FAIR MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Silent on Clark's 9/11 Comments: "CLARK: 'There was a concerted effort during the fall of 2001, starting immediately after 9/11, to pin 9/11 and the terrorism problem on Saddam Hussein.'
RUSSERT: 'By who? Who did that?'
CLARK: 'Well, it came from the White House, it came from people around the White House. It came from all over. I got a call on 9/11. I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, 'You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.' I said, 'But--I'm willing to say it, but what's your evidence?' And I never got any evidence.' "
The New York Times on the Web: "Johnny Cash, Country Music's Bare-Bones Realist, Dies at 71 "
Exploiting the Atrocity: "Exploiting the Atrocity
by Paul Krugman"
The words a lot of people have been thinking are rarely spoken aloud.
A president during war time.. though a war a lot of americans think he started to further his own political and economic interests, has never been removed from office. Yet it can be argued this president has used the war to avoid just this.. his and his parties loss of office. Lets look at the facts.
George W. Bush lied to take america to war against Iraq. He stated publicly and repeatedly that Iraq posessed weapons of mass destruction and was capable of launching them against the United States. We now know this was a lie.
George W. Bush set up a department within the Intelligence community to find evidence supporting the war he wanted to hold, despite
the Intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense and the State department saying exactly the opposite both privately and publicly. Indeed this "special intelligence group" is the group apparently responsible for the widely discredited claims about Iraq WMD's. They lied, at the presidents request.
George W. Bush claimed Iraq and Sadam had ties to Al Qaeda despite all evidence showing just the opposite. Indeed it is impossible for the president not to know that there was absolutely no evidence tying the two together. In fact the US Government on 9/11 was very quietly helping Bin Laden's family leave the United States. So far the only nation we know to have ties to Al Qaeda and to finance them is Saudi Arabia, almost the only nation in the middle east except Israel the Bush administration hasnt intimated the threat of military action against.
George W. Bush ignored North Korea's open boasts of both posessing and researching weapons of mass destruction including Nuclear Weapons with intercontinental range. Bush not only made no response to this clear and present danger to the United States, he attempted to yet again change the focus of the media by hints of possible invasion of Syria and Iraq.
George W. Bush openly proclaims his friendship and support for the very people who's fraud and theft were of such historic proportions that the stock market has still not recovered years later. Indeed this "friend of bush" doesnt even seem to risk facing trial so long as the man he gave massive campaign contributions to sits in the white house. And Bush has openly refused to provide both congress and the press notes of his private white house meetings with Ley and company.
George W. Bush is running up budget deficits of historic proportions even compared to the reagan deficits. The United States economy is sinking to levels not seen since the depression yet the administrations only responses so far have been a giveaway to the top few percent of the rich, and either withholding or ceasing to publish economic numbers which would show the true state of the economy. When industrial employment figures were found to have dipped to lows that may set off economic panic should they dip much lower.. the administration simply ordered they no longer be prepared.
The Bush administration has direct economic and political ties to the biggest benefactors of war profiteering. Halliburton et al are recieving astounging amounts of money from the administration for "rebuilding iraq", though all evidence leaking out of the 'no free press' zone Iraq has become indicate that the people still dont have running water, electricity or sanitation.
The president of the united states lied to congress and the american people to start a war of agression on another sovereign nation. The administration is openly and unapologetically corrupt. The white house aided associates of Bin Laden to escape the United States on 9/11.
There has never in history been a stronger case for removal of a president from office. Whether left, right or other.. any truely honest and patriotic american should surely support the removal of this corrupt, incompetant, lying, would-be autocrat from the most powerful position on earth.
The name says it all
The Observer | International | Big Brother takes grip on America: "Big Brother takes grip on America "
87 billion here, 79 billion there.. pretty soon your talking about real money..
Forbes Magazine points out the relative costs of this oil war
Forbes.com: Iraq Aid Will Dwarf U.S. Foreign Aid Budget: "The $87 billion would come on top of the $79 billion that Congress approved in April for the initial costs of the war and its aftermath and for worldwide efforts against terrorism. The new figure is at the high end of recent estimates, despite the fact that the president said that the current troop count in Iraq, 130,000 U.S. forces, was adequate. But the more startling figure will be in what can be termed economic aid or reconstruction costs.
