Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunday reading

Tom Dispatch:
an excerpt from an article that explains and says it all about the Scooter Libby's recent inablity to scoot away, unharmed.....

----These three actions can be called for simultaneously. Obviously we face a GOP-dominated House and Senate, but the same outrage that led the public to demand action against corporate law-breakers should be harnessed behind an outcry against government law-breakers. As we now know, it was not a failure of intelligence that led us to war.

It was a deliberate distortion of intelligence by the Bush Administration. But it is a failure of courage on the part of Congress (with notable exceptions) and the mainstream media that seems to have left us helpless to address this crime. Speaking as a former federal prosecutor, I offer the following legal analysis to encourage people to press their representatives to act. ---

Laura Bush may be warmly welcomed on the George Stephanopoulis show today, but at Howard U., the reception was chilly...

from ANSWER
Hundreds of Howard U. Students Greet Laura Bush With Protest Threatened With Arrest, Students Refuse to Back Down

On Thursday, October 27, hundreds of Howard University students greeted Laura Bush with a militant protest against the war in Iraq, the criminally negligent and racist conduct of the federal government in response to Hurricane Katrina and cuts in education.

Holding signs that read, "2000 Dead, End Occupation: Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti…, Money for Education Not War," the students began their demonstration at 11am in protest of Laura Bush's presence on the Howard University campus.

The demonstration was led by Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. and Cimarrones, a progressive Black Student Union of Caribbeans, Central and South Americans, as well as various other campus organizations such as Howard University Student Association (HUSA), Howard Amnesty International and Ubiquity.

The demonstration turned into a confrontation as university officials working with Secret Service and DC Police threatening to arrest the students unless they moved. "They are trying to force us to disperse or at least move back 30 feet, but we in the Black community have been told to move for 300 years," said Eugene Puryear, a coordinator of Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R and Howard sophomore.

The Howard University demonstration was one of hundreds that took place in cities, towns, college campuses and high schools across the country.

The gruesome number of U.S. war dead paes in comparison to the loss of life suffered by Iraqis. Public opinion in the United States has decisively turned against the war in Iraq just as it turned against the war in Vietnam three decades ago. U.S. troops should be brought out of Iraq immediately.

The people of Iraq should be paid reparations for the wholesale destruction of their country and the staggering loss of human life. Bush, Cheney and other officials in the Bush administration should be held accountable for their criminal conduct.
See the entire photo album

Friday, October 28, 2005

Stop the Damn Oil Companies from destroying our lives, and theirs!!

in my mailbox..
Dear Medbh,
It’s been a great week for Big Oil and their lobbyists and allies in Congress.
But that could mean bad news for our Arctic Wildlife.

As ExxonMobil was preparing today's announcement of nearly $10 billion in record-breaking profits, Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA) and his House Resources Committee yesterday passed a Budget Reconciliation Bill that would legalize drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Unfortunately, Big Oil’s gains will come at the expense of America's wildlife. Drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge would destroy millions of acres of pristine habitat and threaten polar bears, caribou, millions of migratory birds and the Refuge’s other treasured creatures. Take action now to save this spectacular place.

We have only a few days left to save this special place and the animals that live there. The Senate is scheduled to vote NEXT WEEK, with a full House vote scheduled the week after.

Please send a message now to your Senators to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The vote to save the Arctic Refuge will be close. With the help of "friends" like Representative Pombo, Big Oil and its allies in Congress have already managed to grease through legislation to weaken controls on pollution and pave the way for building refineries in some of America’s last great remaining wild places.

Now they want to industrialize our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Don’t let them do it. Please send a message to your Senators right now to help save this national treasure and the special animals that live there.

Big Oil is knocking on the door. But, with your help, we’ll keep them out of America’s greatest wildlife sanctuary.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Is there a solution to the open seat problem?

