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Do your Civil Duty - even virtualy. [23 Apr 2007|02:56am]

Many things can be understood - oil, gas, territory. But...


Post this video in your journal and available communities.

Make your neighbors think.
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[09 Feb 2007|02:31pm]


WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials undercut the intelligence community in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq by insisting in briefings to the White House that there was a clear relationship between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, the Defense Department's inspector general said Friday. 




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devils advocate. [02 Feb 2007|11:17am]

I would like to believe that our aggression in the middle east has actually cause more terrorism (and terrorists) but its impossible not to justify this war with the threat of sept 11th happening again on an even greater scale (nuclear even).  It can be argues that We waited to long to go into world war 2 and we should have acted sooner. well this war against terrorism is us acting sooner just like we should have done in WW2.  If we are not at war over there then we will be at war on our own soil. how can we have that? we must fight against those that wish to destroy us. If you are against this war then you are for the violent spread of islam everywhere... even right into your home.
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please act for NOLA [22 Dec 2006|01:42pm]

[ mood | exhausted ]

New Orleans still in need of help...
(not to mention rural Mississippi, too...)

this is a national disgrace...

"New Orleans is in the worst affordable housing crisis since the Civil War. The US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that the city is 100% rented as tens of thousands of homes remain wrecked."

Please read more and write to everyone!


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Books -has anybody heard of Jason Leopold? [10 Oct 2006|02:14pm]
Books -has anybody heard of Jason Leopold? he has a book (memoir) called "News Junkie"... he supposedly 'broke' the ENRON scandal...
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[20 Sep 2006|08:28am]

This week, the Senate is planning to quietly hold a vote that would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans.

The bill would let the administration off the hook for breaking the law and make it legal to wiretap Americans, in secret, without any oversight whenever they want to.

Democrats and some Republicans are holding strong against it, and if enough of us speak up we can stop it. Can you sign the petition opposing the Republican move to pardon President Bush for breaking the law?



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wake up and smell the election fraud [05 Sep 2006|09:05pm]

everyone and i mean EVERYONE should see this testimony on election fraud and electronic voting machines...

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Loose talk / The Bush rhetoric on Iraq is sounding desperate [01 Sep 2006|01:49pm]

[ mood | aggravated ]

Editorial: Loose talk / The Bush rhetoric on Iraq is sounding desperate

Friday, September 01, 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Harry Taylor stands up to Bush. [22 Apr 2006|04:18pm]

I assume most are aware of this but I haven't seen anything about it in any of the communities or on the news.. So I'm linking this just in case..

Posted by Thinkprogress.org on April 6, 2006, "This morning in Charlotte, a Bush PR event on the war on terror went off-script when a man named Harry Taylor took the microphone."

There's the script and a video link

You could also go to thankyouharrytaylor.org to thank him for his courage to say what he did in front of all of Bush's followers. I'm amazed he spoke as clearly as he did. I would've been shaking. Especially when Bush starting walking to the front of the stage sheilding the lights to get a better look at him. Then Bush went on to saying that he wouldn't apologize for what he's done, when Taylor clearly wasn't implying that he should.
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[30 Jan 2006|04:24pm]
A big thanks to Rob Newman for most of this, it's slightly out of date, so I've made a few minor changes...

We're told the polls show that people don't support the war. Or that they don't like the telly coverage. According to the polls many viewers are expressing their preference for a war with with no dead people, no blood and no mothers holding bits of broken child in an Umm Qassr A&E Ward. The polls also show it's not hard for viewers to choose between good and evil. Not when on one side you have humans with families, names, a wry sense of humour and a recent snapshot, and on the other you've got shadowy, anonymous hoards with less realised personas than the baddies in Tomb Raider.

In a debate about why the British public were not being shown images of Iraqi civilian casualties, unlike the viewers of Al-Jazeera (or, for that matter, every other news station in the world outside the "Coalition") Steve Anderson, controller of ITV News said:

"There seems to be an acceptance of images I don't think would be acceptable here." Well, first off, we'll be the judge of that, if we coped with eight series of Tarrant on TV I reckon we'll survive.