In 2004, the U.S. budget for international assistance programs around the world was $17 billion, less than 1% of the federal budget overall. Now the U.S. may spend more than that on a single country. The current U.S. budget allocates $4.4 billion of the $17 billion to what the Office of Management and Budget calls 'foreign military financing.' The second-largest line item is 'economic support,' which comes to $2.5 billion.
While the international assistance budget is up substantially from the 2003 estimated spending of $14.2 billion, the new money to be spent on Iraq in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 would dramatically transform that part of the budget even further. Beyond what the U.S. intends to spend on its own, it will seek contributions from allies. Another $800 million is to be spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan.
The spending is also dramatic relative to the size of the Iraq economy. Before the war, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimated that the Iraq GDP was $59 billion; economic aid to the country will be about one-third of that total. (The figures are not directly comparable since CIA estimates of GDP are in terms of 'purchasing power parity,' and some U.S. aid will likely go to capital projects such as oil field reconstruction rather than current-year spending.)
RIAA is gonna get those Evil Criminal music pirates and make them pay. They've already taken out one "music piracy kingpin"... RIAA sent its designer Suited thugs to take down a 12 year old girl.
Yahoo! News - Girl, 12, Settles Piracy Suit for $2,000: "WASHINGTON - A 12-year-old girl in New York who was among the first to be sued by the record industry for sharing music over the Internet is off the hook after her mother agreed Tuesday to pay $2,000 to settle the lawsuit, apologizing and admitting that her daughter's actions violated U.S. copyright laws"
Common Dreams and the Madison Capital times point out what 87 BILLION dollars could do for the world:
Perpetual War, Waste: "What the president did not mention in his speech is that the $87 billion more he seeks to fund his occupations abroad could pay for 1.4 million new teachers at home. It could help 11 million low-income families meet housing needs. It could provide health care coverage for 30 million children.
For Wisconsinites and residents of other states that are struggling to maintain state and local services in the face of economic doldrums, the $87 billion would balance every state budget.
Overseas, the United States should begin to address the conditions that create the frustration and resentments that lead to terrorism. The president's $87 billion could, according to UNICEF, meet the basic human needs of every impoverished person on Earth.
In the face of so many unmet needs at home and abroad, how can President Bush justify a hike in what is already the largest military budget in the world? The purpose is not to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan, nor even to fight terrorism. The president is laying the groundwork for the sort of perpetual war that James Madison warned would pose the greatest threat to the American experiment.
'Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other,' argued the man who authored many of the Constitution's checks on executive excess before himself serving as the nation's fourth president. "
Andrew Sullivan is a sick son of a bitch
www.AndrewSullivan.com - Latest Posts: "At some point, I'd argue, the president therefore has to make this strategy more formal. He has to tell the American people that more violence in Iraq may not in some circumstances be a bad thing. It may be a sign that we are flushing out terror and confronting it, rather than passively waiting for it to attack again. He has to remind people that this war is far from over, that the mission is still very much unaccomplished, and that this is not Vietnam. Right now he looks defensive, reactive and not in full control. That must end. And articulating the flypaper strategy might just help end it. "
Jim Hightower dares to point out what everyone knows and no national press member will say. We live in a Kleptocrat Nation
Media Whores Online quotes a CNN/TIME poll on Herr Bush's election campaign:
If George W. Bush runs for reelection in 2004, would you say you will definitely vote for him, might vote for or against him, or will you definitely vote against him?
Definitely For 29%
Definitely Against 41%"
Why Bush has to go:
US Army 4th and 7th Infantry Divisions, Fort Carson, Colorado:
August 27, 2003
Sgt. Gregory Belanger
August 26, 2003
Spc. Ronald Allen Jr.
August 21, 2003
Pfc. Michael S. Adams
Lt. Kylan A. Jones-Huffman
August 20, 2003
Staff Sgt. Bobby C. Franklin
Sgt. Kenneth Harris
August 18, 2003
Spc. Eric R. Hull
August 14, 2003
Pfc. David M. Kirchoff
August 13, 2003
Sgt. Steven W. White
August 12, 2003
Pfc. Timmy R. Brown Jr.
Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton
Pfc. Daniel R. Parker
Staff Sgt. Taft Williams
August 10, 2003
Staff Sgt. David S. Perry
August 9, 2003
Spc. Levi B. Kinchen
Sgt. Floyd G. Knighten Jr.
