Thursday, August 25, 2005

Today in History - Aug. 25

Today in History - Aug. 25: "In 1943, U.S. forces overran New Georgia in the Solomon Islands during World War II.

In 1944, Romania declared war on Germany.

In 1950, President Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike.

In 1980, the Broadway musical '42nd Street' opened. (Producer David Merrick stunned the cast and audience during the curtain call by announcing that the show's director, Gower Champion, had died earlier that day.)

In 1985, Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, died with her father in an airliner crash in Maine.

In 1998, retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell died in Richmond, Va., at age 90.

Ten years ago: Chinese-American human rights activist Harry Wu, safely back on U.S. soil after two months in Chinese detention, said the spying case against him was 'all lies,' and vowed to seek compensation from China.

Five years ago: A bogus Internet news release picked up by financial news agencies sent the stock of high-tech firm Emulex Corp. plunging more than 60 percent, but the shares recovered after the company refuted the reports. (Mark Jakob, the author of the phony press release, was later sentenced to nearly four years in prison for wire and securities fraud.)

One year ago: An Army investigation found that 27 people attached to an intelligence unit at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad either approved or participated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. David Hicks, an Australian cowboy who'd converted to Islam and allegedly fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan, pleaded innocent to war crimes charges before a U.S. military commission."


Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 25

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 25: "U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

ABU SAYDA - Six Iraqi civilians were killed and 15 wounded on Thursday, mostly elderly men, when gunmen burst into a popular cafe in the small town of Abu Sayda, about 60km (37 miles) north of Baghdad, health officials said. They said people had gathered at the cafe for breakfast and drinks before gunmen sprayed them with gunfire.

KIRKUK - Three people including a Filipino contract worker were killed in an ambush by militants in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, the Philippine foreign ministry said. The Filipino was traveling with two Iraqis when gunmen opened fire on their car.

HAWIJA - One Iraqi soldier was killed and three people wounded including a child when a roadside bomb blew up near their patrol in the northern Iraqi town of Hawija on Wednesday, the defence ministry said.

BAGHDAD - One insurgent was killed and two injured in clashes with Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad's upscale district of Yarmouk on Wednesday, a defence ministry statement said.

BAQUBA - A muezzin at a Shi'ite mosque in Baquba was killed, his brother said. Gunmen in two cars stopped Mohammed Yassin in his car and shot him dead, he said. (Reporting by Faris al-Mehdawi in Baquba, Mussab Al-Khairalla in Baghdad and Manny Mogato in Manila) "

Nation building is hard work.

Send your daughters chimpy. Bush's salute to 5 sons and a dad Bush's salute to 5 sons and a dad: "Bush quoted Pruett: ''I know that if something happens to one of the boys, they would leave this world doing what they believe, what they think is right for our country. And I guess you couldn't ask for a better way of life than giving it for something that you believe in.''

He added: 'There are few things in life more difficult than seeing a loved one go off to war. ... America lives in freedom because of families like the Pruetts.'"

Iraq had nothing to do with 11/sept/01. Iraq was not and is not part of a "war on terror" as Iraq wasn't a terrorist state.

Send your daughters you fucking coward. > News > Metro -- War backers hit the road > News > Metro -- War backers hit the road: "The car caravan, sponsored by a pro-Iraq war group called Move America Forward and headed by a woman whose son is a Marine, began its road trip in Northern California earlier this week and has stops planned in several cities before arriving in Crawford on Saturday."

What is pro-Iraq war? Define it.

Chicago Tribune | Baghdad police hit by brazen attack

Chicago Tribune | Baghdad police hit by brazen attack: "BAGHDAD -- More than a dozen insurgents armed with a car bomb, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers attacked Iraqi police patrols in western Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding 28 others in one of the bloodiest street clashes in the Iraqi capital in months.

The violence broke out on a sweltering afternoon amid the busy, shop-lined streets of al-Jamiya, a Sunni Arab neighborhood, and continued about two hours before Iraqi police regained control. Six of the dead were Iraqi civilians; two were Iraqi police, an Iraqi law-enforcement source said."

You might even think there was a civil war in Iraq...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 24

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 24: "U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - A deputy of the Iraqi justice minister, Yosha Ibrahim, escaped assassination, but four of his guards were killed and five wounded in an attack by gunmen on his convoy in western Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - Four mortar rounds landed on a base used by the Iraqi police's rapid reaction force in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north-east of Baghdad, wounding seven.

MUSAYYIB - An Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded when two mortars landed on a checkpoint at Musayyib, south of Baghdad, on Tuesday, police said. (Reporting by Huda Majeed in Baghdad, Faris al-Mehdawi in Baquba, Habib al-Zubaidi) "

Nation building is hard work.

