11-30-03 U.S. casualties near 10,000 in Iraq Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops have been killed, wounded, injured or become ill enough to require evacuation from Iraq since the war began, the equivalent of almost one Army division, according to the Pentagon.
11-30-03 Sharon's secret plan to remove Palestinians from Israel Israel's hard-line prime minister, Ariel Sharon, has ordered his intelligence chiefs and defense forces to prepare a secret plan to drive 'hundreds of thousands' of Palestinians out of the West Bank. They would be deported to the no-man's land in southern Lebanon. The area is a desolate landscape with freezing conditions in winter and broiling temperatures in summer. There is scant soil to produce food. Water is also scarce in the region."
11-30-03 Does al-Qaeda exist? "Every day since the 9/11 attacks of 2001 there have been media reports about al-Qaeda - its leaders, members, capabilities, bank accounts, reach and threat. What is this al-Qaeda? Does such a group even exist? Some terrorism experts doubt it. Adam Dolnik and Kimberly McCloud reckon it's time we 'defused the widespread image of al-Qaeda as a ubiquitous, super-organised terror network and call it as it is: a loose collection of groups and individuals that doesn't even refer to itself as al-Qaeda.'"
11-30-03 Radicals gain in N. Ireland elections "Hard-line parties made strong gains in elections for the Legislature in Northern Ireland after a ballot count that lasted two days and could continue late into this evening. The results point to a polarized outcome that many fear will make it difficult to resuscitate the local government that shares power between Protestants and Roman Catholics." Paisley defiant on future Ian Paisley, the Democratic Unionist Party leader, has said that he would not be rushing into negotiations with the British Government or Sinn Fein following his unprecedented electoral victory in Northern Ireland last week. Related article
11-30-03 Flashback: Magdalene Sisters movie smears Catholics, but controlled news media lets it slide "No major press coverage is given to the question of whether it may cause 'anti-Catholicism,' Catholic holocaust, persecution, etc." The Magdalene Sisters: Anti-Catholic propaganda This is a game that can be played with any demographic group and with any institution. Just gather all the dirty laundry, pack it tightly, and present it as if it were reality. Maligning Mel Gibson "The following quotes represent some of the most unfair statements on Mel Gibson and his film, "The Passion of Christ." The selections in each category are in reverse chronological order."
11-29-03 A prisoner of panic after 9-11 "Benamar Benatta sits in a whitewashed cell, lost in a post-Sept. 11 world. Jailed the night of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the Algerian air force lieutenant with an expired visa has spent the past 26 months in federal prisons, much of that time in solitary confinement -- even though the FBI formally concluded in November 2001 that he had no connection to terrorism."
11-29-03 Feminists and partial birth abortion Why they can't admit that most women support the ban.
11-29-03 Recipe For Terror: Assassinated Reuters Cameraman Uncovered Evidence of Mass US Casualties in Iraq "Mazen Dana, the Award winning Reuters camera man, shot dead by US troops whilst filming outside Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison in August - with full permission and press accreditation from the US Authorities in Baghdad - told his brother Nazmi, a chilling tale days before he died. 'Mazen told me by phone few days before his death that he discovered a mass grave dug by U.S. troops to conceal the bodies of their fellow comrades killed in Iraqi resistance attacks,' Nazmi said."
11-28-03 Conservatives take Bush to task on spending "Chris Edwards, director of fiscal policy at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the Bush record on spending has been a major disappointment. 'My impression of Bush is that I've never seen him give a speech in which he says government is too big and we need to cut costs,' Mr. Edwards said, pointing out that President Reagan vetoed 23 bills in his first three years in office, while Mr. Bush has yet to unsheathe his veto pen."
11-28-03 The new alchemy—turning murder into suicide "The title is provocative, and is meant to be. When the slant put on the reporting of a case almost guarantees a suicide 'verdict,' it is important to focus on the players who seed this interpretation. In the Kelly case, journalists in the mainstream media promoted a suicide bias from the beginning, but many of their cues were taken from professional figures at the Hutton Inquiry."
