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Karl Rove- BUSHY CALLS HIM THE "TURD BLOSSOM"

SNIP....THE ARTICLE VERY PROPERLY POINTS OUT THE VERY CLOSE RESEMBLANCE OF KARL ROVE TO HITLER'S SIDEKICK...HIMMLER

Karl Rove
Karl Rove
It's hard to imagine how Karl Rove's appearance could fit his role any more perfectly than it does.
Portly, balding, malicious, simpering, he looks like a cross between Sesame Street's Mr. Hooper and the Third Reich's Heinrich Himmler. And he acts like a cross between Heinrich Himmler and Henry Kissinger. Whom he also looks like. And not in a good way.

Oh yeah, he's a man who compromised national security, putting lives of American agents in danger. Wait, I forgot a word there. What was it? Oh, I remember! Allegedly.

Rove is an old-school political operator who would have been right at home working on Huey Long's campaign. Of course, Long did a lot of good things for his constituents, to offset the sleaze and corruption. Rove's protege, George W Bush, has a ways to go in that regard.

Rove was a "Young Republican" back when being a Young Republican wasn't cool (a historical era ranging from 1959 through the present). As a student at the prestigious University of Utah, Rove (who still had hair at the time) teamed up with a young Lee Atwater to seize control of the College Republicans political club in the early 1970s.

By all accounts, the race for the coveted chairmanship of the meaningless College Republicans organization was a portent of things to come. According to the Washington Post, the two men executed a balls-to-the-wall campaign to put Rove in the catbird's seat, and once there, he wasted no time getting his group involved in dirty tricks on behalf of Richard M Nixon's 1972 campaign. You may remember that campaign, it was the beginning of Watergate.

Oxymoronically, Rove dropped out of college to become executive director of the College Republicans, all the while practicing dirty tricks on behalf of the candidates of his choice. According the Post, these tricks included identity theft, petty larceny and campaign fraud. Rove characterized these felonies and misdemeanors as a "youthful prank."

A political visionary, Rove recognized early on that he had the opportunity to leech onto not one, but two failed, third-rate presidents in the form of what is comically referred to as the "Bush Dynasty." Rove worked as an assistant to George Bush Sr. in the Republican National Committee during what is arguably the lowest point in the history of the Republican Party, the aftermath of the Nixon presidency.

For the next decade or so, Rove kept his nose buried up the ass of the nearest Bush. He helped George Jr. embarrass himself in a 1978 congressional bid, then bailed out of Bush Sr.'s first and failed presidential bid in 1979.

He maintained a close buddyship with the future president Junior, however. In a high point of Time Magazine's history of powerful journalistic coverage, a 2001 report revealed that George W. Bush's pet name for Rove is "Turd Blossom." No, really.

Rove helped Bush Jr. transform himself from rich-dilletante wastrel into rich-dilletante-wastrel-with-power in 1994, acting as his political adviser in Dubya's successful run for Texas governor. According to ABC News, more than half of the campaign's nearly $1 million budget went to Rove. Considering the challenge of making Bush look good, the sum was probably not out of line.

Rove's tactics tend toward making politics more about playing percentages than kissing babies. An early adopter of direct mail and targeted computer lists, Rove is widely credited with making the Texas GOP the cash cow is today. He also specialized in converting conservative Democrats who were already Republicans in every meaningful sense into Republicans in name as well, including arch-conservative and failed presidential candidate Phil Gramm, who suspiciously resembles a much thinner version of Rove himself.

Brought in to shepherd Junior to his rightful place as chief executive of the last superpower, Rove was largely responsible for creating the veneer of "compassionate conservatism" that led George Jr. to his triumphant loss in the 2000 presidential election.

First, Rove and his little buddy had to beat off a surprise primary challenge from charismatic war hero John McCain, whose sacrifices in a military prison camp in Vietnam looked all the more impressive against Bush's no-show National Guard travesty. Rove conducted a whisper-campaign to spread sleaze, pushing ridiculous allegations, such as that McCain was a stoolie while imprisoned in Vietnam. Rove was reputedly the brains behind a sleazy e-mail forward that alleged McCain had fathered an illegitimate black daughter, a lie which was "proven" by actual pictures of McCain with his black daughter, whom he had actually adopted.

Obviously, McCain should have been drinking and snorting coke throughout the '70s, rather than serving his country, enduring torture and adopting children. Bush trampled the challenger handily, and moved on to the general election, where he faced Vice President Al Gore.

Despite running against the stiffest Democratic candidate since Adlai Stevenson, Dubya couldn't quite clear the hurdle in the nationwide popular vote, which he lost by a margin five times larger than Nixon lost to Kennedy in 1960. But the pesky little electoral college thing sank Gore, thanks to Jeb and Florida. As early as Labor Day, Rove was doing the usual political dance and predicting it would be a close race. And how close it was! As mentioned above, Gore won the popular vote by a small but convincing margin. However, the electoral college — which actually dictates who will become president — was right down to the wire. The outcome of the election rode on the election results in Florida, which Gov. Jeb Bush had promised to "deliver" for his brother.

You all remember Florida. We won't beat it to death again here. Karl Rove's role in Florida was "damage control," and there was a lot of damage to control. Rove's basic public strategy consisted of "we won, so leave us alone." Voting irregularities, mandated recounts -- these things were trivia, bureaucracy, Democratic dirty tricks. "We won" was the message of the day.

Privately, of course, the Bush team was far from certain that they had, in fact, won. Jeb Bush promised to stay out of the recount debate, and instead entrusted it to his political appointees, who lived for no other reason than to curry favor. Rove didn't like the looks of this, so he stacked the deck in every conceivable way.

Among the tactics he employed: Loading Republican operatives from Washington, D.C., onto a bus and sending them to Florida, where they played the part of "angry mob" shouting and intimidating the hapless bureaucrats who had been lumped with the unenviable job of evaluating the ballots. Ah, those youthful pranks!

In the end, Bush came out on top, of course, catapulting Rove into a position of power that few Mr. Hooper-lookalikes have ever achieved. Although the White House repeatedly insisted that Rove had no policy-making role, the advice of his "White House Office of Strategic Initiatives" was sought on virtually every major decision that Bush administration faced.

After September 11, Rove found himself feeling cranky, according to investigative reporter Bob Woodward. Rove was pissed off because he wasn't being allowed to sit in on National Security Council and war cabinet meetings. Bush and Dick Cheney were afraid the politico's presence would send the wrong message.

Bear in mind, it wasn't that Rove wasn't being consulted. He was consulted about every single thing that happened in the White House and every decision that emerged from the Oval Office. He just wasn't being allowed to sit at the meetings himself. He had to get his updates after the fact from Bush, Cheney and Condoleezza Rice.

Despite his enormous power, Rove was mostly spared any real scrutiny by the mainstream media, which preferred to write with grudging admiration about his alleged political skills and chuckle over the "Turd Blossom" thing. By the time the Iraq invasion rolled around, Rove was back to sitting in the meetings.

His thoughtful evaluation (told to Woodward) of the ramifications of invading a sovereign country and deposing its leader? "The victor is always right."

Until late 2003, anyway, when an ugly little incident revealed just how dark the dark side of Karl Rove could be, in a burgeoning scandal that could have serious consequences for the Bush White House.

