Saturday, August 30, 2003

More Than 11,400 Dead

(AFP) -- More than 11,400 people died during a record-breaking heatwave during the first half of August, the French government said in its first official death toll from the disaster widely seen as mishandled by top ministers. Health Minister Jean-Francois Mattei, who has been the target of most of the criticism, said in a statement that 11,435 more deaths than normal were registered August 1-15, when daily temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and above roasted the country. Link found at >>Full story...

Friday, August 29, 2003

Astrology: Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde until September 20. The two key words are Repetitions and Delays. This represents a period when thoughts, communication and communication devices may be a bit out of whack. The good news is that by the end of September all this intense activity will lessen, with issues brought up, confronted and resolved. Try to maintain a sense of balance and peace within. Send your love, prayers and blessings to the Earth and all living things. Remember to go within and think before you act. Throughout this period, Mercury will be transiting Virgo, the sign of order and procedures. Red tape hassles and snafus will probably increase in frequency especially when dealing with large bureaucracies such as governmental agencies. If you have to take care of any major paperwork, it would be a good idea to try to get it done before or after this Mercury retrograde. Virgo also rules health and self-improvement. If not an emergency medical tests, procedures, surgery and check-ups should be put off until Mercury goes direct.
Link found at Crystalinks >>Full story...

Headline: Govt urged to make public 'secret talks' on Osama

ISLAMABAD, Aug 27: Former prime minister and the chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Benazir Bhutto, has urged President General Pervez Musharraf to take the nation into confidence on what she said secret negotiations on the fate of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ... She said it was a startling disclosure by the newspaper that Gen Pervez Musharraf struck a deal with the US not to seize bin Laden after the Afghan war, claiming that he feared a backlash in his own country. This is the first disclosure that bin Laden was deliberately not captured when cornered in the Tora Bora mountains. Link found at >>Full story...

Diana, Secrets and Lies

Link found at >>Full story...

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Mars at Its All-Time Finest

On the night of August 26–27, Mars will be closer to Earth than at any time in some 60,000 years.

New Mars Photo Called Sharpest from Earth

Tonight on NASA TV, a group of NASA astronomers and engineers will host a live 4-hour broadcast about Earth's ongoing close encounter with Mars. Guests will include Jack Horkheimer of PBS's StarGazer program, David
Levy, the science editor of Parade magazine and co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott, and NASA's Chief Scientist for Mars Exploration Jim Garvin. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. CDT (9:00 p.m. EDT or 6:00 p.m. PDT) on Tuesday, August 26th. NASA TV is also broadcast live on the web:

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Alabama Chief Justice Suspended

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (search), who has defied a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state's Judicial Building, was suspended Friday by a judicial ethics panel. A federal judge had decided the 5,300-pound granite marker violated the Constitution's ban on government promotion of a religious doctrine. Moore was automatically suspended with pay when the nine-member Judicial Inquiry Commission referred the ethics complaint against him to the Court of the Judiciary, which holds trial-like proceedings and can discipline and remove judges. Ruby Crowe, an assistant clerk working with the court, said Moore would have 30 days to respond. The Commandments monument "will be taken out very soon," said state Attorney General Bill Pryor on Fox News' "DaySide." "We have an obligation to uphold the rule of law." Moore met with the commission early Friday as about 100 of his supporters, several blocks away at the federal courthouse, ripped and burned a copy of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson's order for the monument's removal. Moore said he told the commission that he upheld his oath of office by acknowledging God. Moore has said Thompson has no authority to tell the state's chief justice to remove the monument. "What this federal judge has said is that we cannot acknowledge God," Moore told Fox News Friday. "My battle is not with the justices of the court, my colleagues, my battle is with the federal government, who has come in and told us how to think, who we can believe in." Moore had no immediate comment after his suspension was announced. His spokesman, Tom Parker, said Moore's attorneys would respond to the complaint Monday. Link found at >>Full story...

I would like to plead caution here ... think about it, please ... organized religion has been responsible for a lot of grief and, unfortunatedly, it has proven to be a great control mechanism utilized by the elite to control the masses ... one person's GOD is not the same as another's person's GOD ... Secularism for government and public entities is the true expression of a society's freedom ... SOMEONE ELSE'S GOD should not be shoved down your throat in a free society ... STUDY HISTORY, PLEASE ... there is great danger in that thinking! Secularism is a not necessarily a bad thing ... when government does not dictate religion .... THAT IS A GOOD THING! Freedom to worship as you please should not be abridged by the government, nor should government be abridged by religion -- they should be kept separate!

Sunday, August 17, 2003


COMMON DREAMS - When it came to Israel and Palestine - the former Vermont governor declared that, while the United States should become more engaged, he did not have any fundamental objections with President George W. Bush's policies. Dean called for an end to Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians, but he did not call for a cessation of Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians. Similarly, there was no call for an end of the Israeli occupation, for Israeli compliance with UN Security Council resolutions, or a withdrawal from Israel's illegal settlements in the occupied territories or even a freeze on the construction of new settlements. When asked by the Jewish newspaper Forward late last year as to whether he supported APN's perspective, Governor Dean replied 'No, my view is closer to AIPAC's view.'"

CHARLES KNIGHT, COMMON DREAMS, APRIL 2003 - In effect this supposedly 'anti-war' Democrat has announced his support for a policy in which Washington will decide which countries are allowed to have nuclear weapons and will reserve for itself the right to forcefully disarm those who do not voluntarily disarm by U.S. dictate. In this crucial regard Dean's position is in close accordance with the Bush doctrine of coercive disarmament and preventive war.

KATHERINE STAPP, COMMON DREAMS, JUNE 10, 2003 - Former Vermont governor Howard Dean has sided most closely with the Bush administration, endorsing the National Governors Association policy, which opposed the Kyoto Protocol unless it included mandatory emissions cuts for developing countries. The policy recommended that the United States "not sign or ratify any agreement that would result in serious harm to the U.S. economy. "Of the Democrats now running, only Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has stated, "the U.S. must ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT - Vermont Gov. Howard Dean killed a medical marijuana bill that was on the verge of passage in 2002, ignoring pleas from the medical community, AIDS patient groups, and others.

MICHAEL COLBY, COUNTERPUNCH - As the son of a wealthy Long Island family (his father was a prominent Wall Street insider), Dean's used to having his golden path well greased. After dutifully attending Yale and then medical school, Dean looked for a state to launch both a private medical practice and a political career. He chose Vermont as much for its beauty as its lenient mood toward carpet bagging politicians, thus joining Brooklynite Bernie Sanders as a born again Vermonter.

