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Saturday, October 30, 2004
The discovery of a new species of human in remote Indonesia will revolutionise anthropology. Henry Gee reports on the hobbit-like creature that has the world agog.
WHEN Indonesian and Australian archaeologists started to excavate a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, they weren't prepared for what they found, the skeleton of an entirely new species of human, Homo floresiensis, that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago.
"When we first unearthed the skeleton, I was simultaneously gobsmacked, puzzled and amused," says geochronologist Professor Bert Roberts, of the University of Wollongong. "We had been looking for the remains of the earliest modern humans in Indonesia, so when we found the skeleton of a completely new species of human, with so many primitive traits and that survived until so recently, it really opened up a whole can of prehistoric worms. The discovery of Homo floresiensis was sweet serendipity."
Peter Brown, an anthropologist from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, says: "I would have been less surprised if someone had uncovered an alien." The discovery at Liang Bua cave, described in Nature this week, could alter our outlook on our own place in nature.
The discovery raises obvious questions about the diversity of the human family, such as whether undiscovered human-like species might survive today. Are we really the sole human custodians of our planet? Could the existence of Homo floresiensis rehabilitate persistent rumours of undiscovered human-like species elsewhere, notably the orang pendek of Malay folklore? Could cryptozoology come in from the cold?
AdvertisementUnlike parts of Indonesia closer to the Asian mainland, far-flung Flores has been an island for at least a million years. As is the case with islands elsewhere, the fauna of Flores evolved in its own way, producing creatures larger or smaller than their mainland relatives: a looking-glass lost world of tiny elephants, giant rats, Komodo dragons and even larger, extinct lizards.
This isolation had its effects on the human inhabitants. One of the most surprising things about the skeleton is its size: in life, no more than a metre tall, about the same size as one of the giant rats. Living in a hole in the ground and chased by lizards of mythical proportions, the creature has, perhaps inevitably, been nicknamed "hobbit" by some of the researchers - a reference to the tiny, hole-dwelling heroes of The Lord of the Rings.
For Brown, it was the smallness of the skull that showed that Homo floresiensis was truly different. When he measured the skull volume and found it a chimp-sized 380cc, he says his jaw "dropped to my knees. Small stature is easy to accommodate, but small brain size is a bigger problem - it still is." And yet these tiny-brained creatures were skilled enough to make finely crafted stone tools.
The clue to the origin of Homo floresiensis comes from earlier work suggestive of the presence on Flores of earlier, full-sized prehumans. Michael Morwood, of the University of New England, was co-director of the excavation, working closely with R.P Soejono and his team from the Indonesian Centre for Archaeology in Jakarta. In the mid-1990s, Morwood and his colleagues unearthed stone tools on the island dating back 800,000 years. The implication was that the toolmakers, presumably Homo erectus, were capable of navigating the open sea. It is possible that once marooned on Flores, a population of Homo erectus set its own evolutionary course, morphing into Homo floresiensis.
When a small population of animals is cut off from a parent population for an extended period, it follows its own evolutionary course. Size change is a typical response. Small size is an advantage on isolated islands, where resources are scarce, so this might have been what predisposed the inhabitants of Flores towards smallness.
It is hard to comprehend the significance of the survival of such a strange species of human until what is, in geological terms, a very recent date. To put this in context, by 18,000 years ago, modern Homo sapiens had been in Indonesia for at least 20,000 years.
Chris Stringer, of the Natural History Museum in London, says: "One of the first things I thought of, on learning about the Flores skeleton, was a possible parallel with the orang pendek (found in Sumatra)." Bert Roberts offers hints of new discoveries just below the research horizon: "When I was back in Flores just three weeks ago, Gert van den Bergh (from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research at Texel, and the team's expert on the fossil elephants) and I headed off to a village in central Flores where we heard the most amazing tales of little hairy people whom they called ebu gogo: ebu meaning "grandmother" and gogo "he who eats anything".
“The ebu gogo were short - about a metre tall - long-haired, potbellied, with ears that stuck out, walking with a slightly awkward gait, and had longish arms and fingers. They murmured at each other and could repeat words parrot-fashion. They could climb slender trees but were never seen holding stone tools, whereas we have lots of sophisticated artefacts associated with Homo floresiensis. That's the only inconsistency with the archaeological evidence. Gert had heard of these stories 10 years ago and he thought them no better than leprechaun stories - until we unearthed the hobbit." Could the ebu gogo still be alive? Roberts thinks it is possible.
"The villagers said that the last hobbit was seen just before Dutch colonists settled that part of Flores in the 19th century," he said, adding that searches of the remaining rainforest on Flores, and the caves specifically associated with the ebu gogo stories, could turn up samples of hair or other material, if not living, breathing specimens.
The possibility of finding ebu gogo alive should not be dismissed as fantasy, because mammals unknown to science do still turn up - and South-East Asia is a particular hotspot for such finds. An antelope, Pseudoryx nghetinhensis, from the Lao-Vietnamese border, was described as recently as 1993. An ox-like creature, the kouprey, was discovered in Cambodia in the 1940s.
Morwood and Roberts have targets already in their sights. Many Indonesian islands contain peculiar faunas and have deep, barely explored limestone caves. “Sumba and Sulawesi are high on our hitlist,” says Roberts. Morwood starts work on Sulawesi next year.
A larger theme raised by the discovery concerns the uniqueness of our human heritage, something which, in hindsight, has been in question for decades. Back in the 1960s, the great anthropologist Louis Leakey speculated that the human lineage had been distinct from that of the apes for 20 million years or so. In the 1970s, extinct ape-like primates such as Ramapithecus, living around 10-20 million years ago, were presumed to lie on the human lineage. But this consensus swept into reverse with the discovery that Ramapithecus was more akin to orang-utans — and molecular evidence showing that the DNA of humans and chimpanzees were so similar that a separation of more than 3-5 million years was ruled out.
But opinions have, slowly, been changing back. The force has come from the discoveries of extinct members of the human lineage of ever greater antiquity. Ardipithecus ramidus, discovered in Ethiopia in the mid-1990s by Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues, put back the humanchimp divergence to at least 4.4 million years ago. If this put the molecular evidence under strain, it was snapped by the discovery in Chad by Michel Brunet of the University of Poitiers, France, and colleagues of "Toumai" - Sahelanthropus tchadensis, a member of the human lineage that could be as old as 7 million years. Leakey has been partially vindicated, with the effect that our own complacency at our distinctiveness with respect to the animal world has been reinforced.
By the same token, evidence for the diversity of human species through time has been downplayed, first by the cultural inertia of stories of an upwards progression towards the human state; second, by the curious chance that Homo sapiens happens to be the only species of human around today - a situation probably unprecedented in 7 million years.
The evidence for the coexistence of humans and Neanderthals in Europe for at least 10,000 years until Neanderthals disappeared around 30,000 years ago, and the fact that anthropologists have known for years of the multiple lineages of prehumans living in Africa between 4-2 million years - has done little to dent the robust idea that humans are so distinct from the rest of the animal world that they rule the earth by virtue of inherent perfection, or divine fiat.
The Flores finds could change all that with a single stroke.
For one thing, they underscore the fact of human diversity until very recent times. "Maybe little folk from Flores will hammer the point home more effectively because they are so different in anatomy but so close in time," says Tim White. "How will the creationists cope?"
For another, the evidence challenges the human-centric idea that humans characteristically modify their surroundings to suit themselves, rather than allowing natural selection to adapt them to their environment. If the Flores skeleton is evidence of the kind of evolutionary size change more associated with animals such as rats and elephants, this, says Brown "is a clear indicator" of human-like creatures "behaving like all other mammals in terms of their interactions with the environment".
"Darwin and Wallace would be pleased," adds White. "What better demonstration that humans play by the same evolutionary rules as other mammals?"
Of perhaps more current concern to anthropologists is the degree to which Homo floresiensis, with its small stature and - especially - tiny brain, will force a redefinition of humanity, at least in terms of anatomy. "I think the discovery challenges the very notion of what it is to be human," says Stringer.
"Here is a creature with a brain the size of a chimpanzee's, but apparently a tool-maker and hunter, and perhaps descended from the world's first mariners. Its very existence shows how little we know about human evolution. I could never have imagined a creature like this, living as recently as this."
Russell Ciochon, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Iowa, says: "I suspect that creationists will act very negatively toward this discovery. It shows that humans were not alone. There may be other dwarfed species lurking in the caves of other isolated islands. Each new discovery will subtract some essence from the uniqueness of humans. I wonder if this discovery might even be discussed in our current political campaign? It is no secret that Bush is anti-evolution. If he is smart, he will not touch this one."
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BUSH'S CHRISTIAN MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO VOTE FOR HIM
"26 Jul 1977 Noelle Lucila Bush born, to Jeb and Columba Bush. She is the niece of George W Bush.
1995 A female with Noelle Bush's name and identical birthdate arrested for shoplifting at an Arizona mall. If so, Noelle does not have a clean criminal record required for her to avoid harsh sentencing under Florida's drug laws. Caveat: While this might not actually be her, how many Noelle Bush's were likely born on July 26th, 1977?
1999 Admissions of drug offenders to Florida's prison system up 19% from 1998.
2000 Noelle Bush graduates Tallahassee Community College. She resides with her parents in the Florida Governor's mansion, which in some sense qualifies as "state subsidized housing."
29 Jan 2002 Noelle Bush arrested at Walgreen's on a charge of prescription fraud, attempting to obtain Xanax.
29 Jan 2002 "Columba and I are deeply saddened over an incident that occurred last night involving our daughter Noelle. This is a very serious problem. Unfortunately, substance abuse is an issue confronting many families across our nation... We ask the public and the media to respect our family's privacy during this difficult time so that we can help our daughter. We will have no further comment on this issue. Thank you for your understanding."
9 Sep 2002 "One of the women here was caught buying crack cocaine tonight. And a lot of the women are upset because she's been caught about five times. And we want something done because our children are here, and they just keep letting it slip under the counter and carpet... She does this all the time and she gets out of it because she's the governor's daughter. But we're sick of it here 'cause we have to do what's right, but she gets treated like some kind of princess. And everybody's tired of it, you know. We're just trying to get our lives together, and this girl's bringing drugs on property." Transcript, Orlando Police Department, receiving an anonymous call from within the Center for Drug-Free Living, where Noelle Bush is currently in rehab.
9 Sep 2002 Employee Julia Elias discovers 0.2g crack cocaine hidden in Noelle Bush's shoe, while Bush is a patient at the Center for Drug-Free Living. Elias prepares a written statement to this effect, but supervisor Vilma Accison orders her to stop talking to police, and to destroy the document. Lacking the document or cooperation, police were unable to make an arrest.
16 Sep 2002 "While Noelle has been given every break in the book -- and then some -- her father has made it harder for others in her position to get the help they need by cutting the budgets of drug treatment and drug court programs in his state. He has also actively opposed a proposed ballot initiative that would send an estimated 10,000 non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail." Arianna Huffington.
30 Sep 2002 A judge blocks police from questioning employees that found the crack cocaine in Noelle's shoe earlier in the month, citing privacy laws. Father Jeb Bush expresses pleasure at the court's decision.
8 Oct 2002 Noelle Bush asks that drug court records be closed on her case, citing a ludicrous theory involving "expectation of privacy." The real reason, of course, is the extra scrutiny her celebrity status is costing her.