11-28-03 Canada prepares to enforce Islamic law Canadian judges soon will be enforcing Islamic law, or Sharia, in disputes between Muslims, possibly paving the way to one day administering criminal sentences, such as stoning women caught in adultery.
11-28-03 Pat Buchanan:
Why do the neocons hate Dixie so? "What is it in the wiring of these
neocons that they so loathe white Southerners who cherish the monuments, men and
memories of the Lost Cause?" See related stories in our archives from 11-6-03.
11-27-03 For Lieberman, Jewishness key but doesn't tell whole story "When Joseph Lieberman was 10 years old, bouncing a basketball through the house, the family rabbi told his mother, 'He will never amount to anything.' 'I laughed at him,” Marcia Lieberman recalls. 'What would you say to your rabbi who said that?'”
11-27-03 Decades of Shame A short history of the American Civil Liberties Union
11-27-03 Votescam: Our last stand "The corruption of the American voting system demands our urgent attention. The scam has come about through the devious introduction of electronic voting systems that leave no verifiable footprints or paper trail. This is clearly not an oversight or mistake, but an attempt to intentionally introduce equipment whose vote tallies can be altered without any possibility of detection. It is the perfect crime."
11-27-03 75% of U.S. budget is for "Welfare State"! "The United States started out as the "Freedom Nation" when it adopted the finest Constitutional Republic in the history of civilization. That was right after the successful American Revolution ended. Our Constitutional Republic worked quite well until the 20th Century, when socialism started sweeping across Europe and then into America under President Franklin Roosevelt’s 'New Deal.'"
11-26-03 U.S. reduces loan guarantees to Israel "The Bush administration decided Tuesday to reduce U.S. loan guarantees to Israel by $289.5 million as a way of registering its disapproval of Israeli actions on the West Bank." (Real News 24/7: Sounds good at first, but, despite the reduction, Israel will still be "loaned" a whopping $710.9 million [not to mention other Federal aid packages]; if the President wanted to voice serious displeasure with the Sharon regime's behavior, he could have cut off the "loan" entirely. The quotation of Daniel Ayalon, Israeli's Ambassador to the United States, makes it clear that the move wasn't considered all that big a deal in Tel Aviv, yet still it remains to be seen how much this will negatively impact Bush's re-election bid. [Yes, Israel can live with the reduced amount, but that's a far cry from saying it doesn't matter at all. And rest assured, Zionists on both sides of the Atlantic won't forget this! In their minds, Bush had better do something that more than makes up for this slight if he wants four more years in the White House.])
11-26-03 Federal Marriage Amendment introduced in Senate "Three Republicans introduced a Federal Marriage Amendment in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The proposed constitutional amendment defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman."
11-26-03 Americans think Hell exists, but no one goes there "Does the modern man still believe that there is life after death? Or in a Heaven and Hell? It may come as a surprise to many, as it did to me, to hear that an overwhelming majority of Americans say that they believe in a life after death, as well as the existence of Heaven and Hell."
11-26-03 In Denial—Frontpage Magazine interviews authors of new scholarly exposé Managing Editor Jamie Glazov talks to Professors John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr about their new book, In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage, which seeks to show "how the leftist academic establishment has ignored, denied and distorted the evidence that has come out of the former Soviet archives about the Cold War and American communism."
11-26-03 Billy Graham views The Passion of Christ "Renowned evangelist Billy Graham has screened Mel Gibson's new film The Passion of the Christ and says the movie moved him 'to tears.'"
11-26-03 Michael A. Hoffman II: Movie review—Master and Commander "Most notable of all its fine points, 'Master and Commander' is a study in character and heroism. The men (and boys) of the HMS Surprise are exemplars of the highest ideals of western manhood, of what it means to be a man in the core construct that stretches from Thermopylae to Trafalgar. This is a movie for fathers and sons (daughters too, if they are so inclined).¼"
11-26-03 University rescinds "hate speech" punishment "The president of Gonzaga University has rescinded punishment of the school's College Republicans club, which was taken to task for posting fliers with the book title Why the Left Hates America."
