliburton left without the proper and necessary protection.

For more information on this young woman, please see this link.
I anxiously await your response.



and, yet more info on Halliburton......

Halliburton and Burma

Halliburton and Nigeria

hmmmm "WASHINGTON - A Pentagon e-mail said Vice President Dick Cheney coordinated a huge Halliburton government contract for Iraq, despite Cheney's denial of interest in the company he ran until 2000. "

"All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and who therefore induce the young manhood to do the fighting for them." --Emma Goldman, 1917

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Wednesday wanderings

Real Soldiers are dying in their UNARMOURED Hummers.....

wednesday wanderings

wednesday wanderings

body counts, before and after

from-Today in Iraq

Opinion and CommentaryThe Metrics of Losing:
Numbers, "metrics", ways of measuring success are now multiplying in Iraq. This in itself is a measure of frustration. Victory seldom needs metrics. Okay, maybe once upon a time, quantifiable loot and slaves mattered; more recently, the metric of victory was territory conquered - and when American troops reached Baghdad and the Bush administration thought its war a raging success, no metrics were necessary.

Our iconic metric of war, which also proved a measure of a losing war, was, of course, the body count, which we associate with Vietnam. The body count was, however, an invention of the later years of the Korean War, a way of measuring "success" once the two sides had settled into the bloodiest of stalemates and the taking of significant territory - in fact, the wild movements of armies up and down the Korean peninsula - had become a thing of the past. In a sense, the body count, aka "the meat-grinder", was from its inception both a measure of nothing and a measure of frustration.

It reappeared quite early in the Vietnam War for reasons allied to those that called it up in Korea. We were involved in a struggle with guerrillas for whom the holding of territory was not the crucial matter, while our North Vietnamese enemy was bomb-able but not open to invasion (given the larger Cold War context). The body count became a shorthand way of measuring success in a war in which the taking of territory was almost meaningless, the countryside a hostile place, the enemy hard to tell from the general population, and our own in-country allies weak and largely unable to strengthen themselves.

The body count was, as in Korea, also part of a secondary struggle - for international "credibility" and for support at home. Those dead bodies, announced daily by the military to increasingly dubious reporters in Saigon, were the most public face of American "success" in those years. When the dead bodies and success began ever more visibly to part ways and, in the terminology of the times, a "credibility gap" opened gapingly between the metrics and reality, the body count became a symbol not just of a war of frustration, but of defeat itself. It came, post-My Lai, to look both false and barbaric.

Whose bodies were those anyway? In our new world of conflict, where our leaders had imbibed all the "lessons" of Vietnam, Centcom's General Tommy Franks, then commander of our Afghan War (now on the board of Outback Steakhouse, which donated shrimp and steak dinners to our troops in Afghanistan), declared that "we don't do body counts". He was not talking about Iraq, but the principle was later extended to that country where we were obdurate in our unwillingness to count enemy dead (or keep any public tally whatsoever of the Iraqi civilian dead).

--which is why Marla Ruzicka was in Iraq, where she died......

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US may deport mother of two to almost certain execution

more info on Save Regina, and on the Republic of Congo....

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I knew that humor was Celtic...

Thom H over at Societas had this posted via Media Girl.
I like Thom H's detailed analysis of events and blog postings, and so thought that the above green link would be a connect to yet another insightful post.

Well, it wasn't, and yet, it so very, very, much was.

Today I worked late, picked up Chinese, and had a pile of Department of Peace items to complete, and also wanted to compile a letter to newspapers, Halliburton, et al, in order to attempt to get the young blind woman in this post some financial relief, if at all possible. Checked the email and the blog before settling down to work, and saw Thom H.'s comment. Read Societas, saw the Media Girl link, and clicked. Up on the screen comes a trio of guys obviously in Iraq or Afghanistan, singing and goofing around at their base camp. They were mucking it up in a video that they had submitted for a competition on the web.

It was so cute. I forgot for a bit about the news I had heard earlier; over 100 people injured, 11 killed in the newest bombing in Baghdad. I forgot for a moment aout the 25 year old woman who was shot in the head and is now penniless and blind, thanks to Halliburton and insurgents, and the taxes that I pay that support this awful war.

I put a forkful of shrimp mei fun in my mouth and suddenly spit it out. I spit it out because I began to cry. I don't have spontaneous emotions, at least I didn't think that I did. But that goofy, happy, stupid,video captured everything that was wrong with this war.
I hope they all make it home safe.