15 Oct 2002 A judge denies Bush's request to seal drug court records.
17 Oct 2002 Noelle Bush sentenced to ten days in Orange County jail for contempt, because of the crack cocaine.
8 Aug 2003 Noelle Bush released from rehab to the custody of her parents, Governor Jeb Bush and wife Columba. "
Bush vows to exact serious punishment against Saddam Hussein.
Bush continues to deny he gets instructions through electronic devices in his ear/
Bush continues to deny he gets instructions through electronic devices in his ear. Here, Bush is seen with a wrinkle in his hand that just happens to be shaped like a telephone. But, apparently he just has "poorly fitting skin."
George "What... Me Worry ?" Bush
Bush said "I'm not going to lose."
Does he have some inside knowledge about the workings of electronic voting machines
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Potomac Watch: Administration's own actions fuel rumors of draft
By ERIC ROSENBERG
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld indignantly scoffs and scolds about the relentless rumors that the Bush administration is planning to reinstate the military draft.
"This plot is so secret that it doesn't exist," Rumsfeld wrote this week in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City. "To my knowledge, in the time I have served as secretary of defense, the idea of reinstating the draft has never been debated, endorsed, discussed, theorized, pondered or even whispered by anyone in the Bush administration."
In a radio interview earlier this month, Rumsfeld denounced the rumors as "a mischievous political effort that's being made to frighten young men and women."
This may come as a shock to the Pentagon chief, but most of the rumors have arisen from actions within the Bush administration, which has studied how to expand draft registration to include women, target some civilian work specialties for special attention by the draft and extend the required draft registration age from 25 years old to 34 years.
These draft plans were discussed at the Pentagon on Feb. 11, 2003, by the chief of the Selective Service System, the federal agency that would operate a draft, and senior Pentagon officials.
At the Pentagon meeting, the Selective Service System's then-acting director, Lewis Brodsky, and the director of public and congressional affairs, Richard Flahavan, met with Rumsfeld aides responsible for personnel issues.
Those aides included Charles Abell, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; William Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel policy; and a top Army personnel aide, Col. David Kopanski.
According to a copy of the meeting agenda, the Selective Service System leaders reviewed the past 30 years of draft registration planning and then made their pitch for more aggressive draft preparations.
"In line with today's needs, the Selective Service System's structure, programs and activities should be re-engineered toward maintaining a national inventory of American men and, for the first time, women, ages 18 through 34, with an added focus on identifying individuals with critical skills," the agency said in its February 2003 proposal.
The agency officials recommended formation of a government-wide task force "to examine the feasibility of this proposal" and design efforts "to market the concept" to congressional lawmakers.
The Arlington, Va.-based Selective Service System, which is independent from the Defense Department, envisioned the creation of a massive database that would require all registrants to indicate whether they have skills "critical to national security or community health and safety."
The database could then be used to fill key posts throughout the armed forces and federal, state and local government agencies in time of crisis.
Some of the skill areas where the armed forces are facing "critical shortages" include linguists and computer specialists, the agency said. As part of the expanded draft registration process, Americans would be required to regularly update the agency on their skills until they reach age 35.
The six-page proposal was initially made public after Hearst Newspapers filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
At present, the agency is authorized to register young men, ages 18 through 25, who are not required to regularly inform the government about their professional skills.
Separately, the agency also has in place a special registration system to draft health care personnel in more than 60 specialties into the military if necessary in a crisis.
Flahavan said Pentagon officials have not agreed to any aspect of the Selective Service's far-reaching proposal.
"We went over there, we briefed it. Nobody committed to anything," he said in an interview. "Those ideas are, in fact, dead. Nobody wants to talk about them. Nobody is interested in them" in the Pentagon.
Army Lt. Col. Joe Richard, a spokesman for Rumsfeld, did not respond for comment.
Rumors about the draft also have been fueled by the update of contingency plans for a draft of medical personnel in a crisis.
The New York Times reported this month that the Selective Service System had hired a public relations agency, Widmeyer Communications, to assess how to plan for such a medical draft. The agency advised that "overtures from Selective Service to the medical community will be seen as precursors to a draft" that could alarm the public, the newspaper reported.
The military draft ended in 1973 as the American commitment in Vietnam waned, beginning the era of the all-volunteer force. Mandatory registration for the draft was suspended in 1975 but was resumed in 1980 by President Carter after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan.
About 13.5 million men, ages 18 to 25, currently are registered with the Selective Service.
The issue of a renewed draft has gained attention because of concerns that U.S. military forces are stretched thin due to worldwide commitments.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes, U.S. forces have fought two wars, have established a major military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq and have undertaken peacekeeping duties in Haiti.
Bob Hope and Dick Cheney- Evil Twins Separated at Birth?
THE "DUBYA", IN GEORGE W. BUSH....
salon :: :: politics :: feature :: Thousands protest Bush's Inauguration, By Daryl Lindsey :: Page 1
Thousands protest Bush's Inauguration
Demonstrators lining the parade route give the new presidential limo an unwelcome splash on its way to the White House.
By Daryl Lindsey
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January 20, 2001 | WASHINGTON -- Not since Richard Nixon paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1973 has a presidential Inauguration drawn so many protesters -- and last time, people were out to protest the Vietnam War.
Demonstrators turned out in droves on Saturday -- a miserably gray and drizzly day, with temperatures hovering in the mid-30s -- to protest the Inauguration of President George W. Bush, whose election was contested all the way to the Supreme Court. Police would not estimate the size of the crowd, but many thousands of protesters were in evidence.
"The level of people on the streets shows that people are really upset about lack of democratic process," says Liz Butler of the Justice Action Movement, the umbrella organizing committee responsible for the protest. "They took it to the streets. We saw tens of thousands. We saw far more protesting Bush than supporting him."
They came out in scores, co-existing on the parade route with supporters of the new president and lining Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. Interspersed between Bush-Cheney signs and Texas flags were thousands of protest placards, bearing inscriptions such as "Bush Cheated," "Hail to the Thief," "Selected not elected," "Bushwhacked by the Supremes" and "Golly Jeb, we pulled it off!" There were also plenty of R-rated signs, like "Dick and Bush" and "George Wanker Bush." One poster included a caricature of a metaphorically toothless Bush in the image of Alfred E. Neuman.
The protesters were a who's-who of lefty causes -- from feminism and the pro-choice movement to anti-death penalty protesters (identifiable by their ubiquitous "Free Mumia" garb), gay rights activists and environmentalists. There were also dozens of youth wearing the vinegar-soaked, tear gas- and pepper spray-resistant bandanas that have become a symbol of the protest movement's anarchist elements. But there was no one rappelling off buildings, nor any of the random acts of violence against global corporate outposts that characterized the Battle of Seattle just over a year ago.
One sign underlined the irony of the number of protesters who attended the parade Saturday: "From nadir to Nader in 2004." Indeed, many of the protesters were also supporters of Ralph Nader's failed presidential bid. Where he did succeed, however, was in winning 2 percent of the Florida vote that arguably would have gone to Gore. In other words, many of the demonstrators who turned out were actually protesting a president who they helped to deliver to the White House.
The best explanation for Saturday's relative calm was that protesters were distributed widely along the parade route -- the police did an effective job of isolating protesters and the general public in small clusters along Pennsylvania Avenue, drastically reducing the threat of riots or violence.
But this also meant there was a steady stream of heckling of Bush and Cheney as they moved along the broad boulevard toward the White House. And it wasn't entirely without incident. There were a few minor altercations between protesters and police. The AP reported that in one incident, impatient protesters who wanted to get closer to the parade route slashed tires on cars before getting arrested.
BUSH's KOOLAID...Long on Poison, Short on Sugar
The Bush KoolAid....Big on Color,
Flavor, and Poison....Short on Sugar.
Bush has been selling his bizarre form of
fascism around the country. There
are of course, the "true believers" who
just hold their nose, swizzle down
the Bush KoolAid, and get a warm fuzzy
feeling, as they go back to sleep.
But, to me, the Bush KoolAid is long on red ,
white, and blue artificial
colors, lots of faux barbeque flavor, Ivy
League green texture, but
high, very high, on toxic content, that is
guaranteed to catch up with
you down the road.
Time to get off the Bush KoolAid and
drink pure water.
KERRY/ EDWARDS in 2004
List ten good things Bush has done in FOUR YEARS
There were enough pro-Bush voices there, but none could conjure up the Bush Top 10.
In four years, I cannot think of FIVE good things he has done...I'll make that even more clear...I cannot think of ONE GOOD THING he has done in four years.
I can of course list a panoply of BAD, HORRIBLE, country destroying things, he has done.
So, it's clear...if a president has not even accomplished ten good things in four years...he needs to go.
Are you better off now than four years ago?
For the three thousand plus people touched by the deaths of those folks at the Twin Towers...is YOUR life better than four years ago?
I think our path is clear.....
KERRY/EDWARDS IN 2004....VOTE LIKE THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT!
By SCOTT LINDLAW
Oct 30, 2004, 06:30
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President Bush's favorite yarn about Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is gone, along with the joke about unwashed rental cars.
In Bush's fast-changing campaign speeches, old chestnuts are rapidly falling to the ground to make way for new zingers. Departing from long-standing practice, his team is tweaking the stump speech each day - sometimes, like Friday, several times in one day.
What used to be a repetitive address is now a fast-moving vehicle for driving news coverage and rebutting charges from Democratic rival John Kerry's camp.
In the frantic closing days of the campaign, Bush gives speeches four times a day, in four different cities. The day before the election, he will give seven addresses. Each is a potential weapon to reach thousands, even millions of people.
President Bush's favorite yarn about Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is gone, along with the joke about unwashed rental cars.
In Bush's fast-changing campaign speeches, old chestnuts are rapidly falling to the ground to make way for new zingers. Departing from long-standing practice, his team is tweaking the stump speech each day - sometimes, like Friday, several times in one day.
What used to be a repetitive address is now a fast-moving vehicle for driving news coverage and rebutting charges from Democratic rival John Kerry's camp.
In the frantic closing days of the campaign, Bush gives speeches four times a day, in four different cities. The day before the election, he will give seven addresses. Each is a potential weapon to reach thousands, even millions of people."
"Whistleblower Says Halliburton Out of Control
By JOANNE MORRISON
Oct 30, 2004, 06:32
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' top contracting official on Friday called the government's grant of multi-billion dollar contracts to oil services giant Halliburton the worst case of contracting abuse she has ever seen.
"It was misconduct, and part of that misconduct was blatant," said Bunny Greenhouse, in an interview on NBC's Nightly News program.
Greenhouse has already demanded an investigation into the contracts that last year were granted to Halliburton, the energy services firm run by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995-2000. According to her attorney, the FBI has since asked her for an interview on the matter.
A spokesman for President Bush on Friday said the president expects a full investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in how Iraq-related contracts were awarded to Halliburton.
"If there is wrongdoing, the president expects it to be investigated fully and dealt with," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters traveling with Bush to New Hampshire. "
"Pentagon Ignored Warnings About Halliburton
By JOHN SOLOMON and LARRY MARGASAK
Oct 30, 2004, 06:33
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The Pentagon extended a Halliburton Co. contract for 11 months beyond its expiration despite warnings that the company was "out of control" in its work providing troop support in the Balkans, government memos showed.
"There is little or no incentive for the contractor to reduce or keep cost down," senior Army contracting officer Bunnatine Greenhouse wrote her bosses in January 2002 after a review of Halliburton's performance.
Nearly three years later, Greenhouse wrote her superior this month that it was inappropriate for the government to extend the $2 billion contract for Vice President Dick Cheney's former company.
