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

Monday, September 25, 2006

Mainstream Media Suppresses News in US

In the rest of the world Newsweek magazine’s latest (Oct. 2) edition carries a cover and cover story on how we are losing the war in Afghanistan. In the US edition it has a cover on celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz who snapped the pictures of Tom Cruise’s baby Suri.

More on this incident of censoring the news from American eyes can be found here, but there are oh too many other cases.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Armitage: I Meant Bomb Them to Bronze Age—Not Stone Age

Bush Administration Official, Richard Armitage, today announced that the Bush Administration had only threatened to bomb Pakistan to the Bronze Age not all the way back to the Stone Age. “In the Bronze Age they had the rudiments of metallurgy.” Armatige continued. “Granted it wasn’t the Iron Age or the Industrial Age, but heck the Bronze Age was way better than the Stone Age!”

Pakistan Prime Minister Musharraf has apologized profusely for his unfounded accusation and says that he and the rest of Pakistan look forward to relearning how to form and use primitive bronze tools once the bombing completes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Right Wing Conservatives Decry Convictions of Terrorists Demand International Court of Justice Overturn Government Convictions

Michelle Malkin and other Right Wing Conservative are livid that the government has convicted three terrorists convicted of masterminding a massacre of 200 people despite, in Michelle's words, "grave doubts raised over the fairness of the trial."

She and other Right Wing Conservative are insisting that some witnesses weren’t listened to in their trials and evidence was used that was rejected by the court and so they are demanding (and have gotten their way) that the International Criminal Court in Geneva will review the case and may overrule the government’s conviction of the three terrorists.

These Right Wing Conservatives are very concerned that the rights of the three convicted terrorists, convicted of masterminding a massacre of 200 people, were trampled upon and are hopeful that the International Criminal Court may restore their rights. It is unacceptable in their minds that the government would treat suspected terrorists this way.

Strange that Right Wing Conservatives are fighting for the rights of convicted terrorists opposing the government’s trampling of their rights and insisting that International Criminal Court has the power to overrule those convictions.

Oh, did I mention that these convicted terrorists were Christian and had killed 200 Muslims? Or that the government that convicted them was the Indonesian Government not the US Government?

Read all about it on Glenn Greenwald’s site Unclaimed Territory.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

President Bush: “It Is Unacceptable to Think”

On Friday, President George W. Bush let it be known that in the United States of America it is unacceptable to think in ways that compare and contrast the policies of his administration and their tactics in executing those policies with the tactics of our enemies. Not only is it unacceptable to speak such comparisons, which his followers have already informed us it is un-American, unpatriotic and traitorous to do so, but we, the American people, must not even think of comparing tactics. Said our president from the Rose Garden of the White House, “It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective.”

I certainly hope that the behavior of the United States of America is nothing like the actions of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective. But why is it unacceptable to think of it and confirm that no American has done anything in anyway comparable to these “Islamic extremists” of whom the president speaks.

Isn’t this a free country? Aren’t all Americans afforded the constitutional right to say things as long as they do not endanger others or are slanderous? Aren’t we allowed further to write and read such things and consider them? But President Bush tells us that we are not allowed to think certain things. Granted the US Constitution does not explicitly grant a right to think. But don’t we assume that if we have a right to speak we also have a right to think upon those things of which we might say?

Not so, says the president, who has already instituted “free speech zones,” areas where those who dissent from his viewpoint are relegated away from the public and media’s eyes during public speaking engagements. Will we now see “free thought zones” allowing Americans to consider the possibility of similarity between US and enemy behavior? Apparently not since President Bush has stated plainly that, “It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective.”

With increasing limitations placed on those dissenting from the president’s viewpoints this does seem to follow.

Keith Olbermann puts it better than I can here.

Think happy thoughts all, OR ELSE!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bad News, Dude: NBC Says US at War with 118 Countries Including India, Pakistan, and Thailand

Brian Williams, host of NBC Nightly News began last night’s newscast by saying, "Good evening from Havana, Cuba, the host city for what is called the Summit of Non-Aligned Nations--in short, all of the enemies of the United States, really, gathered in one room."

