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What pissed me off this week?

The Vidiot's weekly blog:

What pissed me off this week?

...'cause I'm just so mad and
my friends are sick of listening to me...


So, Thursday night, I went to A.N.S.W.E.R.'s "ANTI-WAR RALLY: Wage war on poverty & racism, not on Iraq!" here in Brooklyn. I couldn't not go, it was too close to my apartment. Anyway, I could only stay for a few hours but I heard Larry Holmes (A.N.S.W.E.R Steering Committee) and Ramsey Clark (Former US Attorney General) speak. Mr. Holms was AWESOME and I wish we could clone a bunch of him and fan them out over the lazier parts of this country to get their asses out of their lazyboys. Mr. Clark started out quiet and slow, but by the end of his speech, people were standing and cheering. He's a lovely man and I hope his voice is strong enough to be heard. There will be another rally in DC on January 18 where the first grassroots Peace Congress will convene. For more information, go to their website.

First, let's just publicize something Molly Ivins wrote about recently. Remember how Bush pulled funding for the UNFPA? Well, two women came up with a really decent idea: get 34 million Americans to send in a dollar a piece to the fund to show the UN that Americans are cool, even though Bush is not. Send your dollar to:

United Nations (FPA)
220 East 42nd St.
New York, N.Y. 10017


I propose that we liberals create our own newspeak. The way the GOPers hiss "liberal" or "democrat", we liberals, in turn, should make the words "conservative" and "republican" on par with derogatory remarks of the most unflattering nature. When calling somebody a "republican," we should make them feel so uncomfortable that they feel the need to defend their beliefs. Though, as a second thought, republicans are so close-minded that they can't possibly think for an instant that being a republican would be a bad thing. {sigh} Nevermind.


Gee, the Police State is here, in NYC. Remember what infiltration did for the Black Panthers? One can only imagine what, with the new technology, will happen to the peace movement here in New York.

Excerpt: "Commissioner Cohen wants the power to keep files on everyone who engages in political activity, even when there is not the slightest indication of criminal activity," wrote Eisenstein, who represents the original plaintiffs.


The constitution is important to preserve. And there are Bill of Rights Defense Committees out there fighting to preserve it. And the movement is growing.

Excerpt: Fourteen town or city councils—from Takoma Park, Maryland, and Alachua County, Florida, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Berkeley, California—have now passed, sometimes unanimously, similar resolutions originated by local BORDC organizations. Other proposals are pending before local government bodies in 40 more cities and towns, in 24 states. One BORDC is in formation in New York City.

They better hurry. There's yet another miranda challenge.

Excerpt: But Oxnard police assert that the Miranda ruling does not include a "constitutional right to be free of coercive interrogation," but only a right not to have forced confessions used at trial.


Next time some friggin' ditto head goes off on what a criminal Clinton was, give them a printout of this page. It's a list of all of the convictions, pardons, etc. in the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. Hint: Reagan/Bush - 32; Clinton - 1


And now from the Big Surprise Department: The Bushies were rubbing their hands and salivating over Iraq before GW was even in the White House.

Excerpt: A war against Iraq may have been in the works before President George W. Bush took office. A report by the Project for the New American Century reveals a plan for U.S. global domination written for Vice-President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other White House staffers.

I mean {gasp}, it's really all about the oil!

Excerpt: The report, Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century, concludes: 'The United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a de- stabilizing influence to ... the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East. Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export programme to manipulate oil markets. Therefore the US should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/ diplomatic assessments.

Oh, and don't forget the propaganda. How couuld you EVER forget the propaganda.

Excerpt: You would agree, I think, that at the very least our State Department gave a "green light" to Saddam Hussein to go into Kuwait in August 1990. The more I read of the events of the period, the more I believe history will record that the Gulf War was unnecessary, perhaps even that Saddam Hussein was willing to retreat back to his borders, but our government decided we preferred the war to the status quo ante.

And don't worry about those pesky inspectors. Now matter what they say, we'll spin it our way Wink Wink Nudge Nudge.

Excerpt: Former defence minister and Labour backbencher Peter Kilfoyle said: "America is duping the world into believing it supports these inspections. President Bush intends to go to war even if inspectors find nothing.
"This make a mockery of the whole process and exposes America's real determination to bomb Iraq."

I mean, I naively thought the the inspections were to maintain peace?

