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October 2005

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10-01-05  Interesting Prospective.  We were told during the 2004 election, when there were record numbers of people showing up to vote, people standing in lines for 8 to 10 hours in the rain in some places in the country and in the searing sun in others. We were told that, or should say that, they meaning the Karl Rove talking heads, that all those people turned out to support the norm, the status quo. If that's the case then why is it that last weekend when 200,000 to 300,000 people showed up to protest the war... then tell me if that logic that says that people only show up to keep the status quo... why is it that only 300 to 400 people showed up at the rally to support the war? It seems to me that nothing radical has changed in society, people turn out in large numbers when they want change.

10-01-05  Just a thought.  This week an interesting static came out about indecency complaints to the government. In the last quarter the number of complaints went from an average of over 150,000 to just about 6,000, now just what is different. The television industry is still playing the same shows in fact they are in reruns. The Cable and satellite companies still are pushing the same commercials and violent and sexy programming. Could it be that the people complaining have deiced that they like all that stuff now, or have they just gotten tired of complaining? I have a different train of thought. Maybe the groups complaining just don't have the time to complain anymore. What do I mean? well think about... If the complaints are by right wing,  they have been kept very busy trying to defend Bush and than Republican party with the Karl Rove mess, Katrina's mass, Brownie's mess, Then lobbying for Roberts, attacking Cindy Sheehan, and not to mention both house leaders under investigation, oh and high gas prices...I think you get the idea. So maybe most of the complaints most of the time are just from small bunch or right wing cranks, who just can't multi task. Perhaps there really are not that many and they just don't have the time to keep complaining in someone else's name to make it look like there are more of them then there really are.

Just a thought.


10-04-05   A second Texas Grand Jury Had Now Indicted Tom Delay, this time the charge is money laundering. This was a different Grand Jury handing down the charges, if convicted, the charge carriers a term of up to life in jail. Another interesting note is that the justice department has asked British Police if they can question the Prime Minster of England Margot Thatcher, about her meeting with Tom Delay when he was there on his Jack Abamoff paid Golfing trip.  Indictment Copy Pg1, Pg2, Pg3, Pg4, Pg5, Pg6, Pg7, Pg8.

References:[1] The House Ethics Committee found that DeLay offered to help former Congressman Nick Smith's son Brad, who was running for Congress at the time, in exchange for Smith's vote on the Medicare prescription drug bill. The House Ethics Committee gave DeLay a public admonishment. Smith originally claimed that DeLay mentioned $100,000 in contributions but later stated that no specific figure was mentioned. (Roll Call, 11/22/04)

[2] DeLay used a federal agency for partisan politics, an action prohibited by House Standards of Official Conduct. On May 12, 2003, DeLay's office asked the FAA for assistance in locating an aircraft carrying Texas state legislators (Summary of Complaint against Rep. Tom DeLay Filed by Chris Bell, 6/8/04). The House Ethics Committee admonished DeLay, stating, "Your intervention in a partisan conflict in the Texas House of Representatives . . . raises serious concerns under House standards . . . that preclude use of government resources for a political undertaking." (National Journal Congress Daily, 10/7/04)

[3] "DeLay Ethics Allegations Now Cause of GOP Concern," Washington Post, March 14, 2005: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32389-2005Mar13.html 

[4] "A Foreign Agent Paid for a Luxury Trip to South Korea for DeLay and His Wife." The trip was paid for by the Korea-US Exchange Council. The group is registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act and was created with help from a lobbying firm headed by DeLay's former chief of staff. The cost to send DeLay, his wife, and other lawmakers [to South Korea] for three days was $106,921. (Washington Post, 3/10/05)

[5] "Earle Has Prosecuted Many Democrats," Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2005: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092802422.html 

Click here for the latest on Rep. Tom DeLay: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092800270.html 

Click here for more background information on DeLay's problems: http://www.alternet.org/story/21509/ 

10-04-05   GAO Ruled That The Government Cannot Pay For Fake News. The GAO has ruled that Paying for and producing Foe news stories to promote the policies of the Bush Administrations and the Republican Party is Illegal, a more common term for what they have and are still doing is “Propaganda”. Unfortunately there is no penalty for this crime. This a crime that has mislead many people through their duplicity, causing people to believe something that is founded in a lie. The accountability office said on Friday: "The failure of an agency to identify itself as the source of a prepackaged news story misleads the viewing public by encouraging the audience to believe that the broadcasting news organization developed the information. The prepackaged news stories are purposefully designed to be indistinguishable from news segments broadcast to the public. When the television viewing public does not know that the stories they watched on television news programs about the government were in fact prepared by the government, the stories are, in this sense, no longer purely factual. The essential fact of attribution is missing."

10-04-05   Who is Harriet Miers? Besides the fact that she is BushCo’s next pick to the Supreme Court, she is also a loyal Bush supporter. Her past duties have been to clean up Bush’s record, or hide items that were too damming. Other then the fact that she has never judged 1 single case, meaning no experience what so ever has not stopped Bush from nominating her to the highest Court in the land. A court that is to be the example for all another lower courts, the court that has the last word, and defenders of the constitution. She is now challenged by of all people but the right wing. Could it be because there is so much bad news coming out Bush wants a big public fight to take the heat off of him, and if by some chance she gets in, so what, the country and it’s laws means nothing to Bush or this Republican party. You can be sure of on thing is that no matter what ever her decisions are they will always support the party at the expense of America. This time when we find out that BushCo has appointed another "Brown", the damage will take even longer to repair than the damage wake of Brown.

