Wednesday, November 29, 2006

In a November 29 USA Today op-ed, conservative radio host Michael Medved continued his attacks on the animated children's movie Happy Feet (Warner Bros., November 2006), claiming that the movie, which features tap-dancing penguins, contains "unmistakably alarming, discomfiting and politically potent elements," and that penguins themselves have "become targets and instruments of powerful propaganda." As Media Matters for America noted, in a November 17 weblog post on, Medved referred to the film as "Crappy Feet" and claimed that it was the "darkest, most disturbing feature length animated film ever offered by a major studio."

Medved is just one of several media conservatives to attack Happy Feet for its alleged pro-environmentalist content, claiming that the movie is intended to indoctrinate children. In his USA Today op-ed, Medved also attacked as propaganda the children's book And Tango Makes Three (Simon & Schuster, June 2005), which is based on the true story of two male penguins at New York City's Central Park Zoo that hatched and raised a penguin chick named "Tango."


The Nation -- Ranking up there with good cheer and the smell of evergreen, one of the holiday season's many genuine pleasures is the now-annual ritual of watching the far right wax livid on the supposed "War on Christmas."

With all but about 4 percent of Americans celebrating Christmas, and the carols and decorations now ubiquitous even before Thanksgiving, you'd think Yuletide celebrants could rest secure in their comfortably majoritarian status.

But a vocal handful of them just can't, because right-wing cultural politics is all about stoking a perennial victim complex.

It's always a pleasure to watch a pro at work.

Here he is; the great statesman.

Sheesh. What a maroon...

Maybe he should be given the new, tougher citizenship test.

Maybe everyone should?

Then maybe there'd be nobody left to vote for people like Bush.
Good Morning America welcomed "talk-radio host" Glenn Beck to discuss Islam, didn't mention Beck's history of smears

Summary: Diane Sawyer hosted Glenn Beck on Good Morning America for a discussion of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey and the pope's recent comments on Islam. Sawyer identified Beck only as a "television and talk-radio host ... who has said it's time for the world to stop buckling to the pressure of radical Islam." She did not note that Beck is a self-identified conservative who has a history of making derogatory statements about Islam and Muslims.
On the November 28 edition of ABC's Good Morning America, co-host Diane Sawyer interviewed conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck to discuss whether Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey, in the wake of controversial comments the pope made about Islam on September 12, will "heal" tensions or "make matters worse." Sawyer identified Beck simply as a "television and talk-radio host ... who has said it's time for the world to stop buckling to the pressure of radical Islam," without noting that Beck is a self-identified conservative who has a history of making derogatory statements about Islam and Muslims. During the interview, Beck repeated several comments he has made before, such as: "I believe that it is important for all of us to look evil in the eye and crush it;" "I believe there is a cancer that is radicalized Islam, and it must be cut out or it's going to kill all of us;" and "I believe it's Germany, 1938." As purported balance to Beck, Sawyer interviewed Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of a mosque in New York who, according to Sawyer, is "working to help understanding between different communities."

During his ABC appearance, Beck also criticized Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for having an "apocalyptic view." But Sawyer failed to mention that Beck himself appears to have an "apocalyptic view" of the threat of radical Islam. As Media Matters for America has noted, Beck has previously identified conflicts in the Middle East and India as evidence that "it is the end of days" and later described the conflicts as "World War III and the impending apocalypse." Beck also stated that "whether you like it or not, this is a religious war." As Media Matters also noted, Beck and former CIA officer Robert Baer had a similar discussion on the July 13 edition of Beck's TV show on CNN Headline News, during which Baer said: "We can see this spreading into other countries. We are much closer to Armageddon." As Media Matters further noted, on the July 24 edition of the program, while discussing Iran, Beck said: "I truly believe these mullahs are far worse than Hitler. ... I believe these guys are biblically evil." He concluded: "We have a series starting tomorrow on the coming of the messiah."... Open in new window]

Clueless in America:

Feeding the Tape Worms of Desire

By Charles Sullivan

11/28/06 "
Information Clearing House" -- -- It may well be that there is no hope for the American republic, that we are by choice beyond reclamation. Much of the world sees the average American as detached from reality, isolated from the suffering of others. They see us as self-absorbed, over indulgent, willfully ignorant, and imbued with enormous hubris--characterizations that are difficult to argue against. Unfortunately, I am well acquainted with the type.

Most Americans somehow believe that we are an exceptional people--God's chosen few. It would not be the first time in history this has occurred. The world is our oyster and it is our's to use as we see fit, even if it does not belong to us. To the physically strongest and morally depraved, to the wealthiest, go the spoils.

Deep down, Americans may reason that if we are to continue our lives of excess, if we are to carry on driving our Hummers and other inefficient motorized polluting obscenities, we need an inexhaustible supply of oil. As keepers of the world's strongest military, we have the means of procuring oil anywhere in the world, and that makes it ours. Might makes right in capitalist America and we have the weaponry to get whatever we want. That is exactly how the west was won--it was stolen at gun point and driven by religious fervor. We must feed the insatiable tape worms of our desires right up to the moment of the Apocalypse... link above.
I really like Charles Sullivan's no non-sense, sensible writing. He usually just plain nails it.

Monday, November 27, 2006

"Howdy Hi, fellow night dwelling ghouls!"
From the RAPTURE READY Chat Forum ("for all your end times chat needs"):

"CYA Damascus Wouldn't Want Be Yea. Sounds like a nuke to bad they don't believe are read the words of the REAL God.. bye Damascus!"


The situation between Hezbollah and Israel is heating up, and nobody seems able (or even willing) to stop it. The US and Russia have agreed that Israel has a right to defend itself from unprovoked aggression, and even the moderate Arab states have questioned Hezbollah's motives.

At the recent emergency meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers sharp rifts erupted as moderate Arab states denounced Hezbollah for starting the conflict, according to Fox News.

An Oracle Concerning Damascus:

"See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. (Isaiah 17:1-2)

Exhibit from the William Kristol Memorial Hall of Stupid:

September 20, 2001

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President,

We write to endorse your admirable commitment to “lead the world to victory” in the war against terrorism. We fully support your call for “a broad and sustained campaign” against the “terrorist organizations and those who harbor and support them.” We agree with Secretary of State Powell that the United States must find and punish the perpetrators of the horrific attack of September 11, and we must, as he said, “go after terrorism wherever we find it in the world” and “get it by its branch and root.” We agree with the Secretary of State that U.S. policy must aim not only at finding the people responsible for this incident, but must also target those “other groups out there that mean us no good” and “that have conducted attacks previously against U.S. personnel, U.S. interests and our allies.”

In order to carry out this “first war of the 21st century” successfully, and in order, as you have said, to do future “generations a favor by coming together and whipping terrorism,” we believe the following steps are necessary parts of a comprehensive strategy.