Hmm. The Non-Aligned Nations are a group of 118 developing countries including India, Pakistan, and Thailand among many others. So when did India, Pakistan, and Thailand become enemies of the United States? Are we at war with them, too, now? NBC Nightly News thinks so.

Thanks to Talking Points Memo for this heads up on our new enemies.

Monday, September 11, 2006

You Must Listen to This

You owe it to yourself as an American citizen to listen to this. You may have to watch a very brief commercial before the video. Believe me it is worth it. After listening to this song I believe that this man is the Bob Dylan of our age. Paul Hipp has a second song found here. I hope to hear more from him and those like him who speak with the voice of the American people and express the passion we feel in our hearts.

Update: here are some more of his songs

Anti-terror Chief Richard Clarke a Main Character in Film Says Disney/ABC’s “The Path to 9/11” is Politically Motivated Fiction (i.e. Propganda)

Comments by Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism czar under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, highly respected by both Republicans and Democrats, current ABC News consultant and one of the main characters in The Path to 9/11:

As someone who was directly involved in almost every event depicted in the fictionalized docudrama, "The Path to 9-11," I believe it is an egregious distortion that does a deep disservice both to history and to those in both the Clinton and Bush administrations who are depicted.

Sadly, ABC's Entertainment Division hired a production company and screen writer who were apparently unqualified to deal with this historically important subject matter. That error appears to have been compounded by the failure of some of the docudrama's consultants to insure that the account was accurate. Some of the most outrageous scenes were removed after a recent senior level review. What remains, however, is not the true story as told by the 9-11 Commission.

Although I am not one to easily believe in conspiracy theories and have spent a great deal of time debunking them, it is hard to escape the conclusion that the errors in this screen play are more than the result of dramatization and time compression. There is throughout the screenplay a consistent bias and distortion seeking to portray senior Clinton Administration officials as holding back the hard charging CIA, FBI, and military officers who would otherwise have prevented 9-11.

The exact opposite is true. From the President [Clinton], to all of his White House team, and NSC Principals (Lake, Berger, Albright, Tenet, Reno) there was a common fixation with terrorism, al qaeda, and bin Ladin. The President approved every counter-terrorism operation presented to him, including many that CIA proved unable or unwilling to implement. He increased counter-terrorism spending by 400% and initiated the first homeland security program in forty years. Even though the US had taken relatively few casualties from al qaeda at the time, the President repeatedly authorized the use of lethal force against bin Ladin and his deputies and personally requested the US military to develop plans for "commando operations" againstthem. Even though he knew the timing of an attack aimed at killing bin Ladin would be labeled by critics as a political diversion, Clinton decided to follow the advice of his national security team and pay the price politically.

All of us who worked on these issues, then and now, hold some responsibility for the failures to stop al qaeda. I bear that burden every day.

But if history is to know where to assign some of that culpability, it should not be guided by this fictionalization. It might better focus on leaders of the FBI who held back John O'Neill, leaders of the CIA's Clandestine Service whose risk aversion prevented the Counter Terrorism Center from doing its job, and senior generals who strongly urged the Commander-in-Chief not to use our military to go after the al qaeda leaders in Afghanistan. Somehow, all of that is missing from this not too subtle televised politicization of history.

As is so often the case, the best advice about how to think about these things comes not from people like me or others in Washington, but from the families of the victims of 9-11. Several family members issued this statement, which I strongly commend to all:

"Families of September 11 believes the best way to honor those who were lost is to make sure that what happened to them never happens again. As such, we must understand exactly what took place, and not allow "entertainers" to promote misleading or incorrect information as fact to the public.

"If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Any depiction of 9/11 that is not accurate and factual propagates myths, myths that may cause us future harm. In order to make our country safer and more secure, we owe it to those who were lost to acknowledge that which took place, so that we can ensure it never happens again."


