Eat At Joes

Just a regular Joe who is angry that the USA, the country he loves, is being corrupted and damaged from within and trying to tell his fellow Americans the other half of the story that they don’t get on the TV News.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Media Again Admits They Failed To Inform Americans About Stories Embarrassing to Bush Admin – When Will They Stop Failing And Do Their Job?

In the aftermath of the Iraq Invasion several US Newspapers admitted that they failed to report to the American People viewpoints contrary to the Bush Administration with regard to the Invasion of Iraq. The televised US news sources were even more guilty of this, but have yet to admit their error. Time and time again since news agencies – again mostly print – have admitted that they failed to report to the American People news stories embarrassing to the Bush Administration. The latest admission comes with regard to the Downing Street Memos, a collection of leaked documents from the British Government showing that the Bush Administration had decided to invade Iraq by July of 2002 (before getting the Congressional approval necessary) and that while the intelligence did not support a connection between Saddam and 9/11 or existence of nuclear, chemical and biological WMD in Iraq, those “facts” were being “fixed” to support the decision to go to war. Until March of 2003 the Bush Administration continued to tell the American People and Congress that military action was a last resort. The memos also show that the Bush Administration didn't give much thought to what would happen in Iraq after Saddam was overthrown leading to the situation today. Print news agencies have now admitted that they failed to inform the American People about the Downing Street Memos. And that’s good that they are admitting AGAIN that they have AGAIN failed their job to inform the American People about the nefarious activities of their elected officials in Washington, but the real question is WHEN THE HELL ARE THESE JOKERS GOING TO ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOBS AND REPORT WHAT IS GOING ON INSTEAD OF CONSEALING IT AND APPOLOGIZING FOR FAILING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LATER??????!!!!!!!!!!!! Please contact the media and ask them that question. We the American People deserve an answer.

Terrorists Wanted Bush Re-elected Conservative Israeli Newspaper Reports – Reporters Held by Terrorists Agree

In the 2004 election the Bush campaign kept saying that the terrorists wanted Kerry to win. This flew in the face of intelligence which reported that Bush’s decision to invade Iraq had invigorated al Qaeda and boosted their numbers a thousand fold. The US TV News never told the American Public that; instead they just reported what the Bush Admin said, that a Kerry win is what the Terrorists wanted. Well, the Jerusalem Post, a very conservative Israeli newspaper reported what many of us (49% of American Voters) knew which is that the Terrorists were hoping that George W. Bush would be re-elected. Two journalists who were held by Terrorists confirmed what intelligence had said all along. The Terrorists are ticked pink that George W. Bush was re-elected because it has continued to boost numbers of al Qaeda volunteers and has further angered moderate Muslims causing them to sympathize more with al Qaeda and their ilk. Read the article in the Jerusalem Post here. The Terrorist leader the journalists interviewed while being held had trained with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and told them the insurgents supported a Bush presidency because they believed it meant that "there will be confrontation, occupation and radicalization of the Iraqi people." The CIA recently reported that the Iraq War has created in Iraq a greater Terrorist Training Ground than had existed in Afghanistan in the 80s. Afghanistan led to Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and the Taliban. The CIA reported that prior to the Iraq War al Qaeda did not have a foothold in Saddam’s Iraq because they were enemies of one another. That roadblock lifted al Qaeda is growing in Iraq and Iraq now represents a danger to the US and the World where no such danger had previously existed according to the CIA. The televised US News has not and will not inform the American people of these issues. Contact them and demand that they stop self censoring the news. This is our nation -- all of the Americans' not just the most powerful!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

President George Bush admits there is ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11 attacks, but not last night!

Numerous times President Bush has admitted that there is ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE that Saddam Hussein was behind or in any way whatsoever involved with the September 11, 2001 attacks. Here is just one article reporting him saying this back in September of 2003, but he and members of his administration have admitted this many times. Oddly they often go back to implying the opposite as Bush did during his speech to the nation last night. Time and time again during the speech he tried to convince the American People that he ordered the pre-emptive invasion of Iraq because of 9/11 when he knows damn well that the connection between Saddam and the mostly Saudi Arabian Terrorists who attacked us is a lie, and has admitted so on many occations. 15 of the 19 September 11 Terrorists were Saudis and none were Iraqi. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi. Al Qaeda and the Taliban’s brand of Islam, Wahhabism, is the dangerous sect of Islam unique to Saudi Arabia and stands in opposition to the rest of Islam. Bush even held the hand of the Saudi Prince recently when he visited Bush at his private ranch. Bush allowed Saudis including members of the bin Laden family to leave the US without being fully questioned by the FBI shortly after 9/11 when US citizens were being kept on the ground. Why hasn’t our Corporate-Owned US News Media Outlets bothered to inform the American People that Bush is lying to them about Saddam being involved in 9/11 and that he previously told them the opposite of what he said last night? Well, because the Corporate-Owned Media have financial interest in keeping Bush and like-minded people in power. Bush promised the Media Industry that he would further relax the ownership rules allowing huge media corporations to own more and more outlets of information (newspapers, radio and TV stations), and he delivered on that promise. They love him! They wouldn’t dare tell the people the truth. If they did they would be crucified like Newsweek was when they reported that the Koran had been mistreated by guards in Gitmo a fact that a recent Pentagon report corroborated! When the American People learn that the Media and the Republican Party have been working together to lie to them and mislead them for years they will rise up against them. Spread the word! Let's take our country back from the Special Interest Groups like the Media Industry! They must be answerable to us, the people, not to the party in power! Read the news from links in the upper left to learn what the Corporate-Owned Media does NOT want you to know. Contact the media and tell them you will NOT buy from their advertisers until they report the truth and contact their advertisers telling them the same. The media depends on us for their advertising dollars. They CANNOT survive without our money! They must be answerable to us their source of profit! A Free Democracy Requires a Free Press Truthfully Informing the People!!!! We deserve our Democracy back!!!! But it will take effort on our part to win it back for our future generations!!! Do not shirk your responsibility!!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Halliburton Overcharged US Taxpayers more than $1 Billion and Poisoned Our Troops – Why Are We Still Funding This Crooked Company?

Read this article regarding questions the Democrats in Congress raised about Halliburton’s questionable charges to the US Taxpayers totaling over a BILLION DOLLARS including $152,000 in "movie library costs," a $1.5 million tailoring bill, meals it never served to our troops and hundreds of millions more that auditors flagged as bogus charges to the American People! This isn't something the Democrats made up! This has been confirmed by Pentagon auditors looking into it. Over a year and a half ago it was found that Halliburton was giving dirty contaminated food to US Troops and charging us for the privilege of poisoning our brave men and women! This was known by the military brass:“The Pentagon repeatedly warned contractor Halliburton-KBR that the food it served to US troops in Iraq was "dirty," as were as the kitchens it was served in.” Halliburton is still allowed to provide food to our troops! And it turns out that they are still charging us for meals they don't even provide. But it just keeps getting better...a few days ago it was announced that now they have been handed another Billion Dollar contract to provide meals to US troops arond the world! And they have more than $10 billion in work orders from the Army to support U.S. troops and rebuild Iraq's oil industry. This is Cheney’s former company that still pays him a deferred salary and that he owns millions of dollars worth of its stock. Why aren’t the American People demanding Cheney’s resignation and the immediate halt of any more US Tax Dollars to Halliburton? The Republican Party is perfectly happy with Halliburton over charging the US Tax Payers and poisoning our soldiers with contaminated food and stealing from us. When are the American People going to rise up and oust the Republican Party from office and stop the hemorrhaging of our tax dollars to well-connected campaign contributors? When?