Osama bin Laden

We agree that a key goal, but by no means the only goal, of the current war on terrorism should be to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, and to destroy his network of associates. To this end, we support the necessary military action in Afghanistan and the provision of substantial financial and military assistance to the anti-Taliban forces in that country.


We agree with Secretary of State Powell’s recent statement that Saddam Hussein “is one of the leading terrorists on the face of the Earth….” It may be that the Iraqi government provided assistance in some form to the recent attack on the United States. But even if evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. Failure to undertake such an effort will constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war on international terrorism. The United States must therefore provide full military and financial support to the Iraqi opposition. American military force should be used to provide a “safe zone” in Iraq from which the opposition can operate. And American forces must be prepared to back up our commitment to the Iraqi opposition by all necessary means.

Our view on lessons of history: 'Neocons' abandon Iraq war at White House front door

Yes, the occupation was bungled — but so was decision to invade.

President John F. Kennedy's famous remark that victory has a thousand fathers and that defeat is an orphan couldn't be more apt these days. The intellectual godfathers of the ruinous Iraq war — "neoconservatives" who insisted it would be a breeze to invade Iraq and transform it into a beacon of democracy in the Middle East — are jumping ship and pointing fingers.

Their scurrying defection is a telling measure of how poorly the war is going and how bleak the outlook is. As of today, U.S. involvement in Iraq will have lasted longer than American participation in World War II. The price in American lives is approaching 3,000; the cost in dollars exceeds $300 billion. The Thanksgiving Day massacre in Baghdad, in which bombings killed and wounded hundreds in a Shiite neighborhood, only underscored Iraq's descent into chaos.

The neoconservative version of history is that the Iraq war was good idea undone by Bush administration incompetence after Saddam Hussein fell. Influential adviser Kenneth Adelman, who famously predicted Iraq would be a "cakewalk," now says, "This didn't have to be managed this bad; it's just awful." Another prime mover behind the war, former assistant Defense secretary Richard Perle, told Vanity Fair: "The decisions did not get made that should have been. ... At the end of the day, you have to hold the president responsible."

To blame administration bungling exclusively for the Iraq debacle, however, is to learn the wrong lesson. It's true that the occupation of Iraq was mismanaged from the outset. By failing to guard massive munitions stockpiles, the administration helped arm the insurgency. And by disbanding the Iraqi army, it gave the insurgency men to use those arms. But the mistakes began with the decision to go war itself, a naive and arrogant exercise in wishful thinking that the nation can't afford to repeat.

The pretext, of course, was that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction that represented an imminent threat to U.S. security. In large part, however, the motivation was the neocons' belief — adopted by the administration — that ousting Saddam would create a beachhead for democracy in the Middle East. The effects, the neocons argued, would ripple through the region. The Arab public, inspired by U.S. ideals, would marginalize extremists and dictators alike, bringing peace...[Open in new window]

They lied their way into Iraq. Now they are trying to lie their way out

Bush and Blair will blame anyone but themselves for the consequences of their disastrous war - even its victims

Gary Younge
Monday November 27, 2006
The Guardian

'In the endgame," said one of the world's best-ever chess players, José Raúl Capablanca, "don't think in terms of moves but in terms of plans." The situation in Iraq is now unravelling into the bloodiest endgame imaginable. Both popular and official support for the war in those countries that ordered the invasion is already at a low and will only get lower. Whatever mandate the occupiers may have once had from their own electorates - in Britain it was none, in the US it was precarious - has now eroded. They can no longer conduct this war as they have been doing...
Patrick Leahy Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee
Delivered on the Floor of the US Senate

On The Iraq War Resolution

Wednesday, 9 October, 2002


But if we have learned anything from history, it is that wars are unpredictable. They can trigger consequences that none of us would intend or expect. Is it fair to the American people, who have become accustomed to wars waged from 30,000 feet lasting a few weeks with few casualties, that we not discuss what else could happen? We could be involved in urban warfare where large numbers of our troops are killed.

And what of the critical issue of rebuilding a post-Saddam Iraq, about which the Administration has said virtually nothing? As I have said over and over again, it is one thing to topple a regime, but it is equally important, and sometimes far more difficult, to rebuild a country to prevent it from becoming engulfed by factional fighting...[Open in new window]


This is an incredible speech that forecasts almost everything that has come to be in Iraq as a result of Bush & Co's insanity.

The 2000 'selection' of Bush as pResident over Gore as President will someday be seen as one of the great tragedies of American history.

As they say "Let the investigations begin"...


November 27, 2006

Panel to Weigh Overture by U.S. to Iran and Syria

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 — A draft report on strategies for Iraq, which will be debated here by a bipartisan commission beginning Monday, urges an aggressive regional diplomatic initiative that includes direct talks with Iran and Syria but sets no timetables for a military withdrawal, according to officials who have seen all or parts of the document.

What is the Mission? Or, Russian Roulette

Reuters reports::

' BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said three of its soldiers were killed and two others wounded by insurgents in Baghdad on Sunday.

RAMADI - U.S. forces killed two suspected insurgents on Sunday after observing them loading weapons from a cache into a vehicle in the insurgent stronghold city of Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. . .

RAMADI - The U.S. military said four Iraqi civilians were wounded, including three boys aged 6, 13 and 16, when mortar bombs fired by U.S. forces against insurgents hit them. The wounds were not life-threatening, a statement said. '
Well, something clearly was going on in Ramadi on Sunday, though it isn't clear from these staccato and desultory items what exactly it was. As I understand it, there are daily battles between US forces and local ones in Ramadi and its environs. This Sunni Arab city of 400,000 west of Baghdad is under continual siege. I want to ask a question here. Why? When and under what conditions will it be lifted? ...

Juan Cole's INFORMED COMMENT has been great the past few days parsing the factions:

Sunday, November 26, 2006

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U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba

By David Ruppe

N E W Y O R K, May 1, 2001 - In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

The plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March 1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone undisclosed for nearly 40 years...
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Saturday, November 25, 2006

(Reuters) Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison's former U.S. commander said in an interview on Saturday.

Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski told Spain's El Pais newspaper she had seen a letter apparently signed by Rumsfeld which allowed civilian contractors to use techniques such as sleep deprivation during interrogation.

Karpinski, who ran the prison until early 2004, said she saw a memorandum signed by Rumsfeld detailing the use of harsh interrogation methods.

"The handwritten signature was above his printed name and in the same handwriting in the margin was written: "Make sure this is accomplished,"" she told Saturday's El Pais.


"This summit is an act of desperation. The White House doesn't know what it can do," said David Rothkopf, a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellow and the author of "Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power." "The situation is deteriorating more rapidly than anyone anticipated and to an unending depth.

