Saturday, April 30, 2005

A Saturday Morning. . .

Time For Some Lite Reading In The Light Of This Spring Morning
by The Old Hippie Because These Powerful Observations Shouldn't Be Missed


Patriot 

"Our New Pluto-Theocracy" - Molly Ivins - April 28, 2005

"The Insular America" - Derrick Z. Jackson - April 29, 2005

"Schlussel Carves Up Marla Ruzicka" - Bill Berkowitz - April 29, 2005

"The Colors Of Memory" - Renato Redentor Constantino - April 29, 2005


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"Troubling Beyond Words" - N.Y. Times - April 28, 2005

The CommonDreams.org's "Readers Most Forwared Article" of Last Week

Venezuelan President [Venezuela is our 2nd~3rd largest oil supplier] Says He. . .
"Will Not Return to U.S. Until Americans "liberate" Their Nation"

"You Are Going To Want To Read This" - Found at P.O.A.C. - April 29, 2005

That's enough, it's a springtime Saturday in Pax Americana. . .  Go out and have some fun.


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Friday, April 29, 2005

Land Of The Free?

We Americans Are The Most Imprisoned Nation On The Planet
compiled by The Old Hippie Because Most Americans Still Believe We Are The Land Of The Free


1 out of every 138 Americans in prison
Homeland Security take note: Americans are our own worst enemy, according to a new Bureau of Justice press release.  Last year, the jail and prison population grew by 932 inmates per week.  According to the Justice Policy Institute, this means the United States has a higher rate of incarceration than any other country, followed by Britain, China, France, Japan and Nigeria.  No wonder we don't feel safe.  We're more likely to end up in prison than we are to be attacked.

by Rachel, Staff Member - AlterNet.org, April 25, 2005


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America has more of its own citizens in prison, than any other nation on the planet.

In the whole of written history, no nation ever imprisoned as many of its citizens, as America has.

Of all nations on the planet, America has the highest percentage of it own citizens in prison.

We are not "the land of the free," we are the land of the most imprisoned.

And keep in mind, we now "officially" condone, and do, torture human beings in our prisons, both foreign, and domestic.

"Ya'all have a nice day now, ya'hear?"

[ If you're interested, you might enjoy reading this. . . "The Police State Road Map" ]


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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Sez It All Day. . .

Some Items So Obvious That No Comment Is Required
compiled by The Old Hippie Because It Has Become Such A Dangerous Joke


Jen Sorensen

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Jon Stewart
Click on the pic above to link to website,
then click on the same pic to watch.


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House Republicans Cave,
Restore Ethics Rules


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Amway's GOPyramid

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Drew Sheneman


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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Reagan/Bush/Clinton O'nomics Strikes Again

No Longer The Lab Of The World
U.S. chemical plants are closing in droves as production heads abroad

by BusinessWeek / May 2, 2005 / By Michael Arndt


In 1958, Hampshire Chemical Corp. opened a plant in Nashua, N.H.  Over the next 46 years, the 41-acre complex alchemized hydrocarbon molecules into millions of tons of surfactants, the stuff that gives shampoo its cleansing power.  Last fall, though, the facility's long run ended.  Dow Chemical Co., which acquired the property in 1997, shut it down.  For Dow, it was another has-been operation.  But for the nation, it's more than that.  Chemical production itself is becoming a has-been industry.

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Only a decade ago the U.S. was the world's top spot for making chemicals.  Not only was it the largest market but it also had facilities that boasted the latest technology and the best knowhow.  Most important, U.S. plants had a natural advantage, thanks to an abundant supply of cheap natural gas, a building block for plastics, fertilizers, and even pharmaceuticals.  Today, none of that is true.  Bigger, faster-growing markets are overseas.  New facilities in the developing world are often as sophisticated and productive as those in America, if not more so.  And in a crippling reversal, U.S. natural gas prices are the highest in the world.  For the U.S., the likely results are less investment, fewer jobs, and fewer scientific discoveries.

With annual sales of $500 billion, U.S. chemical producers are too big to simply disappear, as have other industries such as consumer electronics or clothing.  Indeed, after a few tough years, chemical sales have spiked thanks to the weakened dollar and a rebound in U.S. manufacturing.  Dow had its best year ever in 2004 and anticipates even greater sales and profits this year.  Still, execs at the Midland (Mich.) multinational concede that a big reason for Dow's record performance is its abandonment of high-cost operations at home.  "The U.S. is becoming an island," says Dow CEO Andrew N. Liveris.  "If energy prices stay at these levels, U.S. exports can't compete."

Dow is not alone.  Across the industry, capital investment is being herded away from the U.S. toward the Middle East and Asia, where energy is cheaper and growth rates are faster, while U.S. plants are being turned over to salvagers.  "We're in probably the most extreme economic environment the chemical industry has seen," says Jeffry N. Quinn, CEO of Solutia Inc.  He should know: The St. Louis chemical company was driven into Chapter 11 in 2003 in part because of soaring raw material costs.

The industry's slippage affects more than national pride.  Even in today's digital economy, chemical producers are essential to manufacturers, providing key ingredients for everything from hand soap to home insulation to hard drives.  But as more and more of these goods are made offshore, the chemical industry is following suit.  Chemical companies closed 70 facilities in the U.S. in 2004 and already have tagged 40 more for shutdown, according to a registry that Chicago-based BuildCentral Inc. posts for demolition outfits.  Industry employment is now below 880,000, down from over 1 million as recently as 2002.  And these are often well-paying jobs, with equipment operators earning $40,000 a year and chemical engineers averaging more than $75,000.

Meantime, of 120 chemical plants being built around the world with price tags of $1 billion or more, just one -- a 1,725-acre polyvinyl chloride plant in Plaquemine, La. -- is in the U.S., reports Independent Project Analysis Inc. China, by comparison, has 50.  "The U.S. has gone from a privileged position to where it's hard to find a rationale to put anything here," says Edward W. Merrow, president of the Ashburn (Va.) capital-projects consultancy.  As a result, the
nation's balance of trade in chemicals, a rock-steady surplus for 80 years, has become a deficit.