JOHN DILLON, TIMES ARGUS - A leading environmentalist was asked to leave Gov. Howard Dean's council of environmental advisers after she criticized the governor's short-lived proposal for a coal-fired power plant in Vermont. Elizabeth Courtney, executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, was one of 20 members of the governor's environmental council, which meets about once every three months with the governor. But after Courtney wrote a newspaper opinion piece faulting Dean for his brief advocacy of a coal plant, she learned she was no longer welcome on the council. David Rocchio, the governor's legal counsel, wrote her late last month to say she will be replaced on the council by VNRC's board chairman. The move came after she had written the governor on energy issues and showed his staff her draft newspaper piece, Courtney said.
Link found at UnderNews >>Compiled by NYC Indymedia


"We'll have time to look at it and determine whether or not our grid needs to be modernized. I happen to think it does, and have said so all along." - George Bush, 8/14/03

According to BUZZFLASH - In June of 2001, Bush opposed and the congressional GOP voted down legislation to provide $350 million worth of loans to modernize the nation's power grid because of known weaknesses in reliability and capacity. Supporters of the amendment pointed to studies by the Energy Department showing that the grid was in desperate need of upgrades as proof that their legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) should pass. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration lobbied against it and the Republicans voted it down three separate times: First, on a straight party line in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, then on a straight party line the U.S. House Rules Committee, and finally on a party line on the floor of the full House ... Link found at UnderNews >>Full story...

Saturday, August 16, 2003


The Tale of The Brits Who Swiped 800 Jobs From New York, Carted Off $90 Million, Then Tonight, Turned Off Our Lights

by Greg Palast

I can tell you all about the ne're-do-wells that put out our lights tonight. I came up against these characters -- the Niagara Mohawk Power Company -- some years back. You see, before I was a journalist, I worked for a living, as an investigator of corporate racketeers. In the 1980s, "NiMo" built a nuclear plant, Nine Mile Point, a brutally costly piece of hot junk for which NiMo and its partner companies charged billions to New York State's electricity ratepayers.

To pull off this grand theft by kilowatt, the NiMo-led consortium fabricated cost and schedule reports, then performed a Harry Potter job on the account books. In 1988, I showed a jury a memo from an executive from one partner, Long Island Lighting, giving a lesson to a NiMo honcho on how to lie to government regulators. The jury ordered LILCO to pay $4.3 billion and, ultimately, put them out of business.

And that's why, if you're in the Northeast, you're reading this by candlelight tonight. Here's what happened. After LILCO was hammered by the law, after government regulators slammed Niagara Mohawk and dozens of other book-cooking, document-doctoring utility companies all over America with fines and penalties totaling in the tens of billions of dollars, the industry leaders got together to swear never to break the regulations again. Their plan was not to follow the rules, but to ELIMINATE the rules. They called it "deregulation."

It was like a committee of bank robbers figuring out how to make safecracking legal.

But they dare not launch the scheme in the USA. Rather, in 1990, one devious little bunch of operators out of Texas, Houston Natural Gas, operating under the alias "Enron," talked an over-the-edge free-market fanatic, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, into licensing the first completely deregulated power plant in the hemisphere.... >>Full story...

Friday, August 15, 2003


NEAL POLLACK - "It's the policy of this website to rise to the aid of satire whenever it's threatened, even if the threatened satirist is three links above it on the comedy food chain. Therefore, I declare this Friday a day of emergency protest.

Yes. This Friday, August 15, is Fair And Balanced day on the Internet. You are all hereby instructed to use the words Fair And Balanced in very creative ways on your various websites. My cosponsor in this effort, Atrios, informs me that many of you are already using "Fair And Balanced" in your taglines. Very good. Sometimes, I swear you don't even need instructions from me. But we can go further. Tell Fox News to take its Fair And Balanced slogan and shove it up its Fair And Balanced hole. Feel free to be more subtle than that, if you wish.

To repeat. This Friday is Fair And Balanced day. Use the slogan at will. . . We cannot let Fox News beat us, people. If they sue one, they can sue all. >>Full story...


Various Baghdad News Items

Dispatch From Baghdad - 'A Catastrophe Here'
From Anita Scott Fleming, my good friend and attorney for the Angola Three, is in Baghdad with a crew of journalists. He has been sending dispatches from Baghdad that make it sound like hell on earth. I'll be publishing his emails to me here as they come in. ... Sunday, 3 August I'm in Baghdad and it's Sunday night. Today was perhaps the most bizarre, terrifying (although my traveling companions and I were never in any immediate danger), and mind-blowing day of my life. We left lovely Amman at 4 a.m. and were in Baghdad by about 3 p.m. The landscape, physical, climatological, and cultural, changed so much that the night bore no resemblance to the morning. I can't possibly catalog it all, but I can give some impressions ... more

From SALAM PAX: G., my friend, got beaten up by US Army last night. He was handcuffed and had a bag put on his head. He was kicked several times and was made to lie on his face for a while. All he wanted to do was to take pictures and report on an attack. He works for the New York Times as a translator and fixer. He got more kicks for speaking English. His sin: he looks Iraqi and has a beard. I need to get him drunk enough to get the whole thing out of him. He doesn't want to talk ... more

Spared On 911, Army Sgt Dies In Sleep In Iraq
From The Hartford Courant Staff and Wire Reports "He escaped death when a hijacked jetliner slammed into his Pentagon office on Sept. 11, 2001, only to have illness take his life while serving in Iraq. The family of Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., a U.S. Army counterintelligence analyst, was notified of his death Tuesday. A fellow soldier, serving with him in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, tried to wake Eaton, 37, and noticed he wasn't breathing, according to a Defense Department statement released Wednesday." ... more

ANWR - Energy Bill - Power outages (problem - reaction - solution)

Hmmm ... would a public outcry for quick passage of an ENERGY bill because of the power outage crisis and media manipulation help or hurt the ANWR drilling nondebate?

August 4, 2003, "President Bush last week urged Senate and House lawmakers to quickly resolve differences in separate energy bills when they return from their summer recess in September and finalize an energy package he can sign into law. 'It's time for them to reconcile their differences when they get back from their August breaks and get a bill to my desk,' Bush told reporters following a meeting with his Cabinet."

August 6, 2003 "In September, Congress will return to session and will begin to conference the energy bill. The House energy bill contains the opening of drilling in ANWR, while the Senate energy bill does not. Murkowski extended all of the resources of her office to Knowles in a letter and at a press conference today in Anchorage, "We need at least 12 Democratic votes to break their anti-Alaska filibuster on ANWR."

July 25, 2003 "The Senate resumed work on the energy bill Thursday night, but the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge isn't the center of attention it once was. No one even mentioned the ANWR controversy when two Bush cabinet members met with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and a host of her fellow Republican senators at the Capitol on Thursday morning to rally support for passage of the energy bill, Murkowski's spokeswoman said ... That's because Senate Energy Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, R-N.M., acknowledging that drilling opponents have the votes on their side, said months ago that he wasn't going to put refuge drilling in the energy bill. Sen. Murkowski, R-Alaska, concurred with his strategy and said she wouldn't raise it either. But even if the Senate bill says nothing about drilling in the refuge, there's still a chance for ANWR. Because the House passed an energy bill that includes it, House and Senate negotiators could decide to let the provision stay in the final version of the bill."


