Thursday, March 31, 2005 - Best Picture Ever - Best Picture Ever

This picture is too cool. Right to Lifers Beware!!!

Mr. Magoo Flying America into Disaster :: Intervention Magazine :: War, Politics, Culture

Mr. Magoo Flying America into Disaster :: Intervention Magazine :: War, Politics, Culture:

"And while Bush continues to trumpet Afghanistan as a success story for American-exported democracy, U.S. troops are still dying there and the country's president is little more than the mayor of Kabul, the nation's capital, since the warlords, Al Qaeda and the Taliban control the rest of the country and have turned Afghanistan into the largest opium exporter in the world. (You'll note that Laura Bush's visit to Afghanistan matched her husband's Thanksgiving visit to the troops in Iraq for its photo-op brevity.) And we still can't find that pesky Osama bin Laden. Remember him? So much for success.

Meanwhile at home, while Bush continues his monomaniacal obsession with dismantling Social Security and his myopic refusal to accept that global warning is real, our gluttonous oil consumption is destroying our economy, and the carbon dioxide and other pollutants, such as mercury, that we continue to spew into the air, earth, and water are literally killing us.

POB!= Piss On Bush!

t r u t h o u t - Iraqi Children Fared Better under Saddam - Report

t r u t h o u t - Iraqi Children Fared Better under Saddam - Report:

"    When Saddam Hussein was overthrown, about 4% of Iraqi children under five were going hungry; now that figure has almost doubled to 8%, his report says."

Hey, If they survive maybe they can vote in a sham election someday!

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

How To Avoid The Draft Or National Service


Being willing (and eager) to fight for one's country when it is truly in danger is one thing. Having the courage to refuse to fight in immoral and/or unconstitutional "wars" is quite another matter, I believe. No need to "dodge" the ball if they're not allowed to hit you with it, if you merely 'take your stand' and refuse to volunteer!

Tim Ryan blasts NeoCon Lies

Ryan (D Ohio) says it all. This administration is built on lies.
It's time for the revolution.

Jefferson's Jesus, Jefferson's God -- The Value System Beneath Enlightened Thought By Dr. Gerry Lower

AxisofLogic/ Featured:

"For 1700 years, the people have watched as Rome-based religious belief has denigrated the ideas and words of the Christ. 'We will not,' in Einstein's words, 'solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking that created them.' Religious capitalism has destroyed virtually everything marvelous and meaningful in America, i.e., everything based in human values, human rights and human decency. We can all do better than that with Jefferson's Jesus and Jefferson's God.


'Little children, love each other' (Gotthold Lessing),

'That is the beginning and the end.' (Peter Gay, The Enlightenment, Simon & Schuster, NY, 1973)"

Monday, March 28, 2005

The Fundamentalist Christian Mind-Set and The Problem It Presents For America By Lee Salisbury

AxisofLogic/ Featured:

"Jesus said these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they will cast out devils and speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them.' Mk 16:17-18 Pentecostals like Pat Robertson pray in tongues, a few claim to cast out devils, fewer still handle snakes. Will believers ever drink cyanide?

If you flip over the rock of American foreign
policy of the past century, this is what crawls out ...

invasions ... bombings ... overthrowing
governments ... suppressing movements
for social change ... assassinating
political leaders ... perverting
elections ... manipulating labor unions ...
manufacturing "news" ... death squads ...
torture ... biological warfare ...
depleted uranium ... drug trafficking ...
mercenaries ...

It's not a pretty picture.
It is enough to give imperialism a bad name.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Charles Darwin has a posse -- free bookmarks and stickers

Charles Darwin has a posse -- free bookmarks and stickers

Come on deputies, it's time to saddle up and fight the coming dark ages!!! Make stickers! Distribute bookmarks! RESIST!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

(DV) Bageant: Sunday in a Red State

(DV) Bageant: Sunday in a Red State:

"“If Jesus reappeared on earth tomorrow it would probably be at Daytona or a Cracker Barrel Restaurant.”

-- Punk Wilson, local wiseass

Indeed, Cracker Barrel has to be the most appropriately named restaurant chain in America. The last time I entered one with an out-of-town black friend, nearly all heads turned in unison toward us. My friend took one look at the wall-to-wall porky white faces and said, “Get me back to the fucking car. I can grab a happy meal on the way out of Deliverance.”"