"I don't think, in modern American history, there is another example of such egregious failure of policy and execution. We're really seeing something unprecedented here. Even Vietnam was a slower decline, and the military forces were more in balance. . . . I don't know anyone who thinks there is an outcome in Iraq now that is hopeful."


Friday, November 24, 2006

More Iran/Contra war criminal leftovers. Does Bush know anyone that's not a neocon/Likkudite double agent or a cold war nutjob?...

Gates Advocated Air Strikes on Nicaragua

The Associated Press
Friday, November 24, 2006; 4:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- In 1984, Robert Gates, then the No. 2 CIA official, advocated U.S. airstrikes against Nicaragua's pro-Cuban government to reverse what he described as an ineffective U.S. strategy to deal with communist advances in Central America, previously classified documents say.

Gates, President Bush's nominee to be defense secretary, said the United States could no longer justify what he described as "halfhearted" attempts to contain Nicaragua's Sandinista government, according to documents released Friday by the National Security Archive, a private research group.

In a memo to CIA Director William Casey dated Dec. 14, 1984, Gates said his proposed airstrikes would be designed "to destroy a considerable portion of Nicaragua's military buildup" and be focused on tanks and helicopters.

He also recommended that the United States prevent delivery to the Sandinistas of such weapons in the future. The administration, he said, should make clear that a U.S. invasion of the country was not contemplated...

Senate Democrats Revive Demand for Classified Data

Seeking information about detention of terrorism suspects, abuse of detainees and government secrecy, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are reviving dozens of demands for classified documents that until now have been rebuffed or ignored by the Justice Department and other agencies.

“I expect real answers,” said Patrick J. Leahy, soon to be Senate Judiciary chairman, “or we’ll have testimony under oath until we get them.”

“I expect real answers, or we’ll have testimony under oath until we get them,” Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, who will head the committee beginning in January, said in an interview this week. “We’re entitled to know these answers, and in many instances we don’t get them because people are hiding their mistakes. And that’s no excuse.”

Mr. Leahy, who has said little about his plans for the committee, expressed hope for greater cooperation from the Bush administration, which he described as having been “obsessively secretive.” His aides have identified more than 65 requests he has made to the Justice Department or other agencies in recent years that have been rejected or permitted to languish without reply."...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

October deadliest month ever in Iraq:

(AP)-At least 101 Iraqis died in the country's unending sectarian slaughter Wednesday, and the U.N. reported that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll of the war and one that is sure to be eclipsed when November's dead are counted.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq also said citizens were fleeing the country at a pace of 100,000 each month, and that at least 1.6 million Iraqis have left since the war began in March 2003.

Life for Iraqis, especially in Baghdad and cities and towns in the center of the country, has become increasingly untenable. Many schools failed to open at all in September, and professionals — especially professors, physicians, politicians and journalists — are falling to sectarian killers at a stunning pace.

Lynchings have been reported as Sunnis and Shiites conduct a merciless campaign of revenge killings. Some Shiite residents in the north Baghdad neighborhood of Hurriyah claim that militiamen and death squads are holding Sunni captives in warehouses, then slaughtering them at the funerals of Shiites killed in the tit-for-tat murders...


Aussie version of the Downing Street Memo:

Flugge knew invasion plans

Marian Wilkinson
November 23, 2006

ONE year before the invasion of Iraq, Australia's then ambassador to the United Nations, John Dauth, confidentially told AWB's former chairman, Trevor Flugge, that the Howard Government would participate in military action with the US to overthrow Saddam Hussein, new AWB documents reveal.

Details of the extraordinary conversation undercut previous statements by the Prime Minister that Australia had not agreed to join the war in Iraq before the UN debate in late 2002 and early 2003.

The conversation between Mr Dauth and Mr Flugge took place in early 2002 - 13 months before the war - and the details are contained in confidential AWB board minutes that were released without fanfare yesterday by the Cole inquiry.

The minutes record Mr Flugge telling the board on February 27, 2002, that Mr Dauth confided in him "he believed that US military action to depose Saddam Hussein was inevitable and that at this time the Australian Government would support and participate in such action"...
From KOMO in Seattle, WA

Our tower camera atop Columbia Center captured this brilliant multi-faceted lightning flash that appears to strike the Space Needle, the Washington Mutual tower, as well as several other buildings in the Downtown Seattle area.

From BBC:

New video and photographic evidence that puts three senior CIA operatives at the scene of Robert Kennedy's assassination has been brought to light.

The evidence was shown in a report by Shane O'Sullivan, broadcast on BBC Newsnight.

It reveals that the operatives and four unidentified associates were at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles in the moments before and after the shooting on 5 June, 1968.

The CIA had no domestic jurisdiction and some of the officers were based in South-East Asia at the time, with no reason to be in Los Angeles.


Witnesses placed (Sirhan) Sirhan's (who was arrested as the lone assassin) gun several feet in front of Kennedy but the autopsy showed the fatal shot came from one inch behind."...

This will never be over until we know the truth & all the liars & assassins & anti-democratic elements are out of government & in jail.
I know where we could start...

Lawrence O' Donnell: Rangel is Right

Charlie Rangel is angry about the Iraq war, the one that Henry Kissinger has told us we can't win. Thanks, Henry, but most Americans figured that out before you did. Rangel saw combat in Korea. Kissinger has only seen combat on TV. That might have something to do with why Kissinger thinks our troops should stay in Iraq even though we can't win.

Kissinger says that if we leave now, all hell will break loose and Iraq will never achieve stability. Never mind that all hell has already broken loose. Never mind that Kissinger said the same thing would happen if we left Vietnam--all hell would break loose and Vietnam would never achieve stability. Vietnam has become so stable that Presidents Clinton and Bush, both combat cowards during the Vietnam war, have made well publicized, utterly safe visits to the country Kissinger used to think didn't have a chance without us.

In my one conversation with Kissinger, which occurred on TV, I asked him if he knew anyone who got killed in Vietnam. He was completely thrown. He doesn't go on TV to be asked such small-minded questions, he goes on TV to pontificate and TV interviewers are happy to let him do it. Kissinger sputtered and ran away from the question, leaving the distinct impression that he did not know anyone who was killed in the war he managed. His memoir of the period does not mention a single casualty. If you have ever stood at the Vietnam Memorial and run your hand over the name of a relative on the wall, as my mother and I did last month, you can get as angry as Charlie Rangel does about people like Kissinger deciding how long our soldiers should be exposed to enemy fire in a war we know we can't win.

Rangel could never get such attention to that message without introducing his bill. Nancy Pelosi should let it come to a vote. She should let the House debate the draft. Let the Republicans give speeches listing all the good reasons why we should have a volunteer Army. But let's hear Rangel's speech about how the burden of war is not fairly shared in this country. Let's get America thinking about exactly who is being left in the line of fire in the war Americans have turned against and know we can't win. Let's get America thinking about John Kerry's line about Vietnam--who is going to be the last soldier to die for a mistake? A real debate on the draft will do that. Don't worry, the bill has no chance of passing.

