Well, look at it this way: You cannot keep a dog that kills chickens, no
matter how fine a dog it is otherwise.
My friend John Henry Faulk always said the way to break a dog of that
habit is to take one of the chickens the dog has killed and wire the thing
around the dog's neck, good and strong. And leave it there until that dead
chicken stinks so bad the dog won't be able to stand himself. You leave it
on there until the last little bit of flesh rots and falls off, and that
dog won't kill chickens again.
The Bush Administration is going to be wired around the neck of the
American people for four more years, long enough for the stench to sicken
everybody. It should cure the country of electing Republicans.
[T]he bottom line is that we have to change leadership because President Bush
has squandered our credibility and our reputation
former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright
NBC NEWS' MEET THE PRESS. 2004 Sep 12.
[O]ne of Clinton's laws of politics is this, if one candidate's trying to
scare you, and the other one is trying to get you to think, if one candidate
is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you
better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.
former President Bill Clinton,
2004 Oct 25
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended
upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
President John F. Kennedy, 1963.
George W. Bush
has caused many extremely serious problems,
both domestically and internationally.
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These are cases were we can now see the cliff rushing toward us.
In these cases we are almost at the cliff edge!
In these cases we are on the cliff edge!
Oh well, we have gone over the edge. It's been nice knowing you.
2004 Nov 30 AIDS Across America, by Kara Loewentheil, Planned Parenthood.
"Today, health experts estimate that out of approximately 20,000 new HIV
infections in the United States each year, half of those infected are
between the ages of 13 and 24. In other words, every hour of every day, two
American young people are infected with this deadly disease."
Abstinence-only programs are failing and so the teens are infected.
2000 May 10:
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT STATEMENT REGARDING MICROSOFT'S PROPOSED REMEDY
"Microsoft's proposal is ineffective and filled with
loopholes. It would not have prevented Microsoft from engaging in many of
the illegal acts found by the District Court, nor would it prevent the
company from using its monopoly power in the future to engage in the same
kind of illegal behavior to crush new innovations."
2001 September 7:
Microsoft breakup dropped The Battalion.
"In a dramatic shift, the Bush administration on Thursday abandoned the
Clinton-era effort to break up Microsoft."
"Microsoft is a top contributor to the Republican Party, and company
executives have been frequent guests at the White House."
2004 March 3: Microsoft spends $86 million to attack open source.
"... without a warrant and without probable cause, the FBI now has the
power to access your most private medical records, your library records,
and your student records... and can prevent anyone from telling you it was
2001 Nov 9: Police State by Kelly Patricia O Meara.
United States Representative
says the text of the USA PATRIOT bill was not made available for
review before the vote."
thought it was undermining the Constitution, so I didn't vote
for it ... "
"Under the Patriot Act, a person can be arrested without probable cause,
held indefinitely without being charged, tried without a lawyer or a jury,
sentenced without the opportunity to appeal, and put to death---all without
notification of ... anybody."
Yaser Esam Hamdiis was
(by birth) captured in Afghanistan.
held without charges for three years in solitary
confinement without access to a lawyer.
2004 June 28:
Supreme court decision in
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 124 S. Ct. 2633, 2660 (2004):
"We have long since made clear that a state of war is not a blank check for
the President when it comes to the rights of the Nations citizens."
"When you've been in solitary confinement for three years and somebody
puts a piece of paper in front of you that says you can get out of jail
free if you sign it, you don't really worry too much about the rest of the
-- Attorney Frank Dunham
The resolution: strip him of his US citizenship
and send him away.
"The Court concludes that ¶ 2709 violates
the Fourth Amendment because, at least as currently applied,
it effectively bars or substantially deters any judicial
challenge to the propriety of an NSL request."
(page 2 of the ruling).
"On separate grounds, the Court also concludes that the permanent
ban on disclosure contained in ¶ 2709(c),
which the Court is
unable to sever from the remainder of the statute,
operates as an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech
in violation of the First Amendment."
(page 2-3 of the ruling).
"Sometimes a right, once extinguished, may be gone for good."
(page 8 of the ruling).
2004 Sep 29.
ACLU, who took the case
to court against the Patriot Act,
ACLU v. Ashcroft,
was itself was under a gag order by the US government.
Only by winning the case were they able to tell us this.
"After laboring under a gag provision for months, it is an enormous
relief to be able to tell the world just how dangerous and extreme this
Patriot Act power is,"
Associate Legal Director.
"The ACLU noted that the Patriot Act provision was worded so broadly
that it could effectively be used to obtain the names of customers of
or Ebay, or a political organizations
membership list, or even the names of sources that a journalist has
contacted by e-mail."
2004 Oct 16.
Protect Liberty a flash movie.
After the intro, pick the Gallery, then Flash Movies,
then "Protect Civil Liberties November 2001".
2005 Apr 5.
Attorney general defends Patriot Act
"The Bush administration's two top law enforcement officials on Tuesday urged
Congress to renew every provision of the anti-terror Patriot Act.
FBI Director Robert Mueller also asked lawmakers to
expand the bureau's
ability to obtain records without first asking a judge."
2005 Aug 26.
ACLU sues to block library searches
Gag order on Patriot Act makes legal proceedings secret.