Sunday, June 26, 2005

Schwarzenegger Sics National Guard Intelligence Unit on Mother's Day Demonstrators! Families of Dead US Soldiers!

During the Vietnam War Nixon had the military and the FBI aggressively investigate Americans who exercised their Constitutional Rights to oppose the war or march in civil rights protests. “During the 1960s and 1970s, the military collected information on more than 100,000 Americans, infiltrated church youth groups, posed as reporters to interview activists, monitored peaceful protests and even attended an elementary school Halloween party in search of a dissident” one of those evil people who disagreed with Nixon’s decision to spread the Vietnam War into neighboring countries and expose more US soldiers to possible death. Well, their back! Known as the Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion program, the project is part of an expanding nationwide effort to root out enemies of our nation. You know people who disagree with President Bush. In California under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger such an intelligence group was set up. Although California National Guard officials said the new unit would not collect information on American citizens, top National Guard officials have already been involved in tracking at least one recent Mother's Day anti-war rally organized by families of slain American soldiers, according to e-mails obtained by the Mercury News. Read the article here. So Arnold takes the National Guard’s Intelligence arm that was supposedly created to catch terrorists and sics them on families of slain US soldiers who died serving in Iraq because those families now oppose the war. Nice! And this is occurring throughout the country thanks to our Commander in Chief. Really nice! Thanks, Aaaaahnohld! Thanks, George! Thanks for the police state that J. Edgar Hoover would have been envious of.

Friday, June 24, 2005

US acknowledges torture at Guantanamo, in Iraq, and in Afghanistan

According to this AFP report the Bush Administration for the first time acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centers in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said. The Bush Admin claims that these were low-level US Military personnel not working under the orders of the Bush Administration. Right! Let me see if I got this right: All over the world (Cuba, Afghanistan, Iraq) dozens if not scores of US Military personnel independently came up with the same idea to torture the detainees suspected of involvement with Iraq or Afghanistan. They tortured many in the same manner, but they all came up with the idea themselves and didn’t hear it from their superiors. The torture in Iraq just happened to follow the torture in Cuba after the General who was in charge of Guantanamo Bay was put in charge of Abu Ghraib and said he was going to Gitmo’ize Abu Gharaib? Gee, what a coincidence. But Bush says it’s true and the US Press isn’t bothering to question that so, golly, it must be true. Anybody want to sell the US Citizens some swampland in Florida filled with discarded but uncounted 2000 electoral ballots?

In a related story U.S. doctors have been linked to POW torture Medical records compiled by doctors caring for prisoners at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay are being tapped to design more effective interrogation techniques, says an explosive new report rather than to provide care for the prisoners.

Fresh from getting Corporate-Owned US Media to Self-Censor any news critical of his Administration, Bush is now pressuring foreign news sources to do the same. He will win because he will bomb them into the Stone Age if they do not obey! Resistance is FUTILE! You will be assimilated by the Bush Borg!

Karl Rove Whose Grandfather Built a Nazi Death Camp and was a Nazi Party Leader Follows Herman Goerring’s Advice on Iraq War!

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."- Herman Goerring

Karl Rove in a speech Wednesday night branded all liberals as being supporters of terrorism for opposing Bush’s decision to preemptively invade Iraq in 2003 leading to the morass that is the Iraq War where a number of female US Marines were killed just today. Karl Rove is the grandson of Karl Heinz Roverer (the family’s name before changing it to Rove), the Gauleiter of Oldenburg. Roverer was Reich-Stat halter or Nazi State Party chairman for the region of Germany that the Rove or Roverer family is from. Heir Roverer was also the senior engineer in the Roverer Sud-Deutche Ingenieurburo A. G. Engineering -- the firm built the Birkenau death camp. Rove did not mention and the Corporate-Owned US Media that is the lapdog of the Bush Administration doesn’t report is that many conservative Republicans also opposed the Iraq War. They include Patrick Buchanan, William F. Buckley, Brent Scowcroft (national security adviser under Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush Sr), Robert Novak, Rep. John J. Duncan, (R-TN), Dick Armey, former Majority Leader (R-TX), Charley Reese, Paul Craig Roberts, James Webb, a hero in Vietnam and President Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy, Tom Pauken, a Vietnam veteran who served as a Reagan Administration official and the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Justin Raimondo, an anti-war conservative, who edits the site, Llewellyn Rockwell, Samuel Francis, Thomas Fleming, Scott McConnell, Justin Raimondo, Joe Sobran, Joe Sobran, Jude Wanniski, Eric Margolis, Taki Theodoracopulos, and too many others to name.

What about the conservatives that opposed the Iraq War Heir Rove? What about the liberals who supported the war? What about the Several Downing Street Memo’s and members of the Bush Administration who have already admitted that Bush invented the link between the 9-11 terrorists and Iraq in order to drum up support for the war in Congress and among the American People? The Lapdog US Press Especially TV News will NOT inform the American People about these things. So we the informed who blog must do so. Read these to be informed: buzzflash, information clearinghouse, commondreams, talkingpointsmemo, alternet, truthout, americanprogress, consortium news, guardian, tompaine, drudgeretort, workingforchange, salon, media matters, hockey town.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Iraq is now a better terrorist training ground than Afghanistan in the '80s, CIA says, and a greater threat to the U.S. - You can thank George W. Bush

Wednesday, the CIA has released a classified report that Iraq is now a better terrorist training ground than Afghanistan in the '80s (Osama bin Laden and the Taliban and al Qaeda came into existance there) and a greater threat to the U.S. according to a CIA counterterrorism official. Yes, let's repeat that: the CIA believes the Iraq War poses an international threat and may produce better-trained Islamic terrorists than the 1980s Afghanistan war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, a U.S. counterterrorism official said on Wednesday. Earlier CIA and other Intelligence agencies had said that prior to the Iraq War there was no operational link between Iraq and al Qaeda because Saddam and al Qaeda were enemies, and that since toppling Saddam al Qaeda has set up terrorist training camps in Iraq. This latest report tells us that those new al Qaeda terrorist camps make Iraq a danger to the US and the World which it wasn’t prior to the war.

We know from the Downing Street Memos that George W. Bush had decided by July of 2002 to invade Iraq months before getting authorization from Congress, and that he was going to use WMD and a link to al Qaeda as the reason. And that the evidence didn’t support either of these, but that the “facts were being fixed” to support the decision to invade Iraq. The memos also show that the Bush Administration hadn’t given much thought to what to do in Iraq once Saddam was overthrown. In that aftermath over 1700 servicemembers have been killed IN Iraq and possibly 7000 more died on their way from Iraq to hospitals in Germany. Now as a result of “fixing the facts” to support his decision to invade Iraq the US and the world are in greater danger of Terrorism – this according to the CIA which reports to Bush himself through Bush’s handpicked CIA Director, Porter Goss. Thank you, George W. Bush for making our world a more dangerous place and placing our wives and children in danger for generations to come because you decided to invade Iraq.

