Saturday, September 30, 2006

Lawmakers discuss securing phone records

WASHINGTON - Executives from the nation's largest wireless telephone companies told lawmakers Friday they should outlaw the practice of lying to get access to someone else's phone records -- also known as pretexting. -- I am hesitant to say that whatever these execs want is good, but I don't want someone else in my records.

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Why I'm Banned in the USA

"For more than two years now, the U.S. government has barred me from entering the United States to pursue an academic career. The reasons have changed over time, and have evolved from defamatory to absurd, but the effect has remained the same: I've been kept out"

@maklershed "* Along with nearly all Islamists, Mr. Ramadan has denied that there is "any certain proof" that Bin Laden was behind 9/11." Yeah, except the FBI themselves say there is no evidence linking OBL to the 9/11 attacks. They have not listed any evidence on their website (or wanted information) in the OBL folder, and they have publicly commented that there is no evidence pointing at OBL responsible for that attacks.

The "war on terror" is pretty much lets russle up some Muslims, and see if they fire at us. If they do, they are terrorists. Lets go over to these remote lands (who we really don't understand the politics anyway) and kill a few of them, that should stir up a few eyebrows. The "insurgents" that start-a-coming after us must be the terrorists.

Then Senator Trent Lott said: “Why do they hate each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.” Do I need to say more here? I bet that 1/2 or more of Congress agrees with Lott, either complicitly, or just because they are ignorant.

I encourage everyone to take a look at the governments own documents called P2OG and the Gullivers Travails. And a down the rabbit hole we go...

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US Citizens Can Now Be Deemed "Enemy Combatants" and Stripped of All Rights

""A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled President Bush has the authority to designate U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants" and detain them in military custody if they are deemed a threat to national security." Everyone get scared and submit."

"Because it is undisputed that Hamdi was captured in a zone of active combat in a foreign theater of conflict, we hold that the submitted declaration is a sufficient basis upon which to conclude that the commander-in-chief has constitutionally detained Hamdi pursuant to the war powers entrusted to him by the United States Constitution,"

I do not agree with many of the news articles coming out about "Enemy Combatants" to the extent that I have not found anything in the text of the cases, or bills like H.R. 6166 which includes American Citizens. In this particular case Hamdi was caught in a "foreign theater of conflict" in combat with his own country. This is treason in my book.

Don't get me wrong, I am 99.99% against torture, and 100% of these draconian laws being passed by Congress. I just think we all need to step back and make sure we are all fighting with correct information. We need to make it clear to our government we DON'T give the President the freedom to simply grab anyone he wants, or make his own rules up when he sees fit because of his "war powers". Power corrupts, and I see as time goes on here, it will corrupt completely.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

4 students wear the same outfit, then suspended

"4 girls who wore the same outfit on the same day were all suspended for violating school rules. The principle has declined to say which rules were broken."

JoJo you have a good point, and I respect your answer. Except, we DONT have to "deal with it". What we need to do is become activists for the right way. We need to turn our schools around and not allow crap like this to happen. If you have known gang members at your schools, then throw them out. If I were a headmaster, I would be tough. Yeah, I know it is most likely harder than it sounds. But look at it this way, if we don't get tough and force crime out of the schools, then nothing good will ever come from our educational system.

I for one am not willing to sit back and allow this to happen. If there are problems at the school, then we need to meet them head on. We need to really re-visit the whole "zero-tolerance" policies also. We need to start looking hard at intent, and rehabilitation. These are kids growing up, we can't throw the book at them on the first offenses they commit.

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Congress gives Bush the right to torture and detain people forever

"Say goodbye to your freedoms, America... they're slipping down the drain. If you are suspected of being a terrorist, you can be detained and tortured by the U.S. for the rest of your life."

I have also read a good portion of this H.R. 6166 bill (and done text searches). In all places except for one, it is clear this bill pertains only to "Alien Unlawful Combatants". The section which doesn't have "alien" next to it is "948d. Jurisdiction of military commissions". It says:

18 BATANT STATUS DISPOSITIVE.—A finding, whether be-
19 fore, on, or after the date of the enactment of the Military
20 Commissions Act of 2006, by a Combatant Status Review
21 Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under
22 the authority of the President or the Secretary of Defense
23 that a person is an unlawful enemy combatant is disposi-
24 tive for purposes of jurisdiction for trial by military com-
25 mission under this chapter."

