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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Operation Yellow Elephant:

Progressive Americans Support Military Recruitment of College and Young Republicans!
 
Attention Anti-War Leftists:
 
It's time to reach out to all Americans. On January 30, the College Republicans will sponsor "Finish the Job: Support Our Troops" Rallies in Washington DC and All Over America to support President Bush's January 31 State of the Union address. All of you can support every American's First Amendment rights and make a patriotic impression on our great country. Red States and Blue States together, we're all Americans.
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Media Matters - "Media Matters"; by Jamison Foser

Well, all right! A terrific analysis of the differences between the reporting of Clinton's biggest 'scandal' vs Bush's. It makes you wonder if we can restore democracy without restoring our news media first. --pseudolus
 
 
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Band of Brothers - Response to the Attacks on Rep. Murtha

We?re all aware of the recent attacks on Rep. John P. Murtha?s (D-PA) war record as reported in the Washington Post. Band of Brothers has been chartered on the very principle that?s under siege here: that veterans who served this country diligently should not have their war records questioned and attacked by partisan entities through the press without a watchdog ready to bite them back when they?re out of line. Thanks to a transparently opinionated and politically motivated attack, a lot of American viewers, readers, and voters now believe that John Murtha, a man who put his life in harm?s way in defense of our country, did not get wounded enough to deserve the purple hearts he was awarded.
 
Here?s a question: If this is really a news item, if John Murtha didn?t deserve the recognition or medals he received, then isn?t the story here that there?s a problem with the panel of military officers who awarded them, or the criteria set forth by the DOD? No, that?s not the story, because that?s not the case.
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Let's Fight This Pernicious Disease - Please Give Generously.

 
It afflicts over 50,000,000 Americans each year and strikes both the young and old. It?s America?s most pervasive disease yet the least known. Its onset begins at roughly high school and continues to inflict its menace on it sufferers usually until death. It?s called Can?t Remember Shit, or CRS. It is more colloquially known as Abramoff?s Syndrome.
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Friday, January 20, 2006

News Hounds: Bill O'Reilly to Vermont: Do My Bidding or Face Economic Armageddon

This uis yet another example of "B.O." Reilly sticking his demagogic nose where it doesn't belong. A sad tale of child molestation and attempted state justice. Go to the link below to read all about it.
 
What I really wanted to post here was a comment left by "Happy" in the comment section following the above post. While off-topic, I thought it was great and worthy of a copy here. --pseudolus
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The Great Franklin-Bush debate...in 6 rounds:
 
Bush: America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
Franklin: All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones. In my opinion, there never was a good war or a bad peace. When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
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Bush: Health care reform must begin with Medicare; Medicare is the binding commitment of a caring society. We must renew that commitment by giving seniors access to preventive medicine and new drugs that are transforming health care in America.
Franklin: Well done is better than well said.
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Bush: There is no "trust fund," just IOUs that I saw firsthand, that future generations will pay---will pay for either in higher taxes, or reduced benefits, or cuts to other critical government programs. The office here in Parkersburg stores those IOUs. They're stacked in a filing cabinet. Imagine---the retirement security for future generations is sitting in a filing cabinet. It's time to strengthen and modernize Social Security for future generations with growing assets that you can control, that you call your own---assets that the government cannot take away.
Franklin: Half a truth is often a great lie.
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Bush: The fact that somebody leaked this program [of illegally spying on Americans without a warrant] causes great harm to the United States. There's an enemy out there.
Franklin: Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
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Bush: I'm a uniter, not a divider. I refuse to play the politics of putting people into groups and pitting one group against another.
Franklin: Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
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Bush: I'm not going to change my mind.
Franklin: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise. ... When you're finished changing, you're finished.
 
Posted by: Happy at January 17, 2006 03:58 PM  over at "newshounds.us"
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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Prober blasts Bill [Clinton]

Cites coverup on Cisneros
 
By JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
 
WASHINGTON - A special prosecutor's long-delayed report charges that a coverup at senior levels of the Clinton administration killed a tax fraud case against ex-cabinet member Henry Cisneros, the Daily News has learned.
 
David Barrett's 11-year, $23 million probe, which will be released tomorrow, states in stinging terms that this Clinton coverup succeeded.
 
Cisneros was forced to admit in 1999 that he had made secret payments to a mistress before serving as Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Firefox Myths

Firefox Myths - Myths Regarding The Firefox Web Browser

Myth (Definition) - A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. While Firefox is a decent Web Browser, there are numerous Myths floating around the Internet regarding it. Hopefully this site will debunk some of these.

We have all seen these banners before or heard people say "Firefox is Faster, Firefox has Lower Requirements, Firefox is Secure, Firefox defends me from all Spyware, etc." How misleading is it? Read on.
 