Under the radar and overshadowed by "Countdown to Iraq" ... "U.S. Senate Republicans and Vice President Dick Cheney stepped up efforts to gather the crucial votes to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, congressional and environmental sources said on Tuesday", Forbes, March 11 (Reuters).

According to the "History of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge", In 1987, Reagan's administration released "1002 Report" recommending full leasing of the coastal plain but in 1989 because of the Exxon Valdez spill, public opposition scuttled legislation that would allow for drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

In 1991, during the aftermath of Persian Gulf War I, Bush I proposed a National Energy Policy that called for full-scale leasing of the coastal plain but was defeated by filibuster and intense opposition.

In 1995, a "rider" to the federal budget reconciliation bill mandated Arctic Refuge oil development causing Clinton to veto the entire bill, which resulted in the fateful shutdown of the government. ("Fateful", because White House interns filled in for furloughed staff and Monica delivered pizza to the president.)

"Sen. Rick Santorum, the Republican Senate Conference chairman, said that passing legislation to overhaul U.S. energy policy was one of the Republicans' top five priorities in the new Congress. He said the energy legislation would "absolutely" include a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling - a move that Democrats were able to head off in the last Senate session.".

"In January 2003, Senate Democrats said that blocking an attempt to drill for oil in an Alaska wildlife refuge will be tough if the Republican majority includes the plan in federal budget legislation",


Due to 9-11, the Bush administration has been rather successful, thus far, in completing their tasks. They were able to accomplish passage of the Homeland Security Act, the "Patriot Act", fast-track trade negotiating authority, China's admission to the WTO, and payment of delinquent UN dues, etc. -- interestingly, all the things that Clinton couldn't do. Wonder how this will play out?

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Massive Blackout Hits Northeast Cities

"When the electricity goes out, you are back in the Dark Age. And the Stone Age is just around the corner."



I learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night".

Age 5

I learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.

Age 7

I learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.

Age 9

I learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.

Age 12

I learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.

Age 14

I learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.

Age 15

I learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.

Age 24

I learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.

Age 26

I learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there.

Age 29

I learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.

Age 30

I learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it.

Age 42

I learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note.

Age 44

I learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.

Age 46

I learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.

Age 47

I learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

Age 48

I learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.

Age 49

I learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.

Age 50

I learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

Age 51

I learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.

Age 52

I learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.

Age 53

I learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

Age 58

I learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.

Age 61

I learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

Age 62

I learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

Age 64

I learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

Age 65

I learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.

Age 66

I learned that everyone can use a prayer.

Age 72

I learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

Age 82

I learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

Age 90

I learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003


Link found at UnderNews >>Full story...

Rush - Love Him Or Loathe Him, He Nailed This One

By Rush Limbaugh

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die or have died serving the country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?

However, our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month, and most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They also do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.

If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you in harm's way receive a pension of $15,000 per month. I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

"When do we finally do something about this?"

This MUST be a campaign issue in 2004.


Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years. Our Senators and Congressmen do not pay into Social Security. Many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. For all practical purposes their plan works like this:

When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die, except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments. For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000 (that's Seven Million, Eight Hundred Thousand), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their lives. This is calculated on an average life span for each.

Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. These little perks they voted for themselves are free to them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Fund--our tax dollars at work! From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into -- every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer) --we can expect to get an average $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. And that change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us and then watch how fast they would fix it. Article found at >>Full story...

Monday, August 11, 2003

Interesting Ideas

How cool is it that one of my favorite sites links to a place in the universe I know a lot about! For more info on Vicksburg, see my other site:

If you take the cutoff from Highway 61 into Vicksburg, Miss., and have need of 1. sundries, 2. spiritual uplift or 3. a powerful folk-art environment, stop at Margaret's Groceries. The Rev. H.D. Dennis, who has encased the country store inside and out with his sculpture and fantastic architecture, will preach you a personal sermon while his wife Margaret stands ready to meet your earthly needs.

ALSO: Roadside Art Online . . . The best store names ever . . . Art on every corner. . . Eccentric environments. . . Great signs . . . Your guide to semitrailers . . . 250+ outsider art links . . . Ominous needlepoint Link found at Undernews >>Full story...

Sunday, August 10, 2003

A month to test investor nerves

By William Hanley

The dog days of summer stretch into September

Mark Twain, who lost his shirt in the stock market but managed to keep his wicked wit despite some serious margin calls on his sanity, once remarked that October "is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February."

In fact, October, the month of the crashes of 1929 and 1987 and other dramatic setbacks for investors, is not the worse month historically. That dubious distinction goes to September, followed by August.

So, here we are in deepest, darkest dog days of summer, when on a seasonal basis equities are supposed to fare the worst, when history suggests that vacations may play a part in sending markets lower -- a trend that has persisted even in an era when telecommunications and computers can keep investors in close touch. (We can only wonder at the merry mockery Mark Twain, who once famously declared that a gold mine was a hole in the ground with a liar on top, might have made of the dot-com era.)

It has not yet proved prudent to have followed the market wisdom to "sell in May and go away" and the S&P 500 index is still up 23% from the March lows.

The market, however, has been basically stuck in the doldrums since the summer solstice on June 21. The S&P is off three percentage points and the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite is up only a couple of points.

... Is it time to take something off the table, to lock in the profits from the market's great spring rally? Or are the economic and earnings signals strong enough to warrant staying the course and perhaps buying even more equities? >>Full story...

Uncut: The Penis Monologues

We've had the worldwide hit stage show, The Vagina Monologues, a controversial one-woman production ringing the praises of womanhood. Now, in this week of National Women's Day, prepare for the male retort... >>Full story...

Discovering WMD

Robert Novak, WASHINGTON -- Former international weapons inspector David Kay, now seeking Iraqi weapons of mass destruction for the Pentagon, has privately reported successes that are planned to be revealed to the public in mid-September.

Kay has told his superiors he has found substantial evidence of biological weapons in Iraq, plus considerable missile development. He has been less successful in locating chemical weapons, and has not yet begun a substantial effort to locate progress toward nuclear arms.

Senior officials in the Bush administration believe Kay's weapons discoveries should have been revealed as they were made. However, a decision, approved by President Bush, was made to wait until more was discovered and then announce it -- probably in September. >>Full story...


The American Gulf War Veterans Association (AGWVA), an independent Gulf War Veterans' support organization, has long searched for answers to explain why nearly half of the 697,000 Gulf War I Veterans are now ill and why over 200,000 of those servicemen/women have requested disability, but have received no adequate diagnosis or treatment, from either the Department of Defense (DOD), or Veteran's Affairs. Though there have been over 125 studies done by the government at the cost of over $300,000,000 to the taxpayer, we still have no answers as to what caused so many of our soldiers to become ill. Meanwhile, the suffering veterans are receiving little, if any, medical treatment for this illness. It seems that whenever veterans become ill, the term "mystery illness" seems to be the first and often the only diagnosis that is ever made. Veterans are then left to fend for themselves, sick and unable to work, with little hope of a normal life again.

