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Tuesday, November 29, 2005 

Mitzvahpalooza!!

It was General Smedley Butler who once said "War is a Racket."

In light of the Bat Mitvah recently thrown by defense contractor David H. Brooks of DHB Industries for his daughter, it's glaringly obvious that Smedley Butler was RIGHT.

Entitled "Mitzvahpalooza," Mr. Brook's daughter's bat mitvah cost an estimated $10 million dollars. Appearing at "Mitzvahpalooza" were the following performers:

50 Cent
Don Henley and Joe Walsh of The Eagles
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac
Tom Petty
Kenny G
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
DJ AM
Ciara
"I'm told that at one point Brooks leapt on the stage with Tyler and Perry, who responded with good grace when their paymaster demanded that his teenage nephew be permitted to sit in on drums. At another point, I'm told, Tyler theatrically wiped sweat off Brooks' forehead - and then dried his hand with a flourish."


While war profiteer David Brooks is throwing a decadent bat mitzvah for his daughter, a war rages on in Iraq. As "150 kids in attendance" were "impressed by their $1,000 gift bags, complete with digital cameras and the latest video iPod," four (4) westerners were kidnapped in Iraq today.

There is an orgy of war profiteering going on in America, from congressmen to defense contractors. Does anybody give a shit?

NOTE: DHB is the "leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of innovative, technically advanced bullet and projectile resistant garments, bullet resistant and fragmentation vests, bomb projectile blankets, and related ballistic accessories and technologies for the United States Military and Law Enforcement Agencies"

 

Cheney = War Criminal


According to a BBC article, the former aide to Colin Powell has not only accused Dick Cheney of torture, but possible war crimes.

I know what your thinking, "Bulldog, we already knew Cheney was a war criminal, so what?!?!"

Well, I agree. We did know Cheney was a war criminal, but up until today, nobody in the government was ever willing to talk about it.

Kudos to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson for having the courage to speak the truth in this scary age where messengers of truth are "Swift Boated" by the right-wing propoganda machine.

Monday, November 28, 2005 

Eulogy for Randy "Duke" Cunningham

Today, my congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigned and pled guilty to fraud, conspiracy to commit bribery and tax evasion.

Justice!!

Plain and simple, the guy was a big festering sore on the ass of the House of the Representatives. He took bribes, he conspired, and he tried to evade taxes.

And if you don't remember, Randy "Duke" Cunningham was the dude who sponsored the silly Flag Burning Amendment.

Duke Cunningham was the poster boy for right-wing hypocrisy. He wrapped himself in the flag, meanwhile he robbed us all blind.

Check out District 50's future congresswoman-- Francine Busby!

 

Gandhi and Olives

As Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped of and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train had already started to move. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first, with the comment, "The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use."

---Adapted from "The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes"


On a different note, yesterday, Jewish settlers in the West Bank city of Nablus chopped down hundreds of the town's olive trees. Olive trees are the main source of income for 5,000 Palestinian residents.

More than 245,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank, home to 2.4 million Palestinians.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 

My Blogging Thanks!

In the world of blogs, I am thankful for.....

....The Rude Pundit.

....Crooks and Liars.

....Daily Kos.

....Martian Anthroplogist.

....The Brad Blog.

....Impeach Bush Coalition and ImpeachPAC.org.

....The Raw Story.

....Media Matters.

....and so many more!

And thanks to all of you who frequent The Bulldog Manifesto.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 

Poll: What Would You Do?

Hypothetical Facts:
Suppose you are the leader of a fictitional country known as Nari. Suppose Nari has lots of oil. But unfortunately, for the past seventy (70) years, Nari has been under the thumb of various world powers, each attempting to use their power as a means to syphon Nari's valuable oil reserves. Suppose Nari's democratically elected leader was once murdered in a coup d'etat sponsored by the world's largest superpower, known as, A.S.U.