A former U.S. ambassador by the name of Joseph Wilson was one of the biggest political liabilities the White House faced in 2003. Wilson had been dispatched to Niger early in 2002 to investigate whether Iraq was trying to buy uranium there. Turns out, they weren't.

He reported this information back to the White House, which promptly ignored it. Bush cited the uranium story in his 2003 State of the Union address, Cheney cited it repeatedly, and the State Department cited it in several of its endless justifications for why the U.S. just had to invade Iraq.

When the war was "over" and still no Weapons of Mass Destruction had been found, Wilson pointed out to the media that he had TOLD the White House that there was no uranium purchase. He wrote about his fact-finding trip in the New York Times as well.

This did not please the White House. It was bad for politics, bad for poll numbers. And when the poll numbers are threatened, Karl Rove gets cranky. Homicidally cranky, apparently. Did I say apparently? I meant allegedly.

In July 2003, arch-conservative Robert Novak reported that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent, blowing her cover and endangering her life, not to mention national security. (Inexplicably, no one has gone after Novak over this issue.)

Wilson and his wife didn't take this lying down. They came out swinging. Wilson accused Rove of being the source for the leak that endangered his wife's life and destroyed her career.

"Rove is someone who at a minimum would have condoned it and certainly did nothing to knock it down for over a week after the article appeared. The outing of my wife was obviously a political or communications move. The head of the political operation is Karl Rove," Wilson told reporters.

In late September, the Justice Department launched a full criminal investigation into the leak, which is an aggravated felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine (which actually seems a little low for treasonous activity and political intimidation designed to silence political opposition and whistleblowing).

The White House has refused to speculate on the source of the leak. Not only has it refused it speculate, it's actually refused to care. Despite widespread outrage, the White House declined to launch an internal investigation of the leak, with a Bush flak saying that it was "ridiculous" to suggest Rove was involved, and that "there has been absolutely nothing brought to our attention to suggest any White House involvement." I guess they don't get CNN on the cable system there.

Needless to say, the prospect of the Bush Justice Department investigating a Bush political operative doesn't thrill Democrats, who have already called for an independent counsel investigation.

Fortunately for Republicans, the party leadership cleverly disabused the nation about the worth of special prosecutors and impeachment proceedings a few years ago, when they hounded Bill Clinton into a constitutional crisis over blow jobs.

Considering the mounting list of actual scandals the Bushies are racking up, that strategy is proving to be prescient. Most Americans are about as thrilled at the prospect of a special prosecutor as they are at the prospect of a root canal.

In the meantime, just remember: don't cross Karl Rove. Whoops! We just did... dammit!





 

Something Wicked This Way Comes


Be Afraid..Be VERY AFRAID...

This ASSHOLE looks often like an idiot...but make no mistake....his re-election spells nothing but bad news for America.

We are headed into an era whose zeitgheist can only be likened to what the Jews in Germany must have felt when Adolf Hitler came into power.

You don't know HOW bad things will be, but you have a gut feeling that our rights
will be going down the drain, and this President Queeg, in his fundamentalist
paranoia, may indeed attack Iran , and we may, within a year or more, be living in a country in which martial law is imposed.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

 

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LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - File-swappers beware. Illegally downloading movies can now get you sued.
Like the recording companies, movie studios are fed up with computer users sharing unauthorized copies of films on peer-to-peer networks and are planning to retaliate by filing around 200 copyright infringement lawsuits later in November.

"Illegal movie trafficking represents the greatest threat to the economic basis of moviemaking in its 110-year history," says Dan Glickman, the new president of the Motion Picture Association of America, which represents the many of the major movie studios. "People who have been stealing our movies believe they are anonymous on the Internet, and wouldn't be held responsible for their actions. They are wrong. We know who they are, and we will go after them, as these suits will prove."



The litigation is Glickman's first major act as president after succeeding Jack Valenti, who left in July.

The MPAA claims studios have lost an estimated $3 billion annually to piracy.

=============SNIP========================
LOST 3 BILLION....BULLSHIT!

 

CJAD 800 : News

CJAD 800 : News

Immigration web site flooded with queries from U.S. anti-Bush visitors
Updated at 18:32 on November 4, 2004, EST.
Prime Minister Paul Martin tossed his arms wide open Thursday to aspiring immigrants from the U.S. But he joked they shouldn't expect preferential treatment just because they're neighbours. (CP archive)
OTTAWA (CP) - Canada's immigration website is being flooded with a record-smashing number of visits from U.S. Democrats dismayed by the prospect of four more years living under President George W. Bush.

His re-election has some long-faced U.S. liberals apparently musing that perhaps Canada's cold winters, high taxes and strained health system are more easily endured than their commander-in-chief. A new record was set within hours of Bush's acceptance speech as six times more Americans than usual surfed the site Wednesday. The overall number of 179,000 visitors was almost twice the previous one-day record set last year and a whopping 64 per cent of visitors - 115,016 - were from the United States.

Many were doing more than just casual surfing, a spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration suggested Thursday.

"The most-visited pages . . . were the skilled worker online self-assessment pages (to check if) they'd meet the selection criteria," said Maria Iadinardi.

But there's no proof of an influx of Americans seeking asylum from their politics: "Applying and intent are two different things. We're only going to see this about six months from now," she said.

Americans moving to Canada must deal with the same rules as other immigrants - including the $500 application fee, the $975 landing tax, and the six-to 12-month wait.

The waiting time is shorter if you're married to a Canadian, for which help is available at www.marryanamerican.ca, a Canadian satirical site also being inundated by visitors.

A quick Internet Google search under the terms, "move to Canada' + Bush" turns up more than 8,000 web pages - including chat groups and at least one opinion poll asking frustrated liberals whether they'd consider fleeing.

About 60 per cent replied 'Yes' to leaving in the tongue-in-cheek poll of more than 1,000 on CBS's Chicago affiliate web site.

One American who lives in Brooklyn says many people in the U.S. now feel they identify more with Canada than their own country in the wake of the election.

"I'm not alone," said Chris Walsh, a native of New Hampshire married to a Canadian.

"The first thing people said to me when I went to walk my dog in the park this morning was: 'We're moving to Canada.' People are very disillusioned, and Canada is looking pretty good right now."

A mock map of North America circulated on the Internet illustrated an expanded Canada. The lingering rump of pro-Democrat states - namely the Great Lakes area, and the east and west coasts - would be carved into a larger new country called the United States of Canada.

The rest of the continent was left alone in a new entity named, "Jesusland."

A gleeful Republican posted this response to suggestions of a liberal exodus: "Enjoy the Molson's while you wait an eternity for an imported doctor making the equivalent of minimum wage."

"They can pay high taxes for non-existent health care, non-existent military, and non-existent jobs. So go already. . . . be the first in line!" another said.

Prime Minister Paul Martin tossed his arms wide open Thursday to aspiring immigrants from the U.S. But he joked they shouldn't expect preferential treatment just because they're neighbours.

"The fact is we are a country of immigrants and we're prepared to receive immigrants from anywhere. (But) I doubt very much if refugee status is the way that I would characterize it," he said.

The growing ideological gap between the neighbouring nations was perhaps best illustrated during Tuesday's election by the unanimous rejection of same-sex marriage in 11 state referendums.

By way of comparison, Canadian gays and lesbians have acquired the legal right to marry in six provinces and the federal government supports extending that benefit nationwide.