The AGWVA is now again asking questions, this time, about the newest "mystery illness" to hit the military. After being pressured by a few independent news reporters who have not permitted this "mystery" to continue unabated, The DOD recently has been forced to announce the "mystery" deaths of Gulf War II soldiers and that at least 100 other men and women have become ill. Again, however, there were no adequate answers, but, only that the "mystery illness" diagnosis had reared its ugly head again. According to a family member of one of the military victims, the DOD recently, has changed its label of the illness and is now calling it "pneumonia" in sharp contrast to what a physician on the scene reported. Due to continuing pressure for sound answers, the DOD was again forced to send an investigative team to Iraq, however the convenient, repeated lack of diagnosis, unfortunately translates into lack of treatment, and lack of compensation for the veteran. The jury is still out, however, if the DOD will be forthcoming with the truth this time.

Contrary to the "pneumonia" and "mystery illness" labels, enlightening information surfaced today on "THE POWER HOUR" radio show ( in an interview with Mark Neusche, father of Josh Neusche, one of the GW II troops to lose his life from the "mystery illness" while serving in Iraq. The father stated that his 20-year-old healthy son, a former track star and non-smoker, had written home on June 26th explaining that he would be going on a 30-hour "hauling" mission, but that he could not disclose what they would be hauling. The son had stated that he had been to the Palace of Sadaam Hussein, and it was later learned that he was "hauling" at the Baghdad Airport.

Marsha Paxson also appeared on the show, as she is the journalist who broke the U.S. story for the Lake Sun Leader ( Although the "facts" behind this story are continually changing, Ms. Paxson is one of the few journalists who is remaining true to the facts of the original story. Ms. Paxson revealed in her articles that the father reported that his son was not the only ill soldier. Neusche stated that while his son was in a coma at Landstuhl Hospital, the father overheard the nurses say that they were expecting numerous sick troops to be brought in all at one time. In fact, the father actually witnessed approximately 55 other troops being received by the hospital after they were transported by a military ambulance (bus). According to the father, the transported troops were exhibiting varying degrees of the illness. Some walked, some were in wheelchairs and others were on respirators. In the commotion, a doctor reported to the father that his son was suffering from a "toxin." No mention of pneumonia was ever made to him, nor was it ever reported in the medical record.

Paxson and the AGWVA now question the diagnosis, the actual number of troops that were reported ill, and when the DOD first became aware of this incident.

One of the most surprising statements to come from The Power Hour interview conducted on "The Genesis Network" was that while the son, Josh Neusche, was a healthy young soldier on June 26, 2003, when he reported that he was going to
serve on the secret hauling mission, by July 1, 2003, he was in a coma, and that day was suddenly classified by the military, as medically retired from the Army without Josh or his family's consent. Josh did not die until July 12, 2003. Among other problems that this new classification created was that the DOD was no longer obligated to assist the family in getting to Germany to be with their son as he lay in a coma. Because the DOD would not provide even so much as plane or taxi fare for the Neusche family, all 650 members of the 203 Engineer Battalion each contributed $10.00 to make the family's final visit possible.

The AGWVA is demanding answers in a timely fashion and according to spokesperson Joyce Riley, "We will not tolerate another whitewashing of a tragedy against our veterans. It has happened too many times before with our failure to safeguard our troops, adequately diagnose and effectively treat the victims of Agent Orange spraying, Project Shad shipboard-experimentation, and Gulf War Illness I. This time someone has to be held accountable." Ms. Riley closed by saying, "Speaking out for our past and present sick veterans is the best way for Americans to support our troops!"

The interview with Mark Neusche and Marsha Paxson can be heard at: click on the "GWII mystery illness interview."

For more information on Gulf War illnesses, go to

For more information on Project Shad, go to

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Ten Steps to a Healthier Diet

1. Switch to brown rice.

2. Use butter and olive oil instead of hydrogenated shortening and margarine.

3. Substitute healthier sweeteners and drinks for refined sugars and soda then work on cutting back on the frequency of consumption of sweet foods. Substitutes include: honey, Rapadura or Sucanat, stevia, maple syrup & water, juice, fruit smoothies, herbal teas etc.

4. Cut back on white flour and add more fiber to your diet preferably in the form of the freshest whole grain flour you can locate.

5. Make your own soups using fresh vegetables.

6. Make your own salad dressings and mayonnaise.

7. Make your own granola and hot cereals.

8. Sprout seeds and beans for salads.

9. Make your own yogurt.

10. Buy fresh vegetable instead of frozen or canned, whenever possible, and serve a raw salad at least once per day.

Adapted from Rodale's Naturally Great Foods Cookbook c. 1977

Saturday, August 09, 2003

I don't have anything to report today ... everything is such OLD news ... you can really go back 30 , 40 , 50 years old or more, it's all the same ... all I'd really like to say is hello to you all in France ... thank-you for the Statue of LIberty ... if only in mind and spirit ... we are free!

Friday, August 08, 2003

Father of dead soldier claims Army coverup

By Mark Benjamin, Investigations Editor

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The father of a soldier who died of pneumonia this spring said Thursday the Army has excluded her death from its investigation of deadly pneumonia because it wants to cover up vaccine side effects.

"The government is covering this up and it is a dog-gone shame," said Moses Lacy, whose daughter, Army Spc. Rachael Lacy, died April 4 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after getting pneumonia.

Lacy said his daughter "was a healthy young woman" but got ill within days of getting anthrax and smallpox vaccinations on March 2 in preparation for deployment to the Persian Gulf. She was too ill to ever be deployed.

The Army said 100 soldiers have gotten pneumonia in Iraq and southwestern Asia, two of those have died and another 13 have had to be put on respirators ...

Moses Lacy said he believes the real story is about vaccine side effects. "Unless somebody breaks this story wide open, we are going to have a lot more deaths. I am afraid we are going to lose a lot because of this vaccine." >>Full story...

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Mysterious September 11 Breakfast Meeting on Capitol Hill

by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Outlook

The chairmen of the Joint Inquiry on 9/11 Sen Bob Graham and Rep Porter Goss are in "conflict of interest". Or are we dealing with something far more serious?

The chairmen of the Joint Inquiry have dubious links to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) which is known to have actively supported Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Moreover, according to intelligence sources, including the FBI, Pakistan's ISI played a role in financing the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The two Joint Inquiry chairmen Sen Bob Graham and Rep Porter Goss were fully cognizant of the "Pakistani ISI connection" and the role played by its former head, General Mahmoud Ahmad.

Why then did they choose to exclude an examination of the role of the ISI from the Joint Inquiry's 858 page Report?

While hinting to "Saudi support and involvement" in 9/11, the Report fails to mention that the Pakistani government, its military and intelligence apparatus (ISI), have actively supported and financed a number of terrorist organizations, with the support of Washington.

Was it "an intelligence failure" to seek the cooperation of the Pakistani government in the "war on terrorism" in an agreement brokered by the head of spy agency, which is known to support the Islamic brigades?

