Someone Take The Wheel
11.14.2003
   
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  The Poster Place

Need some fresh new posters for your upcoming protest? www.waketheworld.org has some doozies!

Some of my favorites:



 
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George Bush About to Be Toppled



The Twisted Remains of the Hated Despot

 
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  The Bush Not Welcome Pretzel Campaign

 
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  Up Your Bum

Bloggerheads: Welcome to the Hard Shell provides tips to our allies in the UK:

"Baring Your Bum

If you hear of a visit to your part of town or happen to see George W Bush, bare your arse in his general direction. Don't be afraid to wiggle it about a bit and maybe even spread your cheeks; this is a political statement you're making and you don't want to do things by halves, now do you?

-snip-

Using a More Modest Approach

If you're too shy to bare your arse or have any kind of difficulty in the trouser department, you may choose instead to use the following poster and wave this in his general direction instead. Clicking on the sample below will open a large version in a new window. (If this poster is not to your taste, there is a wide selection of alternatives available at waketheworld.org)"



 
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  "Who Cares What You Think?"

Soldier's father: Bush does not care

14 November 2003
The father of the youngest UK soldier killed in Iraq said today that George Bush was meeting the families of British troops purely for his own gain after the US President announced he would tell them their loved ones died for a "noble cause".

Robert Kelly, whose 18-year-old son Private Andrew Kelly was killed in a shooting accident in Basra, said Mr Blair and Mr Bush did not care about the deaths of British troops.

He said: "For these people to meet families, it is only for their own gain. They are not sympathetic towards people like me. They don't really care that my son lost his life.


 
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  Bush Gives Troops The Finger

Remember when we reported that Bush vowed to give up sweets until the boys came home from Iraq? And then how we reported that he was a lying scumbag who couldn't tell the truth if you paid him to and was munching on butterscotch candies on the way back from Australia? Well, here's more proof that the Prez doesn't think much of our fine fightin' men in Eye-rack:

C is for Cowboy Cookies, as the Bush family calls them. First Lady Laura Bush asks the White House kitchens to bake a whole tinload for the President before he travels overseas. The cookies are based on Mrs Bush's very own recipe. He eats them before he goes to bed, apparently.  
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  Sugarland is the Fifth Level of Hell

In case you missed it in the comments, one of our faithful readers reminds me that not only is Sugarland Texas the Fourth Level of Hell, home to Tom Delay, Hatfield, Schoedinger and the right-wing family values child-molester radio hack, but also:

"Sugarland is also where Cliff Baxter, former Enron VP who was about to testify, was "suicided" too!"

Thanks to uhClem for the reminder!

 
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  US War Dead in Iraq Exceeds Early Vietnam Years

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. death toll in Iraq (news - web sites) has surpassed the number of American soldiers killed during the first three years of the Vietnam War, the brutal Cold War conflict that cast a shadow over U.S. affairs for more than a generation.

A Reuters analysis of Defense Department statistics showed on Thursday that the Vietnam War, which the Army says officially began on Dec. 11, 1961, produced a combined 392 fatal casualties from 1962 through 1964, when American troop levels in Indochina stood at just over 17,000.

By comparison, a roadside bomb attack that killed a soldier in Baghdad on Wednesday brought to 397 the tally of American dead in Iraq, where U.S. forces number about 130,000 troops -- the same number reached in Vietnam by October 1965.

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Larger still is the number of American casualties from the broader U.S. war on terrorism, which has produced 488 military deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan (news - web sites), the Philippines, Southwest Asia and other locations.



 
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  It's Caption Time


"Youuuuuuuu give meeeeeee moooooooore mooooooooooney" 
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Presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., makes his entrance by driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle onstage to a welcome from "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, at right, at NBC studios in Burbank, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) 
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  Uh. Oh.

Somebody please tell me why this is a good thing. Isn't this sort of like admitting you're not going to raise very much money from your supporters/the public in general?



AP reports:

Clark opts to stick with public funds

Democratic hopeful Wesley K. Clark, who flirted with the idea of skipping public financing of his campaign despite a late fund-raising start, announced yesterday he will stay within the system. The decision means Clark will be limited to $45 million in overall primary spending and will face state-to-state spending caps. He will be eligible for up to about $19 million in government funding for his campaign. Clark, who started his campaign in late September, raised $3.5 million in the first two weeks. He expects to raise at least $6 million in the current fund-raising quarter, which runs from October through December. That would have him finishing the year with less than half the amount that money front-runners Howard Dean and John F. Kerry have raised.



 
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  And The Culprits Appear

I'll bet you 10 million dollars that the little whiny fucks are going follow Dean around until he loses to Clark, trying to imply that Dean's a racist. Luckily, we already know who the party of bigots and racists is.

Students carry Confederate flag to Dean appearance

HANOVER, N.H. --
A group of students who attended Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean's appearance at Dartmouth College on Thursday unveiled Confederate flags as he was introduced.

The group of about nine students, whom fellow students and Dean campaign staffers identified as conservative activists, did not otherwise disrupt the former Vermont governor's speech about paying for higher education. And Dean did not acknowledge them or refer to controversy surrounding his recent remark that he wanted to attract voters with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.

 
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  Flash Point

Having lived in the deep South, I understand, I really do, why the Confederate flag is a flash point. Those who claim they're merely honoring their heritage while displaying a deeply offensive symbol of division and hatred are merely using another form of "code words" for racial venom.

But this thing with Dean is just going way too far. C'mon people, the man's messed up and said way stupider things than this. The problem is this is an easy target. For shame.

Some pranksters are now trying to fob this off as coming from the Dean campaign:

 
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  Please Tumble 4 Me

Hey Boy George (no, not the one who lives in the white house), go keep Ralph Nader company, would you? I hear he's lonely 'cos no one will talk to him.

 
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  Coming Home To Roost

Atrios tells us that the cry-baby whiners are getting their own back. I love it when the bad guys get caught AND called on it:

"With evident delight, Reid also quoted from a GOP email that Democrats had somehow acquired that day.

