Vernal Equinox, 2003

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:00:00 GMT
From The Federalist:
"Did you see this new bomb the government came out with the other day? This superbomb -- it weighs 21,000 pounds.... The Air Force tested this thing yesterday in Florida, and the bomb blast was so strong at Disney World 25 French tourists surrendered." -- Jay Leno

Natalie Maines - Guestbook - a page for feedback to the Dixie Chick who dissed Bushnev. I posted the following message: [Chuck Muth's News & Views]

I got the address of this feedback page from Chuck Muth's News & Views. Mr. Muth has asked people to rant about your declaration that you are embarrassed that George W. Bush is from Texas. Well, I read Mr. Muth's newsletter, but, unlike him, I think that this war is an unjustified aggression by the United States. I applaud you for declaring publicly that you are embarrassed by Mr. Bush. I too am embarrassed to have this war-mongering liberty-stealing imbecile claim to represent me.

Bill St. Clair
The feedback page has since been closed. Too many flamers, I guess.

Roderick Long at Strike the Root A Double Standard? - an answer to a response to Mr. Long's Open Letter to Osama bin Laden. [rrnd]

Mr. Rabeman accuses me of dividing rights-violators into two classes: "charismatic leaders," to be persuaded, and "ordinary thugs," to be forcibly compelled. But I do not. I regard both groups as proper objects of persuasion when possible and compulsion when necessary. It is rather Mr. Rabeman who divides rights-violators into these two classes.

That Mr. Rabeman commits the very error of which he mistakenly accuses me is clear from his criticism of my equating Bush with bin Laden, which he says is like equating Nixon with Pol Pot. What exactly is the problem? Nixon and Pol Pot were both mass murderers. (Which of the two killed more innocent Cambodians is a still-debated question.) Bin Laden is another mass murderer. Bush is about to engage in his own campaign of mass murder. Of course I equate them. To be sure, Bush has grievances; so does bin Laden. Bin Laden's grievances do not justify his assaults upon the innocent; neither do Bush's. If there are interesting moral differences between Nixon and Pol Pot, or between Bush and bin Laden, I look forward to learning from Mr. Rabeman what they are. Until he does, I can only assume that, in his eyes, some mass murderers are more equal than others.

War Stories is a new Warblogging service: a collection of links to stories about the war on Iraq. [warblogging]

Claire Wolfe at Backwoods Home Magazine - An education in freedom - of three good ways to fight the state, homeschooling is much less likely hazardous to your health and liberty than not paying taxes or jettisoning your beast ID (aka social security number). Includes a pocket history of American government education. Claire ends with a request for personal accounts of living without a beast ID.

From the very beginning, U.S. government education has not been intended to educate. That is, it has not aimed to produce creative, thinking individuals. It's aim is, and always has been, to homogenize the children of the unruly masses so that they'll all believe alike, serve society as good workers, bureaucrats, and soldiers, and not make waves...


For a future BHM article, I'm looking for people who live successfully without using a social security number. I'm not just seeking stories of how you managed to get your electricity of phone hooked up without giving an SSN, even though you use your SSN for nearly everything else. And I'm not seeking notions about techniques for SSN-avoidance you think might work but have never tried. I'd like to talk with people who earn a living, drive, buy and sell property, open bank accounts, travel abroad, and otherwise perform the functions of civilized living while striding un-numbered through a world of digitization and databases.

Thomas L. Knapp at Rational Review - warflyer1.pdf - a flyer that Mr. Knapp intends to distribute at peace rallies. Reproduced in HTML here. There's a back side for the flyer at warflyer2.pdf. [smith2004]

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Just a few fun blogs regarding the "Great Game"

Submitted by mpg - Reficultnias on Sat, 10 Nov 2007 01:55:34 GMT


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Editor's note : From now on each daily blog will have several items culled from the past called "9/11 - From The History File" : It's for those who didn't know, and also for those who forgot....or are trying to forget.

