Thursday, June 30, 2005

Hey, wait a minute... Did they say "Fag Burning Amendment"?!?

Two areas of note today.

First, we were deliriously proud to discover that Alan Dechert, President of the Open Voting Consortium, kept his word and named us a founding member for helping with recruiting and disseminating information about its inception.

That's a badge we will wear very, very proudly. Mr. Dechert and company may well be instrumental in helping pull our federation back from the brink of fascism, if enough Americans start paying attention to what's really going on.

And, while we're at it, how about kicking in a few bucks to help with the cause -- building non-proprietary, open-to-public-scrutiny voting systems that can help ensure future elections aren't stolen. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, and it's fully tax-refundable:

As for the second issue:

Am I the only one that feels like punching that (illegal cuban) cigar right the fuck out of Tom Delay's smug face?

See, therein lies the hypocrisy that makes me despise the more rabid proselytizers of the right: they advocate morality and Christianity and love for one's fellow man for us, but engage in drunkenness, reckless adultery , theft, cowardice lies, hatred, fraud, greed and advocate torture and murder.

Now, with an extremist, minority, they have begun to dictate the rights of the majority.

They are very organized

And the lower echelons are completely, scarily nuts.

But if you examine the phenomenon closely, there is a calculated cynicism on the part of the the leaders; the Delays, the Gingrinches, the Bakers, the Cheneys. They are patently insincere: for example, they knew without a shadow of a doubt that Iraq wasn't a threat, but they counted on being able to lie their way into the war anyway.

And here is the heart of their strategy in consolidating power: think of the pitiful saps that occasionally come to your door to share with you the glorious wisdom of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

They come in pairs for moral support, but basically have no shame whatsoever. Say what you will about them, they have the guts to sit there in front of you, knowing you don't give a damn about what they're saying and would rather tell them to fuck off and let you get about your day. And they wait you out.

They use the basic human instincts of extending common courtesy and play a waiting game. And they are not easily deterred; at age 15, as an experiment to drive them away, we answered the door nude, and invited them in for a chat. They stayed. And prayed. It was appalling, pitiful and gut-splittingly hilarious at the same time.

But we digress. Think of the average door-to-door proselytizer playing their waiting game, without giving in to shame or pressure and leaving when they're unwelcome.

These folks are steeped in it. They've been bred in that environment -- preaching to the unreceptive, and they don't mind if people recognize that they're asses.

And so we have John Poindexter and James Baker reappearing after the smoke settles; we have Oliver North collecting fat checks; we have Reagan nominated for inclusion in Mt. goddamned Rushmore.

These people have no shame. And they're happy to play a waiting game. That's why Tom Delay isn't sweating. He knows that eventually, all this will blow over and he can suck down another fat stogie, bought and paid for by your tax dollars and produced by cheap labor in a third world country the rabid right helped marginalize into utter destitution.

If the rest of America (that is, the non-extreme right) wants to effect change and stop this creeping, chilling fascism, we'd better realize that they can't be shamed out of office.

It's going to require serious confrontation and guts. We'll have to stay constantly in their faces with subpoenas, cameras, massive public demonstrations and, especially, international pressure.

Their achilles heel is their greed. If we can stop the massive flow of money into the Right's movement, they can be stopped.

Here's hoping.

Quote of the Day: I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.
Mary Roberts Rinehart

Friday, June 24, 2005

In cooperation with Operation Yellow Elephant, we present....

The Golden Chicken. To be presented to worthy Armchair Warriors everywhere who are proud to support the troops. In principle.

Feel free to print out and present as you see fit.

Site nominees also considered. Email me at

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Quote of the Day:"The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
- Mark Twain, 'The Mysterious Stranger'

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Calling it like it is...

You know... George Bush Jr. isn't REALLY a dumb-as-a-post cowpoke cocksucker, just a cocksucker.

The Democrats have now fillibustered to keep batshit insane Bolton from ascending to the UN twice. Bush really isn't too stupid to understand the Democrats DO NOT WANT mustache boy in there, he just doesn't give a fuck.

Now that the election has been rigged so that they can't be voted out, he and his coin-operated thugs-in-chief don't even feel obliged to PRETEND to give a shit anymore. They're basically just going to do whatever the fuck they want, and to Hell with the democratic process or what anyone else's opinion might be.

Witness the invasion and occupation of Iraq (such a bloodthirtsy, ignoble, sociopathic shit-stomping can't be dignified with the title "war", as, after the secret carpet-bombings of 2002, the years of sanctions, and Saddam's destruction of the WMDs graciously given him by Bush Sr., Reagan and Rumsfeld, it never approached any sort of contest).

The invasion was the most despised political action ever taken in the course of human history, and the Chimp-in-Chief smirkingly dismissed its opposition as a "focus group".

Anyone (including our esteemed legislators) who thinks the Bushites give the remotest shit about ANY dissenting views is naive and doomed to failure. Any political strategy must proceed based upon two principles: 1) we can't vote them out anymore; 2) they plan to do whatever the fuck they want and will do ANYTHING to stop those in their way.

Removing the cancer that has invaded our government is going to be painful to America indeed.

God help us all.

MAKE those motherfuckers listen....

Here's a very cool feature from Democratic Underground:

select three states, choose the media, click "enter" and Presto -- huge email list to spam the media with urgings to cover the Downing Street memo -- or whatever you will.

Get thee hence and raise some Hell!



Friday, June 17, 2005

Investigate Memogate

Investigate Memogate-pass it on.

A ray of light....

These evil bastards might actually get chased the Hell out of the White House, if enough Americans start paying attention to what is happening beyond Paris Hilton's tits -- admirable as they are (fuck, she is hot, ain't she....)

Conyers, Wilson, McGovern et al were on C-Span exposing the whole nastiness so all who care to can see.... It's only your country, personal liberty, safety, health, progeny, wealth and future at stake after all....

Little more to add, save this choice quote from Eisenhower:

Quote of the Day: "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are...Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." — President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Speaking of nuts, Mr. Milbank, here's a pair for you to lick....

Former White House handjob masseuse -- er I mean reporter -- Dana Milbank had the stones to call those of us seeking coverage of the Downing Street memo "wingnuts".

So, the next best thing to kicking him in his, is to contact his bosses, and let them know just how pissed we are.

Here's the contact info. Be sure to CC him for maximum effect.

Here's mine. Feel free to use it and/or add your own spin:


The myopic contempt with which Dana Milbank dismissed millions of Americans who think media focus on the Downing Street memo is at least as important as, for example, the Michael Jackson trial, is infuriating, insulting and displays a smug, elitist belief that the Washington Post need no longer even pay lip service to impartial news reporting, but has the right to use its power to insult and even stifle legitimate public enquiry and dissent.

Millions of your readers are of a like mind, I can assure you. Please make sure Milbank hears about it.

thank you,

Quote of the Day:"Fear not the path of truth for lack of people walking on it."
- Arabic Proverb

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Letter to the editor -- the Colorado Daily Camera

Re: Waking to reality

I wonder how many fewer Americans would support the occupation of Iraq if the media were to provide adequate coverage of the "Downing Street memos" -- briefings to Prime Minister Blair -- in which Britain's top government officials told the minister that Bush and his cabinet were "fixing facts" to win support for an invasion?

Would Americans still support the occupation if they saw the BBC interview ( with oil consultant Falah Aljibury, who hosted secret meetings where the State Department and oil tycoons were drawing up documents that would divide up Iraq's oil within weeks of Bush's taking office in 2001?

Or if they saw the 2001 video clips ( of both Condoleezza Rica and Colin Powell announcing at press conferences that Saddam Hussein was "completely contained" and couldn't even threaten his neighbors with conventional weapons"?

Or if they saw the video of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Hussein (, just prior to brokering the deals that would arm Hussein with good old made-in-the-USA anthrax, botulism, gas gangrene, cholera and nuclear detonators -- the complete list of which has been provided by Senator Robert Byrd (

Fortunately, those WMD were destroyed in the presence of UN inspectors before they were ever deployed on civilians.

Unfortunately, this Administration has blatantly and repeated lied to us about them as a pretext for this disastrous misadventure that has now cost over 1700 American and untold hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives.

May the God they pay public lip service to have mercy on their blackened souls.

Quote of the day -- If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any war. - Senior Pentagon official, explaining why the U.S. military censored footage showing Iraqi soldiers sliced in two by U.S. helicopter fire.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Corroborating the Memo

There are a substantial number of people who can prove the Administration planned to invade Iraq and cooked up a false case to support it. Let's hope Conyers uses them in building his case. In addition to Aljibury and Herskowitz, journalists Bob Woodward, Michael Elliott and James Carney have direct Bush quotes about his advance plans:

Woodward on CBS News

"And there's this low boil on Iraq until the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, 2001. This is 72 days after 9/11. This is part of this secret history. President Bush, after a National Security Council meeting, takes Don Rumsfeld aside, collars him physically, and takes him into a little cubbyhole room and closes the door and says, "What have you got in terms of plans for Iraq? What is the status of the war plan? I want you to get on it. I want you to keep it secret."

Woodward says immediately after that, Rumsfeld told Gen. Tommy Franks to develop a war plan to invade Iraq and remove Saddam - and that Rumsfeld gave Franks a blank check.

"Rumsfeld and Franks work out a deal essentially where Franks can spend any money he needs. And so he starts building runways and pipelines and doing all the preparations in Kuwait, specifically to make war possible," says Woodward.

"[It] gets to a point where in July, the end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. …Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the Treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."

But according to Woodward, the general had been perfecting his war plan, and Vice President Dick Cheney knew all about it.

Woodward reports that Cheney was the driving force in the White House to get Saddam. Cheney had been Secretary of Defense during the first Gulf War, and to him, Saddam was unfinished business – and a threat to the United States.

In his book, Woodward describes Cheney as a "powerful, steamrolling force obsessed with Saddam and taking him out."

Three months later, on Dec. 21, 2002, Woodward says CIA Director George Tenet brought his deputy, John McLaughlin, to the oval office to show the president and the vice president their best evidence that Saddam really had weapons of mass destruction.

"McLaughlin has access to all the satellite photos, and he goes in and he has flip charts in the oval office. The president listens to all of this and McLaughlin's done. And, and the president kind of, as he's inclined to do, says ‘Nice try, but
that isn't gonna sell Joe Public. That isn't gonna convince Joe Public," says Woodward.

In his book, Woodward writes: "The presentation was a flop. The photos were not gripping. The intercepts were less than compelling. And then George Bush turns to George Tenet and says, 'This is the best we've got?'"

Says Woodward: "George Tenet's sitting on the couch, stands up, and says, ‘Don't worry, it's a slam dunk case.’" And the president challenges him again and Tenet says, ‘The case, it's a slam dunk.’ ...I asked the president about this and he said it was very important to have the CIA director – ‘Slam-dunk is as I interpreted is a sure thing, guaranteed. No possibility it won't go through the hoop.’ Others present, Cheney, very impressed.”

Woodward on PBS:

"...when you dig into the why -- you know, why did you do this -- he said, explicitly, he believes we have a duty to free people, to liberate people.

And I asked him directly, I said, "Is this not kind of a dangerous paternalism where people are going to say, now, wait a minute, where's the United States coming in and liberating us?"

And he said, quite directly, he said, "that's an elite view," and that people who are liberated are delighted and happy with it. And he wants to fix things. I think it is a moral determination which we've not seen in the White House maybe in 100 years. "

Elliot and Carney, Time Magazine:

"F___ Saddam. we're taking him out." Those were the words of President George W. Bush, who had poked his head into the office of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

It was March 2002, and Rice was meeting with three U.S. Senators, discussing how to deal with Iraq through the United Nations, or perhaps in a coalition with America's Middle East allies. Bush wasn't interested. He waved his hand dismissively, recalls a participant, and neatly summed up his Iraq policy in that short phrase.

The Senators laughed uncomfortably; Rice flashed a knowing smile. The President left the room. A year later, Bush's outburst has been translated into action, as cruise missiles and smart bombs slam into Baghdad.

Next there is retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner, who meticulously documented every step in the Administration's campaign to "sell" the war the same time the Downing Street Memo said that Bush had made up his mind, often with outright lies and propaganda:

"It was not bad intelligence. It was much more. It was an orchestrated effort. It began before the war, was a major effort during the war and continues as post-conflict distortions."

"The major thrust was to make a conflict with Iraq seem part of a struggle between good and evil. Terrorism is evil. We are good. The axis is evil, and we are the good guys.

The second thrust is what propaganda theorists would call the "big lie." The plan was to connect Iraq with the 9/11 attacks. Make the American people believe that Saddam Hussein was behind those attacks. The effort followed the basic framework of effective propaganda."

From my research, the most profound thread is that WMD was only a very small part of the strategic influence, information operations and marketing campaign conducted on both sides of the Atlantic. These are the stories on which I ended up doing detailed research. In each case, I attempted to find when and where the story originated, which officials made statements related to the story and then look at how it came out. Obviously, I am reporting on those where the outcome differed from the story.

My research suggests there were over 50 stories manufactured or at least engineered that distorted the picture of Gulf II for the American and British people."

Finally there is Respect MP George Galloway, who was a victim of a smear campaign in retaliation for his exposure of the fraud behind the buildup to the war.

"...100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies. If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to President Chirac who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth."

I've contacted each of these men, urging them to lend support and/or testimony when Congressman John Conyers convenes his hearing. I've also contacted the Congressman's office, urging him to solicit their testimony. Here's hoping.

