Saturday, July 26, 2008

FOX NEWS = RACISM? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.

"What people know depends on who owns the press."
-Bill Moyers

FOX NEWS=RACISM Fox News is accused of engaging in race-baiting and fear-mongering.
Fox News accused of racism, I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. Fair and balanced Fox News biased and racist, oh my.
See News Hounds for the full story. The organization Colorofcahnge.com delivered 620,000 petitions delivered to Fox News. Singles out Bill, Racist, O’Reilly for statement attributed to him about Michell Obama “a lynching party might be legit”. It seems all Bill O'Reill needs is a white hood and a burning cross on his desk.
In his weekly column , Bill O'Reilly expresses his opposition to what he claims is Barack Obama's plan for "income redistribution". O'Reilly, fond of reminding people that he is very rich and also very generous, doesn't believe he should pay more taxes. He especially doesn't want his money spent on those nasty poor people. Here's how he put it."That means that people who drink gin all day long will be getting some of my hard-earned money. "Folks who dropped out of school, who are too lazy to hold a job, and who smoke reefer 24/7 (Is this a veiled suggestion of certain minorities such as blacks and hispanics?) will all get some goodies in the mail from Uncle Barack and Aunt Nancy, funded by me and other rich folks."
-News Hounds


See how right wing propaganda at FOX Business News gets in the way of news.
”Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox's "premiere business news" show opened today (July 25, 2008) with a report from Major Garrett in London on Barack Obama's trip. Next came Dick Morris to assess how Obama's trip will "play out at home." (Obama made his Big Gaffe during today's press conference with President Sarkozy when he said we would impose tougher sanctions on Iran if they don't do what we want, instead of essentially saying we'd bomb the crap out of them. He's a wimp.)
After a segment about whether "Obama's French kiss will help or hurt" (it was a draw); one about a tornado in New Hampshire; the hole in the Quantas airplane, and how awful San Francisco is for being a "sanctuary city" and how Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer are enablers in that, Newt Gingrich came on to bash Democrats for not turning the country over to the oil companies so they can drill wherever they want. (He said that will be the huge issue in the election, the second big thing being - get this - English only! OMG. These guys are so out of it.)
Next came a report about the Democratic convention and Denver's security plans; a yelling match about a woman who won a settlement from a guy who canceled their engagement; Richard Simmons on his testimony before congress yesterday about kids and fitness and finally, congressman Nick Lampson (D-TX) who's "breaking with Democrats" and is in favor of drilling now. (When was the last time you saw a Republican on Fox who was breaking with Republicans?)
Ah, yeah, and what about the business news, you ask?
Here's the 14 second video beginning at 4:59:46 p.m. ET (the show begins at 4:00 p.m.) in which substitute host Connell McShane reports it: "By the way, the price of oil closed down today about $2.00 so it's below $124.00 a barrel. There you have it. The Dow was up a little bit today." Then he turns it over to "American's" Election Headquarters (it's America's Election Headquarters, for what it's worth).” -News Hounds
So where is the FAIR AND IMPARTIAL? Does not exist at Fox?

Show me the money. You won't see this on FOX
Democrat Alan Grayson running for congress from Florida.








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Impeachment hearings of Bush and Cheney stirs debate.
Impeachment Hearings are the Appropriate and Necessary Next Step
In an article in The Nation John Nichols reports on the House Judicary Committee hearings with regard to impeachment hearings against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

"Mr. Chairman," Baldwin (Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin) continued, "there are those who would say that holding this hearing – examining whether or not the president and vice president broke the law – is frivolous. I not only reject this, I believe there is no task more important for this Congress than to seriously consider whether our nation's leaders have violated their oath of office. The American public expects no less. It is, after all, their Constitution. No president or congress has the authority to override that document, whereby ‘We the People' conferred upon the branches of government limited and defined power, and provided for meaningful checks and balances."

"(The) American people have been forced to sit by while credible allegations of abuse of power mount:

• We have seen this Administration fabricate the threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and allege, despite all evidence to the contrary, a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. These lies dragged our country into a preemptive and unjustified war that has taken the lives of more than 4,000 U.S. troops, injured 30,000 more, and will cost our nation more than a trillion dollars.