But one prominent American gay-rights advocate says the talk about moving to Canada is just that - talk.

"I don't think you're seeing people do it. It is certainly an expression of frustration you hear more often these days," said Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry.

"It's people saying, 'Canada is on the right track. We're on the wrong track.' "

The number of U.S. immigrants to Canada has slowly dwindled to about 5,000 per year from a high of around 23,000 annually during the Vietnam war.

One Montreal immigration lawyer said he remains skeptical of a new influx even though his office has received several e-mail inquiries from Americans this week.

"I think at this stage it's just a backlash and a reaction by certain very fervent Democrats," said Colin Singer.

"My sense is there're more hype than there will actually be applications."


Quotes about disgruntled Americans moving to Canada following President George W. Bush's re-election:

"The Republicans have a lock on this country," - John Duddy, president of the University of South Florida Democrats association, saying in his school paper he plans to move north.

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"The good kind of outsourcing I like." - a conservative American inviting Democrats to leave, posted on an Internet chat site.

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"Hey, go ahead and move to Canada - you'll be right at home with the Canucks. They hate real Americans, too. Heck, I'll even chip in for your bus fare!" - another anti-Democrat posting.

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"The first thing people said to me when I went to walk my dog in the park this morning was: 'We're moving to Canada.' People are very disillusioned, and Canada is looking pretty good right now." - Brooklyn resident Chris Walsh.

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"Canada is a wonderful country. Your money is going to be worth half as much and your taxes twice as high. Please go." - another U.S. posting.

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"The fact is we are a country of immigrants and we're prepared to receive immigrants from anywhere. (But) I doubt very much if refugee status is the way that I would characterize it." - Prime Minister Paul Martin.

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"Sounds like an idea whose time has come. Maybe we could do an exchange program: We'll take their Western Conservatives, and they can have our liberal whackos." - an Internet posting.

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"My sense is there's more hype than there will actually be numbers of applications." - Montreal immigration lawyer Chris Singer.

The Canadian Press, 2004




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The Stanford Daily Online Edition

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Bush victory leaves many students angry, despondent



President George W. Bush makes his victory speech at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. yesterday after defeating Sen. John Kerry.




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Students and faculty watching the election unfold at the CoHo Tuesday night became increasingly dejected as a Kerry loss became clear.


By Bea Sanford & Samantha Floam & Sarah Rizk
Daily Staff
Thursday, November 4, 2004
last updated November 4, 2004 5:41 AM

Hours after Sen. John Kerry conceded defeat in his bid for the presidency, many students around campus were still reeling from the Democrat's loss to President George W. Bush.
Emotions among Kerry supporters ranged from shock and dismay to frustration and anger, while supporters of Bush were jubilant at the prospect of four more years in the White House.

“The country showed that they believe that the president has provided good leadership over the last four years,” said junior Bob Sensenbrenner, president of the Stanford College Republicans. “It’s America who won on Election night and today.”

At dining halls across campus last night, the election was the topic of conversation; below are some of the scenes from dinner tables around Stanford last night.

Wilbur Marketplace

The prevalent mood in Wilbur Dining last night was one of frustration and dejection. While Democratic tendencies were evident, Republicans appeared notably quiet or absent all together.

“I’m very disappointed about the outcome of the election,” said freshman Francisco Luongo. “I think people will realize their mistake in four years.”

Freshman Niko Malkovich shared in this sense of disappointment, describing himself as “appalled and disenchanted.”

While still upset, some students hoped that Bush might alter his tone in his next term.

“I’m clearly very sad about the outcome of the election, but I’m optimistic about the next four years because it can’t get much worse,” said junior Andrew Ardinger. “He’s either going to become thoughtful and centrist, or he’s going to kill us all. Something is going to change.”

Many students said that they expected more from the American people, and hoped that in the future citizens would research the issues in more depth before heading to the voting booth. One international student urged Americans to examine international relations more closely.

“I’m really upset because I think the election results show that Americans don’t care about international policy and about what’s going on around the world,” said freshman Melis Yilman.

Although Republicans were scarce, those found were optimistic about the future of the country.

“I am thrilled about the results of the election and believe the nation will move forward with Republican majorities in the House and Senate,” said freshman Erin Howe.

Democrats and Republicans alike, however, seemed to agree that the election had made strong impressions on everyone involved.

“I’ve never seen an election affect people in such a drastic way,” said freshman Momchil Filev.

— Sarah Rizk

Florence Moore Dining Hall

Students at Florence Moore Dining Hall at dinner last night were somber and stunned as they contemplated Tuesday’s election results. While there were a handful of satisfied or apathetic individuals, most students were generally upset with the outcome of the presidential race.

Freshman Selena Simmons-Duffin, a member of the Stanford Democrats, said she worked hard this quarter registering students to vote.

“I was shocked,” she said. “I cannot believe the opportunity to get Bush out of office has come and gone.”

Freshman Matt McLaughlin was also upset with the election results.

“The sun rose this morning, and I was quite surprised,” he said.

Freshman Dylan Gwaltney agreed.

“I am just numb after all the anticipation and the stalking of cnn.com last night,” he said. “I checked Ohio’s voting percentages and precinct percentages every 30 seconds.”

Some students, like freshman Doug Wilson, were more optimistic about the results.

“I think that I am not as shell-shocked as most liberal people,” he said. “I don’t believe that John Kerry was the solution anyway. There are a lot deeper-seated problems that aren’t going to change with just one politician and just one vote.”

Freshman Deonna Hodges said she was happy just to know that the election was definitive.

“I am kind of at peace because we finally know the president of our country,” she said.

Some conservative students, however, felt uncomfortable expressing their views.

“I am happy with the results, but I feel that I have to hold my feelings back because of the predominantly liberal views of the school,” said freshman Michael Bury.

Other students were simply annoyed with the continuous political conversations.

“I can’t even pretend to care anymore,” exclaimed freshman Rolf Timp.

— Sam Floam

Toyon Eating Clubs

Anger and disappointment were the prevailing emotions last night at the Toyon Eating Clubs as students sat down for their first post-election dinners.

Junior Josh Mendoza said he was upset at apathy among students.

“I thought it was sad, because we go to this liberal school, but [the election had] the same turnout for college age voters as in 2000,” he said.

Fifth-year co-terminal student Emily Nahas agreed.

“I feel wronged,” she said. “I was almost in tears last night, but no one else seemed to care.”

Sophomore Alejandro De Los Angeles criticized Kerry’s campaign, arguing that it fell short of expectations.

“I was upset,” he said. “Kerry had a chance to be president, but he didn’t capitalize on it.”

Other students expressed more disappointed than anger. Sophomores Rui Xiong Kee and Rakesh Amaram just laughed at the mention of yesterday’s election.

“Bush sucks,” Kee said.


 

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The Stanford Daily Online EditionCanadian premier encourages Stanford students to head north

“I’m moving to Canada!” senior Emily Ochoa said Tuesday night. Her roommate, senior Ming Zhu, chuckled and checked out a satirical Web site called marryacandian.com to see if she could find a cute Canuck to take her and Ochoa up North.
All jokes aside, a fair number of Stanford students consider relocating to Canada upon graduation each year. The option is attractive to international graduate students in technology fields since permanent residency is easier to obtain in Canada than in the United States. This immigration policy is, in large part, a result of the Canada’s “brain drain” — top Canadian students are often drawn to the United States, where salaries and research opportunities are greater.

“Canada is a great, peace-loving country with lots of open space, clean water, and opportunities for the future . . . but we don’t have enough people,” said Manitoba Premier Gary Doer during a visit to campus last month. The purpose of his visit was, in part, to recruit skilled workers to emigrate to Canada upon graduation from Stanford. His address to students was part of a workshop called “Is Your Future in Canada?” that was sponsored by the Stanford Canadian Club in conjunction with the Canadian Consulate of Los Angeles.

Doer pointed out that the United Nations consistently ranks Canada as the number one place in the world to live. He stressed the advantages of Canada’s public health care system, the international flavor of the city of Winnipeg and the low cost of living in Manitoba.

“You can have a 2,500 square foot, four-bedroom home and cottage on the lake for $200,000,” Doer said to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 students in Tresidder Oak Room West.

International graduate students, particularly South Asian students, comprised the majority of the audience. The keynote address was followed by a presentation by immigration consul David Lupul on the process of applying for permanent residency in Canada. Lupul said that about 20 students remained after the talk to ask specific questions about the process of moving to Canada.

“We’re targeting what we call a niche market,” Lupul said after the workshop. “We’re targeting people that are the most talented among skilled workers and who are mobile, meaning those don’t have long-term residency in the United States.”

Johnny Matta was one of those mobile skilled workers. A Lebanese citizen, Matta earned his masters degree in electrical engineering at Stanford several years ago and worked in the Bay Area afterward. He started to take a serious look at moving to Canada after Silicon Valley’s job market took a turn for the worse. One year and $1,000 later, Matta achieved permanent residency in Canada. He moved to Montreal in April 2003 and plans to become a citizen within the next two years.

“I had family and friends in Canada, and immigration was easier there,” Matta said. “I experienced some immigration difficulty in the United States because I needed employer sponsorship to file my papers and I couldn’t get that.”

Matta reported that more than half of his non-American friends decided to immigrate to Canada after earning advanced electrical engineering degrees in the United States. They cited ease of immigration as a primary motive for their decisions.

To become a permanent resident in Canada, immigrants complete a points-based application form. According to Lupul, applicants who have earned a university degree and who have a minimum of one year working experience almost always have enough points to qualify for permanent residency.

The American process for skilled workers, however, requires that the applicant’s employer essentially prove that the prospective permanent resident performs a job that no other American has the skills to perform. The task can take more than five years.

The Canadian immigration process is particularly attractive for people who want to start small businesses, said Matta, who is currently a manager at a technology start-up in Canada. The American process involves employer-sponsorship, which is unavailable for start-up entrepreneurs by nature of their occupation.

Many Canadian and other international students apply for F-1 visas upon graduation. Director of Bechtel International Center John Pearson explained that these visas allow for one year of practical job training in America. The number of F-1 visas that Stanford processes has not changed in recent years, he said, but opportunities for more permanent employment visas have been reduced.

The United States used to issue 65,000 F-1 visas per year, which allowed immigrants to work in America for three years with potential extensions. In the late 1990s, Congress increased that quota to up to 180,000 visas to accommodate the growing high-tech economy. In recent years, however, that quota has come back down to 65,000 visas a year.

“People can begin applying for F-1 visas beginning on October 1, but the quota is usually full by October 3,” said Lupul.

The early October rush on F-1 visas may have helped explain the large turnout at the Canadian workshop later that month, Pearson said.

Just as graduates are considering a move up North, Canadian graduate students are continuing to come to American universities like Stanford to be on the front lines of cutting-edge research, said Stephan McBride, who is the finance minister for the Stanford Canadian Club and a doctoral candidate in economics. Canada is the fourth-best-represented country in Stanford’s international population, coming in behind China, India and South Korea.

After completing his masters at Queens College, McBride did not apply to any Ph.D. programs in Canada. Like most Canadian students looking to pursue research, McBride said his advisors encouraged him to go overseas for his doctoral degree and then maybe come home afterwards.

Post-doctoral student in neurology Shannon Dunn also came to Stanford to pursue research upon the recommendation of her academic advisors.

“The quality of research in science in the US seems to be regarded as the next level up,” said Dunn. “It is strongly encouraged for Canadians to do their post-doc in the United States for experience and then come back. There is more money and funding here, labs tend to be bigger, and there are generally more resources.”

The number of Canadian students studying at Stanford has steadily increased from 138 in 1992 to 211 in 2003. Pearson explained that the increase followed an overall increase in the population of international students at Stanford. He noted, however, that increases in enrollment from most countries had leveled off in the past two years, but Canadian enrollment had not.

“Research opportunities available at Stanford still really do dwarf opportunities at other universities around the world in terms of funding and cutting-edge work,” said Pearson.

McBride said that Canada has been experiencing a “brain drain” for a number of years now — more Canadians have been receiving Nobel Prizes for work done at American universities than at Canadian universities. People affiliated with Canada either through birth, citizenship or residency have received five prizes over the past 10 years, but only one has done his research in Canada. Two of the Nobel laureates — Michael Spence and Myron Scholes — are currently at Stanford.

Many Canadian students and scholars feel a sense of conflict between their desire to pursue cutting-edge research in the United States and their desire to return home, said McBride, who said he has experienced this conflict himself and has heard it from friends, particularly those in the engineering field. McBride and Dunn both said they also felt a sense of duty to serve their country.

“I felt some obligation to return to Canada at the beginning of my time here because I had been supported by the Canadian government throughout my education; they trained me and paid for me to come here for my first two years,” Dunn said. “But as time goes on, that’s less of a concern.”

Dunn said Canada’s health care system, cost of living and environment would be factors that might eventually attract her back home. Proximity to family and the possibility of a job in Canadian academia as the baby-boomer generation begins to retire would also be primary factors to consider.

“If the worst of anything conceivable hit Canada, I’d be back in a second,” McBride said. “I do feel a duty to my country and will go home, but if it is not pressing I won’t go back the day after I leave here.”

Premier Doer had lunch with about 25 Canadian students before his speech earlier this month. McBride said the tone at the lunch was different than the address, which was designed to recruit workers to Canada.

“We really enjoyed the time together and the Canadian camaraderie,” McBride said. “Canada certainly has a draw for a lot of us.”

Others agreed.

“I have watched students struggle over the question of whether to stay in America or go back to their home county. People change as they grow older and as more opportunities are offered to them,” said Pearson, a British citizen who has finally decided to apply for American citizenship after becoming a permanent resident in the early 1970s. “Yet they still have ties to their home country, both familial and philosophical obligations.”

“That challenge is faced again and again as international students move from undergraduate to graduate programs and as they move from graduate programs to H-1 visas,” Pearson continued. “It’s less common to see that struggle with Canadians — the proximity of the country is more conducive to the feeling that it’s easier for them to get home.”




 

The Atlantic Online | December 2004 | Will Iran Be Next? | James Fallows

The Atlantic Online | December 2004 | Will Iran Be Next? | James FallowsWill Iran Be Next?

Soldiers, spies, and diplomats conduct a classic Pentagon war game—with sobering results
by James Fallows

.....

hroughout this summer and fall, barely mentioned in America's presidential campaign, Iran moved steadily closer to a showdown with the United States (and other countries) over its nuclear plans.

In June the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran had not been forthcoming about the extent of its nuclear programs. In July, Iran indicated that it would not ratify a protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty giving inspectors greater liberty within its borders. In August the Iranian Defense Minister warned that if Iran suspected a foreign power—specifically the United States or Israel—of preparing to strike its emerging nuclear facilities, it might launch a pre-emptive strike of its own, of which one target could be the U.S. forces next door in Iraq. In September, Iran announced that it was preparing thirty-seven tons of uranium for enrichment, supposedly for power plants, and it took an even tougher line against the IAEA. In October it announced that it had missiles capable of hitting targets 1,250 miles away—as far as southeastern Europe to the west and India to the east. Also, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman rejected a proposal by Senator John Kerry that if the United States promised to supply all the nuclear fuel Iran needed for peaceful power-generating purposes, Iran would stop developing enrichment facilities (which could also help it build weapons). Meanwhile, the government of Israel kept sending subtle and not-so-subtle warnings that if Iran went too far with its plans, Israel would act first to protect itself, as it had in 1981 by bombing the Iraqi nuclear facility at Osirak

 

Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Religious right relishes chance to push agenda

Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Religious right relishes chance to push agenda

Religious right relishes chance to push agenda

Abortion and gay marriage to be targeted as moral crusaders demand election payback

Oliver Burkeman in New York
Friday November 5, 2004
The Guardian

A mood of elation permeated the ranks of evangelical Christians in the United States yesterday as it became clear that the election marked a watershed moment for their chances of implementing a conservative moral agenda - above all on the issues of abortion and gay marriage.
Buoyed by exit-poll results suggesting that moral issues had weighed on voters' minds even more than terrorism, activists vowed to use their victory to push the second Bush administration to ban same-sex unions at a federal level and to move the supreme court to the right. "I think it's quite possible this could be a turning point," said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Group lobbying organisation.

"We're seeing from the exit polls that conservative Christian voters turned out in record numbers ... so we certainly will be pressing for action on key items of our agenda, and we will not be shy about claiming that our influence was significant in the outcome of the election."

In a post-election memo obtained by the New York Times, Richard Viguerie, a rightwing direct-mailing campaigner, issued a warning to the Republican party. "Make no mistake - conservative Christians and 'values voters' won this election for George W Bush and Republicans in congress," he wrote.

"It's crucial that the Republican leadership not forget this - as much as some will try ... Liberals, many in the media and inside the Republican party, are urging the president to 'unite' the country by discarding the allies that earned him another four years."

Morality turned out to be a key motivator in an election apparently dominated by the Iraq war, terrorism and the economy. According to exit polls, 20% of voters put moral issues at the top of their list - more than any other issue - and 80% of them were Bush supporters.

"George Bush speaks our language of faith, and John Kerry doesn't," said Carrie Earll, a spokeswoman for Focus on the Family, an influential conservative group.

"Right now, we live in a time when the economy, Iraq and the war on terror are big topics - so the fact that social and moral values took precedence over those, even in wartime, is an indication that this is fundamental to who we are as a people."

A decisive energising factor appears to have been measures banning same-sex marriage, which passed in all 11 states where they were on the ballot. Campaigners in Ohio claimed to have registered tens of thousands of new voters intent on supporting a ban, implying that voting for Mr Bush might have been almost an afterthought for some.

"That certainly galvanised the church," said Ms Earll. "The fact that there was a presidential election was just another factor. People would have gone to the polls to vote on the marriage amendment whoever was on the ballot for president."

With several supreme court justices likely to retire, the victory also leaves anti-abortion campaigners more hopeful than ever that the complexion of the court could be shifted to eradicate the current tenuous majority in support of "Roe versus Wade", which reaffirms abortion as a constitutionally protected right.

Self-destructive


Holding open that possibility was a central part of the Bush campaign's effort to energise its Christian conservative base and reach the millions of evangelicals who stayed home on election day in 2000.

But a leading moderate Republican told the Guardian yesterday the tactic could prove self-destructive if pushed further. "If Bush deliberately or inadvertently appoints enough judges to overturn Roe v Wade, the worst-case scenario is that it's the beginning of the end of the Republican party," said Jennifer Blei Stockman, co-chair of the Republican Majority for Choice. "It wouldn't be long before the outrage would spill into the voting booth, and it would only be a matter of time before the Democratic party ascends to power that will last for a long time."

In pandering to evangelical conservatives, Ms Stockman said, Republican strategists had "been feeding a monster who now has the party by its tail". At least 75% of Bush voters do not consider themselves evangelicals, she said. "The keynote speakers at the Republican convention were all 'pro-choice' moderates, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Rudy Giuliani to [New York governor] George Pataki. Was that just a masquerade or was something of substance communicated?"

Conservative Republicans argue that talk of an imminent reversal of Roe v Wade is fearmongering, though they are far from reticent themselves in using lurid and shocking campaign messages.

"On the immediate front, let's ban partial-birth abortion," said Ms Earll, referring to the late-termination practice to which Mr Bush has declared himself opposed. "Right now, we have a supreme court that says it's a constitutional right to stab a nearly born infant in the back of the head and suck its brains out."

American views on abortion, however, may be less sharply divided than the vocal campaigners for each side make out, said Corwin Smidt, a professor of Christianity and politics at Calvin College in Michigan. "The percentage of Americans who want total free choice has been going down, but there has been no real increase in the percentage of people who want to eliminate all abortion," he said.



 

4 November 2004. Thanks to a Daily Kos reader who said such notices are
not new, add notices from 8 May 2002, 15 November 1999, 22 May 1997 and
18 November 1994, which shows they appear every 30 months:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/11/4/122540/215

The Selective Service System website states:

http://www.sss.gov/

On October 5, 2004, the House of Representatives voted 402 - 2 to defeat
H.R. 163, the bill cited as proof that the Selective Service was preparing
to reinstate a military draft. The vote made official what has been a
reality since January 7, 2003, when H.R. 163 was introduced despite nearly
total opposition in Congress to restoring the draft. Without Congressional
support, the draft cannot be reinstated. A similar bill languishes in the
Senate.

Both President George W. Bush and Senator John F. Kerry have stated for
the record that they oppose a draft. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also
has opposed the draft on numerous occasions.

Since 1980, the Selective Service System has discharged its mission of
preparing to manage a draft if and when Congress and the President so
direct. The House action proves that the Selective Service has gotten no
such direction. That being the case, the Agency will maintain its readiness
as required by law, and to register young men between the ages of 18 and 25.
That mission has been reaffirmed frequently by successive Administrations
and by Congress under the leadership of both parties.