10-04-05   Just A Few Points About Louisiana And Katrina. First only 2.6% of all the contracts to rebuild Louisiana are going to Louisiana. Next there is no evidence that anyone fired on rescue helicopters. See. Third, last week when they went to collect the bodies, from the dome, they found that there were no bodied that showed signs of murder or rape. And there were less than 10 bodies in the dome. Curious, the right wing media kept insisting that people were shooting at the helicopters. Curious, the right wing media kept reporting that there was mass murder going on in the dome. It seems that Bush and his inexperienced appointed FEMA  and Homeland Security heads committed the only murders. Reff: http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/12801034.htm   


10-05-05  The most recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed only 37 percent of Americans approve of Bush's handling of Iraq, with 62 percent disapproving.

10-05-05  A look at the eccomy from a different point of view.

   Bankruptcy Filings increase at a record rate again.

Post Below Is From The Daily Kos Follow Link to read the comments currently 382 comments. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/10/2/111357/768

My bills are mounting! Why I don't give a rat's ass about DeLay or Obama

Sun Oct 2nd, 2005 at 11:13:57 EDT

There's a special place in Hell reserved for Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Bill Frist, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, all of these criminals.

But I don't have the luxury of reveling for too long in this wonderful news of indictments and frog marches. Like many Americans, I worry about paying next months skyrocketing bills. Things are spiraling out of control, Mr. Obama. Next time you join us here, talk to me, recognize my fears, recognize that life has become mired in despair for countless Americans. Understand the most painful truth, which is that many of us no longer recognize this as the America we grew up in.

Let me tell you something Kossacks, let me tell any still semi-coherent Democratic office holder, many Americans don't have the time to feel more than passing joy at the coming implosion of the House of Bush. All we worry about is staying one step ahead of the onslaught of bills.

You want to be embraced by the grassroots and the netroots, respond to me and tell me you are listening to my pragmatic and dismal day-in-day-out realities. And it gets even worse. I have no right to complain, my realities aren't a fraction as bad as the dire circumstances of most Americans.

All this bickering about centrism, too left, not quite left enough, DLC, Hillary Hate, is bullshit. For starters, just promise me that on day one, you're going to make healthcare a right not a privilege.

Your fellow citizens are really worried. Right now, Avian flu is particularly horrifying. Talk to me you moron democrats, tell me what you're going to do to protect me from the health insurance industry, the oil companies, Al Queda, unaffordable energy prices, unequal education, incompetent FEMA, a shortage of flu vaccine. How about leveling with the American people about Peak Oil?

Corruption and competence matter, but how to pay my skyrocketing health insurance premiums matters just as much.

Listen to my cries, mine is the voice of millions of Americans--voting Americans.

Taking these criminals down is glorious. Now I plead for just one democrat to step forward and assure me that they recognize that we can't hang on much longer. The middle class in this country is being destoyed in just the same way as the middle class in Iraq has been all but vanquished.

Read the comments that we get every day here. Heartbreaking is what they are! The pleas of ordinary, hard working, tax paying Americans, desperately juggling two jobs, skyrocketing costs and a seemingly out-of-touch democratic party. Mr. Obama, next time you (or more likely your staff person) writes a lengthy Kos diary, please use a paragraph or two to acknowledge that you recognize that many Americans are losing the struggle.

We won't win unless you give me reason to hope again that there is a future for me and my family in this country. We won't win until you not only address, but give concrete solutions to the problems that are haunting and destroying so many  decent American citizens.

We need help.

From The Daily Kos Follow Link to read the comments currently 382 comments. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/10/2/111357/768

America is setting all sorts of records under Bush and the Republican Administration... and their ALL BAD. Bush was a Failure at everything he has done in his life, and now he is making America a Failure as well.

See Story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/04/AR2005100401763.html 


10-06-05  Bush To Veto For The First Time A $440 Billion Spending Bill For The Military, And Why? Because of an amendment that outlaws...torture, President Bush says he will veto the bill. The Bush administration officials say the legislation would limit the president's authority and flexibility in war. The amendment Sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also would require all service members to follow procedures in the Army Field Manual when they detain and interrogate terrorism suspects. "This amendment strives to establish uniform standards for the interrogation of prisoners and detainees as a means for helping ensure our service men and women are well trained, well briefed, knowledgeable of their legal, professional and moral duties and obligations," said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. All but nine Republicans voted in favor of the legislation. First Bush claims that the torture was an isolated incident but now he claims he needs it for flexibility in war? There is no flexibility or any other excuse for Americans to use torture under any circumstances. What this story also implies that the torture in the past was not limited to "Just a few rogue soldiers", and that they really were following orders from higher ups.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1188306 

10-06-05   1918 Killer Flu 'Came From Birds'    The Spanish flu virus that killed 50 million people in 1918-19 was probably a strain that originated in birds, research has shown. US scientists have found the 1918 virus shares genetic mutations with the bird flu virus now circulating in Asia. Writing in Nature, they say their work underlines the threat the current strain poses to humans worldwide. A second paper in Science reveals another US team has successfully recreated the 1918 virus in mice. “We are revealing some of the secrets that will help us predict and prepare for the next pandemic” said Julie Gerberding The virus is contained at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under stringent safety conditions. It is hoped to carry out experiments to further understand the biological properties that made the virus so virulent. The virus was recreated from data produced by painstaking research by a team from the US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Lung tissue samples Working on virus samples from the remains of victims of the 1918 pandemic, the researchers were able to piece together the entire genetic sequence of the virus. They found the virus contained elements that were new to humans of the time - making it highly virulent. And analysis of the final three pieces of the virus' genetic code has revealed mutations that have striking similarities to those found in flu viruses found only in birds, such as the H5N1 strain currently found in south east Asia. This strain has so far killed at least 65 people. Many experts believe it is only a matter of time before H5N1, or a similar strain, causes many deaths in humans - possibly after combining with a human flu strain. Crucially, the mutations identified by the US researchers were found in genes which control the virus' ability to replicate in host cells. The researchers say these mutations may have helped the 1918 virus replicate more efficiently. At this stage, they say the H5N1 strain shares only some, and not all, of these mutations.

