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They Have Returned

Hunger and Shame by Dr. Mary Howard and Dr. Ann V. Millard

Padre Nuestro - 2007 Sundance Film Festival Grand-Jury Prize Award Winner

Nobody for President = Put NONE OF THE ABOVE on voter ballots

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Lake County Blues Allstars
Lake County Fair - Saturday, September 1st - Noon, 2 pm, 4 pm
Lake County Blues Allstars - Lake County Fair - September 1st

Free - 40th Summer of Love Gathering - Free
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40th Anniversary - Summer of Love
Speedway Meadows, G.G. Park, September 2, 2007 - 10am-6pm

The Message in 2007

Truth and individual freedom. Freedom of expression. Creativity, love and respect for all things. Freedom for an individual to make a choice - sexually, spiritually and socially. The right to be different and still belong. Honor in refusing to fight without judging those who did. Our right to make a difference. Our right to think independently. Our willingness to share with others.

The Charlatans - 40th Summer of Love - September 2nd
The Charlatans - 12:20 pm
Wavy Gravy - 3:15 pm

Summer of Love 2007 Confirmed Acts

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Wavy Gravy
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Remembering the Summer of Love

Maria and Curtis discuss Haight/Ashbury spacerGovernment LSD movie before it was illegal
Maria and Curtis discuss Haight/Ashbury -- A Government LSD Movie Before Illegal
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In memory of our dear friends Allen Cohen & 'Chet' Helms

Allen Cohen

Chet Helms - Photo Chris Nelson
Photo: Chris Nelson

Psychedelic Trips For The Mind
by Paul Krassner

Psychedelic Trips For The Mind

Chapter 3, The Grateful Dead, Page 82:

Group Hallucination
by Curtis

San Francisco, 1967, the Human Be-In.

Something odd happened at this Gathering of the Tribes that still permeates my mind. I have confirmed that I was not the only one who experienced this.

Right before the Grateful Dead played, there was a "gentle person" from India who offered blessings from the stage. While this was occurring, a group of folks in the back of the crowd started screaming, "Fuck you, bring on the band," and other derogatory comments.

The person on stage stopped for a moment, kind of gazed in the general direction of the comments, bowed, and something that looked like a lightening bolt left him, and struck in that general area, illuminating it with light. This in turn seemed to swell the energy to even greater heights, and I heard the words, "Don't freak with a freak" come from the Cosmic Kitchen.

It was only a matter of moments before the Dead were (chuckle) tuned up and playing. This is when the oddity took place. I think the band was playing a song called "Alligator." The audience energy was swirling in what appeared to be a circle and gave the impression of being on a gigantic carousel. This swirling re-formed into this incredible egg-like shape of light that appeared above the stage, and everyone's body seemed to dissolve.

What happened next is hard to describe. It was like the light had joined everyone there together, and the realm of individuality was gone. There was a mutual chill of excitement that filled the air, and I began to hear comments like: "I think we made it." "Are we here?" "This is it!" And "God, isn't it beautiful?" For a moment there was absolute silence. We were all stuck in this "egg of light," and it was beyond any beauty that I could describe in words.

It was at this point I heard the words "Where do we go from here?" come from the Cosmic Kitchen. Almost instantaneously, I heard hundreds of responses come from the crowd, and very few were identical. The light began to fade, and in a flash we were back to the stage and crowd. I did hear folks asking one another, "Did you experience that?" among other questions, and the answer was yes.

When everything came back together, something new was present. It no longer seemed that we were one big family. It appeared that we somehow had resettled into smaller groups that were perhaps now driven by ego. Coincidently, this sort of shows up in successive events pertaining to the history of Haight/Ashbury and that culture.

This experience at the Be-In kept running through my mind. In the early '70s, Ram Dass and I discussed this at length, while sitting on the roof of the Palace Heights Hotel in Delhi, India. We came to the conclusion that this incident, which occurred in Golden Gate Park, was the beginning of what we termed the "Social Karma Ego Dharma Games," or a point where people started growing apart, rather than growing together.