Retired US Air force Colonel Sam Gardiner explains in this interview that the Bush Administration has been using Psychological Warfare against the people of the United States utilizing what propaganda literature would refer to as the big lie. Gardiner has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War College and Naval War College. He was recently a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defence College. During the Iraq War he was a regular expert consulting with news organizations on the US Military. He explains how the Bush Administration used disinformation and psychological warfare - weapons usually used against the 'enemy' - against the American public in order to support the war in Iraq. Let's review that: the Bush Administration has been using weapons - usually used against the 'enemy' - against the American public in order to support their decisions such as invading Iraq. What government uses the kind of weapons they normally use against the nation’s enemies against the people of that nation? Saddam gassed the Kurds. Pol Pot used his military against the Cambodian people. The Soviets used the KGB and their military against the people of the former Soviet Union. And now when Senator Durbin points these things out he is vilified as evil! What about the government that targets its own citizens to be treated as it treats the enemy? Aren’t they the evil ones? If we had a Free Press in the US this story would be on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on every news broadcast, but the Corporate-Owned US News Media Outlets shield the American People from hearing about these things! Why? They have a vested interest in keeping Bush and people like him in power!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Fox News Says That Being Chained to a Floor for Days and Forced to defecate on Yourself Not So Bad

“I mean, what was so horrific in the [FBI] memo, and I'm not saying, you know, there aren't legitimate questions there, is that someone is chained to a floor and forced to defecate on themselves, and has loud rock music playing. Excuse me? I mean, you know, Auschwitz? Bergen Belsen? The Soviet gulag? I think they would have been very happy to be allowed to defecate on themselves.”-- FOX News' Chris Wallace

No, Chris, it's not bad at all. Can we chain you up in fetal position for days to a cold concrete floor and make you crap and pee all over yourself? You seem to think it is such a day at the beach why don't you try it? Go ahead and call the White House to volunteer for that, you Bush Administration apologist! Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told members of Congress that in addition to the pictures of detainees being abused shown previously there are over 2000 more pictures and videos that were too awful to allow the public to see. Some involving rape of women and young boys. Some videos of detainees being murdered. "Be on notice," Rumsfeld said in a standing-room-only Senate hearing room May 8. "There are a lot more photographs and videos that exist. If these are released to the public, obviously it's going to make matters worse." "It's going to get still more terrible, I'm afraid," he said.

Even Fox News had to report that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he wants to "prepare the public: Apparently the worst is yet to come potentially in terms of disturbing events." He later told reporters, "The American public needs to understand we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience." Fox refused to air this information on their TV news for fear more of the public would learn of it, although they did post it on their website I do have to give them that, though few saw it.

You’re up for that, too, right, Chris? You scumbag! Faux News: Unofficial Ministry of Propaganda for the Bush Administration! Joseph Goebbels would be proud of you guys!

Bush Admin Afraid that Saddam’s Trial May Reveal Secrets They Don’t Want Revealed

AP - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Iraq's justice minister accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to hinder the Iraqi investigation of Saddam Hussein by limiting his access to interrogators, and said "it seems there are lots of secrets they [the Bush Administration] want to hide."

Justice Minister Abdel Hussein Shandal alleged that U.S. officials are trying to limit access to Saddam because they have their own secrets to protect, including funneling money and support to the Iraqi leader during his rule.

"It seems there are lots of secrets they want to hide," Shandal said.

"There should be transparency and there should be frankness, but there are secrets that if revealed, won't be in the interest of many countries," he said. "Who was helping Saddam all those years?"

So far when Sadam has been questioned before cameras the Bush Administration has insisted that the audio not be broadcast, only the video. The Bush Administration has also been pushing for a trial behind closed doors where such secrets will not be learned by the public.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Bush Claims Reason He Ordered Iraq War was 9-11 Which He Himself Contradicted

President Bush is now once again claiming that the reason he ordered the invasion of Iraq was because of September 11. Ignoring that 15 of the 19 highjackers were Saudis and ZERO of them were Iraqi. Ignoring that the Republican lead September 11 Commission concluded that there were no operational links between Saddam’s Iraq and al Qaeda and that Saddam was not involved with or in any way behind 9-11. Bush himself had to admit this over a year ago when the evidence against Iraq’s involvement in 9-11 was overwhelming and his prior claims to the contrary were presented to him. Now he is once again promoting the lie that he previously promoted. And the US Corporate-Owned News Media is--------SILENT ONCE AGAIN. Some “liberal media” these Corporate-Owned Big Business Media Moguls wield in the US. When will we get a REAL free press in this country? And when will the American People learn of their Leaders Lies and the Media’s Complicity in these lies?

Let's review some of the Bush Admin's prior admissions that Saddam was not involved in 9-11 courtessy of this article:

Sky News (London): "One question for you both. Do you believe that there is a link between Saddam Hussein, a direct link, and the men who attacked on September the 11th?"

Bush: "I can't make that claim.'

Bush: No evidence Saddam Hussein involved in Nine-Eleven attacks

Rice: U.S. Never Said Saddam Was Behind 9/11

Rumsfeld sees no link between Saddam Hussein, 9/11

Wolfowitz: Iraq Was Not Involved In 9-11 Terrorist Attacks, No Ties To Al-Qaeda

Brent Scowcroft, one of the Republican Party’s most respected foreign policy advisors;

"Don't Attack Saddam. It would undermine our antiterror
efforts. There is scant evidence to tie Saddam to terrorist
organizations, and even less to the Sept. 11 attacks."

Allies Find No Links Between Iraq, Al Qaeda

"What I'm asked is if I've seen any evidence of that. (Iraq
links to al Qaeda) And the answer is: I haven't.” -British
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who supports U.S. invasion &
occupation of Iraq.],0,4538810.story

British Intelligence agencies, MI6 and MI5

A dossier prepared by the two agencies “showed no discernible
links between Iraq and al-Qaida,”

Richard Kerr, a former deputy CIA director who lead an internal review of the CIA's prewar intelligence;

“the CIA has not found any proof of operational ties between al
Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime.”

The White House’s own publication, A Decade of Defiance and Deception, makes no mention of Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda.

The 2002 congressional joint intelligence committee’s report on the Sept. 11 attacks revealed that the Bush administration had no evidence to support its claim that Saddam’s government was supporting al-Qaeda.

No proof links Iraq, al-Qaida, Powell says

According to a "top secret British document", quoted by the BBC, "there is nothing but enmity between Iraq and Al Qaeda." The BBC said the leak came from intelligence officials upset that their work was being used to justify war." (quoted in Daily News, New York, 6 February 2003).

Three former Bush administration officials who worked on
intelligence and national security issues have told National
Journal that the prewar evidence tying al Qaeda to Iraq was
tenuous, exaggerated, and often at odds with the conclusions of
key intelligence agencies.