But what does "acceptability" mean in this context? Al-Jazeera is not showing these images because they're acceptable. It's showing them precisely because they are not. In showing carnage and lamentation Al-Jazeera asks us whether they have any place in a civilized world.

Modern war, wrote Howard Zinn, is always a war against children. It is ITV News, not Al-Jazeera, which accepts these child deaths as an inevitable part of modern politics, by accepting for domestic consumption what is unacceptable to world opinion. It is ITV News which follows Tony Blair's disgusting dictum that "we have to accept that there will inevitably be civilian casualties." Why burden those whose taxes are paying for this slaughter by showing its human cost? The public might "wobble". Can't be helped. Since in Blair's realpolitik we have to accept his necessary evil for a higher purpose, best to look the other way.

Well, should we look away? asks Al Jazeera. Or do we have a moral duty to know, to see, to hear the evil that's being done? Richard Sambrook, director of BBC News said images of Iraqi casualties "were not suitable for a British audience". Suitable! Yippee, let's have a tasteful war, jack! (These mutts are meant to be providing PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING. I'd say it was in the public interest to see the same carnage that the rest of the world outside here and the USA sees so that we can know the dragon's teeth we are sowing and the whirlwind we must reap.)

ITV/ BBC/ Sky news implicitly accept indiscriminate mass slaughter as a price worth paying. So they must turn our attention away from unsuitable suffering and give us the strategy maps and B52s while they lip-synch their porno voice-overs of "payload" and "delivery" and "pounding".

...Now it may be in poor taste to talk about the damage that's being done to us here in Britain at the same time as the last wisps of hair ignite on a bald Nasiriyah nine year old as a cluster bomb falls between her and the pharmacy (not that USUK's vicious sanctions regime had allowed her chemotherapy drugs in anyway). It may not be suitable, but here goes.

When we survey the debased, stunted entity to which a human can be reduced by lip-synching about "payloads" and "getting the job done", it might perhaps be suitable after all to think about what else has been lost to Britain as a nation. The Spirit of the Blitz folklore, for example, is not ours anymore. Tony Blair has taken that away forever. As part of the national identity or psyche it's now gone. Gone. Even from those lived through it. It's not our story any more. Not now that we're the ones blitzing other cities. We can't tell that old tale anymore, can we? The ration-book shortages Londoners endured don't really compare with the 10 years of sanctions which have forbidden the Iraqis asprins, ambulances and pencils. That shot of St Paul's cathedral dome surviving the smoke and fire isn't what it used to be.

Sometimes you don't need John Prescott to asphalt a six-lane, Asda-friendly motorway over ten sites of special historical interest to destroy your nation's heritage.

"History", said Dennis Halliday who resigned as UN's Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq, "will slaughter those responsible" for the 500,000 Iraqi children who have died because of of USUK's sanctions regime. With Goebellian shamelessness, Blair has been claiming this slaughter was not his/ our responsibility, but instead all down to how the Iraqi's "implemented the sanctions" (presumably how they failed to distribute the medicines they were denied.) Blair's porker is partly because he has an eye on History (and partly on the International Criminal Court). He's continually preening himself in History's mirror, always giving it: "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr Hobsbawm." Well, Tony Blair has also been reduced, just like the rest of us, but fittingly his blowback is just that bit worse. For he has been reduced to knowing that any good write-up he'll get from history will have to be written by the equivalent of some Holocaust-denier historian like David Irving. That's how Tony's story ends: his glorious dream of posterity locked like a smart bomb onto the trash-chute of history.

And our story..? At the end of WW2 after the liberation of one of the concentration camps, a furious British army captain made the local German villagers into the camp to see what was being done in their name. They shamefully claimed that they didn't know what had been going on at their village outskirts, that they had no idea what the thin column of continuous black smoke could have meant.

