One Day

One day is all it took for the Bush’s administration to start investigating whether Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill used confidential documents to provide information for Ron Suskind’s new book The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill, a book that exposes Bush’s lies about weapons of mass destruction, 9/11, and the unnecessary tax cuts that Bush imposed on us.
74 days is how long it took for Bush’s administration to begin investigation of the White House leak of the identity of an active CIA agent which compromised her safety, the missions she was working on, and national security of America itself.
So apparently, it’s okay to leak documents as long as they cover George Bush’s ass, but if you leak documents that embarrass Bush, you’ll get hammered.
And, BTW, the document’s O’Neill used for the book have quickly been proven to not be confidential or a security risk, but you won’t hear that on the news for three or four more days, when the White House has convinced everyone that O’Neill did something wrong.

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Bush Quietly Prepares to Reinstate Draft

The Pentagon is quietly moving to fill draft board vacancies nationwide, in preparation to reinstate the draft after the election next year. A document regarding the move was published on the Defend America website, which is maintained by the government, but when controversy started about it, the page was removed. You can see a copy of it here.

In addition to filling draft boards, the Selective Service’s agency puts draft in budget; financial plans are to have the draft up and functioning by June 15, 2005.

Salon article on this topic.

An anti-Bush, anti-draft website that has compiled more information.

Local news outlets around the country pick up the story.

San Antonio news gets it.

Alabama publishes the information

An editorial with more comprehensive info on what this means.

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Our President is a Gibbering Idiot

George W. Bush quote monitoring websites:
Slate’s Complete Bushisms
Dubya Speak
Bush Watch
The Truth About George
“See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”� GWB, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003
Yep, that’s actually true. Too bad America is no longer one of those.

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Shocking: Torture by Proxy

On Sept. 26, 2002, U.S. immigration officials seized a Syrian-born Canadian at Kennedy International Airport, because his name had come up on an international watch list for possible terrorists. What happened next is chilling.
Maher Arar was about to change planes on his way home to Canada after visiting his wife’s family in Tunisia when he was pulled aside for questioning. He was not a terrorist. He had no terrorist connections, but his name was on the list, so he was detained for questioning. Not ordinary, polite questioning, but abusive, insulting, degrading questioning by the immigration service, the FBI and the New York City Police Department. If you wish to know about the eligibility to file adjustment of status (AOS), for immigration related queries, then check them out here!
He asked for a lawyer and was told he could not have one. He asked to call his family, but phone calls were not permitted. Instead, he was clapped into shackles and, for several days, made to “disappear.” His family was frantic.
Finally, he was allowed to make a call. His government expected that Arar’s right of safe passage under its passport would be respected. But it wasn’t. Arar denied any connection to terrorists. He was not accused of any crimes, but U.S. agents wanted him questioned further by someone whose methods might be more persuasive than theirs.
So, they put Arar on a private plane and flew him to Washington, D.C. There, a new team, presumably from the CIA, took over and delivered him, by way of Jordan, to Syrian interrogators. This covert operation was legal, our Justice Department later claimed, because Arar is also a citizen of Syria by birth. The fact that he was a Canadian traveling on a Canadian passport, with a wife, two children and job in Canada, and had not lived in Syria for 16 years, was ignored. The Justice Department wanted him to be questioned by Syrian military intelligence, whose interrogation methods our government has repeatedly condemned.
The Syrians locked Arar in an underground cell the size of a grave: 3 feet wide, 6 feet long, 7 feet high. Then they questioned him, under torture, repeatedly, for 10 months. Finally, when it was obvious that their prisoner had no terrorist ties, they let him go, 40 pounds lighter, with a pronounced limp and chronic nightmares.

What have we become?

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Moon Unit

Okay, here’s my question… if we’re going to have manned space flights to both the moon and to mars, in a time when people are out of work and when schools are cutting back their education programs including music and arts (but not of course, sports), and when most state economies are going bankrupt and American soldiers are getting their asses shot off for questionable reasons…
… then can the guy we send up there be George W. Bush? ‘Cause that seems like a darned good place for him; outer space. I’m sure he’d look great in the flight suit. And it would be about like the chimps we used to send.

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The Price of Loyalty

Saw an interesting interview with Ron Suskind, reporter and author of the new book The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill. Paul O’Neill was Former Treasury Secretary for the Bush White House, as well as for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, etc.
O’Neill, fired by the White House for his disagreement on tax cuts, helps Suskind builds an insider’s picture of the White House drawn on interviews with O’Neill, dozens of other Bush administration insiders and 19,000 documents provided by O’Neill.
Biggest bombshell revealed in the book: O’Neill, White House insider, says Bush was planning to go to war against Iraq immediately upon becoming president, eight months before 9/11.
Key quotes: President Bush was so disengaged in cabinet meetings that he �was like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people.� It was similar in one-on-one meetings, says O’Neill. Of his first such meeting with the president, O’Neill says, “I went in with a long list of things to talk about and, I thought, to engage [him] on…I was surprised it turned out me talking and the president just listening…It was mostly a monologue.”

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Not Fooling Anybody – Photo site

A photo gallery of bad architectural store front conversions. This is great. I think there are a few of these in Indianapolis, so now I have a new photo collection hobby to take up, right after Big Things, bizarre stuff, places I’ve lived, graffiti & murals (not yet posted) and the all new Dangerous Intersections.

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The Intelligence of Dogs

According to Intelligence Ranking by breed:

Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability): this is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.

Instinctive Intelligence: this is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests.

Working/Obedience Intelligence: this is breed dependent.

For my dog:

Chihuahua: 67 – Fair Working/Obedience Intelligence.
Shih Tzu: 70 – Lowest Degree of Working/Obedience Intelligence.

In other words, I have a pretty dumb dog. But that’s okay, because he’s CUTE.

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Weapons of Mass Destruction: Only On Paper

Some key headlines:
Washington Post: Iraq’s Arsenal Was Only on Paper
But investigators have found no support for the two main fears expressed in London and Washington before the war: that Iraq had a hidden arsenal of old weapons and built advanced programs for new ones. In public statements and unauthorized interviews, investigators said they have discovered no work on former germ-warfare agents such as anthrax bacteria, and no work on a new designer pathogen — combining pox virus and snake venom — that led U.S. scientists on a highly classified hunt for several months.
New York Times: U.S. Withdraws a Team of Weapons Hunters From Iraq
The Bush administration has quietly withdrawn from Iraq a 400-member military team whose job was to scour the country for military equipment, according to senior government officials. The step was described by some military officials as a sign that the administration might have lowered its sights and no longer expected to uncover the caches of chemical and biological weapons that the White House cited as a principal reason for going to war last March.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: WMD in Iraq
– Iraq WMD Was Not An Immediate Threat
– Intelligence Failed and Was Misrepresented
– Terrorist Connection Missing
– Post-War WMD Search Ignored Key Resources
– War Was Not the Best-Or Only-Option

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