I don't really think this is fair to ask of her, but I'll throw it out there. If nothing else, it sends a message to the Bush administration that he needs to stop pandering to the far far far right out of their minds group.
for your review-------

President Bush has accepted Harriet Miers' request to be withdrawn from consideration for the Supreme Court, giving the far right a second chance to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with a staunchly anti-choice nominee.
The right wing made no secret of their disapproval of Miers. Time and again they made their one and only requirement for the next Supreme Court Justice clear: an ideologue who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Miers' thin public record and contradictory statements on the right to choose fell far short of meeting their rigid standards.
"There is absolutely no guarantee that she would end up voting [to overturn Roe] if given the opportunity." Paul M. Weyrich, founder of the Free Congress Foundation (Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2005.)
"It is time for Ms. Miers to show good cause why she should receive the support of the pro-life community or withdraw her name from consideration to the Supreme Court of the United States.... so that President Bush may nominate someone with a proven history who all conservatives can support." Troy Newman, Operation Rescue (Operation Rescue press release, Oct. 6, 2005.)


Don't make it easy for Bush to cave in to pressure from his far right supporters again.
Please send a message to President Bush immediately.

Urge him to ask Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to serve out this current term. There is absolutely no reason for Bush to rush the process. Instead, he should think of what's best for the country - and what's best right now is to maintain continuity and stability on the Supreme Court.

or-----

NOW says to ask her yourself, HERE!

Does all of your extra money wind up at the pump? Don't cry, somebody's very, very, happy...

I rarely drive as part of my job, anymore. I did travel the roads of South Jersey, as a social worker, for many years. I am now thankful that I did that when gas was only hovering around or under a dollar.
What my co-workers and I used to worry about back then was not the price of gas, but the incredible wear and tear on our cars.
Now, I worry about the price of gas, and I only have to travel once or twice a month.
What the heck is going on here??? I find myself continually saying--"ten dollars of regular, please" and then in a few days, my little good on gas car needs another drink of the foul stuff. That extra ten I always keep tucked away keeps getting untucked every days...

BUT HEY, SOMEBODY"S HAPPY, RIGHT?????
EXXON SURE IS!!

Exxon Mobil Posts Record Quarterly Profit
Conoco's profits rise 89%
and yet more at CLG

bastards

I can't believe that there are still people in America who still support George Bush and his administration.
maybe the French are right about us.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

2000 is just part of the human cost

ALternet reports on the many dead and injured from this war, that we never see the names of...

This week's grim milestone, 2,000 American soldiers killed in Iraq, doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the real human costs of this war.

It's Crying Time---2000 cries into the night--2000 lives cut short, for a LIE



The 2000th US soldier has died. He died of injuries sustained on Oct. 17th. He was one of three soldiers who suffered fatal injuries recently.
Does this thought outrage you? It should.

So many men and women joined the military after September 11th 20001.

They have discovered that they joined, based on a lie.

The least that we can do, today, is to hold a vigil for them, for their lives cut so horribly short.

To join a vigil near you, go to one of these sites, it's the least you can do.
REMEMBER THEM TOMORROW
AND UNTIL THE OTHERS COME HOME

SELECT ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SITES FOR VIGILS AND FOR CONTINUING ACTION

http://www.afsc.org/2,000/ http://www.unitedforpeace.org/

http://www.gsfp.org/ http://www.mfso.org/

http://www.faithfulamerica.org/soldiers.html

http://www.impeachbush.tv/

IMPEACH BUSH

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Report: Cheney Cited as Source in CIA Leak

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Cheney long ago lost the light. He needs to read the poem. In jail.

Rosa Parks, at the age of 92, has died. May her strong and brave soul rest peacefully. She did not hesitate to tell the truth that was in her.

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Today, Blondesense speaks my Peace.... send her words all over America


They knocked my towers down. So I was ready to go."
Gotta get this off my chest. Again.


Think about all the young men and women who enlisted after 9/11/01. They were angry and they wanted to kill the bad guys who attacked us.

The president told us it was Osama bin Laden and something about the taliban and al qaida. Off they went to Afghanistan to blow up the country that already looked like rubble to me.

Osama bin Laden was allowed to escape from Tora Bora. Later on, the president when asked about OBL said that he didn't give much thought to OBL anymore.
Oh that's nice. No wonder so many Americans buried their heads in the sand. They didn't want to believe what they were hearing.
No one on the homefront was asked to sacrifice after 9/11. When I read that it was Saudis who attacked us shortly after 9/11, I felt that we should let them eat sand and drink their stinking oil. I assumed that most Americans would quit buying gas guzzlers and use less oil to send a message to those thugs.