• We watched as this Administration again undermined national security by manipulating and exaggerating evidence of Iran's nuclear weapons capabilities and openly threatened aggression against Iran, despite no evidence that Iran has the intention or capability of attacking the U.S.

• We have looked on in horror as the Administration suspended habeas corpus by claiming the power to declare any person an "enemy combatant" – ignoring the Geneva Convention protections that the U.S. helped create.

• We have seen torture and rendition of prisoners in violation of international law and stated American policy and values, and destruction of the videotaped evidence of such torture, under the tenure of this Administration.

• We have seen this Administration spy on Americans without a court order or oversight in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

• We watched as U.S. Attorneys pursued politically-motivated prosecutions in violation of the law and perhaps at the direction of this White House.

• We watched as Administration officials outed Valerie Plame Wilson as a covert agent of the CIA and then intentionally obstructed justice by disseminating false information through the White House press office.

As we know, the framers of our Constitution called for impeachment only in the case of high crimes and misdemeanors. The standard is purposely set high because we should not impeach for personal or political gain – only to uphold and safeguard our democracy. Sadly, in my judgment, at least two high ranking administration officials have met that standard. Although the call to impeach is one I take neither easily nor lightly, I now firmly believe that impeachment hearings are the appropriate and necessary next step." Read the articles of impeachment.
-The Nation

JUSTICE NEEDED HERE!

Justice delayed is justice denied
A congregational investigation is called for in light of the failure of the army to properly investigate a death of one of its soldiers under suspicious circumstances. The question of the death of soldier Pfc. LaVena Johnson in Iraq remains and haunts her family. There has never been satisfactory answer to how she died and the details of her death lead one to question whether the Army cares about it's people. “Three years ago, on July 19, 2005, Army Private First Class LaVena Johnson was found dead in Balad, Iraq. Her body was found in a tent belonging to the private military contractor KBR. She had abrasions all over her body, a broken nose, a black eye, burned hands, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals, and a bullet hole in her head. The Army labeled Johnson’s death a suicide.” Could any sane person accept this conclusion? “…her parents never believed that story. They think she was raped and murdered and are now demanding a full congressional investigation into their daughter’s death.”
-Democracy Now
Will you join Mr. and Mrs. Johnson in calling on Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, to mount a real investigation into LaVena Johnson's death and the Army's cover-up.


Recommended Book:
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.

"At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq'' civil war, a new law is unveiled that will allow Shell and BP to claim the country's vast oil reserves… Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly outsources the running of the 'War on Terror' to Halliburton and Blackwater… After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts… New Orleans residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be re-opened." Klein not only kicks butt, she names names, notably economist Milton Friedman and his radical Chicago School of the 1950s and 60s which she notes "produced many of the leading neo-conservative and neo-liberal thinkers whose influence is still profound in Washington today." Stand up and take a bow, Donald Rumsfeld.
-Editorial Reviews Amazon.com

The neo-liberal economic policies—privatization, free trade, slashed social spending—that the Chicago School and the economist Milton Friedman have foisted on the world are catastrophic in two senses, argues this vigorous polemic. Because their results are disastrous—depressions, mass poverty, private corporations looting public wealth, by the author's accounting—their means must be cataclysmic, dependent on political upheavals and natural disasters as coercive pretexts for free-market reforms the public would normally reject. Journalist Klein (No Logo) chronicles decades of such disasters, including the Chicago School makeovers launched by South American coups; the corrupt sale of Russia's state economy to oligarchs following the collapse of the Soviet Union; the privatization of New Orleans's public schools after Katrina; and the seizure of wrecked fishing villages by resort developers after the Asian tsunami. Klein's economic and political analyses are not always meticulous. Likening free-market shock therapies to electroshock torture, she conflates every misdeed of right-wing dictatorships with their economic programs and paints a too simplistic picture of the Iraq conflict as a struggle over American-imposed neo-liberalism. Still, much of her critique hits home, as she demonstrates how free-market ideologues welcome, and provoke, the collapse of other people's economies. The result is a powerful populist indictment of economic orthodoxy. (Sept.)
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From Publishers Weekly


SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

T. Boone Pickins.
We will pay 700 billions paid for purchase of foreign oil this year. We import almost 70% of our oil. "We are in trouble"
He says that the government has lied to the people. Oil prices won’t be coming down. His solution by using two forms of energy we already have natural gas in the short run and wind power in the long term. There is a corridor right across the U.S. from the south to Canada. It could provide 38% of the energy in this country. If we don’t act he says we will be looking at $6 dollars a gallon at the pump if we do nothing. He said, “drilling is not the solution”.