Suppose Nari is neighbored by a country called Qari. And suppose Qari also has lots of oil. Suppose Qari was recently invaded and occupied by A.S.U., the world's largest superpower. Suppose the occupation was based upon false premises, yet nevertheless, A.S.U. has become the patron of Qari's oil reserves.

Hypothetical Question:
If you were the leader of Nari, knowing what you know about A.S.U.'s recent occupation of neighboring Qari, would you think it was a good idea for Nari to build nuclear plants that could one day produce weapons grade plutonium? After all, knowing what you know about the way A.S.U. and others have oppressed your nation for seventy years, and knowing what you know about A.S.U.'s occupation of Qari, wouldn't it be a good idea for Nari to build a nuclear bomb to deter A.S.U. and other foreign powers from further oppressive measures aimed against Nari?

Monday, November 21, 2005 

The Bulldog visits Ground Zero

Today, I returned home from NYC. While I was there, I managed to pay a visit to Ground Zero. Among other things, I wanted to see the proximity of Building 7 in relation to the twin towers. I was amazed at how Building 7 was already completely rebuilt and will be ready for occupancy in 2006.

I was happy to see a gentleman in front of Ground Zero speaking out loud about Building 7. I joined in with him in speaking to a couple of women who apparently had never heard of Building 7 (like most Americans, I presume). While I was talking, I noticed that I was being filmed by a nearby spectator. Considering all that has gone on recently, I had to wonder who was filming me. Perhaps it was just a fellow tourist. Perhaps not. The unfortunate thing about these days is, one never knows...

I had a nice time while in NYC. But it's always nice to make it home.

Oh yeah, the landing gear on my plane worked just dandy. No glitches whatsoever!

Why does it seem as though the mainstream media is so concerned with reporting on landing gear stories these days? Are we supposed to be scared......again?

Monday, November 14, 2005 

Question for the White House: Where o' Where is Your "Further Study"?

On June 29, 2005, the Bush administration took action to implement the WMD Commission's recommendations.  The WMD Commission was formed pursuant to Executive Order 13328 in order to address the myriad "intelligence failures" the Bush administration claims resulted in the misdiagnosis of Iraq's WMD program, or better yet, the lack of WMD program.

The WMD commission came back with 68 recommendations.  Of those 68 recommendatons, the Bush administration has agreed to follow 65 recommendations.  


Funny thing though, as it relates to the very last recommendation (see the bottom of the page HERE), the Bush administration held that "Further Study" was needed.


The final recommendation reads:

"The Director of National Intelligence should hold accountable the organizations that contributed to the flawed assessments of Iraq's WMD programs."


In response to this recommendation, the White House has stated that it needs "further study" to implement this last recommendation.  Why would the White House need "further study" in order to determine whether it is sound policy to "hold accountable those organizations that contributed to the flawed assessments of Iraq's WMD programs"?  


And more importantly, where is the White House's "further study"?  It's been nearly six (6) months!  Surely they should have concluded their own in-house investigation by now, n'est pas?


Is it possible that the White House doesn't want to execute the last recommendation because it would mean that Bush administration "friends and family" would be held accountable?  


Is it possible that the White House doesn't want to execute the last recommendation because it would also mean holding itself accountable?  


Ah hah!  BINGO!  


Something tells me that this administration will need a lot more time to "study" recommendation #13.17.  Perhaps, three more years?


We need to press the Bush administration to conclude it's "further study" on the final WMD commission recommendation.


They are obviously stalling.

 

This Week in the Dog House

The Bulldog Manifesto will be running pretty light this week. Not too many updates. It's a travel week. I'm headed to New York City.

I'll be doing my best to get online, but with family obligations awaiting me there, I'm not so sure I'll be able to do so as often as I'd like.

But one never knows....

Friday, November 11, 2005 

God Smites Tobyhanna For Dover's Sins

All of you non-believers better start believing God's spokesman, Pat Robertson!

Yesterday, he warned the citizens of Dover because they "voted God out" of their city by ousting school board members who favored teaching "intelligent design." He told those Godless Doverans:
"If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected him from your city. And don't wonder why he hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city."


