THIS is who Bush plans to bomb. "Shock and awe" my ass.
This is genocide. Wake up, people. The clock is ticking.
Chronicling the steady stream of lies and propaganda pouring out of CNN. WANTED: A Whistleblower. Looking for a current or former CNN employee with the *goods* on these Corporate Liars masquerading as Newscasters...
US is misquoting my Iraq report, says Blix
Dr Blix took issue with what he said were US Secretary of State Colin Powell's claims that the inspectors had found that Iraqi officials were hiding and moving illicit materials within and outside of Iraq to prevent their discovery. He said that the inspectors had reported no such incidents.
Similarly, he said, he had not seen convincing evidence that Iraq was sending weapons scientists to other countries to prevent them from being interviewed.
Nor had he any reason to believe, as President George Bush charged in his State of the Union speech, that Iraqi agents were posing as scientists, or that his inspection agency had been penetrated by Iraqi agents and that sensitive information might have been leaked to Baghdad.
Finally, he said, he had seen no persuasive indications of Iraqi ties to al-Qaeda. "There are other states where there appear to be stronger links," such as Afghanistan, Dr Blix said. "It's bad enough that Iraq may have weapons of mass destruction."
Overtly and covertly, the Reagan administration moved to strengthen the apartheid regime. Jeanne Kirkpatrick, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, fought every attempt to impose sanctions. The late William Casey, as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, intensified cooperation with the South African Bureau of State Security and military intelligence agencies. He went so far as to secretly visit Pretoria to confer with the racist murderers who ran those agencies.
Meanwhile, of course, the Republican leadership in Congress, including Cheney, also opposed every effort to impose economic sanctions. He voted against sanctions in various forms at least 10 times between 1983 and 1988. There is no evidence that Cheney ever spoke up for freedom and human rights in South Africa -- although in that respect he was merely a typical Republican politician of his time.
Thursday, Jan 30, Crossfire's audience was stacked with pro-republicans. They howled and clapped at every falsehood Carlson could muster up. That was out of character for Crossfire too. Begala and Carville normally get plenty of audience support and it has been evident on past shows because of clapping approval of what they say. The clapping approval on Thursday's Crossfire indicated that the audience was approximately 75% republican and 25% democrat/independent.
How 'bout it Buzzers... did anyone else see this? If so, does it smell fishy to you too?
When it comes to the economy, President Bush is demonstrating genuine leadership blah blah blah yadda yadda...
WASHINGTON - What happens when the voice of the people gets as fake as a television laugh track?
That's what's happening to the "letters to the editor" column in scores of newspapers today, thanks to a tactic known as "AstroTurf." Borrowing a trick from lobbyists, interest groups are using phony grass roots letter writing campaigns to puff up their support.
This week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) was caught distributing a form letter praising President Bush that ended up printed, often verbatim, in nearly 75 papers, according to "Fight Back Against Killer Astroturf," one of the many Internet "blogs" tracking this story.
BLITZER: Congressman Kucinich, I'll begin with you. You're very anti-war. You made that clear on this program the other day. Did the president say anything that convinces you maybe to reconsider?
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH (D), OHIO: The president did not make his case. Nothing the president said indicated there was any new information. As a matter of fact, what he said was actually contradicted by Mohamed El Baradei of the United Nations who has had the inspectors there. Iraq doesn't have any nuclear capabilities and the president knows that, so there's no case for war. And, there's a case for inspections, however. The inspections should continue and the United Nations process should continue to work.
BLITZER: All right. Congressman Hunter, I don't believe the president ever said last night that the Iraqis do have a nuclear capability already, although they might one day. But go ahead, Congressman Hunter, and TELL CONGRESSMAN KUCINICH WHY HE'S WRONG.
Turner is "apoplectic" about what has happened to CNN, said Porter Bibb, an analyst for Technology Partners and another Turner biographer. Turner built a network with an unglamorous focus on news and, in the past few years, CNN has tried jazzy promotions of personalities like Connie Chung, Aaron Brown and Paula Zahn.
Auletta, said his immediate thought after Wednesday's announcement was that Turner might try to reacquire CNN. But he concluded it was unlikely.
Turner, who told Wallace he has lost between $7 billion and $8 billion because of the tumbling AOL Time Warner stock, may no longer have the resources to buy back his creation, he said. Turner also has extensive philanthropic commitments, including a $1 billion donation to United Nations causes.
AOL Time Warner may be interested in selling some of its resources, but less likely to shed the profitable and prestigious CNN, he said.
Maura Donlan, a Turner spokeswoman, would not comment on Thursday when asked if her boss would be interested in buying CNN. Tricia Primrose, an AOL Time Warner spokesman, noted that Turner said he wanted to devote more time to his philanthropic interests when he told Parsons he was living. "Anything else is speculation and we don't comment on that," she said.
"I think it's likely that he will make a bid for CNN," Bibb said. Turner cares deeply about the network and is clearly disturbed at its direction.
When is someone going to finally put a bullet in that idiot's head?