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

America No. 1?

America No. 1? :

"No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the USA is 'No. 1,' 'the greatest.' Our broadcast media are, in essence, continuous advertisements for the brand name 'America Is No. 1.' Any office seeker saying otherwise would be committing political suicide. In fact, anyone saying otherwise will be labeled 'un-American.' We're an 'empire,' ain't we? Sure we are. An empire without a manufacturing base. An empire that must borrow $2 billion a day from its competitors in order to function. Yet the delusion is ineradicable. We're No. 1. Well...this is the country you really live in:"

(DV) Bageant: A Guide to the White Trash Planet for Urban Liberals

(DV) Bageant: A Guide to the White Trash Planet for Urban Liberals:

"More crap about values

Before I am asked the more specific question, “What the fuck do you think middle class liberals should do then?” I’m gonna answer it. ORGANIZE! Quit voting for that pack of undead hacks called the Democratic Party and ORGANIZE! Howard Dean is just another millionaire Yale frat boy. ORGANIZE! Quit kidding yourself that the Empire will protect professionals and semi-professionals such as you and ORGANIZE!  Spend time on a Pentecostal church pew or in a blue-collar beer joint and ORGANIZE! Join the Elks Club and ORGANIZE! Realize that there is no party whatsoever in the United States that represents anything but corporate interests and ORGANIZE! Start in your own honky wimp-assed white bread neighborhood and ORGANIZE! Knock on doors and ORGANIZE! Move heaven and earth and hearts and minds and ORGANIZE! And if enough people do it, it will scare the living piss out of the political elite and the corporations and they will come to club you down like they did in Miami and Seattle. But at least you will have been among the noble ones when the history is written.

There now. I’ve got it out of my system."

Hiding Our War Dead :: Intervention Magazine :: War, Politics, Culture

Hiding Our War Dead :: Intervention Magazine :: War, Politics, Culture:

"In July of 1965, at the height of the Vietnam War, President Lyndon Johnson spoke with a previously elusive candor. “I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle. I have seen them filled with hope and life. I think that I know, too, how their mothers weep and how their families sorrow.”

But president Bush doesn’t know and neither do we. His war machine brings our fallen soldiers home from Iraq, dead as dead can be, and drops them down the well of forgetting. forgetting.

Do you hear the thud? Can you bear it?

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

If Jesus Returns, Karl Rove Will Kill Him

If Jesus Returns, Karl Rove Will Kill Him :

"But would Jesus stand for the slaughter of 100,000 Iraqis in his name merely because of oil and dubious Biblical prophecy? How would Christ view a president in love with the gas chamber and electric chair? What would Jesus, who hated hypocrisy above all, say about a Bush who scampers back to prolong the life of a brain-dead woman who wanted to die, but who gleefully executes 150 people as governor and as many more as president as he can get his hands on? How would Jesus cope with a self-proclaimed Divinity demanding the death penalty for children?"

The Loyal Opposition

The Loyal Opposition

Bush had behind him in the 2004 elections the most organized, powerful, and disciplined political group in the US: the Christian Zionists. Operating quietly and with high efficiency, right wing fundamentalists in the US have a solid infrastructure and a huge, dedicated membership. Bush and the Republicans are only a front for them. There are three reasons behind their strength - they are politically ambitious, they have no opposition to work against them or to warn others of their control of the political will in Washington DC, and they are out of their minds, believing that they have been personally chosen to implement Biblical prophecy and be saved. 

Targeting this bloc should be the role of any grassroots movement that is serious about changing the policies of global destruction now reigning in Washington. A force is needed with a clear political agenda to represent growing sectors of US society who oppose the ongoing imperialist and Zionist rampage. This force should have been the antiwar movement, but it is not so. People who claim to be working for peace and justice in the US don't even use the words "imperialist" and "Zionist" - a symptom not only of their inability to do anything about the causes of the war, but of their own very unseemly involvement in those causes. 

Thursday, March 17, 2005

(DV) Zeese: Two-Year Anniversary of Iraq War Kicks Off in Washington, DC

(DV) Zeese: Two-Year Anniversary of Iraq War Kicks Off in Washington, DC:

"* Once you sign up for military service and arrive at basic training, you are subject to call-up duty for eight years.

* Two-thirds of vets never receive any funding for college. Only 15% of recruits graduate from a four-year college.