There you have it. Bush’s own Counterterrorism Czar who also served under Clinton, works for ABC and has a unique and highly respected (by both Republicans and Democrats) vantage point to view this says that it is no accident that Disney/ABC’s docudrama “The Path to 9/11” got so many things wrong and all of them falsely damning of the Clinton Administration. Disney/ABC was warned repeatedly throughout this project and once it was completed that they were misleading the public on key issues of the September 11 attacks. Disney/ABC’s president, Robert Iger, promised to correct those deliberately misleading parts of the film and did not. Therefore this was a political hack job and a misuse of our citizen-owned airwaves. And therefore ABC deserves to have the licenses of every station that aired this GOP fantasy revoked. Furthermore Disney should pay dearly for deliberately misleading the American public about the most important day in US history. Disney should be run out of business.

* Update: Max Blumenthal has the back story of the Reich Wing group behind this piece of propaganda and how Disney and ABC president Robert Iger is directly responsible for the lies to America. Contact Disney Chairman of the Board George Mitchell at telling him that Robert Iger must be fired as a start! Disney must admit to the American people that they deliberately lied and mislead them about the September 11 attack in a political act to help Republicans. And they must do this publicly before the November election. If they do not do this before the November election, it shows that they are unrepentant and wish to sway the public into voting Republican on false pretenses and therefore deserve to be boycotted out of existence. Fess up, Mickey or it’s bye bye. Demand the truth from or the end of Disney!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

ABC needs to have all of its Licenses Revoked Throughout the US

Get ready for a hastily written RANT: I have been too busy to post to this blog recently, but not too busy to write several emails to Disney and ABC president Robert Iger (and others) expressing my utter disappointment and disbelief with their plans to air piece of fiction swift-boating and blaming the Clinton Administration for September 11 using patent lies as their basis. These lies contradict at least seven key points of the 9/11 Commission Report and yet Disney/ABC has the balls to claim that their “docudrama” (or crockudrama as it should be more correctly called) is “based on the 9/11 Commission Report.” It dreams up scenes of Sandy Berger calling off CIA and tribal Afghanis who had surrounded bin Laden (never happened) hanging up on the CIA when they were trying to get permission to get bin Laden (never happened and was actually adlibbed during filming so they kept it because it made Democrats look bad). They said Clinton was too busy with the Lewinski case to focus on al Qaeda (the 9/11 Commission Report found just the opposite). They said that Madeline Albright tipped off the Pakistanis that the US was firing missiles on al Qaeda (completely made up—the Pentagon testified that it was them who tipped off the Pakistanis and waited until the missiles were on their way cruising through Pakistani airspace and only tipped them off so Pakistan wouldn’t think India was firing on them). I could go on and on.

The trailers for this film shown in the US and in all English speaking countries from the UK to Australia to New Zealand (it has just aired in New Zealand and didn’t have the disclaimer ABC said it was going to have explaining that it was fiction—lying sacks of shit) claims to be the true story behind 9/11 and shows what wasn’t done by the Clinton administration that could have prevented the attack and shows Clinton’s face superimposed on fire and devastation. Thousands of Americans have written Iger, ABC, Disney, Disney’s Chairman of the Board, George Mitchell, local ABC affiliates, signed petitions, contacted Scholastic which produced teaching materials to be used in US schools with instructions that students should watch this piece of fiction blaming the wrong president. The film was released for review to conservative journals and right-wing blogs, but suspiciously not to moderate or liberal reviewers. When non-Right Wing reviewers finally did see it and pointed out that it contradicts the very report it claims to be based on Disney/ABC said all criticisms of it are wrong because the film is still being edited.