Court documents censored by blacking out parts.
"The Patriot Act in 2001 removed the requirement that the records sought be
those of someone under suspicion. Now an innocent person's records can be
obtained if the FBI considers them relevant to a terrorism or spying
This means that legal proceedings are now no longer public and
so we have an:
2005 Sep 10.
Bush Administration Wins Padilla Appeal
The New York Times.
a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the government can continue to
hold indefinitely an American accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive
So if the government decides that you, an american citizen,
are a terrorist,
you can be picked up and put in jail without trial for years.
Fortunately, this is being appealed to the Supreme Court.
"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said in a statement he was pleased with
and Bush has practically stated that he will nominate Gonzales
for the second open seat.
So we are one step closer to
"Underground democracy movements that produce political or religious
pamphlets and flyers, like the Russian samizdat of the 1980s, will always
need the anonymity of simple paper documents, but this technology makes it
easier for governments to find dissenters. Even worse, it shows how the
government and private industry make backroom deals to weaken our privacy by
compromising everyday equipment like printers. The logical next question is:
what other deals have been or are being made to ensure that our technology
rats on us?"
-- Lee Tien, EFF Senior Staff Attorney
The FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents for as
long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight, according
to previously classified documents to be released today.
2005 Dec 19: Bush's Snoopgate
by Jonathan Alter, Newsweek.
We're seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act
like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during
the Civil War.
2005 Dec 24: NY Times: Domestic spying widespread CNN.
The National Security Agency has conducted much broader surveillance of
e-mails and phone calls -- without court orders -- than the Bush
administration has acknowledged, The New York Times reported.
2005 Dec 30: Inquiry into leak of NSA spying program launched CNN.
"FISA says it's the exclusive law to authorize wiretaps. This
administration is playing fast and loose with the law in national
security. The issue here is whether the president of the United States is
putting himself above the law, and I believe he has done so."
-- Sen. Russ Feingold
2006 Jan 16.
Gore: Bush engaged in 'excessive power grab'
"Former vice president calls for probe into warrantless wiretaps".
"our Constitution is at risk."
Al Gore gave the speech at the
DAR Constitution Hall,
1776 D St NW Washington, DC.
Bush has made many moves
to take power from congress,
to control the courts,
to block the media from the truth
the end of Democracy in the United States
is in sight
2004 Jan 15:
"In preparing this series of speeches, I have noticed a troubling pattern that
characterizes the Bush/Cheney Administration's approach to almost all issues.
In almost every policy area, the Administration's consistent goal has been to
eliminate any constraints on their exercise of raw power, whether by law,
regulation, alliance or treaty and in the process they have in each case
caused America to be seen by the other nations of the world as showing disdain
for the international community.
In each case they devise their policies with as much secrecy as possible and
in close cooperation with the most powerful special interests that have a
monetary stake in what happens. In each case the public interest is not only
ignored but actively undermined."
-- Al Gore, Beacon Theater, New York
2004 June 24:
"Our Founders and the Unbalance of Power"
by Al Gore at
The American Constitution Society
"the biggest threat to America is that we Americans will
acquiesce in the slow and steady accumulation of too much power in the hands
of one person."
The debt curves below show what happened.
By 2000 Clinton and Gore
had STOPPED THE INCREASE in the Debt.
Bush got into office in 2000 and
the very next year the debt took off.
It is still rising. Click on the images for a larger view
The following graph is the same as the one above except that it shows
the full debt size and a longer time scale going back to 1950. It shows
a rising debt for both administrations. But if you look closely
(click on the image for a larger view) Clinton's rises
AND ALMOST COMES TO A STOP!
They had a plan in place and it was working! Then Bush takes
over and the curve SHOOTS UP immediately.
Interpretation: Clinton got a legacy of rising debt in 1993
and stopped the rise by 2000.
Bush got a legacy of flat debt from Clinton and
shot the debt up by 2004.
Clinton's plan was on track to clear the debt by 2012!
Bush has almost completely ruined what Clinton built!
If we use the increase in the debt since Bush took
office we find that
every person in the USA is in debt by AN ADDITIONAL
because of Bush's fiscal policy.
That $300 gift you got from George does not cover the amount you owe!
Can you please pay that off tomorrow?
How do you make a contribution to reduce the debt?
House Budget Committee Democratic Caucus gives the
same number as above for your part of the debt,
(except that it is more recent).
On September 16 they give $24,990.35.
The page gives lots of dire budget information.
"Approximately 64 percent of the $8.6 trillion deterioration in the budget
outlook is due to policy decisions over the last four years to cut taxes
repeatedly while paying huge bills for the war in Iraq and spending large
sums in other areas, such as homeland security and international affairs.
For 2004, the tax cuts are responsible for 60 percent of the fiscal
deterioration caused by policy decisions."
Why Younger Generations
Should Be Concerned About the Deficit"
A Report by the Democratic Staff of the House Budget Committee,
September 13, 2004
(Hearing, September 13,2004)
"After four years of rapidly rising budget deficits, the Treasury announced
on Wednesday morning that the government will borrow $147 billion in the
first three months of 2005 - a new quarterly record, but one that is likely
to be eclipsed before that year is out."