It is important to double your efforts to get your boss to S-230 on time. Fox News channel is really excited about the marathon. Britt [sic] Hume at 6 would love to open the door to all our 51 Senators walking on to the floor. The producer wants to know, will we walk in exactly at 6:02 when the show starts so we can get it live to open Britt Hume's show? Or, if not, can we give them an exact time for the walk-in start?


Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin then asked Reid, with a funny faux-earnestness, whether "we [will] get updates from time to time how Fox News would like to orchestrate the rest of this?" "Perhaps so," Reid replied with a smile. "If not, maybe we could check with the Federalist Society, which, coincidentally, is starting their convention tomorrow." This was masterful stuff. Later in the night I would overhear one irked Republican staffer mutter to another "How did they get that email?" " 
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11.13.2003
  Miller Likens Car Wreck to The Holocaust

Oh that's right, sorry, it was the Democratic filibuster to a lynching. Sorry. Someone Takes the Wheel regrets the error.
 
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  Marc Perkel reports: Here's What Time Magazine Doesn't Want You to Know

Mr. Perkel says: "Fairly recently, Time pulled the essay off of their site... If you go to the table of contents for the issue in which the essay appeared (2 March 1998), "Why We Didn't Remove Saddam" is conspicuously absent."

Here it is:

"Why We Didn't Remove Saddam"

George Bush and Brent Scowcroft
Time (2 March 1998)

The end of effective Iraqi resistance came with a rapidity which surprised us all, and we were perhaps psychologically unprepared for the sudden transition from fighting to peacemaking. True to the guidelines we had established, when we had achieved our strategic objectives (ejecting Iraqi forces from Kuwait and eroding Saddam's threat to the region) we stopped the fighting. But the necessary limitations placed on our objectives, the fog of war, and the lack of "battleship Missouri" surrender unfortunately left unresolved problems, and new ones arose.

We were disappointed that Saddam's defeat did not break his hold on power, as many of our Arab allies had predicted and we had come to expect. President Bush repeatedly declared that the fate of Saddam Hussein was up to the Iraqi people. Occasionally, he indicated that removal of Saddam would be welcome, but for very practical reasons there was never a promise to aid an uprising. While we hoped that popular revolt or coup would topple Saddam, neither the U.S. nor the countries of the region wished to see the breakup of the Iraqi state. We were concerned about the long-term balance of power at the head of the Gulf. Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different--and perhaps barren--outcome.
 
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  Because I Can

 
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  D'Oh! I Should Have Done My Homework!

If you read through the entire article I quoted the other day about Bush's drug problem, it becomes apparent that the author is referring to Bush the first. It must have been the part about clouded judgment, foreclosure of careful analysis, supreme confidence and then panicky unnameable dread, truly terrifying forgetfulness, etc. that confused me.

Someone Take The Wheel regrets the error. 
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  Woo Hoo! Chalk One Up for "The Rule of Law"!

Alabama's nine-member Court of Judiciary removed Roy Moore from his position as chief justice for defiance of a federal judge's order to move his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state courthouse.

 
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  What's This?

Covering up info? Firing those who disagree with you? The Bush Administration? The man of honor and dignitude? Gasp! I just don't believe it. And nothing you say will make me believe it so don't go trying any of those inconvenient little fact thingies on me either.

Dirty business

How Bush and his coal industry cronies are covering up one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

Nov. 13, 2003 | INEZ, Ky. -- There aren't many people in the United States who have as much experience with rock-and-earth dams and coal slurry impoundments as Jack Spadaro, a distinguished mining engineer who's been working in federal regulatory agencies for almost 30 years. That's why he was selected to be one of eight members of an accident investigation team to determine the causes of the nation's largest coal slurry spill at the Martin County Coal Company in Inez, Kt., on Oct. 11, 2000.

A coal slurry impoundment is a reservoir of thick liquid waste from coal processing that is constructed by damming the mouth of a valley with rock and earth. To residents living near these impoundments, they are disasters waiting to happen. The EPA called the Inez spill the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the Eastern United States. Far more extensive in damage than the widely known 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, the Martin County Coal slurry spill dumped an estimated 306 million gallons of toxic sludge down 100 miles of waterways.

Jack Spadaro has made it his life's work to figure out why these spills happen and how to stop them. But right now he is awaiting final word from officials at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), a wing of the U.S. Department of Labor that is a lead regulatory agency for the coal industry, as to whether he will retain his job as the superintendent of the National Mine Safety and Health Academy, MSHA's training facility. His superiors are accusing him of a raft of misbehaviors -- including "abusing his authority" and "failing to follow instructions." But as far as he's concerned, the reason he's facing dismissal is very simple: He's been in hot water since January 2001 -- when Bush administration officials took control of the Martin County Coal investigation.  
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  Speechless.

Can you even imagine for one second what the howls of outrage would have sounded like had our last legally elected President, The Big Dog Bill Clinton been in office? We'd all be deaf.

National Guard pay delayed, denied

By Lisa Myers and the NBC Investigative Team

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 — Soldiers with the National Guard are already under the gun in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now a new government report claims that while the troops are fighting far from home, red tape is preventing many of them from being paid...

“This is well beyond anything I could ever imagine,” said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., “I would like to think if we send people off to war that we’re not going to have them worry about whether their home is going to be taken because they can’t pay their mortgage.”

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In one Colorado unit, soldiers had their checks docked, to pay off $48,000 each in debt they did not owe...

Wednesday night the Pentagon said only that it’s aware of the problem, agrees with the report, and is working to fix the system.

 
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  Great graphic on blah3 today:

 
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  Oh. My. God.

This just takes the cake. Get ready. Here comes the real propaganda.

It's Bagh-SPAN: Bremer Bunch Will Broadcast

by Joe Hagan

Live from Baghdad, fair, balanced and direct, it's Bush TV.

The Coalition Provisional Authority running Iraq, created by the Bush administration, dissatisfied with the American television news decisions on covering the conflict, is about to create its own broadcast operation, with the capacity to bypass the networks, live from Iraq, 24 hours a day..."