This support by Pakistan's ISI to various "Islamic terrorist" organizations was pursued prior as well as in the wake of 9/11, despite the commitment of the Pakistani government to "cooperate" with Washington

In late August 2001, barely a couple of weeks before September 11, Senator Bob Graham, Representative Porter Goss and Senator Jon Kyl were on a top level mission in Islamabad, which was barely mentioned by the US media.

Meetings were held with President Pervez Musharraf and with Pakistan's military and intelligence brass including the head of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) General Mahmoud Ahmad. Amply documented, the ISI is known to support a number of Islamic terrorist organizations. (See Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) at )

According to the FBI, Indian Intelligence and several press reports, the ISI Head was instrumental in providing financial support to the 9/11 terrorists. General Mahmoud Ahmad had allegedly ordered the transfer of $100.000 to the presumed 9/11 ring-leader Mohamed Atta.

On the morning of September 11, the three lawmakers Bob Graham, Porter Goss and Jon Kyl (who were part of the Congressional delegation to Pakistan) were having breakfast on Capitol Hill with General Ahmad, the alleged "money-man" (to use the FBI expression) behind the 9/11 hijackers. Also present at this meeting were Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. Maleeha Lodhi and several members of the Senate and House Intelligence committees. This meeting was described by one press report as a "follow-up meeting" to that held in Pakistan in late August.

When the twin towers were attacked, General Mahmoud Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s intelligence service, was, in Senator Graham's own words, "very empathetic, sympathetic to the people of the United States," (Stuart News Company Press Journal (Vero Beach, FL), September 12, 2001).

Bob Graham's description of the General Ahmad, contrasts with that of the Washington Post:

"On the morning of Sept. 11, Goss and Graham were having breakfast with a Pakistani general named Mahmud Ahmed — the soon-to-be-sacked head of Pakistan’s intelligence service. Ahmed ran a spy agency notoriously close to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban." (Washington Post, 18 May 2002) >>Full story...

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Sam Smith: The Web’s Favorite Liberal

A good read and wondeful profile of the editor of UnderNews -- one of my favorite sites -- appears in Newsmax, a conservative journal. I emailed him once with comments regarding one of his articles and he was kind enough to respond back right away with words of encouragement ... Sam Smith is a genuinely nice guy.


What does Smith try to communicate in his books?

“I think it is interesting that three of my four books – at the choice of the editors, not me – have the American flag on the cover in some form. That pleases me because I like to think of myself as being part of a long American rebellious tradition that has made our ideals something more than just words on paper. I have strong progressive, populist and ecological values, but I also want things to work.

“And I believe deeply in the idea of reciprocal liberty – that I can't have my freedom unless you have yours. This is something we constantly have to negotiate. It comes in part, I suspect, from being from a large family where you learn that politics is really a matter of who gets the window seat, when, and for how long.

“And finally, I subscribe to Walt Kelly's great principle: the right of all Americans to make a damn fool of themselves.”

What are his biggest disappointment/grandest success in his many crusades?

“My biggest disappointment is watching American growing tired of being America and my biggest success is having started out at young age to do something crazy and fun and having gotten away with it.”

How does the dynamo spent his average work day – favored sources/modus operandi in approaching a breaking story?

“First, I work on IF Stone's principle that most of what the government does wrong it does out in the open.

“Second, I favor the two most underused sources in Washington: the printed word and numbers.

“Third, I try to follow Harold Ross' dictum that if you can't be funny you should be interesting.

Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki

In the introduction to their book, Hiroshima in America, Robert Jay Lifton and Greg Mitchell write, "You cannot understand the twentieth century without Hiroshima." David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ( expands that belief by stating that the same may be said of the twenty-first century and the nuclear predicament that confronts humanity today -- "the path to assuring humanity's future runs through Hiroshima and Nagasaki's past."

At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, as the citizens of Hiroshima were beginning their day, the Enola Gay released its horrific cargo, a bomb that had been named "Little Boy," which fell for 43 seconds before detonating above Shima Hospital near the center of the city of Hiroshima which was leveled and some 90,000 people in it perished. Schools were destroyed and their students and teachers slaughtered. Hospitals with their patients and medical staffs were obliterated.

The bombing of Hiroshima was an act of massive destruction of a civilian population, the destruction of an entire city with a single bomb.

Harry Truman, president of the United States, upon being notified, said, "This is the greatest thing in history."

Three days after destroying Hiroshima, after failing to find an opening in the clouds over its primary target of the city of Kokura, a US B-29 bomber, named Bockscar, attacked the Japanese city of Nagasaki with a bomb that had been named "Fat Man." The attack took place at 11:02 a.m. and resulted in the immediate deaths of some 40,000 people.

Since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki there has been a struggle for memory. The story of the bombings differs radically between what has been told in America and how the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki recount this tragedy. America's rendition is a story of triumph of technology and triumph in war. From the perspective of the vast majority of US citizens, the atomic bombs made possible the complete defeat of Japanese imperial power and brought World War II to an abrupt end which saved the lives of US soldiers. This view leaves the impression that bombing these cities with atomic weapons was useful, fruitful and an occasion to be celebrated.

Krieger reminds us that "the problem with this rendition of history is that the need for dropping the bombs to end the war has been widely challenged by historians. Many scholars, including Lifton and Mitchell, authors of Hiroshima in America, have questioned the official US account of the bombings. These critics have variously pointed out that Japan was attempting to surrender at the time the bombs were dropped, that the US Army Strategic Survey calculated far fewer US casualties from an invasion of Japan, and that there were other ways to end the war without using the atomic bombs on the two Japanese cities."

Reshape the myth -- listen to the voices from the past:

General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander Europe during World War II and later US president, described his reaction upon having been told by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson that atomic bombs would be used on Japanese cities: "During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, attempting to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face'. . . ."

General Henry 'Hap' Arnold, Commanding General of the US Army Air Forces during World War II, wrote, "It always appeared to us that, atomic bomb or no atomic bomb, the Japanese were already on the verge of collapse."

Truman's Chief of Staff, Admiral William D. Leahy, wrote, "It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender·. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children·"

Krieger, David. "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki", Blackaby Paper #4 by Abolition 2000-UK.

Lifton, Robert J. and Greg Mitchell, Hiroshima in America, New York: Avon Books, 1996.

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Cynthia McKinney is Back!

How proud I am to stand at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem USA!

Thank you Reverend Butts, Bob, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Ralph Carter, Hakim, the Coalition of Artists and Activists, and all who worked hard to put this rally together. And thank you for inviting me.

How appropriate that we gather here at this Church, with all its rich history of proud resistance and indignant defiance of a social order that relegated the giants of their day to second class citizenship.

And what an honor for me, to stand among the giants of our day, if only for a moment, and see America's landscape from their gaze.

What this rally means, is that America's vista has now become as ravaged in its pristine hillside villas as it has always been for those of us who muddle

behind the cities' shadows.

Our people are dying.

On the streets of America our people are dying.

Gathered tonight in this room are people from all walks of life; and for that reason, this is a very dangerous meeting for the powers that be.