Bush: Pullout Would Hurt Iraq's Democracy

Bush: Pullout Would Hurt Iraq's Democracy: "President Bush says he has listened to but disagrees with Iraq war critics who want U.S. troops brought home immediately, saying to pull out now would hurt that country's fledgling democracy and the United States too."

What Democracy? The one where women are property? What reality do these people live in? Rather getting the people who attacked us on 11/sept/01 we're bogged down in Iraq... Nice job W.

Today in History - Aug. 24

Today in History - Aug. 24: "In 1954, the Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.

In 1968, France became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.

In 1970, a bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher Robert Fassnacht.

In 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for slaying rock star John Lennon.

In 1989, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose from the game for gambling."


Irate Sunnis asked to endorse Iraq charter : Mail & Guardian Online

Irate Sunnis asked to endorse Iraq charter : Mail & Guardian Online: "Iraqi leaders tried on Wednesday to persuade furious Sunni Arabs to sign up to the draft Constitution, a day before the charter goes to Parliament where conservative Shi'ites and secularist Kurds can ensure its victory.

President Jalal Talabani and senior Iraqi leaders held intense talks with Sunni negotiators who had expressed anger over the country's post-Saddam Hussein Constitution, with some even calling it 'illegal'."

The civil war is going as planned. Nation building is hard work.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 22

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, Aug 22: "BAGHDAD, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Monday, Aug. 22, as of 0915 GMT.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

TARMIYA - Ten Iraqis, eight of them policemen, were shot dead by gunmen north of Baghdad on Monday, police and hospital sources said.

The men, who had left their police station wearing civilian clothes, were travelling in a minivan along with three other civilians when gunmen followed them in three cars and sprayed them with gunfire, police captain Karim al-Salmani said.

BAGHDAD - Police found four bodies in a western Baghdad district near a Sunni mosque, an Interior Ministry source said.

Two of the bodies were found on the highway and the other two were found in a semi-built house in the area. The identities of the victims were not immediately clear.

KIRKUK - Gunmen assassinated a counter-terrorism security official, Captain Ibrahim Saeed, and his wife in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police said.

SAMARRA - One Iraqi policeman was killed when insurgents sprayed his vehicle with gunfire in the northern city of Samarra, police said.

HIT - The U.S military denied it bombed a wedding party in the western town of Hit on Friday. 'We did not drop any bombs from aircraft on Friday in Anbar,' an emailed response to a query from Reuters said.

On Friday hospital officials in the town claimed that one person was killed and 16 were wounded in an airstrike on a wedding.

KIRKUK - Three policemen were badly injured when a roadside bomb blew up near their patrol in central Kirkuk, police Captain Ahmed Abdullah said."

Nation building is hard work.

David Sirota: Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. on Iraq; Grassroots Fights Back - Yahoo! News

David Sirota: Beltway Dems Regurgitate Right-Wing B.S. on Iraq; Grassroots Fights Back - Yahoo! News: "That's all well and good - except, it assumes that Americans are stupid. The fact is, doing what these strategists suggest will reinforce the idea that Democrats stand for nothing, because refusing to address the Iraq war is the equivalent of Democrats 'not being straight with people' in the same way Bush isn't being straight with people. It's the reason why we can drive up Bush and the GOP's negatives all we want - but that doesn't mean it is going to help us. The fact is, Democrats will not capitalize on any of this until they start speaking clearly about where they actually stand on the war, and whether they actually have the guts to say what polls show most Americans believe: that the Bush administration deliberately lied to us about why we were going to war, that the war has made our country less safe/secure, and that it's time for a serious exit strategy."

Wow, so some people do understand, almost.

Look just tell people the truth. Tell them your real position. Stop fucking around.

Republican Senator Says U.S. Needs Iraq Exit Strategy Now - Los Angeles Times

Republican Senator Says U.S. Needs Iraq Exit Strategy Now - Los Angeles Times: "'We should start figuring out how we get out of there,' Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska said on ABC's 'This Week.' 'I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur.' "

This is how these bastards get re-elected. Watch them gain seats in 2006. More Fascists in the Senate and House. Just wait and see. The American people are dumber than a sack of hammers. - LOCAL NEWS - LOCAL NEWS: "Juan Thompson, the author's only son, said the ceremony not only fulfilled the vision outlined in a 1978 BBC video, but it 'was bigger than he ever imagined.'

Depp, who played a Thompson-like character in the 1998 film adaptation of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,' and Juan Thompson embraced as the ashes fell to the ground.