I'll put the thoughts of that 'former president' in the toilet bowl along side thoughts of our 'former president.' They're both commies.
Byte me, Mannie. Why don't you go Bar-B-Q a pygmy like your buddies to the north of you.
Mandela is a living advertisement for why aparthied was the right thing.
And this marxist pig of a terrorist should be *plunged* back behind bars.
Just another Afro-Communist scumbag soon (not soon enough) to be worm food.
Ads rushing out of Limbaugh show?
Micheal Stinson, a Vietnam-era veteran, is co-founder of Take Back The Media. Obviously never a Rush fan, Stinson and his cohorts were content to largely ignore the king of reactionary talk radio -- until he weighed in on the recent anti-war protests, calling participants "anti-American," "anti-capitalist" and "communists," among other terms.
"He just went too far," said Stinson. "Don't call me anti-American. I served this country."
When he decided to go after Limbaugh, Stinson said "we were told we would have to nip at his heels, to start by contacting local advertisers." He ignored that advice, however, and posted a list, complete with contact information, of top sponsors.
"Within 18 hours, RadioShack (RSH: news, chart, profile) had folded. Within 36 hours, Amtrak was gone and Bose told us they were no longer advertising on the show," Stinson said.
Ted Turner is quitting as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner's board, marking the latest in a series of departures at the struggling parent of Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting and CNN.
Turner, the flamboyant media legend who founded CNN, didn't give any interviews Wednesday -- not even to CNN, which tried to book him for "Lou Dobbs Moneyline."
In a written statement, Turner, 64, said he is giving up the board post to devote more time to personal interests and several "socially responsible business efforts."
BREAKING NEWS: Ted Turner resigns as vice chairman of AOL/TimeWarner. More later.
"Across the Earth, America is feeding the hungry; more than 60 percent of international food aid comes as a gift from the people of the United States."
From a REAL President:
Ex-US President Jimmy Carter Slams 'Arrogant' US Foreign Policy
Carter, who will receive the Nobel prize on December 10 in Oslo, Norway for his efforts in seeking negotiated settlements to head off violent conflict, also noted that the United States gives only one one-thousandth of its gross national product for international assistance, while the average European country gives four times as much.
"For every time an American gives a dollar, a citizen of Norway gives 17 dollars," he said.
"Foreign aid in this country has a bad name, but in other countries, it's a right thing for the government to do. And that's where we at the Carter Center quite often have to turn," the former president said, referring to the Atlanta-based Carter Center he founded some 20 years ago, and which now operates humanitarian projects in 65 countries.
"Your enemy is not surrounding your country; your enemy is ruling your country. And the day that he is removed from power will be the day of your liberation."
What did you think of President Bush's State of the Union speech and has it helped convince you of the potential dangers posed by Saddam?
I thought two items were prominent by their absence. 1) a list of the US and UK firms that actually supplied the bits and pieces for Iraq's weapons of mass death, and 2) any clue how Bush proposes to dig the US out from under the prospect of a decade of record budget deficits (largely brought on by his tax cuts for the wealthy). I see no reason to change my view that he is a liar and a hypocrite.
The State of the Union address was, as expected - a conglomeration of cliches, one liners and a whole heap of crap!. no doubt John Howard was making notes so he could frame his comments correctly.In regard to the comments by It is about the Iraqi people....stupid! Yes, I am convinced. Bush's only motivation is the liberation of the Iraqi people. That's why he plans to launch 800 cruise missiles in the first 48hours, that's why he plans to use nuclear weapons on underground command centres. UN estimates 1million refugees and 7.5 million internally displaced and an estimated 500,000 dead.One can only hope that what goes around comes around - and if there is a God, Russia and China will eliminate the real Terrorist. George W.Bush.....the sooner the better.
There is no evidence for a war in Iraq. The Bush administration has allowed the people of the US to believe that Iraq was involved in the September 11 atrocity, even though it is not true. Iraq has been brutalised by war and sanctions for over 10 years. It's time for another approach. This is now a war to save Bush's face. We should be ashamed of ourselves and our government, which is desparate for a free trade agreement with the US, and cheaper petrol way down the line. Say NO to this war!
BARTLETT: The history is clear. He has them, he's used them in the past on his own people and on invading, in invading other countries, he has a relationship, his regime has had a relationship with terrorist organizations throughout his tenure, particularly with al Qaeda, as well.
Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda Are Not Allies
Iraq and Al Qaeda are not obvious allies. In fact, they are natural enemies. A central tenet of Al Qaeda's jihadist ideology is that secular Muslim rulers and their regimes have oppressed the believers and plunged Islam into a historic crisis.
The claims of the national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that senior Qaeda officials have been in Baghdad and that there is evidence of cooperation on weapons of mass destruction represent a dramatic departure from the record and, as such, ought to be aired as comprehensively as possible.