Excerpt: But the absence of dramatic U.S. intelligence that would prove Iraq is lying means that even if Baghdad denies having any weapons of mass destruction next month, the Bush administration is reluctant to try to use that one event as a reason to invade.
Instead, U.S. officials say they will try to make a more powerful argument for an invasion by patiently building a case that shows an irrefutable pattern of Iraqi deceit and defiance.

And where might the next war front be? Saudi Arabia? I mean, anyone who read Forbidden Truth already knows that the Saudis are neck-deep in 9/11 money. Certainly seems like a new meme is being inserted into the media's discourse, doesn't it?

Excerpt:THE BUREAU, THEY SAY, has uncovered financial records showing a steady stream of payments to the family of one of the students, Omar Al Bayoumi. The money moved into the family's bank account beginning in early 2000, just a few months after hijackers Khalid Almidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi arrived in Los Angeles from an Al Qaeda planning summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, according to the sources.

Or maybe it'll be Africa perhaps?

Excerpt: However, the suggestion that Britain is behind Libya's decision to halt oil supplies to Zimbabwe gains some credibility from events in Washington, where oppositionists recently met with US officials. Mark Bellamy, deputy assistant of state for African affairs, was reported as saying, "We may have to be prepared to take some very intrusive, interventionist measures to ensure aid delivery to Zimbabwe.... The dilemmas in the next six months may bring us face to face with Zimbabwe's sovereignty."

Line 'em up baby.


North Korea seems to be flashing a bare, smart red ass at the Bush administration. First they come out with an admission regarding their nukes, then they slam the door on inspectors. Seems like they're trying to show the world what a farce the whole Iraq/WMD/Inspections thing is, huh?

Excerpt: North Korea ratcheted up the tension with the US yesterday by barring international inspectors from checking that aid deliveries of oil are helping the freezing population rather than the army.

Then they bitch slapped the administration by banning the American Dollar in North Korea, just for laughs.

Excerpt: The dollar ban was part of "political means" to counter the pressure from the United States over the nuclear issue, Xinhua quoted an unnamed British diplomat as saying.


Now, you may think that Roger Ailes' [Fox News] explanation for his little note to Bush regarding what he should do after 9/11 was as harmless as he says it was.

Excerpt: In an interview yesterday, Mr. Ailes denied that the message was meant as political advice, saying that he was only responding "as a human being and a citizen" who was outraged by the terrorist attacks. He said he had "been up for nine days straight" after the attacks before writing the message, which he sent to Karl Rove, the chief political operative in the Bush White House.

But taken in the context of how biased Fox News and the rest of the media are, and how connected Roger Ailes is, you should think differently.

Excerpt: When it comes to Fox News Channel, conservatives don't feel the need to "work the ref." The ref is already on their side. Since its 1996 launch, Fox has become a central hub of the conservative movement's well-oiled media machine. Together with the GOP organization and its satellite think tanks and advocacy groups, this network of fiercely partisan outlets--such as the Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and conservative talk-radio shows like Rush Limbaugh's--forms a highly effective right-wing echo chamber where GOP-friendly news stories can be promoted, repeated and amplified.

You think a monopolized press isn't so bad? Look at it from a local level, then extrapolate.

Excerpt: Baltimore City is cursed with only one daily newspaper, the Baltimore Sun. Over the years, it has grown arrogant and out of touch with its readers, primarily as a result of not having any real competition.


The irony of this is not lost on me.

By Senator John Ashcroft (1997)


This whole database of information is just too Orwellian for me. Hopefully, soon, we'll see posted on the net MANY clever ideas to circumvent the list.

Excerpt: One dark possibility is that this effort will link up with the Defense Department's Information Awareness Office...which is reportedly creating large-scale data warehouses to analyze everyday activities.

And to top off with the fact that IAO (please note disturbing logo at top of the IAO homepage) is run by Poindexter, well, it does cause one to cup his hands in his face, shake his head and release a muffled primal scream.

Excerpt: Vice-Admiral Poindexter was national security adviser in the Reagan administration before being named as "the decision-making head" of the Iran-Contra affair, the scheme to sell weapons to Iran to fund anti-Sandinista rebels in Nicaragua. He was jailed, but eventually got off, solely because it was ruled that his evidence had congressional immunity.


The Bushies, focusing on the Middle East, will lose their grip on South America. One lefty after another is being elected there. First Venezuela, then Brazil, now Ecuador.