Well Doverans, don't go turning to God now! God just smote your punk ass neighbors in Tobyhanna! One hundred fifty three (153) miles away from Dover, God unleashed His opening salvo on Tobyhannans-- just to show you Doverans, 'He is coming for your asses!'

Yup, one day after God's spokesman warned you, The Big Man upstairs unleashed Bushzilla on the residents of Tobyhanna. God ain't fuckin' around, bitches!

Today, Bushzilla launched a bloody propaganda assault upon the citizens of Tobyhanna. Bushzilla roared, "Some Democrats and anti-war critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and mislead the American people about why we went to war." With Roveian adeptness, Bushzilla coupled notions of 'supporting the troops" with notions of 'supporting the war,' causing some of the honest citizens of Tobyhanna to wince and shake their heads in horror. Bushzilla smote:
"Our troops deserve to know that this support will remain firm when the going gets tough. And our troops deserve to know that, whatever our differences in Washington, our will is strong, our nation is united and we will settle for nothing less than victory."

You see Doverans? Tobyhanna is being subjected to Bushzilla today because of your decision to oust school board members who favored teaching "intelligent design." Don't go praying to God now, you heathen Doverans. As Pat Robertson told you, 'God won't listen.'

 

Who Said That?!?!?!?

Question: Guess who made these statements yesterday? (Answer to follow.)

"The Republican Party is in imminent peril of losing the country."

"Under Bush II, social spending has exploded to levels LBJ might envy...."

"Bill Clinton is starting to look like Barry Goldwater."

"Working America and the middle class have been sacrificed on the high altar of the Republican Moloch of Free Trade."

"Thus, in March, 2003, Bush, in perhaps the greatest strategic blunder in U.S. history, invaded an Arab nation that had not attacked us, did not want war with us, and did not threaten us—to strip it of weapons we now know it did not have."

"Democratic imperialism is still imperialism. To Arab and Islamic peoples, whether the Crusaders come in the name of God or in the name of democracy, they are still Crusaders."

Answer: Republican-- Pat Buchanan!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 

Is it 1971, or is it Just a Nightmare?

Torture in 1971
On April 14, 1971, 1st Lt. Michael Uhl, an intelligence officer with the Americal Division from 1968-69, testified before a congressional committee with regard to standard "interrogation techniques" (i.e. torture) in Vietnam, as applied to military and civilian prisoners captured by U.S. forces in Vietnam.

His testimony to the Subcommittee on Government Operations revealed not only a pattern of endemic beatings, but also rapes and similar "sexual" atrocities, electric shock, and water torture. He also testified to the use of summary executions as a regular occurrence.

In 2004, while commenting on Abu Ghraib, Mr. Uhl wrote the following for Antiwar.com:
"Some of the parallels between what I witnessed in Vietnam as leader of a small military intelligence team, and the details reported by [Seymour] Hersh about Abu Ghraib, reflect, in my view, disturbing patterns of American military practice over decades that the American public would prefer not to know about. As one of Hersh’s informants puts it, "The process is unpleasant. It’s like making sausage. You like the results, but you don’t want to know how it’s made." The more serious of these wartime parallels have grievous consequences for both victims (typically civilian non-combatants) and perpetrators, who in time reenter the U.S. population as damaged veterans." (Emphasis Added.)


White Phosphorus and Napalm in 1971
On April 16, 1971, a reporter named Fred Branfman, who had spent the period of March 1967 through February 1971 in neutral Laos, testified before a congressional committee, unmasking a "secret" U.S. policy of saturation bombing over Laos-- using white phosphorus and napalm. Branfman later wrote:
"Village after village was leveled, countless people buried alive by high explosives, or burnt alive by napalm and white phosphorous, or riddled by anti-personnel bomb pellets"

Later, a Senate Report concluded that:
"...throughout all this there has been a policy of subterfuge and secrecy through such things as saturation bombing and the forced evacuation of population from enemy held or threatened areas-we have helped to create untold agony for hundreds of thousands of villagers."