Editor's note - War Update, War Alert, War Warning, Red War Warning and War Imminent - refer to articles regarding the upcoming war with Iran. In the order they appear as shown above, they represent less serious to more serious possible threats of war. - mpg
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Sunday November 4th 2007 - links page

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Saturday November 3rd 2007 - links page

Dodd Speaks About FISA Hold on Floor of U.S. Senate ---
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A quote...."Mr. President, for 6 years the President has demonstrated time and again that he doesn't respect the role of Congress, nor does he respect the rule of law. It is the latter point that I want to address this morning because it is the rule of law which draws us all together, regardless of politics, ideology, or party. It is the rule of law, not of men, which we swear to uphold when we take the oath of office in this Chamber, as Members do in the other Chamber, and certainly as the President does on January 20 every 4 years - For 6 years this President has used scare tactics to prevent the Congress from reining in his abuse of authority. A case in point is the current direction this body appears to be headed in as we prepare to reform and extend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act."

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell! ---
Must Read - A quote...."Not since the glory days of Watergate and Nixon’s Luciferian fall has there been so much written about the dogged deceits and creative criminalities of our rulers. We have also come to a point in this dark age where there is not only no hero in view but no alternative road unblocked. We are trapped terribly in a now that few foresaw and even fewer can define despite a swarm of books and pamphlets like the vast cloud of locusts which dined on China in that ‘30s movie ”The Good Earth.”

Donald Trump praises Putin and defames [Accurately Portrays] George W. Bush ---
Must Read - A quote...."When Larry King asked his famous guest about his hatred for George W. Bush, the billionaire did not hesitate to give a straightforward answer: “Well, I just hate what's happened to this country. We've gone to a country that's no longer respected. We're in a war that we should have never - and by the way, I'm worse than any hawk there is in terms of military and in terms of defending ourselves. But Saddam Hussein didn't knock down World Trade Center. He had nothing to do with it. And there were no weapons of mass destruction. There was nothing. Saddam Hussein, you know what he did with the terrorists? He killed them. He would kill terrorists. And now Iraq is a breeding ground. That's where all the terrorists are going. They're going to Iraq because that's the safest place for them to be. And we're in this country and we should have never been there.”

Who would have thunk it? Donald Trump saying these things? - mpg
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The Clintons and the Bushes ---
Must Read - Missed this one - mpg - Some quotes...."The Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages case was still alive, with special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh furious over new evidence that President George H.W. Bush may have obstructed justice by withholding his own notes from investigators and then ducking an interview that Walsh had put off until after the 1992 elections. - Bush also had sabotaged the investigation by pardoning six Iran-Contra defendants on Christmas Eve 1992, possibly the first presidential pardon ever issued to protect the same President from criminal liability. In granting the pardons, Bush had denigrated the Iran-Contra charges as the “criminalization of policy differences."

But the Clinton administration and congressional Democrats dropped all four investigations beginning in early 1993, either through benign neglect – by failing to hold hearings and keeping the issues alive in the news media – or by actively closing the door on investigative leads. - Clinton’s disinterest in these scandals had mystified some activists in the Democratic base and some investigators who, like Stuart Sender, had watched as the rug was pulled from under these historic inquiries. - After the investigations died, some Democrats in Congress, who had participated in the aborted probes, came under nasty Republican attacks as did journalists who had pursued the stories."
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Musharraf: Pakistan at ‘dangerous’ juncture ---
A quote...."President suspends constitution, replaces chief justice, blocks TV -- ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Gen. Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency in Pakistan on Saturday, suspending the constitution, replacing the chief justice before a crucial Supreme Court ruling on his future as president, and cutting communications in the capital."

Rice promises US intervention against PKK ---
A quote...."Condoleezza Rice today promised that the United States would intensify action against Kurdish rebels whom she labelled a common enemy of Turkey and the US."

So...the US elites and Calamity Condi do it again, they've now betrayed all three ethnic groups, the Shite, Sunnis and Kurds in Iraq at least twice. First the US called for the Kurds to rise against Saddam, only to stand by later on when he crushed them, than the US goes ahead and supports the PKK for five years and later turns against them. This is what happens when you do "business" with the US elites and it will happen every single time you do's the one and only guarantee they'll ever honor - betrayal. - mpg

See also....Bush Offers to Bomb....Everyone ---
For more on this issue see....US Support of Terror - MEK - PKK - Others
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Rice holds rare meeting with Syria FM for talks on Lebanon ---
Related article - A quote..."U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a rare meeting with Syria's foreign minister on Saturday as the West stepped up pressure on Damascus not to interfere in Lebanon's presidential election process."

