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Senate Passes $170 bil Corporate Tax Cut Packa. . . . WAIT!!! BEHEADING VIDEO ON THE WEB!

(05-11) 17:57 PDT BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A video posted Tuesday on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution was carried out to avenge abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. (sfgate.com)
Could $170 Billion be More Important Than a Beheading?
Could $170 Billion be More Important Than a Beheading?
Senate Passes Corporate Tax Bill
By MARY DALRYMPLE, AP Tax Writer

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a $170 billion package of corporate tax cuts Tuesday, including provisions to head off a trade war with Europe and stimulate American manufacturing and energy production.

The bill carries other items, including a politically charged blockade against new overtime rules aimed at preventing President Bush (news - web sites) from stripping the premium pay from workers now eligible for the benefit.

The Senate voted 92-5 to pass the package. Tax writers said they hoped their actions would give much needed momentum to the House, which has struggled to amass support for its version of the measure.

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Don't forget the raping of women and children 11.May.2004 18:13

Congress is very busy you know

It is about priorities.

I think we should swap GW and Cheney for some real heroes.

Don't forget intellectual honesty 11.May.2004 18:37

Jack Straw

A) Corporations don't pay taxes, people do. And the people who pay corporate taxes are the employees.

B)There is no moral equivalency to Nick Berg's death. Can't you just admit that? Can't you even be slightly outraged - regardless of your misguided view of US foreign policy? Can't you just admit - for once - that those who did it were horribly wrong?

Will they ever run out of atrocities to divert us with? 11.May.2004 19:00

?

Seems like the reservoir is getting pretty low...

Could $170 Billion be More Important Than a Beheading? YOU BETCHA!!! 11.May.2004 21:17

Broken Crayon

Could $170 Billion be More Important Than a Beheading? YOU BETCHA!! Just ask Halliburton. That poor bastard (or an invader who has met with traditional social justice depending on your point of view I suppose) is pure money in the bank for George W this November, and makes all that "so-called torture stuff" justifiable.

Proof positive that reality is what you make it.

Could $170 Billion be More Important Than a Beheading? 11.May.2004 21:35

Ask Nick what he thinks?

Ask Nick,

Here is he is...

Very Sad 12.May.2004 07:13

anon

It is very sad to see people from all sides of the political and religious spectrum use this unfortunate mans death for their own ends.

Have people no empathy for the Nick Berg's family?

to 'anon' 12.May.2004 10:39

empathy

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Berg's Family Firm Was On Right-Wing FREEPER 'Enemies' List 12.May.2004 12:03

12 May 2004

Beheaded Man's Firm Was On Right-Wing 'Enemies' List

The family firm of beheaded American Nick Berg, was named by a conservative website in a list of 'enemies' of the Iraq occupation. That could explain his arrest by Iraqi police --a detention which fatally delayed his planned return from Iraq and may have led directly to his death.

Nick Berg, 26 disappeared into incommunicado detention after his arrest by Iraqi police in March, 2004. He vanished again after his release 13 days later. His body was found last Saturday in Baghdad, and a video of his beheading --supposedly by a radical Islamic group-- was posted on the Internet on Tuesday.

The official story of his gruesome murder has many dubious aspects, not least the real reason why Iraqi police detained the young man at a checkpoint. New research by BreakForNews has uncovered a plausible explanation.


The FreeRepublic.com web site and forum has a reputation for right-wing views, often fanatical Republican and relentless pro-war activism.

On 7th March, 2004, just three weeks before the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, an 'enemies' list of anti-war groups and individuals was posted on the Free Republic forum.

It began: "Here you are, FReepers. Here is the enemy."

The list had been copied from publicly available endorsements of a call to action for an imminent anniversary antiwar protest on 20th March, 2004. The protest was being organized under the banner of the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism).

Among those listed as having endorsed the call to action was this entry: "Michael S. Berg, Teacher, Prometheus Methods Tower Service, Inc."

That's Nick Berg's father, Michael who acts as business manager for his son in their family radio communications firm, Prometheus Methods Tower Service.

Both father and son cared deeply about Iraq. But they were on opposite sides of opinion  http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/sports/horse_racing/kentucky_derby/8638882.htm on the occupation --though you would never know that from reading the New York Times.  http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/sports/horse_racing/kentucky_derby/8638882.htm on the occupation --though you would never know that from reading the New York Times.  link to www.nytimes.com


 http://www.breakfornews.com/NickBergEnemiesList.htm


Check out that first line . . . 16.May.2004 09:13

reader

"The Senate passed a $170 billion package of corporate tax cuts Tuesday, including provisions to HEAD OFF a trade war with Europe and stimulate American manufacturing and energy production."

If you ask me, that's one ugly 'coincidence.'

I am so impressed 17.May.2004 07:23

reader

Wow - this intellectual and respectful, comments are this board are very impressive - all of you are a credit to America....Makes me so proud to be an American.

Yeah right, and I have some ocean front property in Arizona for sale...