No. I was wrong. Americans bought bigger and bigger vehicles sucking gasoline like there was no tomorrow making us more dependent on fossil fuels in the mid east. WTF?Meanwhile the evil devilworshipping cabal (dick cheney et al) was working on Iraq, fixing evidence, illegally moving funds from the Afghan war to fund the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Why we needed to blow up the country in order to take out the dictator is still a mystery to me. Well, not really. We destroyed and/or allowed looters to defile ancient treasures and disrupt the lives of millions of Iraqi's.
Imagine that our troops were fighting for a democracy over there and all they got was a stinking Islamic state? They rushed into an undeclared war, underequipping the troops and dragging reservists and guardsmen out of their jobs on the homefront as if the US was about to be blown up... meanwhile Korea was threatening to nuke us and we hardly gave them a nod.

Every time someone tells me that Osama was a bad man and needed to be taken out, I feel like smacking them upside the head as I recite the list of worse dictators and worse regimes who murder their own who are friends of the bushistas.
Terrorists? I think our country ranks up there with terrorist states now.

Shock and Awe? Give me a break.The troops, like the Vietnam era vets are coming home in shock and awe. They are poisoned with depleted uranium, are welcomed by a country who thinks the war was a sham (although we support our troops by slapping chinese made magnetic ribbons on our guzzlers), they lost their jobs if they were in the NG or the reserves and 1 in 6 (reportedly) are suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome).

Many are blowing their brains out when they get back from Iraq even if they aren't mangled.

The young soldier in the picture, a Long Island boy who enlisted on 9/13/01, was the epitome of heroism and his photo was slapped all over the news. ( See Today's Newsday article about Joseph Dwyer, former hero) Now he suffers from delusions and extreme PTSD and is a danger to himself and others.
He lives in El Paso which reminds him of Iraq. He believes that the Iraqi's are trying to get him. He was raised a Catholic and now attends a Baptist Church in Texas, which if you ask me, adds insult to the injury.
He was in a standoff in El Paso not long ago thinking he was under attack. Fortunately he didn't kill anyone locally.

To this day, over 160,000 Vietnam vets are receiving disability for PTSD and more have committed suicide than were killed in combat. 13,500 veterans from the first Gulf war and 10,000 Korean War veterans are still being treated for PTSD. It is considered wussiness to admit that you are suffering from PTSD if you are in the military so many troops are not seeking help.
The sooner they ask for help, the more likely they are to recover from PTSD.
Anyone who supports this war and isn't fighting in it can kiss my ass and I am not afraid to tell them so. No, there is nothing that they can do stateside to support the war effort other than to commit suicide.

We are fighting them over there- Remember? So get your asses over there and send back the boys who were tricked into fighting your dirty, stinking, money grubbing, evil get rich quick scheme. Die for it, if it means so much to you.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Spread the Word----make US Citizens, whose taxes support this war, aware of the bloody death of one more soldier, the 2000th one


2000 Minutes for 2000 Soldiers
Killed in Iraq
We will vigil a minute for each of them…

Where:
Highland Park, New Jersey
Corner of Raritan Ave and River Road (
www.mapquest.com)
Accessible by train or bus (Suburban Transit)

When:
October 29-30, beginning 9 a.m. Saturday,
continuing through the day and night
ending 5:20 Sunday afternoon

What to Expect:
A solemn, peaceful event with speakers and musicians scheduled throughout the day and evening.
The Iraq Memorial Wall will be displayed. (
www.IraqMemorialWall.org).
The names of soldiers killed will be read in chronological order throughout the vigil.

Please bring wide candles and flowers to be placed along the wall. Your own signs and banners welcome.

We’re hoping to feed you with donations from the business community.
This is being worked out presently. There are many nearby delis, stores, and restaurants within walking distance.

For more info/directions/to sign up for time slot:
Email Mary at
mmwalworth@gmail.com
732/846-4464; cell: 732/801-1378

U.S. War Casualties:
www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/2005.10.html

Sponsored by the
Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
www.AgainstEndlessWar.org

Co-sponsored by
Coalition for Peace Action
www.peacecoalition.org

Saturday poem

Subject: We Are The Decisive Element -
Goethe
"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.---The Bush Administration should be required to study this line.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The 2000th soldier

We have been in Iraq for going on three years now. 25,000 injured soldiers, and tens of thousands dead and injured human beings who live in Iraq.
What has been accomplished besides billions of dollars that have been sent to War Profiteers?
many people in america are hoping that they won't have to recognize another number that will be here soon, too soon.

