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Why Is This Man Smiling?

Posted on Sep 4, 2007
Bush at Al-Asad
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

All smiles:  President Bush poses with the troops at Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province.

By Robert Scheer

          OK, throw another $50 billion down the rat hole that is the Iraq occupation.  It’s only money, if you ignore the lives being destroyed.  That’s what the White House is asking for, in addition to the $147 billion in supplementary funds already requested, and Congress will grant it after Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker follow President Bush’s photo op in Iraq’s Anbar province with a dog and pony show of their own.  Meanwhile, the Democrats are totally cynical about this continuing waste of taxpayer dollars and of American and Iraqi lives, and, wanting Bush to hang himself with his own rope, they will deny him nothing.

          In the effort to retaliate against terrorists who hijacked planes six years ago with an arsenal of $3 knives, this year’s overall defense budget has been pushed to $657 billion.  We are now spending $3 billion a week in Iraq alone, occupying a country that had nothing to do with the tragedy that sparked this orgy of militarism.  The waste is so enormous and irrelevant to our national security that a rational person might embrace the libertarian creed if only for the sake of sanity.  Clearly, the federal government no longer cares much about providing for health, education, hurricane reconstruction or even bridge safety, as the military budget now dwarfs all other discretionary spending, despite the lack of a sophisticated enemy in sight.

          Numbers are boring, and the media act as if there is no difference between a million and a billion dollars thrown at the military—let alone the trillion-dollar projected cost of the Iraq war.  That last figure is well documented in a solid study out of Harvard co-authored by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz but ignored by the mass media So too a recent authoritative report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office that, despite the $44.5 billion in U.S. taxpayer dollars already poured into reconstruction, little detectable progress has been made in Iraq’s crucial oil and electricity systems. 

        Remember when Paul Wolfowitz, then the Pentagon’s resident neocon genius, assured Congress that Iraqi oil money would easily bear the entire cost of America’s Iraqi adventure?  Now the GAO tells us that, even after spending an additional $57 billion on the Iraqi oil and electricity infrastructure, and assuming peace is restored, Iraq would still not produce enough oil and electricity to meet local demand until the year 2015.

  Aside from corruption and the lack of security, the biggest problem in supplying Iraq with electricity is that the national electrical grid has broken down, and different factions, divided largely along ethnic and religious lines, are grabbing what they can.  This kind of anarchy is emblematic of the new, emerging Iraq, in which the central government has declining sway over the nation’s decisions.


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That latter point was underscored this week by Bush’s happy-faced visit to a highly fortified and isolated American outpost in Anbar province.  After posing gamely with the troops at the Al-Asad base, Bush celebrated the return of Sunni areas to the control of U.S.-armed militias—composed largely of former insurgents who have at least temporarily decided that their Shiite rivals, currently in control of the central government, are a more pressing enemy than the American occupiers.  Speaking of one such group of Sunnis trained by the Americans and dubbed the “Volunteers” by their instructors, a U.S. soldier told The Washington Post, “I think there is some risk of them being Volunteers by day and terrorists by night.”

That is exactly what has occurred on the Shiite side, where anti-U.S. religious groups have completely infiltrated the American-trained Iraqi military and police forces.  In Iraq’s Shiite-controlled south, the domination of the military and police by the fiercely anti-American Madhi Army and other militias was ensured by the final withdrawal of British troops from Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city and a vital center of oil production, on the same day that Bush visited Iraq.  Instead of the liberated, united and democratic Iraq promised by this invasion, we are left with a nation ruled by religious fiefdoms sustained far into the future by U.S. taxpayers.

The French and the Germans, hoary veterans of various failed European adventures in imperialism, warned us about precisely this outcome.  While U.S. troops spill blood to guard broken oil pipelines, the Chinese and others go merrily about the world buying up black gold on the open market.  But hey, don’t worry about your tax dollars and the waste of lives—eat some freedom fries and learn, like our president, to keep smiling.

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By hippy pam, September 11, 2007 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment


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By Conservative Yankee, September 11, 2007 at 7:50 am Link to this comment
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The great memorial to the folks who died 6 years ago is that the partial construction on the former WTC property is already generating profit (That is profit, NOT cash flow) for the owners and investors. 

In a real humanitarian nation the site would be housing for New York’s firefighters who mostly can not afford to live in the city they protect.

Does the US have anything left to fight for?

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By Blueboy1938, September 10, 2007 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

Neither of the Twin Towers collapsed “. . . in least [sic] than 10 seconds from an airplane strike . . . .”  Otherwise, there would have been no time for the more than 300 brave NYCFD firefighters responding to the event to enter the buildings and die.  There would have been enormously more total casualties.

The South Tower (World Trade Center 2) collapsed at 9:59 a. m., which was less than an hour after the strike at 9:03 a. m., but clearly not “least than 10 seconds.”  The North Tower (WTC 1) collapsed at 10:28 a. m. following its impact at 8:46 a. m., an hour and 42 minutes later.  A third tower, 7 World Trade Center, collapsed at 5:20 p. m. as a result of damage from the collapse of 1 and 2 WTC and fires, with no loss of life due to complete evacuation.

The collapse of the South Tower took 10 seconds, while the North Tower went down in 8 seconds.  Perhaps it is that 10 second elapsed time for the actual collapse that is referred to in a prior post.

If either of the towers had collapsed within 10 seconds of impact, there would have been a much larger casualty total.  While the firefighters and other first responders would not have been added to the total, since they wouldn’t yet have arrived on the scene, there would have been no time for the evacuations which took place.  Since many of the offices opened at 9:00 a. m., and the first strike occurred at 8:46 a. m., it can be assumed that full occupancy was not reached that morning, as at least some people would not have entered the buildings upon seeing the first impact.  Maximum occupancy of the towers was 50,000, or 25,000 each, and the buildings had reached 95% lease-out.  Subtracting 5% (1,200) and figuring on normal absenteeism (vacations, sick leave, late to work, etc.) plus some early arriving visitors, the number of people in a tower was probably around 19 to 20K, or less.  So, if one of the towers had collapsed within 10 seconds of impact, there would have been in the range of 10 to 15K casualties, virtually all deaths.  That clearly was not the case.

It is worth noting, one day before the sixth anniversary of that reprehensible atrocity, that it could have been much worse.  That being said, it seems to me that many of the theories regarding the cause of the destruction on that day tend to trivialize the tragic consequences of those who perished and their loved ones.  Sadly, apropos the piece about the smiling fool, the Bush administration used that loss to stoke its pre-existing plan to invade Iraq:  A huge charade and a costly side-show that caused over 3,700 U. S. troop deaths, and over 27,000 injuries, plus in excess of an estimated 655,000 Iraqi deaths attributable to the invasion.  I hope that President Bush realizes what he and his administration bear responsibility for at some point and wipes that smile off his face.

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By Inherit The WInd, September 10, 2007 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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GodSend on 9/09 at 7:54 pm
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Oh Windbag: You must be a glutton for punishment, coming back here and blowing your Zionist garbage repeatedly, knowing full well that your BS has been moot since your 1st post! Frankly, or franker than frankly, we just don’t give a hoot about your lame Zionist propaganda and mock outrage about 9/11 truth. (the Zionists did it!).

Just fold up your Windbag and get thee hence! You’ve been deflated. Any day now, the Whole Truth about 9/11 will be common knowledge (self-evident) and you’ll have to scramble for a seat on El Al to Palestine to escape the wrath of 294,000,000 VERY pissed off Americans (not counting the 6 million or so Jews). When you get to Israel, stay out of the melting heat, if you know what’s not good for you. Maybe you should try to get a passport to Outer Mongolia from the Mossad instead - they’re good at false-flag anything! wink


Save your threats and curses, DogShit. After all, according to YOU, anyone who defends Isreal’s right to exist is a space alien.  I’ll just have my Klingon Bird-of-Prey beam me up when the time comes.  I haven’t had a good Raktajino since Deep Space 9 went off-line.

Get help. Get it now. There are psychotropic drugs that should help you see reality again.  Good luck, you’ll need it.

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By cyrena, September 9, 2007 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

#99536 by Louise on 9/09 at 7:03 pm


Thank you so much for sharing this story, and for waking me out of my own “whatever”.

I first heard of William Rodriguez (AND his very remarkable experience as a hero of 9-11) back in 2002, though I don’t remember exactly when. I had “happened upon” it, in my own search, just because I personally needed to understand what had taken place, and I knew it wasn’t what the PTB were proclaiming.

It’s hard to describe the feeling that I got listening to him, other than to say that I believed every single thing he was saying, and I was almost in awe of him. (for lack of a better term). That’s just how powerful his testimony is.

So, that’s how long it’s been, since I was sure that something was terribly amiss with the official story, and somehow, along the way…over the years, I’ve become so used to being the “weirdo” who never believed what they kept telling me my eyes had seen, that I stopped bringing up this very “real” testimony that William Rodriguez had to offer from day one, at ground zero, as he was right smack in eye of the unfolding. Nobody wanted to hear it back then, for whatever the reasons. Already victimized by the shock and awe I guess. Denial is a powerful thing. And, I actually heard a poster say, on this very site, (in defense of the “official” conspiracy), that it was FAR –easier- to believe!!! So, if that’s the criteria for understanding the events of 9-11, and the results that have us in such serious decline as a nation of 300 million people, then it would seem that I’d pretty much be wasting my time with these other very important facts, such as the testimony of William Rodriguez, who had more important things to say than anyone apparently cared to hear. Not “easy” enough to believe? The other stuff, like buildings disintegrating into powder in least than 10 seconds from an airplane strike is somehow “easier” to believe?

And, it hasn’t helped at all, that the 9-11 Omissions Team, didn’t want to hear from him either. The same 9-11 Omissions team that took over two years to even set-up, because the Cabal was so dead-set against ANY investigation. Still, if memory serves me, William Rodriguez had to go through all sorts of changes to get someone from that committee to listen to him, and even then, none of it ever made it to the “official” report.

So, I said all of that to say, that I’m going to share this link that you’ve provided, to the same people who weren’t interested 3 years ago. Maybe they have more of the other pieces filled-in by now, to at least add this to the ever increasing evidence that 9-11 was not as advertised.

Besides that, we also have newer inquiring minds joining in now, some of whom may not have been aware of this information before. So, thanks.

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By GodSend, September 9, 2007 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

Oh Windbag: You must be a glutton for punishment, coming back here and blowing your Zionist garbage repeatedly, knowing full well that your BS has been moot since your 1st post! Frankly, or franker than frankly, we just don’t give a hoot about your lame Zionist propaganda and mock outrage about 9/11 truth. (the Zionists did it!).