Greenhouse complained to Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, that the Corps should not have halted plans to let companies compete for a successor Balkans contract. She is the agency's top contracting officer.
Corps officials initially justified stopping the bidding by concluding that a "compelling emergency" would exist if Halliburton's work was interrupted."
June 17, 2004
President George W. Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their leader’s state of mind.
In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.” ...
In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be “God’s will” and then tells aides to “fuck over” anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration.
“We’re at war, there’s no doubt about it. What I don’t know anymore is just who the enemy might be,” says one troubled White House aide. “We seem to spend more time trying to destroy John Kerry than al Qaeda and our enemies list just keeps growing and growing.”
Meaningless circles? Hmmm. Maybe it's just my TV, but I swear Bush is looking more and more like Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg in the Caine Mutiny. I'm half expecting to see a press conference with Bush mindlessly rolling a pair of steel ball-bearings in one trembling hand as he rambles on about how Saadam Hussein has stolen Bush's quart of strawberries and is hiding them someplace. Bush seems so obsessed with Saadam that I wouldn't even be surprised if he ordered the strip search of every Iraqi to find the secret key that will lead to the proof that Saadam--that evil fiend--has those strawberries hidden away in one of his palaces!
"President Queeg and the USS America
by Allen Snyder opednews.com April 25
One of my favorite films is the WWII classic, ‘The Caine Mutiny’, based on Herman Wouk’s novel. Nothing quite like seeing Captain Queeg come to life right there on the screen, all paranoia and delusion, surrounded by ‘unreliable’ officers and the victim of carefully laid plans to subvert his authority or make him look foolish.
Having listened to BushCo and its compliantly thoughtless minions routinely insult the world’s intelligence with its list of bogus ‘justifications’ for their illegal, unconstitutional, and unnecessary war on Iraq , brings to mind the famous and pathetically amusing ‘missing strawberries’ scene from the film.
Remember? The Caine’s officers have a gallon of frozen strawberries, a quart of which mysteriously goes missing. Queeg insists they were stolen by a culprit so clever he has obviously made a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox to gain access to the berries. Then, instead of simply throwing the key overboard, has hidden it on the ship.
Never mind that a junior officer who witnessed the steward’s mates eating the missing strawberries on the sly told Queeg about it. He was threatened to keep quiet, or else.
Never mind that nobody else bought into Queeg’s obsessive fantasy. He’s privy to things we aren’t.
And never mind that the Caine is a mostly broken-down rust-bucket with serious problems requiring constant monitoring. He’s not neglecting the ship.
An insane search commences for the duplicate key. Queeg turns the ship upside down, strip searches the crew, collects and tags all the keys on board with the intention of testing each one on the icebox lock. Since the key MUST exist, it WILL be found.
Sounds just like BushCo’s rationale for cranking up the rhetoric on Syria ; implying Iraq moved its WMD stash there along with high-ranking officials and possibly even Saddam himself.
Iraq has WMD. To BushCo, this is a brute fact that cannot be contradicted.
Never mind an eyewitness account of the supervised destruction of Iraq ’s WMD from a former Iraqi big-wig (Saddam’s son-in-law Gen. Hussein Kamel told the CIA this in 1995). We know how much THEY lie.
Never mind positive and improving reports from UN weapons inspectors. We know how irrelevant THEY are.
And never mind the repression of civil liberties and the sagging economy here at home. It’s all in the name of freedom and democracy, you understand.
The WMD are there because BushCo says they are. So BushCo turns the country inside out (killing tens of thousands in the process) looking for WMD they were told don’t exist. And when BushCo doesn’t find WMD, we are told not to worry. Obviously, the weapons have been moved, since we all KNOW they exist.
The ease with which BushCo successfully metastasized this ‘reasoning’ to the public, before attacking Iraq , by making unfounded claims and worrying about evidence later, will give them the confidence to use it again. Besides, there is little doubt that at the appropriate time and with the appropriate network standing by, BushCo will ‘discover’ whatever they need to complete their retroactive argument. Fox can have Geraldo re-enact his Al Capone vault bit - except this time they’ll be sure he finds something.
By the end of the film, Queeg has emerged as a pathetic and mildly tragic figure. There is good reason for HIS strange behavior: a combat veteran suffering from ‘battle fatigue’ or post-traumatic stress syndrome. Queeg is a hero who cracked; a man who succumbed to the constancy and horror of his wartime experiences.
Definitely can’t say the same thing for BushCo. Maybe for them it’s a projection of the collective guilt of an Administration, Congressional majority, and Fox News hate-mongers with far more than their share of draft-dodging chicken-hawks. Instead of ever defending the liberties they trumpet, they were and still are content to send others to die for them.
The events on the Caine are all exposed at court-martial. Queeg’s paranoia and feelings of persecution burst forth when questioned about the strawberry incident. It’s clear by the end of his testimony he’s off to a state-side hospital for some badly needed rest. Unfortunately, there is no similar remedy for BushCo, since both the Congress and the Press cowardly and willingly whored off their Constitutional responsibility to their country for re-elections and ratings and the Constitution says nothing about what happens if the Administration is run by certifiable head-cases.
Here, on the USS America, there are no heroes on the bridge. There is no Ensign Keith or Lieutenant Maryk there to do what Congress, the Press, the vote counters in Florida and the US Supremes should have done before this nonsense was started.
Meanwhile, at the White House:
“[President] Queeg removes the steel balls from his pocket and he spins them in his palm insistently...”. "
"The people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon."
What did Bush then do? Did he go against the people who knocked the towers down?
The purported terrorists doing the deed, were almost all Saudi Arabians. Did he go after Saudi Arabia? NO.
Did he catch Bin Laden...the alleged mastermind of it all? NO.
What DID he do? Eventually, he attacked IRAQ. So, was he saying Saddam knocked the buildings down?
The 9/11 commission didn't find a link.
The Iraq Connection
Al Qaeda-Hussein Link Is Dismissed
By Walter Pincus and Dana Milbank
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, June 17, 2004; Page A01
The Sept. 11 commission reported yesterday that it has found no "collaborative relationship" between Iraq and al Qaeda, challenging one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the war in Iraq."
I must conclude that Bush is :
1) A liar
2) A coward
3) A friend of the Bin Laden family
4) Linked to the Bin Laden family for their role
as a sugar daddy/source of money, during Bush's oil ventures.
5) No good for America.
End of rant.
The Walnut Experiment
2) Crack the shell so that you can remove the contents unbroken and whole.
3) Congratulations. You now have a life sized, working model of Bush's brain
that you can proudly display on your fireplace mantle next to your miniature American flag, or put with your little Bobblehead Dog in the back of your Chevrolet.
Video of Baghdad blunder dogs Bush
From Roland Watson in Washington
PRESIDENT BUSH entered the final 100 hours of the marathon presidential campaign predicting victory but dogged by last-minute controversies over Iraq.
Republican chiefs spent their fifth straight day trying to damp down the firestorm over 380 tons of high explosives missing from an Iraqi ammunition dump.
But a video showing American troops breaking United Nations seals to enter the site’s bunkers wrecked the Bush campaign’s argument that the munitions may have been spirited away before the US invasion in March 2003.
David Kay, the former chief US weapons inspector in Iraq, said the emergence of the video, taken by a Minneapolis news crew in April 2003, made it “game, set and match” to those criticising the Administration.
Democrats also seized on a separate disclosure that the FBI is investigating whether the US Army broke the law in awarding the first of its two controversial contracts in post-war Iraq to Halliburton, the Texas-based energy conglomerate formerly headed by Dick Cheney, the Vice-President.
Law enforcement officials are to interview a Pentagon whistle-blower who claimed favouritism was involved in the $7 billion (£3.85 billion) no-bid contract to Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary.
Mr Bush has at times this week appeared offpeak as he has been assailed by a series of hostile developments, from surging violence in Iraq to a shortage of flu vaccines and rising petrol prices at home.
But yesterday he insisted otherwise, telling USA Today: “I am incredibly optimistic, not only about the campaign but about the country, and I hope people can see that in me.”
He was perhaps nearer the mark when he was asked on ABC’s Good Morning America whether he has thought about losing. “I’m not there yet,” he said
"Vote for Bush, or Terrorists will Kill your Family
I?ve made no secret in this space of my beliefs, so you may be startled when I tell you that as of last night, I plan to vote for George Bush in November. As I lay on my floor watching nutcase Zell Miller and creepy Dick Cheney*, a damp cloth over my head to prevent my brain from exploding, I finally realized what all those folks screaming ?USA! USA!? have known all along. It's just so much easier to be a Republican.
I mean, now that I?m a Republican, I know that ?our nation has the best healthcare in the world?, that thanks to our President, I?m no longer ?overburdened by federal taxes? and that ?people are returning to work?mortgage rates are low?and home ownership in this country is at an all-time high.? I know that this is a land of opportunity, and if you work hard, you can overcome any odds and become a millionaire.
Now that I?m a Republican, I know that John Kerry is not just an indecisive wuss, but dangerous and possibly even a traitor to this great country of ours. I know that the President and Laura Bush have a kind, homespun affection for each other and their family, and if they have enough love in their hearts for two twits like Jenna and Barbara, then they must have enough love for me too.
But most importantly, I know that terrorists are waiting just outside my door, determined to kill my entire family. And as we all know, a vote for Kerry is just a vote for Osama."
PDA, eh? Could Laura look any more like an animatronic replica? From this pic, it seems less like Bush was going for a kiss than a full restart. Or is he just trying to hold her head on? We await further accounts.
Political speech puts rights group's exemption at risk
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service has threatened to revoke the NAACP's tax-exempt status because the group's chairman, Julian Bond, "condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush" during a speech this summer, according to documents the civil rights group provided.
The NAACP, which is based in Baltimore and is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, is incorporated under a tax-code section that prohibits participation in a political campaign.
An IRS document dated Oct. 8 said that at the group's annual convention in Philadelphia in July, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People may have violated the restriction on political activity because it "distributed statements in opposition of George W. Bush for the presidency."
"Specifically in a speech made by Chairman Julian Bond, Mr. Bond condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush on education, the economy and the war in Iraq," said an IRS "information document request" sent with the letter.
The IRS asked for the cost of the convention, including a "listing of all expense" and the "names and addresses of each board member and indicate how each voted."
Experts on the IRS said the action was unusual for the agency. Jan Baran, a Republican tax and election lawyer, said the IRS has sent cautionary letters to churches but could not recall a similar investigation.
IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said in a statement that "any suggestion that the IRS has tilted its audit activities for political purposes is repugnant and groundless."
THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
Kerry Calls for Probe of NAACP Tax Audit
The Justice Department is asked to investigate whether politics were at play in the IRS action.
Candidates Use Their Muscle, Hone Messages in Final Days
Kerry: Candidates Use Their Muscle, Hone Messages in Final Days
Governor of Texas Snubs the U.N.
Aloha State Has Become a Surprise Campaign Battleground
Bin Laden Video Adds Fuel to the Partisan Fire
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE U S
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORE
THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
By Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kerry asked the Department of Justice on Friday to investigate what prompted a tax audit of the NAACP.
The civil rights organization disclosed this week that it was under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service because it posted a speech by Chairman Julian Bond on its website that was critical of the Bush administration.
Bond questioned the timing of the probe — which came just a month before Tuesday's presidential election — and said it appeared to be politically motivated. He delivered the speech July 11 at the group's annual convention, which Bush declined to attend.