"…analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency have
complained that senior administration officials have exaggerated
the significance of some intelligence reports about Iraq,
particularly about its possible links to terrorism, in order to
strengthen their political argument for war, government officials


"At the Federal Bureau of Investigation, some
investigators said they were baffled by the Bush administration's
insistence on a solid link between Iraq and Osama bin Ladens
network. "We've been looking at this hard for more than a
year and you know what, we just don't think it's there," a
government official said."

This is consistent with what they were saying back in October

"There's absolutely no evidence that Iraq was supporting
al Qaeda, ever."

-Richard Clarke, former terrorism chief under bush.

Iraq-al Qaeda ties have not been found

Bush administration hyped sketchy and false evidence to push for

The Bush administration’s claim that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein
had ties to al Qaeda — one of the administration’s central
arguments for a pre-emptive war — appears to have been based on
even less solid intelligence than the administration’s claims
that Iraq had hidden stocks of chemical and biological weapons.

Nearly a year after U.S. and British troops invaded Iraq, no
evidence has turned up to verify allegations of Saddam’s links
with al Qaeda, and several key parts of the administration’s
case have either proved false or seem increasingly doubtful.

Iraq and al Qaeda: What Evidence?

bush's own hand-picked Republican weapons hunter ISG, Dr. David

David Kay was on the ground for months investigating the
activities of Hussein's regime. He concluded "But we simply
did not find any evidence of extensive links with Al Qaeda, or for
that matter any real links at all."

He called a speech where Cheney made the claim there was a link,
as being "evidence free."

Israeli intelligence (the Moussad)

“According to Israeli intelligence, Palestinians are still not
connected to the global terror network, and neither is Iraq.”

bush's second and final hand-picked Republican weapons hunter
ISG, Dr. Charles Dueffler;

Report: No WMD stockpiles in Iraq, no capability since 1991, no
evidence of ties to al Qaeda, no serious threat;


No evidence of Iraq-Al Qaeda ties: 9/11 commission

"CIA Review Finds No Evidence Saddam Had Ties to Islamic

NO ties between Iraq and international terrorists, al-Qaeda or

1. Central to the Saddam - al Qaeda connection claim is the
assertion that Czech authorities had evidence of a meeting between
one of the September 11 hijackers, Mohammed Atta and an Iraqi
agent in Prague in April 2001.

Both Czech President Vaclav Havel and Czech intelligence refuted
this report.

More than that, so do the FBI and CIA; Only one problem with that
story, the FBI pointed out. Atta was traveling at the time between
Florida and Virginia Beach, Va. (The bureau had his rental car and
hotel receipts)

This lie of BushCo's was debunked last year. But to this day,
members of the Administration cite the Prague report as evidence
of an Iraq - al Qaeda connection.

2. Cheney also claimed that 1993 World Trade Center bombing
co-conspirator Abdul Rahman Yasin had received “financing” and
“safe haven” from Saddam’s government.

You have to really love this one...yeah he did. Sort of. He was in
an Iraqi JAIL from 1994 until shortly before the invasion;

"He was being clothed and fed by them so long as he wore
stripes,” joked one U.S. investigator.

Yasin had hopped onto a plane for Iraq. He was picked up by the
Iraqi police a year later and had been held without a charge
placed against him. Iraq had twice offered to deliver him to the
United States, but only upon written receipt that Iraq had given
him up… "like a receipt for a FedEx package"

but the US refused the offer.

Yasin was picked up by the FBI a few days after the bombing in an
apartment in Jersey City, N.J., that he was sharing with his
mother. He was so helpful and cooperative, giving the FBI names
and addresses, that they released him.

Yasin says he was even driven back home in an FBI car.

The FBI agree, saying they decided to let Yasin go free.

Yasin, whose picture is on the FBI Web site along with Osama bin
Laden, is one of President Bush’s 22 most-wanted terrorists.

3. Ansar al-Islam, a radical Kurdish group, whose leader lives a
free man in Norway, after 2 FBI interrogations found nothing to
even declare him an "enemy combatant".

Of course there's that other pesky little fact, that Ansar al
lives in the Kurdish north of Iraq, out of Saddam's control and
under Kurdish AND AMERICAN control for the past 13 years.

Iraq had no ties to al Qaeda, and nothing to do with the 911
attacks; so would a bush-supporting moran please explain why bush
is suddenly again LYING by implying Iraq was involved with the 911

And yes, Bush's recent claim "We went to war because we were
attacked..." is clearly a LIE.

House committee voted to halve funding to public broadcasting -- cuts that are so drastic that they will decimate public television and radio stations

Congress has turned a deaf ear to the public and taken the next step to unplug PBS and NPR. Last night, a House committee voted to halve funding for public broadcasting -- cuts that are so drastic that they will decimate public television and radio stations across the country. We stand to lose the educational, news and cultural programs that Americans trust above all others.

In the past week, nearly one million Americans have signed petitions to stop Congress from taking this action against PBS, NPR and other public media. Tens of thousands more have joined mass call-ins urging representatives to restore funding. But our elected officials have ignored the outcry.

It’s time we pried open the doors of power and demanded to be heard. Free Press is taking this campaign beyond point-and-click petitions directly into the chambers of Congress. It is with your personal stories that we guarantee that politicians WILL take notice:

Write a letter about what public broadcasting means to you.

In your letter, tell your representative how public broadcasting is a vital resource for you personally. Let politicians know that they can no longer ignore public support of public broadcasting. Free Press will hand deliver your letter directly to your congressperson.

Read some of the letters already on their way to Congress.

The proposed cuts go before the full House as early as Tuesday. Your representative needs to hear from you right now:

Write your representative and tell him or her to listen to the public and restore full funding.

Together, we can stop Congress before it devastates America's public broadcasting.
Please forward this message to your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors and ask them to write their own stories about public broadcasting. Thousands of letters are needed today.

I wrote the following letter to my congressman. Maybe I was a little too angry at the end by threatening his continued employment as my congressman, but I think I got the point across:


I have learned that a committee in the House has just voted to cut in half the funding to PBS and NPR. For my small children, my wife and I depend upon PBS for child-friendly children’s programming that is not filled with the violence and mature subject matter that can be found on the other channels. I watch Nova and other intellectually stimulating programming with my family that cannot be found on the commercial stations which insist on showing mostly reality programs and CSI: Fill In The City Name! I enjoy listening to NPR; not only the news programming but also the discussions on books and culture and topics that cannot be found elsewhere on the broadcast spectrum. Let’s be frank. The reason these politicians voted to cut PBS and NPR funding in half is because neither will morph into a Fox News clone that echoes the White House’s daily talking points. We don’t need more Fox News Channel wanabes on the air. Certainly not ones paid for with our tax dollars. Recently Congress awarded the city of Anchorage, Alaska $1.5 Million for a bus stop. The problem was Anchorage couldn’t begin to spend that much money on a bus stop. It was more than 50 times the amount of money they could possibly spend on the project! It was pork barrel spending at its worst! You want to know why the American people view Congress with the greatest contempt and disgust in history? Because you take funding away from worthwhile projects like public broadcasting and you give it to projects that have no need for the amount of money you do appropriate. We your constituents are very happy with the current programming on PBS and NBR and will be very unhappy if this programming suffers because of the disconnected attitudes of politicians in Washington who don’t care what we their constituents think! I urge you to do everything you can to halt this halving of PBS and NPR funding before the American People decide to cut our current crop of congressmen. We are very angry!!!!! And we WILL take our anger to the voting booths in 2006 unless it is diminished by some right behavior on the part of Congress before then. Killing this plan to halve PBS and NPR’s budgets can help to allay this anger! Thank you for your time.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is a Disgrace to Already Disgraced US Mainstream Media – More Bush Butt-kissing from that Worthless Rag!!!