Advocating war is easier when you and your family are not endangered by it. I've reached a Rangel-like breaking point with my TV pundit colleagues who championed the Iraq war and now say we can't leave even if we went there for the wrong reasons. For every one of them, I have a simple question: Why aren't you in Iraq? Or why did you avoid combat in your generation's war? The one unifying characteristic that all of us men in make-up on political chat shows share is fear of combat. Every one of us has done everything we can to avoid combat or even being fitted for a military uniform. Just like George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Dick Cheney, we are all combat cowards. It takes a very special kind of combat coward to advocate combat for others. It's the kind of thing that can get you as angry as Charlie Rangel.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Robert Fisk: Civil war in Lebanon

By Robert Fisk in Beirut

Published: 22 November 2006

Civil war - the words on all our lips yesterday. Pierre Gemayel's murder - in broad daylight, in a Christian suburb of Beirut, his car blocked mafia-style by another vehicle while his killer fired through the driver's window into the head of Lebanon's minister of industry - was a message for all of us who live in this tragic land.

For days, we had been debating whether it was time for another political murder to ratchet up the sectarian tensions now that the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora was about to fall. For days now, the political language of Lebanon had been incendiary, the threats and bullying of the political leaders ever more fearsome. Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, the Shia Hizbollah leader, had been calling Siniora's cabinet illegitimate. "The government of Feltman," he was calling it - Jeffrey Feltman is the US ambassador to Lebanon - while the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt was claiming Iran was trying to take over...


Robert Altman died last night.

Date of birth (location)
20 February 1925
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Director - filmography

(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s)

Robert Altman (I) has 1 in-development credit available on To view these credits click here.

  1. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
  2. Tanner on Tanner (2004) (TV)
  3. The Company (2003)
    ... aka The Company - Das Ensemble (Germany)
  4. Gosford Park (2001)
    ... aka Gosford Park (Germany) (Italy)
  5. Dr T and the Women (2000)
    ... aka Dr. T and the Women (Germany) (USA: alternative spelling)

  6. Cookie's Fortune (1999)
  7. The Gingerbread Man (1998)
  8. "Gun" (1997) TV Series
    ... aka Robert Altman's Gun
  9. Kansas City (1996)
  10. Jazz '34 (1996)
  11. Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
    ... aka Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear (Canada: English title)
    ... aka Ready to Wear
  12. Short Cuts (1993)
  13. The Real McTeague (1993) (TV)
  14. Black and Blue (1993) (TV)
  15. The Player (1992)
  16. McTeague (1992) (TV)
  17. Vincent & Theo (1990)
    ... aka Vincent et Théo (France)

  18. The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988) (TV)
  19. "Tanner '88" (1988) (mini) TV Series
    ... aka Tanner: A Political Fable
  20. Aria (1987) (segment "Les Boréades")
  21. O.C. and Stiggs (1987)
  22. Basements (1987) (TV)
  23. Beyond Therapy (1987)
  24. Fool for Love (1985)
  25. The Laundromat (1985) (TV)
  26. Secret Honor (1984)
    ... aka Lords of Treason
    ... aka Secret Honor: A Political Myth
    ... aka Secret Honor: The Last Testament of Richard M. Nixon
  27. Streamers (1983)
  28. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
  29. Rattlesnake in a Cooler (1982) (TV)
  30. Precious Blood (1982) (TV)
  31. Popeye (1980)
  32. HealtH (1980)

  33. A Perfect Couple (1979)
  34. Quintet (1979)
  35. A Wedding (1978)
  36. 3 Women (1977)
    ... aka Robert Altman's 3 Women (USA: complete title)
    ... aka Three Women (USA)
  37. "Saturday Night Live" (1 episode, 1977)
    ... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
    ... aka SNL 25 (USA)
    - Episode #2.16 (1977) TV Episode (segment "Sissy's Roles")
  38. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)
    ... aka Buffalo Bill and the Indians
  39. Nashville (1975)
  40. California Split (1974)
    ... aka Jackpot!
  41. Thieves Like Us (1974)
  42. The Long Goodbye (1973)
  43. Images (1972)
  44. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
  45. Brewster McCloud (1970)
  46. MASH (1970)

  47. That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
  48. "Premiere" (1 episode, 1968)
    - Walk in the Sky (1968) TV Episode
  49. Countdown (1968)
  50. The Katherine Reed Story (1965)
  51. Pot au feu (1965)
  52. "The Long, Hot Summer" (1 episode, 1965)
    - The Long Hot Summer (1965) TV Episode
  53. Nightmare in Chicago (1964) (TV)
    ... aka Once Upon a Savage Night
  54. "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
    - Once Upon a Savage Knight (1964) TV Episode
    - The Hunt (1963) TV Episode
    - The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley (1963) TV Episode
  55. "Combat!" (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
    - Survival (1963) TV Episode
    - Off Limits (1963) TV Episode
    - The Volunteer (1963) TV Episode
    - The Prisoner (1962) TV Episode
    - I Swear by Apollo (1962) TV Episode
    (5 more)
  56. "The Gallant Men" (1 episode, 1962)
    - Pilot (1962) TV Episode
  57. "Kraft Mystery Theater" (1 episode, 1962)
    - In Close Pursuit (1962) TV Episode
  58. "Bus Stop" (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
    - County General (1962) TV Episode
    - Door Without a Key (1962) TV Episode
    - Summer Lightning (1962) TV Episode
    - ...And the Pursuit of Evil (1961) TV Episode
    - A Lion Walks Among Us (1961) TV Episode
    (3 more)
  59. "Route 66" (1 episode, 1961)
    - Some of the People, Some of the Time (1961) TV Episode
  60. "Bonanza" (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
    ... aka Ponderosa (USA: rerun title)
    - The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch (1961) TV Episode
    - Sam Hill (1961) TV Episode
    - The Dream Riders (1961) TV Episode
    - The Secret (1961) TV Episode
    - The Rival (1961) TV Episode
    (3 more)
  61. "The Roaring 20's" (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
    - Standing Room Only (1961) TV Episode
    - Royal Tour (1961) TV Episode
    - Right Off the Boat: Part 2 (1961) TV Episode
    - Right Off the Boat: Part 1 (1961) TV Episode
    - Two a Day (1961) TV Episode
    (4 more)
  62. "Surfside 6" (1 episode, 1961)
    - Thieves Among Honor (1961) TV Episode
  63. "Lawman" (1 episode, 1961)
    ... aka The Lawman (USA: alternative title)
    - The Robbery (1961) TV Episode
  64. "Maverick" (1 episode, 1960)
    - Bolt from the Blue (1960) TV Episode
  65. "The Gale Storm Show" (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka Oh! Susanna
    - It's Magic (1960) TV Episode
  66. "Sugarfoot" (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
    ... aka Tenderfoot (UK)
    - The Highbinder (1960) TV Episode
    - Apollo with a Gun (1959) TV Episode
  67. "U.S. Marshal" (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
    - The Triple Cross (1960) TV Episode
    - R.I.P. (1959) TV Episode
  68. "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka Desilu Playhouse
    - The Sound of Murder (1960) TV Episode