We need the alternate energy tax credit.
The Republicans in congress have repeatedly opposed and stopped legislation proposed by the Democrats to support alternate energy tax credits. An alternate energy tax credit would help create a new industry, jobs and an opportunity for Americans to use alternate energy that would help reduce our dependenc on fossils fuels. It would not help the big oil companies and that is where the problem for the Republicans lies. The United States produces about 3% of the world oil supply but it uses and uses 25% of the worlds supply. Oil company's make too much money for them to allow alternate energy to succeeded, they want America dependent on fossil fuel for the foreseeable future, and their huge profits to continue rolling in, the environment be damned.
An alternate energy tax credit would help Americans to purchase other forms of energy such as solar, wind and thermal. It is a obvious that it is the future if we expect to fight climate change and reduce our dependence on fossils fuels. The Republicans are married to 20th century technology in a 21st century world. The lie about drilling more oil is clear, we will not get cheaper oil no matter how much oil they find. We need the alternate energy tax credit and clean renewable energy. To say it would take too long and is too costly is a lie perpetuated by the republican right and the oil lobby.



CENSORED GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS SPEAK OUT
After years of being accused of gagging scientists and allegedly suppressing negative reports about climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finally acknowledging what most of the world already knows: The effects of climate change are already upon us.

According to the recently released EPA report, "Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health and Welfare and Human Systems," the likely impacts of climate change will include heat waves, poorer air quality, higher rates of lung disease, more flooding and water-borne diseases - all of which will disproportionately affect the old and poor.
-THE GLOBE AND MAIL

STRANGER THAN FICTION



Moon-walker claims alien contact cover-up!
Would the government of the United States or any government with hold this information from it's citizens?
July 24, 2008 12:01am, Article from: The Daily Telegraph
FORMER NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr Edgar Mitchell - a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission - has stunningly claimed aliens exist.
-News.com.au



BUSH AND CHENEY MUST BE IMPEACHED!!!


HONOR THE FALLEN


Marine Pfc. Ivan I. Wilson, Died: July 21, 2008
22, of Clearlake, Calif.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; died July 21 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.










Army 1st Lt. Nick A. Dewhirst, Died: July 20, 2008
25, of Onalaska, Wis.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 20 in the Qalandar District of the Khost Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.







Marine 1st Lt. Jason D. Mann, Died: July 17, 2008
29, of Woodlynne, N.J.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 17 from a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan.









Army Staff Sgt. David W. Textor, Died: July 15, 2008
27, of Roanoke, Va.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Wash.; died July 15 in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a vehicle accident.










Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Vrooman, Died: July 15, 2008
28, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Vilseck, Germany; died July 15 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated while his unit was conducting combat operations Kn’an, Iraq.








Marine Staff Sgt. Danny P. Dupre, Died: July 15, 2008
28, of Lockport, La.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 15 from wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.






Monday, July 21, 2008

War Profiteering; Military Contractors rip off America and the troops.

Military contractors in Iraq rip off the American public and endanger American soldiers
There's a $400 million question facing the Pentagon's largest contractor, KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary responsible for more than 50,000 personnel in Iraq and billions in government contracts: Will the mammoth corporation be forced to repay the government nearly half a billion dollars because it hired private security forces in Iraq, including Blackwater USA, when the Army itself was supposed to be providing it with protection?
-The Nation
Also as Reported in Rolling Stone
The Great Iraq Swindle
; How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury. This was reported back in September 2007, and nothing has changed.