Increased virulence But these mutations may be enough to increase the virus' virulence - and give it the potential to cause serious human infection without first combining with a known human flu strain. The researchers believe the two other major flu pandemics of the 20th century - in 1957 and 1968 - were caused by human flu viruses which acquired two or three key genes from bird flu virus strains. But they believe the 1918 strain was probably entirely a bird flu virus that adapted to function in humans. Julie Gerberding, director of the US Centers for Disease Control, said: "By unmasking the 1918 virus we are revealing some of the secrets that will help us predict and prepare for the next pandemic." And Dr Jeffery Taubenberger, lead researcher of the Nature study, said: "Determining whether pandemic influenza virus strains can emerge via different pathways will affect the scope and focus of surveillance and prevention efforts."

Warning Professor John Oxford, an expert in virology at Queen Mary College, London, said the suggestion that the virus had the potential to jump between humans without first combining with a human virus made it even more of a threat. "This study gives us an extra warning that H5N1 needs to be taken even more seriously than it has been up to now," he said. Dr Terrence Tumpey, of the US CDC, defended the decision to recreate the 1918 flu virus. He said: "We felt we had to recreate the virus and run these experiments to understand the biological properties that made the 1918 virus so exceptionally deadly. "We wanted to identify the specific genes responsible for its virulence, with the hope of designing antivirals or other interventions that would work against virulent pandemic or epidemic influenza viruses."

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4308872.stm 


10-07-05  On Bush And His Speech Of Fear, this time though bush added a new twist to up the fear anti, because apparently he has used the be afraid of terrorist so much so the it has almost no effect anymore. So with his poll numbers on the express elevator to the sub basement he now adds Communism to he fear mongering rhetoric. Click Here for the Transcript. The speech contained the obligatory 911, and the linking of Iraq and A Qaida when he said "I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001, and Al Qaida attacked us anyway". First of all Al Qaida was not in Iraq either on 911, but thanks to Bush they are there now. Second if Al Qaida was not in Iraq on 911 and Al Qaida attacked us what the hell are we doing there George!

10-07-05 Karl Rove To Be Questioned For The 4th Time by the grand jury, according to Roves lawyer, the prosecutor cannot guarantee that Rove will not be indicted, even though Rove has not received a target letter. A target letter means that you have become the object of the investigation. Rove at this time was not offered immunity in exchange for his testimony either. 

10-07-05 "God told me to invade Iraq", Bush tells Palestinian ministers. Nabil Shaath says: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'" Abu Mazen was at the same meeting and recounts how President Bush told him: "I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state."  SOURCE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/print/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/10_october/06/bush.shtml 

10-07-05  Fact To Ponder. GM was at one time the largest employer in America, now Wal-Mart is the largest employer. That means a lot more than you think, in 2003 the average Wal-Mart sales associates, the most common job in Wal-Mart, earned on average $8.23 an hour for annual wages of $13,861.The 2003 poverty line for a family of three was $15,260. Cashiers, the second most common job, earn approximately $7.92 per hour and work 29 hours a week. This brings in annual wages of only $11,948. Union wages were on Average $740 a week. so think about it, if hundreds of thousands of people were earning more money, then there would be billions of more dollars people would have to spend, creating more demand for products creating more jobs. Just how much spending do you think that someone is going to do after paying rent and food and transportation when you earn between $230 to $294 a week? Now if you have a child or two... Forget about health care the average policy is up to $10,0000 a year for a family. Health care came with the union job. Now what do you think helped the economy more? Hundreds of thousand of people with money to spend or the Walton's who own Wal-Mart making 8 Billion dollars a year divided among 9 families? Oh did I mention that they only pay 15% Federal income tax thanks to George W. Bush and the Republican Party?


10-08-05 Bush Plan Shows U.S. Is Not Ready for Deadly Flu  A plan developed by the Bush administration to deal with any possible outbreak of pandemic flu shows that the United States is woefully unprepared for what could become the worst disaster in the nation's history. A draft of the final plan, which has been years in the making and is expected to be released later this month, says a large outbreak that began in Asia would be likely, because of modern travel patterns, to reach the United States within "a few months or even weeks." Source:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/08/politics/08flu.html?hp&ex=1128830400&en=2d36703f52765687&ei=5094&partner=homepage

10-08-05  The Bush, Rove Plan For Reconstruction Labor In New Orleans...Hire Illegal Immigrants, while they ship the locals that live there to another state, and give away their jobs. Let's follow this pretzel logic. First you move the local population hundreds of miles away to another state, taking away even more money from Louisiana, while there were places within the state to send them. Next you bring in outside workers and give them the local housing to live in while the work there, you certainly don't think that they commute every day to work do you? So just why is it the locals were not given those places to live? Why is it the locals were not given those jobs? The locals certainly would have wanted them as opposed to no job at all to rebuild their lives. More info:  http://www.washtimes.com/business/20051007-101928-3995r.htm 

10-08-05  35 Thousand Is The Current Claim of job losses By The Bus Administration In Louisiana. Now If that figure is based on unemployment filings I wonder how many people are not counted in that figure? There are over 80 thousand Louisiana citizens shelters in other states, according to these numbers that means that 2/3rds of those people were not working. Now add to that as many as 500 thousand people evacuated the city... something just does not add up. I wonder how many people that are now in other states that have not filed for unemployment? I Wonder how many were denied unemployment benefits because they are now in another state, or the place or employer where they worked cannot be found to verify that they even had a job before?