The 2000 th soldier to die for a lie.
Unless we pull out, NOW, that horrendous number will become a reality. If it hasn't while I sit and write this.

In NJ, vigils are planned through the southern part of the state. The info on the vigils is below. The info on the soldiers who were killed in October is right here.

Those who died in Iraq from Oct 2 to 8:

Sgt Joshua Kynoch 23 Santa Rosa, CA
Sgt Jens Schelbert 31 New Orleans, LA
Sgt Timothy Roark 29 Houston, TX
Sgt Sean Berry 26 Mansfield, TX
Cpl John Stalvey 22 Conroe, TX
Sgt Brian Large 31 Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Spc Jacob Vanderbosch 21 Vadnais Hts, MN
Pvt Roberto Baez 19 Tampa, FL
Sgt Larry Pankey Jr 34 Morrison, CO
Pvt Andrew Bedard 19 Missoula, MT
PO Brian Joplin 32 Hugo, OK
Spc Jeremiah Robinson 20 Mesa, AZ
Cpl Patrick Kenny 20 Pittsburgh, PA
Cpl Shayne Cabino 19 Canton, MA
Cpl Nicholas Cherava 21 Ontonagon, MI
Pvt Jason Frye 19 Landisburg, PA
Cpl Daniel McVicker 20 Alliance, OH
Cpl Carl Raines II 20 Coffee, AL
Sgt Eric Fifer 22 Knoxville, TN
Pvt Nicholas Greer 21 Monroe, MI

48 were seriously wounded.
99 were returned to the kill field.

Also killed were 278 Iraqi persons.


Those who died in Iraq from Oct 9 to 15:

Cpl Sergio Escobar 18 Pasadena, CA
Sgt Gary Harper JR 29 Virden, IL
Spc Jeremy Hodge 20 Ridgeway, OH
Sgt Brandon Sneed 33 Norman, OK
Sgt Leon Johnson 28 Jacksonville, FL
Col Leon James II 46 Sackets Harbor, NY
Sgt Jerry Bonifacio JR 28 Vacaville, CA
Sgt Matthew Kimmell 30 Paxton, IN
Sgt Donald Furman 30 Burton, SC
Sgt Lorenzo Ponce Ruiz 26 El Paso. TX
Spc James Grijalva 26 Burbank, IL
Sgt Kenneth Hunt JR 40 Tucson, AZ
Spc Robert Tucker 20 Hilham, TN
Sgt Brian Conner 36 Baltimore, MD
Spc Samuel Boswell 20 Elkridge, MD
Spc Bernard Ceo 23 Baltimore, MD
Cpn Ken Masters 40 United Kingdom
Sgt Mark Adams 24 Morrisville, NC
Cpl Chad Hildebrandt 22 Springer, NM
Cpl Christopher Poston 20 Glendale, AZ

31 were seriously wounded and maimed.
130 were returned to occupation.

Also killed were 206 Iraqi brothers and sisters.
Cf:
www.icasualties.org

We’ve decided to hold monthly vigils in Atlantic County on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 3:00 pm, at different locations in the county,
and to hold monthly vigils in Cape May County on the 4th Sunday of each month in Rio Grande, at the intersection of routes 9 and 47, where we held our weekly summer vigils.

So, here’s the upcoming schedule

Sunday, October 30th: 3 PM, Rio Grande Vigil
Sunday, November 13th, 3 PM: Vigil in Atlantic City at the Monument, Albany and Ventnor Aves
Sunday, November 27th, 3 PM: Vigil in Rio Grande
Sunday, December 11th: 3 PM: Atlantic County Vigil, place TBA

Also, please note that we are getting close to the 2000th US soldier killed in Iraq, and that we plan to hold a vigil at Congressman Lobiondo’s office in Mays Landing, 5914 Main St (rt 40) at noon the day after the 2000th soldier is killed

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Many Faces of Muslim Women

If you are in the NJ/Philly area this Friday, definitely try and catch this presentation

Many Faces of Muslim Women:
Rights Have No Borders
Many Faces of Muslim Women is an innovative program aimed at advancing the understanding of the unique circumstances of Muslim women around the world and challenging the monolithic image of the Muslim woman.