As I blogged yesterday, it has been reported that white phosphorus and a napalm-like substance have again been used to decimate civilians in Fallujah. Today, it was uncovered by The Daily Kos that the U.S. Army's March Edition (PDF file) of Field Artillery Magazine even admits to the use of White Phosphorus in Fallujah:
"WP [i.e., white phosphorus rounds] proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."


Branfman and Uhl both testified within two days of one another. Here we are, thirty four (34) years later, and we apparently haven't learnt one damn thing. Once again, we are talking about torture, white phosphourus, and napalm.

Wake me up from this bad dream...PLEASE!

 

Keep Your Salary Arnold, We Want Our $300 Million Dollars Back

Dear Arnold,

When you became governor of California, we had a projected two year budget deficit of $38 billion dollars. Two days after you were sworn in, you pledged to work for free, rebuking your $175,000 a-year Governor's salary. At the time, you stated:
"I'm not going to take a salary. I'm going to start straight right away there and make that cut... and leave it in the general fund, because I want to make the first positive move forward on that."

Well, Mr. Governor, feel free to take your $175,000 salary. But in return, we the citizens of Cahleefohrneeeah want the $300 million dollars you cost the State in calling this frivolous Special Election.

You have a lot of nerve in stating tonight:
"No matter what the results are ... tomorrow the victories and the losses will be behind us....No matter what ... we're going to continue to fight for California."

Let me ask you Mr. Governor, 'what victories are you referring to?' You had no victories tonight. You cannot get away with saying, in essence, "I'll be back." Sorry Mr. Governor, your days leading this great State are, for all intents and purposes, finished. Like our defunct president, you too are now a lame duck.

We, on the other hand, are $300 million dollars more in debt, and without any leadership. Please do us a favor now, and simply go away. But before you leave, please drop off the check for $300 million and take your damn salary. In hindsight, your salary is nothing compared to the greater cost of your Special Election gambit.

Thanks for nothing, Arnold. Really....thanks for nothing!

Sincerely,

The Bulldog Manifesto

[Cross-posted at The Daily Kos]

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 

Time For Action: Join Barbara Boxer's Boycott

The Arctic Wildlife Refuge is home to over 150 species of wildlife. Recently, the Senate approved a bill requiring the Interior Department to begin selling oil leases for the coastal plain of the Alaska Wildlife Refuge within two years.

California Senator Barbara Boxer, however, has not given up the fight. She is planning to organize a consumer boycott of any oil company that decides to drill in the refuge.

Please GO HERE and join the effort by informing the oil companies that if they drill in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, they will be boycotted. It takes one minute of your time.

Please spread the word too!

[Cross-posted at Boycott Thieves and Blogtemps.]

Monday, November 07, 2005 

Napalm and White Phosphorus in Fallujah

In contravention to various international treaties, the United States has used outlawed weapons of mass destruction against Iraqi civilians. Consider the irony.

An Italian New Channel (RAI 24) televised a graphic VIDEO documenting U.S. use of white phosphorus and napalm against Iraqi civilians. I strongly suggest everybody watch the entire production. It is graphic, but people need to see it.

Where the fuck is our own media?

Why do I feel like a German citizen living in Nazi Germany, watching as my countrymen comletely ignore the atrocities being committed under OUR FLAG?

 

Viva Maradona!

From The Guardian:

Earlier, the tone was struck by the former football star Diego Maradona, who wore a "Stop Bush" T-shirt to an anti-Bush "counter-summit" that drew some 4,000 protesters from around the world and easily eclipsed the official summit in the public's attention. "I'm proud as an Argentine to repudiate the presence of this human trash, George Bush," said Maradona.

Human trash? I prefer to say-- "piece of shit".