Excerpt: Lucio Edwin Gutiérrez, a former army colonel who briefly took power in a coup almost three years ago, was the clear winner of Ecuador's presidential election today after promising to root out corruption and give voice to the poor.

Doesn't help that when the US does intervene, things just fall apart.

Excerpt: Argentina's gross domestic product has fallen 20 percent compared to four years ago. Salaries have remained frozen while the cost of living has climbed 60 percent. Unemployment has soared to an official rate of 20 percent, and fully half of the country's households have fallen below the official poverty line, unable to afford minimum food, shelter and clothing.


Please PLEASE read the Daily Howler with regards to what the press did to Al Gore in 2000. Once you do, you'll have to ask yourself "Did Gore really run a bad campaign, or do you only think that because that's what the media told you he did?"

Excerpt: The crowd "just couldn't stop laughing," Sammon said. At Fox, that meant that Gore is bitter. But then, the fight for the soul of the press corps is on as Al Gore returns center stage. In Campaign 2000, this press corps spun the nation blue as it conducted a twenty-month borking of Gore. Kondracke shows that the nation's pundits remember their old old old scripts. Will the press corps make a joke of this election, as they made such a joke of the last White House race? The fight for the soul of the press corps is on. Will the empty vessels who steward our discourse walk away from their old old old blather?

Even though Gore has an uphill battle with the media, here's the best explanation yet of why he should run again.

Excerpt: Al Gore has traveled that road before and has a better idea of its pitfalls than any politician in this country. If he decides to run again, so he claims, he will leave the media events to others, and find a way to speak directly to the people. It is my belief that he will do this by taking a page from the history of his Democratic base. He will go directly to those who suffer in America, the homeless and the jobless, and allow those people to pose their own questions to government, much as Robert Kennedy did in 1968. Under these circumstances, and as the front runner to the Democratic party ticket, the press will not be able to ignore his message, because his message will be one that is posed by his fellow Americans. And Al Gore will give them a voice.


Ahhh, first it was superfunds and getting the taxpayer to pay for the cleanups instead of the polluter. Now, in the event of another terrorist attack, the taxpayer will help cover the losses. The Bushies are nothing if not shameless.

Excerpt: The terrorism plan would put the government in the insurance business for the next three years. During this time, taxpayers would have to cover up to 90 percent of insured losses from major attacks, with the insurance industry covering up to the first $15 billion in annual claims.


Did you know that the latest massacre in Hebron was not as the media had originally portrayed it? It was not, as they said, a slaughter of worshippers. Yet, no corrections have been released. Boy, that Big Surprise Department is busy, huh?

Excerpt: It's now clear that none of those initial press reports from Hebron were accurate. In truth, Jewish worshipers returning home were not fired upon by Palestinian gunmen, who instead waited until the civilians were behind settlement gates before they started shooting at Israeli soldiers. None of the worshipers died. The 12 Israelis killed were security guards or soldiers. Three Palestinian gunmen were also killed.


Just in case you didn't read it last week, here are 20 reasons to refuse the Smallpox vaccine.

Excerpt: 6. If the entire nation were to receive a smallpox vaccine, several thousand people would likely develop encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. ~Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2001.


We've all heard in the news lately that the wiretapping laws are being expanded because of a decision by a secret court comprised of members chosen by the conservative Rehnquist, (overturning a previous decision by another secret court (FISA)). As I read one writer say: "Since when did the Fourth Amendment become a game of horseshoes?"

Excerpt: "We think the procedures and government showings required under FISA, if they do not meet the minimum Fourth Amendment warrant standards, certainly come close," the judges wrote in their ruling, which was partially declassified and published.


Every now and again, I have to mention how Bush used eminent domain to build his ballpark. It's truly scary.

Excerpt: And ongoing litigation over the Ballpark deal has revealed documents showing that beginning in 1990, the Rangers management—which included Bush as a managing general partner—conspired to use the government's power of eminent domain to further its private business interests.


What the hell? In Australia, witnesses to a crime are swabbed for their DNA too. Yikes. Maybe that's why they drink so much down there. Their government is more psycho than ours.

Excerpt: POLICE have been given far-reaching powers to take DNA samples from witnesses and victims of crime as well as suspects.
Under the Criminal Investigation (Identifying People) Act 2002, which became law at midnight, police can forcibly take a DNA sample when a person refuses to give one.


