Archive for June, 2007
Posted by bosskitty on June 30, 2007
Bush, Mideast Wars and End-Time Prophecy
By JP Briggs II, Ph.D., and Thomas D. Williams
t r u t h o u t | Special Report Friday 29 June 2007
“Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the ‘wall of separation between church and state,’ therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.”
– Former US President Thomas Jefferson
President George W. Bush has become dangerously steeped in ideas of Armageddon, the Apocalypse, an imminent war with Satanic forces in the Middle East, and an urgency to construct an American theocracy to fulfill God’s end-of-days plan, according to close observers. Historians and investigative journalists following the “end-time Christian” movement have grown alarmed at the impact it may be having on Bush’s Middle East policies, including the current war in Iraq, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the strife in Lebanon and the administration’s repeated attempts to find a cause for war against Iran.
Many people are aware that Bush is “the most aggressively religious president in American History,” as eminent historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. described him, (Schlesinger, “War and the Presidency,” 143) but most remain without a clue to what this actually means.
Crosshairs Iran – an Illustration
The Israel Connection
Neocons and End-Timers
Hats off to Truthout for a supurbly researched article that scares the HELL out of me!
Posted in Accountability, administration, Anti-War, Armageddon, Bush, Casualties, Christianity, Democracy In Action, Dominionists, Founding Fathers, Fundamentalist, God, Israel, King George, Legacy, Middle East, Pentagon Corruption, Politics, Pope, President, Prophesy, Religion, Republican, Signs, Theocracy, War, War Cost, War Crimes | 3 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on June 30, 2007
NEWS CENTRAL/S. ASIA
Civilian deaths caused by US and Nato-led troops have infuriated Afghan people and the Afghan president
An air strike in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 30 civilians and 39 armed Taliban, a Helmand official said.
Mohammed Daoud said that “30-37 civilians have been killed and tens of others have been injured” during an International Security Assistance Force attack in Helmand‘s Gereshk district.
From correspondents in Lashkar gah, Afghanistan July 01, 2007 02:00am
- NATO denies toll as high as 65
- News agency sees bodies of children
- Worst civilian death toll since 2001
ANTI-TALIBAN air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers, including children, a local official said today, amid growing anger over civilian deaths.
Family flees destroyed village.
US probes Afghan civilian deaths
By Charles Haviland BBC News, Kabul
The US-led military coalition in Afghanistan says a number of civilians appear to have died in air strikes in the southern province of Helmand.
U.S. Raids Baghdad Slum; 26 Iraqis Die
June 30, 4:35 PM (ET) By LEE KEATH
P) Iraqi girls clean up their home after a U.S. raid in the Shiite enclave of Sadr City Saturday, June…
BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned a U.S. raid Saturday in Baghdad‘s Shiite Sadr City slum – a politically sensitive district for him – in which American troops searching for Iranian-linked militants sparked a firefight that left 26 Iraqis dead.
One Iraqi’s collateral damage By Marc Perelman
Ahlam Al-Jabouri did fearless humanitarian work under the U.S. Army in Iraq — but when her life was torn apart by sectarian hatred, U.S. authorities were MIA.
US Papers Thursday: God, Money, and Oil War of the Mosques; $150 Billion Contract Award; Iraq’s Washington Lobbyists
By CHRIS ALLBRITTON 06/28/2007 01:49 AM ET
“What causes the documented high level of civilian casualties — 3,000 – 3,400 [October 7, 2001 thru March 2002] civilian deaths — in the U.S. air war upon Afghanistan? The explanation is the apparent willingness of U.S. military strategists to fire missiles into and drop bombs upon, heavily populated areas of Afghanistan.”
Professor Marc W. Herold Ph.D., M.B.A., B.Sc.
The percentage of innocent to combatant casualties is unacceptable. These are not BATTLEFIELDS they are people’s HOMES!
The hateful mantra “let God sort ‘em out” should held prosecutable! Such a FINE example of American Values we are spreading throughout the tortured world. Shove this example of Democracy down their throat with bullets! Call it Christian compassion? Or Inquisition! Oh NO! It’s about Christian OIL!