So although I disagree with the bill, and quite frankly we have worse documents to worry about (like the Patriot Act II), I cannot see anything in this working document saying they can grab American Citizens and treat them like unlawful combatants. The Patriot Act Section 802 can determine an American Citizen as a "terrorist", but this bill would not apply to them. Once you are an American Citizen they cannot strip you of that. They can take Habeas Corpus away (suspend your ability to combat the charges) but they cannot strip away your citizenship.

Then there is the matter of torturing children. As far as I can tell, this only came up in a press conference with John Yoo in which he said the President could authorize anything he deemed necessary. When asked about torturing children, he responded "No treaty...I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that".

I also do not condone the actions, or statement of this crazy person Yoo, but there is nothing written into law saying you can torture children. I think this new act also draws out what torture is, and who is subject to it. No children are mentioned.

Can someone please reply to this with any other information I might be missing? Is there anything in this bill, or something that refers to/from it which involves American Citizens, or children even by inference? Besides the Patriot Act I, and the Detainee Treatment Act 2005 I cannot find much. rhawk301-at-gmail-dot-com

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Lott On Iraq: "Why Do Sunnis Kill Shiites? They All Look The Same To Me"

"It's hard for Americans, all of us, including me, to understand what's wrong with these people, Sen. Trent Lott said. Why do they hate each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.""

Please, whomever is in this Senators state, just vote him out of office please. Someone else has to do a better job. He has totally lost touch with reality.

They sit on capitol hill and don't understand we live in a big world. We can't just simply force other nations to accept our ways. We may also want to look at the reasons that such a hard ass like Sadaam was running the country. Maybe it takes a relentless dictator who runs with an iron fist to keep the country in line. Maybe not. All I know, is that American/US citizens can never understand their world.

Let that country deal with their own problems, and we deal with ours. If they want to trade, heh great. We should be able to work out some pretty killer energy deals since we are one of the largest consumers of oil on the planet. I say they need to get Shell, and Chevron, and Exxon out of there, nationalize the oil fields, and then sell to the open market. Screw OPEC. Oh wait, this is what Iran was going to do before the CIA overthrew Mohammad Mossadeq and placed the Shaw in power.

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Ground Zero Hero David Miller

Ground Zero Hero David Miller Sep 27, 2006

David Miller was a first responder in his as part of a national guard unit that helped the victims of the September 11 attack. Miller now has to permanently wear a respirator over his shoulder as a result of his poisoned lungs from breathing the toxic air that ground zero heroes were knowingly exposed to by the EPA on the orders of Condoleeza Rice.

Miller gives a moving speech about how he and his friends are dying as a result of being abandoned by the "scumbags" that posed at the saviors after 9/11. Miller also slams Popular Mechanics and other government mouthpieces as sheep being used to marginalizes the 9/11 truth movement.

"We were also killed on 9/11 - avenge us."David Miller

Why Do We Need A New Congress? They forgot they work for We the People

"Fed officials & the US military take an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution and the laws of this great land. But that promise to fidelity seems to have been forgotten or ignored by many in the Govt today, particularly in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The goal is boot them all out of office, except for Rep. Ron Paul..."

I don't think the rest of the country should pay for these transfer programs. I fell on hard times once too, but without the government I just would have found another way. You have to realize that without Federal taxes and other Unapportioned tax, the country would be better off. Sure, it seems like government sponsored programs are great, but that is because the government structures everything to need them.

We need to be independent of our government. We need a better free market society, one which the government stays out of. This includes medical, insurance, oil, etc. Infrastructure like our power lines, phone lines, roads and other basic services should be regulated only to a point which makes sense to keep them in place.

Also read my other blog entry to these matters

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Harman to Negroponte: Release the Iraq Intel Report Before November

"Think Progress has the text of the letter, which blasts the administration for claiming it can't release the report until after the elections."

I kind of agree with @Dewhead Something very critical like the NIE should be government read only (intel departments, oversight, whitehouse, etc) at first, however as with any material is should be subject to public scrutiny at some point. I feel that even the most valuable intelligence should be released at some point. Pick a point in the future of which all relevant people have read the report and had time to digest the data. Then do the standard redactions for super-classified stuff like if people's lives (agents, etc) are affected.

However, the whole political thing should not be considered. If we are so petty as a people, then it is our own downfall. Let the cards fall where they may, but we should be able to see the report at some point.