They would like to see us divided.

I'm not just saying that. They wrote that in their COINTELPRO papers; about how they would keep blacks separated from each other, and separated from Africans, and separated from other people of color, and most importantly, separated from progressive activist whites. They wrote that they would discredit black activists so they would lose favor within their community and within our American community. They also wrote that they would replace authentic black leaders with what they called "clean Negroes" whom they had groomed to be more loyal to them than to us. Those aren't my words, they're their words.

Well, they were silly enough to write it down, and we were smart enough to read it. So we're not fooled.

But the Coalition of Artists and Activists has come together to show us that now is the time for us to get busy. And take our country back.

I, for one, can say that I am tired of burying innocent black and Latino people who die at the hands of this unjust system.

New Yorkers have buried too many loved ones and shed too many tears.

But sadly, every major city in America can probably call a roll: Ousmane Zongo, Alberta Spruill, Patrick Dorismond, Amadou Diallo; and those are just the names I know.

Not too far from here, the streets of Benton Harbor, Michigan exploded because they got tired of adding names to their roll. It wasn't enough that Terrance Shurn and Arthur Patterson, young adults, were on the list, but those names only topped off 16-year old Eric McGinnis and 7-year old Trent Patterson, who had also made the list.

I read that the NAACP called for calm and dialogue.

I'm sorry, but I can't be calm if my baby is going to be shot or hurt by out-of-control police.

I can't be calm when I drive through sections of Atlanta that look more like Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo than America.

I cannot be calm.

Dialogue must be followed by swift and deliberate action to root out racism at its very core. From a California gas station to a Mississippi Lockheed plant; from Cincinnati, Ohio to Benton Harbor, Michigan; to New York City, New York. And in Belle Glade, Florida where a young black man was found hanging from a tree, with his hands tied behind his back and the authorities call it suicide. In the 21st Century, America's trees still bear Strange Fruit.

How much injustice can any community absorb before an eruption of extraordinary proportions occurs?

And yes, we have our list in Georgia, too.

And so, placing troops in Cincinnati Ohio or in Benton Harbor to restore calm and "protect property" is about as helpful for the resolution of the problems of Ohio, or Michigan, or for that matter Black America as it is to place US troops in Liberia to resolve the problems on West Africa's oil-rich shore.

Or, for that matter, in the hot, oil-rich desert sands of Iraq.

And while the South Bend Tribune blared on its editorial page that Benton Harbor rioters must be held accountable, who will blare, if not us, that America must be held accountable for the sick and depraved conditions under which millions of our people now live.

Moreover, since that newspaper called for "accountability," I wonder, have I ever seen that word in the corporate press when describing the Bush Administration?

Now it is a fact that it was the Ashcroft Justice Department that gave law enforcement officials authority to use the no-knock warrant, like the one that resulted in the death of Mrs. Spruill.

But, I'm wondering where are the no-knock warrants for the Carlyle Group, Enron, DynCorp, Halliburton, Worldcom, HealthSouth, all the off-shore companies that fled our country to avoid paying taxes yet continue to get billions in federal contracts?

Where are their no-knock warrants?

And further, on this matter of accountability.

George Tenet recently "fell on the sword" as they say and took responsibility for the 16 untrue words that happened to find their way into George Bush's State of the Union Address.

But who among this Administration will take responsibility for the tragic events of September 11th and the tremendous intelligence failures that cost the lives of thousands of people who live and work in New York City?

Interestingly, I was the one who called for an investigation of September 11th asking the fully appropriate question, What did the Bush Administration know and when did it know it, about the tragic events of September 11th?

Both President Bush and Vice President Cheney asked Tom Daschle not to investigate what went wrong on September 11th. An Australian newspaper ran the headline, "Bosses so lax, agents felt they were spies." They were describing our FBI.

"Bosses so lax, agents felt they were spies."

To this day that I know of no one in any decision-making position in the whole of this Administration has accepted responsibility for failing the American people. Instead, from this Administration we have obstruction, obfuscation, dissembling, and deception.

And yet, the one who did her homework, and told the truth to the American people, that our investment of trillions of dollars in the defense and intelligence infrastructures of our country should not have all failed simultaneously four times on a single day and since they did, we deserve to know why they did. . .

Well, that's the person who got fired.

Meanwhile, George Bush and Dick Cheney, who remain in office, have the nerve to launch two simultaneous wars, at least one that is against international law; award no bid contracts to their friends in the defense industry; erode our Constitution and our Bill of Rights; put Paul Wolfowitz in charge of military tribunals (that same travesty of justice that we have excoriated other countries for in the past); put a felon, convicted of lying to Congress, in charge of our privacy; and lie about the rescue of Jessica Lynch, as well as the landing of America's top gun—George W.--on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which supposedly was out at sea, but that was really in San Diego harbor.

And this all comes after they stole the Presidency on the uncounted chads of black and Latino voters in a scheme that was orchestrated at the top.

Republicans rewarded Katherine Harris with a Congressional seat.

In Georgia, 48,000 Republicans crossed over and voted in the Democratic Primary for the black woman Republican that they had drafted to run in my Democratic Primary. Georgia and national Democrats failed to protect the integrity of their own primary. Terry McAuliffe crows today about protecting Gray Davis from any Democratic challenge in a primary, but where was he when he could have protected this black loyal Democratic woman from a known Republican shill acting for the Bush Administration?

And it's not enough for this Administration to accept responsibility for failing the American people. So too must the corporate media. Including the New York Times.

As you may know, I'm involved with Mike Ruppert of From the Wilderness in a national campaign that is placing anti-Bush ads in newspapers all across the country. Sadly, many newspapers are saying no to the paid ad or are giving us a hard time after they've accepted the money. The New York Times is no exception.

At the top of the ad is a cartoon. It features the big corporate media being "played" from behind the curtain by the great big, huge, Wizard. Like in the Wizard of Oz. But there, ever so small, at the bottom of the cartoon, is Toto, the little dog, pulling open the curtain and exposing the truth about the big, corporate media—kinda like BAI does here. And the alternative media do all over our country. Well, in the cartoon, Toto is the alternative media--getting the truth out to the people.

The text mentions oil, missing money from DoD and HUD accounts, the impeachment clause of the Constitution, the lawsuit that has been filed against the crossover voting in my election, and a special message from me.

My special message in the ad is this:

"Beware the Land of Oz. For it is only in the land of Oz that a handful of vainglorious men could send hundreds of thousands of young soldiers off to fight in an illegal war. And only in the Land of Oz can The Grand Wizard erode basic civil rights and call it enhanced security. And where but in Oz could a felon, convicted of lying in public, be put in charge of Total Information Awareness? 75 million Americans had no health insurance in 2001 or 2002. Unemployment is at an 8-year high. Meanwhile, at the Wizard's court, men of dubious reputation gorge themselves at the people's expense. Expose the Grand Wizard; this is our America, not Oz."