Juan Thompson said the ceremony was not his father's final chapter. But, he said, it was the continuation of his legacy."

So long and Mahalo.

Reuters AlertNet - IRAQ WRAPUP 1-Deadlock, doubts as Iraq ticks down to deadline

Reuters AlertNet - IRAQ WRAPUP 1-Deadlock, doubts as Iraq ticks down to deadline: "Parliament was summoned for another special evening session at 7 p.m. (1500 GMT) to hear proposals from party leaders and legislators who have been working on a draft in committee. But as with a similar meeting a week ago, the outcome was unclear.

A further extension of the deadline is possible, so is a dissolution of parliament and a new election."

Um why won't the MSM tell you Iraq has broken down in to civil war? The Kurds are killing Shiites and the Shiites are killing Kurds and the Suuni's are being killed and killing Kurds and Shiites...

Today in History - Aug. 22

Today in History - Aug. 22: "On Aug. 22, 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.

On this date:

In 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.

In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates of the Continental Congress.

In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico.

In 1851, the schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup.

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.

In 1911, it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. (The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.)

In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco."


Friday, August 19, 2005

The difference between right and left

My political perspective?

I’m pro choice.
I’m pro euthanasia.
I’m against the death penalty.
I’m pro taxation of wealth and against taxation of income.
I’m for the legalization of most recreational drugs, it is the right thing to do.
I’m pro Union.
I’m anti war.
I’m anti corporate welfare.
I’m pro social welfare.I’m pro affirmative action.
I believe the individual should control large portions of their own destiny.
The government shouldn’t have control over the individual’s life and or death.

It’ isn’t the governments place to tell a woman she has to have a child; it isn’t the governments place to declare that a persons life must go on against the will of the individual and it certainly isn’t the governments place to declare a persons life is over against the will of the individual. . Those are choices that should be left to the individual and or destiny.

The governement should not control who lives and who dies. That is playing God.

The right believes in the rights of the corporations and governements over the rights of the people. The right gives corporations rights they would never give a person. Should companies that kill people be given the death penalty? If you make a product and you know some people are going to be killed by a defect in that product is that murder? Should the company be disolved and its assets taken by the government? Hell yes. We execute people and imprison people in the country all the time. It’s about time we started doing the same for corporations.The people have been mislead in to believing that they pay their fair share of taxes when in fact they do not. The common people who have less that 5% of all the wealth available in the United States of America pay over 50% of the taxes. This is outrageous when you consider that 1% of the American people own 95% of the wealth and pay less than 50% of the taxes. Individuals should not be taxed based on income but based on their wealth. The American people have been lied to and actually believe that the wealthy of this country pay an unfair amount of taxes. This very idea is ridiculous as the wealthy have the resources to pay the taxes while everyone else doesn’t. It’s like saying the people with a virtual lake of resources shouldn’t have to pay as much as everyone else who have nothing more than a bucket of resources. It’s a ridiculous play on statistics. This is also why a flat tax will not work and why it isn’t fair. The wealthy simply have more, so much more that it isn’t possible for the common person to support the system that supports the wealthy. The wealthy must support their infrastructure (material, from roads to pipes) and their protections (From the SEC, the judicial system, to your local police officer) as they are the only ones with the wealth to actually support it. You know why we have a massive national debt? The wealthy haven’t and aren’t paying their fair share.

The wealthy and corporations need to pay their fair share.

A job is not a privledge it’s a right.

The drug wars are and were a total fabrication. From the root of drug laws that were intended to repress the Chinese to the Crack Cocaine laws that are intended to repress the African Americans, it’s all unjust and untenable. This country has had a war on drugs for over 115 years. Perhaps another solution should be considered?

The right to Unionize is essential. Every advancement made in labor laws can be traced back to Union organization. From child labor laws, holidays, a forty-hour work weak, overtime pay, sick leave and even vacation time, to preventing illegal immigrants from taking American jobs, all have their roots in union organizations. Labor costs should not be reduced to economic darwinism. Now in order to avoid paying labor what it is worth corporations are outsourcing work to countries with no organized labor. Now corporations are using child labor, illegal immigrants and demanding more than a forty-hour week, and basically trashing every union advancement made in the last 70 years by moving labor functions over seas.

We don’t need to stop the outsourcing of jobs we will need to unionize the people the jobs are outsourced to.

Who is pro war? The Military Industrial Complex is, that’s who. We enter in to wars to easily and for the wrong reasons. Wars are places where young men and women are forced to kill or be killed. Wars are horrible and it seems that the American people have forgotten that.