10-08-05 New Poll Numbers For Bush Even After The Speech Of Fear...Agree 28%...66% Disagree Source: http://www.ap-ipsosresults.com/ And http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051007/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_ap_poll 


10-10-05  Energy bill OKd in vote GOP, Measure Scrapes by After Arm Twisting On House Floor The House of Representatives descended into bedlam Friday as Republican leaders kept a five-minute vote open for more than 40 minutes -- and arm-twisted two of their members to switch their votes -- to pass a new energy bill. The bill, which would offer incentives for oil companies to build new refineries, sparked angry accusations by Democrats that GOP leaders were abusing House rules to squeeze through the controversial measure. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, asked at one point: "Doesn't this make the House a banana republic?"

Democrats chanted "shame! shame!" as the presiding speaker announced that the measure, in response to the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, had passed on a 212-210 vote. The scene was reminiscent of the House's vote on a Medicare prescription drug benefit in November 2003, when GOP leaders kept the vote open for nearly three hours while trying to persuade reluctant members of their own party to back the measure.

The vote was tied at 211-211 when Republican leaders convinced Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md., to switch his vote to "yes" 44 minutes after he had voted "no." His spokeswoman declined to comment on why he changed his position. Delaying a vote does not violate House rules, but lawmakers from both parties have long denounced it as an unfair tactic. "The Republican majority will go to any length to satisfy the greed of the energy companies," Pelosi said. The energy bill that passed the House of Representatives by a two-vote margin after a controversial extended vote would:

Streamline government permits for refineries.

Outlaw price-gouging and give federal regulators the authority to impose fines of as much as $11,000 per violation.

Encourage carpooling.

Open federal lands including closed military bases for refinery construction.

Limit the number of gasoline blends refiners have to produce from 17 to six, eliminating many blends designed to reduce air pollution.

Allow a city or region to petition for more time to meet Clean Air Act standards if it can show the pollution comes from another area.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/10/08/MNGSVF4LG01.DTL 

Funny thing but it only deals with giving more money to the very people that are steeling our money already, it does not provide any money at all for alternative energy like solar or wind, It does not provide any money to improve or expand mass transportation. Why don't these Republicans just call it what it is. It's another hand out with our money to not only the ultra wealthy but business a usual for for the Robber Barons.


10-11-05 More Military Action Planned For American Citizens By Bush And The Republicans The military is now planning just how to deploy our Standing Army rather than the National Guard, during natural emergencies. Bush has urged Congress to consider laws allowing a greater role for the active-duty armed forces in disaster relief. My question is what happened to our state run National Guard? The reason given by this Administration considering this plan is Katrina. The answer I have is, If you did not send more than half of the National Guard from the region along with all of their specializes equipment, on a illegal war and occupation this is a concept that would not now even need to be brought up. Another question is why is our Standing Army, that is trained to Fight a war, left at home to be deployed on Americans, on American soil while our National Guard that is trained to deal with national emergencies deployed over seas on Foreign soil fighting in a war of choice? Shouldn't it be the other way around? 

It is said that Art imitates life; well this is a quote I heard on the new Battlestar Glacial that may have come from somewhere else but belongs to be said here in the context of this story, as a closing thought.

“There is a reason why you separate the military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves to protect the people When the military becomes, both…the enemies of the state tend to become the people”.

Story Lead@: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/11/politics/11military.html   If Link Bad CLICK HERE for copy 

10-11-05  It's Beginning To Look Like More Campaign Terror Threats  Bushes numbers fall, and Bloomberg is running for reelection, and up pops the terror threats once again. The evidence now appears not to be creditable as reported in the story linked below. The only problem is that instead of reading My Pet Goat these people should have read Chicken Little. You cannot keep yelling that the "Sky Is Falling . The Sky  Is Falling" and keep expecting people to believe it. 

Story Lead@: http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/newyork/nyc-nyterr114464928oct11,0,1015426.story?coll=nyc-nynews-print For Copy Click Here  http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/11/nyregion/11threat.html?ei=5094&en=8224627f7f0ec6b6&hp=&ex=1129003200&partner=homepage&pagewanted=print Copy Click Here 

10-11-05 After Listening To NBC "Foe News" I've Come To The Conclusion, That They Should Be Known As "The Gannon News Hour's" All morning no mater who was interviewed they employed the "Jeff Gannon" also known as the Republican "Push Poll" line of questing to their guest. Included today was Bush Jr., at his photo op in Louisiana at Habit for Humanity's building project, which by the way he never once mentioned Jimmy Carter for creating the organization or for starting the massive effort for fundraising and volunteers to build the homes that Bush Jr. now jumped in to steel the spot light, and act as though it was all his idea. 

More Info: http://www.habitat.org/how/default_jcwp.aspx & http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2005/ & http://www.cartercenter.org/default.asp?bFlash=True 


10-12-05 Tom Delay Using Typical Republican Tactics And Attacks Texas Prosecutor. Click Here

10-12-05  Religion Running Our Government? It may seem so when you consider that this Republican Administration under Bush Jr. is spending double the amount of money on abstinence programs then on vaccination programs.  It may seem so when you consider that this Republican Administration under Bush Jr. is spending double the amount of money on abstinence programs then on vaccination programs.  It may seem so when you consider that this Republican Administration under Bush Jr. is spending double the amount of money on abstinence programs then on vaccination programs. 