  69. "The Millionaire" (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
    ... aka If You Had a Million
    - Millionaire Jackson Greene (1959) TV Episode
    - Millionaire Lorraine Daggett (1959) TV Episode
    - Millionaire Henry Banning (1959) TV Episode
    - Millionaire Alicia Osante (1959) TV Episode
    - The Pete Hopper Story (1958) TV Episode
  70. "Hawaiian Eye" (1 episode, 1959)
    - Three Tickets to Lani (1959) TV Episode
  71. "Whirlybirds" (12 episodes, 1959)
    ... aka Copter Patrol (USA: syndication title)
    - The Big Lie (1959) TV Episode
    - The Challenge (1959) TV Episode
    - Experiment X-74 (1959) TV Episode
    - Guilty of Old Age (1959) TV Episode
    - A Matter of Trust (1959) TV Episode
    (7 more)
  72. "Troubleshooters" (1959) TV Series
  73. "Bronco" (1958) TV Series
  74. "Peter Gunn" (1958) TV Series
  75. "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
    - Together (1958) TV Episode
    - The Young One (1957) TV Episode
  76. The James Dean Story (1957)
  77. The Delinquents (1957)
  78. The Magic Bond (1956)
  79. The Perfect Crime (1955)
  80. The Builders (1954)
  81. Better Football (1954)
  82. The Dirty Look (1954)
  83. The Last Mile (1953)
  84. How to Run a Filling Station (1953)
  85. The Sound of Bells (1952)
  86. King Basketball (1952)
  87. Modern Football (1951)

Be afraid. Peace may break out at any moment.

WASHINGTON: An anti-terrorist database used by the U.S. Defense Department in an effort to prevent attacks on military installations included intelligence tips about antiwar planning meetings held at churches, libraries, college campuses and other locations, newly disclosed documents show.

One tip in the database in February 2005, for instance, noted that "a church service for peace" would be held in the New York City area the next month. Another entry noted that antiwar protesters would be holding "nonviolence training" sessions at unidentified churches in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The Defense Department said it tightened its procedures this year to ensure that only material related to actual terrorist threats - and not peaceable First Amendment activity - was included in the database.

The head of the office that runs the database, known as Talon, said Monday that material on antiwar protests should not have been collected in the first place. "I don't want it, we shouldn't have had it, not interested in it," said Daniel Baur, acting director of the counterintelligence field-activity unit, which runs the Talon program at the Defense Department. "I don't want to deal with it."...


Monday, November 20, 2006

More Bush, Cheney BS:

On CNN, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh reported that a new CIA assessment concludes that “there’s no evidence Iran is doing anything that puts them close to a bomb.” Despite the intelligence agency’s conclusion, Hersh reports that the White House is still aggressively moving ahead with preparations for a military conflict with Iran.

As part of the White House’s preparations for Iran, Hersh says President Bush and Vice President Cheney are “stovepiping” intelligence and keeping information provided by the Israelis hidden from the CIA...


HERSH: We can’t find, the new assessment says, we cannot find — the CIA says there’s no evidence that Iran is doing anything that puts them close to a bomb. There’s no secret program of significant bomb making.

BLITZER: The Israelis have a different assessment.

HERSH: Absolutely.

BLITZER: They think the Iranians may be within a year of getting to the threshold of having a point of no return, if you will, from having a bomb. When I was there in July, I had briefings. That’s what they suggested.

HERSH: They’ve been saying for, as you know, for five or ten years. The fact is Israelis have coming up with new human intelligence, sort of the counter CIA assessment, they’ve come up with an agent inside Iran. They have more than one. And this agent is — who’s been reliable so the Israelis claim in the past — who now says the Iranians are secretly working on making an actual trigger for a bomb. Even though they may not — we don’t have any specific evidence of a facility where they’re doing this work, the Israelis say yes they are, they’re getting ready to start detonating a weapon. Once they get the fissile material, the enriched material. Now, that information is being handled pretty much by the white house and various offices in the pentagon. And the CIA isn’t getting a good look at the Israeli intelligence. It’s the old word stovepiping. It’s the President and the Vice President, it’s pretty much being kept in the White House...


Pentagon May Suggest Short-Term Buildup Leading to Iraq Exit

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 20, 2006; Page A01

The Pentagon's closely guarded review of how to improve the situation in Iraq has outlined three basic options: Send in more troops, shrink the force but stay longer, or pull out, according to senior defense officials.

Insiders have dubbed the options "Go Big," "Go Long" and "Go Home." The group conducting the review is likely to recommend a combination of a small, short-term increase in U.S. troops and a long-term commitment to stepped-up training and advising of Iraqi forces, the officials said...


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Democrats probe billions lost to Baghdad's corruption

WHEN an American adventurer and arms dealer was gunned down in his black BMW near the banks of the Tigris river in 2004, his murder was blamed on an obscure group of Islamic terrorists.

As Baghdad’s body count rises, Dale Stoffel, 43, is barely remembered today but his name is certain to be revived as the Democrats prepare for a barrage of congressional investigations into corruption in Iraq.

Stoffel, a former intelligence analyst, had hoped to make a fortune by selling ex-Soviet military parts to refit Saddam Hussein’s abandoned tanks and armoured vehicles for the new Iraqi army. But he was also an idealist who turned whistleblower when he learnt that Iraqis in the defence ministry and arms industry expected huge kickbacks for their help.

In a prophetic e-mail, Stoffel wrote to an American colonel he knew in Iraq: “If we proceed down the road we are currently on, there will be serious legal issues that will land us all in jail. There is no oversight of the money and if/when something goes wrong, regardless of how clean our hands are, heads will roll and it will be the heads of those that are reachable, and the people who are supposed to know better (US — citizens, military etc.)”

Three days before his death he met John Shaw, then a senior Pentagon official, whose office was investigating fraud in Iraq. Shaw describes the Stoffel case as “the first public indication of the seriousness and institutional depth of corruption in Iraq”. Shaw is convinced that “in time, we will discover a pervasive pattern of cover-ups along with revelations of corruption”.

American taxpayers have spent $36 billion (£19 billion) on reconstruction in Iraq, much of it unaccounted for. A further $22 billion of Iraq’s own money, derived mainly from oil, has been largely squandered, with little scrutiny.

The Democrats intend to use their new power in the Senate and House of Representatives to harass the Bush administration over the war. The issue of corruption is the most politically appealing as it avoids judgments about the decision to invade and whether to withdraw.