Now, just a few days ago, I received a message through the ad agency placing the ad that before The New York Times will run it, I need to prove that what I say about Oz is true. Can you believe. . . The New York Times is fact-checking cartoons now?

Or is it just this cartoon?

They didn't bother to fact-check their story about me that's recounted in Greg Palast's book, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy." They just printed lies about me in an effort to make sure that a black Republican woman from New York City who is anti-affirmative action and anti-reparations would sit at the table of the Congressional Black Caucus and represent you in Washington, DC.

In 1776, it was King George III who drove the titans of the American colony to write our Declaration of Independence. They wrote that there are certain unalienable rights and that it is the responsibility of government to protect, preserve, and promote these rights. However, in the words of its signers,

"when a long train of abuses and usurpations, . . . evinces a design to reduce [a people to life] under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

And with that, a rebellion became a revolution.

My mother didn't want me to give this speech tonight. I'm sure it's hard for her to read the terrible things the corporate press and right-wing activists write about me.

In today's America, she's right. I will probably get in trouble for what I've said to you tonight. But it won't be the first time I get in trouble for telling the truth. And I'll continue to tell the truth. As I have said before, I won't sit down and I won't shut up.

I agree with Dead Prez: We need a revolution!

And it needs to start with us.

Thank you so much for inviting me to be with you tonight.

Marilyn Monroe

Norma Jean Baker AKA Marilyn Monroe found dead today's date, 1962 ... Used and Abused ... sad, sad story!


NOEL COWARD, 6 AUGUST 1962 - Marilyn Monroe committed suicide yesterday. The usual overdose. Poor silly creature. I am convinced that what brought her to that final foolish gesture was a steady diet of intellectual pretentiousness pumped into her over the years by Arthur Miller, and 'The Method'. She was, to begin with, a fairly normal little sexpot with exploitable curves, and a certain natural talent. I am sure that all the idiocies of her last few years, always being late on the set, etc., plus over-publicity and too many theoretical discussions about acting, were the result of all this constant analysis of every line in every part she had to play, and a desperate longing to be 'intellectual' without the brain to achieve it. It is a sad comment on contemporary values that a beautiful, famous and wealthy young woman of thirty-six should capriciously kill herself for want of a little self-discipline and horse-sense. Judy [Garland] and Vivien [Leigh] in their different ways are in the same plight. Too much too soon and too little often.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Hello to our military in Iraq and elsewhere and their families

Personal greetings to you all. I know you all sacrifice for a noble cause ... the defense of our precious, precious country .... a country that our ancestors have sacrificed dearly for ... either in their history or for their efforts to get here ... we are truly blessed ... our elite and their puppet politicians forget that ... but WE don't and so I'd like to extend personal greetings, thank-yous, and a pledge to stay the course regardless of the internal and external obstacles ... just remember ... Washington, New York and Los Angeles do not define who WE truly are! EVERYTHING CAN BE CHANGED THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS -- WHY DO YOU THINK THEY ARE SO SATISFIED WITH THE PHONY TWO PARTY SYSTEM AND THE APATHETIC LOW VOTER TURNOUT .... THEY FEAR THE MASSES ... IN EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD ... WHATEVER YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH NOW ... CHANNEL THE ENERGY AND FRUSTRATION INTO CHANGING THE SYSTEM ... EMPOWER THE MASSES ... SPOIL THEIR DAY .... AS THE SAYING GOES, "DON'T GET MAD, GET EVEN!!!!!!!"


By Pastor Chuck Baldwin,

Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, "Ignorant and free has never been and never will be." He is right, of course. Furthermore, this simple proverb may best explain the cause of America's rush to moral and political destruction.

Under our form of government, an informed and educated electorate is essential. There can be no lasting freedom without it. All of our public and private institutions derive their shape and sustenance from people. Every single one of them.

People sit on court juries and staff government bureaucracies. They become our sheriffs, lawyers, and judges. They write our newspapers and magazines and man our television talk shows and news desks. They teach in our schools and in our Sunday Schools.

In America, "we the people" are the government; we are the authority! Nothing happens in this country except that "we the people" promote it, finance it, or at least, allow it to happen.

It's time then that "we the people" started taking responsibility for the mess we have made of our country! It's time to stop blaming the Democrats or the Republicans or anyone else in Washington, D.C. Our nation is exactly where the people have taken it.

Furthermore, the nation is exactly where the people want it to be. I'll say it again, the nation is exactly where the people want it to be. If it wasn't, the people would do something to change it. That they don't proves they are content with life as it is.

Americans today are content to be ignorant about the abuses committed by their elected leaders. They are content to be ignorant about what is really going on Iraq and in over one hundred other countries where American troops are putting their lives on the line to protect the elite's Brave New World. They are content to be taxed to the point of financial ruin. They are content to have their public schools deteriorate into elaborate (and dangerous) baby-sitting services. They are content to listen to the propaganda that emanates from both CNN and Rush Limbaugh.

Beyond that, the American people today are intoxicated with sports and recreation to the point that they have become slaves to it. The best that many of our husbands and fathers can do is to bury themselves in front of the television set all weekend and get drunk while rooting for their favorite sports celebrities. Some do more than that, of course.

Some people work all week so they can follow their favorite college football team to wherever they are playing. Understand that this goes on for as long as the season lasts. The time, money, and energy that goes into such fanaticism is incalculable.

Sports in America has become more than a past-time. It is a religion. It is a religion that demands countless hours and financial contributions from its worshippers. More than that, sports (and many other distractions) have become an excuse for freeborn men and women to acquiesce their God-given responsibility to be a knowledgeable and informed citizenry capable of self-government.

Liberty requires more than putting a flag on a car window! Liberty requires that people are willing to educate themselves regarding the pressing issues of the day. It requires that people are willing to hold themselves, their children, and, yes, their elected leaders accountable to the eternal principles of right and wrong.

In fact, with no million dollar organizations, with no nationwide media campaigns, and with no political pundits telling them what to do, the American people ON THEIR OWN could vote into office anyone they wanted to.

For example, The Constitution Party's Presidential Nominee, Howard Phillips, was on the ballot in some 40 states during the 2000 elections. If every person in those 40 states who only voted for G.W. Bush because he was the "lesser of two evils" would have ON THEIR OWN pulled the lever for Phillips, he could have won that election! Yes, he could have!

The American people do not need the major media or the Limbaughs, Hannitys, or O'Reillys telling them what to do! All they need to do is spend a little time studying the issues for themselves, forming their own opinions, and then acting independently and courageously upon their own convictions. That recipe worked pretty well back in 1776, and it would work pretty well again in 2004.

However, as long as the American people are content to be cheaply entertained, content to be deceived by conscienceless politicians and their collaborators in the propaganda press, content to remain personally ignorant of America's founding principles and constitutional requirements of government, the words of Jefferson will come to haunt this nation as an ominous and self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Monday, August 04, 2003

Montana soldiers describe life in Iraq

There's the heat, the bugs, the absence of flushing toilets. But easing all those discomforts is the satisfaction that comes from helping a people long crushed under a brutal dictatorship, and the dream of, eventually, coming home. Such is the life of an American soldier in Iraq.