"If the timing of this process leads some to believe politics is at play, it could have a chilling impact on African Americans' participation in the American political process," Kerry wrote in a letter to the Justice Department's civil rights division.
He asked the department to investigate whether anyone from the White House, the Bush campaign or the Republican National Committee had contact with the IRS about the audit.
The IRS has denied that politics led to the audit. The agency said Friday that about 60 charities, churches and other tax-exempt groups were facing similar investigations.
The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People could lose tax-exempt status or face a fine if the IRS decides it engaged in political activity. Under the law, nonprofit groups cannot endorse candidates, contribute or raise funds for them, or "distribute statements for or against a particular candidate."
Even encouraging people to vote for a candidate "on the basis of nonpartisan criteria" violates the tax laws. The tax code also says organization leaders cannot make "partisan comments" at official events.
Bond said he was careful in the speech to remain nonpartisan, even though he criticized the administration in it.
A Washington advocacy group, OMB Watch, contended Friday that the administration had previously targeted nonprofit groups critical of it for audits. It cited a federal audit of a group called Advocates for Youth, which condemned the administration's abstinence-only policies, and an IRS audit of the National Education Assn., the teachers union
PORTLAND--George W. Bush has been a busy boy these past four years. Because his Administration's policies are so radical and his attempts to change our country so far-reaching, it is sometimes difficult to remember them all. Here's a summary of why Bush and his gang of bloodthirsty corporate goons must go; voters may take them along to the polls to help them cast their ballots.
1. He stole the 2000 election. Voting to "reelect" an illegitimate commander-in-chief who seized power by judicial coup d'état is a tacit endorsement of how he got into the White House in the first place. How the U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) ruled in Bush v. Gore is irrelevant. As a federal court, the five runaway Supreme Court justices had no right to agree to hear the case. Under our system of government, elections--and election disputes--fall under state jurisdiction. Their decision to take the case, the way they fixed the outcome in Bush's favor, and Bush's willingness to assume the presidency extraconstitutionally are outrages that no patriotic American, even if they agree with his policies, can forgive.
2. He politicized 9/11. During the early days after the attacks on New York and Washington, a stunned nation came together to mourn, and to assess the motivations of the 19 men who despised us so much they were willing to commit suicide as mass murderers to drive home the point. Rather than channel our newfound solidarity into positive initiatives, however, Bush used 9/11 to push for the USA Patriot Act, fast-track signing authority on free trade, tax cuts for the wealthy, lax regulations for polluters and a multitude of items from the partisan Republican Party wish list. He portrayed Democrats and others who disagreed with him as un-American traitors.
3. He let the terrorists get away while giving them a payraise. The 9/11 hijackers were Egyptians and Saudis recruited by an Egyptian group, Islamic Jihad, with funding from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, some of whom received training at camps which were mostly in Pakistan, all of which were funded by Pakistani secret intelligence. Osama bin Laden (news - web sites), who may have funded all or part of the operation via Al Qaeda, was in Pakistan on 9/11. So who does Bush go after? Afghanistan (news - web sites), at best a back lot of Pakistani-backed Islamists and Iraq (news - web sites)--which had nothing to do with 9/11. And what does he do about our real enemies in Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia? He sells them more weapons. Egypt becomes the second largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid after Israel, collecting over $2 billion annually. Pakistan, ruled by a pro-Taliban general who jailed and tortured his democratically elected predecessor, is encouraged to develop its nascent nuclear capabilities. The 3,000 victims of 9/11 remain unavenged--and the stage is set for future attacks.
4. He murdered nearly 100,000 people. The war in Afghanistan killed at least 10,000 civilians and 20,000 Afghan soldiers (of which 10,000 were POWs allegedly massacred by Northern Alliance soldiers as U.S. Special Forces troops supervised the slaughter.) As of three weeks after the fall of Baghdad, General Tommy Franks estimated Iraqi dead at 30,000 civilians and 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, men who were fighting to defend their country from a hostile invasion army. At least 10,000 more civilians and 5,000 Iraqi resistance soldiers have died since then. Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq have anything to do with the war on terrorism, which has yet to start. Both wars were waged to expand American military and economic hegemony and Dick Cheney (news - web sites)'s policy of "total energy dominance" over oil and natural gas resources. The world would be safer if Charles Manson, a mere amateur killer by comparison, were released and Bush was sitting in prison.
5. He bankrupted the treasury. When Bush took the oath of office in January 2001, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (news - web sites) projected a surplus of $5 trillion over the next ten years. Now, after two expensive wars of aggression and two series of extravagant tax cuts for the ultrarich--including the elimination of inheritance taxes on multimillionaires' estates--the federal budget is facing a $5 trillion shortfall. That's a $10 trillion net deficit--ten times more than the Reagan deficit that took Clinton his entire tenure to pay off--for giveaways to Bush-connected defense contractors like Halliburton and a fraction of one percent of wealthy individuals. Most Americans will get nothing out of this but the bill which, if history serves a guide, won't be repaid until our children are dead. Goodbye national healthcare, sayonara help with college tuition. Bush has stolen our future.
6. He threw thousands of innocent people into concentration camps. Drawing from another of fascism's greatest hits, Bush used his fictional war on terrorism as a lame pretext to throw thousands of Muslims and Arabs into a new gulag archipelago spanning the globe from secret CIA (news - web sites)-run prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq--including the infamous Abu Ghraib--to INS detention centers in Brooklyn to the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Detainees caught in battle were denied their Geneva Convention rights as POWs, tortured and even murdered. Illegal immigrants who should have been deported were jailed indefinitely without access to attorneys, or visits from family. In the ultimate Orwellian twist, they were turned into "unpersons"; even their names were withheld from the media. Any president who endorses such atrocities, as Bush has repeatedly done in speeches, is against everything that America purports to stands for. Bush has even signed a secret directive authorizing himself with the right to assassinate anyone, anywhere--including American citizens--as "enemy combatants."
7. We are more feared than Al Qaeda. Bush's radical new policy of "preemption"--a self-ascribed right to invade other countries based on a presumed hunch--has terrorized then international community. Even though they have never threatened us, nations like Iran and Syria wonder whether or not Bush will invade them next--and are racing to develop nuclear weapons to protect themselves from the U.S. threat. Our traditional allies, who still want to engage themselves with the rest of the world, have been forced to distance themselves from our bull-in-a-china-shop foreign policy. We, not Islamist terrorists, are the world's most feared power. We are feared, which is why we are hated. Because we are hated, we are in greater danger.
8. Bush has done nothing to improve the economy. At one of the presidential debates, Bush was asked what he would tell someone who had lost their job to outsourcing overseas. He answered that the unemployed had received their $300 tax cuts, and that within five years his education policies would start to help children. The truth is, Bush did nothing to jumpstart the weak post-dot-com economy he inherited in 2000. Like most Republicans, he favors high unemployment as a way to keep labor week and salaries cheap. A Bush victory would ensure more of the same--fewer jobs, lower salaries, reduced unemployment benefits. A president can do a lot to stimulate the economy: jobs programs funded by the government, tax cuts for the working class. But Bush won't act because it would run counter to his ideological beliefs.
9. Bush will appoint the next Supreme Court justice. Whether they're values issues like abortion or gay marriage, or the next election dispute, the Supreme Court is balanced on the razor's edge between reason and right-wing fascism. Sandra Day O'Connor (news - web sites) and William Rehnquist (news - web sites), who originally intended to step down during the last four years but evidently decided not to do so because of Bush's lunacy, are over 80 years old. They may not last another four years. We can't let Bush have the chance to appoint their successors.
10. We deserve a president who can speak English and doesn't look like a chimpanzee. John Kerry (news - web sites) is a far from ideal prospect but he's a huge leap forward from an evolutionary standpoint.
WE TOOK OVER THE IRAQI OIL FIELDS.
OVER A THOUSAND OF OUR TROOPS ARE DEAD...AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
ARE MISSING THESE TREASURED AND BRAVE LOVED ONES.
WE TOOK OVER A COUNTRY THAT WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR
OIL PRODUCING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.
NOW, OUR GASOLINE PRICES ARE REACHING ALL TIME HIGHS.
OVER 2 DOLLARS A GALLON.
Iraq War and Oil Price Spike
“The U.S.-led invasion [of Iraq] has resulted in the loss of an average of 2 million barrels a day of Iraqi oil from world markets,” wrote New York Times Middle East correspondent Youssef M. Ibrahim in the October 5 USA Today. “That is a significant number with huge consequences for the globe.”
Prior to the March 2003 invasion, the Bush administration predicted that Iraq’s oil exports would pay the costs of the war and occupation. But contrary to the cheerful forecast that Iraq would become “America’s private gasoline-pumping station,” continues Ibrahim, “the world has lost Iraq’s oil. The impact is slowly taking its toll as the price of everything related to petroleum rises (from the food on the supermarket shelves to the gasoline in your car to the plastic chairs on your lawn).”
“The consequences have been evident in the past few months,” Ibrahim elaborates. “Oil prices stand at 20-year-high records with no relief in sight. Indeed, should the ongoing disruption of Iraqi oil exports be compounded with an interruption of production elsewhere — Russia, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, or any member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — we could be looking at prices far above $50 a barrel, perhaps $60 or more. Indeed, the sky is the limit.” (On October 12, U.S. crude surpassed $54 a barrel, a new high.)
The relentless increase in petroleum prices is not merely a reflection of production shortfalls created by the Iraq invasion and disruptions resulting from this year’s turbid hurricane season. The most important contributing factor is the equally relentless decline in the dollar’s purchasing power, a result of Washington’s huge and ever-expanding budget deficit.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH GEORGE W. BUSH !
San Antonio drivers can expect to pay $1.91 on average for regular, self-serve gasoline, up eight-tenths of a cent from the prior week, according to AAA Texas' Weekend Gas Watch.
This is nearly 55 cents more expensive than this time last year and 4.5 cents away from San Antonio's record price set on Memorial Day.
Dallas has the most expensive gas at $1.92; Corpus Christi has the cheapest gas at $1.86.
Statewide, drivers are paying $1.91 on average, up a half-cent from last week. This is only two cents less that the all-time record of $1.93 a gallon.
Nationwide, drivers are paying $2.03 for gas -- 2.2 cents away from the record.
THANK YOU GEORGE W. BUSH !
Gasoline prices are nearing record territory this week and are not likely to ease significantly anytime soon, leaving millions of consumers to wonder what's driving gas prices and when they will start coming down again -- if ever.
The national average for a price of unleaded regular gas now sits at $2.03, about 46 cents ahead of a year ago and just a few pennies short of the record. In California, meanwhile, the average price of regular now tops $2.40, a 63-cent jump from a year ago.
THANK YOU GEORGE W. BUSH !
Record-high gas prices here
Average for self-serve regular hits $2.16; diesel fuel at $2.40
(October 30, 2004) — Rochester-area drivers are again paying record-high gasoline prices, according to AAA.
The average price locally for a gallon of self-serve regular hit $2.16 Friday, a penny more than the record average of $2.15 set on June 4. The price averaged $2.17 statewide and $2.03 nationwide.
The new local record is 15 cents higher than what drivers were paying a month ago and 47 cents higher than a year ago.
Those using diesel fuel, such as commercial truck companies, have dealt with record prices for a while. The average price of a gallon of diesel locally was at $2.40 on Friday, up 20 cents from a month ago and 80 cents from a year ago.
"It's alarming to everybody," said Michael Riccio, vice president of Leonard's Express, a trucking company based in Farmington, Ontario County.