I used to be a fairly big proponent of genetically altered crops like using tobacco to manufacture insulin, etc. But in my mind, I'd always envisioned it as growing in a sealed greenhouse so pollen couldn't spread. Unfortunately, the idiots are growing this crap out in the open and now they're denying it's out and spreading.

Excerpt: The United States food chain has been contaminated by Genetically Modified (GM) maize plants used to produce a pharmaceutical or industrial chemical but US authorities are unwilling as of today to disclose what the mysterious GM Pharmaceutical maize is that was found for the first time among food crops in two US States (Iowa and Nebraska).


Remember all that hubbub regarding moving nuclear material around vie the railway and road system? Here's another great example of why that's a BAD idea.

Excerpt: About 1,500 people living in 10 sororities and other residences within a half-mile of the accident were evacuated to the campus basketball arena after the 6:30 a.m. crash while authorities cleaned up the spill.


It's true: I've not read a hard magazine or a newspaper in ages. I think many of us are experiencing this phenomena.

Excerpt: For one thing, there is less and less time. And then there is the Internet. I get my news from the Internet now, and that fact has gradually changed my view of the world. Going through a stack of magazines, getting a concentrated dose of them, showed me how far I have grown away from that world.


Not sure why, but I feel like this is a much larger story than it is. It just seems so, I dunno HUGE. Can't put my finger on it though. I mean, they're the nation's largest financier of health-care receivables. This has to have some impact, yet, I've not heard word one in the news about it.

Excerpt: National Century Financial Enterprises filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, two days after FBI agents began searching its offices.


Ah, the Evil Empire hard at work. Air? We don't need no stinkin' fresh air.

Excerpt: The rule changes, which have been a top priority of the White House, are aimed at making it easier for utilities and refinery operators to change operations and expand production without installing new emission controls.

Nevermind that there is proof that reducing pollution extends lives. Maybe Bush would rather the taxpayer wasn't around long enough to find out that Social Security check won't be there.

Excerpt: Cutting air pollution will start preventing illness almost straight away, according to a study which looked at death rates in Hong Kong.


And a merry fucking Christmas to all!

Excerpt: More than 800,000 jobless workers are scheduled to lose their benefits on Dec. 28 because the U.S. Congress hasn't found a way to keep their unemployment checks flowing.

Previous rant

What do we do about all of this crap? I have no idea. Part of me wants to start teach-ins at my local pub. Just go to the bar, rant and rave and inform the idiots who still think Dan Rather is telling them the truth. Another part of me wants to organize a voter observation program to insure that this moron isn't in the White House all the way to 2008. I sincerely believe that if we protected the voting rights of the underprivileged that any Democrat could SWEEP any election. And we'd have to start with the Florida Election for Governor THIS FALL (like these guys!.) I don't think Democrats are the answer. But they are at least a start.
At the very least, point your CNN-loving friends to my links page. Just getting started in reading alternate news sites gets people thinking. I have one friend who was very happy-go-lucky, thinking ol' Greta was telling the whole truth until I opened up his eyes a bit. Now, he's all depressed. He'll get over it. You gotta' get depressed before you get angry and you gotta' get angry before you can accomplish anything. We're all in mourning. We have to move through the steps. But we gotta' hurry it up.

Read. Inform. Spread the word. Even if it means your friends avoid you for awhile. If they really love you, they'll start to listen.

"POSSE COMITATUS ACT" (18 USC 1385): A Reconstruction Era criminal law proscribing use of Army (later, Air Force) to "execute the laws" except where expressly authorized by Constitution or Congress. Limit on use of military for civilian law enforcement also applies to Navy by regulation. Dec '81 additional laws were enacted (codified 10 USC 371-78) clarifying permissible military assistance to civilian law enforcement agencies--including the Coast Guard--especially in combating drug smuggling into the United States. Posse Comitatus clarifications emphasize supportive and technical assistance (e.g., use of facilities, vessels, aircraft, intelligence, tech aid, surveillance, etc.) while generally prohibiting direct participation of DoD personnel in law enforcement (e.g., search, seizure, and arrests). For example, Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDETS) serve aboard Navy vessels and perform the actual boardings of interdicted suspect drug smuggling vessels and, if needed, arrest their crews). Positive results have been realized especially from Navy ship/aircraft involvement.

(Tom Ridge has practically said he'd do away with this act.)


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