11-25-03 Israeli forces attack Jenin "Israeli forces have launched a fresh attack in eastern Jenin city, opening heavy fire randomly. The forces surrounded a group of Palestinian houses in the area and searched them. They claimed they were looking for 'wanted Jenin activists,' eyewitnesses told our correspondent in Jenin." (Real News 24/7: Jenin is the location of a bloody massacre in April 2002 that was effectively covered up by our pro-Israeli government and news media—on our archives page, we uncover it!)
11-25-03 Leading Dems silent on "misuse" of Patriot Act" "While taking potshots at the Bush administration over the USA Patriot Act, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., apparently wants to retain the ability to jump either way on the issue, depending on whether there is another terrorist attack on U.S. soil or a backlash over civil liberties develops among the voters." (Real News 24?7: We put the word misuse in quotation marks to indicate that if the Act has ulterior ends,—such as the suppression of civil and political rights of average Americans behind the guise of fighting terrorism—then its only being misused as to its publicly stated goals.).
11-25-03 At least 17 U.S. troops have committed suicide in Iraq; Army seeks answers "Rebecca Suell wants answers, and not the ones the US Army is giving her. Why does the Army keep calling the last letter her husband sent to her, the one he mailed from Iraq on June 15, a suicide note? Can taking a bottle of Tylenol really kill you? And how did he get his hands on a bottle of Tylenol in the middle of the desert anyway?"
11-25-03 Accusing Israel's critics of anti-Semitism will have dangerous consequences "...a man asked 'How can one support justice for the Palestinians without being branded anti-Semitic?' Before I had a chance to respond, a woman stood up and said 'So what if they call you anti-Semitic. The first time it may feel bad, but hey, trust me, you’ll get used to it. We all have!'"
11-25-03 Technology removes the need for human pilots "Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, are taking to the skies as military and civilian organizations turn to remote-operated planes or helicopters to perform tasks considered dull, dirty or dangerous. Already, drones have dropped bombs in the Middle East, snapped images of dangerous terrain from thousands of feet in the air and monitored traffic on congested roads." (Real News 24/7: On a number of occasions we have considered a scenario in which the 9-11 attacks were made by remotely controlled planes. This possibility has been ignored by the big news media despite the fact that the attacks fit the Mossad modus operandi to a tee. Here are some of those links and our radio ad [#4] on the subject.)
11-24-03 U.S. troops deaths reveal Iraqi resentment "The slaying of two U.S. soldiers and the mutilation of their bodies offended some in this neighborhood of dilapidated houses and potholed streets where the killing occurred. But few Iraqis were shocked by the brutality, and some even gloated. 'They are occupiers, and this is their punishment,'' truck driver Hisham Abed said Monday of the soldiers. `'The Americans make nothing but empty promises. There's no electricity, no gasoline and no work.'"
11-24-03 Gallup: 72% of teens say abortion wrong "'We're winning the struggle for hearts and minds,' Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told Baptist Press. 'The young people are more conservative than their parents.'" (Real News 24/7: Although the figures are encouraging, our hunch is that Dr. Land is taking way too much credit. Undoubtedly there are youths who hear and respond to the conservative Christian message on abortion, but how many? They aren't getting it from most churches today, which are either openly pro-abortion or, at best, wishy-washy in their 'opposition.' Nor are they getting it from public schools or pop culture. Most likely many of teens are rebelling against the status quo (parents, school, government, society in general, etc.), which, in many cases, they rightly see as aligned for abortion. Consequently, theirs may be more an anti-Establishment anti-abortion stand than a principled pro-life one. Nevertheless, the fact that they see abortion as immoral means that they will, in many cases, be open to hearing the Christian message.)
11-24-03 Outrage at unauthorized screening of Gibson film "Mel Gibson is reportedly consulting with lawyers after the New York Post newspaper obtained a bootlegged copy of his controversial film The Passion Of Christ and screened it for a news story." (Real News 24/7: While Mel Gibson contemplates a lawsuit, Hollywood is expressing outrage and, as reported elsewhere, Federal agencies are also looking into the matter for possible ethics violations, the latest edition of Jewsweek magazine has named the Post as one of the winners of its "Jewriffic Awards" [given weekly for the "most remarkable things in Jewish culture"]. The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid won for "best use of journalism skills" in obtaining the illegal copy of Mel's movie. Now praise of dishonesty ought to make decent Jews ashamed of and furious at their amoral co-religionists, since this award, connecting as it does unethical journalism with "Jewish culture," is precisely the sort of stereotype favored by those with anti-Jewish attitudes. We have declined to link to Jewsweek for this item because of an immodest photo that was carried on the same page.)