2004 Sep 20: http://www.greatpublicschools.org/.
From their petition:
"Congress and the President have consistently failed to fully fund the No
Child Left Behind reforms and the federal commitment on special education.
This year, the House leadership would not even allow a vote on an amendment
that would close the gap. ... the President's budget for next year calls for
education cuts across the board."
2004 Sep 20: acorn.org.
"Bush and Congress continue to shortchange the No Child Left
Behind Act by billions of dollars in both the FY2004 spending bill and the
proposed 2005 budgets."
2004 Nov 23:
for international student enrollment:
There is a clear dip, but it is still in the long run noise.
UPDATE 2006 Mar 26:Data for 2005 shows a CONTINUING DIP.
2004 Dec 10:
Ya-Ping Zhang and Shigang He,
Science, Vol 306, Issue 5703, 1861.
"For this Editorial, we sent a simple e-mail survey to about 400 Chinese
professors and graduate students at CAS and the Universities of Peking,
Fudan, Yunnan, and Wuhan. We received 76 replies within 2 weeks. 71% of
respondents said that they would avoid going to the United States; 91% are
seriously rethinking their collaborations with U.S. scientists and intend to
work with scientists in countries where obtaining a visa is not a problem;
and 95% believe that the visa situation is damaging to Sino-U.S. scientific
At this point I sadly mark this as an
2004 August 8
International team to monitor presidential election,
David de Sola, CNN.
What an incredible shame that the USA needs this.
Even more shameful, the Republicans fought against it!
"Republicans got an amendment to a foreign aid bill that barred federal
funds from being used for the United Nations to monitor U.S. elections"
However, perhaps it is good that no US funds will be involved, then their
report after the 2004 election cannot be claimed to have been biased.
The likely reason the Republicans got that amendment was to block
the monitoring, not to save money.
Here's how the president of the United States was
elected: In the months leading up to the November balloting, Florida
Governor Jeb Bush and his Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, ordered
local elections supervisors to purge 64,000 voters from voter lists on the
grounds that they were felons who were not entitled to vote in Florida.
As it turns out, these voters weren't felons, or at least, only a very few
were. However, the voters on this "scrub list" were, notably,
African-American (about 54 percent), while most of the others wrongly
barred from voting were white and Hispanic Democrats.
2004 Oct 22:
Man knocks himself out stealing signs
"A Republican in Colorado fell flat on his face trying to steal campaign
signs touting John Kerry and other local Democratic candidates."
(link to http://www.courttv.com/people/scm/102104_ctv.html
by Tinuola Awopetu
2004 Oct 23:
Students' polling places switched in scam
by Dennis B. Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"An unknown number of University of Pittsburgh students who signed a petition
to legalize medical marijuana have had their party registrations and polling
places switched -- adding to the number of college students apparently
targeted by a voter registration scam."
2004 March 1: Will The End of Oil Mean The End of America?
by Robert Freeman
"Weaning ourselves off of cheap oil, while not easy, will help ensure
the vitality of the American economy and the survival of its political
system. Choosing the route of force will almost certainly destroy the
economy and doom America's short experiment in democracy."
A plea for DNA banking
Savolainen V, Reeves G.
Science. 2004 Jun 4;304(5676):1445.
They say that
million species will be lost by 2050 because of climate change
that Bush denies is happening!
Extinction risk from climate change
Thomas CD, et al.,
Nature. 2004 Jan 8;427(6970):145-8.
These reports are in the TOP TWO SCIENCE JOURNALS IN THE WORLD.
CNN 2004 July 10: Ex-chief of Park Police denounces firing
The Park Service in the US is suffering under cuts and people who
object are being fired. No more open space or parks, it will all
be logged off now!
The original report is at
"The plan from the Bush administration and the energy industry will
allow 8,000 preventable deaths each year. According to the Environmental
Protection Agency, these Americans will die an average of 14 years
"The Bush administration is reversing the Roadless Area Conservation
Rule, a 2001 executive order by President Clinton, that prohibits road
construction on almost 60 million acres of federal forest land. No roads
has meant no logging, mining or oil and gas development."
2004 Sep 8 Bush Flip-Flop on Roadless Forest Rule Triggers Storm of Protest
"Soon after the Bush administration took office, it promised to uphold the
Clinton administration's Roadless Area Conservation Rule, enacted in 2001 to
protect some 58.5 million acres of America's last unspoiled National Forests
from logging, mining and drilling. But this summer President Bush
2004 Dec 8:
"SYSTEMATIC DELAYS IN ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING PROGRAM ALLOWED 83 SPECIES
TO BECOME EXTINCT.
79% OF ALL EXTINCT PLANTS AND ANIMALS SINCE 1973 WERE NOT LISTED AS
ENDANGERED SPECIES. 77% WERE KNOWN TO BE ENDANGERED, BUT PROTECTION WAS
REPEATEDLY DELAYED, OFTEN FOR TEN OR TWENTY YEARS UNTIL THE SPECIES BECAME
"... a grave failure in federal management of the nations most powerful
The Bush administration has pushed the crisis to an unprecedented
Center for Biological Diversity
2004 Dec 9:
talks about his new book -
One With Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future.
