Sunday, December 18, 2005

"What really upset me more than anything else was that there were people in the intelligence community that had doubts about some of this sourcing, but those doubts never surfaced to us"
~Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State

BushCo: Deaf Men Talking
For more than five years, they selectively closed their ears to those who knew things they chose to ignore…..they dismissed the advice of the experienced, and the knowledgeable…..they heard nothing that was critical or challenging…they heard nothing that questioned their ill fated policies or their inaccurate conclusions….they heard nothing but their own applause.

Faith Goes to DC & Arrested
Fellowship and lively conversations about how to move our nation toward overcoming poverty…the 114 participants were showered with compliments and praise by the Capitol Police, who told us during the course of our detainment and processing that we were the most cooperative group that they have been forced to arrest.

Religious Right could Drop Israel
American Family Radio is a network of almost 200 radio stations across the U.S. whose stated mission is to "inform Christians about what is happening in America."

Keep Christ in Christmas
ACLU get a merry Christmas attitude...

Wal-Mart Plays Grinch on Caroleers
Wal-Mart officials released a statement this week saying the choir's appearance was unscheduled and created a fire code violation. "For their safety and the safety of our customers, we asked them to move"

Troops Fire on Bagdad Family
Witnesses and the Iraqi police said U.S. troops opened fire on a crowded minibus north of Baghdad on Monday, killing five members of the same family, including two children, and wounding four others.

FED Judge in Top Cases Got Plenty of Redaction
Plame-Gate Scandal and Sibel Edmonds….federal judge in the District of Colombia, Reggie Walton, a Bush appointee to the federal court and a man who appears to have a few well-kept secrets of his own.

Commies with a Goal
Roger Baldwin, an avowed Communist and the founder of the ACLU, stated, "I am for Socialism, disarmament, and ultimately the abolishing of the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal."

Illegal Driver's are Criminals
A 24-year-old Mexican charged with the Oregon murder of a father and the shooting of his 16-year-old son in a home-invasion robbery is an illegal alien with an Oregon driver's license who has been previously deported from the United States.

Electorate Need Some Consitutent Pain
Converting illegal aliens into guest workers is the name of the Bush game…. he may well get away with it unless the threat of real future electoral pain can be made clear.

The System is Really Inaccurate
Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) votes for Border Protection
Congressman McHenry introduced legislation in November entitled "Comprehensive Immigration Data and Technology Accountability Act of 2005" …"The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ….using Windows 95 and paper printouts.

Giuliani Just Another Honkey!
The FBI has repeatedly had evidence served to them on a silver platter, and they ignored it. I'm not impressed.

TN Cronies Run Cops & Courts
A Tennessean investigation has found…that two-thirds of THP officers proposed for promotions under Bredesen had made campaign donations or had relatives or patrons who did. Of those, half were recommended over troopers with better scores on impartial exams.

We Get E-mail, a letter to the White House:

Dear Mr. Bush:
In your address today you said, as you have many times before,

" TheAmerican people expect me to do everything in my power, under ourlaws and Constitution, to protect them and their civil liberties, and that is exactly what I will continue to do."

I for one am part of the American people. I do not expect you to do everything in your power, which seems to me to include just about anything your whim demands, to protect me and my civil liberties.The frivolous focus of spying and the information obtained and saved by the government, especially that against well-educated Americans planning and communicating about protests against your policies,opinions, appearances and speeches is appalling.

Your government has suppressed democratic initiatives for peace by snooping and snitching on people organizing rallies and writing campaigns to Congress to protest the war in Iraq. Your defense of spying mongers fear, like your whole administration does, pandering to the non-reading public's willingness to assume that authorities like you know better than ordinary citizens.

The use of the word “terrorist” to describe anti-Bush communications between American citizens or citizens of the freeworld is absurd. To allow use of the word to color dissent as an un-American activity is wholly reprehensible."Protecting America" should not justify curtailing citizens’ freespeech, should not restrict citizens’ participating in democratic decision making, nor allow air marshals to shoot an agitated airline passenger in cold blood because someone thinks he heard the word "bomb."

The greatest threat we face is hysterical groupthink fanned into firestorms by fear mongering. Your belligerent, cowboy-style brinkmanship is a mere mask for craven fearfulness. Mr. Bush, you are not the man to trust with data obtained through snooping, espionage, nor torture. Witness what you did with Mr.Wilson’s report on yellow cake, what you did to suppress news about torture and secret prisons, what you did to mount preemptive war in the face of opposition by millions of citizens.

Neither police nor soldiers are the people to make snap judgments about a person’s guilt and peremptorily perform the actions properly reserved for judges, juries, jailers, and executioners.

Just because a person graduates from Yale, or works for the government, or wears a uniform is no reason to trust him or her to be reasonable, nor brave, nor well informed, nor moral.

The executive branch of our federal government has run rampant for far too long. A few box cutters and a bit of anthrax powder have been allowed to destroy democracy and its delicate balance of power in a mere five years.

I exhort you to stand up to your personal fears. As the President of the United States, you are an employee of the people, the citizens of this country. You have violated the trust we citizens place in our primary leader to act in accordance with the will of the people and the dogmas of the Constitution.

You are in reckless violation of fundamental principles of the democratic social tradition. In a most secretive and reprehensible way, you have ignored the voice of the people and engineered, over our objections, the deaths of many human beings and the destruction of property and human values.

Our nation's following your West Point Doctrine of pre-emptive military strikes is wholly condemned by every principle of thousands of years of moral theology. You have endangered the population of the world under the demonic guise of protecting Americans. Your ignorance from lack of education and reading is no sufficient excuse to ameliorate your responsibility for committing this most grave evil. No WMDs; no connection with 9/11 attacks; no liberation of grateful Iraqis; no democracy; no Osama; no protections for civilization'sartifacts or library documents; no consistent electricity; no purewater or sewer; no adequate hospitals, no gasoline.

Consider the murdered, the mangled, the maimed, the tortured. Consider the minds of their loved ones. Consider the costs of the war in battered U.S. honor and commitments, a broken Western alliance, a shredded UnitedNations and a scarred Bill of Rights.

Think of the acid now seething in the souls of America's warniks. Think of the attacks against our freedoms wrought by Patriot I & II. Think of the government's control of our formerly free press. Think of how Saddham told the truth: there never were any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

You could have saved us $700 billion by accepting Saddam's 2003 challenge, to meet him somewhere for a duel.

John P. Dwyer

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