Joseph Wilson:
Corporate and Public Strategy Advisory Group (CPS)
c/o Tulû Gümüstekin
Director General
27 Avenue des Arts
B - 1040 Brussels
Tel.: (32-2) 237 99 40
Fax: (32-2) 237 99 60

Bob Woodward:
Assistant managing editor, reporter
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20071

Sam Gardiner
Colonel, USAF (Retired)

Michael Elliott, editor-at-large
James Carney, TIME Deputy Washington Bureau Chief
Time Inc.
1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1393
Phone 212-522-1212

Labor Member of Parliament George Galloway
Respect The Unity Coalition,
Room 207/208 Coborn House,
3 Coborn Road, Bow, London E3 2DA
020 7219 3000
Phone 020 8980 3507
Fax 020 8981 5862

Quote of the Day: "Whoever controls the flow of Persian Gulf oil has a stranglehold not only on our economy but also on the other countries of the world as well."-- DICK Cheney

Friday, June 10, 2005

Investigate memogate... pass it on

"investigate memogate--pass it on"

Follow-up to John Conyers....

Mr. Conyers:

I have taken the liberty of contacting writer Mickey Herskowitz to urge him to testify what Bush told him about his plans to invade Iraq well in advance of speaking to the UN. He can be contacted at the Houston Chronicle. In addition, there is oil industry consultant Falah Aljibury, who told the BBC in a documentary that he hosted secret US State Department meetings planning an Iraq coup and the division of Iraq’s oil, WELL IN ADVANCE.

The story can be found here:

Although I couldn’t track Mr. Aljibury’s home address, he can be contacted here:
Amerada Hess Corporation
1185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10036
(212) 997-8500

or here:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
555 California Street
45th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: 1-415-393-7500

Sir: I urge you to solicit the aid of these men in your case. Additionally, the journalist Greg Palast could prove a tremendously powerful ally:

Thank you again for your courage and tenacity on the behalf of the American people.

Eric A. Smith

letter to Mickey Herskowitz


Next Thursday, Congressman John Conyers of the House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the Downing Street Memo – the minutes of a meeting between George Bush and Tony Blair, in which it was recorded that Bush already had plans in place for an invasion of Iraq and was “fixing intelligence” to drum up support for his policy. He has the backing of 88 other Congressmen and over 300,000 American signatures (and counting) in support of a full investigation of the Downing Street memo.

You have also gone on the record as stating that in interviewing Bush for his biography, he told you that he had ALREADY PLANNED TO INVADE IRAQ WELL IN ADVANCE. Your testimony to that effect could hugely strengthen Congressman Conyer’s case, and I would like to urge you to offer that testimony for the good of your country. Here’s where to contact the Congressman:

Friends of John Conyers, Jr.
19512 Livernois
Detroit, Michigan 48221
Phone: 313-438-2004

Back in Bidness

Honorable Rep. Conyers:

Thank you so much for your courage in refusing to let the White House hide from the damning evidence of the Downing Street memo.

EXTREMELY relevant corroboration can be supplied by former Bush biographer Mickey Herskowitz, who says Bush told him directly that he planned to invade well in advance:

Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.

"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. "It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invade.if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

The full story can be found here:

Here the BBC interviewed Iraqi oil consultant Falah Aljibury, who took part in the secret US STATE DEPARTMENT meetings in California, Washington and the Middle East WELL IN ADVANCE of the invasion in which plans were laid to OVERTHROW IRAQ and SELL OFF its OIL as a counter to OPEC. Mr Aljibury himself told Newsnight HE INTERVIEWED POTENTIAL SUCCESSORS TO SADDAM HUSSEIN ON BEHALF OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

And even though he claimed Hussein had WMD, here are Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice ON VIDEO in 2001, saying Hussein POSED NO THREAT WHATSOEVER AND HAD NO ARMS!!!

Here’s a very detailed and documented (with department of defense declassified documents) account of how RUMSFELD, BUSH, SR. and the rest of the Bush cabal ARMED HUSSEIN IN THE FIRST PLACE with ANTHRAX, BOTULISM, GAS GANGRENE and NUCLEAR DETONATORS (the latter courtesy of Cheney at Halliburton):

And here’s background (from UPI no less) on how Hussein was originally groomed as a CIA hitman:
Here the New York Times recounts how Allawi, the man they installed as Iraq’s interim prime minister, was called the “Mad Bomber of Baghdad” and was blowing up busloads of schoolchildren:

These men are so evil, so corrupt, they make Caligula look like a choirboy.

If you can run the videoclips of Rumsfeld (here: ), Rice and Powell, and get the sworn testimony of Herskowitz and Aljibury in addition to the Downing Street memo, you could put together one hell of a case against the architects of this disaster.

Eric A. Smith

Quote of the Day: "A slave is one who waits for someone else to free him." Rosellen Brown