"He reminds us that agriculture
began in a fertile land, around Nineveh, in what is now the Middle East,
which is now desert. What lessons of ecological neglect does this teach us?
Bing Professor of Biology at Stanford University in California,
also gives a diagnosis of President George W Bushs mental capacities and the
prospects of his old boss at Stanford, Condoleeza Rice, in her new job."
2004 September 12:
Doonesbury on the color-code system
2004 Sep 12:
"I have never seen a national security issue as politicized as this one has
been since Joe McCarthy, and we cannot go on like this with scare tactics."
former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright
NBC NEWS' MEET THE PRESS.
"We want you to be the judge.
Listen to the Imus interview or read it here and then vote."
After listening to the Imus interview I was _________ about Senator Kerry's
position on Iraq:
All three responses are biased or negative,
with no positive response allowed,
but they say "We want you to be the judge". They missed this one:
This is a clear example of spreading uncertainty and doubt.
Note also that they
and do not give the
entire original inteview,
Sen. John Kerry talks to Don Imus MSNBC.
2003 January 15: Al Gore speech on Global Warming and the Environment
"the vast majority of the most respected environmental
scientists from all over the world have sounded a clear and urgent
alarm. ... Global Warming is real."
2004 Sep 20:
Mussels near North Pole hint at warmer Earth CNN.
"U.N. scientists say the Arctic is now warming faster than any other region
because of human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
released from burning fossil fuels in cars, factories and power plants."
"Inuit peoples in Canada, for instance, are seeing robins for the first
time and hunters are falling through previously solid sea ice. In
Scandinavia, birch trees are moving northwards into previously icy areas
used for reindeer herding."
2004 Oct 15:
Squid catch stuns scientists CNN.
"A large Humboldt squid caught offshore from Sitka is among numerous
sightings of a
species seen for the first time in waters of the Far North,
and the first of the species recovered from British Columbia waters."
It speaks of a fundamental change in the ocean along the coast."
-- said James A. Cosgrove, Royal British Columbia Museum.
2004 Nov 6: Putin clears way for Kyoto pact, CNN.
Russia signed the Kyoto agreement, brining it into force.
The United States, under Bush, refuses to be accountable for
carbon dioxide emissions, though the US is responsible for
36% of the emissions.
2004 Dec 3:
Beyond the ivory tower. The scientific consensus on climate change.
Science, Vol 306, Issue 5702, 1686.
This is a summary of scientific viewpoints on the environmental condition.
Virtually all scientists agree - we are heading for disaster.
Note that Science is the leading scientific journal in the United States.
2004 Dec 15:
2004 Signals More Global Warming, Extreme Weather: UN
"Global warming is set to continue, and bring with it an increase in extreme
weather such as hurricanes and droughts, scientists from the United Nations'
World Meteorological Organization warned".
"The conference of nearly 200 nations has turned into a polarized affair,
with the European Union and nations supporting the Kyoto protocol to cut
greenhouse gases in one camp and the United States, the world's biggest
polluter, in the other."
This disaster is clearly being caused by George W. Bush.
2005 Feb 1:
UK urges U.S. action on climate CNN.
Britain appealed to the United States on Tuesday to sign up to
climate-saving cuts in greenhouse gas emissions as environmentalists warned
of approaching Armageddon.
2005 Feb 8:
Glaciers shrinking in a warming world CNN.
"If you go to the Himalayan peaks, the rate at which the glaciers are
retreating is alarming. And this is not an isolated example. I've seen
photographs of Mount Kilimanjaro 50 years ago and now. The evidence is
--- Rajendra K. Pachauri.
"What we see in the Andes is happening in Kilimanjaro and in the Himalayas.
We've just been in southeast Alaska, and 1,987 out of 2,000 glaciers are
99% of the glaciers in Alaska are retreating!
--- Lonnie Thompson.
"We present trends in 244
marine glacier fronts on the
peninsula and associated islands over the past 61
Of these glaciers, 87% have retreated and a clear boundary between mean
advance and retreat has migrated progressively southward. The pattern is
broadly compatible with retreat driven by atmospheric warming, but the
rapidity of the migration suggests that this may not be the sole driver of
glacier retreat in this region."
"The current US policy on climate change is misguided. The Bush
administration has consistently refused to accept the advice of the US
National Academy of Sciences (NAS)."
-- Lord May, president of Britain's Royal Society
Cooney, Phillip A
1808 Edgehill Dr
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22307
An example change made by Phillip A. Cooney was: "Many scientific observations indicate that the Earth is undergoing
a period of relatively rapid change."
"Many scientific observations point to the conclusion
that the Earth may be undergoing a period of relatively rapid change."
Switching a scientists statement from 'is' (which indicates
that the original author was absolutely sure of the result)
to 'may be' (which indicates doubts) is
Interview with Tero Mustonen (mp3)
Tuesday, June 7 @ 40:28 Earth Matters:
Arctic Circle in Finland discusses the effects of Global Warming in the
far north. Tero Mustonen is one of the authors on the ACIA report.
The interview was conducted at the California radio station
("Download" is linked incorrectly . Try "listen" instead)
Helander, Elina and Mustonen, Tero (ed.)