Innovation may be the nation's next casualty.  Production facilities need engineers to run them and scientists to do workaday research.  So as capital investment migrates, these tasks will, too.  The concern among U.S. scientists is that offshore research and development centers will expand to encompass the deeper, basic research from which new products are born.  "Innovations increasingly will be coming from abroad," says Donald B. Anthony, executive director of the Council for Chemical Research, a group of chemists from industry, government, and academia.  Indeed, DuPont just opened a lab in Shanghai that will grow into a basic research center with 200 scientists within three years.  And the company is mulling R&D facilities in India and Russia.

LEAVING HOME

The chemical industry was born and took root in the U.S. largely because of its enormous reserves of hydrocarbons and other natural resources that could be transformed into new materials.  The industry's low-cost inputs and outsize scale also gave it an edge on the global market.  As recently as 1997, the U.S. posted a trade surplus in chemicals of almost $20 billion, even as it ran deficits in most other manufacturing sectors.

But at the start of this decade, the industry's hegemony abruptly ended.  Orders collapsed, hurt by an unrelenting recession in manufacturing and by the exodus of industrial customers to China and other low-wage countries.  The capper was the sudden leap in U.S. natural gas prices.  Through the 1990s, gas prices were among the world's lowest, averaging $2 per million British thermal units (BTUs).  But in 2000, U.S. prices shot up, because of unprecedented demand from new, gas-fired power plants.  Today, with supplies still tight, gas costs $6 to $7 per million BTUs in the U.S.  That compares with $5.25 in Europe, $4.50 in China and Japan, and $1.25 or less throughout the Middle East and Russia.

With neither imports nor new domestic supplies likely to close this price gap anytime soon, chemical companies are canceling projects here.  Dow was set to expand an existing complex in Texas City, Tex.  Instead, as the company's energy costs rocketed in the U.S., execs shut down two ethylene plants on the property and opted to build the new plant in Oman, where natural gas goes for $1 per million BTUs.  The $1.5 billion project will produce polyethylene for the world market using the same state-of-the-art technology Dow had planned for Texas.  "The Middle East and the Far East -- that's where all the builds are happening," says Dow's Liveris.  "We are going to be part of that.  We have to be."

For each facility U.S. companies build abroad, it seems two at home are shuttered.  Dow has cut its North American headcount by 5,135, or 18%, to 23,325, and closed 11 facilities in the U.S. since 2002, including the surfactant plant in Nashua, which is now being razed.  Industries must adapt or die.  When it comes to chemicals, though, the U.S. industry is adapting abroad while withering at home.


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You Ain't Seen Nothun Yet

Bush's Most Radical Plan Yet
By OSHA GRAY DAVIDSON, May 5, 2005


If you've got something to hide in Washington, the best place to bury it is in the federal budget.  The spending plan that President Bush submitted to Congress this year contains 2,000 pages that outline funding to safeguard the environment, protect workers from injury and death, crack down on securities fraud and ensure the safety of prescription drugs.  But almost unnoticed in the budget, tucked away in a single paragraph, is a provision that could make every one of those protections a thing of the past.

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The proposal, spelled out in three short sentences, would give the president the power to appoint an eight-member panel called the "Sunset Commission," which would systematically review federal programs every ten years and decide whether they should be eliminated.  Any programs that are not "producing results," in the eyes of the commission, would "automatically terminate unless the Congress took action to continue them."

The administration portrays the commission as a well-intentioned effort to make sure that federal agencies are actually doing their job.  "We just think it makes sense," says Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, which crafted the provision.  "The goal isn't to get rid of a program -- it's to make it work better."

In practice, however, the commission would enable the Bush administration to achieve what Ronald Reagan only dreamed of: the end of government regulation as we know it.  With a simple vote of five commissioners -- many of them likely to be lobbyists and executives from major corporations currently subject to federal oversight -- the president could terminate any program or agency he dislikes.  No more Environmental Protection Agency.  No more Food and Drug Administration.  No more Securities and Exchange Commission.

"Ronald Reagan once observed, 'The closest thing to immortality on this earth is a federal government program,' " says Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas who has been working for the past nine years to establish a sunset commission.  "We need it to clear out the deadwood."

Without many of those programs, however, American consumers, workers and investors would be left to the mercy of business.  "This is potentially devastating," says Wesley Warren, who served as a senior OMB official in the Clinton administration.  "In short order, this could knock out protections that have been built up over a generation."

Others note that the provision goes beyond anything attempted by conservatives in the past.  "When you look at this," says Marchant Wentworth, a lobbyist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, "it's almost like the Reagan administration was a trial run."

The man behind the sunset commission is Clay Johnson, the most influential member of Bush's inner circle whom you've never heard of.  The two Texans have been close friends since 1961, when they met as fifteen-year-olds at Andover prep school and later roomed together for four years at Yale.  When Bush was elected governor of Texas in 1994, he put the buddy he calls "Big Man" -- Johnson is six feet four -- in charge of all state appointments.  Johnson, a former executive at Neiman Marcus and Frito-Lay, refers to Americans as "customers" and is partial to Chamber of Commerce bromides such as "We're in the results business."  He is also partial to giving corporate lobbyists a direct role in gutting regulatory protections.  One of his first acts in Texas was to remove all three members of the state environmental-protection commission and replace them with a former Monsanto executive, an official with the Texas Beef Council and a lawyer for the oil industry.  Overnight, a commission widely respected for its impartiality became a "revolving door between the industry lobby and government," says Jim Marston, the senior attorney in Texas for the nonprofit organization Environmental Defense.

Johnson continued his anti-regulatory efforts in the early days of the Bush presidency, when he helped place industry champions in positions throughout the government.  As director of OMB, an obscure but powerful arm of the White House, he has implemented a "Program Assessment Rating Tool" to evaluate federal programs and cut funding to those that are "not getting results."  In reality, though, Johnson uses PART to slash government efforts that don't fit the administration's political agenda.  This year's budget eliminates twenty percent of the programs that were rated most effective, including efforts to improve the environment and education, and increases funding for programs that received the lowest possible rating -- including an attempt to reduce the number of poor people claiming a low-income tax credit.

The evaluations "are based on the whims of White House budget bean counters," says Gary Bass, executive director of the nonpartisan OMB Watch.  "These are meaningless numbers that do nothing but back up preordained political conclusions."

The Sunset Commission would go even further. The panel -- which will likely be composed of "experts in management issues," according to one senior OMB official -- will enable the administration to terminate entire government programs that protect citizens against injury and death.  Consider what America might look like if Reagan had wielded such an anti-regulatory ax twenty years ago.  Abolishing the EPA would have increased air pollution, causing tens of thousands of children to develop chronic respiratory diseases.  Terminating the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would have eliminated many protections we now take for granted -- including air bags, child safety seats and automatic seat belts.  And getting rid of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would have forestalled workplace regulations that have prevented illnesses among millions of farmworkers.

Even if such regulations remain on the books, eliminating entire agencies would leave no one to enforce them.  "And if there's no cop on the beat, who's going to follow the law?" says J. Robert Shull, senior policy analyst at OMB Watch.

The first hint of Bush's plan to create a commission surfaced only weeks after he won re-election last November. At an economic conference convened by Treasury Secretary John Snow, one panel member made the case for inserting a sunset provision into existing regulations.  Such a move would "shift the burden of proof onto the regulations and require us to demonstrate that they're still needed," said Susan Dudley, director of regulatory studies at the Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C.

It's fitting that the first public mention of Bush's plan came from Mercatus.  The center's "regulatory studies program" was founded by Wendy Gramm, the wife of former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm and the woman Reagan called "my favorite economist."  As a senior official at OMB under the Gipper, Gramm fought hard to eliminate federal regulations.  Her most notorious victory came in 1992 when, as chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, she pushed through a measure exempting companies that trade in energy derivatives from regulation, following an intense lobbying campaign by Enron.  Gramm resigned from the commission and accepted a seat on the Enron board of directors, where she was paid $1.85 million and received donations from the company to support Mercatus.  Enron, meanwhile, used its exemption from federal oversight to engage in its infamous accounting fraud that destroyed the company and bankrupted investors.

But such dangers of eliminating regulations have done nothing to slow Bush's drive for a sunset commission. Given its political gains last November, the administration is optimistic about winning approval in Congress.  "The stars and the planets are aligned," Johnson recently declared, citing the solid Republican majority in Congress and the need to curb the soaring federal deficit.

But there may be a stumbling block.  The commission not only threatens the environment and public health -- it would also violate the constitutional separation of power between Congress and the executive branch, enabling the president to dismantle programs created by lawmakers.  "Under the administration's proposal, Congress would relinquish its constitutional power to legislate," says Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat from California who has been the commission's most vocal opponent.  "Power would be consolidated in the executive branch, and the legislative role would be emasculated."

Republicans already have a plan to counter such concerns.  Under a bill expected to be introduced soon, the power to appoint the commission would be given to Congress rather than to the president -- simply transferring the authority from Bush to his GOP allies on the Hill.  And if the commission is challenged in court, the administration is likely to drag out the fight until it has firmly established a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

Either way, opponents consider the commission a serious threat.  "The end result," says Waxman, "would be a field day for corporate lobbyists."

(Posted May 05, 2005)


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Do The Following. . .

Do It In The Order It Is Presented, And You May See Through The Fog
compiled by The Old Hippie Because You Need To Know The Truth


First read/study the excellently researched article, "Some Like It Hot"
by Chris Mooney in the May/June 2005 issue of Mother Jones


Next Watch the Democracy Now! Earth Day presentation of the debate between:

Chris Mooney, the author of "Some Like It Hot"

Myron Ebell, a major Mobil/Exxon funded supporter that Global Warming doesn't exist

Ross Gelbspan, journalist and author.  As special projects editor of The Boston Globe, he conceived, directed and edited a series of articles that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984.  He is author of "The Heat is On: The High Stakes Battle Over Earth's Threatened Climate."

Finally - Read/Study this report, "Put A Tiger In Your Tank," of ExxonMobil's funding of a network of groups that challenge the existence of global warming.

Now - Make an informed decision as to the truth - But, don't stop there, do more research on your own, and by all means - Talk about this with anyone, most particularly those who have bought the disinformation, hook, line, and sinker.

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Here are a few links to aide you in your further research:

"Just Do It. . ."

"Grim Signs. . ."

"The Heat Is Online"

"Union Of Concered Scientists"

"In Depth - Global Warming?"


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Friday, April 22, 2005

Consider, That Right Now. . .

A Dozen Senators & Congressmen, Like Those Preferring Theocracy,
Consider "Democracy A Manifestation Of Ungodly Pride"

compiled by The Old Hippie Because They Are The-Tip-Of-The-Iceberg


Council for National Policy (CNP) - Is not a federal agency -
Focus On The Family (FotF) - Lobbyist front for the radical Evangelical Dominionists -
Family Research Council (FRC) Has little to do with family, and is a branch off the FotF -

Free Congress Foundation, Americans for Tax Reform, Heritage Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and Intercollegiate Studies Institute - All sound like fine organizations, but they are all fronts for the radical Evangelical Dominionists who are successfully turning the American Democracy into a "Christian" Theocracy, right before your eyes, and right under your noses.

Most of America "has a clue," but few realize the extent of their success.  These "religious nuts" aren't running around the edges of the Democracy "trying" to get a piece of the pie, they in fact, with dollars and votes, now have majority control of the Republican Party, which has full one-party-rule control of the American government - With which they are successfully, right now, purposely destroying the Democracy, the Separation of Church and State, the Separation of Powers - to create a radical fundamentalist Evangelical Christian Theocracy.

Few Americans believe it can ever really happen, many still believe they, the "religious nuts," are the "fringe" of our Democracy - Most Americans do not realize that the "wing-nuts" have already succeeded, and are at the very center of the political power within the Republican party - Now.

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To Learn - Follow These Links - This isn't "conspiracy" theory - It's reality.
[ Some of these links link audio and video evidence also - Don't trust me, do your own research. ]

"Secret And Ties"

"Secret Society"

"Behind Closed Doors"

"Dominionist Bill Limits the Supreme Court's Jurisdiction
The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 and Now 2005"


"They Said. . .  That It Could Never Happen In America. . ."

"Faith and Fabrications"

"By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them"

"Their Beliefs are Bonkers, but they are at the Heart of Power"

Frontline's Full Video Presentation of, "The Jesus Factor"

"The Founding Fathers Were Not Christians"

"Apocalypse (Almost) Now"

"With God on His Side..."

"The Bible College That Leads to the White House"

"Bush's Messianic complex"

"George Bush and the Rise of Christian Fascism"

"Holy War?  Is That What Bush is About?"

"Who Said The Following. . .?"