“There is going to be a hefty set of hearings, you can count on it,” said Gordon Adams of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, who oversaw the national security budget at the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency. “This is career-building for congressmen.”

Henry Waxman, who is to chair the House government reform committee, is promising ruthless scrutiny of the money that was shipped to Iraq. During the first year, nearly $12 billion in cash was transferred, much of it shrink wrapped and flown out at $2 billion a time.

Ike Skelton, the incoming chairman of the House armed services committee, is promising to follow the example of Harry Truman, who headed a commission to investigate military contractor corruption during the second world war. There is an even older precedent. “During Lincoln’s day, Congress had a committee on the conduct of war,” Skelton said.

One of the first acts of Congress last week after the midterm elections was to reverse a decision to shut the office of Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. An old friend of President George W Bush, Bowen had turned out to be doing an unexpectedly good job of investigating corruption, waste and fraud.

He recently reported to Congress on a new police academy in Baghdad, which cost US taxpayers $75m but was so badly built that human waste was oozing through the ceilings. Bowen has also highlighted lax scrutiny of multi-million-dollar contracts involving Halliburton, the energy services company, and several American occupation officials have been prosecuted for bribery.

But the real scandal, according to Pentagon sources, is that the opportunity to rebuild the Iraqi army and security services in the first two years of the US occupation was squandered, leaving sectarian militias to multiply.

The murder of Stoffel is part of that jigsaw. His body was found in a festering suburb of Baghdad with that of Joseph Wemple, 49, a friend and business associate. An obscure jihadist group claimed responsibility.

Pieces of video began to surface from the group, called Rafidan, which were not standard jihadist fare. According to Evan Kohlmann, a terrorism consultant, they were obsessed with Stoffel’s defence contracting links to senior Iraqi officials and contained documents from his laptop.

“I didn’t see anything to convince me that a genuine insurgent group was responsible for their deaths,” Kohlmann said. “Given the problems that Dale was having in Iraq, the greatest threat to his life came from individuals he knew.”
Bill Clinton did it. Bill Clinton did it. Bill Clinton did it...
Nah...I don't think so...
Stupid Republicans did it Stupid Republicans did it. Stupid Republicans did it...
Kill yourselves. OK?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

From the November 16 edition of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

STEWART: But enough about the war in Iraq. There's also a battle being waged to protect our homeland. Because the Army can't be everywhere, it's up to concerned citizens like CNN's Glenn Beck to spot possible enemy combatants, like Keith Ellison, a newly minted Minnesota representative and the first Muslim ever elected to U.S. Congress.

BECK [video clip]: No offense, and I know Muslims. I like Muslims. I've been to mosques.

STEWART: This, uh, is not going to end well.

BECK [video clip]: I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, "Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."

And I know you're not. I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.

STEWART: Finally, a guy who says what people who aren't thinking are thinking.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A crackdown on illegal use of prescription narcotics like the powerful painkiller OxyContin has caused some addicts to switch to heroin, a Justice Department report said on Wednesday.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Larry Johnson writes:

I had my Scooby Doo moment for the day when President Bush, speaking in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, said there were lessons to be learned from the divisive Vietnam war:

"We tend to want there to be instant success in the world, and the task in Iraq is going to take awhile . . .We'll succeed unless we quit."

What in God's name is he talking about? I realize W missed the last few months of his time with the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, but I had not realized, until now, that he completely ignored what happened in Vietnam. Mr. President. We fought in Vietnam for more than twelve years. More than two million U.S. soldiers fought there. Almost 57,000 American soldiers died and several hundred thousand were wounded. We trained hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese troops, we killed almost one million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, we dropped more explosives on Vietnam then we used during World War II, and we defolitated significant portions of Vietnam's rain fores.

And what did we achieve in the end? The United States fled the South Vietnamese capital, Saigon, to escape the invading North Vietnamese Army. North Vietnam "freed" the South from yankee imperialists and set about "reeducating" the South Vietnamese. News flash George. WE LOST!

So, what lesson are we to draw from all of this? Are you arguing that if we had stuck it out in Vietnam and spilled the blood of another 50,000 Americans and one million Vietnamese that things would be better today in Vietnam? Mr. President, that is bullshit...

A loopy Jesus Freak who lost a Minnesota state senate race graciously conceded by demanding the Hindu winner convert to Christianity.

Instead of the customary phone call, Rae Hart Anderson sent State Senator Satveer Chaudhary an e-mail. We know, classy! Better yet, the e-mail’s all about how winning elections is nothing compared to being a loopy Jesus Freak who got 36% of the vote. We’ve got the e-mail Christ Himself wants you to read, after the jump.

First, let’s mention that Chaudhary is a second-generation American and a practicing Hindu whose ancestors come from Uttar Pradesh, India. In other words, George Allen would not want this guy at a Confederate Reenactment! Chaudhary was one of nine Indian Americans who won midterm races in state and national races last week. And he was re-elected with 63% of the vote.

Here’s the charming (insane) e-mail from Rae Hart:

A HERO TO HIS PEOPLE AND A CHIMP IN AN EXPENSIVE SUIT (which still leaves him a chimp anyway.)

A bust of revolutionary communist leader Ho Chi Minh is seen at rear as U.S. President George W. Bush meets with Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet, not pictured, at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, Nov. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Remember when they said Iraq would pay for itself with the oil revenues? (I wonder how much oil they're pumping and stealing now without us knowing?)

The new congress has GOT to stop the bleeding...and maybe get some of the money that's already been stolen by the profiteering corporados back through fines and special taxes.

And certain people should go to jail.

The Bush administration has out-sleazed those of Nixon and Reagan combined.

They've convinced the FOX NEWS watching idiots that Iraq is a 'battlefield' in the 'war on terror'. Uh uhh. It's a 'candy store' being looted by the military-industrial complex.

And the dead? Innocent bystanders to the business as usual.

Military may ask $127B for wars

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is preparing its largest spending request yet for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a proposal that could make the conflict the most expensive since World War II.

The Pentagon is considering $127 billion to $160 billion in requests from the armed services for the 2007 fiscal year, which began last month, several lawmakers and congressional staff members said. That's on top of $70 billion already approved for 2007.

Since 2001, Congress has approved $502 billion for the war on terror, roughly two-thirds for Iraq. The latest request, due to reach the incoming Democratic-controlled Congress next spring, would make the war on terror more expensive than the Vietnam War.

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., who will chair the Senate Budget Committee next year, said the amount under consideration is "$127 billion and rising." He said the cost "is going to increasingly become an issue" because it could prevent Congress from addressing domestic priorities, such as expanding Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., who put the expected request at $160 billion, said such a sizable increase still "won't solve the problem" in Iraq.

Bill Hoagland, a senior budget adviser to Senate Republicans, said: "At a minimum, they were looking at $130 (billion). If it goes higher than that, I'm not surprised."