 
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  The New Fascism

This has got to be the work of Lynn Cheney:

"A bipartisan bill proposing to give the federal government expanded oversight over the nation's federally-financed international studies programs has drawn sharp criticism from Yale professors. If the bill, which is working its way through Congress, passes, one of the institutions it will affect is the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, or YCIAS.

The International Studies in Higher Education Act would create a government advisory board to monitor curricula in federally-funded foreign language and area studies programs. The legislation, which was drafted by Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., passed in the House of Representatives on Oct. 21. The bill has moved to the Senate, which is expected to consider the legislation later this year and in early 2004."


The bill calls for the creation of a government advisory board to "monitor, apprise and evaluate" curricula at institutions such as YCIAS, with the goal of recommending "improvement" of the program.
Political science professor Richard Marcus said the bill ushers in "McCarthyism for the new millennium."

"It's more than just a violation of academic freedom," Marcus said. "Even an academic governing board would be problematic in telling other academics what to do, but people from outside the academic world -- people from the intelligence community -- telling what can go on in a classroom, that's where it gets scary."

 
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  Dueling Headlines

Let's Play Sesame Street: Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other?

Poll: Bush Approval Rating on Economy Up
Mortgage Applications Match June 2002 Low
Dollar Falls as Data Fails to Impress
Trade Deficit Widens, Jobless Claims Rise

 
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  Bush Tries The Ol' Reverse Psychology - Tells London 'Bring 'Em On!'

Why do I think he's somehow less than sincere? Note how he still can't help telling people what they should think.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said Thursday he welcomes the massive protests expected in London during his visit next week because "I don't expect everybody in the world to agree with the positions I've taken."

"I'm so pleased to be going to a country which says that people are allowed to express their minds," Bush said. "That's fantastic. Freedom is a beautiful thing."
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"The fact that people are willing to come and express themselves - I'm going to a great country," Bush said during a brief question-and-answer session in the Oval Office.

While saying that people don't have to agree with him, Bush said, "But certainly they should agree with the goals of the United States, which is peace and freedom."


 
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  Declare Yourself

"...Television producer Norman Lear said the campaign, called Declare Yourself, will use entertainment, education and the Internet to inspire Americans ages 18 to 29 to register and vote. Despite his liberal reputation, Lear said the voter drive is nonpartisan.

"If you get a youngster to vote at 18, the chances are much greater that that individual will be a lifetime voter," Lear said. "So there will be every effort to make turning 18 a rite of passage."

Joined at a Washington news conference by actress Drew Barrymore, who will be a spokeswoman for the project, Lear said the effort has already raised $27 million in private and corporate donations...."
 
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Tell Your Friends!


*My boyfriend* Is a Rock Star!

How do I know? Why he's in Rolling Stone, of course:

.... I went to the Pentagon nine days after the attacks and called on a man with three stars who used to work for me. He said, "Sir, I have to ask you, have you heard the joke going through the halls?" I said, "No, what is it?" He said, "It goes like this: If Saddam Hussein didn't do 9/11, too bad. He should have, 'cause we're going to get him anyway." He looked at me, and I looked at him, and we both knew that it would be a classic mistake if we did that. ....

.... I was relieved when we attacked Afghanistan, but I went back to the Pentagon as that war was going on, and this same guy said to me, "Oh, yes, sir, not only is it Afghanistan. There's a list of countries. We're not that good at fighting terrorists, so we're going after states: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Iran. There's a five-year plan." From that moment on, I couldn't believe anymore that I was just a retired general of the United States Army. I saw something wrong, but I couldn't get anyone to listen, so I started to speak out last September in a vocal way. ....

.... When I was a thirty-year-old Army major, I was sent to Washington, where they put me in the Ford White House. This was 1974. ....

.... Well, for someone who'd just come to Washington, you can imagine how I felt. Pretty impressive, right? What I discovered was that the White House was full of paranoia and suspicion -- a real Watergate mentality. I'd bring something up, and they'd say, "Wes, if you ask a question like that, you can't work here." The reason the White House was that way was not only because of Watergate but because of the two guys in charge: Donald Rumsfeld, who was Gerald Ford's chief of staff, and Dick Cheney, who was his assistant. ....

(Thanks to Brian!) 
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  Sugarland Texas Is the Fourth Level of Hell

What is it with Sugarland Texas anyway? It's starting to resemble a bad Stephen King novel. Not only is it the home of Tom Delay, there's the Hatfield and Schoedinger "*suicides*" to contend with as well. And the cops sound like a bunch of real swell guys. Now this:

Nov. 12, 2003, 4:18PM

Talk show host Jon Matthews indicted on indecency with a child charge
By ERIC HANSON
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
RICHMOND -- Radio talk show host Jon Matthews was arrested in Sugar Land today and charged with one count of indecency with a child.

After weeks of speculation, he was indicted by a Fort Bend County jury and taken into custody at 3 p.m. today. A news conference is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Indecency with a child is a third-degree felony.

KSEV-AM 700 pulled the 59-year-old broadcaster off the air on Oct. 24 when the station's owner learned that Matthews was being investigated by Sugar Land police because of an "allegation from a community member." He had been the host of a weekday news show from 6 to 9 a.m.
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The only detail police spokeswoman Pat Whitty would release before today was that the alleged incident happened in the 500 block of Rolling Mill, the street where Matthews lives.

Matthews appeared before the grand jury on Tuesday, followed by his wife, Carolyn.

Oh, and he's ugly too:

 
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11.12.2003
  Rush The Fat Gasbag Has the Nerve To Show His Face

Or his voice anyway. Has it really been five weeks since he's been in rehab for being a JUNKIE? My my how time flies when you're having fun.

Rush Limbaugh to resume hosting radio program Monday

Rush Limbaugh will return to his radio talk show Monday after completing a five-week treatment program for his addiction to painkillers, his brother said Wednesday.

David Limbaugh made the announcement to Internet personality Matt Drudge, who was sitting in Wednesday for the conservative commentator.

Limbaugh left the air Oct. 10 after acknowledging that he had been abusing prescription painkillers.