"Battlefield Earth"

"Jesus Plus Nothing"

"Religious Right Fights Science For The Heart Of America"

"Bible vs. Science War Rages On In Classrooms"

"Pharisee Nation"

Up, Up, And Away. . .  America Is Still On Its Way Up. . ."

"Recapping American Reality - Which Is Truly Simplistic Within Its Complexity."

"DeLay Criticized for 'Only Christianity' Remarks"
by Alan Cooperman - Washington Post (Page A05) - April 20, 2002

"House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) told evangelical Christians last week [3 years ago] that only Christianity offers a reasonable answer to basic questions about the purpose of life." - Speaking to about 300 people at the First Baptist Church of Pearland, Tex., on April 12, [2002] DeLay said that God is using him to promote "a biblical worldview"

"Antonin Scalia, the man most likely to be our next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, turned history on its head recently when he attended an Orthodox synagogue in New York and claimed that the Founders intended for their Christianity to play a part in government.  Scalia then went so far as to suggest that the reason Hitler was able to initiate the Holocaust was because of German separation of church and state."
-- Thom Hartmann, "Scalia To Synagogue - Jews Are Safer With Christians In Charge"

Committed

"...that's essentially what we're involved in, we're involved in a war. It's not a war fought with bullets, it's a war fought with ballots." - "To fool voters, Religious Right-backed candidates should hide, or disguise, their religious agenda by promoting popular issues such as tax reform:" - "I want to be invisible, I paint my face and travel at night.  You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag.  You don't know until election night."
-- Ralph Reed

"Anyone who still believes the Republican party is ruled by anything other than the ideological theocratic war-profiteering corporatists, using lies, death, and profit. . . to destroy American Democracy, which stands in the way of their profit/power agenda - Are either "part of them," or completely blinkered in-denial cowards, or total and dangerous idiots."
-- The Old Hippie, "The 46% Factor"

Project for an Old American Century Gallery - Crusade
From The Project for an Old American Century.
One of the best reality-based news sites out there.
And not to mention, one of my personal favorites.


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Thursday, April 21, 2005

A Few. . .

Things That You Might Have Missed In Your Daily Surfing. . .
compiled by The Old Hippie Because I Had The Time


  1.  31 House Democrat Losers

  2.  "Illegal but Legitimate: a Dubious Doctrine for the Times"

  3.  Good News and Bad News

  4.  Scoundrel Time

  5.  Ratzinger, Past Member of Hitler Youth Movement & Luftwaffe

  6.  John Bolton's Police State Tactics
 Your Right

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  7.  This Really Does Not Bode Well

  8.  The Real Assault On The Church

  9.  THINGS FALL APART (PART 2)!

10.  God's Army: Non-Christian Air Force Cadets Cite Harassment by Evangelicals

11.  How Rich is Too Rich For Democracy?

12.  By John in D.C. On Microsoft Caving-In to the Bigots

13.  Now We’re Talking ‘Real Money’

14.  The Rise of Disaster Capitalism


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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Time to lock up the anti-christian old hippies

5 Years for Passing a Joint could become law
Friday :: April 15, 2005


Republican Congressman James Sensenbrenner has launched his next assault on freedom.  The full House Judiciary Committee is set to vote as early as next week on H.R. 4547, which creates a new group of mandatory miniumum penalties for non-violent drug offenses, including a five year penalty for passing a joint to someone who's been in drug treatment.

That's right: Passing a joint to someone who used to be in drug treatment will land you in federal prison for a minimum of five years.

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The "Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2005" (H.R. 4547) was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on April 6, and it has already passed out of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

We warned you about this bill last September.  It's now coming home to roost.  Please visit here to e-mail your U.S. representative and two U.S. senators today.  Stop this bill in its tracks.

Marijuana Policy Project reports:

In addition to the shocking joint-passing provision described above,the bill would also create a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first-time conviction of distributing a small amount of marijuana to a person under 18 years of age ... and a 10-year sentence for a second offense of distributing marijuana to a person under 21.  By comparison, the average time served by convicted rapists in this country is about seven years.

MPP does not condone the distribution of marijuana to minors, nor do we advocate the use of marijuana by people recovering from substance abuse problems.  But we do believe that judges should have discretion to determine whether or not offenders in these circumstances deserve to be imprisoned for sentences as long as five or 10 years.  If these mandatory minimum sentences are enacted, judges'hands will be tied.

This bill has traction because it also contains a section that serves as the House Republican leadership's response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made the Federal Sentencing Guidelines advisory, rather than mandatory.*  The Republican leadership is highly motivated to pass this bill -- and with it, the harsh new penalties related to marijuana.

The bill will now be debated and voted on by the full House Judiciary
Committee and -- if the committee passes the bill -- the full House
will then vote on it.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) also has an action alert on this bill.  Here are the gory details, courtesy of FAMM:

Makes the federal sentencing guidelines a system of mandatory minimum sentences through a "Booker-fix" provision.
Creates new mandatory minimums that further erode judicial discretion.
Eliminates the safety valve for low-level drug offenders.
Makes virtually every drug crime committed in urban areas subject to "drug free zone" penalties that carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.
Punishes defendants for the "relevant conduct" of co-conspirators that occurred BEFORE the defendant joined the conspiracy.
As written, H.R. 4547 would:

Effectively make the federal sentencing guidelines a system of mandatory minimum sentences through a "Booker-fix" provision.  This provision forbids judges from departing below the guideline sentence in all but a few cases.
Make the sale of any quantity of any controlled substance (including anything greater than five grams of marijuana) by a person older than 21 to a person younger than 18 subject to a ten-year federal mandatory minimum sentence.
Create a new three-year mandatory minimum for parents who witness or learn about drug trafficking activities, targeting or even near their children, if they do not report it to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours and do not provide full assistance investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting the offender.
Create a new 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for any parent committing a drug trafficking crime in or near the presence of their minor child.
Mandate life in prison for persons 21 years or older convicted a second time of distributing drugs to a person under 18 or convicted a first time after a felony drug conviction has become final.
Increase to five years the federal mandatory minimum sentence for the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, college, public library, drug treatment facility (or any place where drug treatment, including classes, are held), or private or public daycare facilities - in short, almost anywhere in cities across the U.S.
Eliminate the federal "safety valve," granting it only when the government certifies that the defendant pled guilty to the most serious readily provable offense (the one that carries the longest sentence), and has "done everything possible to assist substantially in the investigation and prosecution of another person," and would prohibit the federal "safety-valve" in cases where drugs were distributed or possessed near a person under 18, where the defendant delayed his or her efforts to provide substantial assistance to the government, or provided false, misleading or incomplete information.
This is absolutely sickening. As we said last week,

Sensenbrenner is a one-man disaster for justice.  He's been the driving force behind the Real ID Act and bills to strip judges of their discretion in sentencing and subpoena judges' records.  In 2004, he wanted to add mandatory minimum penalties to non-violent drug offenses (one example: a five year mandatory minimum sentence for passing a joint to someone who had been in a treatment center.)