Corporate welfare? Why are companies that earn a considerable percentage more profit than they did the year before, year after year, getting tax breaks and government grants for research or grants just for being in America?

Social welfare? It’s cheaper than prison.

Affirmative action? Currently the American Social structure creates a system of repression. Schools are funded from local tax dollars. The poor have poor schools and the rich have rich schools. Access to colleges is also limited via monies and what makes it worse are the token allotments of scholarships. If not for affirmative action America’s minorities and women would be locked out of the economy.

Today in History - Aug. 19

Today in History - Aug. 19: "In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler."

Karl Rove was so proud!

Combat Stress Unit Returns to Iraq

Combat Stress Unit Returns to Iraq: "BOSTON -- Members of the 883rd Medical Company treat the kinds of wounds that can't be seen but are sometimes just as damaging as physical injuries. The 'combat stress control' unit, which heads to Iraq on Friday for a second deployment, offers counseling and advice to soldiers who may be suffering from anxiety, depression, insomnia and a host of other psychological problems associated with combat.

The unit, which spent three months in Iraq in 2003, is comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health workers."

Who supports the troops? 2003? WTF? Since 2003?

U.S. envoy: Afghanistan bad -- but it's no Iraq

U.S. envoy: Afghanistan bad -- but it's no Iraq: "A surge of violence since winter has killed about 1,000 people in Afghanistan -- 59 American soldiers among them. Militants have stepped up assaults in the south and east, while U.S. and Afghan troops answer with their own offensives.

On Thursday, a homemade bomb hit a convoy of U.S. troops supporting crews improving a road from the main southern city of Kandahar to outlying mountains. Two soldiers in an armored vehicle were killed and two were wounded, the military said."

This would be the place where osama bin laden is or is close to, remember 9/11? Prolly not. Most think 9/11 has something to do with Iraq not Afghanistan.

People's Daily Online -- Sunni Arabs make three conditions to accept federalism

People's Daily Online -- Sunni Arabs make three conditions to accept federalism: "Sunni Arab constitution writers said on Thursday they would accept federalism on three conditions despite worries that federalism might result in split of Iraq.

The federalism must be approved by two-thirds of voters and two- thirds of provincial council members in each province and two- thirds of the National Assembly (parliament) members,' Saleh al- Mutlak, a spokesman of the Sunni National Dialogue Council, told reporters.

The Sunni Arabs, a ruling minority under ousted president Saddam Hussein, oppose to the federalism that both the Kurds and the Shiites which swept to power after January's parliamentary elections are seeking to put in the constitution.

Parliament gave the drafting committee members an extra week to settle their differences over the permanent constitution by Aug. 22 after they failed to meet the Aug. 15 deadline to submit the draft charter."

In other words, The Kurds and Shiites want a central governement with all the power and the Sunni want local control.

They're gonna kill each other forever. With us in the middle.

So much for that "War on Terror.".

Chicago Tribune | 4 American soldiers die in Iraq blast

Chicago Tribune | 4 American soldiers die in Iraq blast: "BAGHDAD -- Iraqi insurgents killed four American soldiers and assassinated a Baghdad judge Thursday while beleaguered government officials and U.S. military leaders worked to shift attention from the violence to efforts to rebuild the country.

The soldiers died when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the city of Samarra, about 75 miles north of Baghdad, according to the U.S. military."

Nation building is hard work!

Wired News

Wired News: "Sheehan left the camp Thursday, rushing to the side of her mother, who had had a stroke in California. She said she would be back if possible before Bush leaves his ranch for Washington on Sept. 3.

While her backers maintain the vigil in Texas, Republican Party leaders are worried that the so-called Peace Mom has brought long-simmering unease over Iraq to a boil by galvanizing anti-war activists. They fear that protests will strike a chord with the large number of Americans who have long felt uneasy about the war yet have been giving Bush the benefit of the doubt."

"The war" is nation building.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Chicago Tribune | 3 executions to be first under new Iraq court

Chicago Tribune | 3 executions to be first under new Iraq court: "Three men convicted of dozens of rapes, kidnappings and killings, in one case displaying the eyeballs of an Iraqi soldier to obtain payment for his murder, will be put to death in the first execution by Iraq's civilian courts since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Tuesday."

Only the most religiously extreme countries have a death penalty. wink wink

Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Soldiers' families press for Iraq inquiry

Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Soldiers' families press for Iraq inquiry: "The families of 17 soldiers killed in the war in Iraq and one who took his own life after returning to Britain are today launching a legal attempt to secure an independent inquiry into the legality of the conflict.