Just fold up your Windbag and get thee hence! You’ve been deflated. Any day now, the Whole Truth about 9/11 will be common knowledge (self-evident) and you’ll have to scramble for a seat on El Al to Palestine to escape the wrath of 294,000,000 VERY pissed off Americans (not counting the 6 million or so Jews). When you get to Israel, stay out of the melting heat, if you know what’s not good for you. Maybe you should try to get a passport to Outer Mongolia from the Mossad instead - they’re good at false-flag anything! wink

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By Louise, September 9, 2007 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

Dear friends,

Lets skip back to 9/11 for a minute. Visit:
And check out the William Rodreguez site. He was a maintenance worker in the North Tower, and the last man out of the building before it collapsed. He rescued 15 people and through his efforts, the fire department hero’s were able to rescue hundreds of others. He heard the explosions. He lived through it. He knows the “official” story is not true and he has devoted the last five years of his life trying to activate people to demand a new investigation. I just watched a re-run of one of his appearances in August, on c-span. Mighty powerful!

Visit his site. He needs help!
And, if he’s coming to an area near you, you need to go listen to this mans story. He has traveled the world and the country working to get the truth of his experience out there. He was the man who helped get Felipe David to an ambulance, after he was severely burned in the explosion in the basement. An explosion that shook the building ... before the plane hit the tower.

There is so much more, but I can not do justice to his story, so I wont try. But from an article written by Zen Garcian, August 26, 2006, a few quotes:

The Ghosts of 9-11  

“On that tragic morning Rodriguez found himself running 30 minutes behind for work. He called his boss, who told him to get there as soon as he could. Because he was late, he would have to go to an office in sub-basement 1 to clock in. At least 14 other people were in the office when suddenly a massive explosion occurred beneath their feet. “Seconds after the first massive explosion below in the basement, I hear another explosion from way above. Although I was unaware at the time, this was the airplane hitting the tower, it occurred moments after the first explosion.”

A co-worker Felipe David stormed into the basement office with severe burns, skin hanging from his face, hands, and arms; screaming “explosion! explosion! explosion!” David had been standing in front of a freight elevator close to the office when fire followed the elevator shaft up and leapt upon him causing terrible burns. “That day I was in the basement in sub-level 1 sometime after 8:30am. Everything happened so fast, everything moved so fast. The building started shaking after I heard the explosion below, dust was flying everywhere and all of a sudden it got real hot. I threw myself onto the floor, covered my face because I felt like I was burned. I sat there for a couple of seconds on the floor and felt like I was going to die, saying to myself ‘God, please give me strength,’” said David in a 2002 interview.

Rodriguez, who knew the complex very, very well, escorted David to an ambulance outside the underground facilities and then returned to show others the way out.”


William Rodreguez has a compelling story to tell. A story he feels obligated to tell, because he lived and needs to tell the truth for the thousands who have been silenced.

“Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”
From the sign on the Holocaust Museum

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Albert Einstein

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By Inherit The Wind, September 9, 2007 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment
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As usual, the usual tin-foil-hatters are engaging in their usual mass circle-jerk of each other and venomously spitting, cursing and belittling anyone who dares challenge their fantasies.

The fact that you have all pulled this thread away from its main topic, AS USUAL, doesn’t interest you in the slightest.  Now Fadel as back as the resident Arab apologist for the terrorists, and resident propagandist for all their website forgeries.  Of COURSE Fadel assures us that Osama Bin Laden wasn’t in the video.  After all, the Arab propagandists are far more expert on recognizing him than scientific experts…and the circle-jerk takes it as gospel…

No hope for any of you ever using your critical faculties. None.

If you did, Fadel & co would be finished, kaput, through.  You’d see the lies, dis-information and agit-prop for what it was.

Not in this lifetime. It’s now Sunday night. I’ll bet ANYTHING this won’t be posted for 48 to 72 hours, if at all—long enough so it will be moot.

That’s another way Truthdig shuts up troublesome questioners of the “gospel” here.

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By Robert, September 9, 2007 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

Comment #99268 by Ernest Canning on 9/07 at 10:08 PM

“#99268 by Ernest Canning on 9/07 at 10:08 pm
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Louise, thanks for the link regarding the current “fake” Osama.  I recall another, and more extended presentation, regarding the video released by the U.S. government shortly after 9/11/01 purporting to be Osama telling his visitors how they carried out 9/11—the one shown shortly before the invasion.  I think it was part of a presentation by Prof. Steven E. Jones, a physicist who presents persuasive evidence that WTC 7 collapsed as part of a controlled demolition.  The post 9/11 video is broken down and compared to earlier photos of Osama.  They not only reveal mark discrepancies in facial features but in stature and in which upper extremity is the dominant hand.  Unfortunately, I cannot recall the link or I would provide it.  If you or another Truthdigger recalls it, please post it.”

Hi Ernest…its good to see your posts back on truthdig.

Here is the link to Professor Steven E. Jones lecture on “9/11-WTC” on 2/1/2006:

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By Zena, September 9, 2007 at 11:56 am Link to this comment
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Why shouldn’t he smile? He’s in the safest piece of Iraq with hundreds of American military body-guards….

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By GodSend, September 9, 2007 at 11:10 am Link to this comment

Bush is smiling because he is personally responsible for the suffering, torture, maiming and deaths of hundreds of thousands of people - including Americans! That’s what makes him a psychopath as well as sociopath and the worst president in history. The verdict of history is already in! The future millions of victims will just be icing on the cake - and accompanied by an even bigger smile! smile

‘Smiling cobra’ comes to mind.

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By cyrena, September 9, 2007 at 12:08 am Link to this comment

#99342 by shinypeter on 9/08 at 10:56 am

•  Lefty is like one of those intellectually chalenged kids in the playground who likes playing with excrement. He can only string two lines together without going off subject and even then what he says is superfluous to the blog.


This is an excellent observation, and you picked up on it right away. (it takes some bloggers longer than others, once they first become “introduced” to our resident truthdig lefty. He may appear on other blogs as well, since it seems like I remember reading an accusation of such from another poster. I’ve never run across him/her myself anywhere else, but we’re all sure used to having him or her pop-up around this site. It seems to be sort of cyclical, and sometimes he’s more belligerent than other times. So, I don’t know how intentional that is. But, the comparison to a kid who likes playing with excrement on the playground seems really appropriate, as well as descriptive.

And, if you ponder that comparison just a bit further, you’ll find it equally appropriate for folks like Dick Bush.

Therein lies the problem of course, for the rest of us, and the world. The lefties of the blogosphere can be ignored easily enough, and left to their own devises, (as long as it doesn’t get any further than playing with excrement on the playground). But, ignoring this same behavior from those who have the power to destroy the world, and have so far proven that to be their likely intent, has rendered some really serious consequences for the rest of us.

Without a time share in Paraguay or Dubai, and no real means of escape, I think we could wind up really exterminated here, and I’m seriously not ready for that.

And, as Murphy’s Law will have it, the lefties will still be left undisturbed in the playgrounds, still playing with their excrement.

Some things just aren’t fair. Where’s the justice?

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By Dan Uu Noel, September 8, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

Hmmm…I just posted, but was not published; does anyone have a clue as to what is going on?


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By Dan Uu Noel, September 8, 2007 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

Robert Scheer, as usual, provides us with an enlightening analysis. Alas, as usual, he also skips the fact that 9/11 was not a box-cutting marvel, but a complex operation in which the U.S. government was the senior partner.

Could the best explanation for staying the course in Iraq be from Michael Moore in “Fahrenheit 9/11?” The war is not meant to be won, but to be permanent. The poorest U.S. citizens, through some magic, are the ones who will volunteer to go lose their limbs to IEDs instead of demonstrating for better lodging, food or education.

Or could the best explanation come from Robert Greenwald in “Iraq for Sale?”  The war serves to siphon public money to the coffers of military contractors armed with good political connections and generous campaign contributions.


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By DennisD, September 8, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Our “what me worry” Prez Alfred E. Bu$h is smiling because:

A. He is isn’t getting shot at or blown up.
B. He’ll heading out of the country in the next 15 minutes and won’t be back, unlike anyone else in the photo.

Then again it may be just a cardboard photo of Bu$h everyone is standing around. That would be far more representative of the “man” and just as lifelike.

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By shinypeter, September 8, 2007 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

People who express themselves in blogs like this lefty character should not be let out alone off the leash. The blog he slams makes a very good point, that the latest Bin Laden tape is probably a scam stunted by the usual suspects. Lefty is like one of those intellectually chalenged kids in the playground who likes playing with excrement. He can only string two lines together without going off subject and even then what he says is superfluous to the blog.

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By shinypeter, September 8, 2007 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

People who express themselves in blogs like this lefty character should not be let out alone off the leash. The blog he slams makes a very good point, that the latest Bin Laden tape is probably a scam stunted by the usual suspects. Lefty is like one of those intellectually challenged kids in the playground who likes playing with excrement. He can only string two lines together without going off subject and even then what he says is superfluous to the blog.

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By hippy pam, September 8, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

BUSH*T-TURD BLOSSOM-SCOOTER-is it just me ????OR….


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By cann4ing, September 7, 2007 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment

Louise, thanks for the link regarding the current “fake” Osama.  I recall another, and more extended presentation, regarding the video released by the U.S. government shortly after 9/11/01 purporting to be Osama telling his visitors how they carried out 9/11—the one shown shortly before the invasion.  I think it was part of a presentation by Prof. Steven E. Jones, a physicist who presents persuasive evidence that WTC 7 collapsed as part of a controlled demolition.  The post 9/11 video is broken down and compared to earlier photos of Osama.  They not only reveal mark discrepancies in facial features but in stature and in which upper extremity is the dominant hand.  Unfortunately, I cannot recall the link or I would provide it.  If you or another Truthdigger recalls it, please post it.

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By Blueboy1938, September 7, 2007 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment

I am looking at side by side stills of the latest bin Laden tape and the one from October, 2004, as I write this, and if it’s not the same guy, they’ve done a masterful makeup job.  The facial structure is virtually identical, and, while the latest image shows a somewhat more robust individual, by no means is that person 20 pounds heavier if one is just going by the face and shoulders.  There is no way to assert that, because the beard is obviously dyed, it therefor can’t be bin Laden.  The man is not going to let a little thing like other people’s customs stop him from dying his beard if he and/or his handlers think there is something to be gained by doing so.  For instance, applying some swarthy makeup and dye to give him a more vigorous appearance is probably considered likely to play well with the young, disaffected muslims they are trying to recruit and motivate.

Furthermore, the video has ostensibly been subjected to voice print analysis, leading to the conclusion that, whatever his appearance, it is indeed Osama bin Laden speaking.  Voice printing is supposed to be even better than finger print identification; right up there with iris scans.

As for President Bush, let’s stop wringing our hands about him, shall we?  He’s history in 16 months.  There’s not enough time to impeach either him or Darth Cheney.  So let’s focus on getting a Democrat into the White House and strengthening the Democratic majorities in Congress, rather than gnashing our teeth about impeaching the current incumbents.  With the Republicans self-immolating, thanks to their scandal-of-the-month club, that shouldn’t be too hard.

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By cyrena, September 7, 2007 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment


Fooey, fooey. I wrote a nice response to this wealth of information from Louise and Ernest, (99093 and 99130 respectively) and it didn’t post. (which happens to me a lot these days).