The Cost of The War in Iraq






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"The only thing they (conservative right) loathe more than liberals is the truth and the quickest way to be damned by them is to tell the truth...They want your reporting to validate their belief system"
-Bill Moyer

On May 15th 2005 in St. Louis Missouri at the National Conference on Media Reform, Bill Moyers address the issue of freedom of the media and the pressure from the right against anything resembling free speech. It is worth revisiting in light of the current attacks by the right and right wing media that has tried to silence any dissent from their agenda.

Gordon Brown, British Prime minister address the Isreali parliment the Knesset
"Gordon Brown today recalled the Holocaust in a blunt warning to Iran to end its "totally abhorrent" threat to destroy Israel and abandon plans to develop nuclear weapons..."To those who question Israel's right to exist, and threaten the lives of its citizens through terror, we say: the people of Israel have a right to live here, to live freely and to live in security," Brown said. "And to those who believe that threatening statements fall upon indifferent ears, we say in one voice that it is totally abhorrent for the president of Iran to call for Israel to be wiped from the map of the world."" -The Guardian

SPECIAL REPORT! Obama responsible for ills that beset America.
It seems that the republican right and John McCain have decided that Obama is responsible for the rise in oil prices. Don't stop there he is probably responsible for the housing meltdown that has by some estimates up to 6 million Americans over the next few years losing their homes. He has to be responsible for the increase in violence in Afghanistan, inflation, declining dollar, the dangerous imports coming in from China, the failure of the EPA to protect Americans, the failure to respond to the poor in Louisiana after Katrina. The list can go on how about global warming, torture of prisoners in Guantanamo, etc. It is not surprising that the right hates Obama; he is responsible for the all ills that affect America.

Recommended Book;

THE DARK SIDE is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world-- decisions that not only violated the Constitution to which White House officials took an oath to uphold, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In gripping detail, acclaimed New Yorker writer and bestselling author, Jane Mayer, relates the impact of these decisions—U.S.-held prisoners, some of them completely innocent, were subjected to treatment more reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition than the twenty-first century.
THE DARK SIDE will chronicle real, specific cases, shown in real time against the larger tableau of what was happening in Washington, looking at the intelligence gained—or not—and the price paid. In some instances, torture worked. In many more, it led to false information, sometimes with devastating results. For instance, there is the stunning admission of one of the detainees, Sheikh Ibn al-Libi, that the confession he gave under duress—which provided a key piece of evidence buttressing congressional support of going to war against Iraq--was in fact fabricated, to make the torture stop.
-Amazon Editorial Review.

Of the nearly two dozen books published so far that describe and document the nefarious deeds of George Bush's administration, Jane Mayer's book, "The Dark Side" , is perhaps the most thoroughly researched, meticulous, impressive, and deeply disturbing. It is also gripping and highly readable.
I am convinced that what Woodward and Bernstein's book "All the President's Men" did to the Nixon administration, Jane Mayer's book "The Dark Side" will do to George Bush's administration: blow away, like a piece of straw, the last sliver of credibility that the few remaining supporters of George Bush desperately cling to. "We don't torture", said the President, and Jane Mayer has responded with this book, as if to say: "That is a lie".
-Yesh Prabhu

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

Al Gore America and Energy.
Al Gore speech to America, what can be done. Gore Pushes for Sweeping Changes to Energy Policy. Also a ABC one and one interview.





BUSH AND CHENEY MUST BE IMPEACHED!


A salute to the Afghan nine, DIED: JULY 13TH 2008
On July 13 an outpost in Wanat, Afghanistan was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades by enemy forces numbering about 200, nine Americans died that day. In a war largely forgotten by the American public these young American soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Army Pfc. Sergio S. Abad, 21, of Morganfield, Ky.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey and Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling.

Army Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, 24, of Snellville, Ga.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.

Army Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, 25, of Seattle; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.

Army Sgt. Israel Garcia, 24, of Long Beach, Calif.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.

Army 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, 24, of Hawaii; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.

Army Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling, 20, of Florissant, Mo.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.

Army Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, 22, of Haw River, N.C.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.

Army Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, 27, of Jasper, Ga.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.

Army Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, 24, of Clinton, Tenn.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died of wounds sustained when his outpost was attacked by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. Also killed were 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad.