Thursday, March 31, 2005

False prayer to a false god

This literally makes me sick to my stomach, and sick and tired of religion. For some, religion does bring people closer to God, but for most, it is a way of winning, a way of making the person feel superior, to feel better about themselves. They twist the words of great prophets for their own personal gain. They put a label on the infinite and start wars and bring destruction to the planet. This is the face of that greed, that superficiality. This is why, to most people, I just say I'm an atheist. The "god" I believe in has nothing to do with anything they represent. These people don't give a shit about this woman in the least. They're there to make a spectacle of themselves and to fool themselves into believing that heaven awaits them after death. They put on their best clothes and weep and wail in public.

Matthew 23

[13] But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
[14] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
[15] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
[16] Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
[17] Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

[25] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
[26] Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
[27] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
[28] Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
[29] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
[30] And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
[31] Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

[32] Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
[33] Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
[34] Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
[35] That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
[36] Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
[37] O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
[38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

False prayer to false gods

This woman oozes superficiality. I'm sick and tired of religion - for a few it does bring them closer to God, which is within. For most it is a bullshit story that they use to try to "win", to increase power for themselves, which is the opposite of what all holy and wise men preached, before they were bastardized by idiots who used the power of their teachings to serve their own perverted greed.. This is the face of those demons.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

news you may have missed in the past week

Here's some links to news that's been drown out by Schiavo and Pope headlines. I always become suspicious when the Pope's breath and some meaningless case gets national attention daily in the headlines.

New Details on F.B.I. Aid for Saudis After 9/11
Iraq Police Fire on Protesters, Kill One
2000 people die in indonesia
Report: TSA misled public on passenger data
Military targeting kids as young as 8
Oh yeah, Sudan I image the average American is completely ignorant of the genocide going on in Sudan, since it doesn't get headlines.

Here's some media analysis about this whole thing

Schiavo TV Movie of The Week

You know they're sitting around in some boardroom on the top floor of News Corporation or AOL/Time Warner trying to concoct a TV movie of the week.

They're already writing the thing in the media, and you can see all the characters and dramatic effects daily on every news show: The evil Michael Schiavo, the poor poor Terri, the desparate grieving parents, the heroic hospice protesters. Not to mention the heroic politicians. "I'm sorry... we've done everything we can Mrs. Schindler. If it weren't for those damned activist judges!"

"She.. she's trying to say something!"
"Yes, Terri honey, what is it?"
Terri rises from her hospital bed. "I... I.... I WANT TO LIVE!" *cue dramatic music.

Ben Stiller can play the brother.

Monday, March 28, 2005

The real issue surrounding the Schiavo circus

Of course we are all being instructed by the media to take the "conservative" or "liberal" stance, as with every issue, despite the fact that 82% of Americans are opposed to government intervention in this case. And they should be. What the government did by trying to intervene in the judicial process and change the law in an emergency session last Sunday goes completely against the constitution and the American justice system. It was an extremist, fascist act.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Bobby Fischer kicks ass

I don't care if he's crazy.

This was not an arrest. It was a kidnapping cooked up by Bush and Koizumi," Fischer said at the airport in Japan.

"They are war criminals and should be hung," he said in an apparent criticism of the U.S.-led war in Iraq

See how they're trying to use him as a straw man to paint anti-war people as loonies? He could very well have been talking about the invisible mind war on Planet Z-253.

Fischer, with a long white beard and wearing jeans and a baseball cap, was characteristically defiant as he left the immigration detention center on Tokyo's outskirts and headed to the airport.

As he walked toward the airport entrance, he turned, unzipped his pants and acted like he was going to urinate on the wall. He called Japan's ruling party "gangsters," and said he was being hounded by the United States because it is "Jew-controlled."

HAHAHAHA.

Iran nuclear weapons program

I don't think there's any reason to doubt this guy. Nukes are Iran's only hope.

Although I don't mean to suggest Iran has stockpiles of nuclear missiles that can travel all the way around the world and hit DC at the push of a button, or that they're a threat to the US at all. That would be insane. And it's the premise for missile defense. The only thing the mullah-controlled Iran is a threat to, as with Saddam Hussein, is US-based conglomerate dominance (including the US govt) of the world's energy resources.

The whole Iran affair is yet another distraction away from the fact that it's virtually impossible for the US to defeat hundreds of thousands of Muslims willing to kill themselves to destroy Americans.

US Bars Italy from examining dead agent's car

Now why wouldn't the US govt. want them to examine that car, huh?
ROME — The U.S. military command in Iraq has blocked two Italian policemen from examining the car in which an Italian intelligence agent was shot to death in Baghdad, a newspaper said Wednesday.

Corriere della Sera said that the policemen were about to leave when the Italian Embassy in Baghdad received an order from the U.S. command on Monday to abort the mission for security concerns.

The embassy in Baghdad reportedly alerted Rome authorities, who called off the trip.
The car, a Toyota Corolla, is reportedly still in American hands, at Baghdad airport where it was originally rented.

The Foreign Ministry in Rome declined comment on the report, while officials at the Italian Embassy in Baghdad could not immediately be reached. The U.S. military in Baghdad had no immediate comment.

This incident forced the Italian government to finally listen to its people, and they are pulling out of Iraq in September. The majority of the Italian people have been against the war from the start. Italy, a country of about 58 million people, have been drawing higher numbers than protests in DC - an estimated 1.5 million (2.6% of the population) poured into the streets of Rome, on February 15, 2003, a month before the US government attacks on Iraq.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

AP keeps rolling with the disproven Lynch bullshit

I'm sick of this stupid media whore.

Lynch was captured March 23, 2003, in an attack near the southern Iraq city of Nasiriyah. Soldiers rescued Lynch April 1, 2003; the videotaped rescue made her an international celebrity.

You're full of shit, AP, and you know it. Lynch was taken to an Iraqi hospital and cared for. Iraqi nurses donated their own blood to save her ass. Then a bunch of military guys came in and staged a Hollywood rescue, in a fucking hospital full of doctors and nurses and limbless chidlren. Then the media followed up with bullshit stories about the all American whitebread GI Jane from West Virginia crawling out of a cave with a knife in her mouth and two broken legs, shooting her captors on the way to freedom. They just reported it like it was the truth. Then she made $1 million on a book deal.

Fuck Jessica Lynch.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Schiavo nonsense

I ignored this stupid story until the criminal fuckers in Congress decided to step in and tell everyone that life is sacred unless you're an Iraqi. The only reason this is in the news is because some asshole politicians are riling up their idiot constiuency by making this a right to life issue.

This woman is a fucking vegetable. Her cerebral cortex is melted - literally liquid, spinal fluid. Do you know what that means, fucking religious retards? That means her life wouldn't be worth living if she was a worm. She has no capacity for happiness or sadness, no personality, no ability to feed herself, and no hope of ever being anything else.

If starving her to death is too inhumane, then stick a .44 magnum in her mouth and blow what's left of her brains out. That'd be an act of compassion rivalling only Christ.

And like with the IRA - what right does the US government have to tell ANYONE about saving lives or the sanctity of life? Fuck you assholes. We can smell your bullshit.

*Gee, looks like President Dipshit is a "flip-flopper" too. Just like Kerry and everyone with a job in Washington. That's how it works.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Muslim dude makes an excellent point

This is from a post on a message board with a news story calling for the disbandment of the IRA
i happen to be a Muslim. No i dont support bin laden, no i dont support suicide bombings. But if equal application fo the law is to be applied to all terrorists, then the IRA should face the same penalty, and thier american supporters should face the patroit act the way Muslims in america have to face it as well. That means Irish catholic charities should be raided by the FBI and shut down, and thier organizers arrested under the patriot act. That means american troops should invade northern ireland, kill as many IRA terrorists as they can find, and ship the rest off to gitmo where they can be tortured and if some of them end up dead, like 108, then so be it since they are terrorists. The day the americans do this to the IRA is the day that i will support the patriot act.

He forgot about the obligatory massive bombing campaigns in big Irish cities like Dublin and Limerick, resulting in the death of thousands of Irish civilians.

He makes an excellent point about racism in this country, even though if this happened some people I knew from my childhood would end up dead or in jail. I responded by stating that if we'd apply the same standards to the governments of the US and UK, they'd be considered terrorist organizations, by far. He agreed.

I lied

I have to lie after I heard about how horrible the IRA was no less than 4 times during my 1/2 hour commute to work, and the obligitory blaming them for the big bank robbery, even from liberal Democrats like Ted Kennedy (fuck Democrats anyway. I'm a registered Democrat now, only because I wanted to vote for Kucinich in the NC primary. And I did vote for Kerry, 1) because I wanted to get the radical neoconservative administration out and 2) I thought having someone in the White House who became famous for openly criticizing the US government and throwing away medals during wartime would be a small step in the right direction, even though Kerry is a rich elitist Skull and Bones fucker who would certainly be every bit as militant and terroristic and Bush and Clinton and almost every president since 1960.)

So yeah, I know the IRA has committed acts of terrorism, but if I'm going to root for a terrorist organization, it sure as hell isn't going to be one that steals my money every April 15.

There hasn't been this much solidarity for a cause since Democrats and Republicans joined together to declare war on Iraq. Kerry and every fucker in the government knew Iraq had no WMDs or whatever other bullshit reason the White House gave for bombing them, but they voted for war anyway. The only reason some Democrats became anti war is because half the country is. They're just as criminal and terroristic as the most conservative Republican - why? Because it serves their interests to be that way. War and terror is just as profitable for liberal Democrats as it is for the Bushes.

So until Teddy gets out of his organized crime racket, and calls for its destruction, he can shut his hole about the IRA.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

no politics this week

I don't know if anyone even reads this, but I'm taking a break from bullshit detecting this week.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Chicago Tribune joins in

Slain Catholic's sisters lead firestorm against IRA

The $50 million robbery of Belfast's Northern Bank a week before Christmas, the biggest heist in the annals of British crime, was the kind of audacious Robin Hood caper that enhanced the mystique of the Irish Republican Army


Of course, there's absolutely no proof that the IRA was involved in this robbery either, but the Tribune is lining up like good little nazis in reporting it.

I'm going to read more into this before I post any more on it. It just stinks to high heaven to me.

The coming US media blitz against the IRA

This USA Today story is only the beginning.

The IRA and Sinn Fein have acknowledged that IRA members were involved in the killing, and even went to the extreme of offering to execute them. This story, and the coming media blitz, depicts the McCartney murder as an IRA action, and depicts the IRA as a once great organization degenerating into a terrorist group. The language used in the story is very telling, and the message is clear: IRA = crime and terrorism. The IRA has widespread support among Americans of Irish decent, and the US/UK axis wants this ended, which is the reason for the US media blitz. The peace process has taken giant steps in recent years, which of course goes against UK interests.

Here's the statement by Irish Republican News says, which of course you'll hear none of in the US press:


The Provisional IRA has made it absolutely clear that those who killed Robert McCartney in a knife-fight outside a Belfast bar last month must be held to account.

In a lengthy statement on Tuesday, the IRA revealed that two of its members were among the group which got involved in a dispute which ended with Mr McCartney begin fatally wounded outside Magennis’s Bar in Belfast city centre.

The IRA has now expelled three members, and Sinn Féin has suspended seven following allegations that a group of republicans had been involved in the stabbing and beating.

So far, ten people have been arrested in connection with the killing.

In its statement, the IRA made clear that its investigation had identified those responsible for Mr McCartney’s death, including two IRA Volunteers. It revealed that it made an offer to take physical action against those responsible, in terms of a punishment shooting.

The IRA said this was rejected by the McCartney family in a meeting earlier this month.

The statement also revealed that the IRA gave direct assurances on their safety to three named individuals who the family alleged were the targets of intimidation.

The IRA also ordered those involved in the killing to give a full account of their actions.

Sinn Féin said that the statement was “a positive development and clear evidence of the wider republican desire” to see those responsible brought to justice.

However, even the fact that direct IRA action against the killers had been contemplated was enough to provoke a storm of criticism from the usual sources.

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern expressed “shock” and described the statement as “extraordinary”.

Police chief Hugh Orde also said he had “no doubt” the IRA meant it would kill those responsible for Mr McCartney’s death.

Sinn Féin Justice spokesman Gerry Kelly welcomed the IRA move as an effort to help the family -- but said it would be unacceptable for any punishment shooting to have been carried out.

Mr Kelly said the statement “should have removed any concerns witnesses might have still had about coming forward”.

In response, the McCartney family insisted that up to 12 IRA members were involved in a clean-up operation following the knife-fight, and that the matter should be brought before a court.

“It is now five weeks since Robert was murdered and no-one has come forward with substantial evidence,” the family said. “This must be due to ongoing intimidation and fear.

“Until they do we will continue to campaign for justice for Robert.”

Although the police and the McCartneys have accepted the death of their brother was not an IRA action, the matter has been depicted as such in the media.

The family’s pursuit of justice has been incorporated into an ongoing campaign to damage the (Provisional) Republican Movement, while their presence at the Sinn Féin annual conference last weekend depicted as a temporary aberration.

The family is to undertake a high-profile tour to the US this month, where the family is planning a visit to the White House and an appearance on ‘Larry King Live’.


Here's the full text of the IRA statement

Of course all acts of terror and murder are to be condemned, but what Blair seems to be doing with this non-political murder is to be using it for a political purpose - to dismantle the IRA. Bush is only happy to help his friend out. Not every family who had one of their own killed in a barfight gets invited to the White House.

Hopefully this means I'm wrong about Iran

U.S. Ready to Offer Incentives to Iran

WASHINGTON - In a policy shift, the Bush administration will go along with European efforts to stop Iran (news - web sites) from building a nuclear weapon by using diplomatic carrots now, with the threat of U.N. sticks later.

This is definately a step in the right direction, as up to this point the US refused to negotiate. Time will tell whether the neoconservatives are trying to appear tough and avoid war, or whether this is just the first step toward war.

All said, they'd really have to be out of their minds to attack Iran now. Even some prominant hawks are stressing against it. The US economy would not survive. It must be obvious even to George Bush that terrorism has only increased with Iraq.

Muslims condemning terror actually get a headline

Spanish Muslims Issue Fatwa Against Bin Laden

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's leading Islamic body has issued a religious order declaring Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) to have forsaken Islam by backing attacks such as the Madrid train bombings a year ago.

The Islamic Commission of Spain timed its "fatwa" for Friday to coincide with the first anniversary of last year's attacks, which killed 191 people and were claimed in the name of al Qaeda in Europe.

The commission's secretary general Mansur Escudero said the fatwa had moral, rather than legal weight and would serve as a guide for Muslims.

"We declare ... that Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization, responsible for the horrendous crimes against innocent people who were despicably murdered in the March 11 terrorist attack in Madrid, are outside the parameters of Islam," the commission said.
It's encouraging that the media giants would let this be reported in the US, but not representative of the massive post 9/11 outpouring of condemnation made by Islamic groups and scholars of Islamic extremist terrorism. It was more profitable for the media giants to play on post 9/11 American anger toward Islam.

Now, the product that has been manufactured by the media, is the idea that no Islamic groups have condemned terrorism. And this product is worn like an Abercrombie jacket in the minds of many Americans, despite it having nothing to do with reality. The truth is, a $5 jacket from the thrift store will keep you just as warm and will fit and look just as good if you look hard enough and find the right jacket - all you're paying that extra $115 is a Bullshit created by giants through advertising campaigns. If that isn't brainwashing I don't know what is. Sure, the truth isn't constantly spoonfed to you and readily available in your size in half a second if you have a credit card, and the thrift store ladies aren't as hot as the ladies they got working at the Gap. You might spend hours in that thrift store, sifting through unorganized junk, but you might just be amazed at the things you find.

Here you can find a hundred or so links to Muslims who have publically condemned terrorism, and that's not even scratching the surface.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Saddam capture was theatrical

This is no surprise. It simply illustrates the theater that goes on during war, as with the Jessica Lynch "rescue". Fortunately it's getting harder and harder to run a war (wars have always been dependent on controlling information) when information can be so freely accessed by any literate person (as the public school system works hard for the cause of illiteracy)

"I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced," Abou Rabeh said.

"We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed," he said. He said Saddam himself fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second
floor. Then they shouted at him in Arabic: "You have to surrender. ... There is no point in resisting."

"Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," Abou Rabeh said.


I tend to believe this as I can see no motive for the Marine' s allegations. What has to be understood is in all wars in history, there is also an information war. If information is not controlled, as with the above and Abu Ghraib, and to an extent popular blogs, the warmakers run into problems.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Pot calling the kettle black

IRA Must Go, Demand Britain and U.S.

Outraged by an IRA offer to shoot a group of suspected murderers, Britain and the United States demanded Wednesday that the guerrillas disband and take the gun out of Northern Irish politics.

Prime Minister Tony Blair (
news - web sites) said the offer defied description while a U.S. envoy added: "it's time for the IRA to go out of business."
...
The IRA did not specify whether it intended to kill or merely wound those suspected of McCartney's killing, but Northern Ireland's police chief Hugh Orde said he had no doubt they had murder in mind.

"We just need to look at the history of the IRA -- they were saying they would kill people," he told reporters.


Of course it's perfectly okay for the US and UK to routinely kill people and execute murderers as a matter of policy. The IRA has committed acts of terrorism, which should be and are condemned, but of course, equal and worse acts of terrorism coming from the UK and unionists are never reported in the American press.

However it's my belief that the only hope in tackling violent terroristic governments is through nonviolence. Also we must keep in mind that there are several factions of the IRA, some being militant and having nothing to do with Sinn Fein, like the RIRA (Real IRA). But of course it's in the interests of the US and UK to portray them as one group, thus it reflects in the media.

I did read on some US government website that the IRA was no longer regarded as a terrorist group, but two splinter groups with formed in the 1990s, the RIRA and the CIRA (Continuity IRA) are considered terrorist groups.

I consider the US government a terrorist group, so that about shits on anything they have to say about anyone else.

Friday, March 04, 2005

US kills Italian agent

The stories are softened so fast that's it's hard to keep up with. Here's the Reuters story I'll quote from, which may not be there by the time you click on it.

"An Italian agent has been killed by an American bullet. A tragic demonstration which we never wanted that everything that's happening in Iraq is completely senseless and mad," he told Sky Italia
television, struggling to fight back tears.
This isn't the first time US forces have opened fire on journalists who aren't "embedded" or otherwise adherent to the US propaganda. And these two instances were only the ones reported in US media. See my quote at the top of the page.

Gannett Company acting as military recruiters

Via their newspaper USA Today Service in military toughens wrestlers

American coach Mark Cody on Waters: "He's very disciplined. He's sure a good leader for us. ... I think a lot of that has to do with his military background."

.

Recruiting efforts have not been successful recently. The military needs more troops. Obviously, this story has no other news value than to recruit impressionable teenage kids into military service. Just like the media was flagrantly selling the Iraq war, again they're acting as a pulpit for US government interests.

Tribune Company states the obvious

Iraq is transforming from a secular authoritarian state to an Iran-like Islamic theocracy, which is bad news for women. What was the war for again?
Yanar Mohammed, a women's rights campaigner, has no doubt that the parties represented in the Shiite coalition, the United Iraqi Alliance, intend to use their majority to introduce Shariah, or Islamic law, into the constitution that the assembly will write.

"This was their mandate. It's their policy. If you are an Islamist party, it's the priority on your agenda," she said. "Ibrahim al-Jaafari is well-decorated to look like a Western man, but he has this 100 percent Islamic agenda, and women will be inferior if he takes over."

Ass kicking Patriot Nuns

Jailed Nun Won't Pay Missile Silo Fine

A nun who spent the past 18 months in prison for defacing a missile site in a peace protest is scheduled to be released Friday, but she may face another confrontation with prosecutors for refusing to pay $3,000 in restitution.
...
In a letter posted on a Web site devoted to nonviolence and religious activism, Hudson wrote that she refuses "to pay money to this morally bereft government which presently spends over one billion dollars a day to slaughter or in planning the slaughter of millions of innocent persons."



If the Catholic Church had more people like Sister Hudson, instead of asshole bishops who basically endorse fascist warmongers because of the abortion issue, I'd start going to mass again.

Here is her website with commentary relating to her imprisonment.

In actuality we fulfilled our civic duty and responsibility by calling this U.S. government to accountability for its own lawlessness as the Nuremberg Principles and our own U.S. Constitution calls for. We are not criminals. The U.S. government officials are the ones engaging in criminal activity.

2/3/03 Irish Nuns break into Shannon Airport and fuck shit up, doing "extensive damage to a United States Navy transport plane". They'll be tried on Monday.

Tiocfaidh ar la.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Founding Fathers on Religion

Of course when the controversy about the Ten Commandments surfaces in the corporate media, inevitably the fundamentalist argument arises with it that the USA was founded strictly on Christianity (and modern fundamentalist Christianity at that). This nonsense has been buried time and again, easily, by rational people, and here's why:


"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury to my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson, author of his own version of the Gospels, removing all references to the divinity of Christ, including miracles and the resurrection.

"Question with boldness even the existence of a god." - Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787)

"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon, than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind." - Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1794-1795.)

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of... Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all."- Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1794-1795.)

"As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of
Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries." - (Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 - signed by President John Adams.)


"When a Religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its Professors are obliged to call for help of the Civil
Power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one." - Benjamin Franklin (from a letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780;)


And one more:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." - United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendment 1.
If the Founding Fathers intended this to be a Christian nation, the first Amendment would have said "The United States of America is a Christian nation. Congress shall make laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion, except the state religion: Christianity."

Security vs. Liberty

Driver's License Bill Concerns Groups

WASHINGTON - A proposal to stop potential terrorists from getting a U.S. driver's license may turn the licenses into a national ID card or help the government track gun purchases, opponents fear.

Conservatives, civil libertarians, gun owners and others share such concerns about a House-passed bill that broadly rewrites the rules for licenses and is portrayed as an anti-terrorism tool.
...
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Richard Pombo,
R-Calif., was one of eight Republicans who voted against the bill.

"In our efforts to protect our homeland and increase our border security we must move forward with solid measures. At the same time, our individual civil rights are nonnegotiable," Pombo said in a statement. "The establishment of a national ID card, I believe, has the possibility of violating those rights."

As more laws like this are passed, the more we're going to have to drop the liberal/conservative nonsense (essentially a product of giants like News Corporation and AOL/Time Warner), and draw the line between government loyalism and patriotism.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

This is nothing new, ask Negroponte

U.S. Friendly With Abusive Gov'ts

Here's the State Department report the above story was taken from.

Of course, the US government is not self-critical of its own human rights abuses, which include:

a. (S) Punching, slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet;
b. (S) Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees;
c. (S) Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing;
d. (S) Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;
e. (S) Forcing naked male detainees to wear women’s underwear;
f. (S) Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and
videotaped;
g. (S) Arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them;
h. (S) Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture;
...
j. (S) Placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee’s neck and having a female Soldier pose for a picture;
k. (S) A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee;
l. (S) Using military working dogs (without muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at least one case biting and severely injuring a detainee;
m. (S) Taking photographs of dead Iraqi detainees.
...

a. (U) Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;
b. (U) Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol;
c. (U) Pouring cold water on naked detainees;
d. (U) Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;
e. (U) Threatening male detainees with rape;
f. (U) Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell;
g. (U) Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.
h. (U) Using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.


Not to mention conducting an illegal act of state terrorism and killing at least 16,000 civilians (that's 5.3 September 11s, if you're counting).

report from the Nonviolent American Citizen Front

William Patterson University student arrested by corporate(in this case US govt) loyalists for distribution of anti-recruitment literature.

"There is a university policy that people are entitled to hand out leaflets and demonstrate publicly," said Stewart Goldstein, spokesman for William Paterson. "But the office of the dean of student
development has the right to determine a location where distribution can take place without it being a disruption."

When several other students were asked to move 15 to 20 feet away from the recruitment tables, they obliged. Keenan said he refused to move.


This is a perfect example of courageous, effective nonviolent action. Adherence to the 15-20 feet policy would not have gotten media attention. Violence would have gotten media attention, yet would serve no purpose but to add more fuel to loyalist propaganda.

Who Rules America?

Potentially good website (also a book by the same title), WhoRulesAmerica.NET if you're interested in the corporate power structure. (a lot of it is under construction, but what's there is informative)

Q: Do they rule secretly from behind the scenes, as a conspiracy?
A: No, conspiracy theories are almost all wrong, though it is true that some corporate leaders lie and steal, and that some government officials try to keep some things secret (but usually fail).Q:

Q: Then how do they rule?
A: That's a complicated story, but the short answer is through open and direct involvement in policy planning, through participation in political campaigns and elections, and through appointments to key decision-making positions in government.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

going along with the "follow the money" theme

If we are to understand what's going on in the world, we have to get away from fairy tales about "good" and "evil", and start following the money. Access to enormous amounts of wealth have never ceased to corrupt. George Bush and Osama bin Laden do not commit acts of terror just because they are "evil". Power is always the goal. Conspiracies are mostly created by the powerful to confuse the powerless.

Chomsky puts it more clearly.

Media message: we're fighting al Qaida in Iraq

I've only read news stories about this, so I'm not sure how accurate the information is (though one can assume it is in al Qaeda's interest to attack western elements in Iraq) the message is clear: We are fighting al Qaida in Iraq.

Bin Laden Asks Zarqawi to Make U.S. a Target -Source

Web Site: Al Qaeda in Iraq Claims Hilla Bombing

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's wing in Iraq said on Tuesday it was behind a suicide car bomb attack that killed 125 people in the town of Hilla, according to a Web statement.
*Notice they never link to the website in these stories. Why not?

Though undoubtedly there are insurgents and foreign Islamic extremists who came within Iraq's deliberately porous borders (the goal was to "smoke them out of their holes"), and some of them follow the ideology of al Qaeda, or are "members" to an extent (although no proof of any of this is cited in the stories, of course) the characterization of al Qaeda having a "wing" in Iraq is absurd, as though al Qaeda is a completely defeatable military structure. Al Qaeda, as we've heard from intelligence experts, is more an ideological movement made up of autonomous cells.

Yes, al Qaeda is in Iraq. Is there any way of distinguishing them from anti-American Iraqis? No. Thus, it is in the US government's interest to create the perception of a conglomeration of the various groups into a single enemy, as it tried to do with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in the marketing of this war. From there it will be very easy to mold the popular mind into believing in a war between "al Qaeda" (who is, of course, responsible for all the violence in Iraq, despite the fact that it may be committed by Sunni insurgents) and the noble "Iraqi people".

Civil War in Iraq

Death Toll in Iraqi Bombing Rises to 120
The Hillah bombing comes at a time when the Sunni Arab insurgency is trying to disrupt the formation of a new government set to be led by majority Shiites for the first time in modern history.

There'll be no end to this any time soon. The only answer may be to form another Shia/Sunni alliance against the American/British occupation, like Al Sadr did. This kind of Pan Arabism might bring peace to Iraq, but it's not good for western countries with economic interests, and it's not good for American citizens if the US government insists on fucking with these people.

AP is calling this "the single deadliest attack of its kind since the fall of Saddam Hussein".

They lie.

Falluja, April 2004:

Today the Iraq Body Count (IBC) website has published its analysis of the civilian dealth toll in the April 2004 siege of Falluja. This analysis leads to the conclusion that betweeen 572 and 616 of the
approximately 800 reported deaths were of civilians, with over 300 of these being women and children.

Central point about White House propaganda issue

White House stirs debate on media tactics, by Dick Polmon, Philadelphia Inquirer
Larry Gross, who runs the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, says: "Richard Nixon hated the press, Bill Clinton hated the press - but they accepted the basic rules of the game. Bush has a strategy of discrediting, end-running, and even faking the news. Those prepackaged videos sent to local TV stations 'looked' like news, much the way Gannon 'looked' like a reporter. We're seeing something new: Potemkin-village journalism."

The point is:

1) reporters are supposed to ask the president hard questions. It's keeps a democracy healthy. It wouldn't have been healthy to have someone like Al Franken on the floor during the Clinton administration.

2) The case cannot be made that Jeff Gannon having access to the White House press room is an isolated incident, since there have been three other reporters paid to promote Bush policies, and, of course, the pre-packaged news items sent to local network affiliates. That's simply propaganda. There's no two ways about it, and it's unprecedented behavior on the part of an American president.

3) It's also unprecedented on the part of the corporate media to largely ignore this on the scale that it has. This story has all the characteristics of a ratings-grabbing, magazine-selling scandal, yet this isn't even prevalant in the popular mind because of the ignorance on the part of the media. This suggests that the myth of the "liberal media" has made the corporate media afraid of looking anything but moderate, that, even in the face of blatant and arrogant scandal, refuses to grill the Bush administration on anything. Bush didn't need Jeff Gannon, Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, and Mike McManus, along with the White House-funded "news" items.