August 8, 2003
Pvt. Matthew D. Bush
Pfc. Brandon Ramsey
August 7, 2003
Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth
August 6, 2003
Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga
Pvt. Kyle C. Gilbert
Sgt. Brian R. Hellerman
Sgt. Leonard D. Simmons
August 5, 2003
Spc. Farao Letufuga
Sgt. David L. Loyd
August 1, 2003
Spc. Justin W. Hebert
July 31, 2003
Pvt. Michael J. Deutsch
Spc. James I. Lambert III
July 30, 2003
1st Lt. Leif E. Nott
July 28, 2003
Sgt. Nathaniel Hart Jr.,
Spc. William J. Maher III
July 27, 2003
Sgt. Heath A. McMillin
July 26, 2003
Spc. Jonathan P. Barnes
Pfc. Jonathan M. Cheatham
Sgt. Daniel K. Methvin
Pfc. Wilfredo Perez
July 24, 2003
Cpl. Evan Asa Ashcraft
Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter
Staff Sgt. Hector R. Perez
Sgt. Juan M. Serrano
July 23, 2003
Capt. Josh Byers
Spc. Brett T. Christian
July 22, 2003
Spc. Jon Fettig
July 21, 2003
Cpl. Mark A. Bibby
July 20, 2003
Sgt. Justin W. Garvey
Sgt. Jason D. Jordan
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Willoughby
July 19, 2003
Second Lt. Jonathan D. Rozier
July 18, 2003
Spc. Joel L. Bertoldie
July 17, 2003
Sgt. Mason Douglas Whetstone
July 16, 2003
Spc. Raymond Reyes Torres
July 9, 2003
Sgt. 1st Class Dan H. Gabrielson
Lance Cpl. Jason Andrew Tetrault
Sgt. Melissa Valles
July 8, 2003
Pvt. Robert L. McKinley
Sgt. 1st Class Craig A. Boling
July 7, 2003
Spc. Chad L. Keith
July 6, 2003
Sgt. David B. Parson
Staff Sgt. Barry Sanford
Spc. Jeffrey M. Wershow
July 3, 2003
Pfc. Corey Small
July 2, 2003
Cpl. Travis Bradachnall
July 1, 2003
1st Sgt. Christopher Coffin
Spc. Cory A. Hubbell
Pfc. Kevin Ott
Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Phillipe
Cpl. Tomas Sotelo Jr.
Spc. Richard P. Orengo
Specialist Andrew F. Chris
Sgt. Timothy M. Conneway
Lance Cpl. Gregory MacDonald
Spc. Cedric Lennon
Spc. Paul T. Nakamura
Private First Class Michael Deuel
Private Robert Frantz
Private Shawn D. Pahnke
Sergeant Michael Tosto
Specialist Joseph D. Suell
Private First Class Ryan R. Cox
Staff Sgt. Andrew Pokorny
Specialist John K. Klinesmith
PFC Gavin L. Neighbor
Sgt. Michael Eugene Dooley
Petty Officer Third Class Doyle W. Bollinger
Sergeant Travis L. Burkhardt
Specialist Michael T. Gleason
Sergeant Atanacio Haromarin
Specialist Zachariah W. Long
Staff Sergeant Kenneth R. Bradley
Specialist Jose A. Perez III
Sgt. Tom Broomhead
Staff Sgt. Michael Quinn
Private David Evans Jr.
Sergeant Jonathan W. Lambert
Staff Sergeant Brett J. Petriken
Maj. Mathew Schram
Private First Class Jeremiah D. Smith
Specialist Nathaniel A. Caldwell
Captain Andrew David La Mont
Lance Corporal Jason William Moore
First Lieutenant Timothy Louis Ryan
Staff Sergeant Aaron Dean White
Corporal Douglas Jose Marencoreyes
Staff Sergeant Patrick Lee Griffin Jr.
Lance Corporal Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker
Lance Corporal Jakub H. Kowalik
Master Sergeant William Lee Payne
Private First Class Jose F. Gonzalez Rodriguez
Lance Corporal Matthew R. Smith
Lance Corporal Cedric E. Bruns
Cpl. Richard P. Carl
Chief Warrant Officer Hans N. Gukeisen
Chief Warrant Officer Brian Van Dusen
Pfc. Marlin Rockhold
Private Jason L. Deibler
Sgt. Sean C. Reynolds
First Sergeant Joe Jesus Garza
First Lieutenant Osbaldo Orozco
Specialist Narson B. Sullivan
Sergeant Troy David Jenkins
Specialist Roy Russell Buckley
Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold
Lance Corporal Alan Dinh Lam
Private First Class John E. Brown
Specialist Thomas A. Foley III
Corporal Armando Ariel Gonzalez
Specialist Richard A. Goward
Private First Class Joseph P. Mayek
Corporal Jason Mileo
Specialist Gil Mercado
Lance Corporal David E. Owens Jr.