But, it’s OK. By now, we already know why the Boy is smiling, and why the selected troops are smiling as well. And, we know that none of it is real.

And, they’ve removed ALL DOUBT, that any portion of this could have ever been real, (except all the death and destruction) when they came up with this latest video. Because you know what? Even if Osama really is alive somewhere…THAT AIN’T HIM, in the video!!! And, it’s not even CLOSE!!!Never mind that Muslims don’t dye their beards with anything except henna, and it’s highly unlikely that Osama’s crowd would even use that) and never mind that this guy is 20 pounds heavier, it’s just NOT HIM. This guy has an entirely different facial structure.

And, what’s with the Noam Chomsky reference, supposedly from the real OBL? Why do I not believe that Amazon delivers to the caves of Afghanistan? That doesn’t mean OBL couldn’t have gained access to any one or more of Noam Chomsky’s books, but it doesn’t quite fit the image that has been developed of him, by the producers of this whole scheme.

So, it’s all BS. Just another staged event, like “Mission Accomplished”, which most folks thought was taking place in Iraq. Except that it was really in San Diego.

Disney and the others have simply had far too much influence on our society, if we can be that easily fooled, and for so long.

Meantime, I did get around to the very excellent piece from Scott Ritter, that Louise had suggested in an earlier post. And, he pretty much spells it all out, so it’s another opportunity for those who are still fooled, to maybe take a few more steps toward embracing the truth, as opposed to embracing denial. I do feel confident in suggesting that the truth really DOES set us free, but I understand that it can be hard accepting some of these realities.

Anyway, his piece is linked to another excellent and related piece at this link:

It’s definitely worth the read.

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By 911truthdotorg, September 7, 2007 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

God Bless Australia!

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By Fadel Abdallah, September 7, 2007 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Reference # 99093 Louise & # 99055 cyrena:

The expected Osama movie you both correctly commented on in advance has been released today… and boy what a fictitious movie done in bad taste it is! And they want us to believe that Osama who died some time ago is still alive, getting healthier, and more so twenty years younger.

Whether this movie was done at the Pentagon studios, the CIA studios, Hollywood studios or Aljazeera studios, it is a proof that Osama’s fictitious videoes will continue to become a profitable, news,  money and fear generating industry not unlike the Holocaust-money and blackmailing industry.

My prediction is that before Bush’s term is over, they will release another bad fiction where Osama is depicted as being captured or killed. And in this one   Bush and gang will finally declare their glorious victory on their so-called “war on terror”!

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By Frank Cajon, September 7, 2007 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

It seems that a lot of this thread is being jacked to go after Winghunter, some blogger whose few words seem almost a charicature of blind jingoism, but who regardless is entitled to express his or her opinions, misspellings, and vitriol here without making the thread about him or her.
I think this is about George W Bush being a coward. And a pathological liar. And a war criminal. And a mentally disturbed and disabled man in need of removal from office. He sneaks into a country he is willing to ship into, for two or sometime three tours, our sons and daughters. A woman that works in my office has a daughter with a young child who has been in Iraq for 10 months. When she returns to her daughter it will be for only three weeks, and then back to duty and very strong likelihood of another tour as soon as six months after that since most of the troops in her regiment are being ‘redeployed’. The coward? He’s having a White House wedding after spending his draft obligation dodging while cranked up on coke and booze at the height of Vietnam-because he had a rich daddy. But now that he has his very own Vietnam, he’s dodging the real fighting again, but there for the fake pictures with the happy troops, obviously under command orders to smile or go on report, before he leaves them to die. Be easy on Winghunter. It’s not his fault his hero is a sniveling coward.

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By jbart, September 7, 2007 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment
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#98720 by Winghunter on 9/05 at 9:23 am
I could provide you direct and unimpeachable evidence of everything you asylum escapees have driveled here but, in realizing just how far you’ve fallen there is no ladder long enough to throw down for you to climb out of this deep dementia…much of the evidence is available if your denial allows you to look yet I know you will not.

Wow!!  Such a blistering attack on dissent and objection. I’m not impressed. The “I could provide” part of your tirade lacks teeth. Don’t promise, deliver. Provide. Nobody here accepts theory. Please, do all of of us imbeciles the “proof” you profess that you “could” provide.  I can’t speak for anybody but myself, but I think we could all learn something/the truth from someone with your grasp of reality.

Whoops, I’m sorry. It seems I’ve forgotten my place (again). Please, help us, and guide us (through your obvious infinite wisdom) in learning the truth.  As a fellow earth inhabitant, I NEED GUIDANCE !! Please, in your proven grasp of the truth and your sense of charity, share your enlightenment with all of us.  Please. We all need the guidance of someone like you, a person who, obviously sees things in a rational and realistic understanding.  Could you possibly see fit to help us understand all of the wrongs we see? We would not only appreciate your guidance but would be willing to help you gain public office because we can see that you, and people like you, are the answer to the problems that we fear are leading us to a disasterous ending. Thank you, kind sir, for reading the request of such a lowly citizen as me.  God bless you, Sir.

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By Louise, September 7, 2007 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

Ernest Canning [#99130]

Of course you are correct.

I screwed up, when I wrote:
“To many high rollers have too much invested in this profit making enterprise called the Global War On Terror [GWOT] to allow us to see a victory!”

I should have ended the sentence with, “a victory in Iraq!” Perhaps then my contempt for their use of a bogus “global war on terror” to line their pockets with our treasury would have been more apparent.

But I do like to use GWOT. Do it in my letters to my congressaurs. Do it in my conversation with others. It always throws people off, because they have to ask what GWOT means, which gives me the opportunity to tell them how phony the Global War On Terror really is, as you so eloquently pointed out.

And sometimes it’s fun, like, “Does congress really have any idea what they have GWOT us into?” Or, “When we GWOT this guy George in the White House, we also GWOT that higher father that rattles around in his head, and look where that has GWOT us!”

And of course, “Dubya hasn’t GWOT a clue what he’s doing.” And my favorite, “Main stream media hasn’t GWOT a clue what he’s doing either!”

Anyway, thanks for so clearly reminding us how phony GWOT, the Global War On Terror really is!
Clearly as phony as that beard on the newly incarnated, latest and greatest [CIA creation?] Osama!

Osama Bin Distractin, once again.

Update: They did it again. Hours after a new poll showed the majority of Americans want Congress to investigate Bush and Cheney in connection with 9/11, a “new” Bin Laden video appears.

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By farmertx, September 7, 2007 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

About Winghunter—does anybody remember the rectum known as Hardnose that got bounced from this site?
Sure sounds the same. Guess he got a new email address and handle.

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By D.G. Bowman, September 7, 2007 at 10:29 am Link to this comment
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All that’s missing from that photo is a kegger and a lampshade on Commander Bunnypants’ head. He’s nothing but a big-belching, nose-picking frat boy, and this is nothing more than a “party on, dude!” photo-op to him. Yes, I despise him beyond all depth and description ...

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By cann4ing, September 7, 2007 at 9:44 am Link to this comment

Excellent post Louise, but keep in mind the Orwellian nature of the phrase Global War on Terror.  As General William Odom (U.S. Army—Retired) has observed, from a practical point of view the phrase is a meaningless oxymoron.  Terror is a tactic, not a target.  “It would make as much sense to declare war on night attacks and expect that we are going to win that war.”

The Orwellian utility of the phrase lies in the fact that it involves an endless war against a phantom menace who is everywhere and anywhere at all times.   

America put Orwellian terminology to use long before “1984” was committed to print in 1949.  The end of World War II portended to bring every war profiteer’s nightmare, peace!  The answer was a simple change in nomenclature.  The War Department became the Department of Defense.  No matter how many countries an imperial America has invaded over the past sixty years, no matter how many countries suffer the indignity of permanently stationed U.S. troops—the latest official count is 737 in 130 countries—no matter the offensive nature of our weaponry, an ever-expanding military budget has been devoted to “military preparedness” as a matter of “defense.”

With the collapse of the Soviet Union came the removal of the only credible threat—though throughout the Cold War Soviet strength was consistently overstated.  Terrorism (aka guerrilla warfare) makes for the perfect replacement.  Its amorphous and elusive existence, the fact that it can never be wiped out and, in fact, can only be expected to increase as the peoples oppressed by U.S. imperalism are deprived of a democratic means to resist, makes it the ideal Orwellian enemy—one that can be used as an ongoing excuse to continue to irrationally fund the overblown U.S. military establishment.

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By ProfessorVP, September 7, 2007 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

Another theory—sometimes when a baby is smiling, it’s just gas.

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By boggs, September 7, 2007 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

Wingnut and Tyler may be on the RIGHT side,but come election time, excuse me for borrowing the verbalism of your idiot Commander in Chief, but the Independants and Democrats are gonna be “Kicking Ass.”

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By ocjim, September 7, 2007 at 7:02 am Link to this comment

It’s a photo op. That is why he is smiling. There is no focus on anything else of substance. Supposedly he is an engaging person when interacting in popular settings. And his staged appearances reinforce his own self-deception - the belief he is righteous. Even though he believes, it is the most heinous part of his mantra, using religion, destroying faith to further his agenda

Generally his stubborn “stay-the-course” mentality ignores the chaos, the suffering, the deadly toll of lives, and the utter dismantling of an Iraqi society. In effect, play-acting an Old Testament patriarch, he is destroying Iraq to save it.

Thus Bush is twisting the cross of Christianity to suit his own needs. It has been done before: as an icon with the swastika, in war with the Crusades, to save orthodoxy with the Inquisition.

So the worst of it is using the young and the vulnerable for his deadly imperialistic ways.

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By Louise, September 7, 2007 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

cyrena (#99055)

“Al-Qaida leader to address U.S. in first video in nearly 3 years, group says”

“OK, what’s up with this?”

“The upcoming video seems like more rabbit hole stuff.”


I think you’re correct, it probably is.

Maybe MSM and US operatives who put together the “terror” drivel we are expected to daily consume have finally realized a lot of us are refusing to swallow the crap anymore! Because this time they have given Osama’s upcoming appearance advance billing. Using old pictures to prepare us to accept their crap as being more palatable.

Osama is likely dead. Even the dumbest of dumb will clearly see that person identified as Osama in post-9/11 videos, is not the same man we see in photos and videos pre-9/11.

How on earth a nation of leaders who have everything that could possibly kill and capture at their disposal, could not track down and capture this man called Osama, is a puzzle. Yet these same leaders are able to predict what he will say and do with precision. And that is the real key to the puzzle. They control the PR about Osama, the leader of international terrorism, because Osama, the leader of international terrorism is a fiction they created! They can not capture the bad guy, because in his present incarnation he is a fantasy.

In short, if Osama ceased to exist, if “al Qaida” ceased to exist, who would they hold up as the object we are supposed to hate? The danger of course is we would, well everybody else would turn their rage and frustration to the administration. The real culprits who are responsible for this mess! That would never do. To many high rollers have too much invested in this profit making enterprise called the Global War On Terror [GWOT] to allow us to see a victory!