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"He's obviously chomping at the bit to get back to doing what he does best," David Limbaugh said.

Rush Limbaugh said last month that he was checking himself into a treatment center to "once and for all break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me."

His brother said the host successfully completed the first phase of his treatment. He did not say what the next step is.
 
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  Anticipate the Pain. Savor the Suffering.

Simply put, the leader of the country that Blair insists is our closest ally is about to receive the most torrid reception ever to greet a foreign dignitary on British shores.

-snip-

But even if Bush, whose contact with the news is so assiduously filtered by his courtiers, gains little idea of the turmoil around him, his countrymen back home assuredly will. The treacherous French and spineless Germans are one thing. But in Iraq - as in most other things, the average American assumes - the British are our friends. Imagine the shock, then, when they see surging crowds, burning flags and (unless police step into ban it) a giant effigy of the Great Leader being toppled, à la Saddam, in Trafalgar Square.


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  More Winning of Hearts and Minds

This time we shoot our own hand-picked mayor and delay medical treatment until he dies. Smooth move guys.

Iraqi mayor backed by US is killed in dispute with guard


The American-nominated mayor of a volatile Shia Muslim section of Baghdad has been killed in a confrontation with Unites States troops, dealing a serious blow to efforts by the occupation authorities to win the trust of the local population.

The death of Mohened Ghazi al-Kaby, 29, head of an interim council in Sadr City whose members were hand-picked by US officials, overshadowed an announcement yesterday by the Allied military commander, Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez, that American forces had arrested about 20 people possibly connected with al-Qa'ida in the wake of recent attacks.

Mr Kaby was shot dead on Sunday when he arrived at the interim council's headquarters for a meeting. According to the US military, the driver of a vehicle got into an argument with a soldier guarding the building, and refused to have his car searched in accordance with security procedures put in place after the wave of car bombings in the capital in recent weeks. He was shot in the leg by another soldier after he tried to grab the guard's rifle, and later died of his injuries, the US army said.

Local witnesses denied this account yesterday, saying Mr Kaby was simply refused entry by a "new guard", who did not recognise him. They said the soldier pushed Mr Kaby, who spoke fluent English, several times. After the council head slapped the guard, a colleague opened fire.

Swadi Salah, a member of the council who was phoned by Mr Kaby to come to the gate, said that there had been a delay in giving first aid. "The troops would not allow anyone to take him to hospital, saying we should wait for an ambulance," said Mr Salah. "The soldiers did not take him to one of two hospitals in the area. They took him to Rustamiya American field hospital, more than half an hour away. How can you explain that?" 
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  So Far This Week:

Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson, 29, of Calumet, Mich. Killed Oct. 20 in Fallujah, Iraq.

Spc. Paul J. Bueche, 19, 131st Aviation Regiment, Army National Guard, killed Oct. 21 when the tire he was changing on Black Hawk helicopter exploded. Home, Daphne, Ala.

Pvt. Jason M. Ward, 25, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment, lst Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died in Baghdad on Oct. 22 of non-combat related injuries. Home, Tulsa, Okla.

Spc. John P. Johnson, 24, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, lst Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died in Baghdad of non-combat related injuries on Oct. 22. Home, Houston.

Capt. John R. Teal, 31, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Killed on Oct. 24 when an improvised explosive device struck his convoy in Baghdad. Home, Mechanicsville, Va.

Spc. Jose L. Mora, 26, C Company, lst Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Died of wounds received from an enemy mortar attack Oct. 24 in Samaria, Iraq. Home, Bell Gardens, Calif.

Sgt. Michael S. Hancock, 29, lst Battalion, 320 Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky. Killed on Oct. 24 when shot while on guard duty in Mosul, Iraq. Home, Yreka, Calif.

Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield, 22, B Company, lst Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died of wounds received from an enemy mortar attack on Oct. 24 in Samaria, Iraq. Home, Home, Flint, Mich.

Staff Sgt. Jamie L. Huggins, 26, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Killed on Oct. 26 on patrol when his vehicle was hit by improvised explosive device. Home, Hume, Mo.

Pvt. Joseph R. Guerrera, 20, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Killed when his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device while he was on Patrol on Oct. 26 in Baghdad. Home, Dunn, N.C.

Lt. Col. Charles H. Buehring, 40, Army Central Command Headquarters (Forward) Fort McPherson, Ga. Fatally injured during a rocket-propelled grenade attack on the El Rashid Hotel in Baghdad on Oct. 26. Home, Fayetteville, N.C.

Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld, 19, 537th Military Police Company, V Corps, Giesen, Germany. Killed Oct. 26 during mortar attack on the Abu Ghraib Police Station. Home, Waupun, Wis.

Pfc. Steve Acosta, 19, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on Oct. 26 from a non-combat gunshot wound. Home, Calexico, Calif.

Pvt. Jonathon L. Falaniko, 20, A Company, 70th Engineer Battalion, lst Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Killed on Oct. 27 while on duty near the police station in downtown Baghdad when a vehicle containing an improvised explosive device detonated. Home, Pago-Pago, American Samoa.

Sgt. Aubrey D. Bell, 33, 214th Military Police Company, Alabama National Guard. Killed in Baghdad on Oct. 27, when an improvised explosive device detonated at his location at the Al Barra Police Station. Home, Tuskegee, Ala.

Spc. Isaac Campoy, 21, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Killed on Oct. 28 in Baghdad, Iraq, when his tank was hit with an improvised explosive device. Home, Douglas, Ariz.

Sgt. Algernon Adams, 36, 122nd Engineer Battalion, Army National Guard. Died on Oct. 28 of non-combat related injuries at Foreward Operating Base, St. Mere, Iraq. Home, Aiken, S.C.

2nd Lt. Todd J. Bryant, 23, lst Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, lst Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on Oct. 31 when an improvised explosive device blew up while he was on patrol at Fallujah. Home, Riverside, Calif.

Spc. Maurice Johnson, 21, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Captvell, Ky. Killed in Mosul, Iraq, on Nov. 1 when when the high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle he was riding in was hit by an improvised explosive device. Home, Levittown, Pa.