A three-way collaboration between Planned Parenthood® Global Partners in Washington DC, Planned Parenthood® of Southern New Jersey (PPSNJ) and Six Rivers Planned Parenthood® (SRPP) in Eureka, CA, this project builds upon the extensive international advocacy work already taking place at the affiliates.

Experts from across the Muslim world, including Egypt, Iran, Mali and Pakistan will look at such issues as HIV/AIDS, family planning and marriage practices in Muslim countries. The speakers will examine those issues through three different lenses:
· What does the QuÂran say?
· What does the law say?
· What are the traditional practices?
They will also discuss the implications of United States
policies and restrictions on International Reproductive Health Funding.

Friday, October 21, 2005
8:00 am -10:00 am
Tavistock Country Club
Tavistock Lane, Haddonfield, NJ
Complimentary function
Malian handicraft sale*
RSVP by October 14, 2005
For more information, please call 856-365-3519 ext. 221

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Sunday viewing

lots of creative vid making lately...

Sunday readings....Faith Based Fuels and GG again

from extreme unction
"I respect people of faith. I respect their right to dismiss the theory of evolution. I also believe it is right that they can choose to shelter themselves from outside interests who would seek to force views counter to the teachings of the Bible upon them.

Such as Gas Stations.That's right. I would like to protect Creationists/Intelligent Design proponents by banning them, for their own safety, from the heretical use of fossil fuels. After all, the very youngest fossils are at least 10,000 years old.

Many are millions of years old. "Young Earth" exponents insist that Earth is a maximum of 6,000 years old." read
the rest, here

&&&&&&&&&&&&&
The LeftCoaster revisits Gannon/Guckert and treason

More Sunday reading

Al Gore on The Threat to American Democracy
an excerpt
"The subjugation of news by entertainment seriously harms our democracy: it leads to dysfunctional journalism that fails to inform the people."

Remarks by Al Gore as prepared Associated Press / The Media Center
October 5, 2005


I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse . I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions.
How many of you, I wonder, have heard a friend or a family member in the last few years remark that it's almost as if America has entered " an alternate universe"?


click above link to finish reading this "must read" from Buzzflash

Thursday, October 13, 2005

What God Really Said to Bush....

Scene: White House private residence, night, not long ago. President Bush present in his most favoritest guns 'n' bunnies PJs. Laura asleep, knocked out by a combination of too much Good Housekeeping and excessive hair-spray fumes. Suddenly, a burst of black smoke. A deep, resonant voice speaks:

"Psst! George! God here, taking a break from supervising the well-being of eight billion troubled souls along with infinite galaxies of unimaginable vastness to speak with you directly one more time because, well, you're special, aren't you, George? Yes you are! Yes you are! OK, stop giggling. I have more commands. Get off the damn hobbyhorse, George, and get a pen and a notepad. No, not a crayon. I don't care if blue is your favori-- George! Get a pen! OK? Good. Here we go:

read the entire piece, from Mark Morford...it is both a great piece of writing, and disturbing.
and thanks to Karl, for the link

Thursday viewing

It's a dreary rainy day here in Jersey. This might make you break a smile. Then again, it might just deepen the dreariness of the day, depending how you look at it.
another thanks to Ruth for the little vid!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Don't let anyone else DIE for a LIE

------------------"He started the message quoting an Associated Press story about a helicopter getting shot down near Tal Afar, killing one and wounding another. Bob then quoted his official report as part of the Downed Aircraft Recovery Team, sent in to bring back the OH58D Kiowa.

He detailed how they checked out the systems, noted the bullet holes through the cockpit windows, and how the helicopter was damaged but flyable. After the report, he added this, labeled "Other Thoughts":"I read a book many years ago called 'Chickenhawk', it was about UH-1 pilots in Vietnam.

I never thought I would encounter anything like they did in my life. However, I can now say I have. There was one section of the book that describes a pilot trying to fly an aircraft after his co-pilot was shot and there was blood everywhere.

Well, after last night I know what he meant. "There is no complete set of words that describes the feelings of trying to fly, after someone has bled all over a cockpit. When you're trying to inspect the aircraft for damage and you're having to touch, smell and see blood all over the floor, the seats, the instruments. The smell and sight are something you will never forget.