Don't let him get away with it.

Posted Friday :: April 15, 2005| Legislation


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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Never. . . Seriously. . .

Never Has It Been This Bad In American History
compiled by The Old Hippie Because It Is Getting Worse, Not Better


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"There is a game played all over the world.  In some places—Canada and the UK spring to mind—it’s even achieved the status of a sport.  In the ultimate manifestation of this sport, smartly dressed TV presenters are shipped over to the United States, microphones in hand.  They descend upon the trailer parks, the small towns, the family farms, and the lower-income city neighborhoods, for candid, deliberately cruel interviews about global politics, foreign cultures, evolution, geography—anything that will elicit blank stares from their marks.  The message is abundantly clear:  Americans, as we all know, are hilariously stupid."

-- From the opening paragraph of "Stupid Nation?" at adbusters.org

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Frist To Join Telecast Denouncing Democrats as 'Against People of Faith'
The Senate leader and self-confessed cat mutilator will help promote the message that "...activist courts, aided by liberal interest groups like the A.C.L.U., have been quietly working under the veil of the judiciary, like thieves in the night, to rob us of our Christian heritage and our religious freedoms."

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[ Let's just see how stupid we Americans are. . . ]

From:  CBS News Poll - Nov. 22, 2004
FAVOR SCHOOLS TEACHING. . .


Creationism and evolution
All Americans 65%
Kerry voters  56%
Bush voters   71%

Creationism instead of evolution
All Americans 37%
Kerry voters  24%
Bush voters   45%

60 percent of Americans who call themselves Evangelical Christians, however, favor replacing evolution with creationism in schools altogether, as do 50 percent of those who attend religious services every week.

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[ The following facts are linked directly to their source. . . ]

44% of adult Americans do not completely read a single book in one year.

. . .And take a look at this table of acceptance of evolution by country:

Percent Who Believe in...
           Bible Inerrancy      Evolution

USA            33.5                     35.4
Britain           7.0                      76.7
Germany      12.5                     72.7
Italy             27.0                     65.2
Philippines    53.7                     60.9
Poland         37.4                     35.4
Russia          9.9                      41.4

[ The following is a direct quote from this The Harris Poll® #14, February 18, 2005 ]

"More surprising perhaps are the large numbers (albeit not majorities) who believe the following claims not made by the president and which virtually no experts believe to be true:

47 percent believe that Saddam Hussein helped plan and support the hijackers who attacked the      U.S. on September 11, 2001 (up six percentage points from November).  [ My Emphasis ]
44 percent actually believe that several of the hijackers who attacked the U.S. on September 11      were Iraqis (up significantly from 37% in November).  [ My Emphasis ]
36 percent believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded (down      slightly from 38% in November).

Another interesting finding is that only 46 percent believe that Saddam Hussein was prevented from developing weapons of mass destruction by the U.N. weapons inspectors, a fact which most reports now support."

[ Obviously, not only are we, as a nation, stupid/ignorant, we are becoming more so. ]

Here's more embarrassing proof. . .
From: "America By The Numbers - No. 1?"
City Pages - Minneapolis/St. Paul - Feb. 23, 2005


* Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the earth.
* Seventeen percent believe the earth revolves around the sun once a day.
* The leading cause of death of pregnant women in this country is murder.
* Forty-three percent of Americans think torture is sometimes justified.
* Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe.

[ I have to stop here - This is not bumming me out - It's pissing me off. ]


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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Pulling the Plug on Science

Pulling the plug on Science
By Peter N. Spotts | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor April 14, 2005 edition


These days, however, pride of accomplishment is mingling with angst as Washington contemplates research cuts on everything from space weather to high-energy physics.  The concern? The United States unwittingly may be positioning itself for a long, steady decline in basic research - a key engine for economic growth - at a time when competitors from Europe and Asia are hot on America's heels.

Comment:

Besides government funded science is just another form of social welfare.  Plus they promote, teach, and write about that heretical evolution and to top it off they want to keep studying the evolution of the universie with that damned Hubble telescope.  We know the universe is only 4000 years old. We need men on Mars and Star Wars.  Let the corporations do research in China, since we spent all those tax dollars over the last thirty years educating all their scientists and engineers.  We might as well get some return on the taxpayers investment.


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Friday, April 15, 2005

Someone Tell Me. . .

What Does It Take?  Americans Must Stop This Insanity, Or Others Will.
by The Old Hippie Because I'm Starkly Amazed By The Fearful Silence


"Those Who Make Peaceful Revolution Impossible
Will Make Violent Revolution Inevitable. . ."

John F. Kennedy, In a speech at the White House, 1962


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[ All of the following is not new, or unknown, to anyone reading this, all of these facts are easily verifiable through simple web searches, with little effort or political expertize, or web savvy - Hell don't even believe me, do your own research.  Obviously - Since you are reading this blog - You are already searching - Don't stop. ]

There are more citizens of America imprisoned, right now, in raw numbers, and by percentage of population, than in any other nation, in the written history of this planet.

Peak Oil happens this year, yet our nation as a whole is doing absolutely nothing to wean ourselves off of oil dependency, and doing absolutely nothing toward, and worse, even cutting funding to, alternative energy research and development.

America is the number 1 producer of pollution on the planet.  Not to beat a dead horse, but - We Americans are less than 5% of the planet, and we use over 25% of its resources.  And yet "we" refuse to participate in any of the international environmental treaties, because "it would hurt us financially."  Just how long do you believe that is going to be allowed to continue?

America is dumping, and has been since the first Iraq War back in 1991, and much more so in this war - hundreds of tons of "depleted uranium" (half-life of over 4 billion years and still deadly radioactive) all over Muslim countries.  Its ability to kill and deform living matter is not depleted at all.  "We" use it in weapons, where non-radioactive tungsten would work better.  Why did "we" allow this in the first place, and why are "we" allowing it to continue?