The new request being considered for the war on terror would be about one-fourth what the government spends annually on Social Security — and 10 times what it spends on its space program.

The White House called the figures premature. "They don't reflect a decision by the administration," said budget office spokeswoman Christin Baker. "It is much too early in the process to make that determination."

Before the Iraq war began in 2003, the Bush administration estimated its cost at $50 billion to $60 billion, though White House economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey had suggested in 2002 that it could cost as much as $200 billion.

Growing opposition to the war contributed to Democrats' takeover of the House and Senate in this month's elections. Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, an early critic of the war who lost his bid Thursday to be the House Democratic leader, vowed to use his clout as chairman of the House panel that reviews the Pentagon budget "to get these troops out of Iraq and get back on track and quit spending $8 billion a month."...


Thursday, November 16, 2006

From AMERICAblog:
CNN host asks newly-elected US congressman to "prove" that he's not working with our enemies, simply because he's Muslim

by John in DC - 11/16/2006 11:49:00 AM

Fire this guy. This is beneath CNN. If we want to watch bigots on national TV, we can go to FOX. We don't need this kind of crap on a network that, in spite of what many of our commenters seem to feel, I still have a lot of respect for. And the idea that somehow this is simply "politically incorrect," which is what the CNN host, conservative shock-jock Glenn Beck, claimed (in an effort to make his racist question seem okay), is equally abhorrent. It is not "politically incorrect" to ask a Muslim-American to "prove" that he's not a terrorist simply because he's a Muslim. It's racism and bigotry and intolerance and prejudice. It's digusting and un-American. Calling it politically incorrect only further diminishes the offense.

I've been asked to go on Beck's show before, and I said no. I told his producer that the man is a pig and I don't do pigs. CNN needs to decide what kind of network it wants to be. But FOX News with a hood is hardly a goal anyone should aspire to, let alone a network that is better than this.

Here's the interview, and Media Matters has the video:
On the November 14 edition of his CNN Headline News program, Glenn Beck interviewed Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN), who became the first Muslim ever elected to Congress on November 7, and asked Ellison if he could "have five minutes here where we're just politically incorrect and I play the cards up on the table." After Ellison agreed, Beck said: "I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.' " Beck added: "I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way."
Webb (D-VA) in the WSJ on 'Class War'...

The most important--and unfortunately the least debated--issue in politics today is our society's steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century. America's top tier has grown infinitely richer and more removed over the past 25 years. It is not unfair to say that they are literally living in a different country. Few among them send their children to public schools; fewer still send their loved ones to fight our wars. They own most of our stocks, making the stock market an unreliable indicator of the economic health of working people. The top 1% now takes in an astounding 16% of national income, up from 8% in 1980. The tax codes protect them, just as they protect corporate America, through a vast system of loopholes.

Incestuous corporate boards regularly approve compensation packages for chief executives and others that are out of logic's range. As this newspaper has reported, the average CEO of a sizeable corporation makes more than $10 million a year, while the minimum wage for workers amounts to about $10,000 a year, and has not been raised in nearly a decade. When I graduated from college in the 1960s, the average CEO made 20 times what the average worker made. Today, that CEO makes 400 times as much.

In the age of globalization and outsourcing, and with a vast underground labor pool from illegal immigration, the average American worker is seeing a different life and a troubling future. Trickle-down economics didn't happen. Despite the vaunted all-time highs of the stock market, wages and salaries are at all-time lows as a percentage of the national wealth. At the same time, medical costs have risen 73% in the last six years alone. Half of that increase comes from wage-earners' pockets rather than from insurance, and 47 million Americans have no medical insurance at all.

Manufacturing jobs are disappearing. Many earned pension programs have collapsed in the wake of corporate "reorganization." And workers' ability to negotiate their futures has been eviscerated by the twin threats of modern corporate America: If they complain too loudly, their jobs might either be outsourced overseas or given to illegal immigrants...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Report on Mesopotamia
Ex.-Lieut.-Col. T.E. Lawrence,
The Sunday Times, 22 August 1920

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiques are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows. It is a disgrace to our imperial record, and may soon be too inflamed for any ordinary cure. We are to-day not far from a disaster.

The sins of commission are those of the British civil authorities in Mesopotamia... They availed themselves of the necessary discretion of war-time to carry over their dangerous independence into times of peace. They contest every suggestion of real self- government sent them from home. A recent proclamation about autonomy circulated with unction from Baghdad was drafted and published out there in a hurry, to forestall a more liberal statement in preparation in London, 'Self-determination papers' favorable to England.

The Cabinet cannot disclaim all responsibility. They receive little more news than the public: they should have insisted on more, and better. they have sent draft after draft of reinforcements, without inquiry. When conditions became too bad to endure longer, they decided to send out as High commissioner the original author of the present system, with a conciliatory message to the Arabs that his heart and policy have completely changed.

We said we went to Mesopotamia to defeat Turkey. We said we stayed to deliver the Arabs from the oppression of the Turkish Government, and to make available for the world its resources of corn and oil. We spent nearly a million men and nearly a thousand million of money to these ends. This year we are spending ninety-two thousand men and fifty millions of money on the same objects.

Our government is worse than the old Turkish system. They kept fourteen thousand local conscripts embodied, and killed a yearly average of two hundred Arabs in maintaining peace. We keep ninety thousand men, with aeroplanes, armoured cars, gunboats, and armoured trains. We have killed about ten thousand Arabs in this rising this summer.

We are told the object of the rising was political, we are not told what the local people want. It may be what the Cabinet has promised them. A Minister in the House of Lords said that we must have so many troops because the local people will not enlist. On Friday the Government announce the death of some local soldiers defending their British officers, and say that the services of these men have not yet been sufficiently recognized because they are too few (adding the characteristic Baghdad touch that they are men of bad character). There are seven thousand of them, just half the old Turkish force of occupation. Properly officered and distributed, they would relieve half our army there.

We have not reached the limit of our military commitments. Four weeks ago the staff in Mesopotamia drew up a memorandum asking for four more divisions. I believe it was forwarded to the War Office, which has now sent three brigades from India. If the North-West Frontier cannot be further denuded, where is the balance to come from? Meanwhile, our unfortunate troops, Indian and British, under hard conditions of climate and supply, are policing an immense area, paying dearly every day in lives for the willfully wrong policy of the civil administration in Baghdad. The War Office has made every effort to reduce our forces, but the decisions of the Cabinet have been against them.

The Government in Baghdad have been hanging Arabs in that town for political offenses, which they call rebellion. The Arabs are not at war with us. Are these illegal executions to provoke the Arabs to reprisals on the three hundred British prisoners they hold? And, if so, is it that their punishment may be more severe, or is it to persuade our other troops to fight to the last?