Osama must live, and Osama must continue to be the enemy!

But for the sane and observant, “I don’t believe this crap!” should be the automatic reply.

Like you, I don’t believe this crap!

If you haven’t yet, read Scott Ritters latest post, “Reporting from Baghdad”
He pretty well nails the “disease” that afflicts the citizenry when he said;
“Instead of going to Iraq to report on why Americans keep dying, Katie could just stay here, in America.  There are any number of corporations whose board rooms she could visit.  Or she could smooth talk her way into a number of country clubs, to interview the human face of the “military industrial complex” that President Eisenhower warned us about a half-century ago.  She might take a look at congressional campaign financing, where the profits from these corporations fund the campaigns of the politicians who continue to do nothing about Iraq.”


“In a way, Iraq is a manifestation of all that ails America today.  A complete breakdown of fundamental societal checks and balances brought on by greed and hubris.  From General Petraeus who will give it, to the mindless corporate-owned minions who populate much of Congress who will receive it, to the entertainment-as-news media which will report on it, and to the American people who will consume it with no foundation upon which to evaluate it ... “


So “news” as entertainment, and Osama’s latest movie as entertainment, and the hype about Iran as entertainment, will continue and escalate. Because the “military industrial complex” that serves [or controls] the “divine” Bush believe the citizenry watches, not to be informed, but to be entertained.

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By cyrena, September 6, 2007 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment

Louise, 98995

As usual, I’m always so energized by your posts. Are you a Professor by any chance? I always feel like I’ve had a little mini lecture session when I read your posts, without having to leave my cubby hole to go to class. (no I’m not trying to substitute your posts for required stuff, but I can always count on you for a lead or a tip, so I almost feel like I should be paying you, instead of the UC Regents).

Anyway, on your last post, we’re back to the very urgent question of why Congress has not removed this delusional man from power, and that’s just the devil of it all. Because for 7 years now, we’ve lived this existence of UNPRECEDENTEDS, and everything is so incredibly surreal, that we now have to question the obvious. In any other decade, and in any other century, there is no way this would happen.(a retarded president) It just wouldn’t. And yet….it has. So, what does this say about the majority of US, that we have gone along with the program, for THAT long?

Of course there are a now a million pundit and scholarly explanations for this phenomenon, but at this point, we don’t even have time to discuss them all, because the fuse is burning. We have to do something now, IF it’s not too late.

Because, just a few hours ago, I came across yet another of these “unprecedenteds”, (and they come in all form and fashion, but for me, it’s generally in a feed headline).
This time, it’s the one that some of you may have seen, that says:

                    “bin Laden to Release Video by 9/11”

Now, is it just me, or does this sound similar to “Warner Bros. and John Doe to release the stunning remake of blah, blah, blah, coming soon to theaters near you…premiers at whatever on blah day….and so on. I mean, this is the alleged baddest dude on the planet, and we’ve been told for 6 years, that we are to live in extreme fear of this guy, and…ya KNOW?

Then, the sort of subtitle, (if that’s what it’s called) says this:

“Al-Qaida leader to address U.S. in first video in nearly 3 years, group says”

OK, what’s up with this? How did this guy get to be this important, really? I mean, he’s important enough for the main stream news media to post the details of some upcoming presentation from him, and it would appear to be very popular information, (it’s in the “most viewed” category) and somehow it just sort of makes me feel like this guy somehow has managed to gain this incredible control over all of our lives, and most folks don’t have a clue to who the hell he even IS!!!

I mean, if ever there was a counterpart to georgies man behind the curtain Oz character, it would be this dude. I mean, here is says that he’s about to “address the US”, and I’m reading it the same way that I would read a headline about Bush preparing for his SOU or something similar. You know how they always build that stuff up, and then the Shrub proceeds to send “messages” to the people of multiple nations, such as, “….And my message to the Iranian people is…blah, blah, blah, and you’re also in the axis of evil, so you better get rid of those leaders you’ve got, or we’re gonna blast you to smithereens, and steal your oil too!

So, we’re used to that. But, since when did we start giving this bin Laden guy advance billing for his productions? It just seems pretty bizaare, but maybe it’s just me. How does an alleged terrorist get the same billing as any other head of state, and when he speaks, we somehow all now feel compelled to listen? (actually, I’ve always thought that the administration might be wise to actually listen to him, if they really wanted to “solve terror” or reduce these episodes of such). So is this like a follow-up now, to Chertoff’s early summer gut?

Meantime, the Saudis think the guy has been dead for at least a year, and I’ve been inclined to think the same thing, just from reading independent sources.

The upcoming video seems like more rabbit hole stuff.

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By Rev_Rock, September 6, 2007 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe one of these days, a REAL military leader will see to it that Bush sees only bloody, disemboweled corpes, ours or theirs, so he can get a good, close-up look at what he’s done.  After he pukes from the stench and the sight of it, put him back on Air Force One, and send him back home with that sight locked in his head.  Whether he changes anything or not, hopefully he’ll have a lifetime to see them in his nightmares!!

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By purplewolf, September 6, 2007 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

Why is this guy smiling? The answer can be found at: It takes a few minutes to download. Put on your speakers,Version 1 pertains the the Iraq mess,Version 2 is about Katrina, same song some of the same pictures. Check out the other related filmstrips.
It works wonders as a stress reliever.

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By don knutsen, September 6, 2007 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment
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Hey WingNut….we’ve got your number. I’m sure you’ve gone thru life the same, oblivious to the thoughts and concerns of anyone else. Following rules without question, much like another society in the 30’s in Germany. You enjoy swimming against the flow. You haven’t the interest in questioning your own ideals for a second because you really have none. You are a robot that thinks what FOX News and their ilk tell you what to believe. You have no idea what was meant by a people’s goverment when our country was began 200 years ago. You support an administration that is dissolving our democracy. You are a traitor, plain and simple. Unfortunately you are not alone. How as this administration benifitted you in anyway wingnut ? You think its a good idea that you pay a highter proportion of your wages in taxes then the wealthiest in our country ? You think its a good idea that only the well-to-does can afford sending their kids to college? You think its a great idea that american men and women are having to go on 4 - 5 tours to Iraq ? For what Wingnut ? Which justification of this administration did you decide to buy into ? The WMD’s won’t work, The connection to the folks who attacked us - that was complete bullshit, how about - were invading them to help the people of Iraq. Their alot happier now aren’t they…Are you safer then you were before Bu$h decided to invade Iraq ? Geeze - Louise….thank God you brainless friggon idiots are starting after 6 years now to appear to be in a minority in America. You should jump in your pickup truck, grab a pack of your favorite cheap beer and drive outside your little teany world to see what the rest of the planet thinks. Oh , I almost forgot…you could care less.

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By expatUSA, September 6, 2007 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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“Winghunter” is just another mindless echo incapable of thinking beyond the ten foot square in front of a television.

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By joeanimal, September 6, 2007 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment
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who is this wingnut guy anyway?!!!
im a fng!!!
if hes a vet i can hook him up with some counselling and some meds!!!

if hes just a republican bushead, sorry i dont do excorsisms!!!

that might be the way to go though!!!

maybe someone could do an intervention and save the poor lost soul!!!!

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By ProfessorVP, September 6, 2007 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment

I wouldn’t categorize all the Right Wingers in one cubby hole.  Let’s break it down into what I’d call Con Men and Suckers.  The first group (Bush-Cheney, Rummy, Wolfy, Condi (a Con Chick), Perle, Lieberman, Rupert Murdoch (he’s big on Hillary, if you didn’t know), Fox and to a lesser degree CNN—they sound off the war drums and say “you just hate Amurrica” if you question goose-stepping into nations that had nothing to do with 9/11.  The second group is comprised of the religious rubes who rarely read and are easily snookered into extremely simple-minded points of view: Osama and Saddam were really the same person, if you don’t invade them there they’ll follow you home, gays are the bogeyman, a woman has no business deciding about her reproduction, the founding document of America?  The Bible, of course.

I cannot imagine folks like War Hawks/Social
Conservative Queens Larry Craig and Bitch, oops,
Mitch McConnell not privately giggling at the voters who empowered them, thinking, “Suckers!”  (And not suckers in a good way either!)

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By Louise, September 6, 2007 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

Why is this man smiling?

Because he’s not only comfortable with the destruction, mayhem, chaos and human sacrifice being performed at his request ... he’s actually quite proud of it!

This visit is “the great I am’s” gift to the lowly grunts. Blessing “his” cannon fodder with his glorious presence prior to their possible sacrifice on his alter of self important conceit. More charred corpses for him to shed crocodile tears over.

Oh my, that’s too harsh! He really wants to bring them home! Right?

Right ... then why doesn’t he?

I remember back before 9/11 when Bush’s blunders were becoming the laughing stock of ALL major media, he was asked how he felt about the criticism and ridicule. He responded, [paraphrasing] “I don’t care, my dog loves me, my family loves me and MY military is protecting MY borders.” And that about sums up this mans incredible conceit. He is after all not a man. He is divine, and we all belong to him.

It’s not that he hasn’t told us so. He has so many times. We simply found it amusing. Didn’t take him seriously. But his reality goes far beyond any humor. This man wrote his script. He plays his part. And he will control how his script ends in his great production. He celebrates the day when he will go to the great beyond in a blaze of glory! His blaze of glory could very well be our final war. A world consumed by nuclear holocaust. What so many choose not to see is that between his reality and the reality his “subjects” live in, there’s a growing fascism that seems hell-bent and determined to help him self-destruct.
[Insert scream]

Unfortunately money and power do not necessarily go hand in hand with smarts. Our mirror images of Hitler’s supporters, Kings and Potentates, Corporate moguls and Financers have not yet realized how close they are coming to assisting their hand-picked nut into leading us to total destruction.

Hitler actually did fight in a war, was actually wounded ... for the homeland. So he bore a hint of credibility for a while.

But when he went round the bend ... moguls and financers jumped ship! What on earth is keeping them on board this time around?

Back to the future and our latest version of the savior of the world.

How does he get away with it? I suspect in his mind he isn’t getting away with anything. He is simply following direction from the higher father rattling ‘round in his head, working his way to that enviable position of being on the right-hand side.

[Forgetting I suppose, that position has already been promised to a man called Christ]

A better question is why on earth do his followers accept insanity as divine guidance? And a better question still is why on earth does the congress not remove this seriously delusional man from the White House?

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By Trigger finger, September 6, 2007 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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Why is he smiling? because that’s what morons do, That what people with I.Q.‘s in the low 40’s do, they smile a lot.  Or maybe he just cut a big stinky one. Morons love to do that too, and then they giggle.

Actually they’re all laughing because one of the privates asked him to stop picking his nose for the photo op, and everyone started laughing. He just joined in. He can’t help it. grin

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By Ga, September 6, 2007 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

... those who most proudly and passionately recite the Pledge, (to our flag) seem to have totally lost the meaning of those last words…“and liberty and justice for ALL”.