I had to look up and see who/what the "Royal Dragoon Guards " were. From their site:
----If you fancy a challenging and rewarding job, join the Royal Dragoon Guards. Our historical recruiting areas are Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northern Ireland. ----

my opinion on the relevance of the Sadaam panty pics, part II

from today's bombing in Baghdad---from the BBC
"More than 550 people have been killed in Iraq in less than a month. "

my opinion on the relevance of the Sadaam panty pics

An Iraqi woman grieves outside the morgue containing the bodies of 13 blindfolded and bound men who were found shot in the head execution-style in Baghdad's Sadr City on Monday 18 May --from Al-Ahram weekly

Monday, May 23, 2005

War Crying

Winning the Hearts and Minds.. or, Operation Matador keeps being touted in the news as a success, but..
+ 125 "insurgents" killed, plus 30 some possible insurgents captured (the US currently has what, over 10,000 people in jails in Iraq? Are they all possible insurgents? How many people were recently released from Afghan prisons afer three years, because it was determined that they were not a danger after all?)
-12,000 fleeing Iraqis,
-destroyed towns,
-an as yet unknown number of civilian casualties
- 49 dead and wounded soldiers does not

= success.
I wasn't a math major in college, but
"Operation Matador" does not sound like a success to me. From the initial reports of soldiers running for their lives to an abandoned building because their "intelligence" had placed the insurgents on the wrong side of the river, to the fact that one of the towns that was under siege and bombed, had NO insurgents in it all, to this story......

War crying.....
"It was just a personal conviction with me. I've had an impeccable career. I chose to get out. And you know who I blame? I blame the president of the U.S. It's not the grunt. I blame the president because he said they had weapons of mass destruction. It was a lie. "

War Crying
These men were alive a month ago.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Try for a Better World

From stopping Bush's request for yet more nukes, to preventing farm workers from being sprayed with pesticides....
medbhletters has petitions up again. Don't just blog--take action!

.......oh, and the ACLU would like your help in preventing the FBI from spying on you---want to know if the FBI has a file on you? take this Quiz to find out....

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Oh, he didn't say that...Senator tells the Arab countries to focus on their own problems because....

Until we have someone on the other side who is willing to say 'Yes,' we're not going to continue to prostitute the American presidency to people who aren't serious," said Smith, one of six U.S. congressmen who attended the forum.

"It's a mystery to me why Arab countries can't work on their own countries before Palestine is fixed," he added.

"Obviously one of the greatest commitments that we have is to the Jewish people and the state of Israel, to try and manage the difficult process of the peace there and securing that nation, and doing so in a way that, if possible, is just to the Palestinians," Smith told a panel that included Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, top officials from Jordan, the Palestinian territories,
Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as academics from Iran and Turkey. The rest of the Senator's comments here.....

Who in the world picked this idiot to represent the US during these peace talks?

GO HOME! you and LAURA--GO HOME! You're only making things worse!

It's Saturday night--Do you know where your Repuglican is????

Look, are you Repuglicans the god fearing lobbyists, god rod making, family defending, straight as an arrow, no gays allowed(unless they are fake reporters with White House access), sunday school going, no emergency contraceptives, abstinence loving, making the world your personal bible belt, type of men and women, that you portray your self and your party as, or........are you and yours just a bunch of porn hogs???

Are the child molesting, animal sex abuse aficionados, mistress choking, gay sex stud for hire, falafel dialing for sex, First Lady horse sex joke making, drug abusing antics just the tip of the iceberg of scandals?

and now, what's this newest revelation?---the christian reich wing Bush Administration is ok with pornography, as long as it brings in lots of dollars? What type of deal are you cutting now President Bush?
---I work very hard for my money, and you take thousands of tax dollars out of my paycheck every year, to support your butt, and your anti women, anti humanity, pro corporation, policies. You guys are always pushing those sanctimonious policies on us by day while you're hanging out at free for all sex clubs by night!

Walk your walk. Either sip some punch at the church lemonade fest, and keep your sexuality tied up in the closet, like a good christian repuglican, or just come out and be the liberal that you always wanted to be. Once sex is viewed as a natural and healthy human function, the aberrations should fall to the wayside. And you'll cause a lot less misery in this world.