"tells a grim tale of an Arctic influenced by climate change. Indigenous
peoples' observations confirm that climate change is already a reality in
2005 Jun 12:
Philip A. Cooney, US White House
White House official who edited global warming reports resigns
Now that he has been exposed,
the former lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said this was "completely unrelated"
to the heat he had been getting this summer.
According to CNN,
"The White House defended the changes, saying they were part of the normal,
wide-ranging review process and did not violate an administration pledge to
rely on sound science."
As a scientist I can say that at least one change made (see 2005 June 8)
was a significant revision of the meaning.
So this pledge is not being upheld, the White House is not
relying on sound science.
We show that the distributions of both exploited and nonexploited North Sea
fishes have responded markedly to recent increases in sea temperature, with
nearly two-thirds of species shifting in mean latitude or depth or both over
25 years. For species with northerly or southerly range margins in the North
Sea, half have shown boundary shifts with warming, and all but one shifted
northward. Species with shifting distributions have faster life cycles and
smaller body sizes than nonshifting species. Further temperature rises are
likely to have profound impacts on commercial fisheries through continued
shifts in distribution and alterations in community interactions.
2005 Aug 29: Is Global Warming Fueling Katrina?
By Richard Bernstein, The New York Times.
Warm ocean temperatures are a key ingredient for monster hurricanes,
prompting some scientists to believe that global warming is exacerbating our
"In the past we could walk on the ice in the fjord between the icebergs for
a six-month period during the winter, drill holes and fish. We can only do
that for a month or two now. It has become more difficult to drive dog sleds
because the ice between the icebergs isn't solid anymore."
It has become clear that we are nearing the tipping point of the
climate system that if we don't begin to take actions within the next
10 years that we will pass the tipping point and there will be large
long term consequences of that. I think that what's on line is the
future of the planet.
-- Dr. James Hansen
Using measurements of time-variable gravity from the Gravity Recovery and
Climate Experiment satellites, we determined mass variations of the Antarctic
ice sheet during 2002-2005. We found that the mass of the ice sheet decreased
significantly, at a rate of 152 +/- 80 cubic kilometers of ice per year, which
is equivalent to 0.4 +/- 0.2 millimeters of global sea-level rise per year.
Most of this mass loss came from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Bush blocked true Medicare costs from Congress and the public
Medicare enacted without lawmakers knowing true costs
Big pharmacies win
2004 July 7: Report: Bush Legal in Medicare Withholding
Sen. Edward Kennedy,"The IG's report describes
the extraordinary deception of
Bush administration officials to cover up the true costs of the Medicare bill.
What they did was clearly wrong by any definition."
Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
Bush did not deny the lies by other Republicans
Bush will not admit a lie when caught
No statement made by Bush and the Replublicans can be trusted.
The Republicans are twisting facts the way creationists do,
with half truths and outright lies.
This is unacceptable behavior.
"By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to
make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the
lie, the more readily it will be believed."
2004 Aug 9:
Invalid Republican Attacks.
In a political
pounce repeatedly on Senator Kerry for not voting for the $87
billion for funding, saying he flip-flopped. But the truth
is that Senator Kerry had a principled reason not vote for that
version of the bill:
Kerry has said he voted against that measure because it would have financed
the war with borrowed money. He voted for a defeated alternative that would
have rolled back some of Bush's tax cuts to pay for the conflict.
When Replublicans, repeatedly, say that Senator Kerry 'flip-flopped'
they are only telling half the story.
2004 September 30:
first presidential debate,
Senator John Kerry said:
"It's one thing to be certain, but you can be certain and be wrong.
another to be certain and be right, or to be certain and be moving in the
right direction, or be certain about a principle and then learn new facts
and take those new facts and put them to use in order to change and get your
policy right. What I worry about with the president is that he's not
acknowledging what's on the ground, he's not acknowledging the realities of
North Korea, he's not acknowledging the truth of the science of stem-cell
research or of global warming and other issues."
2004 Sep 29: The
Republican party, who insist that
The Flips Just Keep On Floppin'!,
doesn't seem to comprehend
what Kerry is saying and so they call it a flip-flop.
Of course Kerry voted for authority for the war.
Of course going to war when
we did was not appropriate since, as we now know,
the evidence was made up.
Kerry's positions are not inconsistent,
but the GOP doesn't seem to understand that.
If they do not understand, they are missing the point,
it zipped right over their heads.
If they do understand, they are lying.
If we give them credit and say that they are not dumb
... then we have only one conclusion.
"Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam,
through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and
WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.
The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for
publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little
discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."
As we now know, there were no WMD and there was no connection
to Al Qaeda.
2005 Oct 29:
What I Didn't Find in Africa
by Joseph C. Wilson 4th.
This is the famous piece published
on Sunday, July 6, 2003 by the New York Times.
Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's
weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq?
Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to
the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence
related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the
Apparently as result of this piece,
Wilson's CIA agent wife
was revealed to the press
by people in the Whitehouse.
(Note: Joe Wilson's wife's last name is now Wilson and not Plame,
according to Joe Wilson speaking to the National Press Club
on 2005 Oct 31, as heard on CSPAN.)
"Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking
about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has
changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're
talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our
fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional
guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect
our homeland, because we value the Constitution."