You will remember that the Washington Post and the NY Times have both admitted that prior to the Iraq War they deliberately withheld news items and views contrary to the Bush Administration. You will also remember that even after that admission they have continued to suppress news articles that are critical of or report the crimes committed by the Bush Administration. Only the columnists and the editorial board are alloweed to do that. The front page news is kept deliberately Pro-Bush, and free from anything that would embarrass his supporters. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. wrote the letter below to the Ombudsman of the Washington Post after that newspaper which has been kissing Bush’s butt since he got into office included a completely misleading and largely untruthful article which pretends to report on a Democratic hearing, but actually just smears the attendees with the usual smarmy Corporate-Owned US Mainstream Media Bullshit that has been passing for journalism for many years now!!! Here is Conyers’ letter:

Dear Sirs:

I write to express my profound disappointment with Dana Milbank's June 17 report, "Democrats Play House to Rally Against the War," which purports to describe a Democratic hearing I chaired in the Capitol yesterday. In sum, the piece cherry-picks some facts, manufactures others out of whole cloth, and does a disservice to some 30 members of Congress who persevered under difficult circumstances, not of our own making, to examine a very serious subject: whether the American people were deliberately misled in the lead up to war. The fact that this was the Post's only coverage of this event makes the journalistic shortcomings in this piece even more egregious.

In an inaccurate piece of reporting that typifies the article, Milbank implies that one of the obstacles the Members in the meeting have is that "only one" member has mentioned the Downing Street Minutes on the floor of either the House or Senate. This is not only incorrect but misleading. In fact, just yesterday, the Senate Democratic Leader, Harry Reid, mentioned it on the Senate floor. Senator Boxer talked at some length about it at the recent confirmation hearing for the Ambassador to Iraq. The House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, recently signed on to my letter, along with 121 other Democrats asking for answers about the memo. This information is not difficult to find either. For example, the Reid speech was the subject of an AP wire service report posted on the Washington Post website with the headline "Democrats Cite Downing Street Memo in Bolton Fight". Other similar mistakes, mischaracterizations and cheap shots are littered throughout the article.

The article begins with an especially mean and nasty tone, claiming that House Democrats "pretended" a small conference was the Judiciary Committee hearing room and deriding the decor of the room. Milbank fails to share with his readers one essential fact: the reason the hearing was held in that room, an important piece of context. Despite the fact that a number of other suitable rooms were available in the Capitol and House office buildings, Republicans declined my request for each and every one of them. Milbank could have written about the perseverance of many of my colleagues in the face of such adverse circumstances, but declined to do so. Milbank also ignores the critical fact picked up by the AP, CNN and other newsletters that at the very moment the hearing was scheduled to begin, the Republican Leadership scheduled an almost unprecedented number of 11 consecutive floor votes, making it next to impossible for most Members to participate in the first hour and one half of the hearing.

In what can only be described as a deliberate effort to discredit the entire hearing, Milbank quotes one of the witnesses as making an anti-semitic assertion and further describes anti-semitic literature that was being handed out in the overflow room for the event. First, let me be clear: I consider myself to be friend and supporter of Israel and there were a number of other staunchly pro-Israel members who were in attendance at the hearing. I do not agree with, support, or condone any comments asserting Israeli control over U.S. policy, and I find any allegation that Israel is trying to dominate the world or had anything to do with the September 11 tragedy disgusting and offensive.

That said, to give such emphasis to 100 seconds of a 3 hour and five minute hearing that included the powerful and sad testimony (hardly mentioned by Milbank) of a woman who lost her son in the Iraq war and now feels lied to as a result of the Downing Street Minutes, is incredibly misleading. Many, many different pamphlets were being passed out at the overflow room, including pamphlets about getting out of the Iraq war and anti-Central American Free Trade Agreement, and it is puzzling why Milbank saw fit to only mention the one he did.

In a typically derisive and uninformed passage, Milbank makes much of other lawmakers calling me "Mr. Chairman" and says I liked it so much that I used "chairmanly phrases." Milbank may not know that I was the Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee from 1988 to 1994. By protocol and tradition in the House, once you have been a Chairman you are always referred to as such. Thus, there was nothing unusual about my being referred to as Mr. Chairman.

To administer his coup-de-grace, Milbank literally makes up another cheap shot that I "was having so much fun that [I] ignored aides' entreaties to end the session." This did not occur. None of my aides offered entreaties to end the session and I have no idea where Milbank gets that information. The hearing certainly ran longer than expected, but that was because so many Members of Congress persevered under very difficult circumstances to attend, and I thought - given that - the least I could do was allow them to say their piece. That is called courtesy, not "fun."

By the way, the "Downing Street Memo" is actually the minutes of a British cabinet meeting. In the meeting, British officials - having just met with their American counterparts - describe their discussions with such counterparts. I mention this because that basic piece of context, a simple description of the memo, is found nowhere in Milbank's article.

The fact that I and my fellow Democrats had to stuff a hearing into a room the size of a large closet to hold a hearing on an important issue shouldn't make us the object of ridicule. In my opinion, the ridicule should be placed in two places: first, at the feet of Republicans who are so afraid to discuss ideas and facts that they try to sabotage our efforts to do so; and second, on Dana Milbank and the Washington Post, who do not feel the need to give serious coverage on a serious hearing about a serious matter-whether more than 1700 Americans have died because of a deliberate lie. Milbank may disagree, but the Post certainly owed its readers some coverage of that viewpoint.


John Conyers, Jr.
Here is the letter I wrote to them:

I wish to lodge a formal complaint against the unprofessionalism and lack of journalistic integrity shown by Dana Milbank in her article today, June 17, entitled "Democrats Play House to Rally Against the War." The article made fun of the tiny room that the Democrats had to hold the hearing in ignoring the fact that they had to do so because the Republican majority refused to allow them to hold the hearing in any of the larger rooms despite their availability at the time. The fact that the Republican Party are too afraid to give the Democrats a large enough room to hold hearings on whether the Bush Administration lied about their decision to invade Iraq would have made a great story. Instead Milbank uses it as a snide way to mock the only party that is willing to investigate the Downing Street Memo and the other recently released British Documents that strongly suggest that the Bush Administration did in fact lie to the American People and Congress in order to win support for the Iraq War. Why is the Republican Majority afraid to investigate this or even to grant the Democrats a satisfactorily sized room to investigate this? Great story—ignored by Milbank and the Washington Post. Why? Ms. Milbank and the Post’s ignoring of a story of greater interest to the American People for a story which ignores facts in order to create a misperception shows a profound lack of journalistic integrity.