Leonard's Express Inc. has a fleet of 100 18-wheel tractor trailers. Diesel accounts for about 20 percent of its costs. Some costs have been recouped through fuel surcharges, but not all.
"It has a direct effect on your bottom line," Riccio said. "We're not able to recoup the amount we need to just break even."
Several area garbage haulers also plan surcharges to deal with the prices, which are also adversely affecting businesses that deliver goods.
"It's a big concern," said John Dunn, owner of Dunn's Furniture in Brockport.
Dunn's is spending about 8 percent more than last year to fuel its two trucks. However, deliveries remain free for its customers.
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. said it is not passing the higher costs of fuel onto customers, either.
"It's part of the cost of doing business," said Jo Natale, spokeswoman for Wegmans. "Like all costs, you ask, 'How long will this last?'"
AAA said it doesn't like to speculate, but the direction of crude oil prices, now near record highs, is usually a good indicator of what might happen.
"Until we see some relief in the price of crude, it's going to be difficult to determine if prices will come down," said Diana Dibble, AAA spokeswoman.
THANK YOU GEORGE W. BUSH !
Greeley gas prices on rise
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DENVER -- Colorado's statewide average for regular, self-serve gasoline increased 1.1 cents to $1.99 per gallon since last week's survey by the Colorado AAA.
In Greeley, the price went up 1.3 cents to $1.95 a gallon, one of five cities surveyed reporting increases.
After Denver, Colorado Springs recorded the highest increase in average gas prices at 2.3 cents followed closely by Greeley.
Vail, Pueblo, and Fort Collins increased six tenths of a cent, half a cent and one tenth of a cent, respectively. Durango, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction average price decreased 1.2 cents, four tenths and one tenth of a cent each.
The national average price of regular, self-serve gasoline is $2.03 cents per gallon; 2.7 cents shy of the record high price of $2.05 per gallon set May 26 of this year. Colorado's average is 4 cents shy of the state's all-time high of $2.03 per gallon set at the same time last May.
Crude oil prices continuing above $50 per barrel may help the United States set a new national record-high average gasoline price on or before Election Day.
At 42 gallons of gasoline per barrel, the cost for crude oil is $1.30 per gallon. Add with federal tax of 18.4 cents and Colorado state tax at 22 cents, a gallon of gasoline increases to $1.70 cents per gallon before refining, transporting, marketing and other expenses are included.
According to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report, regular, self-serve gasoline now costs more than $2 per gallon in 31 states. The highest average statewide price is $2.44 per gallon in California while Oklahoma's price is the lowest at $1.88 per gallon. Nineteen states report averages of $1.90 per gallon or more; Oklahoma is the only state in the $1.80 per gallon range.
According to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, the increase in crude oil prices is attributable largely to Hurricane Ivan's temporary effect on U.S. oil production and imports and said "part of the recent rise in spot prices is expected to wash out over the longer run."
He also said that while high oil prices would slow economic growth and add to the financial burdens of middle- and lower middle-class Americans, the effect wouldn't be as traumatic as the energy crisis of 1980. Average energy expenditures are estimated to consume less than 5 percent of household income despite these record high prices.
Some economists believe the higher prices have severely limited growth in consumer spending this year, slowing down economic recovery as a result of the average price of gasoline this year increasing about 25 percent.
THANK YOU GEORGE W. BUSH!
Record gas prices pinch household budgets
Idaho's average price is 15 cents higher than just a month ago
The Associated Press
Brian C. Fenrich of Boise puts gas in his Toyota pickup at Tom's Service in Idaho City Friday morning. Fenrich, an avid hunter, said he has had to cut back on his hunting trips this year due to rising gas prices. According to AAA of Idaho, gas prices in the state have hit an average all-time high of about $2.10 per gallon.
The Associated Press
Edition Date: 10-30-2004
The average price of gasoline is setting records every day in Idaho, pinching household budgets around a state where the economy is still sluggish.
"I drive all over town for a living, and it's just killing me," said 31-year-old Dave Bainbridge, who does auto body and paint work on location in the Boise area.
The Idaho Automobile Association of America said its latest survey showed the price for self-service unleaded gasoline on Friday was nearly $2.10 a gallon, up 2 cents in just the past two days and over 50 cents higher than when the year began.
AAA spokesman Dave Carlson said there is no end in sight. Crude oil prices have receded in the past several days, Carlson said, but not all the associated costs have filtered down to the consumer yet.
"So we could expect prices to climb for a week or a couple of weeks," he said. "We're treading new ground every month. This is the third time this year we've seen new price marks in the state. It's a time when prices should be down, but the supply situation has really made guessing where prices will be a real crystal-ball exercise."
Idaho's average is the ninth-highest in the nation and 15 cents higher than just a month ago. The national average price on Friday was just over $2.03.
"You're looking at, what, doubling what it was two years ago, and that's easily $60 or $100 a month in a household budget," said Todd Christensen, who runs a financial education program in Idaho for Debt Reduction Services. "That can be tough."
A counselor at In Charge Debt Solutions said escalating pump prices are putting pressure on the way people live, and Becky Hammond knows exactly what that means.
"You don't have money to go to dinner, you don't have money to go to a movie," said the 48-year-old nurse, who makes the 50-mile round trip from Emmett to Boise every day.
THANK YOU GEORGE W. BUSH!
I feel less secure
Editor, The Citizen:
Are other women as concerned as I am about the direction our country is going in? I feel less secure, not more, as I read the daily news. In our families, we know that we are secure in terms of the number of people who care about us and are willing to help us when we are in trouble. Unfortunately, most of the nations who used to stand beside the U.S. aren't with us any more, because we started a war in Iraq without their consent.
Now that all the facts are in, the other countries were right and we were wrong: there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there is no link between Iraq and the September 11 attacks, and thousands of people have died needlessly - more than 1,000 Americans and between 12,943 and 14,997 Iraqis as of today. The more civilians we bomb and imprison, the more terrorists we are making every day.
As a woman who cares about security, I am voting for a change - the same kind of change I would want if my kids were having a fight with others at school. I want to see our country work side by side with others again, not attack them, and to act out of strength rather than fear. We will win friends by being friends, as we always tell our children.
Kyra Zola Norsigian
How can N.H. support Bush?
Editor, The Citizen:
I can only wonder how anyone in the state of New Hampshire could possibly support George Bush for a second term. Yes, he says the country is doing great, but this is an absolute lie. All one has to do is take a look at what Bush claims is happening in this nation and compare it to the changes that have taken place in our great state since he lost the election:
1.) "When America works, America prospers, so my economic security plan can be summed up in one word: jobs." --George W. Bush (State of the Union Address, 1/29/02). In 2001, when touting his tax cut, Bush said, "My plan is good for the long-term health of our economy. It is good for the businesses that create jobs." New Hampshire unemployment has increased 43% since 2001. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov/). In New Hampshire, 9,300 jobs have been lost since the 2001 Bush tax cut was enacted on June 7, 2001. Overall, New Hampshire has lost 13,800 jobs since Bush took office. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov; Bush Remarks, 6/7/01; Bush Remarks Announcing the Tax Cut Plan, 2/5/01)
2.) Bush Fails to Improve Prosperity for Working Families. Bush recently stated, "We're prosperous now, which is good -- particularly if you're a guy seeking the vote." (Bush Remarks in Washington/21/04) Under Bush, low paying jobs are replacing high paying jobs in New Hampshire. The New England Economic Project recently estimated that the sectors that lost jobs between 2001 and 2002 in New Hampshire had annual average wages of about $44,000. Those sectors adding jobs in the state had an average annual wage of about $38,000. (Boston Globe, 12/21/03) Well, maybe this isn’t a lie on Bush’s part. Because when he says "we," I don’t think he is including you and me. He is referring to himself and the rest of the rich CEOs out there.
3.) "A priority in my budget will be to make sure that the health care system in America is strong for the elderly, for the uninsured, and for all of us concerned about health." -- George W. Bush [Remarks in St.
Louis, MO, 2/20/01]. But the rising health care costs prohibit coverage for many families. President Bush has no plan to deal with runaway health care costs that have increased 40 % since he took office. The
average cost of job-based health care increased by $2,630 to $9,068 for families in 2003. Health costs are expected to rise another 12 % in 2004 alone. "Affordability remains the number one reason people lack health coverage today," said Dr. Donald Young, president of the Health Insurance Association of America. (Kaiser Family Foundation, Employer Health Benefits Survey 2000 and 2003, www.kff.org; Towers Perrin, 2004 Health Care Cost Survey; Los Angeles Times, 9/30/03)
4.) "The days of excuse-making are over. In return for federal money, we expect results so that not one single child in America is left behind."-- George W. Bush [Remarks in St. Denver, CO, 8/11/03]. Yet,
Bush is leaving New Hampshire children behind. His budget grossly under funds "No Child Left Behind" by $9.4 Billion (less than 10% the cost of a war in Iraq). (President’s FY 2005 Budget, http://www.ed.gov; Associated Press, 2/24/03). The misleadingly named "No Child Left Behind" has created mandates in New
Hampshire that will cost the state an additional $117,828,000, because Bush cut the funding from his budget (National Conference of State Legislatures, Mandate Monitor, March 2004, www.ncls.org) In short, the implementation of Bush’s program costs $575 per student. But he seems to feel that the NH Board of Education will be able to get it done with a mere $77 per student. (USA Today, 1/29/03)
5.) "We will not only keep our commitments to the men and women who wear our uniform today, but we will keep our commitments to the veterans who have worn the uniform in the past." -- George W. Bush (Remarks in Chattanooga, TN, 11/6/00) VFW Commander-in-Chief Edward Banas called Bush’s funding package a "disgrace," a "sham," "inexcusable," and "deplorable." In a release entitled, "Another Year, Another Inadequate Budget Request for Veterans’ Health Care," PVA called Bush’s budget "grossly inadequate." The Disabled American Veterans said "the Bush Administration has broken faith with the nation’s sick and disabled veterans" with its budget proposal. And AMVETS National Commander John Sisler said of Bush’s proposal: "To say we are extremely disappointed with it is an understatement." [DAV Release, 2/4/04; AMVETS Release, 2/3/04; PVA Release, 2/3/04; CQ, 2/2/04; VFW Release, 2/2/04] This affects over 133,000 veterans in New Hampshire alone(Department of Veterans Affairs, www.appc1.va.gov/opa/fact/statesum/index.htm.)
6.) "One of my biggest priorities, of course, is to make sure the homeland is secure."-- George W. Bush (News Event, Portland, ME, 1/25/02). This one really gets me: For some reason, people feel more secure having him in office than they would if Kerry were in office. From day one, Bush opposed creating a Homeland Security Department. [White House Press Briefing, 10/24/01; National Journal, 6/5/02; George W. Bush, 11/19/02]. We are not safer under Bush. He cut funding of fire departments! An International Association of Firefighters spokesperson called his cuts "profoundly disappointing to first responders," and noted, "It’s a continuation of the president’s lack of commitment to first responders in general and firefighters in particular." (UPI, 2/2/04; DHS Budget Brief). After September 11th, Bush dares to cut the funding of our brave men and women who would be on the front line of another attack. Chemical Plants’ security measures are "unknown" and the Bush administration backed down from new regulations due to "concerns…(of a) significant litigation risk" from the chemical industry. (GAO, 3/ 2003)
The initial federal air security screening force of over 55,000 has been cut by thousands, to an eventual level of 45,000, an 18 % cut. In addition, just one day before a 2003 DHS warning about airline hijackings, air marshals were told to cancel long flights with hotel stays due to "monetary considerations." (TSA; AP, 4/30/03; Wash Post, 5/1/03, 7/31/03; House HS Cmte Dems, 1/04)
Bush's Container Security Initiative uses ships' manifest data, which the GAO called "one of the least reliable or useful for targeting purposes," to assess risk. Only one port in the country has radiation portals installed, while others screen for radiological weapons using handheld detectors not designed for large containers. In addition, Bush slashed port security grants by $150 million from 2004 to 2005. (Sunday Telegram, 3/30/03; House HS Cmte Dems, 1/04; US Budget, OMB; Journal of Commerce, 3/24/03; CQ, 2/9/04)
These lies are inconsequential compared to the big ones that have killed 1,048 brave Americans (as of my writing this letter) and God only knows how many Iraqi’s (Apparently, their lives are not worth a body count). But we can save that for another day.