1st Lt. Joshua Hurley, 24, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Killed when vehicle he was riding in was hit by an improvised explosive device. Home, Virgina.

2nd Lt. Benjamin J. Colgan, 30, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, lst Armored Division, Giessen, Germany. Killed when he was struck with an improvised explosive device while responding to a rocket-propelled grenade attack. Home, Kent, Wash.

The following were killed in the crash of the Chinook helicopter at Al Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 2:

Sgt. Daniel M. Bader, 28, Air Defense Artillery Battery, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo. Home, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew, 33, Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo. Home, Enon Valley, Pa.

Spc. Steven D. Conover, 21, 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla. Home, Wilmington, Ohio.

Sgt. Anthony Dagostino, 20, 16th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Waterbury, Conn.

Spc. Darius T. Jennings, 22, of 16th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Cordova, S.C.

Pfc. Karina S. Lau, 20, of 16th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Livingston, Calif.

Sgt. Keelan L. Moss, 23, of 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla. Home, Houston, Texas.

Spc. Brian H. Penisten, 28, Air Defense Artillery Battery, lst Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo. Home, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Sgt. Ross A. Pennanon, 36, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla. Home, Oklahoma.

Sgt. Joel Perez, 25, 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla. Home, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

lst Lt. Brian D. Slavenas, 30, F Company, 106th Aviation Battalion, Army National Guard, Peoria, Ill. Home, Genoa, Ill.

Chief Warrant Officer Bruce A. Smith, 41, Detachment I, Company F, 106th Aviation Battalion, Army National Guard, Davenport, Iowa. Home, West Liberty, Iowa.

Spc. Francis M. Vega, 20, 151st Adjustant General Postal Detachment, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.

Staff Sgt. Paul A. Velazquez, 29, 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, III Corps Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla.

Staff Sgt. Joe N. Wilson, 30, of 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Okla. Home, Mississippi.

Sgt. Paul F. Fisher, 39, Detachment I, Company F, 106th Aviation Battalion, Army National Guard, Davenport, Iowa. Home, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sgt. Francisco Martinez, 28, of B Detachment, 82nd Soldier Support Battalion (Airborne) Fort Bragg, N.C. Killed on Nov. 4 in convoy when improvised explosive device exploded. Home, Humacao, Puerto Rico.

Sgt. lst Class Jose A. Rivera, 34, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C. Killed on Nov. 5 while part of a patrol at Mumulktdyah, Iraq, that came under rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. Home, Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Spc. Robert T. Bensonm, 20, of Company A, lst Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, lst Armored Division, Smith Barracks, Germany. Died from a non-hostile gunshot wound. Home, Spokane, Wash.

The following were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by unknown enemy ordinance Nov. 7 in Tikrit, Iraq:

Chief Chief Warrant Officer (CW5) Sharon T. Swartworth, 43, (identified by Pentagon as "female"), regimental warrant officer for the Judge Advocate General Office, Headquarters Department of the Army, Pentagon. Home, Virginia.

Chief Warrant Officer (CW3) Kyran E. Kennedy, 43, of Boston, Mass.

Staff Sgt. Paul M. Neil II, 30, of S.C.

Sgt. Scott C. Rose, 30, Fayettville, N.C.

Kennedy, Neil and Rose were assigned to 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 10th Airborne Division, (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Ky.

Spc. James A. Chance III, 25, of C Company, 890th Engineer Battalion, Army National Guard, Columbia, Miss. Killed Nov. 6 when his vehicle struck a landmine in Husaybah, Iraq. Home, Kokomo, Miss.

Staff Sgt. Morgan D. Kennon, 23, of 3rd Batallion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Ky. Killed on Nov. 7 in Mosul, Iraq, while guarding a bank in downtown when he came under rocket propelled grenade attack. Home, Memphis, Tenn.

Staff Sgt. Mark D. Vasquez, 35, of lst Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, lst Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Killed on Nov. 8 in Fallujah, Iraq, when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Home, Port Huron, Mich.

Spc. James R. Wolfe, 21, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 52nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed on Nov. 6 in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device was detonated in his convoy. Home, Scottsbluff, Neb.  
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From ResistBush.Org

 
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  Well, She Had To Look Good For Passing Out Candy, Didn't She?

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A woman poisoned her husband and put his body in the garage while she went about getting her hair done and handing out Halloween candy, police alleged on Tuesday
Barbara Garcia, 51, a retired nurse in Hobart, Indiana, about 30 miles east of Chicago, has been charged with murdering her husband, Cipriano.

-snip-
While his body sat in the couple's garage, Garcia had her hair done and passed out Halloween candy the following day, police said. She dumped his body in a forest, but it was discovered a week ago and she was charged with his murder on Monday.
 
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  Oops! Sorry 'Bout That! We Thought We Were Just Killing Innocent Civilians!


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops opened fire accidentally on a car carrying a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, the Iraqi administration said Wednesday. The council member escaped injury but the driver was hurt.

Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum, a Shiite Muslim cleric, was traveling inside the U.S.-guarded compound, known as the "green zone," when the shooting took place. The statement did not give a time, and U.S. officials at the military press center said they knew nothing of the incident.

The statement said a U.S. officer on the scene expressed his regret over the shooting and apologized to the cleric.


 
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  Barf Alert

Lieberman Sings to Supporters
Tuesday, November 11, 2003; 12:56 PM
In a recording obtained by The Washington Post, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) sings yesterday to supporters in Concord, N.H., about his plans to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in a place where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. Oklahoma holds its primary Feb. 3, a week after New Hampshire.

Hear The Audio. Feel The Love. 
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  Well, Not All Boyfriends Are Perfect (sigh)

Clark says he favors an amendment to the constitution to ban flag burning. But let's not lose sight of the ball ok folks?

--snip--

Speaking at an American Legion hall on Veterans Day, Clark said he agrees with the amendment, although he cautioned that true patriotism involves more than respecting symbols.