Their lawyers will lodge papers at the high court in London, seeking a judicial review of the government's refusal to order an inquiry in May."

CONFLICT IN IRAQ / Delegates snagged on basic issues / Some have doubts sticking points can be erased in a week

CONFLICT IN IRAQ / Delegates snagged on basic issues / Some have doubts sticking points can be erased in a week: "After granting themselves an extra week to complete a draft constitution, Iraqi leaders joined U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in painting the missed deadline as an opportunity, not a failure.

Despite the positive public front on Tuesday, many participants in the negotiations said deep fissures remained among Iraq's main factions on topics as fundamental to the charter as the role of Islam in determining law and the level of autonomy to be granted to regional governments."

After the civil war this is all gonna seem so silly... Really. U.K. U.K.: "Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Brazilian electrician mistaken for a suicide bomber and shot dead by police officers in the London subway didn't flee or act suspiciously as initially reported by authorities, a leaked internal report says.

Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, wore a denim jacket and walked into Stockwell station in south London, stopping to pick up a newspaper moments before officers shot him seven times in the head the morning of July 22, photos and documents leaked to ITV News show."


Three Car Bomb Attacks Kill 43 in Baghdad

Three Car Bomb Attacks Kill 43 in Baghdad: "BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Three car bomb attacks near a bus station and hospital in Baghdad Wednesday killed at least 43 people and wounded 89, in the deadliest attacks in the capital in weeks. Survivors searched charred buses and cars for signs of relatives.

The violence came as Iraq's leaders resumed negotiations on a draft of a new constitution, a charter they hope will bring stability and help end the insurgency. The document was to be finished Monday, but the deadline was extended one week."

Nation building? What ya going to do?

Perhaps keep your pre election promise and not do it?

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Turning up heat on war

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Turning up heat on war: "The neighbor who fired a shotgun over Sheehan's roadside camp earlier this week and the pickup driver who on Monday night barreled through wooden crosses that her supporters had erected underscored another risk for anti-war activists: the possibility of a backlash. As the Vietnam era demonstrated, protests even against an unpopular war can spark resentment and charges of undermining the troops."

The left supports the troops. The right supports the war.

Today in History - Aug. 17

Today in History - Aug. 17: "On Aug. 17, 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steam Boat began heading up New York's Hudson River on its successful annular-trip to Albany.

On this date:

In 1863, Federal batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War.

In 1896, a prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a finding that touched off the Klondike gold rush.

In 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who had maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)

In 1942, during World War II, U.S. Eighth Air Force bombers attacked Rouen, France.

In 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.

In 1969, 248 people were killed as Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded near Bethel, N.Y.

In 1978, the first successful transatlantic balloon flight ended as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outside Paris.

In 1985, more than 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.'s main plant in Austin, Minn., in a bitter strike that lasted just over a year.

In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at a Berlin hospital near Spandau Prison at age 93, having apparently committed suicide."

History it's important.

Monday, August 15, 2005 - World - Marine charged - World - Marine charged: "LAWRENCE, Massachusetts -- A man who last month was named U.S. Marine of the Year for his service in Iraq has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Daniel Cotnoir, 33, was arrested yesterday after two people were injured when he allegedly fired a shotgun from his apartment window at a group of revellers leaving a nightclub, police said.

A 15-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man were injured by multiple bullet fragment"

Suppoting the troops means helping them adjust to non-combat life.

Supporting the war is not the same thing as supporting the troops.

Chicago Tribune | Rally targets `arrogant' judiciary

Chicago Tribune | Rally targets `arrogant' judiciary: "Rally targets `arrogant' judiciary
Conservative Christians denounce power of nation's judges during `Justice Sunday II' event

From Tribune news services
Published August 15, 2005

NASHVILLE -- A group of conservative Christian speakers took aim Sunday at the power and decisions of the nation's judges, and especially the Supreme Court, using a 'Justice Sunday II' telecast to denounce what House Majority Leader Tom DeLay called 'judicial autocracy.'

Um Religion is a dictatorship. I don't want more religion in governement. thanks.

Mom's Protest Riles Gun-Toting Neighbor

Mom's Protest Riles Gun-Toting Neighbor: "CRAWFORD, Texas -- A man fired a shotgun into the air as about 60 anti-war protesters held a religious service on the road to President Bush's ranch.

Sheriff's deputies and Secret Service agents in the area of the demonstration site Sunday rushed to the home of Larry Mattlage after the shots were fired but did not arrest him.

'I ain't threatening nobody, and I ain't pointing a gun at nobody,' Mattlage said. 'This is Texas.'"

I was wondering when the right would start shooting. Mark this date in history as very soon the bullets will start hiting people on the left.