Free-Speech Zones - Jesus Christ, Free-Speech Zones?!?  Wake the F___ up!

Tax-Cuts that openly benefit only the top 2 or 3 percent, during a time of war and economic depression, during the highest deficit in American history, during the largest trade-gap in American history?!?

America has been, and is continuing to use, cluster bombs on civilian populations.

"We" Americans killed over 500,000 children under 5 years of age with "our" economic and political sanctions, in Iraq, and when confronted with this fact, "our" leaders said, "it was worth it."!?!

Insane Evangelical Dominionists have been placed into positions of power throughout the whole structure of "our" government, including the office of President, and are changing this Constitutional Democracy into a Plutocratic Theocracy before our very eyes.  So far successfully destroying the Separation of the Church and State.

The one branch of "our" government that this single-party rule hasn't completely taken over, is now under intense attack - The Judicial Branch.

Just like all of the past failed fascist regimes in this planet's history, they are also attacking the "liberal intellectuals" in our universities, with McCarthy-like intensity and precision.

America - you, me, all of us, now "officially" sanction the torture of human beings, for the first time in our nation's history.

Over 96% of "our" mainstream media is owned and controlled by just 5 corporations.

The majority of "our" nation's prisons are run by private corporations.

Worldwide, the American dollar, because it has become so weak, and is continuing to weaken, is being replaced by the euro.  The political, not to mention economical, implications of this are staggering.

Our cherished Constitutional Democracy is being systematically, and purposefully destroyed, before our eyes, and "we" remain openly silenced?!?

Why?  Someone please tell me, just what does it take for us Americans to even start the process of stopping this insanity?  Before others do it for us.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

They Said. . .

That It Could Never Happen In America. . .
by The Old Hippie Because It Has Happened


From Congress Daily:

Christian conservatives and a core group of congressional supporters are launching a significant new push to restructure the federal judicial system to reflect a more explicitly biblical world view, in the hopes that these changes will pave the way for broader social and political changes, leaders of the movement said.

Some of the most prominent conservative leaders in the country -- including Vision America's Rick Scarborough, Coral Ridge Ministry's James Kennedy and the Free Congress Foundation's Paul Weyrich -- launched the effort Thursday in Washington.

Members of the new coalition said they would immediately focus on bringing an end to Democratic filibusters of President Bush's judicial nominees before pushing Senate Majority Leader Frist to enact sweeping changes in the judiciary.

They also warned that Frist and other politicians who have thus far been reluctant to force a confrontation with Senate Minority Leader Reid over the nominations would be held accountable if Democrats continue to block conservative judges.

Participants at this week's Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration meeting said the group also will focus on forcing Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against any judge who does not conform with their biblically based interpretation of the Constitution, as well as permanently curb judicial authority over matters of church and state, marriage and governmental acknowledgement of a Christian deity.

"What it is time to do is impeach justices," Texas Justice Foundation President Allan Parker extolled a crowd of a hundred or so conservative lobbyists, attorneys and activists. "The standard should be any judge who believes in the 'living constitution' should be impeached."

From This Old Hippie:
[ The Theocratic Insane are coming for their payback from the opportunistic corporatists and equally corrupt neo-con zealots.  And it is the rest of us, along with the rest of the planet, that will pay the price for allowing these groups such dangerous success. ]

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From Cursor.org:

"We don't know the identity of the corpse that will follow the pope in riveting the nation's attention," writes Frank Rich, apparently coining a term, but "What we do know is that the reality show we've made of death has jumped the shark, turning from a soporific television diversion into the cultural embodiment of the apocalyptic right's growing theocratic crusade."

"An anti-judge furor may help confirm President Bush's judicial nominees, but it also has the potential to turn ugly," warns Dana Milbank, covering a conference on "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith," organized by a group calling itself the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration, which includes Coral Ridge Ministry's James Kennedy.

Milbank quotes a speaker who invoked Joseph Stalin's "no man, no problem" slogan as his "bottom line" for dealing with the Supreme Court, and called for the impeachment of Justice Anthony Kennedy, saying his opinion striking down an anti-sodomy statute "upholds Marxist, Leninist, satanic principles drawn from foreign law." Plus: Why "a Stalinist theocracy is not a contradiction."

From This Old Hippie:
[ They said it couldn't happen in America - A nation founded on a central core of a Separation of Church and State, because the Founders, one and all, had come to America originally to get away from the tyranny, and horror, of a church/state oppression.  The American Constitutional Democracy could never be converted to a Plutocratic Theocracy - But it has.

History has been re-invented within the minds of Americans so that the majority now actually believe the Founders were Christians, not the Deists they were.  Leaders in both chambers of our Congress are openly calling for violence against federal judges, the Executive Branch is doing absolutely nothing to stop it, and is led by an openly, proudly, smirkingly president that is one of the born-again "bring-On-The Rapture" Dominionists nuts.

It couldn't happen in America?  It has happened. ]



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Monday, April 11, 2005

Some More Interesting. . .

Things That You Might Have Missed In Your Daily Surfing. . .
compiled by The Old Hippie Because I Had The Time


  1.  The Bush Syndrome: Dead Wrong And Proud Of It

  2.  Expressed Outrage At Arrest Of Girl, 16, As Terrorist Threat

  3.  The New PC: Crybaby Conservatives

  4.  Just How Far Does The Rabbit Hole Go?

  5.  Dissecting A Right-Wing Smear. . .

  6.  Pulitzer Prize Winners Hate America.
 Your Right

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  7.  New Message For Schools: In God We Trust

  8.  Creating An Uncivil Society

  9.  The Assault Upon Trained Intelligence.

10.  The Scorecard On Globalization 1980-2000:  (Warning: Reality-Based Facts Galore!)

11.  The Road To Rendition - "Torture Air, Incorporated"

12.  And finally, For Greg Palast Fans Like Myself. . .  Baghdad Coup D'Etat For Big Oil


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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Just A Commentary. . .