Where are we in this story now?
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[29 Jan 2006|01:07am]

"A lie told often enough becomes truth."
- Vladamir Lenin

It seems to me that this is happening. The message that is being drilled into our heads is one of ignorance and complete falseness. George Bush would love to have us all believe that it's so simple. Bush wants us to think that our enemies attacked us in totally unprovoked attacks, because they hated our freedom. Conservatives, nationalists and idiots are willingly lead by the dilusional president because they don't want to think about anything that WE may have done. It's much easier to accept that they hated our freedom, even though that's a complete mockery of the truth. The people who usually look for scapegoats to put the blame on, have happily, willingly and ignorantly overlooked the real facts and chose instead to pick up their guns and go to kill everyone with a turban and a dislike of our oppressive foreign policy in the Middle East.

So what's the truth?

"We say our terror against America is blessed terror in order to put an end to suppression, in order for the United States to stop its support to Israel."
- Osama Bin Laden

It sounds like our enemies are saying that our outragious support of Israel is leading a lot of support against us. I can see why. The double standard he have for the region is a disgrace. Look at the way we've treated Iran, making it out to be a hostile country, making it out of be a violent country, manipulating the media to make it sound like Iran has any nuclear weapons, capability of making nuclear weapons in the short term, or any intent of hostility towards our allies. We know Isreal has weapons. We know Israel has the full intent of using them illegally. Yet when the UN weapons inspectors tried to get into Isreal to inspect their weapons, and Isreal told them to get lost, they promptly did get lost and nothing was said of it again. Maybe it's THIS double standard that provokes them.

"If inciting people to do that (9/11) is terrorism, and if killing those who kill our sons is terrorism, then let history be witness that we are terrorists."
- Osama Bin Laden

"Just like you kill us, we will kill you."
- Osama Bin Laden

Perhaps this is the reason they hate us? The countless people we've killed, we don't know exactly how many, because it's "not our responsibility to count dead Iraqis" but there are very many. Look at the million (at least) people we killed with sanctions on Iraq during the 1990s, mostly the sick, the elderly, then women and the children. Look at the war that we provoked between Iran and Iraq because the US were scared shitless of the Islamic revolution. A million people died. Or perhaps it was the constant airstrikes on that region that have been going on, unpublished by the media, for the last decade. It's not that anyone was hiding it, it just wasn't news anymore. Airstrikes like the one only days ago, targeted at the supposed target of Ayman al-Zawahiri, uncleared by the Pakistani government, and it turns out that the strike killed 17 local men, women and children instead. Airstrikes like the one the US planned on Al Jazeera, a civilian target, an utterly illegal proposition.

"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Each and every state that does not tamper with our security will have automatically assured its own security."
- Osama Bin Laden

"Free people do not relinquish their security. This is contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom. Let him tell us why we did not strike Sweden, for example."
- Osama Bin Laden

This clearly blows apart the myth that we were attacked because we're a peaceful, heavenly and downright great bunch of people.

So with all of this in mind, what did we do about this hostility with the Middle East and the (more than) billion Muslim people that now see us for what we really are? What we SHOULD have done, is drained support for our enemies. We should have stopped our illegal weapons support of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land. We should have stopped our oppression of the Middle East.

Why DIDN'T we do that?

Middle Eastern resources, obviously. The biggest oil supplies in the world are in the arabic Middle Eastern countries. The biggest natural gas supplies outside of Russia are in the Middle East. We couldn't let all this blood money slip away, regardless of how many people die.

Did our enemies notice this?

"This war in Iraq makes millions of dollars for big corporations, either weapons manufacturers or those working in the reconstruction, such as Halliburton and its sister companies... It is crystal clear who benefits from igniting the fire of this war and this bloodshed: They are the merchants of war, the bloodsuckers who run the policy of the world from behind the scenes."
- Osama Bin Laden

Sometimes the best way to understand a war, isn't to listen to our own leaders, but rather, the leaders of the other side. Maybe then, we'd see what we really are.
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Dare to Dream [24 Jan 2006|02:11pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Should we even dare to hope that this could become a reality?