Sean P. McFeeley
"Ann Coulter, Victim
Get out your hankies for poor Ann Coulter. After making a living from calling liberals treasonous and other inflammatory insults, two men returned the hostility by throwing pies at her during a recent speech. Oh, oh, it's just so unfair. Thank God Alan Colmes was willing to spend the entire first hour of his radio program tonight condemning liberals who do this sort of thing.
Coulter, whose latest book is called "How to Talk to Liberals (If You Must)" happily chatted with the self-described liberal Alan Colmes for the second time this month without showing a scintilla of reluctance either tonight or previously. In fact, she readily agreed to extend the segment tonight in order to talk more. I'm sure it was a tremendous sacrifice.
What must have assuaged her sensibilities was Colmes' great compassion toward her as he accepted without dispute her assertion that only conservatives are the victims of partisan hostility. No mention of the incredible bullying tactics and mean-spiritedness displayed by Colmes' TV partner, Sean Hannity, nearly every night. I guess that doesn't count. Nor, apparently, did Coulter's "compassionate" remark to the caller who complained about Colmes' collaboration with her agenda. "Alan, you have run afoul of the Nazi block-watcher," she said about the caller. No complaint from Colmes about that.
By the way, Alan and Ann, it's clear neither of you have been to my neck of the woods where Kerry lawn signs are being ripped up and removed in my 80% Democratic county. I know because mine was, along with that of my neighbor across the street. Also, in the past six months, I have found a nail or tack in one of my tires five times. That has never happened to me before. Could it be because of my anti-Bush bumper stickers? I guess it must be those liberals, trying to con me into voting for Kerry."
The following interview alone should do two things...
1) Finally indicate that no one should ever take anything Ann Coulter says seriously
2) Strongly suggest she is mentally ill, or at the very least, worthless!
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Quizzing Ann Coulter - PittsburghLIVE.com"Quizzing Ann Coulter
By Bill Steigerwald
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Ann Coulter -- syndicated conservative columnist, best-selling author of books such as "Treason," and human political-grenade launcher -- rarely does telephone interviews. She doesn't trust the liberal press to transcribe her quotes accurately/honestly. But she's always willing to answer questions via e-mail from the Trib, which runs her column every Sunday. Coulter (anncoulter.com) is on the road plugging "How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must)," a compendium of her columns (uncensored and uncut) that is No. 2 on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list:
Q: Is there an easy way to spot a liberal, so you will know how to talk to him/her/it?
A: In the "blue" states, every bearded man seems to be a liberal. All the bearded women are.
Q: Of all your columns, which has drawn the most outrage from the punditocracy, and do you have any remorse?
A: "Convert Them to Christianity," and no.
Q: Why should those lucky readers of the Trib who've already read your weekly columns buy your new book?
A: Only about half the book is a "greatest hits" collection, and that includes articles from George magazine and Human Events. My columns should be collected like treasured photos you may have lost over the years.
Q: Do you plan to visit Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" to plug your book?
A: I'd plug my book anywhere. Well, maybe not at a luncheon of Emily's List, but almost anywhere.
Q: What is the worst idea liberals have frozen into federal law that you would want to see erased today?
A: The withholding tax.
Q: What is the most dangerous liberal institution in the USA?
A: The "Today" show.
Q: Who is or was the last good liberal, and why?
A: John Stewart Mill. Because that's when "liberal" meant something entirely different.
Q: How can you tell John Kerry is a liberal?
A: The Botox, fake tans and latex skiing outfit.
Q: Is Teresa Heinz Kerry a strong woman?
A: Yes, if by "strong" you mean "crazy."
Q: What is the first thing you'll do if Kerry wins on Nov. 2?
A: Reconsider my safety as a citizen of the U.S.
Q: In 50 words or more, what kind of a conservative are you, and who are your great intellectual or political heroes?
A: True blue. Ronald Reagan. I'll leave you to fill in the last 46 words.
Q: Why don't you convert to libertarianism? You and John Stossel could get married and save America.
A: Libertarians are potheads posing as right-wingers. But John Stossel is a fine fellow. I just don't think I could go along with working "give me a break" into the wedding vows.
Q: Conservatism in America is alive and well: true or false?
Q: Hasn't President Bush exhibited some dangerous liberal tendencies -- huge budgets, Big Government prescription drug bill, his porky farm bill, his amnesty for illegal immigrants?
A: Yes. However, let this not detract from the fact that his election is crucial to the survival of the republic.
Q: Is there anything Bush could say, promise or do that would cost him your support?
A: "I agree with John Kerry."
Q: Is there anything, anywhere, anytime, that you wrote, said or thought that you now sincerely wish you hadn't?
A: Yes, a college exam once on which I got a C-plus.
Q: Is there anything you'd like to say to voters of the great swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio?
A: Quit the dithering and vote for Bush. How many lousy free meals do you need to accept from this guy Frank Luntz? "
Ann Coulter attacks John Kerry and supports George Bush like an inbred lover on steroids. Ann Coulter talks about John Kerry and George Bush as if she knows everything there is to know about these men. The reality is that listening to Ann Coulter talk about John Kerry and George Bush is about as informative as listening to a one month old baby explaining the procedure for open heart surgery. Neither the baby nor Ann Coulter knows what they’re talking about, or even has a clue about what they've said. Ann Coulter is a puppet for the Republican Party who just doesn’t get it. Coulter’s rhetoric regarding John Kerry and George Bush is about as fulfilling as one of her books. An Ann Coulter book is comparable to eating Chinese food. After you finish reading an Ann Coulter book, you’re left looking for something intelligent to read an hour later.
It should come as no surprise that Ann Coulter is a Republican attorney that only an inbred might be dumb enough to retain. Coulter is a self-proclaimed author who has written books that only a Republican would read, and Democrats would use as an alternative to cheap toilet paper. Coulter’s books are something that only a drunken Bush "follower" would be stupid enough to spend money on. I know that Coulter’s clients can’t be offended by these representations for two reasons. One, Ann Coulter’s clients are unable to read and they’d have a hard time finding someone they knew who could read this to them. Two, even if someone did read and explain to them what I wrote, they wouldn’t have the mental capacity to understand it. Keep in mind they did hire Coulter to represent them in the first place. How stupid would someone have to be for that?
Current Number of Americans Killed or Wounded In Iraq.
Number of Dead is 1,111. Number of Wounded is 8,019.
Last Friday two men were charged for throwing pies at Ann Coulter. The men ran on stage while Coulter was giving a speech at the University of Arizona. By the way, Coulter is also a "so called" conservative columnist, which again has me wondering who would actually read this moron's column. But that’s another story in itself. Anyway, Bill Wolff and Phil Smith, both 24 years old and from Tucson, Arizona threw the pies that hit Coulter in the shoulder. I guess they had enough of Coulter’s rhetoric as it relates to John Kerry and George Bush. They were charged with misdemeanors of "disorderly conduct" and "assault," and a felony charge of "criminal damage." During a half-hour speech last Thursday night, Coulter was trashing John Kerry and Democrats in general, while saluting conservative students who attended her speech. All 18 of them I’m guessing. I believe instead of charging Bill and Phil, they should receive an award for trying to stick a pie in Coulter’s pie hole. I’m guessing they have a Republican DA and Police Chief down there based on the level of charges that were filed because they threw a couple of custard pies at Coulter.
In the spirit of Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtain, but as it relates to Ann Coulter, No Point/Counter Point: Ann you poor ignorant excuse for a skank. You run around like a whore who can’t make a quarter selling herself on the corner appearing on any talk show that will have you, only after getting up off your knees from in front of the producer. Knocking John Kerry and Democrats while supporting George Bush and the Republican Party shows why you should be the poster child for "The Prevention of Inbreeding."
'Your security is in your own hands' - Oct 29, 2004
"We found no difficulties in dealing with the Bush administration, because of the similarities of that administration and the regimes in our countries, half of which are run by the military and half of which are run by monarchs. And our experience is vast with them.
And those two kinds are full of arrogance and taking money illegally.
The resemblance started when [former President George H.W.] Bush, the father, visited the area, when some of our own were impressed by America and were hoping that the visits would affect and influence our countries.
Then, what happened was that he was impressed by the monarchies and the military regimes, and he was jealous of them staying in power for tens of years, embezzling the public money without any accountability. And he moved the tyranny and suppression of freedom to his own country, and they called it the Patriot Act, under the disguise of fighting terrorism. And Bush, the father, found it good to install his children as governors and leaders.
We agreed with the leader of the group, Mohammed Atta, to perform all attacks within 20 minutes before [President George W.] Bush and his administration were aware of what was going on. And we never knew that the commander-in-chief of the American armed forces would leave 50,000 of his people in the two towers to face those events by themselves when they were in the most urgent need of their leader.
He was more interested in listening to the child's story about the goat rather than worry about what was happening to the towers. So, we had three times the time necessary to accomplish the events."
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Why does Bush smile after he says just about everything?
HE SMILES BECAUSE HE IS TRYING TO KEEP FROM LAUGHING.....
BIN LADEN'S HALLOWEEN MESSAGE
Al Jazeera SHOULD have included the tagline..."I'm George Bush, and I approved this message."
BASICALLY, BIN LADEN REMINDS US ALL OF THE FAILURE OF GEORGE W. BUSH TO GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ANYTHING OR ANYONE BUT HIMSELF. BUSH IS FOR BUSH, AND TO THE EXTENT THE FAT CATS CAN HELP HIM, HE WILL PROMOTE THEIR INTERESTS. BUT, ULTIMATELY, THIS SKULL AND BONES MEMBER, THIS BOHEMIAN GROVE MEMBER, THIS YANKEE, BORN IN CONNECTICUT....THIS IVY LEAGUE EDUCATED , SILVER SPOON IN THE MOUTH , DRAFT DODGING COWARD...IS FOR HIMSELF.
Bin Laden IS the "OCTOBER SURPRISE" After ALL
For some time, there has been speculation that Bin Laden would be the October surprise, i.e. that late in October, Bin Laden would appear to affect the election.
But, the main speculation was that Bin Laden was already under wraps and that Bush would bring him out late in October as a sign of his progress in his "war on terror".
Well, a tape appears sure enough, with a bearded Bin Laden, popping up like a jihadist Jack-in-the-Box. The tape received by Al Jazeeera COULD be a production of Bush and company, with Bin Laden in hand.
In fact, think about it, Bin Laden gives Bush more mileage if Jason from the Halloween movie series, is still out there, as a boogeyman, than if he was captured.
And, indeed, it is interesting that apprently Bin Laden is saying a lot of things that Democrats are saying.