11-24-03 America's tradition of non-interventionism During his run for President in 2000, Pat Buchanan observed: "How can all our meddling not fail to spark some horrible retribution … Have we not suffered enough – from PanAm 103, to the World Trade Center [bombing of 1993], to the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam – not to know that interventionism is the incubator of terrorism? Or will it take some cataclysmic atrocity on U.S. soil to awaken our global gamesmen to the going price of empire? America today faces a choice of destinies. We can choose to be a peacemaker of the world, or its policeman who goes about night-sticking troublemakers until we, too, find ourselves in some bloody brawl we cannot handle."
11-24-03 9-11 panel pledged secrecy to New York The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks promised two months ago to keep secret the names and other personal details revealed in transcripts of emergency calls made by New Yorkers on the day of the terrorist strikes, according to a letter disclosed yesterday. (Real News 24/7: Is this really concern for confidentiality or is it cover-up? While efforts to preserve privacy is understandable, the anonymity can also allow for fictional scenarios to be invented to fit an agenda.)
11-24-03 Charley Reese: Former heads of Israeli security speak out "Four former heads of Israeli security, speaking in Israel, have warned the government that failure to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians will lead to catastrophe. These men are not some starry-eyed peaceniks. They are all former heads of Shin Bet, Israel's secret police, which makes the FBI look like the Boy Scouts. You can be sure these men are not motivated by any compassion for the Palestinians.¼"
11-24-03 Woman in sub-zero temps "saved by angels" "How did Mischelle Hileman survive a weeklong ordeal in the Oregon wilderness, stranded in subzero temperatures without a winter coat or matches to start a fire? She says two angels stayed with her each night, emanating warmth and light."
11-23-03 Democrats OK Michigan Internet voting "The Michigan Democratic Party's plan to allow Internet voting in its presidential caucus won approval Saturday from national Democrats. Opponents said online balloting is not secure and discriminates against poor and minority voters who are less likely to own a computer." Related column "For their part, Michigan Republicans have no interest in using the Net. 'There does not exist the assurance of security that would indicate every vote is indeed sacred,' said Greg McNeilly, executive director of the Michigan GOP. 'I think this is an unfortunate trend away from the public square.'"
Internet voting: End of the American Republic? "'The voter has absolutely no control over the vote cast once it leaves his own computer system,' writes Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, one of the nation's leading experts in computer voting technology. 'He cannot check whether it has been subverted on the way to the count...(there are) problems with all forms of remote voting include the dangers of coercion, vote selling and impersonation. The Internet introduces additional authentication issues.'" Dr. Mercuri's Electronic Voting page
Ontario test first e-voting in Canada "As voters across Ontario headed to the polls today to elect their municipal leaders, a technological first was quietly taking place in the easternmost reaches of the province."
Internet and electronic voting "A recurring mantra heard from some entities involved in the development and promotion of Internet-based voting systems is that they have conducted 'public tests' and thus their systems are secure. If hackers don't break into such systems, the tests are declared a success. This is of course illogical on its face, because it seems unlikely that people (both U.S. and internationally based) with an interest in subverting the U.S. election process would care to tip their hands by participating in what are essentially publicity stunts."
Internet voting for military open invitation to election fraud "Potentially, 6 million U.S. military and civilian voters could soon be using the military's new online voting system. According to computer voting security experts, any online system will be easy to rig by company insiders and vulnerable to attack by outsiders. Apart from that reality, does the U.S. military really want a company owned by non-U.S. citizens in charge of their vote? Can anyone at the Pentagon spell 'national security'?"
after accusations of fixed election "Georgian President Eduard
Shevardnadze today announced his resignation after weeks of opposition
protests demanding that he step down over disputed parliamentary elections
earlier this month."