Cross-posted to other like-minded communities.

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apparently I'm not the only one who noticed [14 Jan 2006|01:17am]

[ mood | tired ]

The Senate’s fake debate over Alito
By Lance Selfa | January 13, 2006 | Page 9

BY THE time you read this, the well-rehearsed snow job intended to secure the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court will be well underway.

All the players in the Senate made-for-TV drama will play their respective parts. Alito will be schooled to dodge and weave around many questions.

Ironically for conservatives who claim to represent the U.S. majority, their judicial champions always seem to run away from their conservative views at confirmation hearings.

The so-called moderate Republicans, like Sen. Arlen Specter, who say they’re withholding judgment until they see how Alito responds to questions, are playing their part, too. What they really mean is that they’ll vote for Alito unless his confirmation hearings go so badly that it becomes politically untenable for them to do so.

And Democrats, in deference to their “respect for the process,” will couch what should be direct and open questions about politics and principle in the mumbo-jumbo of “separation of powers,” “deference to the executive” and other legalese.

All of this will do a disservice to an understanding of what really is at stake here.

In a recent article in Womensenews, former Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt noted that Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, recently argued in the Supreme Court, would gut Roe v. Wade “through the backdoor.” This case tests the legality of restrictions placed on teenagers’ access to abortion in New Hampshire. If the anti-abortion side wins this case, it would establish two poison precedents: that considerations of a pregnant woman’s health could be rejected to restrict abortion and that abortion restrictions could go into affect regardless of whether they threatened a woman’s health.
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MSNBC Poll... [21 Dec 2005|10:04pm]

Go vote! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10562904#survey

Either the right half of the blogosphere doesn't know
about this poll yet, or the preznit's in d-e-e-p shit.
Here's how it's going so far:

Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment?
* 19507 responses

Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more,
there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.

No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing
approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors."

No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be
a political lynching.

I don't know.


Now all we need is some Republicans in the House to
figure out which way the wind is blowing and get
the process rolling.

Peace, Love and Indictments
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political survey for people aged 13-18 (x-posted) [03 Dec 2005|05:56pm]

If you wish to take it, please email me at a_t_arcanium@yahoo.com and I will send it to you.
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[20 Sep 2005|01:09pm]

I don't really feel like arguing about this anymore exactly, but I thought this was an interesting source of info... a timeline of who was doing what when just before, during, and after the hurricane.

here's a link to the more elaborate timeline that includes time of day and several more activities...

Here's a shortened version:

Friday, Aug. 26: Gov. Kathleen Blanco declares a state of emergency in Louisiana and requests troop assistance.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Gov. Blanco asks for federal state of emergency. A federal emergency is declared giving federal officials the authority to get involved.

Sunday, Aug. 28: Mayor Ray Nagin orders mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. President Bush warned of Levee failure by National Hurricane Center. National Weather Service predicts area will be "uninhabitable" after Hurricane arrives. First reports of water toppling over the levee appear in local paper.

Monday, Aug. 29: Levee breaches and New Orleans begins to fill with water, Bush travels to Arizona and California to discuss Medicare. FEMA chief finally responds to federal emergency, dispatching employees but giving them two days to arrive on site.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Mass looting reported, security shortage cited in New Orleans. Pentagon says that local authorities have adequate National Guard units to handle hurricane needs despite governor's earlier request. Bush returns to Crawford for final day of vacation. TV coverage is around-the-clock Hurricane news.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Tens of thousands trapped in New Orleans including at Convention Center and Superdome in "medieval" conditions. President Bush finally returns to Washington to establish a task force to coordinate federal response. Local authorities run out of food and water supplies.

Thursday, Sept. 1: New Orleans descends into anarchy. New Orleans Mayor issues a "Desperate SOS" to federal government. Bush claims nobody predicted the breach of the levees despite multiple warnings and his earlier briefing.