 

Blog Spotlight: NeoAlertz

Check out NeoAlertz. Pretty cool activist blog that enables you to sign various petitions. One stop shopping for letter writing and petition campaigns.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 

Dick Gets Fingered.....for Torture

In an NPR radio interview on November 3, 2005, former Bush administration official Col. Laurence Wilkerson pinned the blame for the torture committed at Abu Ghraib squarely on Vice President Dick Cheney. You can hear the interview HERE.

So far, only French newspaper Le Monde has picked up on Wilkerson's public statement. Check it out.

If your French is rusty, here is a rough translation using Babel Fish (Pardon the sometimes incoherent translation...Babel Fish isn't perfect.):

The office of the American vice-president Dick Cheney is at the origin of the directives having led American soldiers to torture prisoners in Iraq and in Afghanistan, affirmed, Thursday, a former high person in charge for the State Department.

Colonel Laurence Wilkerson, who was a principal private secretary of the former Secretary of State Colin Powell declared, on the waves of the public radio (NPR) which it had found trace of a series of memos and directives authorizing torture, addressed to the Defence Department by the collaborators of Dick Cheney. These directives contradicted another directive of president George W. Bush, ordering with the American army to respect the convention of Geneva which prohibits such practices.

"There was a visible trace energy of the vice-presidency to the commanders on the ground, while passing through the secretary with defense, to authorize torture in order to obtain information on the ground", affirmed colonel Wilkerson. "the directives, it indicated, were written in careful terms, but they did not give any less the commanders on the ground freedom to act, which led to many cases of abuse counters prisoners". According to him, "If you are a soldier of career, you know that similar things are not allowed."

"LAWYER SOLVED FOR THE RECOURSE TO TORTURE" [< ----I have a feeling this is not an accurate translation.]

It added that Mr. Powell, when he was a Secretary of State, had asked him, after the scandal of the prison of Abou Ghraïb, to inquire to discover how torture had become an instrument of the American policy.

Washington Post had revealed last week that Mr. Cheney intervened recently with the Senate to obtain that the CIA is exempted obligation to respect a bill prohibiting abroad the use of torture.

According to Mr. Wilkerson, the new principal private secretary of Dick Cheney, David Addington, who was up to now legal adviser vice-presidency, was a "lawyer solved" to authorize the recourse to torture. He as affirmed as Mr. Cheney had created the national Council of safety "(a)" espionnant and sapping the work carried out by the national council of safety of president Bush. He added that the members of this council had ceased resorting to the electronic mails by discovering that the collaborators of Mr. Cheney peeled their messages.

It in addition estimated that the former chief of the CIA, George Tenet "had not had courage" to inform the services of Dick Cheney of his doubts about the existence of weapons of massive destruction in Iraq or on the efforts of Saddam Hussein to obtain.

-------------------------

So there you have it. A former Bush administration official is coming out and pointing fingers at the Cheney cabal for the torture at Abu Ghraib. I look forward to seeing how this develops.

 

Cartoon Week Continues.....

Shwarzenegger Street

The campaign for Democratic candidate for Governor of California, Phil Angelides, created this hilarious cartoon:


http://www.arnoldsneighborhood.com/


Starring:
Ahnold as Ernie
George W. Bush as Bush Bird
Ken Lay as Ken Von Lay the (Mis)Count
Karl Rove as Rover
Bill O'Reilly as O'Reilly the Grouch
Dick Cheney as The Cheney Monster

With special guest appearances by Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.

 

By George, America is Waking Up!

The most recent poll conducted by CBS reveals that America is indeed starting to wake up. (It's about time!)

Bush's Approval Rating:
Approve
35%
Disapprove
57%

But even more amazing is this statistic:

U.S. MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM

War in Iraq 21%
Economy and jobs 17%
Terrorism 5%
Education 4%
Gas/oil crisis 4%
Health care 4%
President Bush 4%

In other words, as far as the public is concerned, George W. Bush is just as much a problem as terrorism! This begs the question-- at what point will America be willing to take part in the War on Bush?

Well, for some us, that war has already begun.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 

Bush Cartoon





Thanks to Duane's Games for this cartoon.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 

Where is the Mainstream Media?