Military Selective Service Act 2003:

http://www.sss.gov/PDFs/MSSA-2003.pdf

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amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988
(Pub. L. 100-503), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 25818 (June 19,
1989)), and OMB Bulletin 89-22, the following information is provided:
1. Name of participating agencies: The Selective Service System
(SSS) and the Department of Education (ED).
2. Purpose of the match: The purpose of this matching program is to
ensure that the requirements of Section 12(f) of the Military Selective
Service System Act [50 U.S.C. App. 462 (f)] are met.
3. Authority for conducting the matching: Computerized access to
the Selective Service Registrant Registration Records (SSS 10) enables
ED to confirm the registration status of applicants for assistance
under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended
(20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.). Section 12(f) of the Military Selective
Service Act, as amended [50 U.S.C. App. 462(f)], denies eligibility for
any form of assistance or benefit under Title IV of the HEA to any
person required to present himself for and submit to registration under
Section 3 of the Military Selective Service System Act [50 U.S.C. App.
453] who fails to do so in accordance with that section and any rules
and regulations issued under that section. In addition, Section
12(f)(2) of the Military Selective Service System Act specifies that
any person required to present himself for and submit to registration
under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service System Act must file
a statement with the institution of higher education where the person
intends to attend or is attending that he is in compliance with the
Military Selective Service System Act. Furthermore, Section 12(f)(3) of
the Military Selective Service System Act authorizes the Secretary of
Education, in agreement with the Director of the Selective Service, to
prescribe methods for verifying the statements of compliance filed by
students.
Section 484(n) of the HEA [20 U.S.C. 1091(n)], requires the
Secretary to conduct data base matches with SSS, using common
demographic data elements, to enforce the Selective Service
registration provisions of the Military Selective Service Act [50
U.S.C. App. 462(f)], and further states that appropriate confirmation
of a person's shall fulfill the requirement to file a separate
statement of compliance.
4. Categories of records and individuals covered:
1. Federal Student Aid Application File (18-11-01). Individuals
covered are men born after December 31, 1959, but at least 18 years old
by June 30 of the applicable award year.
2. Selective Service Registration Records (SSS 10).
5. Inclusive dates of the matching program: Commence on January 1,
2005 or 40 days after copies of the matching agreement are transmitted
simultaneously to the Committee on Government Affairs of the Senate,
the Committee on Government Operations of the House of Representatives,
and the Office of Management and Budget, whichever is later, and remain
in effect for eighteen months unless earlier terminated or modified by
agreement of the parties.
6. Address for receipt of public comments or inquires: Richard S.
Flahavan, Associate Director, Office of Public and Intergovernmental
Affairs, Selective Service System.

Dated: October 28, 2004.
Jack Martin,
Acting Director.
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amended by the Computer matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988
(Public Law 100-503), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 25818 (June 19,
1989)), and OMB Bulletin 89-22, the following information is provided:
1. Name of participating agencies. The Selective Service System
(SSS) and the Department of Education (ED).
2. Purpose of the match. The purpose of this matching program is to
ensure that the requirements of Section 12(f) of the Military Selective
Service Act [50 U.S.C. App. 462(f)] are met.
3. Authority for conducting the matching program. Computerized
access to the Selective Service Registrant Registration Records (SSS
10) enables the U.S. Department of Education to confirm the
registration status of applicants for assistance under Title IV of the
Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended (20 U.S.C. 1070 et.
seq.). Section 12(f) of the Military Selective Service Act, as amended
[50 U.S.C. App. 462(f)], denies eligibility for any form of assistance
or benefit under Title IV of the HEA to any person required to present
himself and submit to registration under Section 3 of the Military
Selective Service Act who fails to do so in accordance with that
section and any rules and regulations issued under that section. In
addition, the Military Selective Service Act and section 484(n) of the
HEA which allows the data match to fulfill the statement requirement
specifies that any person required to present himself and submit to
registration under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act file
a statement that he is in compliance with the Military Selective
Service Act. Furthermore, Section 12(f)(3) of the Military Selective
Service Act authorizes the Secretary of Education, in agreement with
the Director of the Selective Service, to prescribe methods for
verifying the statements of compliance filed by students.
Section 484(n) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20
U.S.C. 1091), requires the Secretary of Education to conduct data base
matches with the Selective Service System, using common demographic
data elements, to enforce the Selective Service registration provisions
of the Military Selective Service Act [50 App. U.S.C. 462(f)], and
further states that appropriate confirmation of person's registration
shall fulfill the requirement to file a separate statement of
compliance.
4. Categories of records and individuals covered.
1. Federal Student Aid Application File (18-11-01). Individuals
covered are men born after December 31, 1959, but at least 18 years old
by June 30 of the applicable award year.
2. Selective Service Registration Records (SSS 10).
5. Inclusive dates of the matching program. Commence on July 1,
2002 or 40 days after copies of the matching agreement are transmitted
simultaneously to the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate,
the Committee on Government Operations of the House of Representatives,
and the Office of Management and Budget, whichever is later, and remain
in effect for eighteen months unless earlier terminated or modified by
agreement of the parties.
6. Address for receipt of public comments or inquires. Willie L.
Blanding, Jr., Director of Operations, 1515 Wilson Boulevard,
Arlington, VA 22209-2425.

Dated: April 30, 2002.
Alfred Rascon,
Director.
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amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988
(Pub. L. 100-503), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 8 25818 (June 19,
1989)), and OMB Bulletin 89-22, the following is provided:
1. Name of participating agencies: The Selective Service System
(SSS) and the Department of Education (ED).
2. Purpose of the match: The purpose of this matching program is to
ensure that the requirements of section 12(f) of the Military Selective
Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 462(f)) are met.
3. Authority for conducting the matching program: Computerized
access to the Selective Service Registrant Registration Records (SSS
10) enables the Department of Education to confirm the registration
status of applicants for assistance under title IV of the Higher
Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.).
Section 12(f) of the Military Selective Service Act, as amended (50
U.S.C. App. 462(f)), denies eligibility for any form of assistance or
benefit under Title IV of the HEA to any person required to present
himself and submit to registration under section 3 of the Military
Selective Service Act who fails to do so in accordance with that
section and any rules and regulations issued under that section. In
addition, the Military Selective Service Act and section 484(n) of the
HEA which allows the data match to fulfill the statement requirement
specifies that any person required to present himself and submit to
registration under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act file
a statement that he is in compliance with the Military Selective
Service Act. Furthermore, section 12(f)(3) of the Military Selective
Service Act authorizes the Secretary of Education, in agreement with
the Director of the Selective Service System, to prescribe methods for
verifying the statements of compliance filed by students.
Section 484(n) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20
U.S.C. 1091), requires the Secretary of Education to conduct data base
matches with the Selective Service System, using common demographic
data elements, to enforce the Selective Service registration provisions
of the Military Selective Service Act (50 App. U.S.C. 462(f)), and
further states that appropriate confirmation of a person's registration
shall fulfill the requirement to file a separate statement of
compliance.
4. Categories of records and individuals covered: 1. Federal
Student Aid Application File (18-11-01). Individuals covered are men
born after December 31, 1959, but at least 18 years old by June 30 of
the applicable award year. 2. Selective Service Registration Records
(SSS 10).
5. Inclusive dates of the matching program: Commence on January 1,
2000 or 40 days after copies of the agreement are transmitted
simultaneously to the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate,
the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of
Representatives, and the Office of Management and Budget, whichever is
later, and remain in effect for eighteen months unless earlier
terminated or modified by agreement of the parties.
6. Address for receipt of public comments or inquiries: Justo
Gonzalez, Jr., COL EN, Director for Operations, 1515 Wilson Boulevard,
Arlington, VA 22209-2425.
Gil Coronado,
Director.
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503), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the
Conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 25818 (June 19, 1989)), and OMB
Bulletin 89-22, the following information is provided:
1. Name of participating agencies. The Selective Service System
(SSS) and the Department of Education (ED).
2. Purpose of the match. The purpose of this matching program is to
ensure that the requirements of section 12(f) of the Military Selective
Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 462(f)) are met.
3. Authority for conducting the matching program. Computerized
access to the Selective Service Registrant Registration Records (SSS
10) enables the Department of Education to confirm the registration
status of applicants for assistance under Title IV of the Higher
Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.).
Section 12(f) of the Military Selective Service Act, as amended (50
U.S.C. App. 462(f)), denies eligibility for any form of assistance or
benefit under Title IV of the HEA to any person required to present
himself and submit to registration under section 3 of the Military
Selective Service Act who fails to do so in accordance with that
section and any rules and regulations issued under that section. In
addition, the Military Selective Service Act and section 484(n) of the
HEA which allows the data match to fulfill the statement requirement
specifies that any person required to present himself and submit to
registration under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act file
a statement that he is in compliance with the Military Selective
Service Act. Furthermore, section 12(f)(3) of the Military Selective
Service Act authorizes the Secretary of Education, in agreement with
the Director of the Selective Service System, to prescribe methods for
verifying the statements of compliance filed by students.
Section 484(n) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20
U.S.C. 1091(n)), requires the Secretary of Education to conduct data
base matches with the Selective Service System, using common
demographic data elements, to enforce the Selective Service
registration provisions of the Military Selective Service Act (50 App.
U.S.C. 462(f)), and further states that appropriate confirmation of a
person's registration shall fulfill the requirement to file a separate
statement of compliance.
4. Categories of records and individuals covered. (1) Federal
Student Aid Application File (18-40-0014). Individuals covered are men
born after December 31, 1959, but at least 18 years old by June 30 of
the applicable award year. (2) Selective Service Registration Records
(SSS 10).
5. Inclusive dates of the matching program. Commence on July 1,
1997 or 40 days after copies of the agreement are transmitted
simultaneously to the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate,
the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of
Representatives, and the Office of Management and Budget, whichever is
later, and remain in effect for eighteen months unless earlier
terminated or modified by agreement of the parties.
6. Address for receipt of public comments or inquiries. Justo
Gonzalez, Jr., COL EN, Director for Operations, 1515 Wilson Boulevard,
Arlington, VA 22209-2425.