Look, when you send 900 copies out to reviewers and TV stations around the world and prepped hundreds if not thousands of ABC affiliates in the US, you weren’t still editing! If any edits are being done now (six hours before show time in the US) it represents back peddling and ass covering to keep from being sued out of existence. I’m sure Disney/ABC’s lawyers have put a tiny 3 second disclaimer (that’s exactly what they did in New Zealand which just broadcast it) to cover their sorry legal asses, but the deal is that ABC and all broadcasters get to use our citizen-owned airwaves free of charge and they make billions of dollars selling advertising on those airwaves in exchange for which the law says that they must use the citizen-owned airwaves in the public’s best interest. And lying to the American people on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks if not in the public’s best interest, It is in the Republican Party’s best interest because they are in danger of loosing Congress in about ten weeks when we hold the midterm elections.

The head of Disney’s Public Relations, Zenia Mucha, was Republican Governor Pataki’s political advisor nicknamed the Director of Revenge, and she was Communications Director for nasty Republican Senator Alphonse D’Amato. The writer and producer of the swift-boating 9/11 film, Cyrus Nowrasteh, is a famous conservative political activist. Right Wing nutjob David Horowitz put up the money for this political assasignation. Sieg Heil, Mickey!

The Republican Party made CBS back down and not air a “docudrama” about Ron and Nancy Reagan because they felt it made him look bad, but they are jumping up and down celebrating that a docudrama lying to America about the events leading up to 9/11 is about to air. It has been shown that Disney/ABC did not make this piece of propaganda by accident. They sent it to only right-wing reviewers. They were warned repeatedly by people working on the film that it contained lies and didn't correct them. This is a purposeful misuse of our airwaves for pro-Republican propaganda purposes. ABC is violating the spirit if not the law covering their free of charge use of citizen-owned airwaves and we Americans need to demand and not rest until ABC loses every broadcasting license it holds. I am all for free speech, but this is NOT a free speech issue. You cannot hide behind “free speech” and libel someone as Disney/ABC has done. You cannot deliberately mislead the American people about 9/11 which is the equivalent of yelling FIRE in a crowded theater!

Disney/ABC has not responded to any of the emails they received. Nor has Scholastic (I am contacting my local school districts insisting that they not use teaching materials rom Scholastic connected with The Path to 9/11). Families of the victims of 9/11 have asked ABC to not show the film. Disney/ABC just thumbed their noses at all who demand they act in a responsible manner in this.

Disney/ABC needs to be punished for this deliberate act of political swift-boating. We the American people need to make an example of this brazen act of Stalinism on Disney/ABC’s part. Please contact your local ABC affiliate if they aired The Path to 9/11 and let them know that you are contacting all of their advertisers and telling them you will not buy their products as long as they advertise on an ABC station. Contact the FCC and demand that they review your local ABC affiliate’s license with an eye to revoking it because of misusing our airwaves. Contact ABC Corporate and let them know. Contact Disney and tell them you will not visit any Disney theme park, you will not buy or watch any Disney video, you will not buy any Disney product. I know Disney has in the past been a fine company and ABC used to be a respectable network, but right now I truly want Disney run out of business and as God is my witness I want ABC to lose every broadcasting license they hold. I will not be happy until both companies are out of business.

This kind of State Sponsored Television rewriting history to glorify the ruling party may have cut it in the former Soviet Union, but this is the United States of America and real Americans will not stand for the Sovietizing of the USA!!! If you are willing to allow the US to become the USSR, GET THE HELL OUT YOU UN-AMERICAN PIECE OF SHIT!

We real Americans will fight to save our country from State Controlled Television. I am deadly serious about this!

*Update: ABC promised that throughout the entire broadcast of their fake-umentary, the Path to 9/11, they would have an onscreen message that it was a work of fiction. When it broadcast earlier today in New Zealand it had no such message and only a 3 second blurb at the beginning. Well, I turned on my TV and put on my local ABC station and guess what? ABC lied! There was no onscreen message that it was entirely a work of fiction. Disney/ABC are lying sacks of shit! They deserve to have every license revoked for deliberately misleading the American people in preparation for the November mid-term elections.