Paul Krassner and Curtis
Photo: Dwight Dolliver


the house is small but the welcome is big
using photography to empower lives in africa

making stories with the kids in maputo
To foster a young filmmaker
by Christopher Zalla

Stump Stupid

Senior Military, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and
Government Officials Question the 9/11 Commission Report

Many well known and respected senior U.S. military officers, intelligence services, law enforcement veterans, and government officials have expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report, or have made public statements that contradict the Report. Several even allege government complicity in the terrible acts of 9/11. Listed below are statements by more than 110 of these senior officials. [Continue Reading at]:

On September 11, Ask yourself: When History Repeats... DO WE NOTICE?

Stump Stupid? Feeling Safe & Happy?
We the People Need To Remove Corrupt Government?
by Balz

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness " - Declaration of Independence

Part One: George W. Bush's Resume
by Kelley Kramer

Past work experience:

Ran for congress and lost.
Produced a Hollywood slasher B movie.
Bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas, company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
Bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using tax-payer money. Biggest move: Traded Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox.
With fathers help (and his name) was elected Governor of Texas.
Accomplishments: Changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in the Union. Replaced Los Angeles with Houston as the most smog ridden city in America. Cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas government to the tune of billions in borrowed money. Set record for most executions by any Governor in American history.
Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of my fathers appointments to the Supreme Court.

Accomplishments as president:

Attacked and took over two countries.
Spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury.
Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.
Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
First president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
First president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history.
After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in US history.
Set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips than any other president in US history.
In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in US history.
Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12 month period.
Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.
Set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.
Signed more laws and executive orders circumventing the Constitution than any president in US history.
Presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
Presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.
Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans.
Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind. (
Dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
My presidency is the most secretive and un-accountable of any in US history.
Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (the 'poorest' multi-millionaire, Condoleezza Rice has an Chevron oil tanker named after her).
Had more states to simultaneously go bankrupt than any president in the history of the United States.
Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.
Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.
Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in US history.
First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the human rights commission.
First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the elections monitoring board.
Removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.
Rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
Withdrew from the World Court of Law.
Refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
First president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US elections).
All-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
My biggest life-time campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
First president in US history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community.
First president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
First US president to establish a secret shadow government.
Took the biggest world sympathy for the US after 911, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
With a policy of 'dis-engagement' created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years.
Fist US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
First US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than their immediate neighbor, North Korea.
Changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
Set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.
Failed to fulfill my pledge to get Osama Bin Laden 'dead or alive'.
Failed to capture the anthrax killer who tried to murder the leaders of our country at the United States Capitol building. After 18 months I have no leads and zero suspects.
In the 18 months following the 911 attacks I have successfully prevented any public investigation into the biggest security failure in the history of the United States.
Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.
In a little over two years created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the US has ever been since the civil war.
Entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

Records and References:

At least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).
AWOL from National Guard and Deserted the military during a time of war.
Refuse to take drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view.
All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view.
All minutes of meetings for any public corporation I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public view.
Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and un-available for public review.
For personal references please speak to my daddy or uncle James Baker (They can be reached at their offices of the Carlyle Group for war-profiteering.)

Part Two: George W. Bush's Questionable Military Background
by Dahbud Mensch

Actually showed up for duty, except 'You Know Who'.

To View, Click:

This is a slide show with midi music Dahbud put together from photographs and graphics collected from:

Part Three: George W. Bush's War
by Dahbud Mensch

If we don't have a clear vision of the military, if we don't stop extending our troops all around the world and nation building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road, and I'm going to prevent that. October 3, 2000 - George W. Bush, The First Bush/Gore Presidential Debate.

Peace On War

Attack Iraq


Origin of "The Plan"

Part Four: An American Apology To The World
by Anonymous

From the heart of the United States, we extend a profound apology to the rest of the world for the serious failure of our political system.

While not receiving a majority of the popular vote and selected by the Supreme Court rather than elected, we nevertheless have ended up with a sociopath as President surrounded by religious fanatics who actively seek war and others who seek to destroy our democracy and impose authoritarian values.

How The Bush Stole Summer Vacation [The Gas Prices]

When Republicans Go Bad

Ministers of Satan

Ministers of Satan Continued

Evangelical Church leader resigns amidst gay sex allegations

Part Five: President Cheney says, Go Fu*k Yourself America?
by Dahbud Mensch

A Flash on Depleted Uranium

A Flash on Bush's Lies About Osama

A Flash on Bush's Mistakes

A Flash on How Bush Feels About His Supporters

A Flash on Bush vs. Godzilla in "Bring'em On"

A Flash on the End of the World

Part Six: Re-thinking 9/11
by Dahbud Mensch

In the beginning Osama denied any responsibility for the 9/11 Attack, which seems odd. We think he would have admitted it openly.