Friday, Sept. 2: Karl Rove begins Bush administration campaign to blame state and local officials—despite their repeated requests for help. Bush stages a photo-op—diverting Coast Guard helicopters and crew to act as backdrop for cameras. Levee repair work orchestrated for president's visit and White House press corps.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Bush blames state and local officials. Senior administration official (possibly Rove) caught in a lie claiming Gov. Blanco had not declared a state of emergency or asked for help.

Monday, Sept. 5: New Orleans officials begin to collect their dead.
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[08 Sep 2005|03:53pm]

go to www.google.com

search: failure

click "im feeling lucky"
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Wanna See him gone? [07 Sep 2005|05:26pm]


Take the image from this site and plaster it on every telephone/light pole in your city. We did it last weekend, most of them were gone in a few days, but we are going to put up 1000 this weekend instead of 600.

Have them wake up the next day to see how many people don't want him around!
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[07 Sep 2005|03:20pm]

"More tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are off the table." Those are the words that America is waiting to hear from President Bush. At a time of crisis and enormous need, it should be an easy decision for him to make. He could make the announcement tomorrow.

There is hurt and suffering all around us. Estimates are that it will cost as much as $150 billion to help the hard-hit people and communities of the Gulf Coast get back on their feet following Katrina's devastation. And the Bush administration's failed policies in Iraq are draining billions of dollars from our treasury every month.

But still, Republican leaders refuse to abandon their obsession with granting still more tax cuts to the wealthy and well-connected. Don't let them get away with it.

Sign our "Don't You Dare" petition right now.


Believe it or not, with all our nation is going through, there are Republicans still pushing to put tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans on Congress' agenda this fall.

Republican leaders were forced to postpone plans for an immediate vote this week on eliminating the estate tax. But, they haven't backed off their larger plan for more tax cuts to benefit the wealthiest Americans.

This is a test of what kind of country we are. Are we an America that responds to crisis by helping the most vulnerable in times of need, or do we just give more to those who have the most?

Please join today in demanding that Republican leaders forego any and all plans to lavish tax cuts on the wealthy at this moment of crisis.


What can they be thinking? Why haven't President Bush, Senator Frist and Speaker Hastert taken off the table the outrageous notion of bestowing more tax cuts on the wealthy at a time like this? How long will it be before they start telling us that tax cuts for the wealthy can provide just the stimulus we need to get the Gulf Coast economy moving again?

Going forward with the GOP's next round of tax cuts for the wealthy would be a bitter betrayal -- a slap in the face to the hundreds of thousands of Katrina survivors struggling to put their lives back together. It's time for the President and his Republican colleagues to send a clear, unambiguous message that they understand the situation our nation is facing. The American people want to hear from them now -- and, until they back off of their tax cuts for the wealthy, we'll make sure they hear from us.


All around us, there are signs of American courage and American compassion. People who lived through hell are finding the strength to carry on. People who know what their fellow Americans are going through have reached out in one of the most far-reaching displays of generosity in our nation's history.

Yet here the Republican Party's leaders sit back in Washington, desperately clinging to the hope that they can force through another round of tax cuts for the chosen few. They shouldn't wait a day longer before they make a clear commitment not to pursue more tax cuts for the wealthy. And, until they come to their senses, we'll keep the pressure on.


We've got to stop these tax cuts from diverting resources that are needed for vitally important priorities such as helping those who have lost so much -- and have so far to go before they are on the road to recovery.

I hope you'll sign our "Don't You Dare" petition today demanding that Republican leaders abandon their plans to lavish more tax cuts on the wealthy. There has never been a more important time than this to give voice to your values.

I hope you will stand with us.


John Kerry

P.S. After you sign the petition, please forward it to everyone you can think of who might be willing to sign. The more signatures we gather, the more quickly we can force Republican leaders to take tax cuts for the wealthy off the table.
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