"I'm in favor of the American flag amendment, but as I travel around the country, what I see is a new spirit of patriotism, and it goes a long way beyond the American flag," he said.

 
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  Why Hasn't Jimmy Been Canonized Yet?

Nov. 11, 2003 | ATLANTA (AP) -- Perceived human rights violations by the United States during the war on terrorism could allow dictators in other nations to justify their own abuses, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.

Opening a conference of international human rights workers, the Nobel Peace Prize winner said an erosion of civil liberties in the U.S. has ``given a blank check to nations who are inclined to violate human rights already.''

He cited the indefinite detention of hundreds of terrorism suspects from Afghanistan at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo and a post-Sept. 11 roundup of roughly 1,200 U.S. immigrants _ many of whom were held for months without being formally charged with any crime.

``I say this because this is a violation of the basic character of my country and it's very disturbing to me,'' Carter said.

 
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  What, You Want to Get Suicided?

Meteorologist's work featured in national weather magazine
http://www.floridatoday.com/!NEWSROOM/peoplestoryA1172A.htm
By Billy Cox
FLORIDA TODAY

On May 25, while scanning the Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program images pipelined into his desktop from 450 miles in orbit, Hank Brandli skidded at a nighttime photo of Iraq. It looked familiar. But not exactly.

Brandli retrieved another DMSP image he'd archived from May 3. He compared the two. The most recent photo showed a blazing corridor of light running the length of Kuwait, south to north, all the way to the Iraqi border. The image wasn't there on May 3.

"It's going right up to Iraq's oil fields," says the retired Air Force colonel from his home in Palm Bay. "Maybe I'm full of s---. Maybe all they're doing is building a highway to put in McDonald's and sell hamburgers. But why go that way? I think we're in bed with Kuwait. I think we're pumping oil out of Iraq to pay for this war."

That's an audacious observation. Especially considering those labyrinthine lines of exasperated motorists waiting to gas up at the fuel pumps in Baghdad.

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  We Fail Really Well!

Thanks to Samela for this story!

--snip--

Faced with growing public uneasiness over Iraq, Republican Party officials intend to change the terms of the political debate heading into next year's election by focusing on the "doctrine of preemption," portraying President Bush as a visionary acting to prevent future terrorist attacks on US soil despite the costs and casualties involved overseas.

The strategy will involve the dismissal of Democrats as the party of "protests, pessimism and political hate speech," Ed Gillespie, Republican National Committee chairman, wrote in a recent memo to party officials -- a move designed to shift attention toward Bush's broader foreign policy objectives rather than the accounts of bloodshed. Republicans hope to convince voters that Democrats are too indecisive and faint-hearted -- and perhaps unpatriotic -- to protect US interests, arguing that inaction during the Clinton years led to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"The president's critics are adopting a policy that will make us more vulnerable in a dangerous world," Gillespie wrote. "Specifically, they now reject the policy of pre-emptive self-defense and would return us to a policy of reacting to terrorism in its aftermath."

Inviting a fierce foreign policy debate in the months to come, Gillespie continued: "The bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993, Khobar Towers, our embassies in East Africa, and the USS Cole were treated as criminal matters instead of the terrorist acts they were. After Sept. 11, President Bush made clear that we will no longer simply respond to terrorist acts, but will confront gathering threats before they become certain tragedies."

Republican strategists maintain that this tack is consistent with Bush's style: direct, sweeping, and bold to the point of brazenness.

 
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11.11.2003
  And In Other News

Thanks to Lightpen!

"THE PRESIDENT'S DRUG PROBLEM

"Our Man in Nirvana" is how the New York Times headlined an op-ed column (1/22/92) detailing the fact that President Bush has been taking benzodiazepene in the form of the prescription drug Halcion when he travels. More than a year ago Secretary of State James Baker's similar drug problem was hardly noted by the mainstream media when he admitted he was taking Halcion while engaged in overseas negotiations.
Halcion is banned in England and three other countries and the side effects of the controversial tranquilizer/anti-insomniac have led to major litigation not only in this country but around the world. U.S. Food and Drug officials are frantically trying to explain their 1982 approval of the drug since the "pivotal study" they cited has been exposed as the work of a confessed fraud. The Upjohn Co. of Kalamazoo, manufacturer of Halcion, finally has acknowledged underreporting side effects such as paranoia and memory loss. "



"It was the gossip columnist, Liz Smith—not our bland syndicated establishment-oriented editorial-page columnists or broadcast commentators—who had the guts to ask: "Can our Peerless Leader possibly be the victim of unwitting substance abuse?" Months earlier she had reported that Halcion was the "drug of choice" and was "being taken in epidemic numbers on Air Force One by both an exhausted press and jet-lagged administration insiders."
There are drug problems and there are drug problems, but the orthodox press picks and chooses the ones it wants to address—too often in inverse order of their importance."

 
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  Does He Buy From Rush?

Democrats.com reports:

Powell Says 'Everyone Here' Uses Addictive Sleep-Med Ambien... 'Everyone Here'?

WashPost: "Powell described his killer schedule in an interview Thursday with Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, a reporter for a London-based Saudi newspaper. 'So do you use sleeping tablets to organize yourself?' Al-Rashed asked. 'Yes. Well, I wouldn't call them that,' Powell said. 'They're a wonderful medication -- not medication. How would you call it? They're called Ambien, which is very good. You don't use Ambien? Everybody here uses Ambien.'"

How bad is Ambien?

Here's a primer [http://www.drug-rehabs.org/faqs/FAQ-ambien.php]: "Ambien addiction is a very serious and sometimes life threatening dilemma. Not only is it difficult for the addict, it is extremely hard on those around them who care about them... Research studies show that residential treatment programs of at least 3 months in duration have the best success rates."

Just what does 'Everyone Here' mean? Everyone in the US? Or in the White House? 
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  And I Don't Mean In A Good Way

 
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  OH Puleeeze.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said it is "an absolute lie" to allege he yielded to political or corporate pressure in yanking "The Reagans" miniseries.

"It was a moral decision, not an economic or a political one," Moonves said in an interview with Daily Variety. "And I don't know how more plainly I can state that."