10-12-05  Blind Trust Or Blind Logic, Or Just Plane Blind? Vice President Cheney has a puzzling view that he does not have a financial interest in Halliburton. On the September 14, 2003 edition of Meet the Press in response to questions regarding his relationship with Halliburton where he was employed as CEO for five years, from 1995 to 2000, Vice President Cheney said: "And since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years." Cheney continues to received a deferred salary from the company. According to financial disclosure forms, he was paid $205,298 in 2001; $162,392 in 2002; $178,437 in 2003; and $194,852 in 2004.  How can you own stock options and not know about it or how much you have or what it is worth, while the rest of the world knows about it and somehow even though it is talked about and printed in the news and even listed on your Federal tax return. Then you hand out NO BID contracts ALL the time to that same company every thing is just fine, and there is no conflict of interest. Vice President Cheney continues to hold 433,333 Halliburton stock options, now worth $9,214,154.93. If Cheney had no stock and handed out the contracts that would be better, but you can bet that as soon as he got out of office he would be handed a multi-billion dollar job, complete with insensitive bonus to make up the difference he would have made if he held the stock. Maybe a politician should never be allowed to hold any stock at all while in office, and they or their families can never work for that company or any if their subsidiaries after leaving office. Until things change the corporations and the rich will continue to steal the public funds to add to their riches, leaving nothing for us… the citizens…  “We The People”.  


10-13-05  With 50% Unemployment In Iraq Halliburton Is Importing Labor, is it any wonder there is an insurgency in Iraq? I guess that Halliburton is only getting people to do the jobs that Iraqi people do not want to do? I think not it is just a matter of money, and how much Halliburton, Bush, Cheney, and the Republican Corporate Controlled party can steal from Iraq. The wage paid to the imported labor is $1.56 an hour. Click Here For More Info.

10-13-05  SEC Issues Subpoena To Frist, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has been subpoenaed to turn over personal records and documents. Frist said that he did nothing wrong and that he sold the stocks to eliminate potential conflicts as he considered a 2008 presidential run. Funny he didn’t think that is was a problem while he was making and passing laws in congress that made more money for HCA the family owned stock, among which he held private issue stocks as well as public issue stocks. Click Here For More Info.


10-14-05  Al Gore May Be Convinced To Run Again. I heard something today that may help give some hope depending on if you liked Al Gore or not, considering that Al Gore is the only elected President that never served. Today someone called in to Thom Hartmann who is a friend of Al Gore, to say that the news put out only half the statement that Al Gore said the first part was "I have no intentions of running at this time". What they left out was "I won't rule out any future interest". Then Dillon went on to say that Al Gore is truly undecided and that if he were pushed he probably would run again. Dillon set up a web the URL is http://www.algore.org/  

 PS   Dillon was the person that Al Gore helped out during the 2000 campaign when his son needed medical care and he was having trouble with his HMO.





10-14-05  From Knock Off To  Subsidies. Interesting thought came to me tonight as I was watching The News Hour; there was a segment about knock-off items. It seems that nearly all of them are coming from the country that has most of our manufacturing jobs… China. It also seems that China does not believe in the concept of intellectual property. How nice for them, first we give them the manufacturing plants, then the technology to produce the product. Now the next logical step for a country that does not believe in intellectual property is to copy it and sell it for far less money. Well Wal-Mart found a way to deal with the problem. Because people do not make that much money in China movies that usually cost about $20 bucks in Wal-Mart can be bought on the street for $3 bucks, so Wal-Mart decided to lower their price to $3 bucks. Well I guess that is why movies still cost $20 bucks at Wal-Mart here in the US. So let’s see first Wal-Mart helps to send our $15 to $20 dollar manufacturing jobs to China, then they replace them with $5 to $8 dollar an hour jobs in the US at Wal-Mart, then we subsidies the Chinese, the same people that now have our jobs, by helping to pay for what they buy at Wal-Mart. Ain’t it great to be in country run by Republicans.  


10-17-05    "Valerie Flame?" In Judith Miller’s notebook a reporter for The New York Times, appear two small words: "Valerie Flame." Miller should have written Valerie Plame Ms. Miller spent 85 days in jail for refusing to reveal her confidential source. On Sept. 30, she told the grand jury that her source was Libby, the chief of staff for the vice president. But she said he did not reveal Ms. Plame's name. When the prosecutor asked her to explain how "Valerie Flame" appeared in the same notebook she used in interviewing Libby, Miller said she "didn't think" she heard it from him. "I said I believed the information came from another source, whom I could not recall." SOURCE : http://nytimes.com/2005/10/16/national/16leak.html?hp&ex=1129435200&en=ae9961705f60a5d9&ei=5094&partner=homepage 

10-17-05  Time line Of A Leak  Click Here  SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/politics/2005_LEAKTIMELINE_GRAPHIC.html 

10-17-05     Two for Harriet Miers closest friends, both sitting judges have said that Harriet will vote to overturn Roe V Wade.  SOURCE: http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110007415


10-18-05  Pentagon has created an illegal database of 30 million 16-25 year-olds, including names, addresses, email addresses, cell phone numbers, ethnicities, social security numbers, extracurricular activities, and areas of study? The notorious No Child Left Behind Act includes a sneaky section that requires high schools to turn over private information on students to military recruiters? Parents can download a form here to opt out of the Pentagon's recruiting database on high school kids and college students.

10-18-05  Cheney may be target of probe. As the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name nears an apparent conclusion, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has zeroed in on the role of Vice President Dick Cheney's office. The prosecutor has assembled evidence that suggests Cheney's long-standing tensions with the CIA contributed to the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame.
SOURCE : http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-usleak1019,0,2962042.story?coll=ny-top-headlines 

SOURCE: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/story/356814p-304125c.html 


10-19-05  Bush Pushes again for Immigrant-Worker Plan, "We're going to get control of our borders," Mr. Bush said. Let's see now first Bush dumps Davis Bacon act, now we have thousands of immigrants crossing the border to work in New Orleans while Bush and FEMA sends the indigenous residents hundreds if not thousands of miles away. Then the companies working in the area house the illegal workers in local housing that could have housed the New Orleans citizens who could have and wanted to do the work. Now he wants to allow the immigrants to stay here as a guest worker. SOURCE:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/19/politics/19immig.html 