The Current Republican Party Observed
by August Keso, The Progressive Daily Beacon, Apr. 9, 2005


Progressive Daily Beacon Commentary

[ Link To Original Article ]


Crazies Run Republican Insane Asylum
[&] - Quote Stalin, 'No man, no problem' Referring to Judges


The Crazies are officially running the Republican Party Insane Asylum.  At a meeting put together by something calling itself, the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration or what I call The Base, which in Arabic is al Qaeda, the Republiqaedan Party's mainstream members met to stoke the fires of hate toward the United States judicial system.

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In case you are wondering, no judge is beyond the American Taliban's hateful and dangerous ire.  Supreme Court Justice Kennedy, appointed by the Conservative icon Reagan, drew most of their venom.  The "Christian" supposed pro-life-coalition was upset that Kennedy voted against executing juveniles.  According to Phyllis Schlafly Kennedy's opinion forbidding capital punishment for juveniles "is a good ground of impeachment."  An idiotic comment that brought cheers from the crazies gathering for something called, "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith," Schlafly then went on to say Kennedy had not met the "good behavior" requirement for office and that "Congress ought to talk about impeachment."

The Republican Jihadists have a strange notion that "faith" is being persecuted in the United States.  Never mind that there is a man they equate to Jesus, "W" Bush, running the country.  Born again fanatics Bill Frist and Tom DeLay ruling over both houses of Congress and more "faith based" television and radio shows than there are reality TV programs.  In the mind of the zealots...the American Taliban...the Jihadis for Jesus..."faith" is being persecuted.

The gathering of spit drooling, religious fanatics pretend to focus their anger on America's judges but the reality is they just don't like the Constitution, because it doesn't allow for the formation of an American Taliban.  "The Constitution isn't," Phyllis Schlafly insisted, "what the Supreme Court says it is."

The country's "principal problem" isn't Iraq or the ever-growing massive federal deficit.  It is whether "we as a people acknowledge that God exists," this according to former Republican representative William Dannemeyer.

Edwin Viera took it a bit further when he told the gathering of the American Taliban that his "bottom line" for dealing with the Supreme Court comes from -- no surprise here -- Joseph Stalin, "He had a slogan and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty, 'no man no problem.'"  Viera told the swooning crowd.  Stalin you see, figured if a person was giving him a problem...and the person no longer existed, neither did the problem.

Today, the "problem" is the men and women of the Supreme Court and America's judiciary who refuse to rule unconstitutionally and put Jesus into the document.  Eventually, at the rate the base's political clout is growing, they will if left un-checked, achieve their goal of "no man, no problem" as it pertains to America's courts.  But it won't stop there, because you and me and a about 82% of the American population don't exactly view religion the way the American Taliban does.  If and when they succeed in their goal of being rid of those on the courts, their purging...their "no man, no problem" doctrine will begin to focus it's attention on others.

Any rational person reading these quotes would be tempted to think, "Come on now, these are just a few crazies.  Nothing serious."  Well, that is the whole point isn't it?  These aren't a small minority of the fringe Republiqaedan element.  These people are the Republican Party.  They are the people Bush relied on, rallied and helped build the communications and infrastructure in order for them to become the potent political force -- though only a small fraction of the American electorate -- they are today.

The attendees included two House members; aides to two senators; representatives from the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America; conservative activists Alan Keyes and Morton C. Blackwell; the lawyer for Terri Schiavo's parents; Alabama's "Ten Commandments" judge, Roy Moore; and DeLay, who canceled to attend the pope's funeral, but who appeared via video to tell the crowd, "The judiciary branch of our government has overstepped its authority on countless occasions, overturning and in some cases just ignoring the legitimate will of the people...But I also believe the executive and legislative branches have neglected the proper checks and balances on this behavior.  ... Our next step, whatever it is, must be more than rhetoric."

These people ARE whom the Republiqaedans represent.  If there was any doubt after the Republican Politburo forced Terri Schiavo out of her deathbed, then think about the fact that Republicans allocated federal funds to religious groups for "job training," but allowed them to actually discriminate against American citizens who happened either to be gay, or not aligned with the rabid Christian doctrine.

Right now, today...the Crazies are Running the Republican Party Insane Asylum and their names are Bush, Frist and DeLay.  And the Crazies are damned dangerous!


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It's Official:

Most Americans Now Dislike Bush
by Bob Harris and 54% of Americans


Friday, 08 April 2005
A senseless war that has killed tens of thousands of people wasn't enough to do it.

The public identification of Valerie Plame as a CIA officer -- an unpunished act of treason in the White House -- wasn't enough to do it.

Four years of what is arguably the most secretive, incompetent, and corrupt administration in American history, which has invariably conducted itself with little regard for any objective whatsoever beyond its own self-interest... that wasn't enough to do it.

But high gas prices and non-stop chattering about screwing with Social Security... that did it in a matter of months.

Lie, cheat, bomb, pollute, and break all the laws you want -- but do not dare screw with our pocketbooks.

George Bush's approval rating now stands at 44 percent.  [ <= Go read the full report ]

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The number of us who disapprove: 54 percent.

That's the worst number for this point in any second term in American history.

What will it take for the American media to call Bush what he is -- remarkably, singularly unpopular?

[ Link To Participate In His Poll On This ]

This Old Hippie's thoughts?  The most corrupt administration in our nation's history, and even with a complicit, and just as corrupt "mainstream" media, the majority of the American people are finally waking up, and they are waking up pissed.

I just hope that it's not too late.


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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

These Are. . .

The "Big & Important" Stories At "Our" Mainstream Media Today. . .
by The Old Hippie Because I Admire Their Success At Making Fools Of Their American Viewers


FOX, ABC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN, all have the same basic "headline" stories. . .
The Pope, Prince Rainer, Michael Jackson, the new "pick" for president in Iraq, Schiavo's funerals, the sentencing of the white supremacists, Kansas OKs gay-nups ban. . . etc. . .

Nothing about taxpayer funds being used for the presidents "roadshow" against social security, and that they actively exclude any American citizen not "of the party."  This is a much more important story - Right?

Nothing about "peak oil" and it consequences on all of us, and the world.  This is a much more important story - Isn't it?

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Nothing about the fact that no one has been fired/punished for the 9/11 fiasco crimes.  Isn't this a more important story?

Even though "our own" military says that over 70% of the detainees in "our" torture prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan were innocent of any crimes, and had been arrested "by mistake" - They remain detained, and tortured, to this day - Isn't this a bigger story?