AP Wire | 08/14/2005 | Today in history - Aug. 15

AP Wire | 08/14/2005 | Today in history - Aug. 15: "Aug. 15, 1945, was proclaimed 'V-J Day' by the Allies, a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

On this date:

In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.

In 1914, the Panama Canal opened to traffic.

In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow, Alaska.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied forces landed in southern France.

In 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.

In 1948, the Republic of Korea was proclaimed.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

In 1971, President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.

In 1994, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the terrorist better known as 'Carlos the Jackal,' was jailed in France after being captured in Sudan.

In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility."


Friday, August 05, 2005

Today in History - Aug. 5

Today in History - Aug. 5: "n 1953, Operation Big Switch was under way as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict were exchanged at Panmunjom.

In 1957, 'American Bandstand,' hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC.

In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills.

In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.

In 1980, Hurricane Allen battered the southern peninsula of Haiti, leaving more than 200 dead in its wake.

In 1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike.

In 1984, actor Richard Burton died at a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland, at the age of 58.

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, to 'build a bridge of cooperation.' (Christopher was the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Vietnam since the war and the first ever to go to Hanoi.)

Five years ago: President Clinton vetoed a Republican-sponsored tax cut for married couples, describing it as 'the first installment of a fiscally reckless tax strategy.' Actor Sir Alec Guinness died at a southern England hospital at age 86.

One year ago: New York City's director of ferries pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter in the wreck of a Staten Island ferry. (Patrick Ryan later pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter.) Two-year-old twins from the Philippines born with the tops of their heads fused together were separated at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. The Georgia men's basketball team was placed on four years' probation for rules violations under former coach Jim Harrick."

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq insurgents change techniques

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq insurgents change techniques: "As the toll of US marine lives has mounted in Iraq, the Americans have conceded that insurgents opposing them are using more sophisticated techniques.

Fourteen marines and a translator working with them were killed in a single roadside bombing close to the town of Haditha shortly after sunrise on Wednesday, adding significantly to US casualties as they battle insurgents along a corridor formed by the River Euphrates."

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Bush: U.S. to Stay in Iraq Despite Deaths

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Bush: U.S. to Stay in Iraq Despite Deaths: "CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - Even as public support for his policy in Iraq continues to erode, President Bush says the U.S. will ``stay the course'' and American troops will remain in the dangerous, war-ravaged country.

An AP-Ipsos poll taken early this week showed public support of Bush's handling of the war had dropped to 38 percent, the lowest since Bush ordered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

The president, facing a grim and growing death toll, also said new threats of even more violence from al-Qaida's second-in-command would not intimidate the United States into retreat.

At the same time Thursday, the U.S. military announced in Iraq that four more service members had been killed in action but also insisted American troops were making progress against insurgents.

``We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq,'' Bush said in Texas as a videotape by Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's No.2, was broadcast around the world.

Al-Zawahri threatened more destruction in London after subway and bus bombings and said in the videotape that the United States would suffer tens of thousands of military dead if it did not withdraw from Iraq."

Nation building. Damn fools.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Slain Writer Was Investigating Graft

Slain Writer Was Investigating Graft: "Still, Vincent persisted, on a personal mission to uncover the dark political underbelly of Basra. He wrote about it, and some think it may have cost him his life.

The 49-year-old former arts writer was abducted Tuesday night from a downtown Basra street along with Nour al Khal, an Iraqi woman who was his longtime assistant and interpreter. Vincent's body was discovered before dawn, hands bound and shot five times; Khal is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds in a Basra hospital.

Dozens of foreign journalists have been abducted or killed in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust President Saddam Hussein. But Vincent's death has new, disturbing implications; he may not have been killed because he was an American or a journalist. He may have been targeted because he was uncovering alleged corruption and influence-peddling in the city's political, security and religious leadership."

Graft. Damn.

Macomb community decides on name for Iraq war

Macomb community decides on name for Iraq war: "Some favored the 'War on Terror' and others 'Operation Iraqi Freedom,' Pentagon designations for the war. Others said those names amount to pro-war editorials, rather than neutral descriptions of the conflict."

Big Brother has arrived. Some people love him. > In Iraq -- Constitution committee member says Iraq's political system will be parliamentary > In Iraq -- Constitution committee member says Iraq's political system will be parliamentary: "BAGHDAD, Iraq – The new political system in Iraq will be centered around a strong parliament that can prevent a dictator from running the country in the future, a constitution committee member said Wednesday."