Information Sharing, Patriot Act Vital to Homeland Security
George W. Bush
9:49 A.M. EDT, April 20, 2004
In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the
National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to
intercept the international communications of people with known links to al
Qaeda and related terrorist organizations.
2004 July 11: www.awolbush.com
"This is not the story of a search for missing records. We have the
pertinent records. This is not a hunt for credible eyewitnesses and first
hand statements. The officers involved have stepped forward. We have their
testimony and we have the signed statements of those no longer living. This
is the story of how George Walker Bush walked away from a years duty while
in the National Guard. And, this is the story of how he has thus far
gotten away with it."
2004 Sep 2: George W. Bush's missing year by Mary Jacoby at Salon.
"The impression I had was that Georgie was raising a lot of hell in Houston,
getting in trouble and embarrassing the family, and they just really wanted
to get him out of Houston and under Jimmy's wing," said Linda Allison.
2004 Sep 8: Lawsuit uncovers Bush Guard records CNN.
The Pentagon "suddenly" finds more records even though
records are "normally" not kept more than 24 months.
The new documents do not cover five kinds of record that Bush's
commanders were required to keep.
defunded the United Nations Population Fund
the withheld $34 million could have helped prevent
as many as 2 million unwanted pregnancies and nearly 800,000 abortions;
4,700 maternal deaths and over 77,000 infant and child deaths in many
THE VICE PRESIDENT:
One of the
points I try to make as I travel around and often talk about is that
the vast majority of Americans believe that this is "one nation under
God." (Applause.) And we believe we ought to be able to say that when
we pledge allegiance to the flag. (Applause.)
Now, the problem we have -- of course, the Supreme Court fortunately
shot down the decision. The original decision on that came out of the
Ninth Circuit, out on the West Coast. And it was the Ninth Circuit
that decided there was merit to this guy's claim that he brought that
you should not be allowed to say "under God" when you said the pledge.
First, the Supreme court did not shoot down the decision.
They avoided making a decision by raising an irrelevant side issue.
Cheney has a serious misunderstanding of the issue.
The idea is not that people should NOT be allowed to say "under God" -
they can if they want - but that
it is ILLEGAL by the
to be forced to say that phrase
by the United States Government.
Force includes the pervasive social pressure
to say the pledge in public.
It is also clearly illegal for the
government to include it in the official version of
the Pledge of Allegiance
because that is a violation of the separation of church
2003 Nov 13:
Politics and Science in the Bush Administration
prepared for Rep. Henry A. Waxman, finds
instances where the Administration has manipulated
the scientific process and distorted or suppressed
2005 Sep 18:
The Republican War on Science,
by Chris Mooney, claims that the disaster unfolding above
is part of a bigger pattern. If so, the United States is doomed!
The country will be destroyed as scientists leave ...
"The United States built a mighty economy on the basis of strong scientific
engineering and science throughout the last century. Now, with science
falling into disrepute to serve short term political aims, every American
should fear the decline that is sure to follow. Mr. Mooney's book provides a
much needed wake up call to the danger ahead."
2004 Sep 12:
During an interview
(NBC NEWS' MEET THE PRESS)
Sy Hersh agreed that
"senior military and national security officials in the Bush administration
were warned by subordinates in 2002 and 2003 about prison abuse".
Pentagon and other American officials have said the harsh interrogation
methods described by the Afghans and outlined in the Army's charges were not
authorized for use at Bagram.
A classified portion of an Army report into the Abu Ghraib scandal, recently
obtained by The New York Times, shows that on Dec. 2, 2002, Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had approved such methods for use only at the
American detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"Interrogation techniques intended only for Guantanamo came to be used in
Afghanistan and Iraq"...
Inference: Rumsfeld approved the kind of techniques used at Abu Ghraib.
"These documents tell a damning story of sanctioned government abuse"
Anthony D. Romero.
"While these documents confirm the systemic nature of detainee abuse,
it appears that the government is still withholding many more documents
that shed light on which high-ranking officials are responsible for that
abuse" - Amrit Singh.
"There is simply no doubt that his policies caused the torture to
occur." Lucas Guttentag of the ACL, lead councel for the action.
They claim that
Rumsfeld was directly involved and that
Rumsfeld knew his orders were causing torture.
"Do not use coercion of any kind to obtain information from captives. This
includes information like name, rank, service number, and date of birth
that captives are required to provide by the Geneva Conventions."
and this instruction was clearly violated:
"You may have to gag captives in some tactical situations. Use gags only
for as long as they are truly needed. The gags must not harm captives."
... the released documents showed that the administration had sanctioned
interrogation techniques that violated the UN Convention against Torture
and that the President [Bush] had stated in a central policy memorandum
dated 7 February 2002 that, although the USA's values "call for us to
treat detainees humanely", "there are some who are not legally entitled to
The documents discussed, among other things, ways in which US agents could
avoid the international prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment, including by arguing that the President could override
international and national laws prohibiting such treatment.
2005 Jun 24:
Interrogators Cite Doctors' Aid at Guantánamo Prison Cam,
By Neil A. Lewis, The New York Times.
"Bryan Whitman, a senior Pentagon spokesman,
... suggested that the doctors advising interrogators were not covered by
ethics strictures because they were not treating patients but rather were
acting as behavioral scientists."