Posted in Accountability, administration, Afghanistan, Amnesty International, Anti-War, Baghdad, battlefield, Bush, Casualties, Cheney, civil liberties, civil rights, Collateral, Corruption, Democracy In Action, destruction, Evil, Executive Branch, Executive Orders, genocide, Guantanamo, horror, Human Rights, Hypocracy, Iraq, Iraqi Children, Legacy, military, Nazi, Oil, Pentagon Corruption, Politics, Racism, Religion, Republican, resonsibility, Rumsfeld, Shi'a, Sunni, Taliban, Theocracy, United States, War, War Cost, War Crimes | 2 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on June 29, 2007
Bail for Pakistan ‘same-sex’ pair
Doctors say Raj is still a woman, despite sex change operations
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered that a couple jailed for perjury in a row over the husband’s sex should be released on bail, their lawyers say. The couple say they are man and wife, but the Lahore high court ruled last month that the husband was, in fact, a woman, despite sex-change surgery.
Shumail Raj, 31, had sex-change surgery to become a man and then married Shahzina Tariq, 24, a cousin.
The judgement of the high court has been suspended and the Supreme Court has ordered their release
Lawyer Babar Awan
She was aware of his condition but says she needed his help to avoid being forced into wedlock with someone else.
The couple originally sought the protection of the courts but were arrested last month after the bride’s family questioned whether Raj was a man.
Judges in Lahore jailed the couple for three years and fined them 10,000 Pakistani rupees ($165).
They found that the couple had lied about Raj’s sexual status and said their marriage was un-Islamic because it was same-sex.
Ms Tariq’s family wants to annul the wedding on the grounds that it is against Islam for two women to marry.
But the couple argue that they married to protect the bride from being sold into marriage to pay off her uncle’s gambling debts.
Ms Tariq says they are not homosexuals and they married because they are in love.
Shumail Raj (left) and Shahzina Tariq appealed to the president
It takes more balls to be gay or transexual in any Islamic country than it does to pack a car full of bombs and run to the market …
Watch closely how Musharraf handles this appeal.
Posted in Gays, homosexuality, Human Rights, Islam, Musharraf, Of Interest, Pakistan, prejudice, Religion, Theocracy, trans-sexuality | 4 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on June 29, 2007
Israel model for Iraq, says Bush – US President George W Bush has appealed for people to give his strategy in Iraq a chance – holding up Israel as a model for defining success there.
He said America would like to see Iraq function as a democracy while dealing with violence – just as Israel does. Speaking at the US Naval War College, Mr Bush said success in Iraq would not be defined by an end to attacks.
The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy and it’s not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities
He said: “Our success in Iraq must not be measured by the enemy’s ability to get a car bombing in the evening news.”
Mr Bush suggested Israel as a standard to work towards.
“In places like Israel, terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in suicide attacks.
“The difference is that Israel is a functioning democracy and it’s not prevented from carrying out its responsibilities. And that’s a good indicator of success that we’re looking for in Iraq.”
These are quotes from a maniacal delusional man who just happens to be President of the United States of America.
Posted in Accountability, administration, Bush, Constitution, Democracy In Action, Hypocracy, Iraq, King George, mental health, Pentagon Corruption, Politics, President, resonsibility, United States, War, War Cost | 8 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on June 29, 2007
It just infuriates me that the more we ask of our soldiers, the more they are neglected. This time the neglect comes from the Small Business Association.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Having served in Iraq, Dave Krasner is now back home in Boston, struggling to keep alive the small computer consulting company he left behind.
“I love my country. But what do I do now?” said Krasner, a National Guardsman whose firm was buried in debt while he was away at war for much of 2004 and 2005. “My credit was wrecked. The SBA (Small Business Administration) turned me down for loans. So have banks. I can’t face my children. They see me as a hero.”
The 35-year-old father of four is among a growing legion of reservists who have returned from deployments of up to 15 months to see their small businesses in trouble, if not dead.
In a letter to Kerry’s panel, Krasner wrote: “We are begging for help and cannot understand why, even if this is an unpopular war, we are not given a fair opportunity to keep our home and run a successful business.”
“When a reservist has to shut his business down because his credit plunged while he was serving in Iraq, Washington isn’t keeping its promise to veterans,” said Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat.
Interesting statement for Kerry to make since he is chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. SBA loans for vets have not been upgraded since 1999. Vets had to bring to his attention. Doesn’t Kerry know what’s going on with the programs his committee oversees?
Granted Kerry has only chairman since January, but don’t you think with two wars going on, this should have been the first thing on his mind?
Tom Gotsis, 50, a dentist and Army reservist outside of St. Louis, said he was on his third deployment in five years — each about 110 days — before he learned the disaster loans existed. He said he landed a 30-year, $185,000 loan with monthly payments of $888 at an interest rate of 4 percent.
“It’s like another house payment but it saved my practice,” said Gotsis, who figures each deployment cost his practice between $250,000 to $300,000. “It’s an honor to serve your country, but it shouldn’t cost us our profession.”
“There’s a lot of ‘support the troop’ stuff out there, but what does that really mean?” asked Mark Aldrich, a captain in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Aldrich, 36, married with two children, came home in October 2005 after 16 months in Iraq. The small marketing firm he formed shortly before being deployed was in financial difficulty. So he knocked on doors for help.
“All trails seemed to lead to the SBA, but they really didn’t have anything,” said Aldrich, explaining myriad rules and regulations eliminated him and others.
Aldrich conferred with Kerry’s staff in the drafting of the senator’s bill and is hopeful it will be passed Congress and be signed into law by President George W. Bush.
“It better become law. More and more reservists are being called up,” Aldrich said.
You can bet with Bush vetoing happy, this bill won’t get signed. After all Bush has shown us over and over again how he doesn’t support the troops.
I have said it before and I will continue to say it: support is not saying it, not a bumper sticker, a lapel pin, a ribbon on your car, or waving the flag. Support is actually helping the troops. Actually supporting the troops seems to be lost on this administration.
Posted in Afghanistan, Bush, Congress, Iraq, John Kerry, National, neglect, News, Politics, President, SBA, Senate, veterans, War | 4 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on June 29, 2007
Egypt forbids female circumcision By Magdi Abdelhadi BBC Arab Affairs Analyst
Egypt has announced that it is imposing a complete ban on female circumcision, also known as genital mutilation.
… the death of a 12-year-old girl in Upper Egypt a few days ago triggered an angry barrage of appeals from human rights groups to both the government and the medical profession to act swiftly and stamp out the practice. The doctor who carried out the operation has been arrested.
Egypt’s first lady, Susanne Mubarak, has spoken out strongly against female circumcision, saying that it is a flagrant example of continued physical and psychological violence against children which must stop.
The Grand Mufti and the head of the Coptic Church said female circumcision had no basis either in the Koran or in the Bible.
Recent studies have shown that some 90% of Egyptian women have been circumcised.
The practice is common among Muslim as well as Christian families in Egypt and other African countries, but is rare in the Arab world.
It is believed to be part of an ancient Egyptian rite of passage and is more common in rural areas.
Conservative families believe that circumcision is a way of protecting the girls’ chastity.
Gospels of the Demented are being imposed on people everywhere.
Anything is justified in the name of religion.
Freedom of religion is the freedom to worship according to one’s own heart – NOT the freedom to impose YOUR rules, rites or beliefs onto the unwilling.
Religions have obscure interpretations that can be grabbed to justify any atrocity.
Case in point: The Right To Life seems to be justifiable to unborn American children, but not the child victims of American warcraft. How can we justify bombing a whole village in an effort to kill ONE or a DOZEN of the opposition. Collateral damage is NOT acceptable under any justification.
I am disgusted and sick to my stomach with the RIGHTEOUS of any religion bellowing from both sides of their mouth about “What God Wants”! The arrogance of the HUMAN RACE to actually base it’s knowledge of what God wants on thousand year old texts or an army of self-serving blow hards behind pulpits.
Posted in Amnesty International, Anti-War, Armageddon, betrayal, bigotry, Bill of Rights, Casualties, Christianity, civil liberties, civil rights, Collateral, Corruption, Counterfeit, Democracy In Action, destruction, Disaster, Evil, Fundamentalist, God, History, Human Rights, Hypocracy, injustice, Islam, Op-Ed, Politics, prejudice, Prophesy, Racism, Religion, resonsibility, slavery, Theocracy, World | 11 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on June 27, 2007
Bush with his constant focus on Iraq, continues to ignore the real reason we are suppose to be at war, Osama bin Laden. Which, I might add Bush has openly stated that he has not given much thought bin Laden.
WASHINGTON - While the U.S. presses its war against insurgents linked to al Qaida in Iraq, Osama bin Laden’s group is recruiting, regrouping and rebuilding in a new sanctuary along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement officials said.
The threat from the radical Islamic enclave in Waziristan is more dangerous than that from Iraq, which President Bush and his aides call the “central front” of the war on terrorism, said some current and former U.S. officials and experts. Bin Laden himself is believed to be hiding in the region, guiding a new generation of lieutenants and inspiring allied extremist groups in Iraq and other parts of the world.