Wow, just wow. Islamic law will rule. Why don't they tell you this is an islamic belief? - Three more U.S. troops killed in Iraq - Aug 4, 2005 - Three more U.S. troops killed in Iraq - Aug 4, 2005: "The attack took place around 7:45 p.m. (11:45 a.m. EDT). The soldiers were members of Task Force Baghdad, part of the 3rd Infantry Division.

The latest deaths bring to 24 the number of U.S. forces killed in Iraq this week.

Fourteen Marines were killed in a roadside bombing near Haditha in western Iraq earlier in the day.

On Monday, six Marine sniper team members died in a firefight near the same city. On that same day, another Marine was killed in Hit, also in Anbar province where Haditha is located.(Casualties identified)

Since the start of the war, 1,824 U.S. forces have died in Iraq."

Nation building is hard!

Today in History - Aug. 4

Today in History - Aug. 4: "On Aug. 4, 1944, Nazi police raided the secret annex of a building in Amsterdam and arrested eight people, including 15-year-old Anne Frank, whose diary became a famous Holocaust-era account. (She died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.)"

Rove would be so proud!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Iraq War Vet Loses in House Election

Iraq War Vet Loses in House Election: "CINCINNATI — A Republican former state lawmaker claimed a seat in Congress on Tuesday by narrowly defeating an Iraq war veteran who drew national attention to the race with his military service and a series of harsh attacks on President Bush.

With all precincts reporting, Jean Schmidt had 57,974 votes, compared with Democrat Paul Hackett's 54,401 votes."

This clearly means that the REpublicans will gain seats in the House and Senate in 2006. The Democratic party is too weak.

American Journalist Is Killed in Iraq

American Journalist Is Killed in Iraq: "BAGHDAD — An American freelance journalist who has written for the New York Times and Christian Science Monitor was found shot to death in the southern city of Basra, U.S. officials said today.

Other American journalists have been killed while embedded with troops, but Steven Vincent was believed to be the first non-embedded U.S. journalist intentionally slain in Iraq."

Bombings, ambush kill eight US troops in Iraq - The Boston Globe - - World - News

Bombings, ambush kill eight US troops in Iraq - The Boston Globe - - World - News: "BAGHDAD -- US forces in western Iraq are facing fierce resistance to their new effort to take control of the Syrian border, with car bombs and an apparent ambush killing eight American troops in a single day, Army and Marine officials said yesterday.

The deadly series of attacks Monday included the ambush of six Marines on a foot patrol outside of Haditha, Marine officials said. Five of the Marines were killed by small-arms fire in the initial assault. One was later found dead a couple miles away, a Marine statement said. Officials declined to say whether he was taken hostage before he was killed, and the military was investigating the incident."

Today in History - Aug. 3

Today in History - Aug. 3: "-- Today is Wednesday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2005. There are 150 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

On this date:

In 1914, Germany declared war on France.

In 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.

In 1936, the State Department urged Americans in Spain to leave because of that country's civil war.

In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.)

In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed.

In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

In 1980, closing ceremonies were held in Moscow for the Summer Olympic Games, which had been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States.

In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Reagan they would be fired, which they were.

In 1993, the Senate voted 96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In 1994, Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as the Supreme Court's newest justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer home.

Ten years ago: A Palestinian, Eyad Ismoil, was flown to the United States from Jordan to face charges he'd driven a bomb-laden van into New York's World Trade Center. (The 1993 explosion killed six people and injured more than 1,000; Ismoil is serving a life sentence.)

Five years ago: George W. Bush accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia, presenting himself as an outsider who would return 'civility a"

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Debate over what to call Iraq war delays Shelby Township memorial

Debate over what to call Iraq war delays Shelby Township memorial: "On Oct. 14, 2004, the 22-year-old U.S. Army private from Macomb County was riding in a Humvee near Ramadi, Iraq, when the vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

But a dispute over what to call the war in which he died has delayed the opening of a memorial to Barbret in his hometown of Shelby Township, north of Detroit."

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, August 2

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, August 2: "BAGHDAD, August 2 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Tuesday, August 2, as of 0650 GMT. U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - Five civilians were killed and one wounded when gunmen ambushed their car in Shu'la district, western Baghdad, a police source said.

BAQUBA - A car bomb blew up near an Iraqi police patrol in al-Ummal district, in the northern area of Baquba, 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Baghdad. A police source said one child was killed and eight policemen and a civilian were wounded.