10-19-05  Senate Panel Drops Plan to Cut Back Food Program, afraid of a backlash over spending cuts that could be portrayed as targeting the poor. A Senate panel on Tuesday decided to drop their plans to cut the food stamp program by over $500 million, as Congress starts on a contentious round of budget cuts. Keith Williams, of the Agriculture Committee, said the reason was because several committee members had concerns that the action could have cut off food stamps to an estimated 300,000 people. This at a time when Bush and the Republicans screwed up In Louisiana and Mississippi, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs, their homes, their towns, their cities, and desperately need help. SOURCE:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/19/politics/19cong.html 

10-19-05   Harriet E. Miers Backed Ban on Abortion in 1989 Campaign, In a survey taken by Miers  "If Congress passes a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to prohibit the death of the mother, would you actively support its ratification by the Texas Legislature?" Miers answered yes. She told the group she would support a state ban on abortion, oppose public financing for abortions, participate in "pro-life" events and use her "influence as an elected official" to "promote the pro-life cause."  The White House was quick to point out that Ms. Miers's personal views should not be used to predict how she would rule on any case. Right just as Roberts is now living up to his past actions supporting large Corporations as soon as he was put on the court. SOURCE:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/19/politics/politicsspecial1/19confirm.html 

10-19-05 Hurricane Wilma Went From A Tropical Storm To A Class 5 Hurricane Overnight, with winds of over 175 mph. This is the fastest that any storm in reordered history has ever done that in the Atlantic. But not to worry that Global Warming thing is just not real, and as Bush and the corporate controlled Republican congress said a while a ago "I think it requires more study" .


10-20-05   Another Blow To Economy Has Arrived. About 30% of spending in the economy was from people getting home equity loans to the tune of 600 billion dollars a year in 2004. That number this year has stopped, as interest rates rise. That means if it stays flat 30% of the money fueling the economy is gone.

10-20-05  No Rise in Minimum Wage, The Senate voted yesterday 51 to 47 to reject increasing the minimum wage to $6.25, an increase of $1.10 an hour over the next year and a half . The minimum wage has remained at $5.15 an hour since 1997

10-20-05   We Now Know, That Bush Knew, That Rove Was The Leak, as the article in the NY Daily News reported yesterday. (Click Here To Read Article) Bush rebuked Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair. With that in mind Bush continued to lie to the public about not knowing who the “senior official” was. Now according to the story Bush made his displeasure known to Karl," a presidential counselor told The News. "He made his life miserable about this." 

Just how miserable could he make it after all in Feb 8 2005 Bush issued the following statement:

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 8, 2005

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced that he has named Karl Rove Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor.

"Karl Rove is a longtime advisor and trusted member of my team. His hard work and dedication have been invaluable. I appreciate Karl's willingness to continue to serve my Administration in this new position," stated President Bush.

Since 2001, Mr. Rove has served as Senior Advisor to the President, overseeing strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison, and intergovernmental affairs at the White House.

Prior to joining the Administration, he served as chief strategist for the Bush for President Campaign. From 1981 to1999, he was President of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin, Texas-based public affairs firm. Mr. Rove attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/02/20050208-13.html

NY Senator Schumer then sent the following letter:

Copy Of Letter Click Here

Excellent work Mr. Schumer, now will the news pick up on your letter? Better yet will you or the American Public get to not only see the letter but will they get to read or hear the answers?

This will more than likely be just another letter added to the Bush's circular file.


10-21-05   3.2% Of Insurgents On Iraq Are Foreign Fighters, we currently have just over 10,000 detainees in Iraq, who are considered either suspected insurgents or actual insurgents, out of that only 312 are actually from other countries other than Iraq. SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/21/international/middleeast/21baghdad.html?adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1129882066-KCb8Is+0kC+azP710S8k2Q 

10-21-05 National Guard Has Only 34% Of Their Equipment For Use Here At Home The Rest, In Iraq. Bush and the Republicans have striped this country of our, future by spending over 300 Billion on a war of choice for oil. They Have Striped America of it's respect by other Nations. They have promised us better security but have created more territories and now the more we look the more we see that the cost of the war is even higher. Higher b y using dubious methods of stripping equipment meant to protect our citizens and our country here at home and sending it into Iraq, that bill for equipment won't be seen till the Guard needs to replace that equipment and then it will not be considered part of the Iraq war debt.

10-21-05  Pet Projects Stay, While Cutting Detecting Home Mortgage Interest, Food Stamps, and other social programs to pay for Bush and the Republicans War, and The Gulf Cost Devastation. Yes the war does matter, because if we were not there we would not have Billions of dollars in new interest on the borrowing money to pay for it, it could have went into paying our national debt, which by the way is now approaching 8 Trillion dollars, with the so called "Conservative Republicans."

10-24-05 List of Foiled Plots Puzzling to Some, White House Document Mixes Half-Baked Plans With Serious Terrorist Threats. A White House list of 10 terrorist plots disrupted by the United States has confused counterterrorism experts and officials, who say they cannot distinguish between the importance of some incidents on the list and others that were left off.

Intelligence officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the White House overstated the gravity of the plots by saying that they had been foiled, when most were far from ready to be executed. Others noted that the nation's color-coded threat index was not raised from yellow, or "elevated" risk of attack, to orange, or "high" risk, for most of the time covered by the incidents on the list.

SOURCE : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/22/AR2005102201162.html?sub=AR 

What the story points out something that a lot of us have been thinking for some time now, were not safer and BushCo trots out terror alerts when ever he needs to prop up his and the Republican Party's image, at our expense.

10-24-05  Republicans Doing What They Do Best, When They Are Caught With Their Hand In The Cookie Jar, Attack And Blame The The Person That Caught Them. 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 - With a decision expected this week on possible indictments in the C.I.A. leak case, allies of the White House suggested Sunday that they intended to pursue a strategy of attacking any criminal charges as a disagreement over legal technicalities or the product of an overzealous prosecutor.

Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel in the case, is expected to announce by the end of the week whether he will seek indictments against White House officials in a decision that is likely to be a defining moment of President Bush's second term. The case has put many in the White House on edge.

Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., who is Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, have been advised that they are in serious legal jeopardy. Other officials could also face charges in connection with the disclosure of the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer in 2003.

On Sunday, Republicans appeared to be preparing to blunt the impact of any charges. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican of Texas, speaking on the NBC news program "Meet the Press," compared the leak investigation with the case of Martha Stewart and her stock sale, "where they couldn't find a crime and they indict on something that she said about something that wasn't a crime." Click Here For Full Story

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/24/politics/24leak.html?hp&ex=1130212800&en=80f25e613f68ed83&ei=5094&partner=homepage 

10-24-05  This is something that I could not have said better myself, It is from someone who's witty commentary and insightful thoughts I enjoy very much, so without further exhalations I give you the mind of Rachel Maddow. 

A group calling itself Christian Exodus is trying to set up their own little theocracy... in South Carolina.  They want 2500 people to move to northern South Carolina in the next year to set up a little constritution-free taliban nation where abortion is illegal, gay marriage is banned, there's no public schools or medicaid or medicare, or hell, let's get rid of voting rights, too. 

They say they want to make the whole country over in their image, and if they fail, they'll secede.  Oh please, oh please, oh please!  They've got about 14 adults (and their many poor children) already, which to me indicates that they'd fit nicely on a boat.  Where they could happily practice pushing walls over onto each other, and not having abortions.


by Rachel Maddow on October 24, 2005 - 8:29am. » Rachel Maddow's blog

10-25-05 Today Marked The Death Of 2000 Americans In The Fighting In Iraq.


10-25-05 The Whitehouse Still Insists That They Need To Use Torture, How can These Republicans under George and Dick insist that the torture committed in the past was just an isolated act of a 2 "rogue soldiers", that they san they need to exempt the CIA and allow the CIA to torture people. Then they say that the people committing the act under the approval of this corrupt and morally bankrupt administration acted on their own. Click Here Fore The Story  

10-27-05 Click Below To View A Short Animation Animation That Answers The Question On The Screen.

10-27-05   This Is A Link To Patrick J. Fitzgerald Special Counsel http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/osc/ 


10-28-05  "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fitzmass", Libby Receives 5 Counts. Among them conspiracy, now as far as I know you cannot conspire with yourself, which means more names are yet to come. Rove is still under infestation, and so Rove is not out looking for a legal team, he is readying for a battle using tactics that he has used so often, he is looking to assemble a better PR staff. 

Click Here For A Copy Of Incitements Of Libby 

Click Here For A Copy Of The Prosecutor's statement

10-28-05   Exxon Has Just Posted The The Largest Profit Of Any Corporation In The History Of The Entire Planet. Question. Why are we giving billions of dollars to privately owned oil companies to develop more oil supplies? 

    Consider this with the billions given to the oil companies of tax payer money we are paying all the cost for the oil companies to build the oil drilling rigs and transportation and refineries. Then they get to sell us back "our own oil" at full price even though the oil came from public lands.

10-28-05 As Of October 27 2005 The Price of Crude Was $61.09 a Barrel. The other day on the in a financial   report it was stated that the price was down due to higher than expected reserve of crude. Shouldn't the price at the pump be under $2.00 a gallon again? Link to current Crude Price. One other thing does anyone remember paying over $2.00 a gallon for gas during the Iran Iraq war? In fact the cost was around $1.50 a gallon Link To Past Gas Prices The reason I ask is that during that war crude was over $60.00 a barrel.  Link To Past Curd Prices. Click Here For Charts

10-28-05  Ohio 04 Election Trail Still In The News, In Toledo a grand jury charged Tom Noe with Illegal contributions to George W. Bush. Noe sing the names of others to funnel money to Georges Re-election campaign. In a separate investigation Noe is under investigation for loosing money in an investment of rare coins. Noe's invested $50 million of Ohio's Bureau of Worker's Compensation in rare coins on behalf, Ohio, has said up to $13 million is missing from the investment Fund.

    Now although a very small portion of the money $4,000.00 was returned by George there is no down side to dear old George, he still got to use the money he still got the benefits of the money, he still used illegal contributions but nothing happens to him. I

    t's not just Noe "taking a bullet" for dear old George. It's a Republican Neo-con corporatist "taking a bullet: for the cause of the further Republican Neo-con corporate take over of America. If you think this is just pie in the sky thinking than just look at ever single thing George and the Republicans have done. Every law, every change every program dismantled has had only one thing in mind to benefit corporations at the expense of the people.

10-29-05 Bush Administration Backs Down On Davis Bacon, the question is now that the the contracts have been given out and the illegal immigrants have been hired will they now pay them more money? will they fire the lower waged illegal immigrants to pay more money to a Louisiana resident?

10-29-05  Of the 650,thousand tons of heavy explosives that Saddam Hussein had over 250 thousand tons were stolen from the unguarded depots according to the pentagon. Back then during the initial occupation when guards were not placed at Saddam's animation dumps, Rumsfeld said, “Just let it go” That much explosives can continue to create IED (improvised explosive devices) used on American troops for 10’s of years and years to come.

10-30-05 Here Is something From Back In 2004 That Is Worth Watching Again Now That It's Fitxmass Time Click On the Picture to view the short movie.


10-31-05  The Party Of Life (The Republicans) Voted On Friday To Remove 300,000 people from the food stamp program, with all the Republicans (25) voting for their removal and all the Democrats (20) voting against the cuts. This at a time when the amount of people in America suffering from hunger has risen for the fifth straight year under Bush, as a new government report just hours before the vote was released.