Disney gets huge tax breaks from Florida courtesy of Bush’s brother Jeb. They paid him back today. Just like the lobbyists paying bribes to Republican Congressmen who gave them special deals at taxpayers expense, Disney and Jeb give each other bribes and the American people are tricked into thinking the crock-umentary is based on truth. The mainstream media has been reporting that the film is completely true even though it contradicts the 9/11 Commission Report and other official documents and the writer, a conservative political activist, admitted he made much of it up. We need to get out the truth to the American people and put these lying mother-#$@%ers in jail.

**Update 2: Disney and ABC president Bob Iger personally promised Clinton’s lawyers that he would remove the false and defaming information contained in the original version of the film that aired in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Iger lied!

He didn’t remove the deliberately false and defaming material from the film and engaged in a willful misleading of the American people who after watching the fiction think they know the “truth about 9/11.” When they actually only know the Reich Wing Propaganda about 9/11. Disney should be driven out of business and ABC should be stripped of all licenses to use our citizen-owned airwaves in perpetuity. When the truth about Bush is known by the American people, I hope they know and long remember that Disney/ABC was a willing partner in lying to America.

Disney is dead to me. ABC is dead to me. I will never watch another ABC or Disney program or buy any Disney goods or visit any Disney owned property ever again.

To me deliberately misleading the American people about 9/11 makes Disney/ABC as despicable as the Nazis who ran the concentration camps and gassed six million Jews. I know there are Jewish people who will be offended by my saying that, and I apologize if you are offended, but fascism is fascism and the Bush Administration and the Republicans who run Congress are every bit as much fascists as Hitler, Mussolini and Franco. Bush’s Grandfather and Great-grandfather even financed Nazi Germany and were prosecuted under the Trading With the Enemy Act in 1942. In fact the Bush family and their business partners began financing Hitler in the early 1930s and are largely responsible for Hitler’s rise to power. Bush family business partner Fritz Thyssen boasted in his 1941 book "I Paid Hitler" that he was the Nazi Party's first and greatest financial backer. So any Jewish person offended that I compare Disney/ABC to the Nazis should be far more offended that Bush’s family are responsible for Hitler coming to power.

Disney/ABC’s relationship with Jeb and George Bush and their appeasement of the Bush family in this swift-boating of Democrats shows which side of history they want to be remembered on. The same side as Bush and Hitler. Time will be the judge of all of these players.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Republican Leaders in Congress (and Bush) are Making it Easier for Criminals to Commit Crimes in America Because of Lobbyists

This isn’t a single item; it is part of a series of actions Republicans in Congress and the Bush White House have taken to make it easier for criminals to attack Americans using guns.

  1. In September of 2004 Republicans in Congress let the Assault Weapons Ban expire despite police forces throughout the nation begging Congress to renew the ban to allow them to keep criminals from using deadly assault rifles on citizens and law enforcement officers in the commission of crimes. This was done to appease the NRA. Democrats tried to heed the call of police, but Republicans who control Congress blocked the renewal.
  2. Law enforcement agencies used to be able to access gun sales data to track sales to criminals and the flow of weapons to gangs in order to protect communities. In 2003 Republicans in Congress ended the collection of that data bowing to the pressure of the NRA. Again this was done against the will of police and the Democrats tried unsuccessfully to stop this. But Republicans control Congress so the NRA won and police and citizens lost. Bush signed the law blocking the collection of this data from the hands of law enforcement.
  3. Republicans in Congress are now working on a bill to block the federal government from being able to release gun crime data of any kind.
  4. Republicans in Congress are working to pass a bill making it a felony for police in one department to pass on tips on gun crime to another jurisdiction. Again the NRA, a powerful lobbying outfit in Washington, are behind this.

Read this article for more information.

Time and time again we see how Republicans in Congress are doing the bidding of Washington lobbyists often committing crimes in doing so. For many years they have been working to make American streets less safe and allow guns (including assault rifles) in the hands of dangerous criminals including gangs.

It is time for Americans to take back our government from these special interests. Vote the bums out of office and take the guns out of the hands of criminals. Vote Democratic in November.