It seems to me that we have known for several years that bin Laden has been hiding here. So why are we not aggressively chasing him? Oh I forgot we’re all tied up in a screwed up lie call IRAQ!!!!
Al Qaida, its allies in Afghanistan’s Taliban movement and Pakistani radicals “have free rein there now,” said Marvin Weinbaum, a former State Department intelligence analyst who’s with the Middle East Institute, a Washington policy organization.
The remote Pakistani region “is the real heart of the war on terror, and we’re losing,” said a U.S. intelligence official who, like most of his colleagues, requested anonymity because intelligence reports on the matter are highly classified and because their pessimism conflicts with the administration’s public statements. “We took our eye off the ball when we went into Iraq.”
Really, you wouldn’t know that by listening to the crap that comes out of Bush and Cheney’s mouths. As we all know Iraq, Saddam and WMD’s never had anything to do with bin Laden or 9/11. And yet we took our eye off bin Laden.
The invasion and progress that we did make in Afghanistan, has completely turn around because of Bush’s obsession with Iraq.
Al Qaida has been using training camps in the area to teach lessons learned from fighting the U.S.-led coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the officials said.
“Al Qaida and the Taliban have to a troubling degree been able to re-create . . . the environment that existed in Afghanistan under the Taliban, to include recruiting and training foreign jihadists and financing and planning terrorist operations,” a U.S. intelligence official said.
U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials already have noted a surge in Taliban and al Qaida attacks and suicide bombings against U.S.-led NATO troops, government forces and civilians in Afghanistan.
The issue has been a focus of recent talks in Washington and Islamabad between senior Pakistani and U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney.
This can’t have a positive outcome with Cheney involved.
The failure of Bush and his administration have gone beyond what any one has every accomplished or envisioned possible. His failures will continue to cost the U.S. greatly. Future generation, starting with the next president will be in a constant “fix the Bush problem” mode.
Our growth, as a nation, will be stunted for decades because of the lies, invasion, occupation, nation building and human rights violations that Bush and Cheney have bestowed on us. Welcome to the new America.
Posted in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, American, Bush, Cheney, India, Iran, Iraq, Islamabad, military, Musharraf, NATO, Osama, Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, terrorists, War, World | 15 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on June 27, 2007
Bravo Elizabeth Edwards, a classy woman politely addressing Americas bitch. And to not let anyone down Colter continues to be the rude and vile piece of crap that she is. Coulter actually denies saying anything bad about Edwards. She is typical of the right when they are confronted they lie and they are rude.
Sorry. MSNBC has just pulled the video. I am trying to find a link to send everyone to. Thanks.
Link to the video:
Posted in Ann Coulter, candidates, Edwards, Election, Elizabeth Edwards, hardball, National, News, Politics | 9 Comments »
Posted by nytexan on June 27, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s office Wednesday for documents relating to President Bush’s warrant-free eavesdropping program.
Also named in subpoenas signed by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, were the Justice Department and the National Security Council.
The committee wants documents that might shed light on internal disputes within the administration over the legality of the program.
“Our attempts to obtain information through testimony of administration witnesses have been met with a consistent pattern of evasion and misdirection,” Leahy said in his cover letters for the subpoenas. “There is no legitimate argument for withholding the requested materials from this committee.”
Leahy’s committee and its counterpart in the House have issued the subpoenas as part of a sweeping look at how much influence the White House exerts over the Justice Department and its chief, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The probe, in its sixth month, began with an investigation into whether administration officials ordered the firings of eight federal prosecutors, for political reasons.
But with senators of both parties already concerned about the constitutionality of the administration’s efforts to root out terrorism suspects in the United States, the committee shifted to the broader question of Gonzales’ stewardship of Justice and, in particular, his willingness to permit the wiretapping program.
Piquing the committee’s interest was vivid testimony last month by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey about the extent of the White House’s effort to override the Justice Department’s objections to the program in 2004.
Posted in Accountability, administration, Bush, Cheney, civil liberties, civil rights, Gonzales, National, wiretapping | Leave a Comment »
Posted by nytexan on June 27, 2007
Mike Papantonio of Air America‘s Ring of Fire:
A sickness has spread through the Republican Party causing a lack of ingenuity, originality, and intellectual sense in American government, while the independent thinker is punished for challenging the status quo.
Posted in Bush, Democracy, Democrat, Gonzales, GOP, News, Pap Attack, Politics, Republican | 1 Comment »