For more on election fraud and related issues, visit: Votefraud.org, Votescam.com, Blackbox voting.com and The Risks Digest.
11-23-03 NYPD: Explosives vanish from airport "Police in New York City have issued a department-wide alert for officers to be on the lookout for missing explosives powerful enough to bring down a commercial jetliner."
11-23-03 F.B.I. scrutinizes antiwar rallies The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum.
11-23-03 Doctors groups say partial-birth abortion unnecessary, hurts women "A number of reputable doctors' groups say there is no medical reason for a pregnant woman to have a partial-birth abortion. In fact, such abortions, which are at the center of a national legal debate, can be dangerous to women who have them."
11-23-03 Joe Sobran: Pro-aborts' Orwellian language "Abortion advocates resist talking about what is being aborted: a kid. They call it a 'fetus,' which sounds like a technical medical term, nice and abstract. They also resist using the word kill, which is what abortion does to the kid. They prefer phrases like termination of pregnancy, a painless, bloodless euphemism. Why the evasions? Well, George Orwell explained it pretty well in his essay 'Politics and the English Language.' When people want to avoid conjuring up mental images of what they’re really talking about, they resort to the vague, the abstract, the Latinate to disguise the violence of the subject."
11-23-03 Syringe-injectable ID microchip unveiled "At a global security conference held today in Paris, an American company announced a new syringe-injectable microchip implant for humans, designed to be used as a fraud-proof payment method for cash and credit-card transactions."
Iraq police hit by deadly bombings " Iraqi insurgents Saturday launched
car bomb attacks against two Iraqi police stations north of Baghdad -- killing
at least 19 Iraqi police and civilians— and fired a
surface-to-air missile at a courier plane at Baghdad's airport, according to
U.S.-led coalition officials."
Army Is Planning for 100,000 GIs in Iraq till 2006 "Army planning
for Iraq currently assumes keeping about 100,000 United States troops there
through early 2006, a senior Army officer said Friday. The plans reflect the
concerns of some Army officials that stabilizing Iraq could be more difficult
than originally planned."
Iraq war will be long and costly, admits Rumsfeld "Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld has again acknowledged the war on terrorism will be long and
costly. Mr. Rumsfeld says that, in Iraq, despite fresh attacks, coalition forces
will ultimately succeed." (Real News 24/7: Support our troops—Bring
them home now!)
agrees to international control of its troops in Iraq
"The United States accepts that to avoid humiliating failure in Iraq it needs to bring its forces quickly under international control and speed the handover of power, Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief, has said. Decisions along these lines will be made in the 'coming days,' Mr Solana told The Independent." (Real News 24/7: How's this for un-Constitutional? Another ominous move towards the eventual [though not too eventual] implementation of world government, "our" traitorous leaders are divesting us of even more of our sovereignty. We must expose them for selling out our country, though the majority of Americans no longer seem to have a sense of outrage in even the most blatant violations of law. Dark, indeed, is our nation's future if things aren't righted soon.)
11-22-03 Ukraine marks great famine anniversary "Historians estimate that some seven million people died during the 1932-33 famine, which Ukrainians say was deliberately started by the then Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.¼On Friday, the Pulitzer Prize board said it would not revoke its 1932 prize awarded to a New York Times reporter accused of ignoring what Ukrainians call the man-made famine."
Black Famine in
Ukraine 1932-1933 "Ukraine, 'the breadbasket of Europe' is a land famous
for its fertile black earth and its golden wheat. Yet, only forty years ago
seven million Ukrainians starved to death although no natural catastrophe had
visited the land. Forty years ago the people starved while the Soviet Union
exported butter and grain. While Moscow banqueted, Ukraine hungered." (For more
on the subject, see our links from yesterday.)