This, unfortnately, describes the Right Wing of this country. Part ignorance, part lack of education, but part, perhaps mostly, having utter contempt of peoples not like themselves.

The Right Wing, as morons such as ‘winghunter’ show us everytime they choose to post a comment here, has utter contempt of all people not like themselves. The Right Wing think themselves vastly superior than everyone else.

The Right Wing believes that it is entirely okay that millions of Iraqis are suffering right now. Millions dead and dying and suffering.

Think about that…

There are Jihadists that think the U.S. is evil and should be destroyed. And if U.S. civilians die, so what.

The RIGHT WING of America that thinks that Saddam’s Iraq was evil and should have been destroyed. And if Iraqi civilians die, so what.

If A = B and C = B then A = C.

Being Right Wing means:

It is evil that U.S. citizens die. It is okay that other nation’s civilians die.
It is evil when U.S. soldiers get tortured. It is okay that other nation’s soldiers get tortured.
It is evil when Iran meddles in Iraq. It is okay everytime that the U.S. meddles in wars between other nations.
It is evil when other nations sell weapons to our “enemies.” It is okay that the U.S. is the largest supplier of weapons on the planet.

The list goes on…

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By Ga, September 6, 2007 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

Bush is smiling because he is surrounded by well-trained troops who, to survive amid fear, chaos and death, fall into the “I am playing the hero among heros,” role and are therefore cheering and supporting their Commander-In-Chief. For or againt this war, soldiers and soldiering have been part of our make-up since the beginning of History—one cannot fault a soldier for that.


In order to live with the pain of war we have notions of honor; that we meet the enemy as enemy in battle, and meet the enemy as fellow men when the fighting has subsided or stopped. We meet honorably on and off the battlefield, so that we retain, in the end, our humanity.

Today, although most of our culture—and the heroes of our most acclaimed novels and movies—have this notion honor in war, most of our pundits in the media, and most of our leaders in Washington, talk of anything but this kind of honor. Indeed, they often decry and deride even hints at even discussing discussion with our “enemies” (applying that label to some countries with whom we are not at war).

We are told, by our media and by our government, that no actions by our enemies in the Middle East are honorable.

And we do have a notion that our enemy is not honorable. Flying a plane into a building is not honorable. A bomb on a bus is not honorable. Fighting among civilians is not honorable.

Our fields of battle, though, have changed. No longer do men line up to face each other on level ground. No longer do rows of tanks bear down upon rows of tanks. No longer do jets dogfight other jets.

In cities is where our wars are fought now. Among buildings is where we face each other now. Tanks roll unopposed down streets now. Jets drop five thousand pound bombs from high in the sky now.

Without doubt, causing the deaths of civilian men, women and children is without honor. We learned of the pain of civilian deaths on September 11, 2001. Shall we discount, though, without discussion—as many in the media suggest—Iraqi and Afghani civilian deaths? If we were to discuss enemy civilian deaths, should we discuss the decades of conflict in the Middle East? Have all the deaths of “enemy” civilians been honorable?

If a measure of honor is in civilian deaths, how do we fare?

If a measure of honor is in prisoner treatment, how do we fare?

If a measure of honor is in due process, equal justice and fair hearings, how do we fare?

Upon the fields of battle in the 21st century which America must stand and face her enemies, with sword or with pen, we must remember that among who we face is our own reflection.

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right,” Lincoln began the end of his second inaugural. Today, how shall we begin to bind this nation’s wounds? We should, and shall, care for those who have borne the battle. To achieve, though, a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations, we must recall the meaning, the measure, of honor. Malice toward none, and charity for all must be extended to all nations, including our enemies, real or imagined. If not, we risk extending war into the rest of the 21st century. We cannot wait for others to extend charity to us first.

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By cann4ing, September 6, 2007 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Purplewolf, “Hacking Democracy” is an excellent documentary but it merely scratches the surface. 

In 2002, Diebold acquired Global Election Systems, renamed Diebold Election Systems, Inc.  The good folks at Global needed someone trustworthy to put in charge of developing the GEMS central tabulator, the software responsible for tabulating the votes stored in the memory cards of Diebold’s optical scan machine.  They found the right guy in Jeffrey Dean, a man who had been convicted in the 1980s for embezzling more than $465,000 from a Seattle law firm which had hired him to automate and maintain its computer system.

In Leon County, FL, security experts Harry Hursti & Herb Thompson tested Diebold’s optical scan machines and a central tabulator.  Penetrating the system in “less than a minute,” Hursti & Thompson “showed that votes could be changed on an individual voting machine, in groups of machines or en masse through a central tabulator.”  According to Bev Harris of Black Box Voting, “Hursti was able to take just one memory card from one voting machine in a precinct and infect the whole system.”  Prior to that, “Harris had videotaped a trained chimpanzee hacking into a Diebold system and deleting votes.”

If an optical scanner that can be hacked by a chimp is disconcerting, consider that, at the least, the optical scanners produce a paper trail where none exists on the E-voting DREs.  Computer Scientist Ted Selker of the Cal Tech/MIT Voting Technology Project notes that some vote-altering codes, called “Easter eggs,” are undetectable.  “...such code could be loaded into a voting machine in many ways: in the software itself, in the tools that assemble the software (compiler, liner and loader), or in the tools the program depends on (database, operating system scheduler,  memory management and graphical-user interface controller).”  The Easter egg is timed so that it does not activate until Election Day—the only day when it would be revealed by testing.

The concern is more than academic.  In a 10/19/05 “San Diego City Beat” article, Miriam Raftery reported:  “Clint Curtis, a computer programmer…testified under oath that he was hired by Florida Congressman Tom Feeney…to create vote-rigging software that could ‘flip’ votes from one candidate to another.”  Raftery noted that per Bev Harris and other experts, “vote-flipping software could be designed to erase itself after election night, making it vitually untraceable.”

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By ocjim, September 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

Some observations: Gagging is a natural reflex when you see or smell something extremely repugnant.

Is it always the same video on the news that shows a waving, smiling Bush in transit from one location to another. Is that location mama’s house? And who is he waving at? His mother?

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By tyler, September 6, 2007 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
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while i agree that winghunter is an idiot, he did pick the winning side to be on.

annoying, yes, but the reality is that the bush administration is just the fruition of a plan that has been in the works for decades, and over a few generations.

It is no coincidence that bush is where he is right now, and sadly, he has pretty much most of your elected officials in his back pocket.  Republican or democrat, it doesn’t matter, the people in congress and in the senate are backing bush even if they say they aren’t. 

Why do you think nothing is being done about the administrations blatent disregard for law?  Why do you think the executive branch is espanding its priviledges completely unchecked?

The ‘democrats’ in office know whats going on, and they just care about making it look like they’re doing something about it.

So keep on typing friends, it might be in vain, but at least it keeps you at your desks.

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By Bobswire, September 6, 2007 at 9:41 am Link to this comment
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“Aside from corruption and the lack of security, the biggest problem in supplying Iraq with electricity is that the national electrical grid has broken down, and different factions, divided largely along ethnic and religious lines, are grabbing what they can.  This kind of anarchy is emblematic of the new, emerging Iraq, in which the central government has declining sway over the nation’s decisions.”

The neo talking points now making the rounds in regards to the above, “It’s a bottom up approach”!
Can you believe that shit and the Media is eating it up.
God save us all, now if I can only phantom up a God.

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By grandma pat, September 6, 2007 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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My grandfather’s political advice, darkly spoken, was always, “New brooms sweep clean.”

If Scheer is right about the Democrats sitting on their hands, then it’s time for the people of the U.S. to simply vote out all incumbents, left or right, and instead vote for the challengers, left or right, who seem most likely to work to disentangle us from this military/industrial empire-chasing lunacy.

If incumbents want to save their jobs, they should start acting now to forestall such a voter movement.

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By tomack, September 6, 2007 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

Dear RGribbinski,

That was excellent. However, the only difference is that Sam Kinnison was entertaining, as opposed to Winghunter who is…quite disturbed. 

Dear WingNut,

Seek help. Soon.

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By KYJurisDoctor, September 6, 2007 at 9:16 am Link to this comment

Why is he smiling? Why not? Take a look at the girls surrounding him! LOL. or

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By David, September 6, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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The Troops look like they’re having a BLAST!!!  I say leave ‘em there.  No more visits home.  Tour of duty=length of occupation.  If they love Iraq so much let them stay.  Forever.

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By boggs, September 6, 2007 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

Why is he smiling? And why not? He has a crew of smiling volunteers who are willing to put their life on the line for this prick!
No, not for their country, they are too far from home to help the US. Our borders and ports are open to any kind of terror.
Some people grow up wanting to be a mailman or a brave and courageous fireman, and then we have those who smile because they get to occupy another country and carry a gun.

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By rbrooks, September 6, 2007 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Why wouldn’t the murderous little weasel be smiling? He’s done his job in spades. The country is in debt for all coming generations, the money having gone to the wealthiest 1% and the military industry; the environment is looted; oil is king; the Consitution for all practical purposed nullified; Congress is cowed, which appears to be their natural state; and Family Bush, Halliburton, and the Carlyle Group have all profited beyond their most obscene objectives. The Iraq war is just another in the long, tragic history of machines to convey wealth from individuals to giant corporations. Lives just fuel the machine. How this miserable piece of human garbage can stand there smirking with the decent, valuable lives he’s so willing to spend is a mystery we will probably never solve. I only hope there is an international court that will some day have the guts to bring him and all his fellow war criminals to justice. It sure won’t happen in the country formerly known as the land of the free.

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By PFT, September 6, 2007 at 2:44 am Link to this comment
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I think he is being tickled by one of those cuties.

As for smiling, why not, the war is going exactly according to plan.  From the start this was all about having permanent bases in Iraq and protecting the oil we will need someday.  Saddam would have signed it over to China and France once sanctions were lifted.  History might even say Bush saved America 50 years from now when the oil runs out for the rest of the world, or maybe not.

Unfortunately, a war such as this is illegal, so he had to manufacture an excuse, WMD for the world, and a 9/11 connection to the scared fools in this country.

As for all the mistakes in the occupation, they were not mistakes.  This was carefully orchestrated to ensure Iraq would dissolve into a civil war and every sect/tribe/whatever fights each other.  The British called it divide and rule, keep them fighting each other so you can stay longer.  The last thing we wanted was for democracy to work so the Iraq government could say, thanks, but you are not needed now, go home.

Now we are well positioned to bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran.  But since this means that the Shias who are not shooting at us might start shooting at us, we arm the Sunnis, and if need be, we dissolve the government and put in a puppet like Allawi to run an interim government under martial law until Iraq is secure, and it will never be secure, so it becomes the defacto government of Iraq.

It’s all be done before, just open up the history books you read in school.  The only difference is, those were the bad guys doing those things, not us.