Milbank mocks the members of Congress who addressed John Conyers as Mr. Chairman when the fact that he is a former Chairman of the House Government Operations Committee entitles him to be addressed this way according Congressional protocol. If Ms. Milbank were a reasonably well read or well experienced reporter of Washington news she would know this. Perhaps she did and chose to pretend that this was not the case in order to discredit the attendees. I could go on and on with examples that show that Ms. Milbank and the Post have done us, their readers, a huge disservice by either ineptitude or deliberate misinformation.

Which ever the case is, I will contact your advertisers and inform them that I do not intend to purchase their goods and services until they spend their advertising dollars on a more reputable newspaper. Once you start losing revenue, maybe you will decide to increase the level of journalism that has been precipitously dropping at the Washington Post. I almost wrote Washington Times because that is what the Post is beginning to resemble!


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Republicans Refuse to Allow Dems to use Congressional Meeting Rooms to Investigate Government Corruption that the GOP Refuse to Investigate Themselves

The Republican Party struck an all time low this week. For some time the Majority Republican Party has refused to hold hearings to investigate serious charges of wrongdoing and corruption on the part of the government. Hearing the American people deserve to have held! Democrats such as John Conyers of Michigan have been forced to hold “forums” to investigate these issues and hold them in small meeting rooms in the Capitol. Some of these forums have been televised on C-SPAN allowing the American People to learn of these issues first hand. This cannot be tolerated by the Republican Party which insists that the US citizens be kept in the dark about their backroom dealings and other nefarious activities such as the recently released documents showing that President Bush had decided to invade Iraq the year before the war began despite his telling the American people that he had not made that decision. The documents also show that the Bush administration was going to fix the intelligence to support the decision to invade and that little thought had been given to what to do once Saddam was overthrown. Now years later we are faced with a military quagmire as more and more Iraqis support the opposition to occupation of their country. The Republican Party faced with these secrets coming out now will not allow any Democrat to have even the smallest Congressional rooms to hold these forums so they will be forced to go elsewhere and hope that the American people will learn of the results. When the American People learn that the Republcan Party has been lying to them and have been covering up those lies with more and more secrets to prevent the lies from the light of day, the people will want to exact their revenge on the party of corruption by voting them out of existence like the Whig Party.

Friday, June 10, 2005

US Media Once Again Exposed as a Cowardly Mass of Toadies who Cannot Bring Themselves to Publish or Air Anything Remotely Critical of the Bush Admin

Dave Lindorff writes of how the US Media has been shamed by a British journalist, “At this stage, it seems almost pointless to say it, but once again, the corporate media in America have been exposed as a cowardly mass of toadies who cannot bring themselves to publish or air anything remotely critical of the administration unless compelled to do so by cattle prods...or a reporter from a foreign news organization doing what reporters are supposed to do routinely.” Read his full indictment of the US Corporate-Owned Mainstream Media’s dereliction of duty on the issue of the Downing Street Memo here. And read the memo itself here.

Republicans Stealing More Workers’ Money In Ohio!!! Total Now Near a Quarter of a Billion Dollars!!!!

I’ve reported here and here on the recent CoinGate scandal in Ohio where Republicans gave $50 Million of the Workers’ Compensation Fund to a well-connected Republican fundraiser, Tom Noe, who raised up to $250,000 for President Bush and much more for other Republicans in Ohio. He “lost” or allowed to be stolen a quarter of the$50 Million in workers’ funds which he “invested” in risky and easily lost or stolen “rare coins.” No other state is that stupid to put their Workers’ Compensation Fund in such a risky and easily lost or stolen item!

Well, it just keeps getting better! Now it has been learned that an additional $215 Million from the Workers’ Compensation Fund was “lost” by another well-connected Republican fundraiser, Mark D. Lay, when he invested the whole kitten caboodle in another high-risk investment (did he bet it at the race track?). This latest fundraising Republican contributed to Republican Ohio Governor Bob Taft’s campaign among others. You will remember that the prior alleged thief, Noe, was a close personal friend of Taft and another prior Republican Governor of Ohio. The Toledo Blade, a newspaper in Ohio, has been the only newspaper that is really covering this scandal that has reached President Bush who said while he returned the $4000 Noe gave him personally, he WILL NOT GIVE BACK the money that Noe raised for him that total nearly $250,000.00. This has also reached Ohio Governor Taft, as well as GOP gubernatorial candidates Attorney General Jim Petro, State Auditor Betty Montgomery, and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell who all may be involved in the scandal that lost a quarter of a Billion Dollars of workers’ money some of which may have ended up going into Bush, Taft and Blackwell’s pockets. Blackwell is also suspected of tampering with the 2004 election in Ohio that won Bush re-election.

Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown said, state government leaders have been “inept” and “incompetent” for a decade and the “depth of corruption in Ohio might set national records. The governor's cronies have been losing [workers’] money, and the attorney general, the auditor, and the secretary of state seem to hear no evil and see no evil.” In this case, it appears “the people who are supposed to be the watchdog of state's government have all contributed to the corruption.”

Mr. Brown, a former Ohio secretary of state (back before Republicans took over and corruption took hold), said the situation in Ohio mirrors problems in Washington. “I've watched up close the arrogance of [Republican House Majority Leader] Tom DeLay,” he said, “and I see the way Taft, and Blackwell, and Petro … and those folks run the state government.” he said.

Mr. DeLay who is under investigation for repeated ethics violations and may soon be indicted for criminal activity surrounding his own fundraising activities responded, “The Democrats would like nothing more than to focus on these partisan attacks and ignore the fact that they have become the party of no ideas, no solutions, and no agenda.”

Ohio is a microcosm of Washington DC with Republicans controlling all the branches of government and rampant corruption plaguing it. I have one idea for the Democrats to suggest to DeLay—Send ALL of the Republican Criminals To Jail and Throw Away the Key!!! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THESE GOP THIEVES RUNNING OUR COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND AND POCKETTING OUR MONEY!!!!


Thursday, June 09, 2005

Right-Wing “Christian” Group Urges Africans to Starve Rather than Accept Money from Christian Churches Tolerant of Gays! Who Would Jesus Starve?

A supposed Christian group, Family Research Council, which has been exerting a lot of control in Washington these days, has been urging African Churches to refuse donations from US Christian Churches that are tolerant of gay people. The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, who gave $82,000 to Ku Klux Klansman David Duke to get his who's-who-of-racist-America mailing list isn’t telling people is that some of the money these African churches are refusing to accept is money for people with AIDS and or who are starving. The Radical Religious Right are praising Africans who are following their advice to refuse donations from tolerant US Christian Churches even though that means that people will starve and die in agony!!!! Many of them are recent victims of genocide based on prejudice and bigotry. Clearly the RRR think it is a good thing for black-skinned people to suffer and die rather than to accept money from those who like Jesus ministered to those whom society considers outcasts: in Jesus’ case it was lepers, prostitutes and tax collectors, and in the modern case it’s gay people. Many of these RRR members have stickers saying “What would Jesus do?” a more appropriate question for these pseudo-Christians would be, “Who would Jesus starve?” Read more about this here.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Bush and Company Hands Out Viagra to Rapists – Oops I Mean Billions in Corporate Welfare to Enron Executives!!!! Same Thing!!!!