One question the press is not asking: Is there a single high military man who believes this war should happen now, that it is appropriate and [the] risks worthwhile? Every indication leaking out is that most feel that it is far from certain, even unlikely, that the war will be as short and successful as the civilian bosses say. What are we gaining here that is worth the chance of a disastrous outcome? The military chiefs do not agree with civilians in the Pentagon as far as we can tell. And does anyone in State or the CIA strongly favor war?
Another question not asked is: What do we do if Saddam launches chemical weapons, nerve gas, etc., against invading U.S. troops? Based on my years of experience within government and familiarity with such scenarios, let me say I am certain we have contingency plans for use of nuclear weapons in response to a successful use of gas against our troops. I would say there's a significant chance that we will respond by initiating nuclear war.
So you should press officials hard. Ask: "Under what conditions would you use nuclear weapons? Are there plans? Have targets been picked?" Ask: "Are there nuclear weapons in that region right now?"
There must be a public discussion of how serious we are in possibly using nuclear [weapons]. But officials don't want to do that fearing it will scare the public and our allies who may think they are out of their minds. In fact, they are smart guys -- who are out of their minds.
Another question, about how the oil reserves play out in this -- has that issue been fully explored for the American public, and have they weighed it adequately? Again, if you read the foreign press, you'll see a lot of serious discussion of a "war for oil," and even the pros and cons of that, and I don't see that in the American press. So the public is not being asked to address a powerful motive for this war.
JANEANE GAROFALO, ACTRESS: Thank you.
KURTZ: You've been all over the tube, from "Good Morning America" to CNN, MSNBC, Fox, speaking out against war with Iraq. Are the anchors taking you seriously, or are you just the entertainment?
GAROFALO: No, I don't think that they are taking me too seriously. I think they use actors to marginalize the anti-war movement. They have them on, and then sort of are slightly condescending.
I mean, not all the interviews have been like that, but historically the mainstream media has never been particularly friendly to any socially progressive ideas, you know. The mainstream media is hostile to the civil rights movement and the suffragist movement and abolitionists, and, I don't know why, but the mainstream media seems to kind of always take a somewhat hostile approach, or dismissive approach, to dealing with any socially progressive ideas. The peace movement...
KURTZ: So why are you putting yourself on the firing line if you feel you are being condescended to?
GAROFALO: Well, I actually -- it's a drag. I would much rather they talk to Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. I think that would be fantastic, and they certainly know a lot more than I do, but I have access to the media. I have been asked to be on some of these shows, and I for one am not going to let the Bush administration and the mainstream media roll right over me. And I'm not going to go quietly into this war, if we're going into the war, because I vehemently disagree with it and I disagree with a lot of Bush administration foreign policy.
And I feel like if I can give a voice to the millions of Americans who are in the -- who advocate peace and diplomacy, then I feel an obligation to do that.
President Bush is a liar. There, I said it, but most of the mainstream media won't. Liberal pundits Michael Kinsley, Paul Krugman and Richard Cohen have addressed the issue on the Op-Ed pages, but almost all news pages and network broadcasts pretend not to notice. In the one significant effort by a national daily to deal with Bush's consistent pattern of mendacity, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank could not bring himself (or was not allowed) to utter the crucial words. Instead, readers were treated to such complicated linguistic circumlocutions as: Bush's statements represented "embroidering key assertions" and were clearly "dubious, if not wrong." The President's "rhetoric has taken some flights of fancy," he has "taken some liberties," "omitted qualifiers" and "simply outpace[d] the facts." But "Bush lied"? Never.
Reporters and editors who "protect" their readers and viewers from the truth about Bush's lies are doing the nation--and ultimately George W. Bush--no favors. Take a look at the names at that long black wall on the Mall. Consider the tragic legacy of LBJ's failed presidency. Ask yourself just who is being served when the media allow Bush to lie, repeatedly, with impunity, in order to take the nation into war.
Again, we find that “lie and rely” has easily overcome sporadic, ink-based attacks. In October, for example, Washington Post reporter Dana Millbank detailed several jaw-dropping lies about Iraq and other matters, which he described euphemistically as presidential “flights of fancy.” But the airwaves held firm, and Millbank himself got back on the team when he guested January 12 on CNN’s Late Edition (click here for the transcript: http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0301/12/le.00.html) to discuss The Right Man, a book about Bush by his former speech writer, David Frum.
A controversial passage was displayed on the screen and read aloud by host Wolf Blitzer (who missed the irony that the controversy revolved around those parts of the passage that appear to be true, rather than the one assertion that is patently false):
“George W. Bush is a very unusual person — a good man who is not a weak man. He has many faults. He is impatient and quick to anger, sometimes glib, even dogmatic, often uncurious and, as a result, ill-informed, more conventional in his thinking than a leader probably should be. But outweighing the faults are his virtues: decency, honesty, rectitude, courage and tenacity.”
Yep, Frum wrote “honesty.” Millbank, who knew better, didn’t bat an eye or squeak a peep. Nor did the presumably clueless Blitzer.
When journalists are this deferential and reverential, there’s no limit to the frequent liar miles Bush can accumulate.