* The Veterans Administration estimates that one-third of veterans are homeless and vets earn 11% to 19% less than non-veterans of similar backgrounds."

As Naughty Nancy used to say "...JUST SAY NO!!!"

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Flypaper Theory: May we call them fascists NOW?

The Flypaper Theory: May we call them fascists NOW?: "May we call them fascists NOW?

I just spoke with a barrista at Empire Coffee (the old Map Room at the corner of Madison & Main). On Thursday Empire was contacted by someone who claimed to be a 'federal agent' and told that they were not allowed to display any signs critical of President Bush or his plans to dismantle Social Security. Empire posted a sign saying--and this is a paraphrase--- 'We have been informed that we aren't allowed to display signs critical of Bush. We would like to remind the authorities that the First Amendment also applies in Memphis.'"

This would never happen in nashville!

Big Bro' wants to shut us down!

Tman in Tennessee: "This means if I want to write on my blog that I think George Bush is absolutely screwing us over a barrel with this new Bankruptcy bill he's about to sign, I can say 'George Bush is absolutely screwing us over a barrel with this new Bankruptcy bill he's about to sign', and no one can arrest me according to our constitution. Or, say I want to say Robert Byrd is a hypocritical lying dirtbag for comparing Republicans to Nazis, I can do that to.

If I wanted to write those things on a billboard and hang it up over my private place of business, I can do that too. Free speech is free speech. Period. We either have all of it, or we get none. No halfway measure. You'd think Washington gets this. You'd be wrong."

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Do You Believe In Conspiracies?

Do You Believe In Conspiracies?: "The Helpless Voter Conspiracy is stupid because voters are not helpless. Rather, they are irresponsible, incompetent, and easily manipulated.

The voters can select anybody they want as president. Voters can refuse to vote if they don't like any of the candidates. Voters are even allowed to write a person's name on the ballot. This allows them to elect people who are not on the ballot, such as you or me. And they can throw government leaders out of office whenever they want, even if it is not an election year."

Friday, March 11, 2005

Another reason to kill your television

ARTICLE: Study: Post-9/11 news drove liberals toward a harder line: "Study: Post-9/11 news drove liberals toward a harder line
(Posted: 3/8/2005)

Dennis Chaptman

Liberals who gleaned most of their news from television in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks increased their support for expanded police powers, bringing them closer in line with the opinions of conservatives, a study by a UW-Madison researcher shows.

In contrast, heavy newspaper reading by liberals was related to lower levels of support for expanded police powers and for limits on privacy and freedom of information, basically reinforcing the differences between liberals and conservatives, says Dietram Scheufele, a journalism professor who conducted the study."

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Jihad for Jesus: Faith-Based Imperialism

Jihad for Jesus: Faith-Based Imperialism: "If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52) America does not have a terrorism problem because it is free and pure and good. Contrary to neocon spin, we did not go to bed on September 10, 2001 innocently minding our own business.

When you have troops in 130 countries around the world, you will inevitably have a few people hacked off at you. Because those who are hacked off at us lack the wherewithal to conquer us, they settle for making our lives miserable. Terror is a tactic dating back to the French Revolution. To think you can end terror by means of military adventurism is equivalent to thinking you can teach whales to tap dance.

Indeed, Pat Buchanan has pointed out that terror ends when foreign occupiers go home.

“The dynamiting of the King David Hotel convinced the British to accelerate their departure from Palestine. Zionist terror ended. Mau Mau terror ended when the Brits left Kenya. When De Gaulle cut Algeria loose, FLN terror ended. When Reagan withdrew his Marines from Beirut, anti-American terror ended in Lebanon.

“Lesson? The price of empire is terror. The price of occupation is terror. The price of interventionism is terror.”"

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Homosexuals Control Bush White House - Russian Paper. From The Too Good To be True Department

Homosexuals Control Bush White House - Russian Paper : "The now-notorious Gannon, a well-known American homosexual pornographer and also a close worker with the Republicans in the White House, is revealing everything about the powerful ring of homosexuals that now are controlling the President Bush.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Italian jounalist's account of the shooting.