"When you have to strap into the aircraft and you are sitting on a wet seat from blood and water in an attempt to clean some of it off, it's indescribable. When you strap on shoulder harnesses that are blood soaked, and your feet are sticking to the blood on the floor, it's unforgettable.

When the power is turned on in the aircraft and the instruments light up, but are hard to read due to the blood spatters, it's a sight that is burned into your mind. These things are smells, sights, and feelings I pray my children never have to experience."

The pilot who died in that seat, Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Hay, left behind a wife, a 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. "

the above is an excerpt from a column in the Nevada Appeal via this article in the Huffington Post. You should also watch this and then go and do this

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Do you know what 2000 looks like?

Didn't we send millions of dollars to the victims of the flood and of the government relief bungle? Hasn't the GWB promised billions to recontruct?

SO---WHERE is the Money?????

New Orleans to Lay Off 3,000 City Workers
By AMY FORLITI, AP

Pink Slips in Katrina's Wake
NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 3) - Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday the city is laying off as many as 3,000 employees - or about half the city's workforce - because of the damage done to New Orleans' finances by Hurricane Katrina.
Nagin announced with "great sadness" that he had been unable to find the money to keep the workers on the payroll.

Rumsfield is insulted, so the troops wait, and wait, and wait, for Body Armor or re-imbursements for what they had to buy themselves

Troops Wait for Body Armor Reimbursements
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, AP

WASHINGTON (Sept. 29) - Nearly a year after Congress demanded action, the Pentagon has still failed to figure out a way to reimburse soldiers for body armor and equipment they purchased to better protect themselves while serving in Iraq.

Soldiers and their parents are still spending hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for armor they say the military won't provide. One U.S. senator said Wednesday he will try again to force the Pentagon to obey the reimbursement law it opposed from the outset and has so far not implemented.
Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said he will offer amendments to the defense appropriations bill working its way through Congress, to take the funding issue out of the hands of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and give control to military unit commanders in the field.
"Rumsfeld is violating the law," Dodd said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's been sitting on the books for over a year. They were opposed to it. It was insulting to them. I'm sorry that's how they felt."

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Read the entire article, and then go to the post below and tell your Senator to vote NO for any more money for this war. The money they vote doesn't go to the troops, it goes straight to helliburton. And then go and vote to impeach bush.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Did your Congressional Rep take money from DeLay? Two of the Republican Congressmen from South Jersey Did! Tell them to return it!!!

The DeLay Rankings: how close is your representative to scandal-plagued Tom DeLay?
from the Public Campaign Action Fund..........


Tom DeLay is under an ethical cloud. He's being investigated for taking overseas golf trips and other junkets on the dime of front groups and shady lobbyists.

To his colleagues in Congress, though, he's a true sugar daddy.

Everybody "owes Mr. DeLay for something—a job, a piece of legislation, or a large campaign contribution," says The New York Times.
We've created a ranking based on how often they vote the way DeLay does, how much DeLay's PAC contributed to them, how much they've contributed to DeLay's legal defense fund, and so on.
–Urgent Action Alert: Demand outside counsel! –
and click this link to find out if your Congressional Rep took money from Delay.
According to the link, in NJ, Rep. Saxton took over $10,000, and Rep. LoBiondo took over $5,000, and Mike Ferguson took $42,000!
Did your Rep. in Congress take any money from DeLay? If they did, then Tell Them to Return it!

on the lighter side

George W. Bush was out jogging one morning along the parkway when he tripped, fell over the bridge railing, and landed in the creek below.
Before the Secret Service guys could get to him, 3 kids who where fishing pulled him out of the water. He was so grateful he offered the kids whatever they wanted.
The first kid said, "I want to go to Disneyland."
George W. said, "No problem. I'll take you there on Air Force One".
The second kid said, "I want a new pair of Nike Air Jordan's."
George W. said, "I'll get them for you and even have Michael sign them!"
The third kid said, "I want a motorized wheelchair with a built in TV and stereo headset!"