BAGHDAD - Chief of Abu Ghraib police station, Brigadier Mizhir Mohammed Youssef, was killed in al-Ubaidi area, eastern Baghdad, when gunmen shot at his car, a police source said. (Reporting by Faris al-Mehdawi in Baquba, Walid Ibrahim, Huda Majeed and Hiba Moussa in Baghdad) "

IOL: Iraq post-war nation-building 'has totally failed'

IOL: Iraq post-war nation-building 'has totally failed': "Iraq post-war nation-building 'has totally failed'
02/08/2005 - 07:41:40

Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka said yesterday that post-war nation-building efforts in Iraq have “failed totally', but expressed hope that the country’s different religious groups can work together to build an independent nation.

Belka, speaking at a panel discussion on nation-building at an international forum in Sweden, said the US and its allies made a mistake by basing its post-war plan for Iraq on the same model used for Germany after World War II." Issues Blocking Deal on Iraq Constitution Issues Blocking Deal on Iraq Constitution: "BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Issues blocking agreement on a new constitution are critical to the future of Iraq, and compromise will require more than a little statesmanship among leaders with vastly different visions for the country's new direction.

The chairman of the committee writing the constitution has asked political leaders of the Kurdish, Sunni Arab and Shiite communities to meet Friday to see if they can forge compromises in order to finish the document by the Aug. 15 deadline. "

BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Former NI officer killed in Iraq

BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Former NI officer killed in Iraq: "A former police officer from Northern Ireland was one of the two security contractors killed in a bomb attack in Iraq, it has been confirmed.

Ken Hull, 48, died in an attack on a convoy of three vehicles near Basra on Saturday. The convoy was carrying British consulate staff."

Today in History - Aug. 2

Today in History - Aug. 2: "- Today is Tuesday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2005. There are 151 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 2, 1945, President Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam conference.

On this date:

In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

In 1876, frontiersman 'Wild Bill' Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory.

In 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco.

In 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.

In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.

In 1943, during World War II, Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands.

In 1964, the Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.

In 1980, 85 people were killed when a bomb exploded at the train station in Bologna, Italy.

In 1985, 137 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm.)

Ten years ago: Hurricane Erin came ashore near Vero Beach, Fla.; the storm was blamed for 11 deaths. China ordered the expulsion of two U.S. Air Force officers it said were caught spying on military sites.

Five years ago: Republicans awarded Texas Gov. George W. Bush their 2000 presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia and ratified Dick Cheney as his running mate. Former Presid"

Monday, August 01, 2005

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, August 1

Reuters AlertNet - Security incidents in Iraq, August 1: "Two separate bombings on Sunday killed five U.S. soldiers during patrols in Baghdad districts, a U.S. military statement said on Monday.

One soldier was killed and two soldiers were wounded when their patrol hit a landmine in al-Doura, south of Baghdad.

Four soldiers were killed when their patrol struck a roadside bomb in southwest Baghdad."

Nation building is hard! Media control is easy! - Bomb suspect: 'No al Qaeda links' - Jul 31, 2005 - Bomb suspect: 'No al Qaeda links' - Jul 31, 2005: "Further, the source said, Osman told authorities the bombs were meant to draw attention to anger over the war in Iraq and not to kill anyone.

'I am against war,' the source quoted Osman as saying. 'I've marched in peace rallies and nobody listened to me. I never thought of killing people.'"

Well okay then...

Stock Market News and Investment Information |

Stock Market News and Investment Information | "Frist, a Tennessee Republican and heart surgeon who may seek his party's presidential nomination in 2008, broke with Bush on Friday by endorsing a bill already passed by the House -- though not with a veto-proof margin -- that would overturn the limits Bush imposed four years ago."

"Bill, go ahead and act like you're not "Shivo'ed" and push some Stem cell legislation, so we can get the press off Karl's treason issues."

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Democrat Labels Bolton 'Damaged Goods'

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Democrat Labels Bolton 'Damaged Goods': "``He's damaged goods. This is a person who lacks credibility,'' Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, a senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on ``Fox News Sunday.'' Bush, he said, should think again before using a recess appointment to place Bolton at the United Nations while the Senate is on its traditional August break."

He's also up to his eyeballs in treasongate.

Today in History - Aug. 1

Today in History - Aug. 1: "-- Today is Monday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2005. There are 152 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 1, 1790, the first United States census was completed, showing a population of nearly 4 million people.

On this date:

In 1873, inventor Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.

In 1876, Colorado was admitted as the 38th state.

In 1894, the First Sino-Japanese War erupted, the result of a dispute over control of Korea; Japan's army routed the Chinese.

In 1936, the Olympic games opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

In 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation, a revolt that lasted two months before collapsing.

In 1946, President Truman signed the Fulbright Program into law, establishing the scholarships named for Sen. William J. Fulbrigh"