AxisofLogic/ Iraq: "The driver started shouting we were Italians, 'We are Italians! We are Italians . . .' Nicola Calipari dove on top of me to protect me and immediately, and I mean immediately, I felt his last breath as he died on me. I must have felt physical pain, I didn't know why. But I had a sudden thought: I recalled my abductors' words. They said they were deeply committed to releasing me, but that I had to be careful because 'the Americans don't want you to return.' Back then, as soon as they had said that, I had judged their words to be meaningless and ideological. In that moment such words risked to take the taste of the most bitter truth away. I can't tell the rest yet."

Saturday, March 05, 2005

The Syrian Hoax, by Harry Browne

The Syrian Hoax, by Harry Browne

So What’s Doing in Syria & the Rest of the Middle East?

What, then, do we really know about the march to freedom and the Syrian threat?

1. There are 13,000 Syrian troops in Lebanon. There are 150,000 American troops in Iraq. Which is more of an invading, occupying army?

2. The Syrian troops in Lebanon are all in the countryside — ready to help restore order if needed, but generally out of sight of the Lebanese people. The American troops in Iraq are all over the place — killing insurgents and civilians alike while devastating cities like Fallujah.

3. There are no reports of Lebanese insurgents fighting the Syrian troops, while there are daily clashes between Iraqi insurgents and American troops.

4. As Pat Buchanan has pointed out, it would make no sense for the Syrians to have assassinated the Lebanese ex-Prime Minister — since they had to know that they would automatically become the #1 suspect and bring the wrath of Bush down upon their heads.

5. Syrian troops first invaded Lebanon at the time of the Gulf War. And while Syria was overrunning Lebanon, President George H.W. Bush was proudly listing Syria as a member of the coalition of nations fighting Saddam Hussein.

6. The Bush administration, as usual, won’t negotiate anything with anyone. The Bushies prefer to make accusations in the media, assert that they have evidence that no one ever gets to see, and incite Americans to hate another nation of human beings.

7. The claims that recent democratic developments in Arab countries prove that the Bush doctrine has succeeded are as premature as the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the USS Lincoln. I’m not aware of a single country in the Middle East in which the citizens have one iota more liberty than they did three years ago. All we’ve seen are tiny baby steps toward democracy — meaning that some people might get the opportunity to vote on who will officiate in their police states, just as the citizens of Iraq got to vote under the Hussein regime.

8. The TV pictures of a Lebanese crowd celebrating the fall of the pro-Syrian Lebanese government no more demonstrate the attitudes of all Lebanese than do the TV pictures of U.S. pro-abortion rallies demonstrate that all Americans (or even a majority) are in favor of abortions.

9. Despite the State Department’s human rights report of torture and other ghastly conditions inside Syria, the U.S. government has sent some of its "War on Terror" prisoners to Syria for interrogation — and, presumably, torture. And not one American politician is embarrassed by the contradiction.

Once again, the Bush administration has cried "Havoc!" and is gearing up to unleash the Dogs of War.

And if we’re smart, we won’t believe a word of it.

Democracy on the March!!!
Thank God for bushitler! Sieg Heil!!!

Giuliana Told US Wouldn't Let Her Return Home Alive

Giuliana Told US Wouldn't Let Her Return Home Alive: "'The US soldiers prevented first aid for several minutes and prevented anyone from coming near the car', said Pier Scolari as he entered Celio (military) hospital. 'Giuliana had had information that the USA wouldn't let her return home alive.

Hmmm, leftist journalist kidnapped by leftist islamists, freed, and on her way home, conveniently shot to death at a u.s. military checkpoint.

Bicycle bombs baby, bicycle bombs.

Top 10 Reasons Why Paul Wolfowitz Would Make a Good World Bank President

Top 10 Reasons Why Paul Wolfowitz Would Make a Good World Bank President

1. He would follow in the great tradition of World Bank president Robert McNamara, who also helped kill tens of thousands of people in a poor country most Americans couldn’t find on a map before getting the job.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

(DV) Reichel: Hunter S. Thompson and Constitutions

(DV) Reichel: Hunter S. Thompson and Constitutions: "All that has ever changed the world for the better are those who have fought for radical decentralization of power. Grand projects like continental constitutions are designed to serve the powerful few, who will quickly find their buddy within Brussels for carrying out their corporate interests. A neo-liberal Europe is not a united Europe: just a Europe tyrannized by a handful of giant corporations.