Staff Sergeant Terry W. Hemingway
Private First Class Juan Guadalupe Garza Jr.
Sergeant First Class John Marshall
Corporal John "Travis" Rivero
Staff Sergeant Scott D. Sather
Staff Sergeant Robert A. Stever
Lance Corporal Andrew Aviles
Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell Jr.
Captain Eric B. Das
Staff Sergeant Lincoln D. Hollinsaid
Second Lieutenant Jeffrey J. Kaylor
Corporal Jesus Medellin
Private First Class Jason M. Meyer
Private First Class Anthony S. Miller
Specialist George A. Mitchell
Major William R. Watkins III
Private First Class Gregory P. Huxley Jr.
Private Kelley S. Prewitt
Captain Tristan N. Aitken
Staff Sergeant Stevon A. Booker
Specialist Larry K. Brown
First Sergeant Edward Smith
Private First Class Wilfred D. Bellard
Specialist Daniel Francis Cunningham Jr.
Captain Travis Ford
Corporal Bernard G. Gooden
Private Devon D. Jones
Lieutenant Brian M. McPhillips
Sgt. 1st Class Randall S. Rehn
Sergeant Duane R. Rios
Captain Russell B. Rippetoe
Captain Benjamin Sammis
Private First Class Chad E. Bales
Staff Sergeant Wilbert Davis
Corporal Mark A. Evnin
Captain Edward J. Korn
Staff Sergeant Nino D. Livaudais
Specialist Ryan P. Long
Specialist Donald ‘Donnie’ Oaks
Sergeant Todd J. Robbins
Corporal Erik Silva
Captain James Adamouski
Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson
Specialist Matthew G. Boule
Master Sergeant George A. Fernandez
Pfc. Christian D. Gurtner
Chief Warrant Officer Erik Halvorsen
Chief Warrant Officer Scott Jamar
Sergeant Michael F. Pedersen
Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith
Lieutenant Nathan White
Sgt. Jacob L. Butler
Lance Corporal Joseph B. Maglione III
Spc. William A. Jeffries
Specialist Brandon J. Rowe
Sgt. Michael V. Lalush
Sergeant Brian McGinnis
Corporal Henry L. Brown
Sgt. James Cawley
Cpl. Michael E. Curtin
Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon
Lance Corporal William W. White
Sergeant Eugene Williams
Sergeant Fernando Padilla-Ramirez
Sergeant Roderic Antoine Solomon
Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Menusa
Private First Class Diego Fernando Rincon
Lance Corporal Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar
Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez
Major Kevin G. Nave
Private First Class Francisco A. Martinez Flores
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Johnson
Staff Sergeant Donald C. May Jr.
Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day
Major Gregory Stone
Corporal Evan T. James
Sergeant Bradley Korthaus
Specialist Gregory P. Sanders
Lance Corporal Michael J. Williams
Specialist Jamaal Addison
Specialist Edward J. Anguiano
Sergeant Michael E. Bitz
Sergeant George E. Buggs
Lance Corporal Brian Rory Buesing
Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett
Corporal Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse
Lance Corporal Donald John Cline
First Sergeant Robert J. Dowdy
Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley
Corporal Jose Angel Garibay
Private Jonathan Lee Gifford
Corporal Jorge Gonzalez
Private Nolen R. Hutchings
Private First Class Howard Johnson II
Staff Sergeant Phillip A. Jordan
Specialist James Kiehl
Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata
Lance Corporal Patrick R. Nixon
Pfc. Lori Piestewa
Second Lieutenant Frederick E. Pokorney Jr.
Sergeant Brendon C. Reiss
Corporal Randy Kent Rosacker
Lance Corporal Thomas J. Slocum
Private Ruben Estrella-Soto
Private Brandon U. Sloan
Lt. Thomas Adams
Lance Cpl. Eric Orlowski
Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert
Specialist Brandon S. Tobler
Marine Capt. Jay Thomas Aubin
Marine Capt. Ryan Beaupre
2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers
Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez
Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy
Staff Sgt. Kendall Waters-Bey
Lance Corporal Thomas Alan Blair
Sgt. Nicholas M. Hodson
Sgt. Donald R. Walters