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PlameOut: An Emily Litella Moment

"Mr. Wilson diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously."

The reports that Wilson is a "liar" are still misguided. The YellowCake incident and subsequent findings shows that there was no Iraq program to buy Uranium (even the British found the forged documents after the Butler Report). Wilson’s original claims of "I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." are most likely still accurate. President Bush in fact used a small portion of this “spin” in his 2003 SOTU speech.

Further, George Tenet never circulated the report to the President, but classified it as a routine intelligence report because [the report] "was sent in a routine intelligence paper that had wide circulation in the White House and the rest of the intelligence community but had little impact because it supported other, earlier refutations of the Niger intelligence". Lets keep in mind Tenet himself urged the President not use this information in the speech.

Wilson did make many allegations about the insider information coming from the White House. Since Armitage was outed, where exactly are these claims now? Even Libby is known to have been a "weasel" in this case, and lied under oath. Karl Rove is still a "thug" for the Presidency. I am not sure what has changed. His wife is still out of a job.

To suggest that Wilson is to blame for his wife’s secret job status, because of his report to the White House, is ridiculous. Of all the problems with this whole “PlameGate” business, this is of the least notice.

“From a WaPo editorial that should be framed and hung in the Newseum for posterity”, is yet another piece of hot air from Michelle. Get real, do research, report facts.

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Pre-edit clips of ABC's "Path to 9/11"

"Much controversy surrounds ABC's drama, "the Path to 9/11" - representatives from the Clinton administration have threatened legal action, Democrats in Congress are crying foul. See the clips in question - from a pre-edit version of the film scheduled to air tomorrow."

@PAeZ I will give you my impression of Fahrenheit 9-11. I think the movie had a lot of good facts in it. I also think the movie had a lot of Michael Moore non-sense editing, sound clips, and un-necessary sound bytes. If you digest only the facts which were researched, and leave alone all of Michael Moore's Bush bashing you will find some good information. For instance the parts about James Bath, the CIA, the Carlyle Group, Bush Jr. Military records, Arbusto Energy, etc.

Just because Michael Moore made a film, does not discount the actual facts and information presented. You must read between those fluff parts. President Bush does have connections to the Bin Laden Construction Company, Salem Bin Laden, Carlye Group, and has CIA connections through his dad. The current cabal in power has tremendously deep ties to our Corporate slave state, and the power lobby elite. Google "Rumsfeld+G.d. searle" crazy stuff about Aspartame. Google "Rumsfeld+Gilead Research" more crazy stuff. Then of course the information about Halliburton and Cheney are legion.

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Transcript of Cheney Interview

"Cheney blatantly lies about everything from Pakistan's support for the Taliban to once again claiming there was a link between Saddam & Al Qaeda. When asked about Iraq, he said that even though it was never the central front in the war on terror "it is now." Which is actually a lie in itself. Unbelievable. Tricky Dick Cheney does it again."

yeah, lets not forget the $20mil severence. This was a pretty good pay-off to make sure he was Halliburton's good buddy during the administration. $20mil goes a long way, and can be renewed once out of office, you just wait. Once they get voted out of office, Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld will all go off working for the lobby companies again. Wolfowitz will most likely continue his neo-con work at the PNAC with Libby.

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The 9/11 Tinfoil Hat Brigade

"I GET several e-mails from 9/11 conspiracy theorists every week, usually typed in all capital letters with minimal punctuation and maximum sputter. Here's a typical message I received last Tuesday: "It appears you are not a believer. So, I have only one question, perhaps, but doubtfully, you can answer. WHY DID BUILDING SEVEN COME DOWN?""

You do realize that the United States and Britain assisted in the creation of Al Qaeda right? Just Google "mujaheddin+Russia+CIA" and "osama bin laden+disillusioned". The articles show an $8 billion dollar funding for the Afghan/Russian war. We funded the Afghan rebels, and then once the country was decimated 10 years later in 1992 we walked away.

Afghanistan was never rebuilt, and it fractionalized the country. The radical "fundamentalist" techniques taught to the mujaheddin are used by Osama when moving forward. This radical branch of Islam would then go onto the many terrorist events which are documented, like embassy bombings, etc. The Taliban took over, and we funded them too. It's really all about oil and corporate greed.

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The 9/11 Conspiracy Theory: Was 9/11 an Inside Job?

"Examines Loose Change's arguments, the desire to be famous, and the mentality of conspiracy theorists in general. Alternates between using logic, facts, and humor."

@kindernacht you have been quite a stand-up commentator here. I wouldn't have given johnnykarate the time of day. This person obviously has no interest in reading and studying this stuff for themselves. Personally, I have looked at many, many sources of data. One point being that I don't believe everything in Loose Change. I know planes hit the trade center towers, and most likely the Pentagon. However, it doesn't mean I don't use my critical thinking skills and expand my mind by looking into the other theories. It really helps you sort out fact from fiction.

The evidence from Building 7 in no way allows for the collapse as it did. The one side of the tower which was alleged damaged (at least one firefighter saw this too) if in fact collapsed as NIST points out, then it would have toppled over and NOT gone straight down into its own footprint pile. There would have been a progressive collapse, starting on that side, and then you would have seen perhaps 1/2 of the building fall away. There are many building collapse videos which show things like this. Whether the building would have completely fallen or not, I don't know. Steel frame buildings have never fallen like that, and wtc 7 was a traditional/modern steel building.

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Response to Conspiracy Theorist Attacks

"Popular Mechanics author responds to attacks from 9/11 deniers concerning his book that totally refutes all the popular 9/11 conspiracy theories."

Follow the money, and it will lead you to the culprits. The Pentagon happened, the trade centers happened. The conspiracy theories that say otherwise are mostly out for people to use critical thinking, and understand what "could" have happened, and then arrive at a un-biased opinion. For those who say ALL conspiracy theories about 9-11 are bunk because a few of them are proven inaccurate by Popular Mechanics, then you are missing the point.

There are most definitely parts of the stories which are true; there is most definitely facts which are missing from the public record. There are most definitely facts which are being covered up by the government. Most crimes have elements which never reach the public, because law enforcement needs to have the upper hand while investigating the crimes. There is also the element of CYA, in which facts will be buried simply because you don't want to look like an idiot. Then of course are the small numbers of facts which are buried purely out of a need to run your own secret agenda for the future.

It is clear this administration has capitalized heavily on 9-11. I don't think that will change. Documents coming out of PNAC clearly pointed to a catalyzing even like a "new Pearl Harbor" so, go figure. We don't have all the information, but just follow the money, which in fact is power.

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Air Force Chief: Test weapons on public before using them in the field.

"Air Force Chief: Test weapons on public before using them in the field. He says that he would look bad if nonlethal weapons were used in the field actually injured someone. So he proposes to test the weapons on Americans instead."

The article clearly says "If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," That could mean use it in mob situations, or riots, or even peaceful protesting (because that hasn't happened before).

Why do military grade weapons of war need to be used on your own citizens. War weapons should only be used in the most emergency of situations when our nation has external threats. In which case you take your most powerful weapons, and you mobilize your most advanced troops and kick the utter daylights out of your enemy. You don't wage a 100 year war on someone. You go over and surgical remove the problem with the maximum force required.

Unfortunately, this would actually require good intelligence, which means we can't keep cutting our intelligence budget (or at least spend the money wiser). It also means we spend the money on our military, and NOT on these money guzzling contractors like Halliburton. The money pit of war is the worst it has ever been. Maybe somebody should investigate the $3.3 Trillion some dollars missing from the DOD!

Our military and all subsequent military programs should be used exclusively to protect the homeland. There used to be a day when military programs from DARPA were then converted to civilian use and then companies could actually make more money off of DOD research. The Internet TCP/IP comes to mind, and Velcro (by NASA).

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Concentration Camps For American Citizens

"In this special video report, Alex Jones documents the movement from quasi-secret preparation for mass internment of American citizens, to the now public declarations that such facilities are being readied an will be used to imprison political subversives and dissidents after the next staged terror attack. This is true and PUBLIC Douments EXIST."

You know what a "conspiracy nut" is? This is a person which is a couple years or more ahead of the research which is being presented in industry and government publications. Most conspiracies actually turn out to be true, or at least mostly true. I wouldn't discount them simply because they sound different than we are told by the media and government.

I think most people would agree that our government, law enforcement, and mainstream media do not tell us everything. Why is it such a stretch to believe that the people you call nuts have uncovered information which these people are trying to hold back? Most of the time the information is right there in the open, but the news media does not report it. Remember that the news media must only report on things which make them money. Blood and gore, accidents and disasters, and real time news events. If it does not "grab" you, then it will get nixed for something else.

Just keep in mind that by the time the news media is reporting on American citizens in concentration camps, and free speech zones are now behind cyclone fences, people are getting arrested for having opposing viewpoints from the government, then it is TOO LATE. It will be like "V" when the news casters are forced to tell the news because they will lose their jobs, or life for not doing so. Please remember that most German citizens had normal lives even during Hitlers era. As long as they sent their kids to public schools, and "drank the fuhrer coolade" you were left alone.

Try and protest Bush during one of his speeches. Try and get your nose into the governments business legally, and protest, see what happens to you. We live in a free society as long as we go along with things. I won't accept this any longer because our country in being run by a bunch of fascist dictators (and I am not just talking about Bush). I am talking about Halliburton, the Carlyle Group, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, and the Bilderbergers.

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Guess Who Was Providing "Security" For Twin Towers Up To 9/11?

[Quoted from Linked Source] "Marvin P. Bush, the president's younger brother, was a principal in a company called Securacom that provided security for the World Trade Center, United Airlines, and Dulles International Airport. The company, Burns noted, was backed by KuwAm, a Kuwaiti-American investment firm on whose board Marvin Bush also served."

One of the best movies by far is 9-11 Mysteries. It lays out all the facts neatly for you, and you can look them up on Google and do your own research. Watch the whole thing, but the part which is relevant to this news article starts around 1:03:55

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Ahmadinejad: Man of "Peace"

"Reform...justice...peace...virtue...dignity...brotherhood...the Prophet Moses...the Prophet Jesus...the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). A softer, gentler Ahmadinejad. One can only imagine how the Tehran focus groups responded to early drafts."

There are lots of viewpoints, and information out in the world. If I were you all, try and sit back and read a little more about the world in which we live. You will find that the United States has systematically altered the world governments for its own purposes. I am not saying it was all bad, I am just saying it is a fact. Take a look at Google and look up "operation ajax", in which we overthrew the democratically elected leader. Come on, there are several more examples of the US led by the CIA which overthrows governments. It is usually because we want a military presence there, or in the case of Iran, we wanted to get control of the oil fields back.

Its not about nukes, its about oil, it always has been, and it always will be. The other lovely thing which the fall of Iran gave us, was the modern insurgency of the Islamic Radicals. They are not "fascist" as they hold no corporate ties. They are terrorist radicals trained by the intelligence agencies like the ISI in Afghanistan, the CIA and others. Of course now that we have decided to attach their homeland, of course they are going to fight back, wouldn't you?

If we really wanted to catch those responsible for 9-11, all we had to do was open an investigation a week after the attacks, attack the groups in Pakistan and some limited groups in Afghanistan. There may have even been some people in Iraq, but to invade and decimate the entire country, I don't think so. No good can come of this. What we needed was small insurgency teams, comprised of our best warriors. We should have immediately stopped supporting the ISI and Pakistan governments, the Taliban, and created sanctions until they coughed up all the Al-Queda members.

We should have listened to John Oneill's report, instead of sweeping it under the carpet. How about Sibel Edmonds, and the other whistle blowers. Everyone complains that nobody from government ever comes forward out of a conspiracy, then point yourself towards and read it.

Further, how can you discount the numerous publications from fascist organizations like the PNAC? They clearly lay out how America needs to dominate the world. The only problem was that the American people would be slow to change unless there was some catalyzing event like a "New Pearl Harbor". Wow, and then a year later it happened. There are more documents being found which explains our foreign policy and how our last couple administrations were trying hard to invade Iraq and Iran to destabilize the region.

One last point, read "Gulliver's Trevails" which outlines Nationalism and Globalization. This is off the Air Force website people. I guess Arundhati Roy wasn't that far off with her speech "Come September" now was she?

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US Voting Bill: Bring Your Passport To The Polls

"The House passed today the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 which would require anyone wanting to vote in a federal election to present polling place officials with a government-issued photo ID. So under the legislation a lot of people may wind up needing to take their U.S. passports with them to vote on future election days..."

@jakebarnes and everyone else, the Real ID Act of 2005 has been signed into law. Please read...

[On May 11, 2005, President Bush signed into law the “REAL ID Act of 2005,” which was attached to the “Emergency Supplemental Appropriation for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005” (H.R. 1268, P.L. 109-13). Title II of REAL ID—“Improved Security for Driver’s License’ and Personal Identification Cards"]

This means that in 2008 everyone will be required to have the new Federal ID, or what is being called the National ID card. Although this is a state issued ID card, the States have willingly accepted it. Montana as far as I know is the only state refusing to comply.

The numerous problems with this, is anytime a Federal ID is required for instance getting on an airplane, entering a federal building, or a national election you need this card. In 2010 it will be required. This means that for those of us opposed to this Real ID Act will not be able to vote any more. I think there will be some lawsuits going on here.

Personally, I am still looking at all the information and gathering my opinions. At first glance the Real ID Act is a horrible Federal "papers please" Orwellian slave control mechanism. It will make everyone comply with the same rules to "prove" you are a citizen. I have a birth certificate, which I intend to bring to the polls. It proves I am an American. I shouldn't have to need anything other than that.

The Real ID (National ID) card is nothing more than a future control, slave state sponsored reality. They can start requiring businesses and jobs to only accept this id. You want a job, show us your papers. Do you want a bank account, show us your papers. It will become so you cannot do commerce in the country without one. I think I read something in Revelations about this...hmmmm.

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Senator Says to Get an Abortion a Girl Should be a "Virgin" and "Religious"

"A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically..."

My views on the subject are that abortion should not be used as birth control. How we define that, or how it is enforced or accepted is another discussion. I just don't think it right as human beings to be in the casual nature to murder children, even those not born yet. It should be something we use as a last resort, or medical procedure to save the mother, etc.

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MPAA Sics Dogs On Travellers

"The Motion Picture Association of America on Thursday unveiled its latest tool in the war on movie piracy: a pair of DVD-sniffing Labrador Retrievers named Lucky and Flo."

Here is my idea. Do the spool of 25 DVD's, and write all kinds of different movie labels on them. Instead, put films like TerrorStorm, 9-11 Mysteries, and other free-to-copy movies on the DVD. That way they have to watch movies which will open their eyes. Maybe download some sermons from a church somewhere too. Just don't forget and put a copyrighted film on there.

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US Attorney General Forgets Sending Canadian to Syrian Torture Cell

"Asked at a news conference on Tuesday about a Canadian commission's finding that the man, Maher Arar, was wrongly sent to Syria and tortured there, Mr. Gonzales replied, "Well, we were not responsible for his removal to Syria." He added, "I'm not aware that he was tortured.""

Wow, ok, I am not sure I have much to say here. We condemn Syria for torture, but then send people there for torture. What? I guess take a look at the article for yourself, this is strange stuff.

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Woman Arrested For Refusing To Play Along With Eminent Domain

"You do not own "your property". It belongs to the state. And whenever the state decides it wants to, it can take your property from you, and give it to whomever it wishes, for whatever reason, or no reason at all. A friend of mine, Lauren Canario, was just arrested for failing to scede her home to the government."

This is the wrong article to talk about this. This particular digg is a non-story (unless you follow the original owners and why they vacated). You should look into the Clara Halper story in NJ. Google it, and you will be amazed. The NJ courts took away this home and land they had for 80 years. They (the government) are going to use it as a "preserve". Unfortunately, they will re-develop it in a few years into casinos and hotels, etc. The Halper's will get nothing, because once it is owned by the state, private lobby groups can request re-development plans.

"The family and township officials have been in a dispute since the fall of 1999 over the 75-acre farm that the township seized under eminent-domain laws to be used as open-space preservation. The family has owned the farm for more than 80 years."


Despotism in New London
By George F. Will
Sunday, September 19, 2004; Page B07

"That city, like many cities, needs more revenue. To enhance the Pfizer pharmaceutical company's $270 million research facility, it empowered a private entity, the New London Development Corp., to exercise the power of eminent domain to condemn most of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood along the Thames River."

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Musharraf: CIA Paid Pakistan For Al-Qaeda Suspects

"The US Central Intelligence Agency paid Pakistan millions of dollars for handing over more than 350 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists to the United States, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly said. The assertions come in the military ruler's upcoming memoir "In the Line of Fire," serialized in The Times newspaper."

I didn't see it in the article, but how do we know these people were Al Qaeda? I mean they could just have given us criminals, and miscreants, or insane people, claiming they are terrorists. What does this do for us as a nation to prevent terror attacks?