Hunter S. Thompson would describe this as business as usual in politics. He once wrote:

“Some people call politics fun, and maybe it is when you're winning. But even then it's a mean kind of fun, and more like the rising edge of a speed trip than anything peaceful or pleasant. Real happiness, in politics, is a wide-open hammer shot on some poor bastard who knows he's been trapped, but can't flee.”" - We are all "Good Germans" new - We are all "Good Germans" new much American psychic energy was required to 'forget' Reagan's 'freedom fighters' of Nicaragua ('the equivalent of our Founding Fathers', he was already demented enough to pronounce)? They used tactics learned at the famous US Army 'School of Americas' at Ft. Benning, Georgia, also known as 'School of the Assassins', whose distinguished graduates include Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos, formerly of Panama, and Roberto Violo of Argentina. The freedom fighters raped nuns and peasant women and used all sorts of lethal terror methods in the countryside to dislodge the elected government. Preferred targets were teachers and medical staff, but they bagged an Archbishop as well. A favorite horror method involved the stuffing of a grenade into the bleeding, broken-toothed mouth of an innocent man woman, and yes, even child (of course child, when you think about it) and then detonation in front of what might be left of the as-good-as-dead family. Well it seemed to work in the long run. Ronnie must have been proud. And looking at The Gipper's shiny coffin and poor Nancy's touching grief, how hard was it to forget Reagan's prior treasonous secret interference in foreign policy affairs in order to have the American hostages in Iran freed later rather than sooner, with arms as a reward, more cash to the freedom fighters for grenades, and coke to California as a byproduct? He forgot all about it, right away. Ollie too. I wonder if any one of those dignitaries was trying to forget Ronnie's pal 'Blowtorch Bob' (D'Aubisson) of El Salvador, and how he came to acquire his colorful sobriquet? Or even remember? 

All you right wing IDIOTS!!! that think raygun's picture should be put on money should be ashamed of yourselves. The only place his picture belongs is on a wanted poster or toilet paper!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Heads roll at Veterans Administration

Heads roll at Veterans Administration: "Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged Monday that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War.

Writing in Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter No. 169, Arthur N. Bernklau, executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, stated, “The real reason for Mr. Principi’s departure was really never given, however a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military.”"

How long are you going to be manipulated by this criminal regime?

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

How Dare Some Say, 'Support our Troops'?

How Dare Some Say, 'Support our Troops'? : "The pointless death and maiming of this war is pure insanity and probably even criminal. In this war, many times those who died in the World Trade Center have been wounded or killed. Over 1,400 American soldiers are dead, over 10,000 soldiers are physically wounded while uncounted others are psychologically wounded, and, by some estimates, over 100,000 Iraqis have been killed and maimed.

How can the killing be justified? Are we going to destroy a nation and kill its people to save it? We tried that once before.

Support our troops?

Yahoo! News - Final Soc. Sec. Action May Not Happen Yet

Yahoo! News - Final Soc. Sec. Action May Not Happen Yet
: "After a week sampling public sentiment, Republican congressional leaders stressed support Tuesday for President Bush's plans to remake Social Security but conceded final action may not be possible this year."
They added "...we may have to lie for months, like the stinking dogs of imperialism we are, before the majority of idiots, oops, I mean our constituents roll over on their stomachs and present to us like the Bi#ches they are."

The Carpetbagger Report » Blessed are the warmongers

The Carpetbagger Report » Blessed are the warmongers: "Blessed are the warmongers

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Not content with one venture into Mess O' Potamia, at least one Republican lawmaker seems anxious to start another – this time, with nukes.

Now we know where Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) thinks the weapons of mass destruction are buried: in Syria, which he said he'd like to nuke to smithereens.

Speaking at a veterans' celebration at Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 19, Johnson told the crowd that he explained his theory to President Bush and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) on the porch of the White House one night.

Johnson said he told the president that night, 'Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on 'em and I'll make one pass. We won't have to worry about Syria anymore.'

The crowd roared with applause.

This is so twisted, it's hard to know where to start. Which of these is the most outrageous part of this story?

* That a sitting member of Congress is bragging about his desire to drop nuclear weapons?

* That Johnson has shared this idea with the president?

* That Johnson's favored approach to non-proliferation is an unprovoked nuclear attack?

* That this speech was delivered in a church?

* That Johnson's audience 'roared with applause'?

Carpetbagger reports, you decide.