----LOS ANGELES - Porn star and former gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey will be joining her boss, Kick Ass Pictures president Mark Kulkis, in attending a dinner with President Bush in Washington, D.C. on June 14.
Kulkis was invited to attend the event by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which is organizing the event. Over a two-day course of NRCC events preceding the dinner, Carey and Kulkis will be attending a meeting with presidential advisor Karl Rove, giving their recommendations on important national issues.

"I'm hoping to run as Lieutenant Governor of California next year," Carey said. Since Arnold {Schwarzenegger} is a Republican, I thought this dinner would be a great networking opportunity for me.
"I'm honored to be invited to this event," Kulkis said. Republicans bill themselves as the pro-business party. Well, you won't find a group of people more pro-business than pornographer. We contributed over $10 billion to the national economy last year."
"I'm especially looking forward to meeting Karl Rove," Carey added. "Smart men like him are so sexy. I know that he's against gay marriage, but I think I can convince him that a little girl-on-girl action now and then isn't so bad!"
Kulkis serves as an Honorary Chairman on the NRCC"s Business Advisory Council, a group of business people who advocate a progressive, pro-business agenda. His company produces hardcore adult videos with a guarantee of "No Fake Boobs & No Condoms." Carey ran for Governor in the 2003 California Recall Election, while Kulkis served as her campaign manager.

War crying

“Many people were working with the Americans, so I felt it would be ok.”
Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq, 20 May 2005

Her name is Ahlam Abt Al-Hassan.
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of when she was shot twice in the head by member of the Mehdi army while waiting for a taxi to go to her job with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) in Diwaniyah.
After nearly three months of work searching women as they entered one of the US bases in Diwaniyah, she was paid a total of $475 from KBR. In return she has lost her eyesight, had to move from Iraq and can't return because of threats from the Mehdi Army. Her ex-employers will not return any of her calls or requests for assistance....the rest here

How much of a bonus was Halliburton recently given? Was it 72 mil from our government? And they can't provide benefits or assitance to this young woman? They won't even return phone calls?

Friday, May 20, 2005

hmmm..and Molly Ivins says...

and from truthout.org

Hey Koran! I know what its like. -- The U.S. Constitution

the above via Bartcop

Graduated a year ago, and still not working? Hmm, wouldn't a military recruiter like to talk to them and give them some direction in life?

Graduated a year ago, and still not working?
that's OK, I encourage young people to take a Gap year and find themselves by exploring other countries and cultures. How about Iraq? NO, ok, then, how about Afghanistan? Do you know how many young foreign women are working there now, trying to assist the always worst off victims of war, the women and children of a war ravaged country?
No, then, how about Vietnam? Do you know how many young people are trying to bring to light the problem of buried land mines leftover from the Vietnam War that are still going off in farmer's fields and on roadways? Better think fast, girls, cause actually, your Gap year is almost over.
And, did you know, girls, that for over 1600 mostly young Americans, their chance at a Gap year will never be? Just wondering.

mmm, btw, you might want to consider this, although, of course, the yarn about $10,000 if you join wouldn't appeal to you, your daddy has lots of money..
and, just in case you do decide to talk to the recruiters, you might want to read this first

While the Army "Stands Down" on May 20, today--CODEPINK Stands Up

The clause in the No Child Left Behind Act--remember the No Child Left Behind Act? It is the legislation that the Bush Administration paid Armstrong Williams $250,000 to promote--well, that clause states that any school that receives government funds has to release to military recruiters, their students personal information.

As you can imagine, once word leaked out about the hidden clause, many parents were upset. Reports of constant phone calls made to the high schoolers by the recruiters were alleged, and complaints were also made of a never ending barrage of contacts being made, in all forms, in order to get the teens to sign up for the military.
The American Friends Service committee has an Opt Kit that I had previously posted on the site.
CODEPINK has joined in the protest against the intimidating tactics used by the US Army (see their message below) in order to get that impressionable teenager to sign up.
They are demonstrating outside of the Recruitment Center in Times Square this evening. Join them if you can. And then read this insightful article on having a military presence in our public schools, and whether banning recruiters from beingin the schools would be against "free speech."..... excerpts from the article:

-------Douglas Smith, a US Army spokesman, said the job of recruiters is not to make promises but to show applicants possibilities and career options.
"As for a recruiter making promises and not following through, the recruiter's not in any position to promise anything. We hope that all our recruiters are communicating honestly with our applicants," Mr. Smith said. But he added, "
In the contract [between the new soldier and the Army] it says, 'Anything the recruiter may have promised me is moot.' "
Smith also pointed out the legality of military recruitment activity on campuses. "The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to let us have access to these students," he says.