I mean "bring out your terrorists", and the US government will pay for them? There seems to be a flawed logic here. As soon as money gets into the picture, everyone starts to go a little wacky.

I keep hearing this about paying for terrorists. Now I understand that the Taliban is just rounding up farmers and villagers and they are sent to our secret prisons abroad and torchered. hmmm, that sounds like the America my parents grew up in.

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Bush Administration using US Immigration/Visa to Silence Scholars

"The U.S. government has rejected a prominent Muslim scholar's application to enter the country on the grounds that he donated several hundred dollars to French and Swiss groups that provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians, a civil rights group announced Monday."

What exactly are "un-American" views?

1. Do you feel anxious when people criticize or dissent against the United States? Because it is actually the duty of American citizens to make sure its government keeps on track.

2. Do you feel that free speech, and expression should be limited? Perhaps into free-speech zones, or in private? Being American is to fight to the death in protecting someones freedom of speech which you are violently opposed to.

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As a country we need to be vigilant and stop this mamby-pamby attitude. We need to take the hard line and tell our government they need to get their act together, or they are through. By invoking the right of revolution, we can vote all these people out and vote in new people. Use our right, and declare term limits on all incumbents.

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Why Will Bush Nuke Iran? Because the Fanatics Have Control

"The neoconservative Bush administration will attack Iran with tactical nuclear weapons, because it is the only way the neocons believe they can rescue their goal of US (and Israeli) hegemony in the Middle East. The US has lost the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Generals in both war theaters are stating their need for more troops."

The situation out there is so accurately published by Newsweek magazine themselves. They publish a bug article on the lost war in Afghanistan in all three international editions, but for the United States they publish some fluff piece on celebrity babies.

People, these are the state of things here. The American people are getting misled big time by the media outlets. Even Newsweek is not choosing to show real events to the American people. This is sad.

As an American, I am smart enough to understand the problems with war, and even the reason to go to war. I just want to be told enough of the truth to make good decisions. I want to support our troops and I want to support our government. However, when you get lied to all the time, and get fake reporting, and Vietnam-style war cover-up, it gets a little too much.

I agree there are National security reasons for many things, but not as much as we are being told now. The current administration has by far used National Security for a wide-sweeping amount of information which is not needed.

When I can use the Internet to totally circumvent the US Media outlets and US government propaganda, you get a totally different view of the world.

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Able Danger Official DOD report on LTC Shaffer proves program operation

"It seems that many Pentagon and Whitehouse officials still deny the Able Danger program. This report, regardless of the DOD implications, proves the program was authorized by the DOD. Started in Oct. 1999 by General Henry H. Shelton out of USSOCOM. U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon disagrees with several findings of this report. [ has other news]"

I think it is important to note that the DOD has no problem suggesting the Able Danger program exists. However, there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding the findings of the program. Most of the program and "evidence" is still classified, but Shaffer and Weldon seem to disagree. As with most whistle blower cases, more information will come out in due time.

The following two news articles have msm reporting.

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Who is Paul Pillar?

A fantastic piece about Paul Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia on the intelligence council until last year. Could he be one of the leakers?

Actually, laws are proposed by Congress, and then passed by the President. Therefore, there is culpability at several places in the government, not just the executive branch. However, President Bush time and again favors reminding us that we must give up our liberty (rights, freedoms, etc) for security. This basic tenant gives way to Tyranny. It may not happen today, but it could happen any time, even after Bush is not President any more.

As Americans we should not allow a government to spy on us without knowledge of a crime (wiretapping), they should not be able to have military tribunals for American citizens who are not in the military, there should be no secret bases around the world used for torture or other deleterious acts, there should not be secret bases inside the IS which once again American citizens can be taken for internment, or "questioning". Law enforcement should not be allowed to ever search and seize anything inside someones personal home or property without a warrant (whether FISA or not). We have a system of law, which should be used. If they want to issue a warrant, and then proceed to question or detain someone, do it with law proceedings, according to the Constitution and case law.

By the continual eroding of our civil liberties it will be too easy to initiate a complete take over (martial law) by the government. We should never allow that to happen.