There she goes again! Wherever Calamity Condi goes, the stench of rotting bodies and crying children are sure to follow in her wake.
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Senators warn Bush has no authority on Iran ---
A quote...." Thirty US senators wrote to President George W. Bush Thursday, warning he had no authority to launch military action against Iran, and expressing concern about the administration's "provocative" rhetoric. - The senators, 29 Democrats and one independent, urged the resolution of disputes with the Islamic Republic through diplomacy."

Iran-Iraq border trade heavy but no weapons found
A quote...."BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Business is booming on the Iran-Iraq border. Despite a war in one country and Western sanctions against the other's nuclear program, trucks full of everything from fresh produce to furniture and clothes to consumer electronics trundle to the 1,400 km (900 mile) frontier every day."

Go Ahead – Start WWIII ---
A quote...." A couple of weeks ago, Russian President Putin made a historic visit to Iran, nominally to attend a summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states – Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran. - The summit, itself, resulted in a number of "milestone" agreements, including one prohibiting other countries (such as the United States) from using – "in any circumstances" – territory or facilities of any Caspian Sea littoral state (such as Azerbaijan) for "use of force or aggression" against another (such as Iran). - And if that message wasn’t clear enough, Putin also met privately with Iranian President Ahmadinejad, declaring afterwards in a joint press conference that "Iran is an important regional and global power."

Iran calls on Baghdad to draw up plan on US withdrawal
A quote..." ISTANBUL: Baghdad and the United Nations should draw up a plan for the withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from Iraq, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here on Saturday. - "The withdrawal of the foreign forces from Iraq must take place based on a plan that is introduced by the government of Iraq," Mottaki told reporters on the sidelines of a multinational conference here on Iraqi security. - "Based on that plan, the United Nations should make a decision to end the mission of the foreign forces on an agreed date," he said."

Protest turns nasty at party meeting ---
A quote...."More than 35 police called in to tackle a crowd of angry protesters outside the Labour Party's annual conference in Auckland. - The violence erupted when Labour Party member Len Richards went into the crowd and allegedly hit a protestor following a struggle with the megaphone he was using."

Condoleezza Rice Forced to Testify in AIPAC’s Lobbyists’ Spy Trial ---
A quote...."The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and 14 other Bush administration officials will be compelled to testify in the espionage trial of pro-Israel lobbyists, a judge in Washington ruled yesterday. "

Calling the Question -- In the House -- on Impeaching Cheney ---
A quote...."Broadcast media's gate-keeping "stars" have done just about everything in their power to keep the matter of presidential accountability off the radar of the American people. That was evident during the most recent Democratic presidential debate, when NBC anchors Brian Williams and Tim Russert meticulously avoided following up on Congressman Dennis Kucinich's three references to impeachment but somehow found time to grill the contenders on UFOs and what costume Barack Obama would be wearing on Halloween. - Pollsters are almost as bad. Rarely are questions about impeachment included in statewide or national surveys."

Leading article: Snowflakes and scare-mongering ---
A quote...."Fear-mongering, arrogance and bureaucratic bullying. By such tools, Donald Rumsfeld became one of the most powerful, most unpopular and ultimately most unsuccessful Pentagon chiefs in history. Any doubts about that judgement have been removed by the publication this week in The Washington Post of a selection of his "snow-flakes" – the short memos the former defence secretary was wont to fire off daily in scores to his staff. They pestered, they irritated, and on occasion they terrorised their recipients. Together, they give a depressing snapshot of the modus operandi of their boss, as he presided over the debacle in Iraq."