When you think about it, in the mind of Karl Rove and company, what would be better than the Mother of All Boogeymen, to be "on the loose", threatening the American public, and saying all the things the Democrats are saying about Bush.
It creates a de facto association between Bin Laden and the Democrats, if their words are coming from his mouth.
This, at first blush might SOUND crazy. Why would Bin Laden want to help his alleged Arch Enemy, Bush?
It might sound odd until you reflect on the long and close assocation between the Bin Laden family and the Bush family.
The Bin Laden family served as the sugar daddy for George W. Bush's Arbusto oil company, and were ihs financial support on several matters.
"The Bush-Bin Laden Money Connection
"Former President George Bush met with King Fahd, right, on a trip to Saudi Arabia last year as part of his work for the Carlyle Group." (NYT, 3/5/01)
A Second Bush Oil Deal To Come With Murky Ties To Saudi Financiers And Osama Bin Laden
"On September 24, President George W. Bush appeared at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden to announce a crackdown on the financial networks of terrorists and those who support them. “U.S. banks that have assets of these groups or individuals must freeze their accounts,” Bush declared. “And U.S. citizens or businesses are prohibited from doing business with them.”
"But the president, who is now enjoying an astounding 92 percent approval rating, hasn’t always practiced what he is now preaching: Bush’s own businesses were once tied to financial figures in Saudi Arabia who currently support bin Laden.
"In 1979, Bush’s first business, Arbusto Energy, obtained financing from James Bath, a Houstonian and close family friend. One of many investors, Bath gave Bush $50,000 for a 5 percent stake in Arbusto. At the time, Bath was the sole U.S. business representative for Salem bin Laden, head of the wealthy Saudi Arabian family and a brother (one of 17) to Osama bin Laden. It has long been suspected, but never proven, that the Arbusto money came directly from Salem bin Laden. In a statement issued shortly after the September 11 attacks, the White House vehemently denied the connection, insisting that Bath invested his own money, not Salem bin Laden’s, in Arbusto.
"In conflicting statements, Bush at first denied ever knowing Bath, then acknowledged his stake in Arbusto and that he was aware Bath represented Saudi interests. In fact, Bath has extensive ties, both to the bin Laden family and major players in the scandal-ridden Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) who have gone on to fund Osama bin Laden. BCCI defrauded depositors of $10 billion in the ’80s in what has been called the “largest bank fraud in world financial history” by former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. During the ’80s, BCCI also acted as a main conduit for laundering money intended for clandestine CIA activities, ranging from financial support to the Afghan mujahedin to paying intermediaries in the Iran-Contra affair.
"When Salem bin Laden died in 1988, powerful Saudi Arabian banker and BCCI principal Khalid bin Mahfouz inherited his interests in Houston. Bath ran a business for bin Mahfouz in Houston and joined a partnership with bin Mahfouz and Gaith Pharaon, BCCI’s frontman in Houston’s Main Bank.
"The Arbusto deal wasn’t the last time Bush looked to highly questionable sources to invest in his oil dealings. After several incarnations, Arbusto emerged in 1986 as Harken Energy Corporation. When Harken ran into trouble a year later, Saudi Sheik Abdullah Taha Bakhsh purchased a 17.6 percent stake in the company. Bakhsh was a business partner with Pharaon in Saudi Arabia; his banker there just happened to be bin Mahfouz.
"Though Bush told the Wall Street Journal he had “no idea” BCCI was involved in Harken’s financial dealings, the network of connections between Bush and BCCI is so extensive that the Journal concluded their investigation of the matter in 1991 by stating: “The number of BCCI-connected people who had dealings with Harken—all since George W. Bush came on board—raises the question of whether they mask an effort to cozy up to a presidential son.” Or even the president: Bath finally came under investigation by the FBI in 1992 for his Saudi business relationships, accused of funneling Saudi money through Houston in order to influence the foreign policies of the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
"Worst of all, bin Mahfouz allegedly has been financing the bin Laden terrorist network—making Bush a U.S. citizen who has done business with those who finance and support terrorists. According to USA Today, bin Mahfouz and other Saudis attempted to transfer $3 million to various bin Laden front operations in Saudi Arabia in 1999. ABC News reported the same year that Saudi officials stopped bin Mahfouz from contributing money directly to bin Laden. (Bin Mahfouz’s sister is also a wife of Osama bin Laden, a fact that former CIA Director James Woolsey revealed in 1998 Senate testimony.)
"When President Bush announced he is hot on the trail of the money used over the years to finance terrorism, he must realize that trail ultimately leads not only to Saudi Arabia, but to some of the same financiers who originally helped propel him into the oil business and later the White House. The ties between bin Laden and the White House may be much closer than he is willing to acknowledge." --Wayne Madsen, 10/22/01
Wayne Madsen, an investigative journalist based in Washington, is the author of Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999.
Part One: "Hike in US defence spending to benefit Osama's family": Bin Laden-Bush business connection seen through Carlyle Group
"If the United States boosts defence spending in its quest to stop Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden's alleged terrorist activities, his family may be the unexpected beneficiary of that, media reports said. "Among its far-flung business interests, the well-heeled Saudi Arabian clan, which says it is estranged from Laden, is an investor in a fund established by Carlyle Group, a well-connected Washington merchant bank specialising in buyouts of defence and aerospace companies," The Wall Street Journal said in an investigative dispatch. It said "through this investment and its ties to Saudi royalty, the bin Laden family has become acquainted with some of the biggest names in the Republican Party." "In recent years, former president George H W Bush, ex-secretary of state James Baker and ex-secretary of defence Frank Carlucci have made the pilgrimage to the bin Laden family's headquarters in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). "Ex-president Bush makes speeches on behalf of Carlyle Group and is senior adviser to its Asian Partners Fund, while Baker is its senior counsellor and Carlucci is the group's chairman," the journal said." --Hindustani Times, 9/28/01
Part Two : Inside The Carlyle Group
With former US Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci as its chairman, it's no surprise that The Carlyle Group is drawn to defense. Defense and aerospace firms such as United Defense Industries make up a significant share of the world's largest private equity firm's portfolio. Also represented are information technology (Federal Data), health care, real estate, and bottling companies. Since Carlucci joined in 1989, a host of staffers from the Reagan and first Bush administrations have stinted at the company, including ex-Secretary of State James Baker and ex-budget chief Richard Darman. Former President Bush and former UK Prime Minister John Major have also made appearances. --Hoovers Online
...Traveling with the fanfare of dignitaries, Mr. Bush and Mr. Baker [use] their extensive government contacts to further their business interests as representatives of the Carlyle Group, a $12 billion private equity firm based in Washington that has parlayed a roster of former top-level government officials, largely from the Bush and Reagan administrations, into a moneymaking machine. In a new spin on Washington's revolving door between business and government, where lobbying by former officials is restricted but soliciting investments is not, Carlyle has upped the ante and taken the practice global. Mr. Bush and Mr. Baker were accompanied on their trips by former Prime Minister John Major of Britain, another of Carlyle's political stars. With door-openers of this caliber, along with shrewd investment skills, Carlyle has gone from an unknown in the world of private equity to one of its biggest players. Private equity, which involves buying up companies in private deals and reselling them, is a high-end business open only to the very rich. Over the last decade, the Carlyle empire has grown to span three continents and include investments in most corners of the world. It owns so many companies that it is now in effect one of the nation's biggest defense contractors and a force in global telecommunications. Its blue-chip investors include major banks and insurance companies, billion-dollar pension funds and wealthy investors from Abu Dhabi to Singapore. In getting business for Carlyle, Mr. Bush has been impressive. His meeting with the crown prince was followed by a yacht cruise and private dinners with Saudi businessmen. And Mr. Bush led Carlyle's successful entry into South Korea, the fastest-growing economy in Asia. After his meetings with the prime minister and other government and business leaders, Carlyle won a tough competition for control of KorAm, one of Korea's few healthy banks. The steady flow of politicians to lucrative private-sector jobs based on their government contacts is a familiar Washington tale. But in this case, it is being played out for more dollars, on a global stage, and in the world of private finance, where the minimal government rules prohibiting lobbying by former officials for a given period are not a factor. These rules say nothing about potential conflicts when former government officials use their connections and insights for financial gain, and they may attract more notice now that George W. Bush is president. Many of those involved with Carlyle, which invests largely in companies that do business with the government or are affected by government regulations, have ties to the Oval Office."
Also, when you think about it, Bush has been the most successful recruiter for the Bin Laden Al Qaeda organization in its history. Bush's bizarre behavior and "fundamentalist Christian" nonsense, and his "crusade" comment, have turned what SHOULD be an interanational police action, into a Christian vs. Islam jihad, a Holy War, and he has certainly highlighted the US as the "Great Satan", in the minds of Moslems around the world.
He has all but strapped the explosives on the backs of the suicide bombers (or "suiciders" as the idiot Bush calls them), patted them on the back, and reminded them of the 72 virgins waiting for them in Heaven, post suicide.
The Bin Laden tape is an extension of Bush's pitiful, "WOLVES AT THE DOOR" commercial. It's fearmongering at its most embarassing.
Actually, it SHOULD remind all voters that Bush completely fucked up his mandate and promise of catching Bin Laden. He plain and simply, let Bin Laden escape when he was cornered in Afghanistan. And, of course, he HAD to let Osama escape. Even if you forget about the cozy interfamilial relationship between the Bush family and the Bin Laden family, without Bin Laden on the loose, there would be no October surprise.
So, Happy Halloween one and all!