As for laws being broken, if you are the executive branch and you "change" the law (i.e. Patriot Act and Patriot Act II) then things become blurry. Quite definitely most parts of these "new" laws are against our Constitution, and even Bill of Rights. Laws are being passed every day by the President, and it doesn't make them all good laws.

Please remember this should not be a left .vs. right or Democrat .vs. Republican, because it is not. I am a conservative Republican, but certainly not a neo-conservative such as many of the leaders in the White House and DOD right now. Take a look at the PNAC and CFR membership roster. Most of these people border on Fascism and similar ideals. I look at the Constitution and what we should do about it.

American Citizens After 9-11 said to the president "…what could we do. What can we do to become engaged and take some responsibility"? President Bush unfortunately said, "Go Shopping, Go Back to the Mall, Go back to your normal lives, we'll take care of it". Spectatorship is an invitation to fear. Citizenship is how we fight the politics of fear. The politics of citizenship, the politics of engagement, taking responsibility is a much better way to deal with terrorism -- than hunkering down and being spectators and allowing the government to rob us of our liberties, to rob us of our multi-culturalism in the name of protecting us.

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Gallup: Bush Blamed More Than Clinton for Failure to Capture Bin Laden

"According to a recent Gallup Panel survey, the American public puts the primary blame on Bush rather than Clinton for the fact that bin Laden has not been captured. A majority of Americans say President Bush is more to blame (53%), compared with 36% blaming Former President Bill Clinton."

@VolatileWhimsy huh? Richard Clarke gave a very detailed report about the problems. There was handoff to Condi Rice, and from other aspects of the DOD. Even the CIA was publishing reports about the threats. Even the PDB in August had warnings. These are all msm and documented. And my calendar must be a little different than yours, as he was inaugurated in Jan/2001. I recall that 9/11 was Sept. 11, 2001. Them thar, is a long 8 weeks.

And if you meant 8 months, then I would have to say that was plenty of time for Condi to read over all the terrorism material given her by the previous administration, of which she currently has no comment on whether she read it before 9/11.

8 months is also plenty of time to plan a full aggressive war plan strategy for Afghanistan and Iraq. Guess what? As soon as 9/11 happened, we invaded Afghanistan. That takes time to plan and they were already mobilizing troops and plans before then.

Information even came out that Florida was put on Martial law 3 days prior to 9/11. There are some strange things, and stupid things that went on. Do I think Clinton was doing everything right, no. But I think it is clear that our President for the last 5 years has definitely not done much right at all. He is the biggest disappointment as a President I have ever seen. I voted for the guy, I hate to admit, but that was before I started researching and expanding my mind.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Lets wake up and take back America!

American Citizens After 9-11 said to the president "…what could we do. What can we do to become engaged and take some responsibility"? President Bush unfortunately said, "Go Shopping, Go Back to the Mall, Go back to your normal lives, we'll take care of it". Spectatorship is an invitation to fear. Citizenship is how we fight the politics of fear. The politics of citizenship, the politics of engagement, taking responsibility is a much better way to deal with terrorism -- than hunkering down and being spectators and allowing the government to rob us of our liberties, to rob us of our multi-culturalism in the name of protecting us.

The above quote was transcribed from the movie called "Take back 911" by Brian Michels

Benjamin Barber
Author, Fear's Empire
from the movie Take Back 911 a mixed compilation - by Brian Michels


People, lets wake up and take back America! I encourage everyone to vote out most ALL incumbents in the Federal government, and most likely your State governments as well. Do you want to see a regime change, I don't, I want to see a complete and total reversal of our government. Most everything we are doing today is wrong, we spend too much money, we don't economize correctly, and there is too much corruption in the government. Good men like Ron Paul exist, but they are rare. Do some research, find out who is corrupt and then vote them out.

Our own Constitution clearly states "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is in the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

This is a country formed by our Constitution. We fly our flag in honor of our country, and the men who fought (and continue to fight) for our freedoms. We cannot continue to allow our government to be overrun by fascist corporate lobby groups, and those who they corrupt inside the government.

Will it be a little painful to see all kinds of new people in government? Sure. But hey, they will learn, and hopefully make the right decisions. The first thing we need to do, is squash all the money being spent in Washington to grease everything up. We can no longer allow our country to be run by money, but by law.

I will attempt to continue this blog later, and come up with some suggestions on who to vote in and out of office. There are some good people in Congress, but not enough. Stop thinking Democrat, or Republican, think right or wrong for the Country.