Times can keep its 1932 Pulitzer "The Pulitzer Prize board decided yesterday not to revoke the 1932 award won by New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty (right), who denied the famine in Ukraine that killed millions." (Real News 24/7: It's a good thing he wasn't a "Holocaust denier" or there would have been real trouble!) Revoking Duranty's Pulitzer "In 1932, New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty, a shill for the Soviet Union, won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of the Ukrainian terror famine. Duranty’s role in covering up that atrocity — the systematic starvation by the Soviets of as many as 10 million people — was to retail the lies fed to him by Josef Stalin’s regime. The Soviet lies regurgitated by Duranty, and retailed by the Times to the public, helped grease the skids for U.S. diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union in 1933 — which in turn opened the spigots for aid and trade to the Communist behemoth." (Also follow the "September 8 issue" link provided there to read article, "Duranty lethal lies," if you haven't seen it already It can also be found in our archives for 11-9-03.) Here's another article we carried about him back on May 20.
11-21-03 Leaders approve plans for Iraq exit and seek help from the U.N. 'George Bush and Tony Blair approved plans for an exit strategy for Iraq yesterday but denied they would turn their backs on the Iraqi people by withdrawing coalition troops too quickly."(Real News 24/7: And what's the best way to prepare to exit a country? To hear Bush tell it, it might be by sending in more troops.)
11-21-03 U.K. targets in Istanbul attacked; Consul among 27 dead "Britain's The Foreign Office warned today that more terrorist attacks are being planned in Turkey and urged British citizens not to travel to any major city in the country." (Real News 24/7: Looks like these people have a point!)
11-21-03 Israel sends bad check to family of British activist shot by I.D.F. "A Defense Ministry check, sent 'without any admission of liability by the State of Israel and/or the Ministry of Defense' to the family of a International Solidarity Mission volunteer shot by an Israel Defense Forces soldier, bounced when the family tried to cash it earlier this week. The ISM volunteer was rendered incapacitated as a result of the gunshot wounds sustained last April. " (Real News 24/7: We wish we could say this surprised us, but it is all far too typical of the behavior exhibited in those quarters.)
11-21-03 Appeals court reinstates wrongful death suit against gun industry "A federal appeals court Thursday reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against the gun industry in a decision expected to re-ignite debate over legislation immunizing gun makers from being sued for crimes committed with their products."
11-21-03 Seven million died in forgotten holocaust "Five years ago, I wrote about the unknown Holocaust in Ukraine. I was shocked to receive a flood of mail from young Americans and Canadians of Ukrainian descent telling me that until they read my column, they knew nothing of the 1932-33 genocide in which Josef Stalin's Soviet regime murdered seven million Ukrainians and sent two million more to concentration camps." More on Ukrainian forced famine.
11-20-03 Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack "Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government." (Real News 24/7: Thanks for the ominous prediction, General. Is this an example of what Michael Hoffman calls "revelation of the method," in this case prepping the people's psyches for what is being planned?)
11-20-03 U.S. hid vital war data from allies "Australian officers were denied access to critical US intelligence during the Iraq war, potentially putting their lives at risk, under a policy described by a senior US Air Force intelligence officer as 'd--- silly.'"
11-20-03 Ford Foundation Stops Funding Anti-Semitism, Keeps Funding Anti-Catholicism Noting that Anti-Defamation League has announced it has persuaded Ford Foundation to stop funding anti-Semitic organizations, Catholic League president William Donahue wants the foundation to end its financing of blatant anti-Catholicism. (Real News 24/7: Where's a quote from the ADL's Abe Fox condemning the Ford Foundation's anti-Catholicism? Well, he did comment on the Foundation's pledge to stop funding anti-Jewish groups, but nowhere in his statement is there a single word on the subject. This is hypocrisy because the ADL's 1913 charter has the the following passage [posted on the group's website on the "About" page] "The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens." Emphasis added) The Ford Foundation's background of subversion In 1953, Foundation President Rowan Gaither told Congressional investigator Norman Dodd: “Mr. Dodd, all of us who have a hand in the making of policies here have had experience operating under directives, the substance of which is that we shall use our grant-making power so to alter life in the United States that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”
11-19-03 U.S., Israeli hawks worried over peace moves "Middle East peace activists are seeing rays of hope for the first time since pro-Likud neo-conservatives grabbed control of US policy toward the region after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon."