10-31-05  U.N. Inspectors Are Invited to Guantanamo Bay  The U.S. has invited three U.N. human rights experts to visit the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The only thing is, is that the inspectors want to see the prisoners and how they are treated, what they will get to see is the empty cells, the gates the offices the walls, everything but the prisoners. Somehow I don’t think that they get it they are “the human rights experts” not decorators, looking to spruce up the place. Story:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/28/AR2005102802043.html 



Grab Hold, And Don’t Let Go George

By: William A. Peary, Founder and Editor Of Founding Freedoms.com

Published  10-23-05

    I saw the story a little differently this week when George W. Bush went to the dedication at the Reagan Library this past Friday, reporters saw it as a grab for Reagan's Mantel...  I saw beyond that.

    Bush went to the opening ceremony dedicating the new Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library this past Friday. In an attempt to tie his presidency to Reagan's legacy and Bush’s war against terrorism. Bush Compared, Reagan's issues with the Soviet Union to his own issues against fundamentalism in the Middle East, when he said, "Like the ideology of Communism, Islamic radicalism is doomed to failure."

    "Like the ideology of Communism"..."doomed to failure", If Communism is such a Failure why is it that you George, are selling America to China at the rate of 1 Billion dollars a week in the form of government bonds, to pay for tax cuts that I and most Americans will never see. Why is it George you allow your cooperate friends to close down American factories... fire American workers, and send American jobs to China if they are "doomed to failure"?

    Ron went to war in Grenada to distract us from Iran Contra. George wanted a distraction for his fleecing of America. George wanted an even bigger distraction with Iraq... he wanted Oil.

    Bush has sought to model much of his presidency on Reagan's, and has succeeded in many ways. Reagan’s presidency to date was one of the more corrupt presidencies in modern times, There was Iran Contra, the death squads in Honduras, the dismantling of Unions, deficient spending, tax cuts to the wealthy, the start of borrowing money from the Social Security fund, to prop up his numbers on the economy, because as Greenspan pointed out that if you borrow money from internal governments funds it does not have to be reflected in the national debt. In spite of that little trick the national debt still ballooned under Reagan. I wonder could this be where Enron got some of it’s training on how to screw the American public?

    Maybe, just maybe people will make the connection, and Bush will succeed in grasping hold of Regan’s Mantel and be able to tie it to himself. Then maybe the Bush curse will rise again as it has done all his life with the destruction of everything he touches. Maybe Bush will hold on a little to tightly to the Curtains surrounding Reagan...and when Bush stumbles and falls he will pull the curtains back so that all the ugly truths of Reagan can be seen. Everything that is causing the destruction of the middle class in our country started with Reagan, and was perpetuated with George's father, now that Bush is following in Reagan’s footsteps we can finally see the lie of conservative economics, thanks to the incompetence of George W, Bush.

    So grab hold George, and hold on tight, and no matter what when you start to stumble and start to fall hold on even tighter and don’t let go, and just maybe American Democracy and Karmic justice will finally hit the tri-fecta.

By:  William A. Peary   10-23-05

Founder and Editor Of Founding Freedoms.com


Thought Of The Day

10-23-05  The Average Health Care Plan Costs The Average Family $10,000.00 A Year, Then When You Go To The Doctor You Have To Pay A Deductible. That Deductible You Pay Now Is What Your Bill Was Before Insurance…Then When You Get Sick The Deductibles Can Add Up To Thousands Of Dollars… Again Your Deductible Is What Your Bill Was Before Insurance…                   So Just Why Are We Paying For Health Insurance?


Consider This

0-23-05   In A Word…DIVERSION Is My Take On Harriett Miers, I have nothing new to add to what is already out there, nothing to show the she has only tried 3 cases in her entire practice, the rest were won by just plain bully tactics. I’m not going to reveal anything new unless you did not know that she is the only person in the History of The United States that had to re do her questionnaire to congress again due to inconsistencies. She has met with members of the Seniti and later issued retractions or the Whitehouse has had to issue statements to clarify what she said, in fact she has stopped the meetings all together.

            What she does have as a qualification is that of a constant diversion due to her extreme lack of qualifications. She has become the daily focus of attention, and we know from her personal notes to George that her loyalty is one that allows her to become the Clown diversion, if it will protect George.

Just think while this sideshow is going on Delay has not only been Indicted, he has had an arrest warrant issued, and he was arraigned. Bill Frist is now in an ever-deepening probe for insider trading. That makes both leaders of the Congress under investigation, an accomplishment never before attained by any other political Party before but the Republican Party under George W. Bush and have accomplished it.

Then there is the fact that the President’s and Vice President number one men, Rove and Libby, was involved with a treasonous crime of outing a CIA’s name involved with terrorist operation, during a War, that George declared.

 Then there still all the bad press Bush has gotten because he would not take the time to speak to Cindy Sheehan, as he just kept avoiding her, and avoiding her, because he had no answer, or no answer that the American people would accept any more… and Oil is not an acceptable answer.

There’s the fact that for the first time George, under the direction of Dick, has threatened to veto a major spending bill for the Pentagon budget spending for the year… and why? Because it contained a paragraph that would stop the military frown using torture. Hey George have you ever heard of the “Line Item Veto”? Oh you can’t use that can you? If you bully congress to pull it out you can blame congress for not including it, and if you veto it, you would be left standing there in your all together for the world to see that torture really was yours, And Dicks, and Don’s and Alberto’s idea all along.

            Yes I think that Harriett Miers Is playing the “Good Solider” and “tripping”, not falling on her sword, because once she falls on it she dies and the fiasco is over. So she just keeps tripping on her sward becoming the clown, to perpetuate the fiasco, to take the heat off her Beloved Republican party, the Religious Conservatives, and of course George.




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