Monthly Archives: April, 2008

Black Hole in Bush’s Brain

28/04/08 “ICH ” — – Judging from the campaign rhetoric coming out of both camps, whoever wins the Oval Office will be inclined to continue the failed military policies in Iraq and to pursue a confrontation with Iran. Apparently it does not matter to either party what will follow those actions, or what these disastrous policies have produced as they played-out in Iraq and Afghanistan. It does not matter who gets elected, whether it is “bomb, bomb Iran” McCain, or “obliterate/massive retaliation” Clinton, nothing will change.

American researcher Suzanne Maloney spells out the results of the “successfully” surging American war on Iraq:

via Woods Lot

Eugene McDaniels: Headless Heroes

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I just heard this song on Pandora.com and immediately knew I had to post it here.

Here are more details about the artist and album from All About Jazz.com

This is soul. Not Al Green soul. Not Isaac Hayes soul (but perhaps a bit closer to that). This is the soul of the black man. It is the soul of a student of history who is sick and tired of force-feeding and ready to spit back. This is the soul of a man tired of the system and using his art to reframe and correct it.

When it first came out in 1971, Eugene McDaniels’ vitriolic statement irked and ired many, including Vice President Spiro Agnew, who personally contacted Atlantic Records to demand that the album be shelved. Despite this high praise from such a high post, the album’s music and message has survived in the hearts and minds of music lovers (including The Beastie Boys, who sampled a piece of McDaniels’ wisdom on Ill Communication ) and has now been revived in the equally aware hands of Producer Joel Dorn.

Though the abum may be a grand departure from McDaniel’s earlier hit, “Compared To What,” its provocative soothe continues to reverberate. Predicting the coming of acid jazz and even gangster rap, McDaniels covers both the topics of his time — from the horoscopic groove of “Lovin’ Man” to the androgynous murder of “Jagger the Dagger” — and of times past and still present in sharp-eyed chronicles like “Headless Heroes,” “Supermarket Blues,” the subtly bomb-bastic “Freedom Death Dance” and “The Parasite” (which may be dedicated to Native American artiast and activist Buffy St.Marie). Wrapping his sharp words in cozy key lines and absorbent rhythms, McDaniels tells it like it is and rarely shirks the truth. Though “Susan Jane” is a jangly Dylan-esque exercise in simple rhyme, it acts as a necessary break from McDaniels’ torrential attacks of conscience.

The entire album can be downloaded here: RapidShare: 1-Click Webhosting: “http://rapidshare.com/files/79140744/Eugene_Mcdaniels.zip”

It’s Just A Plant

It’s Just a Plant is an illustrated children’s book about marijuana. It follows the journey of a young girl as she learns about the plant from a diverse cast of characters including her parents, a local farmer, a doctor, and a police officer.

Marijuana can be difficult to talk about.

Many parents have tried marijuana, some still use it. Neither feel great about disclosing such histories (many duck the question), for fear that telling their kids might encourage them to experiment on their own.

Unfortunately, most “drug facts” that children learn in school are more frightening than educational, blaming pot for everything from teenage pregnancy to terrorism. A child’s first awareness of drugs should come from a better source.

It’s Just a Plant is a book for parents who want to educate their children about the complexities of pot in a thoughtful, fact-oriented manner.

One night, Jackie woke up past her bedtime.

She smelled something funny in the air, so she walked down the hall to her parents’ bedroom.

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If I Were A Terrorist!

He’s OVER simplified it, it’s much more nuanced than this, but he’s on the right track.

Chalmers Johnson : The Pentagon Strangles Our Economy:Why the U.S. Has Gone Broke.

Indeed, highly recommended read above.

But Pentagon is on a roll, and not likely to stop until it has taken war to every corner of the globe.

U.S. Navy Reviving Fleet for Latin America, Caribbean

April 24 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Navy plans to re-establish its Fourth Fleet, disbanded in 1950, to oversee ships, aircraft and submarines operating in the Caribbean and Central and South America, a Defense Department statement said.

The latter found via BoRev whose post is a good read: Can We Be Friends?

These damn renegades just wont stay under our thumb! How much money do you think we will pay to play this on going ‘whack a mole’?

H.M.P. London


A friend tells me, these have been popping up all over the place there, pretty nice work.

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.
~Robert Anton Wilson

The Politics of Food is Politics


Full Spectrum Disorder

Impeachment now or apocalypse later?


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By Bernard Weiner
Online Journal Guest Writer

Apr 23, 2008

The political noose seems to be tightening on the key members of the remaining miscreants down in the White House bunker — mainly Bush, Cheney, Rice, Addington and Mukasey. (Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Gonzales, Powell and Tenet were pushed out the door earlier.) But will the Democrats, having been provided with smoking gun-type evidence of these officials’ high crimes and misdemeanors, take the next logical step to end this continuing nightmare of law-breaking at the highest levels?

Torture authorized from on high

After eight years, the multiple examples of ethical and felonious crimes of the Bush administration are now abundantly clear and beyond rational dispute. Most compelling among them is the crime of authorizing torture as state policy.

In recent days, we’ve learned that George W. Bush signed orders authorizing torture, and admitted that he approved of the deliberations by his National Security Council’s Principals Committee on the torture regime being set up for a few high-value prisoners. (Which, of course, filtered down to how thousands of suspected terrorists were maltreated.)