Dated: May 14, 1997.
Gil Coronado,
Director.
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amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988
(Pub. L. 100-503), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Guidelines on the conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 25818 (June 19,
1989)), and OMB Bulletin 89-22, the following information is provided:

1. Name of Participating Agencies

The Selective Service System (SSS) and the Department of Education
(ED).

2. Purpose of the Match

The purpose of this matching program is to ensure that the
requirements of section 12(f) of the Military Selective Service Act (50
U.S.C. App. 462(f)) are met.

3. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

Computerized access to the Selective Service Registrant
Registration Records (SSS 10) enables the U.S. Department of Education
to confirm the registration status of applicants for assistance under
Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended (20
U.S.C. 1070 et seq.). Section 12(f) of the Military Selective Service
Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. App. 462(f)), denies eligibility for any
form of assistance or benefit under Title IV of the HEA to any person
required to present himself and submit to registration under section 3
of the Military Selective Service Act who fails to do so in accordance
with that section and any rules and regulations issued under that
section. In addition, the Military Selective Service Act and 34 CFR
668.33 specify that any person required to present himself and submit
to registration under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act
file a statement that he is in compliance with the Military Selective
Service Act. Furthermore, section 12(f)(3) of the Military Selective
Service Act authorizes the Secretary of Education, in agreement with
the Director of the Selective Service System, to prescribe methods for
verifying the statement of compliance filed by students.

4. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered

1. Federal Student Aid Application File (18-40-0014)

Individuals covered are men born after December 31, 1959, but at
least 18 years old by June 30 of the applicable award year.

2. Selective Service Registration Records (SSS 10)

5. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program

Commence on January 1, 1995 or 40 days after copies of the matching
agreement are transmitted simultaneously to the Committee on
Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on Government
Operations of the House of Representatives, and the Office of
Management and Budget, whichever is later, and remain in effect for
eighteen months unless earlier terminated or modified by agreement of
parties.

6. Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquiries

Steven L. Melancon, COL FA ARNGUS, Associate Director for Operations,
The Selective Service System, 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
22209-2425.

Dated: November 15, 1994.
Gil Coronado,
Director.
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Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Election pundits fail to stick their necks out

Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Election pundits fail to stick their necks out
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Who got it right and who got it wrong

Dominic Timms
Thursday November 4, 2004


Few pundits risked calling the election for either Bush or Kerry. Photograph: Getty

"If Bush goes, I go," promised the confident Spectator columnist Mark Steyn last week, becoming that rarest of thing - a pundit prepared to stick his neck out in what many described as a race too close to call.
Steyn was one of a small handful of commentators to indulge in what Alastair Campbell called a "mug's game" - among them Sun columnist Richard Littlejohn and the Times' Tim Hames.

"Off the record, I've always thought George Bush would be re-elected. I still do," Littlejohn wrote on Monday. "I still suspect that Americans will settle for the devil they know, however reluctantly."

Hames meanwhile predicted that Bush would run away with the election early in the year. "I said it around six times, last time in a piece three months ago, though I have to put my hands up and say at one stage he's won by around 12 percentage points," he said today.

Most of the pundits opted for the far safer option of predicting that the race would be the closest in living memory.

"The election is so near, and the polls so close, that it's now a mug's game to predict the outcome with anything approaching confidence, let alone certainty," wrote Alastair Campbell in Tuesday's Guardian.

Anxious to avoid the debacle of last time, when the US networks famously called Florida for Democrat challenger Al Gore, television pundits seemed more concerned with getting it right, or as near as good as, rather than being first.

That is, unless you were watching ITV, when at around 1.40am a confident Mori chairman Robert Worcester stunned host James Mates and his fellow guests Iain Duncan Smith and Bonnie Greer with the words: "I call this election for Kerry."

Greer, looking a tad despondent as the calls came in, managed to salvage some credibility when she predicted that "sadly" the result would go to Bush.

While there were plenty who wanted John Kerry to win, few nailed their beliefs to the masthead. Writing in the Independent on Sunday at the weekend John Rentoul said the world - and Tony Blair - wanted a Kerry win, but stepped back from suggesting outright that he would.

"Our poll today suggests Labour under Blair is heading for a third majority of over 100. So he still seems secure until the election, but after that, the chickens' beaks grow back," he said.

"With John Kerry in the White House, Blair can evade his eventual fate for a lot longer than he could if George Bush scrapes back in. Like most of the rest of us, then, Blair is willing Kerry to win."

The Guardian, which pinned its colours firmly to the Kerry mast, had encouraged non-US readers to have their say in the election by writing to voters in Clark County, Ohio.

Much to the delight of the small band of vociferous opponents who emailed the paper strongly criticising the scheme, Bush eventually won Clark County by a margin of 50.96% to John Kerry's 48.56%.

The Daily Mirror went one stage further, urging the US electorate to vote Bush out of office.

"Wipe him out," read the headline of page 5 on Tuesday, before an editorial laid into the US president.

"Before the last election there were dire predictions of what a George W Bush presidency might mean. The reality has been even worse," the Mirror said.

"The president has divided his country and reviled and loathed around the globe. If he has another four years in the White House, God knows what state he will be in."