"My typical day is, well, in Baghdad, Iraq, there is no such thing as typical or average," Spc. Zach Routzahn, 27, of Lewistown wrote in a recent e-mail.

Routzahn and 39 other soldiers of the Bozeman-based 143rd Military Police Detachment left Bozeman in March and have been stationed in Baghdad since June 16. Their mission is restore the Iraqi Police Force, bringing law and order back to the war-torn country. The unit's soldiers haven't seen their families since leaving Montana during a late-night send off in March. But they keep in touch through e-mail, which is how the Chronicle contacted them with questions about life in Iraq.

"Every morning I am happy that I wake up," Routzahn wrote. "Every night I look at my cot like a long-lost friend that has been found. And somewhere in between I try to grab a meal, feel lucky I made it through another day and wonder when they are going to send me home."

The 143rd -- a division of the Montana National Guard -- lives in buildings that were once the palaces of Saddam Hussien's henchmen, which is far less luxurious than it sounds. The bombed-out buildings lacked electricity, running water and air conditioning when the soldiers first arrived.

"Not having the luxury of walking into a bathroom, turning on a light and using a toilet was terrible," Pfc. Chad Sichelstiel, 21, of Helena wrote. "We would have to walk down to a smelly latrine and every day we would have to burn human waste in a half-cut 50-gallon barrel."

Staff Sgt. Patrick F. Mulhill, 35, of Bozeman wrote: "Living in the building was hard in the beginning. All day long it was extremely hot. Sometimes at night it was cooler outside than inside.

"Most of the soldiers slept outside so they would at least have a breeze," Mulhill continued. "Myself, on the other hand, slept inside the building (less bugs). Before I would go to sleep, I would drink a liter of water (usually hot) and keep two more bottles next to my bed. I would sleep in two-hour blocks and wake up in a pool of sweat with a very dry mouth. I would drink half a bottle of water and try to go back to sleep."

Things eventually improved. Now the soldiers have air conditioning in their sleeping areas, refrigerators to cool water, portable showers and latrines. But they don't have privacy, with several soldiers sharing a room.

Training mission

Part of the unit's mission is to act as police in a capital that was plagued by widespread looting during first few days after major fighting ended. However, their major responsibility is to retrain Iraq's police force and resupply police officers with uniforms and weapons.

"The relationship between us and the IPS (Iraq Police Service) is a work in progress," Spc. Randy Eppinger, 26, of Billings wrote. "By this I mean we are still trying to establish trust between us, while at the same time trying to paint a more positive image of the IPS and ourselves for the public. At times I'll ask myself why are we here, but then I see an IPS officer in uniform keeping the streets safe and I know that I helped renew

Staff Sgt. Larry W. Bowman, 51, of Great Falls wrote: "Iraqi Police officers, although not accustomed to a structured police system, as we know it in the U.S.A., are for the most part eager to learn law enforcement operations. ... (E)ven though a language barrier exists between many MPs and Iraqi Police officers, the use of interpreters on site at police stations seems to bridge this gap and assist with the flow of communication."

Longing for home

Days are long and hard for the soldiers, but they do have some leisure time.

"In our free time, mostly we read books, listen to CDs, play video games and watch movies," Sgt. Brian Biesemeyer, 29, of Shelby wrote. "We're a lot like a kid who's been grounded.

"We also talk about home and our families and what's in the news," he added. "I also try to go to the chapel whenever I can."

Some soldiers took issue with the media portrayal of war and subsequent military occupation.

"All you see on the news in Iraq is what went wrong or what attacks have happened to U.S. troops," Staff Sgt. Erik Pedersen, 31, of Billings wrote. "What you do not see is what we are doing to get this country back in order."

What is lost between here and there, Sgt. Michael Boller, 23, of Billlings said, "is the face of the Iraqi civilian. I'm not talking about the Regime, or the soldiers who fought against us. I'm talking about the people who drive to work everyday hoping to be paid so they can feed their families. The man who was aware of the war going on behind him and hoping that it would also set a new standard for him and his family's future. Television focuses on the wreckage of a HUMMWV (a Humvee) instead of the soldier giving a small child a handshake."

The greatest longing for soldiers is the road home. So far, there's no word on when they'll come back.

"I would have to say that being free to do as you wish is what I miss most," Sgt. Tim Wyckoff, 44, of Deer Lodge wrote. "At home, you can run to the store, go to a movie or out to dinner without worrying about being shot at. We take a lot for granted living in the United States."

Sgt. Matthew Nilan, 32, a Montana Highway Patrol officer from Livingston, agreed.

He misses "the most obvious -- my wife, my family, my friends and coworkers and my dog," he wrote. "I also miss all the little things that we take for granted. ... I miss everything about home."

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Saturday, August 02, 2003


Q: Thank you, sir. Since taking office you signed into law three major tax cuts -- two of which have had plenty of time to take effect, the third of which, as you pointed out earlier, is taking effect now. Yet, the unemployment rate has continued rising. We now have more evidence of a massive budget deficit that taxpayers are going to be paying off for years or decades to come; the economy continues to shed jobs. What evidence can you point to that tax cuts, at least of the variety that you have supported, are really working to help this economy? And do you need to be thinking about some other approach?

PRESIDENT BUSH : Yes. No, to answer the last part of your question. First of all, let me -- just a quick history, recent history. The stock market started to decline in March of 2000. Then the first quarter of 2001 was a recession. And then we got attacked in 9/11. And then corporate scandals started to bubble up to the surface, which created a -- a lack of confidence in the system. And then we had the drumbeat to war. Remember on our TV screens -- I'm not suggesting which network did this -- but it said, "March to War," every day from last summer until the spring -- "March to War, March to War." That's not a very conducive environment for people to take risk, when they hear, "March to War" all the time.

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More than 100 US soldiers in Iraq struck with pneumonia

08/02/03: (ABC Australia) The US Army has dispatched a team of medical experts to Iraq to investigate a spate of serious pneumonia cases among its troops.

Military officials say two soldiers have died of the pneumonia and more than 100 are ill.

Army medical authorities say they are concerned because the pneumonia is attacking healthy, young soldiers, which means it is likely to be a virulent strain.

Authorities say there is no evidence of chemical, biological, or environmental toxins involved in the troops' illness, and SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] has also been ruled out.

Postings to ponder


Dear Tashi and Keith,
I disagree with the Buddhists. IGNORANCE isn't the problem--you can always be informed. But the problem is STUPIDITY. Practically I define it as "willful ignorance" (usually "in flagrant disregard of other's rights") in addition to its etymology. This makes the problem more tractable, imho--but the strength of will in the majority of our species is lamentably low. Unless, that is, something fixes our attention. But we are so easily distracted as a species, AND refuse to think in terms of the long-term. Try this experiment: ask random individuals, "Does the Earth go around the sun, or the sun go around the Earth?" Try not to be shocked or too disappointed!
Yours, Brian.