Notes - This page is in no way affiliated with Microsoft or Comcast. This page is NOT an endorsement for any web browser and it is NOT a Comparison Guide. It is designed to debunk the most common Myths heard on the Internet about Firefox - Period. All Myths relate to running Firefox in Windows. Please read carefully.
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Firefox Myths
May I make the humble suggestion that you get your buns over to www.opera.com and get the Opera web browser. Version 8 is free now and it really is a nice browser. Hackers pretty much ignore Opera because it has such a small user base. And I would be appalled if it became so popular that it came under as many attacks as IE and Firefox get. Opera has much improved if you tried years ago and dropped it. It renders 99.99% of webpages just fine now and for the few pages that don't work I will fall back on Firefox and if FF fails then their is now an extension (IE Tab)that lets you decide if FF renders the webpage using its own engine or Microsoft's IE right inside Firefox! Way cool, that.
[more later...]--pseudolus

UPDATE: 01/18/2006
Someone takes exception to the author of the above website.
read on...
CLICK HERE

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The Scam of Global Warming Is That We Pay Others For Our Complacency

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 by the Guardian/UK 
The most destructive effect of the carbon offset trade is that it allows us to believe we can carry on polluting
by George Monbiot
Sometimes I envy the self-belief of the Daily Mail's columnist Melanie Phillips. When Andrew Wakefield, a researcher at the Royal Free Hospital, suggested that there might be a link between autism and the MMR injection, she decided he was right. Despite the failure of further studies to find any evidence, despite the fact that Wakefield's co-researchers have dissociated themselves from his allegation, and though the medical profession, almost without exception, is persuaded that his claim has no merit, she persists. The epidemiologists are guilty of "category confusion"; the scientific reviewers are throwing up "clouds of obfuscation"; her critics are peddlers of "ignorance, misrepresentation and smear".
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Hey Mainstream Media! Why Doesn't Presidential Dismantling of the Constitution Warrant the Same Intense Scrutiny as Presidential Adultery?

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 by CommonDreams.org 
by Andrew Bard Schmookler
 
Eight years ago, a president entering his sixth year in office came under suspicion: had he conducted an adulterous affair with a young intern? For months thereafter, the media could talk of little else. It was the national topic of conversation for most of that year. The House eventually impeached the president, and the Senate tried him.
 
Now again, a president entering his sixth year in office has come under suspicion: has he deliberately and unjustifiably violated both the Constitution and federal statutes by conducting searches without a warrant? But this suspicion is not getting anything like the kind of media attention of the Monica Lewinsky story.
 
Why is that?
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Climate Change: There Is No Reason to Despair

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 by the Independent/UK
Signs of climate change do not confirm that the point of no return has been reached
by Tony Juniper
James Lovelock's rather gloomy assessment, published in these pages on Monday, that we have passed the point of no return on climate change made for depressing reading over the breakfast table. While he is right to issue this wake-up call, I believe there is still room for optimism.
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Right Smears Veteran Murtha Without A Qualm

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle
by E. J. Dionne Jr.
WASHINGTON- I Underestimated the viciousness of the right wing.
 
In November, Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat and a decorated Marine combat veteran in Vietnam, came out for a rapid American withdrawal from Iraq. At the time, I wrote: "It will be difficult for Bush's acolytes to cast Murtha, who has regularly stood up for the military policies of Republican presidents during his 31 years in Congress, as some kind of extreme partisan or hippie protester."
 
No, the conservative hit squad didn't accuse Murtha of being a hippie. But a crowd that regularly defends President Bush for serving in the Texas Air National Guard instead of going to Vietnam has continued its war on actual Vietnam veterans. An outfit called the Cybercast News Service last week questioned the circumstances surrounding the awarding of two Purple Hearts to Murtha because of wounds he suffered in the Vietnam War.
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Will an old-fashioned Superman fly?

"Superman Returns" offers a traditional, invulnerable man of steel. But on screen and off, it?s a different place for his kind of heroics.
 
By Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
 
SYDNEY, Australia ? In a secret corner of a warehouse here, the biggest star of one of the biggest movies of 2006 was hidden away all of last summer. Outside eyes were not welcome and sunlight was blocked out to avoid its aging effects. But on one rainy day in June, the star's keeper allowed a rare visit. "Not a lot of people get to see this," she said with a conspiratorial whisper as her key clicked open the lock.
 