George W. was a little perplexed by this and said, "But you don't look like you are handicapped."
The kid replied, "I will be, after my dad finds out I saved your ass from drowning.

thank you to Ruth for the light side

She's just a groupie who can now get off of her knees

medbh's take on the woman Bush appointed to the Supreme Court, a woman who is, yes a lawyer, but who has had no judicial experience...

Baby, you can get off of your knees now. Stand up. The man is rewarding you for all of that time down under.
She just has to be a groupie. Anyone who can call GWB the smartest man she has ever known is a groupie.
from wikpedia" A groupie is a person whose devotion to a person (usually a celebrity, especially a
rock and roll star) approaches the level of fanaticism.

other
bloggers have a more enlightened and detailed assessment of her appointment. Me, I prefer to take things to their basic level. She is just a Bush groupie who has been rewarded for many faithful years of ..service.. Yuk.

Now, Condi, on the other hand, is not just a down on your knees when the rock star needs it type of groupie. Unhuh. She is the type of groupie who is is the star's supplier.

Monday, October 03, 2005

50 BILLION MORE for WAR!! TAKE ACTION!!!

from UFPJ
Tell your Senators: Stop Funding this War
The $441 billion Defense Authorization bill passed by the House and currently pending in the Senate includes almost $50 billion as a “bridge fund” to cover military operations in Iraq. This bill will probably be attached to the Defense Appropriations bill, which may get a vote as early as Wednesday, October 5.
Unfortunately, Senate procedures will probably not allow an up or down vote exclusively on the war funding, so we are asking our Senators to vote against the entire defense spending bill.
Most Senators will lack the courage to vote against the entire defense spending bill in order to stop funding the war – so we don’t expect the vote to be close.

I went to DC and all I got was sprayed with francisella tularensis?

I was away for four days, and while catching up on today's news, saw this link on blondesense. The question of why the story of the deadly bacteria being detected on the day of the DC rally was released, has drawn various responses.

The reality is that francisella tularensis was detected by sensors put in place through the Homeland Security Dept.

Why was it present in quantities significant enough to be detected?

Check the link to the info relayed on the StoneFruit page, and like he says, if you attended the rally, and now feel ill, get to the doctor's and advise them of what you may have come in contact with.

......the release of deadly bacteria and Homeland Security....yet another bushism

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Recruitment in the schools, and the Schools Pay for the privilege.

These schools in South Jersey are on the JROTC waiting list....
Asbury Park H.S. Asbury Park NJ 07712 Navy
Barnegat Township H.S. Barnegat NJ 08005 Navy
Cherokee H.S. Evesham NJ 08053 Navy
Absegami High School Galloway NJ 08202-9553 Marines
Lower Cape May Regional H.S. Cape May NJ 08204-4637 Navy
Lacey Township H.S. Lanoka Harbor NJ 08734 Navy
Toms River H.S. East Toms River NJ 08753 Navy
Dr. Charles Brimm High School Camden NJ Army

note the distribution of the various military branches. The Army has targeted the high school in Camden, NJ, a city that is poor, predemoninately African-American and Latino. Kanye West is still on target.

Absegami, a middle class, predominately white, high school, though, has the eyes of the Marines on it. Not sure why the Navy has so many SJ schools targeted, although many of the ones that I see are located in towns located on or next to the Jersey Coast. The Navy is in Iraq, although I doubt if many of families of the kids who will be targeted by the Navy know that.

Why Question the Military's JROTC program?
excerpt
"This doesn't happen in math classes, so why here? Military training glorifies war. Ninety percent of all JROTC programs train students to fire rifles or pistols. All of them drill with guns and teach military history, customs, traditions, and beliefs. In JROTC, too many kids learn, from example, that violence is acceptable.
JROTC Costs Districts Tens of Thousands of Dollars
While most school districts face budget shortfalls and cutbacks, JROTC drains resources from constructive programs. JROTC units cost districts about $50,000 per school and often require expensive modifications to school facilities. In the 1995-1996 school year, the New York City Board of Education spent $398,000; San Francisco spent $570,000; and Atlanta spent $1.5 million to subsidize the Pentagon."

---Are your area schools on the list, and if so, what can you do about it?
check this link
http://www.afsc.org/pwork/0506/0506add3.htm

Saturday, October 01, 2005

& How did this happen? Is there an Arabian horse handler in charge of our army, too????

Soldiers Have Army Records Stolen

via the blondes