Last week Republicans were screaming about handing out Viagra to known sex offenders a practice the Bush Administration did NOT halt for over 4 years in office. Then they blamed it on Clinton as if he’s been president for the last 4 ½ years!!! Read this article or better this article to learn how “Buried in the 700-plus page energy bill currently under debate in the U.S. Senate is a provision that provides hundreds of millions of dollars worth of federal loan guarantees for a power project apparently to be built by four former Enron executives.” Yes, that Enron: the one that CEO Ken Lay, a close personal friend of George W. Bush who contributed tons of money to Bush’s campaigns, has still not gone to prison for. The Enron that ripped off California and other states as well as their own employees. They are getting a handout of our money from the Republicans in Congress and Bush has already signaled that he is dying to sign that Corporate Welfare Check into Law!!!! How is giving known Corporate Pirates our Hard-Earned Tax Dollars any different then giving rapists Viagra? The answer: the amount of the giveaway. In the case of the Enron Execs they get hundreds of millions of our Tax Dollars to screw over more unsuspecting Americans!!! Bend over, America, Enron II is coming to a wallet near you!!!

Kerry Allows Navy Release of Military, Medical Records Once Again Proving Swift Boat Liars were Lying to Get Bush Elected!

An article from the Boston Globe appeared yesterday covering the fact that John Kerry’s complete medical and military records have been released and they once again prove that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were anything but for truth. “The records, which the Navy Personnel Command provided to the Globe, are mostly a duplication of what Kerry released during his 2004 campaign for president, including numerous commendations from commanding officers who later criticized Kerry's Vietnam service… it turned out that the records included commendations from some of the same veterans who were [in the lead up to the 2004 elections] criticizing him.”

“Many of the records contain praise for Kerry's service. For example, the documents quote Kerry's former commanding officers as saying he is ‘one of the finest young officers with whom I have served;’ is ‘the acknowledged leader of his peer group;’ and ‘is highly recommended for promotion.’”

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth had long claimed that a full disclosure of Kerry’s complete record would contradict his version and support theirs. Well, it doesn’t! It supports everything he said and released before the election, and contradicts everything they said. Proving them once again to be LIARS!!! The TV News will never cover this just as they refused to cover the other incidents that showed this group of GOP operatives was deliberately misleading the American people during the lead up to the 2004 Presidential elections in order to insure a Bush victory. Their leader John O’Neill had been handpicked by Nixon to discredit Kerry when he became a voice for veterans against the Viet Nam war after returning a decorated hero. O’Neill has had more than 30 years to brush up his lies, and even those were often exposed as such only to remain unreported by the mainstream media especially televised news where most Americans get their news. I only hope that future generations will understand how demonstrably deceitful the Republican Party has been in deliberately misleading the American people with the full compliance and collusion of the Corporate-Owned US News Media Outlets. Our children and grandchildren may never again trust the mainstream news media once the truth is known, and perhaps they shouldn’t.


Tuesday, June 07, 2005

If You Do Not Support Bush 100% You May Get a Knock On Your Door from the FBI!!!

People across the country are being questioned, followed, and intimidated because of their political beliefs. The Bush Administration is trying to justify the following of US Citizens who belong to non-violent political organizations just because those organizations are not Republican enough for the Bush Administration’s tastes as justified because Congress gave Bush sweeping powers under the “Patriot Act,” but Congress intended those new powers to be used to fight terrorism and not to go on witch hunts of critics of the Bush administration. A number of young people in Missouri were victims of this intimidation as detailed in this Missouri news article, but as it points out incidents like these are pouring in from “individuals and groups in Missouri, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and more.” I have detailed a number of such acts of intimidation against activists whose only crime is lack of undying allegiance to George W. Bush and the Republican Party. But believe me they are only the tip of the iceberg. Many more concerned Americans have been intimidated into silence by these Gestapo tactics. Yes, I am using the word “Gestapo” because it fits unless you would prefer Stalinesqe which I would be happy to substitute. It is only a matter of time before I get a knock on my door for publishing the news that the Corporate-Owned Media (primarily the TV News where 90% of Americans still get their news) refuse to or are too frightened to report.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Bush Admin Releases Military Inquiry Finding US Guards Splashed a Koran with Urine, Kicked, Stepped on, Soaked With Water and Wrote Obscenities in 'Em

The Old Late Friday Media Trick the Bush Admin Made Famous: Pentagon Admits Koran Abuse!!

As usual the Bush admin has released damaging news on Friday evening after the Friday evening news airs so that it will be old news by Monday morning and not reported and learned by most Americans. They have done this time and time again during the 4 ½ years they have been in power. This time the damning news is a newly completed military inquiry finding US guards splashed a Koran with urine, kicked another, stepped on another and soaked another with water and wrote obscenities in another one. This is the report that Newsweek mistakenly said included a Koran being put into a toilet. That incident while reported by detainees was not included in the report, but a guard urinating on a detainee and his Koran was. Because of that slight error Newsweek had to retract their one paragraph report and apologize and promise to work to repair the damage to the US’s international reputation that the Bush Administration has destroyed! The Bush Admin and Republican Echo Chamber has been saying that this is an example of the Mythical "Liberal Media" that keeps kissing Bush's Ass and retracting or canceling stories critical of the Bush Administration! Read some reports of the Bush Admin admitting Koran abuse including splashing urine on it and writing obscenities in them here and here and here. This is the Bush Administration's Pentagon admitting this late Friday evening after the Friday Evening News has aired. Not some liberals claiming it, but the Pentagon which reports to Rumsfeld admitting it!!!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Speculation Mounts that Lost or Stolen Workers’ Compensation Funds in Ohio went to Fund Bush’s Election Campaign

I’ve reported here before about the $50 Million Dollar Coingate scandal in Ohio where a well-connected Republican fundraiser was given $50 Million Dollars in Workers’ Compensation Funds to invest in “rare coins” and either lost or allowed to be stolen more than a quarter of the money! Well, now speculation mounts that this money found its way into Bush’s re-election campaign fund since this Republican who lost the money raised more than $250,000 for Bush and much more for other Ohio Republican candidates. Ohio is controlled by the Republican Party so the likelihood of a fair investigation let alone a vigorous prosecution in this scandal is unlikely. Ohio is a microcosm of the Federal Government where all branches of government are controlled by the Republican Party and corruption is rampant!

Theocracy Amerika! GOP Blurring the line between churches and politics—Republican Jesus is Coming to a Church Pew Near You!

A deeply concerned Christian Minister sent this letter to the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, an independent Ohio newspaper:

A member of my church gave to me a copy of the Ohio Restoration Project. This project is led by so-called Christians who have a plan for Ohio. The project will target 2,000 pastors throughout the state to become "patriot pastors." These patriot pastors will be briefed on a specific political agenda and asked to submit names of their parishioners in order to increase a database to 300,000 names. These pastors will be asked to place voter guides in their church pews.

Ken Blackwell, Ohio's secretary of state and a governor hopeful, is named throughout the document. Blackwell will be featured on 30-second radio ads promoting this group's agenda and supporting the "Ohio for Jesus" rally set for the spring of 2006. At the end of the document are the words, "America has a mission to share a living savior with a dying world."