The Express, meanwhile, leant towards Bush, criticising Kerry for a perceived political dilly-dallying.

"It is hard not to entertain some doubts about John Kerry. Does he really have the will to prosecute the war against terror?" an editorial asked yesterday.

Over at the Mail, the election offered a rare opportunity for some global soul searching as even the paper of middle England seemed surprised by its own admission that it could be time for Dubya to go.

"Instinctively this paper should support the Republican candidate for the American presidency. The party's traditional values of free enterprise, free trade and strong defence chime closely with our own. But George Bush's four years in the White House will not be remembered for any of these things.

Calling the invasion of Iraq "misbegotten" and a "permanent scar" on George Bush's presidency, the Mail said it was time for a change before rounding on the BBC for throwing an alleged £850,000 and 180 staff at its election night coverage.

"Mr Bush's strategy has failed. America must now decide if it is time to see what difference a new leader can make."

But it wasn't a view shared by the Times or the Telegraph, where Steyn stuck to his earlier predictions that Republicans would walk it with a 315 electoral vote victory.

Elsewhere in the Telegraph Janet Daley sought to explain Bush's unpopularity as the result of global jealousy.

"George Bush is not hated here because he removed a genocidal tyrant in Iraq and failed to anticipate the chaos that followed.

"He is hated because he is the embodiment of everything that the United States is, and Europe is not: not just enormously powerful, economically and militarily, but brashly confident and fervently patriotic."

Michael Gove in yesterday's Times didn't go quite so far but underlined broad support for Bush among the News International titles

"A visible reluctance to commit everything possible to the fight against terrorism, and to risk unpopularity in order to prevail, is the surest way of communicating weakness to the terrorists and encouraging them to fight with redoubled energy," he wrote.

"George W Bush knows this instinctively. And in the interests of a safer world, that is why I hope he wins."


 

BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | What the papers say

BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | What the papers say
The Times reports that even the omens failed to predict the outcome.

Until Wednesday, it says, "no incumbent president had won if the Washington Redskins lost their last home game before the election".

It says "no incumbent had won a second term when the Dow Jones index fell in the month before".

The world is a safer place with Mr Bush at the helm

The Sun
And "a president whose father had also held the post had never won a second term," it adds.

But he did uphold a couple of superstitions, the paper reveals: "The candidate whose face sells more Halloween masks always wins, as does the candidate with the most pets."

The rest of the coverage is less light-hearted.

The Daily Mirror says Mr Bush's return to the White House "puts us all in danger".

His "ignorant, swaggering administration" plans to go after Iran next, it warns.

Weary tone

The Independent's headline - "Four More Years" - has an almost weary tone.

And amid the pictures of a smiling president, it shows images from Guantanamo Bay, the Iraq war and the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.

But the Sun argues that "the world is a safer place with Mr Bush at the helm".

The News Letter says he presented a "much better option for the voters than the seemingly indecisive John Kerry".

From a Northern Ireland point of view, it says, he has taken a "more balanced, less interfering approach than the Democrats".

The Irish News says Mr Bush "deserves credit for playing to his strengths", while Mr Kerry "did not come across as a warm and sympathetic figure".

But it points out that the president now faces the central challenge of "restoring some kind of normality in the chaos of Iraq", which "won't be an easy task".

The Irish Independent describes Wednesday's victory as "a fair win after one of the greatest democratic exercises in history".

'Blemished record'

But it feels Mr Bush has "a blemished record", and he now "has four years to put it right".


The Daily Telegraph says his victory will "strike fear into all enemies of America and the west".

Following on from John Howard's victory in Australia, it says, his return to the White House "proves that democracies, in the English-speaking world at least, can withstand the attempts by terrorists to influence the outcome of elections".

The most shocking photograph appears in the Irish News, showing 10 year-old Colin McKay, from Poleglass, lying in a hospital bed after being badly burned by a firework.

His mother tells the paper that Colin will need skin grafts on his hands and wrists, and it could be some time before he recovers his eyesight.

The News Letter highlights the latest school truancy figures, which, it points out, are double those of England.

It reports that an investigation by the Audit Office discovered that 5,000 students each day were skipping class.

Security

Finally, from the Daily Mail, news of security measures at the House of Commons aimed at preventing another invasion by supporters of fox hunting.

Apparently, the Sarjeant-at-Arms introduced a scheme whereby 6,000 passes were issued for visitors.

Half have already gone missing, while some have turned up for sale on the internet.

The paper rang up for a comment, but faced a brick wall - a spokesman told them: "We can't discuss this for security reasons."


 

The Memory Hole > LSD Reports From the US Military

The Memory Hole > LSD Reports From the US MilitaryLSD Reports From the US Military

>>> The Memory Hole has received three Army reports on experiments involving LSD. (The documents date from the 1960s and 1970s.) One is posted below, and the others will follow.

In our FOIA request, we also asked for several other similar reports, which are currently being reviewed for release. We'll post them as they become available.


"Studies of the Effect of Personality on Reactivity to LSD"

Published by: Department of the Army, Edgewood Arsenal

Date: July 1971

Report number: EATR 4536

Received from: Defense Technical Information Center via a FOIA request (the report is not in DTIC's online database)

From the abstract: "Case records of 52 Army volunteers given from 1.1 to 2.0 µg/kg of LSD orally between 1962 and 1966 were studied.... Significant relationships were found between personality (as measured by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and Army General Intelligence Test) and performance following administration of LSD."



 

The Memory Hole > Database of Consumer Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission

The Memory Hole > Database of Consumer Complaints to the Federal Trade CommissionDatabase of Consumer Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission

>>> The files below are the contents of the Consumer Response Center database at the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC website explains the Center and its database:

A product you bought through an Internet auction months ago still hasn't been delivered. A newspaper ad offers "Guaranteed Loans," but requires a fee up front. A fabulous prize offer comes in the mail, but requires a fee before you can claim it. A scholarship service promises easy money for college - as long as you send in a check.

Sound familiar?

The Federal Trade Commission says even wary and sophisticated consumers face a barrage of fraudulent offers every day. The FTC ought to know: last year, the agency logged in over 60,000 complaints from consumers. ...



 

POPPY..I FOOLED 'EM TWICE !!!!!

 

Bush apparently must get advice from other sources.

 

It takes a village....IDIOT...to win an election

 

48 Percent of the Country is less afraid of Bin Laden, than the ASSES OF EVIL

To hell with the "Axis of Evil"....I think most people should worry about the ASSES of EVIL !

 

The Presidential Limosine awaits the President and First Lady

The presidential limosine awaits the President and First Lady.
Yeeeeeeehaaaah...is NOT a foreign policy.

 

Is Bush Sampling the Fountain of Youth?

Some have speculated that the importance of Florida to the Bush Reich, is that they have found what Ponce De Leon was searching for in Florida, namely, the Fountain of Youth.

Here the President and First Lady firmly deny that he has sampled any such youth giving waters.

 

MSNBC - Palestinians hold emergency talks as Arafat weakens

 

A House Divided

I have been hearing this crap about a "mandate" for Bush.

Look...getting just the most simple majority...51 percent, when many of these
votes were done on Diebold machines...is NOT a mandate.

We remain a house divided, and there are many of us who do NOT
accept this idiot's validity as President.

Bushy.....NOT MY PRESIDENT!

~Code

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