 
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  You Can Say That Again

CNN spokesman Matthew Furman said, "In an attempt to encourage a lighthearted moment in this debate, a CNN producer working with Ms. Trustman clearly went too far. CNN regrets the producer's actions."  
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  Run Coward Run

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq (news - web sites)'s U.S. governor, Paul Bremer, has left for Washington at short notice and canceled a meeting on Tuesday with visiting Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller, the Polish delegation said.

 
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By Leon Kuhn 
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  HA HA! I Love It!

They're going to pull down a statue of Bush in London. More details here:

UK National Demonstration


Thursday 20th November, 2pm - 7pm
Assemble: Malet Street, Central London (nearest tubes: Goodge Street, Russell Square and Euston/Euston Sq). March to Trafalgar Square where a statue of George Bush will be pulled down.
Coach transport
Call for stewards (London) 
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  Stranger Reminds Us:

This one goes out to the Veterans

I just wanted to take a minute to wish the AmVets out there a good Veterans Day.

Here's hoping that on this day next year, we'll be looking forward to a new Commander-In-Chief who shows our veterans more respect than the current one.

Much respect to American Veterans of all eras.
 
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  More Proof That Our Dear Leader Is a Waste of Space

He's declared war on the whales and dolphins:

Only weeks after new scientific studies revealed that U.S. Navy sonar testing is lethal to whales, the Bush administration won approval on November 7 to authorize the use of military sonar whenever and wherever Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfied wishes to deploy it.

The Bill moves to the Senate next week and it is expected to pass.

"Whales and dolphins are now to be sacrificed to George Bush's ridiculous strategies to combat terrorism." Said Captain Paul Watson of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. "The President says that the security of the United States from terrorism justifies these extreme measures but I can't think of one terrorist organization deploying nuclear submarines and that is the only thing that justifies low frequency sonar detection. This is simply another pork barrel windfall for the defense industry."
 
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  And Here We Go Again (See below)

U.S. warplanes renew bombing of Iraq targets

By Dean Yates

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes have bombed targets in Iraq in air strikes that resumed last week for the first time in more than six months after the shooting down of three U.S. helicopters.

The renewed air strikes on Sunday came as Iraq's interim foreign minister promised that local leaders would meet a December deadline for setting out a path towards self-rule.

-snip-

In the new air strikes, F-16 fighter-bombers dropped three 500-pound bombs near the flashpoint town of Falluja, in the area west of Baghdad where 16 American soldiers were killed when a U.S. Chinook helicopter was downed a week ago.

The air strikes early on Sunday followed attacks on U.S. troops, a U.S. military source said. He had no precise details.

Warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on suspected guerrilla hideouts on Friday night around Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, 110 miles north of Baghdad, where a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter was shot down that day, killing all six aboard.

-snip-

Attacks on U.S. troops have left 150 dead in Iraq since President George W. Bush declared major combat over on May 1. Washington blames the attacks on loyalists of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam and foreign Muslim militants.

U.S. troops in Tikrit have launched a new operation in the hostile area to hunt down guerrillas. "If necessary, we'll carry out more shows of force," said Major Josslyn Aberle, spokeswoman for the 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit.

On Saturday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said it was temporarily closing its offices in Baghdad and Basra. But the head of the Basra delegation said some foreign staff would stay in southern Iraq.

An October 27 suicide car bomb attack on the ICRC headquarters in Baghdad killed 12 people. 
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  The Sooner The Better

House Democrats want to fire Rummy the old evil fool... 
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  Soros ROOLS

NEW YORK -- George Soros, one of the world's richest men, has given away nearly $5 billion to promote democracy in the former Soviet bloc, Africa and Asia. Now he has a new project: defeating President Bush.


"It is the central focus of my life," Soros said, his blue eyes settled on an unseen target. The 2004 presidential race, he said in an interview, is "a matter of life and death."

Soros, who has financed efforts to promote open societies in more than 50 countries around the world, is bringing the fight home, he said. On Monday, he and a partner committed up to $5 million to MoveOn.org, a liberal activist group, bringing to $15.5 million the total of his personal contributions to oust Bush.


-more-

 
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  You Mean They Made Up The News? I Don't Believe It.

I was so insulted by the PC v. Mac question during the Rock The Vote "debate". My friend Terry put it best: "This is just pathetic. They're dragging us down to 'Boxers or Briefs?'"

Now this fine patriot has blown their sorry media whore cover. Good for her:

NEW YORK -- CNN planted a question about computer preferences at last week's debate of the Democratic presidential candidates at Faneuil Hall in Boston, according to the student who posed the query and wrote about it yesterday

-snip-

Alexandra Trustman asked the candidates whether they preferred the PC or Mac format for their computers.

Trustman wrote yesterday that she was called the morning of the debate and given the topic of the question the CNN producers wanted her to ask. She wrote that she was "confused by the question's relevance" and constructed what she thought was a "much more relevant" question.

But when she arrived in Boston for the debate, she wrote, she was "handed a note card" with the question and told she couldn't ask her alternative "because it wasn't lighthearted enough and they wanted to modulate the event with various types of questions."
 
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  Shock and Awe

Apparently our new "strategy" in Iraq involves more use of planes and aerial bombs. Hmm, this sounds eerily like what we were doing before our Dear Leader declared "Mission Accomplished"! This is sure to win over the hearts and minds of the people whose country we are occupying. Good plan guys!

And UK Indymedia says people in Scotland are witnessing unusually large movements of US airplanes over Scotland...reminiscent of the Iraq war.

 
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  Clark Supporters Save The Day

Republican, Democrat Protestors Square Off

President Highlights Campaign Fund-raiser in Arkansas Little Rock (AP) - About 40 Democratic protesters squared off against College Republicans down the street from the building where Bush is speaking at a fund-raiser.
The groups stood yelling and chanting at each other in a designated "free-speech zone" further down on President Clinton Avenue in downtown Little Rock.
About 35 volunteers and staffers from retired General Wesley Clark's campaign headquarters arrived to back up a lone Dean supporter who was being heckled by the Republicans from University of Central Arkansas. 
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11.10.2003
  No Smartass Title for This One.