Lately, The Brad Blog has been en fuego!

Ever since the election of 2004, The Brad Blog has been dutifully and painstakingly breaking stories relating to voter fraud.

Most recently, on October 20, 2005, The Brad Blog broke the news about the non-partisan GAO's 107 page report report[PDF] on Election Voting Machines in America.

Considering how important elections are, one would think that the shocking revelations contained in the GAO Report (set forth below) would somehow find their way into the mainstream media ("MSM"). But as The Brad Blog noted in today's blog entry, "Silence: Mainstream Media Completely Ignores GAO Report, Joint Congressional News Release on E-Voting!"

The Government Accountability Office ("GAO") is the investigative arm of Congress.  It is typically referred to as the "congressional watchdog," and as such, is independent and nonpartisan.
"It studies how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO advises Congress and the heads of executive agencies (such as Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Department of Defense, DOD, and Health and Human Services, HHS) about ways to make government more effective and responsive. GAO evaluates federal programs, audits federal expenditures, and issues legal opinions. When GAO reports its findings to Congress, it recommends actions. Its work leads to laws and acts that improve government operations, and save billions of dollars.  From the GAO website.


So when the GAO reports that recent elections have been plagued by a range of security vulnerabilities and violations in Electronic Voting Machines, one might assume that the MSM would pay attention. No such luck.

And when the GAO states that issues brought to the attention of the GAO by elected representatives, activists and other concerned citizens, "merit the focused attention of federal state and local authorities responsible for election administration," one might rightfully presume this to be newsworthy, to say the least. Apparently the MSM doesn't think so.

As it relates to certain electronic voting machines, the GAO's report reveals that, inter alia:
Cast ballots, ballot definition files, and audit logs could be modified.

Supervisor functions were protected with weak or easily-guessed passwords.

Systems had easily picked locks and power switches that were exposed and unprotected.

Local jurisdictions misconfigured their electronic voting systems, leading to election day problems.

Voting systems experienced operational failures during elections.

Vendors installed uncertified electronic voting systems.


Considering how closely contested the Presidential election of 2004 was, you would think the MSM would look into the matter. Nope!

As The Brad Blog points out:

It's been nearly a week and a half since the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its 107-page report [PDF] confirming what many of us have been reporting for what seems like forever: That electronic voting machines are not secure, are hackable, and employ secret software that is frequently neither certified nor adequately inspected.


The GAO report which The BRAD BLOG broke on October 20th, confirms that "[C]oncerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes."

Furthermore, it was released in tandem with a joint bi-partisan news release which lauded the report. The extremely rare joint news release was issued by six high-level U.S. Congressmen in the House of Representatives (three R's and three D's) all Committee chairman and ranking minority members including the Chair and ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

And yet, not a single wire service (AP, Reuters, UPI, AFP, et al) nor the NY Times nor the Washington Post has even run a single paragraph on the landmark GAO report or even the news release to our knowledge. Not one. Even though many of those same outlets reported on numerous occasions that the claims now confirmed as very real by the GAO were little more than "conspiracy theories" forwarded by "leftwing blogs" such as this one. (Emphasis Added.)



The GAO Report needs to be covered. Actually, that is an understatement! The GAO Report is an earth shattering report which reveals the truly remarkable ease in which our election system is corruptable. Therefore, it MUST be covered.

The GAO Report raises major questions about the health of our democracy. (Note: To all right-wingers that feel the need to correct me on the fact that this is a Republic, not a Democracy, I issue you a preemptive "Go to hell, you Pahvlovian dog!"...but I digress.)

We can all do something about the MSM's silence. First, we can send letters and email to the MSM. Second, we can continue to blog this subject ad nauseum until the pricks in the MSM figure it out. (As The Brad Blog says, "If you aren 't happy with the media, be the media.") Third, we can visit The Brad Blog and donate some money to his blog. Just imagine if we didn't have The Brad Blog. Who would have brought this to our attention?

All Bark. No Bite.
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