2005 Jul 28:
Prosecutors: CIA agents left trail
Cellphone calls blew their cover,
The Egyptian cleric was flown from Aviano, a joint U.S.-Italian air base north
of Venice, to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and then to Egypt, where he was
reportedly tortured. The operation purportedly was part of the CIA's
"extraordinary rendition" program, in which terror suspects are transferred to
third countries without court approval.
2005 Oct 27:
Vice President for Torture,
Wednesday, October 26, 2005; Page A18
"VICE PRESIDENT Cheney is aggressively pursuing an initiative that may be
unprecedented for an elected official of the executive branch: He is
proposing that Congress legally authorize human rights abuses by Americans."
2005 Dec 19:
U.S. had secret Afghanistan prison, group says.
"The men were taken to a prison near Kabul where they were shackled to
walls, kept in darkness for weeks, deprived of food and water for days at a
time, bombarded with loud rap and heavy metal music, and punched and slapped
during questioning by U.S. interrogators, the group said."
2005 Feb 14:
More photos that the Pentagon refused to release.
"SBS Dateline is planning to broadcast 60 previously unpublished photographs
of the victims of American abuse at Abu Ghraib prison."
2000 Sep 6:
"The United States and Russia reaffirm their commitment to the ABM Treaty as
a cornerstone of strategic stability."
This was done by Clinton and Putin just before the
The US was committed to it, Bush destroyed it.
2001 December 14
U.S. quits ABM treaty.
"Today I am giving formal notice to Russia that the United States of America
is withdrawing from this almost 30-year-old treaty", Bush said.
Bush convinced people to support the Iraq war based on false data:
he explicitly stated that Iraq
had weapons of mass destruction.
Bush repeatedly linked Iraq to Al Qaeda, but the link
is tenuous or does not exist.
Returning veterans are being treated terribly.
Contracts for restoring Iraq were not open for
competition. They were given to Halliburton,
buddies of the Vice President,
who who was the former CEO and is still receiving money from them.
No WMD found
USA is despised around the world
USA is entangled in Iraq with essentially no help from other countries
USA must pay for the war instead of other pressing needs
Credibility of the Administration,
the CIA, and the Washington Post (among other "news" outlets)
has been destroyed.
Halliburton made $4.3 billion from Iraq contracts in 2003.
Tis a long way fr'm ye'er plant to here,' he says, 'an' be th' time a cargo
iv liberty,' he says, 'got out here an' was handled be th' middlemen,' he
says, 'it might spoil,' he says.
by Finley Peter Dunne.
From Mr. Dooley in the Hearts of His Countrymen (Boston: Small, Maynard and
"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the
Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons
Address to the Nation, March 17, 2003
2004 Aug 12:
WASHINGTON POST ADMITS FAILING TO REPORT BALANCED NEWS.
"The Post on WMDs: An Inside Story"
by Howard Kurtz. The
Washington Post failed to report information about the lack
of evidence for WMD on their front page.
Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. said "Not enough of those stories
were put on the front page. That was a mistake on my part."
2004 Sep 29:
make it more likely or less likely that you would take the United
States into another preemptive military action?
PRESIDENT BUSH: I would hope I'd never have to. I understand how hard it is
to commit troops. I never wanted to commit troops. I never -- when I was
running -- when we had the debate in 2000, I never dreamt I'd be doing that.
But the enemy attacked us,
Jim, and -- ah -- I have a solemn duty to protect
the American people, to do everything I can to protect us.
The question was about Iraq. We attacked Iraq, not the other way around!
2003 March 24:
Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer:
"The President this morning has spoken with three foreign leaders. He began
with Prime Minister Blair, where the two discussed the ongoing aspects of
Operation Iraqi liberation."
You didn't catch that? Ok, try again with this clue:
"A common view among those interviewed outside the U.S. Central
Command is that Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the war's operational
commander, misjudged the interests of putative Afghan allies and let pass
the best chance to capture or kill al Qaeda's leader."
2004 Aug 30
CNN asked Bush "Can we win?"
[the war on terror], Bush responded,
"I don't think you can win it. ..."
Scott McClellan, attempting to explain this ('spin') said "I don't think you
can expect that there will ever be a formal surrender or a treaty signed,
like we have in wars past." That's not logical because McClellan's response
is not related to the question. Just because there is no formal surrender
nor treaty doesn't mean the fight cannot be won.
2004 Sep 12:
"Secretary Powell today told the American public in no uncertain terms
that there is no evidence of a link between Saddam and al-Qaeda in the
--Secretary Powell Comes Clean on Hussein and 9/11 --
official Kerry-Edwards blog.
2004 September 30:
first presidential debate,
Jim Lehrer asked
"If you are elected president, what will you take to that office thinking is
the single most serious threat to the national security to the United
Senator John Kerry responded instantly: "Nuclear proliferation. Nuclear
proliferation. There's some 600-plus tons of unsecured material still in the
former Soviet Union and Russia. At the rate that the president is currently
securing it, it'll take 13 years to get it.