11-19-03 Mass. Gov. Romney fights ruling on same-sex marriage "Now that Massachusetts' highest court has declared that gay couples have the right to marry under the state constitution, the political debate begins over how the Legislature should react." (Real News 24/7: In a related story, President Flip-Flop has also expressed his "objection "to the ruling. Remember, this is the same man who cheers "gay" church after "Marriage Week". )
11-19-03 Maryland to pay criminals to behave themselves "An initiative to rehabilitate criminals instead of keeping them in prison will include paying parolees not to commit crimes, the Ehrlich administration said yesterday." (Real News 24/7: The latest episode of the popular long-running melodrama, A world gone insane.)
11-18-03 2004: Iraq--Election-conscious politicians will pull out "Last week the Bush Administration abruptly reversed course and began a pre-election plan to pull out of Iraq before our 2004 election. Clearly this White House - which had publicly denounced the efficacy of public opinion polls - is transfixed by the meteoric drop in both the President's approval ratings and in public support for the war in Iraq. And, wary of heading into next fall with GIs dying daily, the White House political operation has determined that Mr. Bush had to begin a withdrawal from Iraq."
11-18-03 Opposition to USA Patriot Act swells "Rebecca Foster couldn't believe it when a bank cited the USA Patriot Act and asked her and fellow homeowners association board members for their Social Security and driver's license numbers. 'They said they had to check us against a terrorist list,' said Foster, a grandmother whose five-member board oversees a Las Vegas community. 'That seemed kind of preposterous. None of us are terrorists.'"
11-18-03 Mass. ruling boosts same-sex "marriage" "In the nation's most far-reaching decision of its kind, Massachusetts' highest court declared Tuesday that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry - a ruling celebrated with a popping of champagne corks and the planning of spring weddings."
11-18-03 The Wal-Mart You Don't Know "The giant retailer's low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart's relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?"
11-17-03 Bush: U.S. in for the long haul "George Bush yesterday pledged that the United States was in Iraq for the long haul, as his military commanders stepped up the fight against insurgents, using a satellite-guided missile strike backed by helicopters and jet fighters to blitz a suspected guerrilla base."
11-17-03 Charley Reese:
"Former Secretary of State George Shultz talked with Charlie Rose a few weeks
ago and said this, or words to this effect, in defense of pre-emptive war.
'Well, if you knew someone intended to kill you and had the means to do so, you
wouldn't wait until they attacked. That would be silly,' said the grand pooh-bah
of the Eastern Establishment. Sounds sort of logical, but there's a big hitch.¼"
(Real News 24/7: Shultz is right, pre-emptive strikes are
permissible—it's called self-defense, but this holds true only if someone is
menacing you directly. To stop someone who's pointing a gun at you is one
thing; to kill him because you think he may have a gun hidden at home somewhere
is cannot be justified and it deemed murder if an individual does it. President
Bush said he we needed to invade Iraq, among other reasons, because Saddam
Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Today nearly eight months after we went
in, we have yet to find a smoking gun and some proponents of the war now concede
we probably never will. In other words, this "long haul" Bush talks about is the
result of an extremely unjust attack.)
Blasts Shatter Turks' Security "Attacks apparently aimed at Jews take highest toll on their Muslim allies." Turkish synagogue bombing --It's the Mossad, stupid!" "The bombings in Iraq against Iraqis and especially the most recent blasts in Saudi Arabia killing Arabs are both Mossad templates. For the most part, Arabs don't kill Arabs in bomb blasts if it can be avoided." Flashback: Israel plot to create a false Al-Qaeda cell The Al Qaeda in Palestine turns out to be Mossad. What if the same is true for the Al Qaeda in New York? "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information." -- US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.
Flashback: Israel's remote-controlled bulldozers rile Palestinians "Israelis help develop remote-controlled bulldozers to raze houses, claiming they will reduce human risks. But Palestinians fear more deaths from the machines." (Real News 24/7: Stop, you're both right! Palestinians should fear robots weighing several tons barreling at them, but Israelis drivers who now sit in front of a computer, won't need to fear being picked off by any militants.)
Postings from November 1st to 15th