Bush has conceded that his Principals (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Ashcroft, Powell, Tenet) kept him apprised of their deliberations on which suspected terrorists would undergo which forms of torture, according to ABC News’ recent blockbuster story.

The meetings of the Principals, according to ABC, took place in early 2002 at least four months before the administration’s famous Bybee/Yoo memos were issued that retroactively sought to provide legal justification for the torture. (Short version of those memoranda: The president is above all U.S. laws and international treaties.)

During those Principals’ meetings, Dick Cheney was a driving force behind the use of “harsh interrogations” of the prisoners in U.S. care. Other members were more worried about what they were doing. In the ABC story, according to a top official, John Ashcroft asked aloud after one meeting: “Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly.”

Condoleezza Rice, then national security advisor, aggressively chaired the Principals’ torture meetings. Despite some occasional misgivings voiced by Ashcroft and Colin Powell about the “enhanced interrogation” techniques being employed, Rice told the CIA: “This is your baby. Go do it.”

Trying to make torture “legal”

Torture, as commonly understood and defined, is illegal under both U.S. law and international treaties that American governments have ratified over the decades. Bush&Co. had to come up with a way to torture suspects but not to appear to be doing so. Here’s how it worked: Officials felt they could honestly assert that the administration didn’t approve of or authorize torture because under the new definition supplied in the Bybee/Yoo memos, it was torture only if the prisoners were near-death or their internal organs were about to fail as a result of their treatment. In other words, the administration simply made everything else legal: beatings, near-drownings, electroshocks to the genitals, stress positions, sexual abuse, etc. Only if the interrogators killed the prisoners or were close to doing so would they have crossed over the line. See my Control the Dictionary, Control the World.

It turns out that David Addington, Cheney’s then-legal counsel who has since replaced Scooter Libby as Cheney’s chief of staff, was at the locus of the cockamamie reasoning behind both the Bybee/Yoo torture memos and the “unitary executive” theory of governance. The latter asserts that the president is in charge of basically everything governmental and can’t be touched; further, the Bybee/Yoo memos assert the president cannot be second-guessed when he claims to be acting as “commander in chief” during “wartime.”

Of course, there has been no congressional Declaration of War, as the Constitution requires; the “war” — at an estimated cost of several trillions(!) of dollars — is the “War on Terror,” which, since it’s being waged against a tactic, can never be completely won and thus is never-ending. In short, the president, under this asserted legal cover, can act more or less as a dictator forever, including declaring martial law whenever he deems an “emergency” situation prevails. (Suppose, for example, the ballot-counting books are cooked in November and the Democratic candidate once again has a victory stolen away. There could be mass protests, perhaps even riots, in the streets. A potential “civic emergency” right there.)

Mukasey’s false testimony

Michael Mukasey, who promised he would be an independent attorney general, has turned out to be just as much of a lackey for the administration as his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales. Mukasey seems to feel, as Gonzales did, that he doesn’t work for the public but is there to ensure that his bosses stay out of jail. (Interesting side note: Barack Obama says that, if elected, he would ask his attorney general to investigate whether Bush and Cheney might have committed indictable crimes while in office.)

But what really got Mukasey into hot water in recent days was his assertion that the U.S. knew that a terrorist in Afghanistan was calling someone inside the U.S. prior to the 9/11 attack but the supposedly “outdated” FISA laws wouldn’t permit the administration to tap that phone call and thus prevent the 9/11 events from happening. Mukasey was using that fallacious argument in 2008 as a scare tactic for why the Bush administration needed congressional reauthorization immediately of the NSA’s domestic-spying program, complete with built-in amnesty for the big telecom companies working in cahoots with the administration.


But Mukasey’s explanation is total B.S.

As Glenn Greenwald and others have made clear, under then-existing FISA law, the Bush administration could have eavesdropped on the pre-9/11 call and didn’t really need any more draconian spying programs. (Mukasey has since tried to tap dance away from having misled Congress.)

The whole object of the Bush administration, in this and every other matter, has been to amass total control of information and intelligence in the White House, cutting out the courts (in this case, specifically the FISA Court) and Congress. They want full freedom to operate outside the law, with nobody — no judges, no legislators, no reporters — looking over their shoulders at what they might be up to, and telling them what they can or cannot do. It’s possible that at least one aim of the domestic spying programs is to learn from secret phone-taps and emails what their political enemies are thinking.

more at the link…
Then there’s this…

John Ashcroft at Knox College

Waterboarding is different in the US compared to when Japanese did it in WW2.??!!

Knox College April 22, 2008. Senior Kat Henak questions former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft on whether or not it was just to prosecute a Japanese man for waterboarding a U.S. serviceman during WWII.

Fuck Impeachment, Impeachment is a political solution to political crimes. What is needed in the case of BushCo are criminal indictments.

But that will never happen either because we got…

Two sides of the same blank planchet, or your quickly devaluing dollar.

Finally, see, Documents Reveal “Reverse-Engineered” SERE Tactics Used in Afghan Torture

Funny: India: U.S. Advice on Iran Is Rejected

A day after the Bush administration urged India to step up pressure on Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on his coming visit to New Delhi, India tartly said it did not need “any guidance on the future conduct of bilateral relations,” making it plain that no saber rattling from its friends in Washington would impair its relationship with a vital energy supplier. “India and Iran are ancient civilizations whose relations span centuries,” the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. “Both nations are perfectly capable of managing all aspects of their relationship with the appropriate degree of care and attention.”

Shorter: F*** you!

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