I did a lot of work on this. I wrote a book about it several years ago --
six, seven years ago -- called
"The New War",
which saw the difficulties of
this international criminal network. And back then, we intercepted a
suitcase in a Middle Eastern country with nuclear materials in it. And the
black market sale price was about $250 million.
Now, there are terrorists trying to get their hands on that stuff today.
And this president, I regret to say, has secured less nuclear material in
the last two years since 9/11 than we did in the two years preceding 9/11.
2004 Oct 3:
You Decide has a PDF flyer on "Our Homeland Security"
Against scientific evidence
and recommendations, Bush
blocked emergency contraception drug
for political reasons
while citing fake science.
Attorney General John Ashcroft
attempts to gain access to women's
women around the world have fewer choices
USA behind the world, 30 other countries have Plan B
U.S. adolescent pregnancy rate is the highest
in the industrialized world; 80% unintended
World population continues to rise, straining ecosystems
"In Ghana, the Planned Parenthood Association has not only curtailed family
planning services due to loss of USAID funding, but nearly 700,000 clients
have lost access to HIV prevention services." -- Adrienne Germain.
loss of medical confidentiality
and personal privacy in the United States
Playing Politics with Women's Lives,
Vol 305, Issue 5680, page 17, 2 July 2004.
(Sorry, you need a subscription for that editorial)
2001 Feb 1:
"NPR's Peter Kenyon reports the Senate has confirmed the nomination of former
Senate John Ashcroft as Attorney General, after a vitriolic debate."
This is the same guy.
2004 Feb 13:
Ashcroft addresses abortion records request (CNN)
"Attorney General John Ashcroft insisted Thursday that doctor-patient privacy
is not threatened."
Who are they trying to kid?
After the lies about weapons of mass destruction,
we have no reason to trust his word!
Mass Layoff Statistics:
Between 4/95 and 4/04 mass layoffs
have a seasonal cycle.
there is a near doubling jump in 2001.
The initial peak is before the election,
but Bush didn't help the situation.
To reproduce the graph:
40% of the elegible voters in the USA
did not vote on 2004 November 2.
Shame on you!
You are to blame for
all these emerging disasters, they are on your shoulders.
Learn about the issues.
REGISTER TO VOTE NOW!
Vote next time.
www.gop.com Republican party.
2004 Aug 4:
All the top "news" is attacks on Senator Kerry.
It is all negative. Don't they have a plan?
2004 Sep 5:
No change, still all negative. Top story:
"More Than 6 Million People View Kerry On Iraq Documentary"
Excuse me? I watched it too. The number of people watching
it has nothing to do with whether they agree with these
2004 Oct 4: No change! No plan!
2004 Aug 27:
Kerry for President Seattle Times Editorial:
"Four years ago, this page endorsed George W. Bush for president. We cannot do
so again -- because of an ill-conceived war and its aftermath, undisciplined
spending, a shrinkage of constitutional rights and an intrusive social
In its statement, Abu Hafs al-Masri said it was calling a truce in Spain
to give the socialist government that was elected Sunday, three days
after the train attacks, time to carry out its pledge to withdraw troops
The group appeared to boast it had the power to change governments.
"We change and destroy countries," the statement said. "We even
influence the international economy, and this is God's blessing to us."
The statement tells American voters that Abu Hafs al-Masri supports the
re-election campaign of President Bush:
"We are very keen that Bush does
not lose the upcoming elections."
The statement said Abu Hafs al-Masri needs what it called
and religious fanaticism" because they would "wake up" the Islamic
"We haven't seen anything good from the Democrats. We do not desire to see
Democrats take over ... We should not forget that most sanctions and economic
pressures were imposed on Iran during the time of Clinton. And we should not
forget that during Bush's era - despite his hardline and baseless rhetoric
against Iran - he didn't take, in practical terms, any dangerous action
- Hasan Rowhani, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council
2004 Oct 24:
"On balance, ... Kerry, with his promise of resoluteness tempered by wisdom and
open-mindedness, has staked a stronger claim on the nation's trust to lead for
the next four years."
2004 Oct 26:
The relatives of Bush are voting for Kerry!
"[P]lease, don't vote for our cousin!"
http://www.moveon.org/fox/ shows a horrifying snippet
of how O'Reilly treats his guests during interviews
- by yelling "Shut-Up!" at them!
What happened to Republicans taking the moral high ground?
2004 Aug 4:
"But many people watched the convention on cable news channels - and
what they saw was shaped by a script portraying Democrats as angry
Bush-haters who disdain the military. If that sounds like a script
written by the Republicans, it is. As the movie "Outfoxed" makes
clear, Fox News is for all practical purposes a G.O.P. propaganda
--- Reading the Script
by Paul Krugman
August 3, 2004
Oliva Smith, West Liberty, IA
Husband Bruce KIA in Iraq
I saw a clip in ABCs Good Morning America back in March that had Mr. Bush
kidding around looking for weapons of mass destruction under tables, etc in a
talk before a Republican group they all thought it was funny. My kids did
not they watched with pale faces as they ate their breakfasts. Their dad had
died for those WMD its ok for Leno or Stewart or Letterman to joke, but not
the president. And I remember just what day it was, because later that very
same afternoon, I met with my Casualty Officer to collect my husbands boxes
of personal effects which had come back from Iraq. Its not a joke, George.
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