Grand-daddy Prescott was part of the plot to overthrow the government during FDR’s day which was foiled by General Butler, and he was Hitlers banker as late as 1942 when he was stopped under the Trading With The Enemy Act, and his banks assets seized. 

But most of the Industrialists and Bankers, many of them Republicans, were Italian Fascist and Nazi supporters before the war, and kept us out of the war until Pearl Harbour.  But we needed them to win the war, and they made a pile of money, so they were happy to cooperate in making weapons instead of cars and the like.

And they were so happy, we invented the Cold War, and had a bunch of little wars, and when the Cold War ended, what to do?  How about a Global War on Terror that will never end.  And so our divinely inspired President said let it happen, and so it was.

The Bankers and Military Industrial Media Complex are very, very happy.  Long live King George, let’s make him the permanent President.  And so it will be, after the attack Chertoffs gut says will happen that allows the Decider to declare Martial Law and suspend elections.

Hyperbole? Maybe.  Scares the hell out of me though.

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By cyrena, September 6, 2007 at 1:17 am Link to this comment

Re98731 by Ga

The U.S. should have used international law, the UN and the ICC, to bring the likes of Osama and Saddam to trial and then to justice—IS THAT NOT WHY AMERICA TOOK UP ARMS TO FREE ITSELF FROM TYRANNY IN THE FIRST PLACE? Justice—if you truly believe in FREEDOM for all—means law, fairness, and just trials and just punishment.

I’m so glad you noticed and posted this. I’ve suggested the same in other submissions that never made the cut. In short, (since I’ve said it before) those who most proudly and passionately recite the Pledge, (to our flag) seem to have totally lost the meaning of those last words…“and liberty and justice for ALL”. Or, maybe it’s just the last word they don’t really mean. They’re only OK with the liberty and justice as a self-reference. They apparently aren’t all that sincere about having those concepts extended to -ALL-.

Meantime, I said all of that to say that you’re right. I’ve been trying to see if anybody else out there had any idea about the fact that if we really wanted to be rid of Saddam, it could have happened long ago, via the ICC. We finally got Pinochet, and they got Mislovich (sp?) as well. They could have gotten Saddam if they wanted to, but the Cabal has never wanted to have anything to do with the ICC, (George said that not long after he highjacked the white house, on the advice of David Addington, Cheney’s top lawyer) and of course that’s because they hope to shield themselves from the long arm of Internation Law, since they can’t hide out in our government forever.

AND…they also didn’t want the International Community involved. Iraq was intended to be THEIR steal, and any involvement by the UN would not have provided for the goals of the real agenda.

The only agenda that would have allowed for International intervention by the ICC, would have been Saddams crimes against the people of Iraq. They could not and would not have interfered on a fake claim of WMD, because the UN already KNEW that Saddam didn’t have any. Saddam has allowed full inspections beginning over 6 months BEFORE the invasion, and the inspectors were just about to finalize the reporting of such, (NO WMD…the program had been defunct since the mid 90’s) when the Cabal told them to get out, because we were about to fire away…the shock and awe.

So, the ICC would not have moved on Saddam for something he didn’t have. They WOULD have moved on him, for crimes against his own state, and he would have had a fair trial, and whatever resulted from it.

None of that however, was ever in the real agenda. It would not have served their purposes.

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By williamf, September 6, 2007 at 1:09 am Link to this comment
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He smiles and fellow humans die.  That’s the bottom line.  It’s not about Iraq per se or democracy.  It’s about money and power…that’s it.  Take the uniforms out of the picture and he could just as well be attending a frat party.  This dumb ass is getting our kids killed and he is a plague upon the Iraqi people.  How did all of this start?  We need to have a good collective memory.  It started when Cheney and his SS troopers brought the intelligence in line to “fit their needs.”  Now, the bullshit presses are working overtime with the fantasy that the U.S. can attack Iran and not suffer consequences.  Blind to any humanity whatsoever, like Iraq, the Bush regime will visit death and destruction upon Iran.  What Bush and his minions fail to grasp is the enormity of the hatred and vegeance engendered by this strategy.

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By Objective Observer from the Southern Hemisphere, September 6, 2007 at 12:24 am Link to this comment
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RON PAUL for president.

Assuming you even get an election in 2008.

OR kiss your arses goodbye.

AND FRANKLY, good riddance too!

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By purplewolf, September 6, 2007 at 12:18 am Link to this comment

# 98858 Outraged:

It was grandpappy bush who funded hitler

#98847 Ernest:

If you get a chance to see the documentary called “Hacking Democracy” see it. It was shown on the Sundance channel and tells of a woman who wondered if you could hack the voting machines.In it she documents going to the the companies who make the voting machines, goes to the recount places, exposes legal voting tabs thrown in the garbage, and has people show how to get into the “hackproof” machines and change the results.Worth watching.

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By RGribbinski, September 5, 2007 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment
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Winghunter, are you a professor?

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By Robert Gaul, September 5, 2007 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment
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Didn’t Dubya and his family pull every string they could to get him out of combat duty in Vietnam? How can he stand next to solidiers involved in patrols in combat zones and not blush with shame?
Why haven’t his daughters volunteered to work in Army hospitals to witness some of the damage his failed policies are having on his service personal and finally why hasn’t our Prime Minister John Howard encouraged his son to join the army and visit Iraq for a tour of duty?

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By TL Anderson, September 5, 2007 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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He is smiling because the soldiers in the photo have had their sidearms confiscated.

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By Outraged, September 5, 2007 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

RE: #98713 by QuyTran on 9/05
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“Don’t insult Hitler, please !”

Good one!  BTW, who was it that FUNDED Hitler?


RE: #98855 by TAO Walker on 9/05


I AGREE.  BTW, I had to look that up.

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By TAO Walker, September 5, 2007 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

Ursula (#98780) and cyrena (#98834) BOTH cut to the meat of the matter.  The use of “outsiders” to police resistant “natives,” for example, is of course as old as imperialism itself.  The BIA has long employed it to “manage” those intended-to-be concentration camps called “reservations.”  Typically, old “enemies” are brought in for the purpose.

The domesticated peoples of Europe and Asia have mostly long since gotten relatively comfortable in their captivity.  Subduing the “new world” hasn’t gone nearly so easily as expected, though, since Turtle and HummingBird Islands have no tolerance for any kind of Two-Leggeds (or other critters) except free wild ones.  This natural law shows itself even in those whose ancestors hailed from elsewhere.  The domesticated breeds of anything just don’t do well here, and soon come to require significant (and increasingly expensive) “medical” and other assistance just to exist.

Mother Africa is also proving difficult to “tame.”  This despite several centuries of European-led efforts to rub-out the Native nations there.  The Bush crime family, with its ties to British “royalty,” has been part of this genocidal assault all along.

Americans for a long time believed themselves the possesors of some kind of immunity from the abusive exploitation to which they have been willing (if often only half-witting) accomplices.  Even now, as their homegrown privateering class is rubbing their allamerican noses in it, most seem incapable of grasping their real status in “The New World Order.”  That is, they are wage/debt slaves cum cannon-fodder.  One remarkable difference between theamericanpeople and most of the other 6-plus billion in the same sorry condition is that americans essentially sold theirownselves and one anothers’ into it.

911truthdotorg (#98831) surely knows that the Lonestar Juvenile Simian is nothing but a vacuous cipher into which has been poured the putrid and toxic wetdreams of the ten-thousand-year-old death cult that borned and bred him.  He is, in that regard, totally the spit-in image of his daddy.  That anger and disgust 911truthdotorg feels would be more aptly focused on the tormentors who’ve created the plutoligarchy and set it to rule by fear over the hapless masses of “civilized” humans.  It’s the old “eye upon the donut….” principle.

Speaking of eyes, this old Indian asks all the captive Sisters and Brothers to remember that we’re already on our Way through The Needle’s.  We can pass through as Persons and Peoples….but only by leaving ALL our “baggage” (personal, attitudinal, institutional, and electro-mechanical) behind.


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By Amir, September 5, 2007 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment
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Bush and Cheney need to be impeached. We need to start a civil disobedience campaign, refuse to pay taxes and overload the Bush machinery in order to force him out of office.

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By cann4ing, September 5, 2007 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

While I appreciate the sentiment expressed by Frank Cajon, his belief that Bush was “elected” in 2000 and re-elected is the product of Orwellian manipulation.

Recall that in Orwell’s “1984” the protaganist, Winston Smith held the job of eliminating the written record of inconvenient facts by feeding them into memory holes.  On Election Day 2004 Prof. Steven F. Freeman, Ph.D. experienced just such a “1984”-like moment as he was confronted with the markedly different realities reflected on network websites and network news broadcasts. 

“The laptop screen projected a Kerry victory in nearly every battleground state, in many cases by substantial margins.  But on TV James Carville was saying Kerry needed to ‘draw an inside straight’....The Slate Web site indicated a narrow edge to Kerry in Florida; the networks all had Florida solidly in the Bush camp.  CNN’s Web site data infromed us of commanding Kerry victories in Pennsylvania and Minnesota; TV anchors told us these states were too close to call…[in] Ohio…exit polls showed Kerry with a projected victory of more than 4%...TV viewers were left with little doubt that Bush had won.”

A funny thing happened after the polls closed and the Kerry exit-poll lead, in state after state, slid into the Bush column.  The vast discrepancies between the exit-polls and the official results simply vanished as the pollsters “corrected” the exit-polls in order to reconcile them with the official results.

This was by no means the only presidential election in which such vast discrepancies occurred.  It happened in 1988, 1992 and Florida 2000 where exit-polls had Gore winning by 435,000 votes.  They also occurred in the Republican presidential primaries in New Hampshire (1992) and Arizona (1996).  As Freeman & Bleifuss note in “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” “in five out of the six elections; the candidate whose official numbers far exceeded exit-poll results was named George Bush.”

Freeman & Joel Bleifuss not only demolish the post election theories that sought to explain away the vast discrepancies between the exit-polls and the official results, but demonstrate statistical improbability.  The odds of the shift in 10 of eleven battleground states all favoring Bush was about one in 1,024.  In Ohio, PA & FL the shifts favoring Bush were 4.9%, 6.7% & 6.5%—the odds, about one in 660,000.

Setting aside the neocons widespread efforts at creative voter suppression, the central problem is that far too many Americans thought they were participating in an “actual” election when they only took part in a “virtual” election on computerized voting machines with vote-flipping capabilities.  As Joseph Stalin put it, “Those who cast the votes decide nothing.  Those who count the votes decide everything.”

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By 911truthdotorg, September 5, 2007 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

Keith Olbermann: “Special Comment”  Aired 9/4/07

Outstanding! Thank you, Keith!

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By joeanimal, September 5, 2007 at 8:52 pm Link to this comment
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whats scary is winghunter is exactly the type of peaople that bush has recruited into his crusade to bring forth this new empire!!!

now i am fallen from injuries from the past, but if i was still able i would tell winghunter “i’m your huckleberry”!!!

when i was in bootcamp i took out a nut like him once!!!

his head ended up in the toilet!!!

he ended up becoming yoeman, gave me the first overnight liberty that came up!!!

guess i earned his respect the hard way, for him!!!

whats up salas!!

no hard feelings!!!!

there anger and big mouth is nothin but fear, trying to inimidate!!!!