Margie Schoedinger is dead. Seriously. The (albeit crazy out of her mind) woman who was suing Bush for rape has been suicided.

Read about it here
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From SF Indymedia 
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  What He Said.

Anti-War Activist Subpoenas Ashcroft and Rove

Long-time anti-war activist Brent Bursey, 55, sent subpoenas to Attorney General Ashcroft and Karl Rove to appear at his trial next week, in a case that has come to epitomize the contentious battle for free speech emerging under the Bush Administration.
The controversy dates to October 2002, when local authorities in South Carolina arrested Bursey at Columbian Metropolitan Airport, where Bush was scheduled to arrive that day, for holding a sign that read "No More War For Oil." He was charged with trespassing, although he was on public property, because he had not been standing in the "free-speech zone" specially designated for protesters. Consistent with similar policies surrounding Bush’s appearances across the country, the protesters were confined to an area over half a mile from the airport, where their message was unlikely to be seen or heard by the President. Bursey told police he had been under the impression that the whole of America was a free speech zone.

 
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  *My boyfriend's*"Rock The Vote" Spot

Watch it.

Now. 
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  Another great suggestion from Fresh Laundry:

www.themeatrix.com 
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  Who's Most Likely to Sell Out?

Atrios has an interesting graphic on today's issue:

 
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  They Just Don't Have Any Shame

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 — The Bush administration is seeking to block a group of American troops who were tortured in Iraqi prisons during the Persian Gulf war in 1991 from collecting any of the hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen Iraqi assets they won last summer in a federal court ruling against the government of Saddam Hussein.

"The administration wants $87 billion for Iraq," he said. "The money in our case is just a drop of blood in the bucket." 
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  The Acorn Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree 
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  Oh Yeah? Well Where The Hell Were They on 9-11? Hm?

Just Askin...

WASHINGTON - Air Force fighter jets were scrambled Monday to intercept a privately owned plane that flew too close to the White House, the Secret Service (news - web sites) said.

"Anytime we have an airspace violation, we take it very seriously," Mitchell said. "At this point we don't know if it was a mistake."

 
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  Have I Mentioned that I Really Can't Stand Nader?

Just shut up already Ralph. Nobody cares anymore.
Buh-bye...
Buh-BYE.
BUH-bye.
buh-byeeeeeeeeeee. 
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  Law? Oh that. We got rid of all them back in the U.S. of A.

What a bunch of whiny-ass punks:

"White House security demands covering President George Bush's controversial state visit to Britain have provoked a serious row with Scotland Yard.

American officials want a virtual three-day shutdown of central London in a bid to foil disruption of the visit by anti-war protestors. They are demanding that police ban all marches and seal off the city centre.

But senior Yard officers say the powers requested by US security chiefs would be unprecedented on British soil. While the Met wants to prevent violence, it is sensitive to accusations of trying to curtail legitimate protest."
 
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  And I Thought I Had Problems Paying The Bills

A Turkish woman is about to give birth to her sixth set of triplets.

-snip-

The family of 17 lives in a two-room flat and on an income of about £12 a week, which Mehmet earns as a wedding singer.
 
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  The First Documentary About The California Recall is Out

The movie will co-star fellow hopefuls Ernie Gropenegger and the state's lieutenant governor Spooge Cruztamante, reports Sky News.

"It's kind of like satirical," said Mark Kulkis, president of Kickass Pictures which is producing the film.
 
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  Now This is Funny!

Ananova puts up this picture with the following text:

A former royal valet has stated allegations that the Prince of Wales was seen in a compromising incident with one of his servants cannot be true.



I think there's a photo editor somewhere who has a sense of humor. See for yourself here
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  A Girl Can Dream Can't She?

Apparently the Supreme Court will be hearing an appeal on the Gitmo detainees. Why do I get the sinking feeling that they're not going to say "Look, you evil bastards, you're violating every single one of these people's civil and human rights and what you're doing is completely unamerican and you're lucky we don't lock you up in cages in the 130 degree weather just for being such a dumbass. Now as penance you MUST go read the constitution 1,000 times. Come see us when you're through." 
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  They Smear Him 'Cause They Fear Him

CNN's been editing *My boyfriend's* comments again. Bastages! 
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  Sigh

Doesn't anybody care about democracy anymore? What is WRONG with people? That muzak they pump into all the Wal-Marts must be rotting their brains. Either that or they're slowly capturing everybody and returning Stepford Citizens and any day now people are going to start fritzing out when they accidentally step out into the rain.

Yes, you read correctly. States are canceling primary elections. Why? Because it's just too darn expensive.

 
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  Whack A Corporate Press Whore

This seemingly clever little game is a take off on Whack-a-mole, in that you pick important issues and watch the candidates disappear until you know who you should vote for. Which is all fine on the surface

-except-

That when I select "I want a candidate who did not support the resolution authorizing War in Iraq", *My boyfriend*, General Clark disappears. What's up with THAT?
 
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  "Cheney Reminds Me of Skeletor"

I don't know who it is that has that as their signature line, but it makes me laugh every time. Look who's on the cover of Newsweek...



"Cheney often teams up with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to roll over national-security adviser Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell. “OVP and OSD turned into their own axis of evil,” grouses a former White House official, who added that Cheney and Rumsfeld shared the same strategic vision: pessimistic and dark. Some observers see a basic breakdown in the government. Rice has chosen to play more of an advisory role to the president and failed to coordinate the often warring agencies like State and Defense. “Cheney was acting as national-security adviser because of Rice’s failure to do so,” says Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies." 
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Rip out the table
we need room to move
in a life unstable
you're so easily amused
anywhere you hang
yourself is home
throw in a tape, fix the tone

The windows are dirty let's hope it rains
add another newspaper
something to do with my change
I see we're fighting again
In some fucking land
throw in another tape man

Someone take the wheel
and I don't know where we're going
anybody say what you feel
everybody's sad, but nobody's showing

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