Blackwater's Owner Has Spies for Hire ---
Thugs AND Spooks for Hire - mpg - A quote...."First it became a brand name in security for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it's taking on intelligence. - The Prince Group, the holding company that owns Blackwater Worldwide, has been building an operation that will sniff out intelligence about natural disasters, business-friendly governments, overseas regulations and global political developments for clients in industry and government. The operation, Total Intelligence Solutions, has assembled a roster of former spooks -- high-ranking figures from agencies such as the CIA and defense intelligence -- that mirrors the slate of former military officials who run Blackwater"
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Exxon Mobil: $9.4B profit in 3 months ---
War Warning - A quote...."Oil giant's big quarterly earnings nonetheless fall 10% from last year and miss Wall Street's estimates, as crude costs rise faster than gasoline prices." - italics by website author

These are predictable and predicted outcomes which have already occurred

Under this theory 1) when the economy begins to sag, 2) when oil profits begin to fall, 3) the DemoRepubs would do nothing (despite what the "liberal" pundocracy said) to impede another war, this one with Iran, 4) which would be preceded by the same false propaganda that was used against Iraq, 5) fully parroted by the mass-media in this country. - From....
Predictable Outcomes - mpg - 02-04-07
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PJB: Sinking Currency, Sinking Country ---
A quote...."The dollar has plummeted in value, more so in Bush’s term than during any comparable period of U.S. history. Indeed, Bush is presiding over a worldwide abandonment of the American dollar. -- Is it all Bush’s fault? Nope. -- The dollar is plunging because America has been living beyond her means, borrowing $2 billion a day from foreign nations to maintain her standard of living and to sustain the American Imperium."

The Gap: New Frontiers in Child Abuse ---
A quote...."It was enough to make you vomit all over your new denim jacket. The Gap has been caught using child labor in an Indian sweatshop, and not just child labor--child slaves. As extensively reported on the news, the children, some as young as ten, were worked sixteen-hour days, fed bowls of mosquito-covered rice, and forced to sleep on a roof and use over-flowing latrines. Those who slowed down were beaten with rubber pipes and the ones who cried had oily cloths stuffed in their mouths."

Out to pasture ---
Some quotes...."Under Karen Hughes, President Bush's retiring public diplomacy tsar, efforts to improve America's image never had a chance." -- "Hughes's third failure - and that of the administration she serves - is perhaps her worst. It is that American public diplomacy - at its best, an effort by the US to show respect to the opinions of mankind and engage in a global dialogue - has become perceived worldwide as the basest form of propaganda."

Robert Fisk on the Film "Rendition" ---
A quote...."At university, we male students used to say that it was impossible to take a beautiful young woman to the cinema and concentrate on the film. But in Canada, I've at last proved this to be untrue. Familiar with the Middle East and its abuses – and with the vicious policies of George Bush – we both sat absorbed by Rendition, Gavin Hood's powerful, appalling testimony of the torture of a "terrorist suspect" in an unidentified Arab capital after he was shipped there by CIA thugs in Washington."

Uninformed Nonsense: Juan Cole, Rashid Rauf, Liquid Bombs and Whole Cloth
A (mild) critique of Jaun Cole and an analysis of the London Bomb Plot - mpg - A quote...."Today's reading is from "Combating Muslim Extremism" by Professor Juan Cole, of the highly respected blog "Informed Comment", as published in the November 19, 2007, edition of The Nation. The piece reached me via George Mason University's History News Network."

UN First Committee Passes DU Resolution ---
A quote...."In a rare piece of good news on the depleted uranium front, the UN is moving toward making a strong statement calling for a reconsideration of depleted uranium munitions, which are widely used by the world’s most powerful armies, criticized as radioactive ‘dirty bombs’ by activists and scientists alike, and generally ignored as an issue by the media.'

Don't worry, the US will nix this resolution before it goes anywhere. DU is real cheap and after all, what other weapon can you use on the "rag heads" just once, yet its residue just keeps on giving....killing those "towel heads" year, after year, after year. Heck we don't need to grow anything or manufacture anything in that country anyway, the only commodity our elites need is the oil. And that's underground, it won't become contaminated, it will still be perfectly good to use.

Just call DU the Slow Acting Neutron destroys people, not the oil. - mpg
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