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December 29, 2004 Thursday, December 30, 2004 Friday, December 31, 2004 Monday, January 03, 2005 Wednesday, January 05, 2005 Thursday, January 06, 2005 Saturday, January 08, 2005 Sunday, January 09, 2005 Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Wednesday, January 12, 2005 Thursday, January 13, 2005 Saturday, January 15, 2005 Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Friday, January 21, 2005 Saturday, January 22, 2005 Sunday, January 23, 2005 Monday, January 24, 2005 Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Thursday, January 27, 2005 Friday, January 28, 2005 Saturday, January 29, 2005 Monday, January 31, 2005 Thursday, February 03, 2005 Friday, February 04, 2005 Saturday, February 05, 2005 Sunday, February 06, 2005 Monday, February 07, 2005 Tuesday, February 08, 2005 Wednesday, February 09, 2005 Thursday, February 10, 2005 Friday, February 11, 2005 Saturday, February 12, 2005 Sunday, February 13, 2005 Tuesday, February 15, 2005 Thursday, February 17, 2005 Saturday, February 19, 2005 Sunday, February 20, 2005 Wednesday, February 23, 2005 Saturday, February 26, 2005 Sunday, February 27, 2005 Monday, February 28, 2005 Wednesday, March 02, 2005 Thursday, March 03, 2005 Sunday, March 06, 2005 Tuesday, March 08, 2005 Wednesday, March 09, 2005 Thursday, March 10, 2005 Friday, March 11, 2005 Saturday, March 12, 2005 Sunday, March 13, 2005 Monday, March 14, 2005 Tuesday, March 15, 2005 Wednesday, March 16, 2005 Thursday, March 17, 2005 Friday, March 18, 2005 Saturday, March 19, 2005 Thursday, March 24, 2005 Friday, March 25, 2005 Saturday, March 26, 2005 Sunday, March 27, 2005 Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Thursday, March 31, 2005 Friday, April 01, 2005 Saturday, April 02, 2005 Sunday, April 03, 2005 Wednesday, April 06, 2005 Thursday, April 07, 2005 Saturday, April 09, 2005 Sunday, April 10, 2005 Monday, April 11, 2005 Thursday, April 14, 2005 Saturday, April 16, 2005 Sunday, April 17, 2005 Monday, April 18, 2005 Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Thursday, April 21, 2005 Friday, April 22, 2005 Saturday, April 23, 2005 Sunday, April 24, 2005 Tuesday, April 26, 2005 Friday, April 29, 2005 Saturday, April 30, 2005 Sunday, May 01, 2005 Monday, May 02, 2005 Tuesday, May 03, 2005 Wednesday, May 04, 2005 Thursday, May 05, 2005 Friday, May 06, 2005 Sunday, May 08, 2005 Wednesday, May 11, 2005 Thursday, May 12, 2005 Friday, May 13, 2005 Sunday, May 15, 2005 Monday, May 16, 2005 Wednesday, May 18, 2005 Thursday, May 19, 2005 Friday, May 20, 2005 Saturday, May 21, 2005 Sunday, May 22, 2005 Monday, May 23, 2005 Tuesday, May 24, 2005 Wednesday, May 25, 2005 Thursday, May 26, 2005 Friday, May 27, 2005 Saturday, May 28, 2005 Sunday, May 29, 2005 Monday, May 30, 2005 Tuesday, May 31, 2005 Wednesday, June 01, 2005 Thursday, June 02, 2005 Friday, June 03, 2005 Saturday, June 04, 2005 Sunday, June 05, 2005 Monday, June 06, 2005 Tuesday, June 07, 2005 Wednesday, June 08, 2005 Thursday, June 09, 2005 Friday, June 10, 2005 Sunday, June 12, 2005 Tuesday, June 14, 2005 Thursday, June 16, 2005 Friday, June 17, 2005 Saturday, June 18, 2005 Sunday, June 19, 2005 Monday, June 20, 2005 Tuesday, June 21, 2005 Thursday, June 23, 2005 Saturday, June 25, 2005 Sunday, June 26, 2005 Tuesday, June 28, 2005 Wednesday, June 29, 2005 Thursday, June 30, 2005 Friday, July 01, 2005 Saturday, July 02, 2005 Monday, July 04, 2005 Wednesday, July 06, 2005 Thursday, July 07, 2005 Saturday, July 09, 2005 Sunday, July 10, 2005 Friday, July 15, 2005 Sunday, July 17, 2005 Tuesday, July 19, 2005 Wednesday, July 20, 2005 Thursday, July 21, 2005 Saturday, July 23, 2005 Sunday, July 24, 2005 Tuesday, August 02, 2005 Thursday, August 04, 2005 Friday, August 05, 2005 Saturday, August 13, 2005 Wednesday, August 24, 2005 Friday, August 26, 2005 Saturday, August 27, 2005 Saturday, September 03, 2005 Wednesday, September 07, 2005 Thursday, September 08, 2005 Saturday, September 24, 2005 Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Wednesday, October 19, 2005 Thursday, October 20, 2005 Friday, October 21, 2005 Sunday, October 23, 2005 Wednesday, November 02, 2005 Monday, November 21, 2005 Wednesday, November 23, 2005 Friday, December 02, 2005 Saturday, December 10, 2005 Saturday, December 17, 2005 Sunday, December 18, 2005 Monday, December 19, 2005 Wednesday, December 21, 2005 Wednesday, January 04, 2006 Friday, January 06, 2006 Monday, January 09, 2006 Monday, January 16, 2006 Tuesday, January 17, 2006 Friday, January 20, 2006 Sunday, January 22, 2006 Saturday, January 28, 2006 Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Wednesday, February 01, 2006 Thursday, February 02, 2006 Wednesday, February 08, 2006 Thursday, February 09, 2006 Friday, February 10, 2006 Saturday, February 11, 2006 Sunday, February 12, 2006 Monday, February 13, 2006 Tuesday, February 14, 2006 Wednesday, February 15, 2006 Thursday, February 16, 2006 Saturday, February 18, 2006 Monday, February 20, 2006 Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 Sunday, March 05, 2006 Tuesday, March 07, 2006 Friday, March 24, 2006 Saturday, March 25, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 Thursday, April 06, 2006 Friday, April 07, 2006 Saturday, April 08, 2006 Tuesday, April 11, 2006 Monday, April 17, 2006 Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Thursday, April 27, 2006 Tuesday, May 09, 2006 Friday, May 12, 2006 Saturday, May 13, 2006 Sunday, May 14, 2006 Monday, May 15, 2006 Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Thursday, May 18, 2006 Friday, May 26, 2006 Sunday, May 28, 2006 Monday, May 29, 2006 Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Thursday, June 01, 2006 Sunday, June 04, 2006 Monday, June 05, 2006 Friday, June 09, 2006 Saturday, June 10, 2006 Sunday, June 11, 2006 Friday, June 16, 2006 Monday, June 19, 2006 Friday, June 23, 2006 Sunday, June 25, 2006 Tuesday, June 27, 2006 Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Friday, June 30, 2006 Sunday, July 09, 2006 Thursday, July 13, 2006 Friday, July 14, 2006 Saturday, July 15, 2006 Monday, July 17, 2006 Tuesday, July 18, 2006 Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Tuesday, July 25, 2006 Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Friday, July 28, 2006 Sunday, July 30, 2006 Monday, July 31, 2006 Thursday, August 03, 2006 Friday, August 04, 2006 Sunday, August 06, 2006 Monday, August 07, 2006 Wednesday, August 09, 2006 Thursday, August 10, 2006 Sunday, August 13, 2006 Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Thursday, August 17, 2006 Friday, August 18, 2006 Wednesday, September 06, 2006 Friday, September 08, 2006 Monday, September 11, 2006 Wednesday, September 13, 2006 Thursday, September 14, 2006 Friday, September 22, 2006 Saturday, September 23, 2006 Sunday, October 01, 2006 Tuesday, October 03, 2006 Monday, October 30, 2006 Monday, November 06, 2006 Tuesday, November 07, 2006 Sunday, November 12, 2006 Tuesday, November 21, 2006 Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Thursday, November 23, 2006 Friday, December 01, 2006 Monday, December 04, 2006 Tuesday, December 05, 2006 Thursday, December 14, 2006 Wednesday, December 20, 2006 Thursday, December 21, 2006 Friday, December 29, 2006 Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Thursday, January 11, 2007 Saturday, January 13, 2007 Monday, January 15, 2007 Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Saturday, January 20, 2007 Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Tuesday, February 20, 2007 Saturday, February 24, 2007 Sunday, February 25, 2007 Friday, March 23, 2007 Wednesday, April 04, 2007 Tuesday, April 10, 2007 Thursday, April 12, 2007 Friday, April 13, 2007 Thursday, April 19, 2007 Friday, April 20, 2007 Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Tuesday, May 08, 2007 Thursday, May 10, 2007 Friday, May 11, 2007 Monday, May 14, 2007 Tuesday, May 15, 2007 Sunday, May 20, 2007 Monday, May 21, 2007 Tuesday, May 22, 2007 Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Thursday, May 24, 2007 Sunday, May 27, 2007 Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Thursday, May 31, 2007 Friday, June 01, 2007 Monday, June 04, 2007 Wednesday, June 06, 2007 Saturday, June 09, 2007 Sunday, June 10, 2007 Monday, June 11, 2007 Friday, June 15, 2007 Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Thursday, June 28, 2007 Saturday, June 30, 2007 Monday, July 02, 2007 Tuesday, July 03, 2007 Friday, July 06, 2007 Tuesday, July 10, 2007 Friday, July 13, 2007 Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Saturday, July 28, 2007 Sunday, July 29, 2007 Monday, August 13, 2007 Sunday, August 19, 2007 Saturday, August 25, 2007 Monday, August 27, 2007 Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Friday, August 31, 2007 Friday, September 07, 2007 Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Friday, September 21, 2007 Friday, September 28, 2007 Tuesday, October 02, 2007 Thursday, October 11, 2007 Saturday, October 27, 2007 Thursday, November 01, 2007 Saturday, November 03, 2007 Monday, November 05, 2007 Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Tuesday, December 11, 2007 Friday, December 14, 2007 Friday, December 21, 2007 Tuesday, December 25, 2007 Saturday, December 29, 2007 Monday, January 07, 2008 Thursday, January 10, 2008 Saturday, January 12, 2008 Sunday, January 13, 2008 Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Friday, January 18, 2008 Saturday, January 19, 2008 Friday, January 25, 2008 Sunday, January 27, 2008 Monday, January 28, 2008 Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Sunday, February 03, 2008 Wednesday, February 06, 2008 Friday, February 08, 2008 Sunday, February 10, 2008 Monday, February 11, 2008 Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Monday, February 25, 2008 Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Monday, March 03, 2008 Tuesday, March 04, 2008 Saturday, March 22, 2008 Saturday, April 19, 2008 Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Saturday, April 26, 2008 Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Monday, May 05, 2008 Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Saturday, May 17, 2008 Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Saturday, May 24, 2008 Sunday, May 25, 2008 Thursday, June 12, 2008 Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Saturday, July 05, 2008 Tuesday, July 08, 2008 Monday, August 04, 2008 Thursday, August 28, 2008 Thursday, September 11, 2008 Saturday, September 20, 2008 Monday, September 22, 2008 Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Wednesday, September 24, 2008 Friday, September 26, 2008 Monday, September 29, 2008 Saturday, October 04, 2008 Wednesday, October 08, 2008 Thursday, October 09, 2008 Sunday, October 12, 2008 Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Thursday, October 23, 2008 Friday, October 24, 2008 Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Monday, November 03, 2008 Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Thursday, November 06, 2008 Saturday, November 08, 2008 Monday, November 10, 2008 Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Thursday, December 18, 2008 Monday, December 22, 2008 Sunday, January 11, 2009 Thursday, January 22, 2009 Monday, January 26, 2009 Thursday, February 19, 2009 Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Friday, February 27, 2009 Monday, March 02, 2009 Thursday, March 05, 2009 Wednesday, March 11, 2009 Thursday, March 12, 2009 Friday, March 13, 2009 Thursday, March 19, 2009 Monday, March 23, 2009 Friday, March 27, 2009 Saturday, March 28, 2009 Sunday, March 29, 2009 Thursday, April 02, 2009 Tuesday, April 07, 2009 Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Thursday, April 23, 2009 Saturday, April 25, 2009 Sunday, May 03, 2009 Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Thursday, May 14, 2009 Sunday, May 17, 2009 Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Wednesday, June 03, 2009 Thursday, June 04, 2009 Tuesday, June 09, 2009 Friday, June 12, 2009 Saturday, June 13, 2009 Sunday, June 14, 2009 Monday, June 22, 2009 Thursday, June 25, 2009 Saturday, July 11, 2009 Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Friday, July 24, 2009 Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Friday, August 21, 2009 Monday, August 24, 2009 Thursday, September 03, 2009 Wednesday, September 09, 2009 Thursday, September 10, 2009 Sunday, September 13, 2009 Monday, September 14, 2009 Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Friday, September 25, 2009 Sunday, September 27, 2009 Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Monday, November 02, 2009 Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Thursday, November 12, 2009 Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Thursday, February 25, 2010 Thursday, March 04, 2010 Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Friday, April 09, 2010 Friday, April 16, 2010 Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Thursday, April 22, 2010 Friday, April 23, 2010 Thursday, April 29, 2010 Sunday, May 02, 2010 Friday, May 07, 2010 Sunday, May 09, 2010 Monday, May 10, 2010 Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Tuesday, June 15, 2010