Indeed, the resolution by Garfield's PTSA is more symbol than policy, for Seattle, like virtually all school districts, requires high schools to give recruiters access to students - or risk losing federal funding under Section 9528 of the act. School districts also are required to notify parents and students that they may "opt out" by signing a letter preventing recruiters from getting their names.------

-----"They're spending $4 billion a month in Iraq, but we have to cut our race relations class, which costs $12,500," Ms. Hagopian pointed out. "That's an important class for our kids."-------

---------Steve Ludwig, whose son is a senior and whose daughter will enter as a freshman next fall, made a point shared by many in attendance: Garfield does not allow organizations that promote illegal activities to recruit students to perform those activities, nor does it allow organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation to recruit on campus.
"Planned Parenthood, as far as I know, does not advocate or perform illegal acts. The US military does," Mr. Ludwig continued. The soft-spoken carpenter said he would not object if Army representatives came to Garfield to debate their ideas on torture or aggressive war. "What I object to is their coming here to recruit students to perform those acts," he said. "It's not about free speech."--------

Please join Code Pink New York, Campus Anti-War Network, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, NYC Chapter 034 Veterans For Peace, and the International Socialist Organization
Friday, MAY 20, 5 - 7 PM

On May 20th the Army Stands Down, But We Stand UP!

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is conducting an ArmyValues Stand Down Day across the country Friday, May20.

The so called "stand down" follows a rash of complaints that recruiters are resorting to unscrupulous tactics to enlist new soldiers, in particular a Houston Army recruiter's threat to arrest a local young man if he didn't report that day to the army recruiting station, as exposed by Houston's 11News Defenders.

This is only the most recent case: the Army has investigated 480 allegations of impropriety byrecruiters since Oct. 1, 2005. Some of these cases are still open while 91 of the 480 allegations havethus far been considered founded.

To date, eight recruiters have been relieved of duty and another 98 have been reprimanded by their commands.
According to the US Army, "a Stand Down is a time when Recruiting Command takes a pause from the important task of recruiting."
On May 20th the Army Stands Down, But We Stand UP!

Stand UP Against Predatory Recruiters
Stand UP for Money for College, not Combat
Stand UP for Paredes and Benderman
Stand UP for our Troops in Iraq - Bring them home!
Stand UP against war profiteers
Code Pink will provide signs, bibs and flyers! Come asyou are, or in your pinkest camouflage! For more information contact


Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Reality of Human Rights...from Aljazeera

Join CODEPINK and the PDA and sign this petition demanding a withdrawal from Iraq. The PDA is presenting it to Howard Dean on June 5th.
June 5th is just a few weeks away, so please sign the petition and forward it to as many people as you can.

If the US starts by pulling it's troops out of Iraq, it will be a start toward PEACE.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Is there anyone left in Iraq?

"Is there anyone left other than delusional neocons, Bush-admin propagandists and personality-disordered jingoists who could say we have planted a flowering democracy in Iraq rather than opened a can of virulent worms? " Necessary reading

Someone spoke UP!

a bit more necessary reading:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Representative Pete Stark entered into the record the following statement regarding the Administration’s recent chastising of Newsweek magazine:
Mr. Speaker, the pot is calling the kettle black.

The Administration is chastising Newsweek magazine for a story containing a fact that turned out to be false. This is the same Administration that lied to the Congress, the United Nations and the American people by fabricating reasons to send us to war. The same Administration responsible for the death of over 1,500 American servicemen and women and countless Iraqi civilians; the same Administration which shields its highest officials from responsibility for prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay." More HERE

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

on top of all else.......the honor killings....

Worker Nada al-Bayati said that in one recent case, a woman came to their shelter because she had been sexually abused by an American soldier.

Her family, who found out about it, wanted to kill her.

While an IWPR reporter was on his way to Bakr's office, he noticed a crowd on the Bab al-Muadham bridge in Baghdad. A young girl had apparently jumped off, and when a rescuer brought her out, she opened her eyes and told onlookers,

"I am pregnant. They will kill me."

the honor killings..

Necessary reading

Necessary Reading--the Crusades Interview

For several months I had an entire speech of Bill Moyer's in the side bar of this blog. It was his speech about the Rapture movement, and how it made it's way to OUR White House. I just read his latest speech. If you haven't... you should.
Extremely Necessary reading!