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By PaulH, September 5, 2007 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment
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After the disgusting theft of the American Presidency in 2000 and alarming rise of the religious right-wingers in U.S. politics, I signed up for my monthly social security checks and moved to the friendlier environment of Thailand.  The events of 9/11 were shocking and alarming but the total mayhem and destruction caused by the Bush Administration, with the enthusiastic support of the greed merchants of the military-industrial complex, has made me almost ashamed to admit my nationality.  I still do, for I love my country, but always add that I bitterly oppose Bush/Cheney and everything they stand for. How idiots like “Wingover” can still support the lies and worldwide debacle caused by our criminal administration is beyond explanation!  The only way America can save some face with the rest of the world is to IMPEACH Bush/Cheney now…and it would help if both could be tried by the International Court and sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘crimes against humanity’!

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By Ray Milland, September 5, 2007 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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OMG - Its the thing with two heads !

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By cyrena, September 5, 2007 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment

#98780 by Ursula on 9/05 at 3:00 pm

Bush is smiling because his masters have what they ordered.  The “failure” that we see is really their “success.” We can’t say they’re delusional or expect them to understand the “failure” because to them, it’s not.

You’ve hit this right where it curdles the blood at the highest level of agitation, just because it’s true. We read all of these analysis and diagnosis of the Boy George, and I’m sure that much of it is also accurate. I’ve long since been convinced that the Boy had a major personality disorder, and probably a physiological one as well. There seems little doubt on that.

BUT…he is still able to serve the purposes of his masters, and THAT’S what so many Americans still miss I think. And, that’s understandable enough I guess, if they don’t realize that at his “best”, Boy George is what he’s always been known for, which was his cheerleading at Yale. So, the masters do not count on him to come up with the “product” itself. They figure all of that stuff out. Then the Boy need only sell it to the American people.

And, when he does, it is a “success”. For them, we have to look at the agenda from the beginning, to decide whether or not the War on Iraq has been a success. Not the agenda they’ve been selling to us for over 6 years, but the agenda that they had coming in. And, that agenda included the take-over of Iraq, (first target) from day one. It was on the agenda BEFORE 9-11.

If the real agenda was simply the take-over of Iraq, first, to privatize their oil, (Exxon-Mobile, Chevron, Shell Royal Dutch included, BP, Halliburton, and more) and at the same time to gain strategic and geopolitical hegemony over the ENTIRE region, then this is so far a success for that agenda. The only major headache that the masters have encountered is their failure to force the Iraqis to legally sign over all of their oil resources to the transnational corporations. That is the only thing that hangs over the masters as a so-far unfinished piece of the master project, and it isn’t really stopping them, because they know that oil isn’t going anywhere. And, they figure if they can just stay there, and keep working with the contractors to make the areas they need more accessible, (because the insurgents have been their greatest foe in getting to this oil) then eventually, they’ll get all that they went for.

But, there was NEVER a plan to leave Iraq, which is why there’s never been a plan for withdrawal, nor will there ever be. At least not from the masters to whom the Boy answers. These lies of “possible reductions” and all the rest are just that. Lies. Lies ahead of the BetrayUs Report, as well as lies to accompany the request for yet more money to burn, as long as it’s not any of their own. (the billions they’ve already stolen)

So, Ursula has said it well. What we see in Iraq is in fact a success for the Cabal that presented it to us, and used our blood and treasure to present it to us. And they aren’t gonna STOP doing that, until we just say no.

Meantime, this is a comment made by one of those “masters” back some time ago. This guy, David Addington, has pretty much been running the country for the past several years. He is Dick Cheney’s right and left hand attorney, and he has come up with most of the stuff that we’ve suffered these past 6 years. And, here is what he’s had to say about the expansion of Executive Privilege:

•  “We’re going to push and push and push until some larger force makes us stop,” Addington said at one point, according to Goldsmith.

You can check it out at:

Meantime, sounds to me like we have to be that larger force. And, there’s a procedure. It’s called impeachment. That is the larger force, because WE have to make it happen. The larger force is US, because that was the point when we signed on to this democracy concept of governance.

It’s another one of those many things that we lose, if we don’t use.

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By 911truthdotorg, September 5, 2007 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment

Once again, this scumbag has ZERO shame.

He TRULY disgusts me.

I have much dread as to what he has planned for this country and the ultimate destruction of it.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, Terror Storm

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By Bob, September 5, 2007 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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What BS our media is feeding this country!! My nephew just came back from Iraq this past week. Now the truth: As a Navy Seal, he and squad of 12 total where sent out to find the enemy BUT do NOT engage the enemy were their orders. So as they went into the sector as ordered, they came under enemy fire, the C.O. of the unit radioed that they were under heavy fire and were told NOT to fire back, he said what do you want us to do, DIE? The C.O. ordered the unit to take out the enemy, 38 killed and 140 wounded but no one in the unit hurt. As they returned to base all faced a Captains Mast and lost one rank for not obeying orders. Is this the type of leadership that our men and women have to follow not to fire when fired upon? If it is are military has gone down the toilet!!!

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By Blueboy1938, September 5, 2007 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

President Bush again uses the troops as props, a la the “Mission Accomplished” carrier photo op.  What an opportunist!  By the way, if he had to have that level of secrecy to get into Iraq, how can he say the place is more secure?  Also, how did they get those sheiks and the members of the Iraq government in to meet with him without telling them in advance?  He can’t trust his countrymen with that information, but he can tell the Iraqis?

We can’t properly prosecute the Afghanistan situation, because the resources were diverted to Iraq, and we can’t sustain the “surge” past February, unless all the rules of deployment are changed (again!).  Nevertheless, after the general and the ambassador have their say, I predict that the president will extend the current troop levels, whether they say the “surge” is succeeding or not.

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By purplewolf, September 5, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

During all the other wars I have read and heard about the soldiers were responsible for their own laundry, meals and other things they needed done. Thanks to this moron who wants to outsource everything,he has added about 2 service workers for about 3-4 soldiers(this figure in my newspaper-I might be wrong) and what about all the private soldiers that Bush has hired at $950/day+.The last count said there were as many or more of them then our volunteer soldiers.

Don’t blame me I never voted for this guy.

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By Frank Cajon, September 5, 2007 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

Take a long look at that picture, fellow Americans, because WE VOTED THAT SON OF A BITCH IN. Bottom line. Like or hate it. So he has laundered half a trillion bucks, slaughtered half a million people, put our troops into a desert hell without a justification and no goal or strategy at the cost of nearly over 30,000 dead and maimed? He was RE-ELECTED by a wider margin in 2004 than the 2000 fiasco and now this borderline psychotic gets smuggled into a country where he claims we are ‘winning’ a war his own generals say is a lost cause occupation in the midst of a blood-feud civil war that will last a decade, and stages a photo-op. There are still arms to be sold, $100 dollar a loads laundry to be washed by contractors, meals and other expenses that manage to cost US taxpayers $3 billion a week to support 160,000 troops: not to arm them sufficiently to prevent them from being blown to bits, but money enough to line the pockets of the backers of the Fourth Reich.
None of this changes the fact that WE ELECTED THIS DICTATOR and the Congress that has no balls and gives him every dime he demands for his personal war. The fact that he is mentally unstable has been brushed aside, the crimes of his cronies overlooked, his crumbling empire similar to Hitler’s in the final days before the fall of Berlin, defiant to the end.
We have a responsibility to address the errors made by the American voters and to have our voices heard. Participate in a General Strike on 9/11 against the fascists who have usurped the power they were given and stripped Americans of Constitutionally guaranteed rights of habeas corpus, and freedom from searches without court-ordered warrants. Before they turn their Blitzkreig loose on this country, take a stand.

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By Bob, September 5, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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During my youth,i’m 52.Young and old just picked up their shit and went to washington.a little too young was I,at the time.But now I understand how important it was, that was the system was afraid of it’s people.they need to again be afraid.If you don’t go they will systematically Kill you anyway.This I do know first hand.Don’t worry the details like the generation before Just Do it.Bob in the banana republic of Florida

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By purplewolf, September 5, 2007 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment

While the bushit bunch cut 10 billion dollars away from medical programs for the poor,elderly and disabled which covers a 5 year span to balance the budget,he gladly throws away over $3,846,153,800, that’s almost 4 billion dollars A WEEK IN IRAQ, that he admits to anyway, it is probably a lot higher. He feels no need to balance the budget by cutting spending in this money pit,instead he demands more money be taken away from necessary programs for Americans and thrown at Iraq. This is not counting all the other things they don’t tell us about.

Now this idiot wants to invade Iran as well. If he does the congresscritters should make it law, that in order for him to invade Iran, that he, George W. Bush, Laura, the twins,Cheney,Rice,and all others who were involved in starting this fiasco in Iraq,whether they are currently serving this administration or not, they have to go and fight on the front lines,no escaping their obligation will be allowed.After all he wants to be King of the worls,let him lead his partners in crime onto the battlefield, just like real kings did throughout history. No more hiding behind your daddy money and connections.

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By Light the Watchtowers, September 5, 2007 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment
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Its Gen. Betray Us time.

I think a contest is in order.

The object is to write his speech and
get as close to what he says before he
says it.

Lets see.

Lets stay.
We’re going to win.
Shovel up the money.

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By dave, September 5, 2007 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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Why are those troops smiling is the real question
whats hangs on their collective heads is over 1 million dean Iraqi civilians the destruction of
the earth’s craddle
rape murder and torture

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By China Tattler, September 5, 2007 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment
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Remember when it used to be said: “War is Hell” and leaders wore somber expressions and the soldiers were grim-faced?

What happened to turn War into a game where the combatants and leaders frolic happiy like they are just taking part in a weekend paint-ball game? What happpened to allow the public to accept smiling killing machines as being the norm?

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By Ursula, September 5, 2007 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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Bush is smiling because his masters have what they ordered.  The “failure” that we see is really their “success.”  We can’t say they’re delusional or expect them to understand the “failure” because to them, it’s not.

To understand the Bush Reich, think like an occultist.  Always lying to “profane” outsiders and winking at occult insiders.

We can waste our lives picking apart TV lies which are only designed for a brief news cycle.  But we’ll make real progress when we know the inside game, which is long-term, and make countermoves.

So what did his masters order?

  (a) Permanent foreign-troop militarisation of a region populated by world-governance-intolerant “nativists.”

  (b) Curtailment of world oil supply (see Exxon profit sheets) and continued dollar denomination of Iraqi oil.

  (c) Decimation of USA troops by vaccinations-DU-combat-Gulf-Syndrome; rendering them unable to defend the USA Homeland against future takeover by Asiatic enforcers.