We say we are in Mesopotamia to develop it for the benefit of the world. all experts say that the labour supply is the ruling factor in its development. How far will the killing of ten thousand villagers and townspeople this summer hinder the production of wheat, cotton, and oil? How long will we permit millions of pounds, thousands of Imperial troops, and tens of thousands of Arabs to be sacrificed on behalf of colonial administration which can benefit nobody but its administrators?

From News For Real:

U.S. top arms supplier to developing world

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The United States supplied 46 percent of the arms sold to developing countries in 2005, a congressional report said.

The Congressional Research Service said the level of arms sales was the highest in eight years, the Boston Globe reported.

"We are at a point in history where many of these sales are not essential for the self-defense of these countries and the arms being sold continue to fuel conflicts and tensions in unstable areas," said Daryl Kimball , executive director of the Washington-based Arms Control Association in Washington. "It doesn't make much sense over the long term."

The report looked both at deliveries of weapons and contracts for future delivery. Russia, the second-ranking arms supplier, was responsible for 15 percent of sales in the developing world, and Britain for 13 percent.

Researchers suggested that the arms trade is now fueled as much by the economic interests of U.S. weapons manufacturers as it is by national security.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

FOX NEWS INTERNAL MEMO: "Be On The Lookout For Any Statements From The Iraqi Insurgents...Thrilled At The Prospect Of A Dem Controlled Congress"...

Check out this leaked memo from the Vice President of News(?) :


WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency has acknowledged for the first time the existence of two classified documents, including one signed by President George W. Bush, that have guided the agency's interrogation and detention of terror suspects.

The CIA disclosed the existence of the documents in a letter Friday sent from the agency's associate general counsel, John McPherson, to lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union.

The contents of the documents were not revealed, but one document, as described by the ACLU, is "a directive signed by President Bush granting the CIA the authority to set up detention facilities outside the United States and outlining interrogation methods that may be used against detainees."

The second document, according to the group is a Justice Department legal analysis "specifying interrogation methods that the CIA may use against top Al Qaeda members."


Civil rights groups filed a suit with German prosecutors on Tuesday seeking war crimes charges against outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for the alleged abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.

"I don't expect he'll go to jail. I think he should go to jail," Peter Weiss of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) told a public presentation of the suit.

"As far as I'm concerned -- and my colleagues agree -- I would be satisfied if he spent the rest of his life in shame."

Rumsfeld resigned after Democrats wrested power from the Republicans in last week's midterm elections, partly due to dismay over the Iraq war.

The New York-based CCR is one of several groups which filed more than 300 of pages of documents with the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe, which confirmed receipt of the complaint...


Monday, November 13, 2006

Post mid-term election covers from TIME: '94 vs '06...or How stupid do you have to be to think there's a 'librul' bias in mass media?

Anthrax hoaxer may be Free Republic poster

11/13/2006 @ 11:27 am

Filed by Larisa Alexandrovna and Brian Beutler

The man arrested on Saturday for sending more than a dozen envelopes containing "fake anthrax" to anti-war celebrities, journalists, and politicians may have ties to the conservative supersite Free Republic, RAW STORY has found.

Chad Castagana, a 39 year old Californian named as the FBI's prime suspect in the case, is due in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles today, where procecutors are expected to file criminal complaint against him for sending threatening letters through the U.S. mail. Castagana has an extensive online history, often writing about science fiction and conservative politics, and many bloggers are convinced that he is also a contributor at the conservative activist Free Republic website under the name Marc Costanzo.

Earlier today, users at the liberal websites Democratic Underground and Daily Kos brought to light the similarities between Castagana's Internet footprint and Costanzo's writings at Free Republic, and RAW STORY has found a series of eyebrow-raising connections between the two men...


Tony Snow, Sean Hannity & various other right wing nutjobs have all been posters on Free Republic. I hope FOX NEWS & the White House are in the next FBI domestic terrorist threat assessment...


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Interview with Dennis Kucinich:

Rumsfeld may no longer be secretary of defense, but he made decisions based on lies that took people to their deaths. He has to be held accountable—secretary or not...
Oh yeah & a picture of our disgusting weasel fake pResident working on his legacy.

Democratic Underground has posted a selection of hate mail received over the last year.

Scary, funny, absurd, actionable; runs the gamut & then some.

These people must be in shock. But soon the scab will form & they'll be back to their ignorant, hateful ways aided by FAUX NEWS & the 'snarling heads' on radio. Hopefully some will escape the bubble right wing media provides them.

I really hope so (but not the guy in the picture above; too little, too late.)

Let the Investigations Begin


THE Democrats’ victory has stoked the fire beneath an already brewing debate within the party regarding the need for investigations of the executive branch during the Bush administration’s two remaining years. Some Democratic members of Congress are reluctant to pursue investigations into war profiteering, detainee interrogation or other controversial issues, fearing that such scrutiny of the administration will make Democrats appear petty and partisan and cost them electoral support in 2008.

A vigorous examination of the administration’s conduct, however, is not only the appropriate action as a matter of constitutional prerogative, it is the politically necessary response to voters’ overwhelming rejection of the current Congress’s failure to assert itself in this area.

Nothing is better established in constitutional history and jurisprudence than Congress’s power to investigate the executive. Centuries of precedents in Parliament, colonial legislatures and United States law endorse it. In 1742, William Pitt the Elder summarized the powers of Parliament: “We are called the grand inquest of the nation, and as such it is our duty to inquire into every step of public management, either at home or abroad, in order to see that nothing has been done amiss.”

Indeed, the very first example of congressional oversight in our history was an inquiry into President George Washington’s deployment of the military. In that case, a committee appointed by the House in 1792 was authorized to investigate the disastrous defeat the year before of Gen. Arthur St. Clair by Indians in the Ohio Territory, with the power to issue subpoenas for “persons, papers and records as may be necessary to assist their inquiries.”

Congress is a coequal branch with explicit power to declare war, raise armies and navies and appropriate money for such activities. The Supreme Court has also repeatedly ratified Congressional authority to investigate executive departments. Congressional powers to probe “into departments of the federal government to expose corruption, inefficiency or waste,” the court has stated, are “as penetrating and far reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution.”

For the past six years, Congress’s oversight function has atrophied in a unitary Republican landscape. To be sure, investigative power should be exercised carefully, thoughtfully and with due regard for the rights of a coordinate branch. But Congress should not shrink from its duty to investigate a reluctant or recalcitrant executive, especially one that, while cloaking itself in secrecy, has boldly asserted unprecedented powers in the initiation and conduct of war — with disastrous consequences that the electorate has now repudiated.

By performing their constitutional obligations, the new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate will surely do right by the Constitution and the country. But they will also no doubt do very well for themselves...

(Stanley Brand, a former general counsel to the House of Representatives under Speaker Tip O’Neill, teaches constitutional law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law.)