Inside were 60 versions of a famous costume, all blue tights and red capes, but hardly identical. Some of the crimson capes were fashioned of silk twill (for just the right flutter during supersonic flying) while others came with boots of vinyl (better than leather during those seagoing adventures). More than a few featured a specially milled French wool that simply dazzles beneath a Metropolis sunset.
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WSJ.com - Some Iraq Rebuilding Funds Go Untraced

Investigators Have Yet to Pursue
U.S. Contracting Money That May Be Missing

By SCOT J. PALTROW
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
January 17, 2006; Page A4

WASHINGTON -- More than 18 months after the Pentagon disbanded the Coalition Provisional Authority that ran Iraq, neither the Justice Department nor a special inspector general has moved to recover large sums suspected of disappearing through fraud and price gouging in reconstruction.
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Army Orders Soldiers to Shed Dragon Skin or Lose SGLI Death Benefits

01.14.2006
Soldiers for the Truth
By Nathaniel R. Helms
 
Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be  singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor for special treatment. The soldiers, who are currently staging for combat operations from a secret location, reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The soldiers were ordered to leave their privately purchased body armor at home or face the possibility of both losing their life insurance benefit and facing disciplinary action.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

How About Supporting our Troops With Proper Armor?

Published on Friday, January 13, 2006 by the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (New York) 
by David Rossie

Can ANYONE, please, explain to me again, how this "privatizing" of traditional functions of the military was supposed to save the US government money? Does one 'private contractor' ("privateer" has a nice ring to it) do the job of 5-10 GIs? That's easily the pay difference between them. --pseudolus
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"A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the Marines who have been killed in Iraq from (sic) wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials."
-- The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2006
 
I wish all of the terminal Republicans and tin-pot super-patriots whose letters in support of the war and those who foisted it upon us adorn these pages would please go back and re-read that first paragraph.
 
Nowhere in that paragraph or elsewhere in the story does it say that Michael Moore or Cindy Sheehan had anything to do with withholding that protective equipment from the Marines and soldiers.
 
Nor does the study blame the liberal mainstream media for the failure to provide enough armored Humvees to the troops? A failure that has resulted in hundreds of deaths by improvised roadside bombs.
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The Hogwash That is Greenwash is Nothing but Self-Interest

Published on Sunday, January 15, 2006 by the Sydney Morning Herald / Australia 
Big Oil's tactic of trumpeting environmental credentials is false advertising.
by Grahame Dowling
  
What's one of the world's biggest problems? Global warming. What is its principal cause? Burning fossil fuels. Who makes and sells most of these? Oil companies. If you have any green blood in your veins, you wish that we could significantly reduce our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels like coal.
 
Over the past year or so in Europe and North America, the big oil companies have been trying to convince us that they are doing just this. For example, for most of last year in the Financial Times and other business publications, advertisements appeared saying that this or that oil company was really concerned about the problem. The campaigns that caught my eye were:
 
  • BP is going "beyond petroleum".
  • Chevron is asking "will you join us" in helping to produce "human energy?".
  • ExxonMobil is "taking on the world's toughest energy challenges".
  • Shell is asking us to "find out how they are helping".
  • Total is reminding us that "our energy is your energy".
 
A two-page advertisement in the Financial Times outlined the problem we all face. In a letter from "Dave", the chairman and CEO of Chevron, we are told that global demand is outstripping supply. He also tells us that companies, governments and every citizen on the planet must be part of the solution because they are part of the problem.
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Yikes! Dumb Alert!! Code Red!

Oh. My. Gawd. Is this guy for real? No source for his claim, a "Rush" truth, no doubt. No explanation for HOW these poor people become rich, or how many poor this refers to in relative or absolute numbers. Now you know how to 'help' all those 'poor people' out there. Ignore 'em! Easy, Peasy! --pseudolus
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Capitalism's Truths: Tell the whole truth, (sic)

Did you know that poor people in America usually become rich at some point in their lives? It's true. So if we give a government check to a poor person, he is likely to get dependent on that check and miss out on his chance to be rich. Knowing that, do you now think government welfare helps or hurts poor people?

I found this incredible dumbery (sic) at the link below.

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Bush Has Crossed the Rubicon by Paul Craig Roberts

This ain't no 'squishy Liberal' talkin', here...
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Dictatorships seldom appear full-fledged but emerge piecemeal. When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with one Roman legion he broke the tradition that protected the civilian government from victorious generals and launched the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. Fearing that Caesar would become a king, the Senate assassinated him. From the civil wars that followed, Caesar?s grandnephew, Octavian, emerged as the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus.
 
Two thousand years later in Germany, Adolf Hitler?s rise to dictator from his appointment as chancellor was rapid. Hitler used the Reichstag fire to create an atmosphere of crisis. Both the judicial and legislative branches of government collapsed, and Hitler?s decrees became law. The Decree for the Protection of People and State (Feb. 28, 1933) suspended guarantees of personal liberty and permitted arrest and incarceration without trial. The Enabling Act (March 23, 1933) transferred legislative power to Hitler, permitting him to decree laws, laws moreover that "may deviate from the Constitution."
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