The “world order” is worldwide martial law enforced by foreign troops in each region willing to kill and brutalise the locals.  You don’t want local troops doing the dirty work or they might mutiny and side with the people.  In the USA they will certainly deploy foreign/UN troops in case of declared emergency, and have already said as much.

Iraq is what they have in store for the rest of the planet.

It’s their idea of “success.”

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By James A., September 5, 2007 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment
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What can one say about the picture itself? most conclusions I have read so far deal with personal anguish over this one man in our history..

Personally (by opinion only) I feel the man is so far removed from reality and so completely lacking in any common sense whatsoever, that if “common sense” was the measure of a persons intelligence, the man would need 5 people to think for him just to keep breathing…

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By Bladerunner2020, September 5, 2007 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment
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A General Strike has been called for September 11th Patriot’s Day. Don’t work, don’t go to school. Don’t Buy Anything.
Silence is consent.
Being BOLD on line does not do it.
Nor does calling your congressperson.
Or signing that petition.

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By Calibpatriot, September 5, 2007 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

Ref comment 98670:

Don’t let those “smiling faces” of the soldiers fool you.  When ever Bush appears for a speech, a photo op or a TV op the people recruited for the audience or photo or TV background are thoroughly vetted to make sure that no one will “rock the boat” and there’s an appearance of total support for “der Fuhrer”.

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By Rogelio, September 5, 2007 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

Is this same so-called president who kept stating that it is foolish to place “time limits” and “pull-out” timelines in Iraq? Boy, it is amazing that his tone has changed. Does he realize that the war in Iraq is a lost cause?

I argued from day one that the war was nothing short of a blunder. Yea, were bringing democracy to a former “stable” nation by killing innocent people, destroying the economic infrastructure, creating a civil war….. You have to wonder how this president sleeps at night, that is, if he has any conscious.

I can guarantee you that if I were a soldier in the Anbar president the day “w” arrived, I would not have posed for that “silly” picture. Does the picture demonstrate how happy our troops are in Iraq? Maybe the troops are happy getting shot at and dying for those so-called WMD that never existed.

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By A. Magnus, September 5, 2007 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment
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Hey Winghunter, here are a few questions for you:

1) Why was former Stasi (East German communist secret police) head Markus Wolfe hired by the department of Homeland Security to consult on national ID cards for the US?

2) Why do fake patriots like you turn a blind eye to the fact that ALL of the 10 planks of Marx’s communism are now part of US law?

3) Why do fake patriots like you turn a deaf ear when your supreme Soviet hero Bush uses Trostkyite language about ‘fires in the minds of men’ and ‘worldwide revolution’ during his state of the union speeches?

4) Why do fake patriots like you hate the constitution so much that you would follow the dictates of an inbred elitist dunderer instead of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers?

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By al-fallujah, September 5, 2007 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment
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there’s an old sayin’ Tennessee, maybe Texas, Missouri…hell i don’t know but it goes, the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime

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By George Warmonger, September 5, 2007 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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By felicity, September 5, 2007 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

President Strangelove is smiling because he’s needs videos to show on his up-coming lecture tours beginning, according to him, as soon as he gets out of office. (Let’s hope none of Strangelove’s fellow-posers gets slaughtered before he gets to his first dais - might prove to be a sticky-wicket.)

He figures, as the biggest BMOC - finally - that he can make a real ‘killing’ lecturing, just like his dad and Clinton and a lot of other nefarious scoundrels.  At least that’s what he recently told a guy writing a book about him - okay, he left out ‘nefarious scoundrels.’ 

Hey, every other military-industrial-complex criminal is making a bundle off this ‘war’, why not Georgie.

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By Sharon Ash, September 5, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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Why is this man smiling?  Because he thinks it is cool to be the “Asshole of the Universe”.

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By D.G. Bowman, September 5, 2007 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Hey, winghunter:

Shut the hell up. Quit digging yourself further into your hole of stupidity, myopia and illogic. Quit while you’re behind. You’re obviously brainwashed and deluded, so why pester us with your pro-Shrub hallucinations? We don’t care what you have to say, because it’s rubbish. Just like everything that flows from the smirking mouth of the gimlet-eyed, jug-eared, booze-addled killer and thief posing in that photograph.

If you ever do wean yourself off the reich-wing Kool-Aid and become cogent and rational, please feel free to join us in the reality-based community.

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By sliptip, September 5, 2007 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment
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Definitely should’ve thrown in a few brunettes, and maybe even a redhead. Ain’t war hell?!

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By riceowlex, September 5, 2007 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment

Dr Paul is right we have the best and brightest right here. We are blessed with tremendous ingenuity and the smarts to get things done. We are a beacon/or were for all the best than man can achieve and we have and will. We set examples here and tend to this republic. By virtue of example and freedom we make a better world. This in a democratic republic. Ask Bill Gates if he had a choice where would he have set up shop and created the largest most successful software company on the planet…would it be Cuba, the former Soviet Union, North Korea…nope right here….CMON!! Tiananmen Square China is a prime example..people crave freedom to express their talents, opinions, to assemble, to protest. They want it, we have it and are losing it. If we don’t take a stand for the people in all forms of govt (county, state and local)
that will stand by and defend the Constitution and our rights in their respective houses, senate..etc..we are doomed. Apathy won’t do it. We were apathetic in 2000 and 2004 and look where we are on the verge of a North American Union..People Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, Giuliani, McCain are already part of that group. Left to their tender mercys we might as well kiss America goodbye! There is one candidate that has remained true to the Constitution for the entirity of his career in the Congress and that is Dr Ron Paul. He and he alone is the only candidate that has even mentioned the blueprint that the founders left for this coutry. That is the Constitution. We have to have it, nothing less!!

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By riceowlex, September 5, 2007 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

Who’s profiting from the Iraq war?

Company Focus 8/29/2007
Military contractors that set up utilities, prepare food or make bulletproof vests are getting a big boost from the conflict. Here’s who’s getting the most money.
By Michael Brush

In a few weeks, Gen. David Petraeus and the Bush administration will report to Congress on the progress of the U.S. military’s troop surge in Iraq.
But some of the war’s winners are already clear: military contractors who supply everything from bodyguards to bombs, clean socks to ready-to-eat meals. “For the companies involved, this has been a real gravy train,” says William Hartung, who tracks defense spending for the New America Foundation.
The White House has proposed military spending of $647 billion in 2008. Adjusted for inflation, that would be the highest level since World War II—topping even expenditures during Vietnam and the Reagan years, calculates Hartung. The current request for Iraq-related spending for 2008 is $116 billion, which would raise total Iraq war spending to $567 billion.
Who’s getting all that money? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell. “There isn’t good visibility on where the money goes,” says Steven Kosiak of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. But you can get a snapshot of who’s been getting a good chunk of the Iraq-related spending in two ways.
But the award of contracts to build the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting left many analysts scratching their heads.

Rank   Company     Amount          
  2003   2004   2005   2006   Total  
1.  KBR Inc. (KBR, news, msgs) and Halliburton (HAL, news, msgs)  $2,550   $5,809   $4,505   $4,362   $17,226  
2.  Veritas Capital Fund   0.7   208   850   386   1,444  
3.  Washington Group International (WNG, news, msgs)  111   205   533   82   931  
4.  Environmental Chemical   0   192   360   326   878  
5.  International American Products   58   283   310   108   759  
6.  Fluor (FLR, news, msgs)  116   413   123   105   757  
7.  Perini (PCR, news, msgs)  72   312   185   81   650  
8.  Parsons   0   248   120   172   540  
9.  First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting   0   7   469   24   500  
10.  L-3 Communications (LLL, news, msgs)  1   9   148   201   359

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By riceowlex, September 5, 2007 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

You know what is sad. These fine men and women that serve in the military are doing the right thing. Being patriotic, following the rules. I know that the truth is dawning on them that Bush is using them to further special interest in that region. The fact that he wants to make Iraq a democracy is a king sized joke. If that were the case why is he trying to destroy it here? The Patriot act doesn’t jive with a wide open border that he will not close. The Patriot Act is intended to be a scare tactic to quell dissent of the American people for this travesty in Iraq. It is easy to put 2 and 2 together here. I was just at the Texas Straw Poll this past weekend. It was a dispicable display of war and terror. We’ve got to kill all these innocent people or they might come here and harm us. Again the pretext for 9/11 was the invasion of Iraq. Iraq has been on the table since at least 1998? The PNAC documentstated that “A New Pearl Harbor” would be neccessary to get the people behind this invasion. Therein we have the murders of 3000 people give or take on that day (please don’t think I’m disrespecting the deceased 3 were good friends)No one has come forward to refute this! How any sane person can support Iraq and now the deaths of 1.5 million civilians is way out of my scope of reasoning. That is what took place at the Texas Poll.
They did neglect to give video time to the people that have been maimed and murdered. It didn’t surprise me. That might have prayed on the consciense of those that attended. They even equated being Democrat to being part of the KKK and murdering African Americans.. the people running Texas Straw Poll are sick people! If Dr Ron Paul weren’t running Republican, and wanted to end this ongoing murder there is no way in hell that I’d register Republican. Just a sick display. God help us all!

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By Magnifico Giganticus, September 5, 2007 at 11:54 am Link to this comment

Just for the record, Winghunter is not representative of all Americans. He is representative of unfortunately too many of us but not all of us. Though I don’t know why I try to salvage our reputation. It’s pretty much shot.

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By Ga, September 5, 2007 at 11:53 am Link to this comment

Freedom Ain’t Free

What a monstrosity that thought is. Is that how one justifies a War?

Just what did the invading of Iraq have to do with our freedom?

Sure, America was founded on freedom from taxation without representation, among other things, and perhaps there was no other way than the taking up of arms to acheive that freedom. And since then there have been great wars into which America thrust herself on behalf of freedom.

But, currently, the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with our freedom.

In the eyes of the Right Wing, in their justifications for the war, the invasion of Iraq was simply based upon the demented idea that America has the “freedom to do what it wants” regardless of what any other nation on this planet thinks.

The most disgusting and morally bankrupt justification of invading Iraq is that we did so to bring “freedom to the Iraqi people.” Ask the families of the 650,000 plus dead, and the millions without sanitation, healthcare and electricity, and the millions of fleeing refugees how they like their new found “freedom.”

There is “freedom to” and “freedom from”—the Right Wing seems only to think in terms of their freedom to do whatever they want.

The Right Wing only knows how to resort to violence and coercion to get what they want.

The U.S. should have used international law, the UN and the ICC, to bring the likes of Osama and Saddam to trial and then to justice—IS THAT NOT WHY AMERICA TOOK UP ARMS TO FREE ITSELF FROM TYRANNY IN THE FIRST PLACE? Justice—if you truly believe in FREEDOM for all—means law, fairness, and just trials and just punishment.

All the Right Wing knows is VIOLENCE. Justice to the Right Wing only means DEATH.

For how long will The Right Wing will continue of its MAD pursuit of “Justice” by killing, bombing and exploiting?

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