Nothing about the ongoing insane and purposeful destruction of this nation's Separation of Church and State laws.  Surely to God, (not to make with the pun,) isn't this a more important and bigger story?

Nothing about the facts behind all the money Bush is spending on war, and military industrial complex, is being "borrowed" from Japan and China, in the TRILLIONS of dollars, that we have no way of paying back, and that this is causing the dollar to drop at an unheard of rate, and that the rest of the world is turning away from the dollar for the euro, and the fact that they are taking monies away from every single social and environmental program that exist in our nation, and from the troops and their families also, and that they are doing this on purpose - To bankrupt the Democracy - - - This is the biggest and most important story - Right?

Nothing about the fact that this president has not attended a single fallen troop's funeral - That's important for Americans to know and understand - Right?

How the story about Tom Delay and Sen. Cornyn making a blatant call to their far-right-fringe-base to do violence against "activist" judges?  This isn't important enough for Americans to absorb to appear in any mainstream headline?

Or the story of how "our" own GAO told the administration that using taxpayer funds to produce and distribute blatant propaganda was illegal, and the fact that the president openly, publicly, and arrogantly, told all of "his" agencies to ignore the GAO, and keep pumping out the illegal propaganda.  Not important - Right?

Kirk Anderson


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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

As An American. . .

I Am Pissed This Has Been Allowed To Get This Far. . .
by John Bolton Himself Because It's Not Believable From Any Other Source


In His Own Words

[ Above image is from, and the link is to, Truthout.org ]

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[ Now that you have heard him "in his own words'" read the following. . . ]


Bolton Nominated to Destroy UN

by Marjorie Cohn - t r u t h o u t | Perspective - Apr. 4 2005


"As UN ambassador, Bolton would make the world a more dangerous place.  Bolton spearheaded a successful campaign to prevent the Senate from ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, clearing the way for increased testing of nuclear weapons.  He led both the US withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and the US renunciation of the International Criminal Court.  Bolton hailed his announcement that Bush was taking the United States' signature off the ICC treaty as "the happiest moment" of his government service."

Full Article Link Here

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Ill-Will Ambassador

by Jim Lobe - Inter Press Service - Mar. 8, 2005


"John Bolton is a man best known for sabotaging international treaties and alienating entire nations.  That's why he's been picked to be our ambassador to the United Nations."

Full Article Link Here

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59 American Ex-Diplomats Oppose Bolton

by Barry Schweid - via Associated Press - Mar. 29, 2004


"Challenging the White House, 59 former American diplomats are urging the Senate to reject John R. Bolton's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations."

Full Article Link Here

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From: The "Foreign Policy In Focus" Website

From their "Profiles" section


"Additional evidence of Bolton's extreme, take-no-prisoners worldview is not difficult to find.  He is a prolific writer and speaker.

In an article for the right-wing Weekly Standard (10/4/99) entitled 'Kofi Annan's UN Power Grab,' Bolton excoriates the UN Secretary General for trying to limit warfare and to establish the supremacy of UN forces.  In Bolton's words, 'If the United States allows that claim to go unchallenged, its discretion in using force to advance its national interests is likely to be inhibited in the future.'"

Full Article/Profile Link Here


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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Wake Up!

If You Read Nothing Else - Read This Article ASAP - Pass It Around
by Chalmers Johnson, In These Times, March 31, 2005


Wake Up!

Washington’s alarming foreign policy

Full Link To Original Article Here


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[ The following is just one paragraph from this article - Go Read It Link Here ]

"In 2004, the United States imported a record $617.7 billion more than it exported, a 24.4 percent increase over 2003.  The annual deficit with China was $162 billion, the largest trade imbalance ever recorded by the United States with a single country.  Equally important, as of March 9, 2005, the public debt of the United States was just over $7.7 trillion and climbing, making us easily the world’s largest net debtor nation.  Refusing to pay for its profligate consumption patterns and military expenditures through taxes on its own citizens, the United States is financing these outlays by going into debt to Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and India.  This situation has become increasingly unstable, as the United States requires capital imports of at least $2 billion per day to pay for its governmental expenditures.  Any decision by Asian central banks to move significant parts of their foreign exchange reserves out of the dollar and into the euro or other currencies in order to protect themselves from dollar depreciation will likely produce a meltdown of the American economy.  On February 21, 2005, the Korean central bank, which has some $200 billion in reserves, quietly announced that it intended to “diversify the currencies in which it invests.”  The dollar fell sharply and the U.S. stock market (although subsequently recovering) recorded its largest one-day fall in almost two years.  This small incident is evidence of the knife-edge on which we are poised."


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Friday, April 01, 2005

Well Now. . .

What A Surprise. . .
by The Old Hippie Because The Obvious Is So Apparent


Who has Bush chosen as the acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

A former chief lobbyist for Safari Club International.

The Safari Club International is an extremist trophy-hunting organization which. . .
promotes the competitive killing of rare species.


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Bush chose John Bolton to be the American Ambassador to The U. N.

Mr. Bolton is the foremost politician who openly/publicly wants to destroy/hates the U.N.

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Bush sent Paul Wolfowitz to be the president of the World Bank.

Mr. Wolfowitz is an open and proud neo-con extremist zealot, who was the chief architect of the administration's illegal Iraq invasion.  Every single thing - every single thing - he said/predicted before the actual invasion was dead wrong and/or a proven lie.  He has no training for, nor any experience in, international finance at all.

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Bush, in fact, has successfully replaced all of the federal regulatory agencies management with ex-CEOs and/or lobbyists from the corporations that where being regulated by the agencies.

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The highest ranking person, so far, punished for the revealed torture scandals. . .
A Staff Sergeant.

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Yesterday Tom Delay said, "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior..."  Referring to the judge and hospice in the Terri Schiavo circus. Which insane Evangelicals take as a call for the death of. . .  and he is unpunished, remains the Speaker.

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The 10 states with the highest divorce rate, the 12 states with the most unhealthy kids, and the 10 states with the highest rate of bankruptcies, are all "Red States."

9 of the 10 states with the lowest divorce rate, 7 of the 10 states with the healthiest kids, and 10 of the 10 states with fewest bankruptcies, are all "Blue States."

Of all American children, the ones to most likely to participate in oral and/or anal sex, and to have the highest rate of the spread of STDs. . .  Are those children that went through the "abstinence-only/virginity-pledge" program.


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