This is not America's mission. This is frightening, diabolical stuff for non-Christians and Christians alike. It is blasphemous to claim that any earthly kingdom is God's kingdom. The theological foundations of this movement are vacuous. They are set on the sands of opportunism, self-righteousness and greed.

It is time for the citizens of Ohio to wake up. This group and those like it will stop at nothing in making America a theocracy shaped by one very limited interpretation of scripture.

The media must investigate and show this movement for what it is. Courageous preachers must help their congregations understand what is at stake. Silence is not an option.

The Rev. Dr. John Lentz is pastor of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church.


Let’s repeat one important point: Ken Blackwell, Ohio's secretary of state, is the Chairman of the Republican Party for Ohio who is suspected of tampering with the vote in the 2004 election. He is the elected official named throughout this Church document, and will be featured on 30-second radio ads promoting this religeous group's agenda and supporting the "Ohio for Jesus" rally set for the spring of 2006. Remember that the Republican Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, was featured in a SURMON shown at CHURCHES throughout the country to support the REPUBLICAN PLAN TO BLOCK DEMOCRATIC FILIBUSTERS IN THE SENATE. Does anyone else see the blurring of Church and Government going on here besides me?

The official website for Ohio Restoration Project or as I call it “Let’s Re-cast Jesus as a Pro-War Pro-Death Penalty Republican” gives some of the details. Remember that Jesus himself was an innocent victim of the Death Penalty, and the only other time he was confronted with someone accused of a Capital Crime (adultery) he said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” and caused the accusers to disperse. And when the Old Tenement command “an eye for an eye” was brought to his attention he said, “You have heard it said an eye for an eye, but I tell you, you must love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, and if someone strikes you on your left cheek you must offer him your right.” The Republican Jesus of the Ohio Restoration Project dispenses with all of these liberal leanings of the original Jesus and replaces him with a more Rambo like Pro-War Pro-Death Penalty Jesus more to the GOP’s liking!


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

You May be Brainwashed by Corporate Media if You...

May 31, 2005
By: Todd Smyth orignial found here.
Independent Media TV

... believe the 5 corporations who own almost all of the media in the U.S. are liberal.
... believe $300 billion of U.S. tax money, allocated for the war and reconstruction in Iraq is actually going to Iraq .
... are unaware Iraq had 650 million barrels of oil in reserve just before the war in Iraq .
... are unaware at least $8.8 billion is known to be missing in Iraqi oil revenue from the period the U.S. was in control of Iraq .
... are unaware 198 million in Iraqi dollars is missing from the Iraq treasury from the period the U.S. was in control of Iraq .
... are unaware that war is exceptionally profitable for a small number of investors.
... believe Halliburton's no-bid contracts have nothing to do with former CEO, now Vice President Dick Cheney.
... are unaware that the Iraq war is the biggest case of war profiteering in human history.
... believe Saddam Hussein or Iraq had anything to do with 9/11, Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden.
... are unaware the U.S. has killed more than 10,000 innocent women and children in Iraq with cluster bombs and depleted uranium munitions.
... believe depleted uranium weapons are not radioactive or deadly weapons of mass destruction (they are 12% less radioactive than nuclear weapons grade uranium and very deadly).
... believe wealthy, warmongers can also be true Christians.
... are unaware stem cell research threatens the pharmaceutical industry by curing and preventing diseases which drug companies profit from by treating with drugs.
... are unaware the pharmaceutical industry is based entirely on treatment and is threatened by cures and prevention.
... are unaware the Food and Drug Administration does NO testing of food or drugs. They only set guidelines and review the testing corporations do of their own products.
... are unaware the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act has been 're- estimated' to cost U.S. taxpayers $1.3 Trillion (not the original $243 billion or the 'adjusted' $400 billion), and only pharmaceutical corporations and HMOs benefit from the increase.
... are unaware the Boston Tea party was a protest against corporate corruption (East India Company).
... are unaware our founding fathers intentionally made sure that corporations had no power over people or our government.
... are unaware corporations have fought aggressively and systematically over the past 200 years to increase their power and influence over our government.
... are unaware U.S. corporations are now protected under the 14th amendment as a legal 'person.'
... are unaware the definition of fascism is: 'The marriage of corporation and state' -- Benito Mussolini.
... are unaware well known U.S. corporate interests attempted a military coup against Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.
... are unaware most corrupt and wasteful government projects are run primarily by corporate contractors.
... are unaware 'less government' means paying corporate contractors three times what we pay government workers to do the same work.
... are unaware American corporations behave very differently in other countries.
... are unaware Enron and others were NOT investigated until they collapsed under the weight of their own greed.
... are unaware Bush's massive tax cuts were invested overseas to build sweat shops, factories and other facilities, where our jobs have been outsourced.
... are unaware outsourcing American jobs weakens labor unions and keeps wages low and corporate profits high .
... are unaware weak enforcement of immigration laws lowers wages in the U.S. and increases corporate profits.
... are unaware 'Free Trade' means 'Slave Wages' to poor people in Honduras, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, El Salvador, Guatemala, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and others.
... believe America is hated all over the world because of our freedom.
... believe the massive U.S. national debt (now $7,786,000,000,000) created by Republican presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush does not seriously threaten the future of our children and grandchildren.
... are unaware massive national debt ensures the expansion of poverty, which keeps wages low, which increases corporate profits.
... are unaware widespread poverty keeps wages low and corporate profits high.
... are unaware weak gun control laws perpetuate violence in poor neighborhoods which expands poverty, reduces wages and increases corporate profits.
... are unaware abortions go down only when we reduce poverty, expand healthcare and improve education.
... are unaware that making abortion illegal expands poverty which reduces wages and increases corporate profits.
... believe the Michael Jackson trial deserved more news coverage than the genocide of 400,000 people in Darfur , Sudan.
... believe Social Security is the biggest priority in America .
... are unaware privatizing Social Security would be a massive give away to experienced Wall Street investors that would also destabilize Social Security.
... are unaware that NOT funding 'No Child Left Behind' is dismantling funding for schools in poor neighborhoods, which expands poverty, lowers wages and increases corporate profits.
... are unaware the Healthy Forests Initiative has led to massive clear cutting of prime lumber and almost none of the forest fire prevention that it was sold on.
... are unaware the Clear Skies Initiative has increased pollution.
... are unaware Tort Reform will absolve corporations of massive negligent liabilities for things like asbestos exposure, pollution, mercury poisoning, hazardous waste, mad cow disease and all sorts of dangerous products and practices.
... are unaware mercury pollution (mostly from coal fired power plants and medical vaccines) has caused an epidemic of Autism, ADD and ADHD in the U.S.
... are unaware the Bush administration is dismantling three decades of US environmental protection.
... believe global warming is a rumor or conspiracy.
... are unaware 'Global Warming' is causing colder weather because the melting ice caps are cooling the gulf stream.
... believe the science of evolution is less valid than literal fundamentalist interpretation of creationism.
... believe the UN scandals could have taken place without the largest, most influential member and host nation being involved.
... believe making a war monger ambassador to the UN will help prevent more wars.
... are unaware that expanding equal rights to any segment of the population (including gay people) also expands economic opportunity and puts pressure on wages, which would reduce corporate profits.
If you believe Fox News is fair and balanced, you have been brainwashed by corporate owned media.