Why It Is Important To Understand 9/11

Part Seven: Your enemy is not surrounding your country your enemy is ruling your country
by Balz

Year after year, George W. Bush has gone to elaborate lengths, spent enormous sums of money, taken great risks to build and keep weapons of mass destruction. But why? The only possible explanation, the only possible use he could have for those weapons, is to dominate, intimidate, or attack.

With nuclear arms or a full arsenal of chemical and biological weapons, George W. Bush could resume his ambitions of conquest in the Middle East and create deadly havoc in that region. And this Congress and the America people must recognize another threat. Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by Scooter Libby and others facing indictment reveal that George W. Bush aids and protects terrorists, including Neocons Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scott McClellan, et. al. Secretly, and without fingerprints, he could create another 9/11, provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop their own.

Before September the 11th, many in the world believed that George W. Bush could be contained. But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained. Imagine those Neocon hijackers with other weapons and other plans -- this time armed by George W. Bush. It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known. We will do everything in our power to make sure that that day never comes. (Applause.)

Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of George W. Bush is not a strategy, and it is not an option. (Applause.)

The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages (Shock, Awe, and MK77) -- leaving thousands of Iraqi citizens dead, blind, or disfigured. Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained -- by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning. (Applause.)

And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of the United States: Your enemy is not surrounding your country -- your enemy is ruling your country. (Applause.) And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation. (Applause.)

Steve Bell cartoon
Steve Bell

President justifies war to parents of dead

The World Will End In Approximately [Input Error]

pResident Bush [on Iraq] said, "I Will Not Withdraw even If Laura And Barney Are The Only Ones Supporting Me." Note: He puts his dog (Barney) above the wishes of the United States people.

Even Steven

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Court hears Jackson costume malfunction

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Lake County Blues Allstars

Lake County Blues Allstars
Thurs., September 13th, 7pm

US Justice Department opposes equal Internet access for all

The Bush administration has come out against the idea of equal access to Internet communications. The US Justice Department has declared that ISPs should be allowed to charge a fee for “priority web traffic” – a notion which critics say opens the door to a two-tier system divided between "information rich information poor".

As part of a review of high-speed Internet practices, the agency told the Federal Communications Commission that it is opposed to "net neutrality," the principle that all sites should be equally accessible to any web user.

A number of American telephone and cable companies, such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have in the past indicated said they want to be able to charge some users more money for loading certain content or websites faster than others.

The Justice Department said imposing a Net neutrality regulation could hamper development of the net, something that other web experts hotly contend. They say it is a stitch up between government and corporate interests.

The agency claimed that “providing different levels of service is common, efficient and could satisfy consumers.”

In their report, they declare: “Whether or not the same type of differentiated products and services will develop on the Internet should be determined by market forces”.

Some ten weeks ago the Federal Trade Commission’s chair Deborah Platt Majoras cautioned policy makers to enact net neutrality regulation.

Supporters of a regulatory network say that it is necessary to keep the web open, discrimination against certain web sites and services (particularly ones critical or corporate interests) and guard against anti-competitive practices by effective monopolies.

Keywords: communications | corporates | george bush | internet | us justice department | world wide web

US troops who criticised Iraq war strategy killed in Baghdad

· Article claimed Bush's policy was total failure
· Deaths reported on eve of presidential address

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Thursday September 13, 2007
The Guardian

Two US soldiers who helped write a critique from the front saying America had "failed on every promise" in the war have been killed in Iraq, it was reported yesterday.

Staff Sergeant Yance Gray, 26, and Sergeant Omar Mora, 28, were among a group of seven soldiers serving in Iraq who wrote a piece excoriating America's conduct of the war. The piece was published in the New York Times last month.

The men were killed in Baghdad when the cargo truck in which they were riding rolled over, the Associated Press and local news outlets reported yesterday. The Pentagon had yet to confirm their deaths early yesterday.

The criticism caused a flurry of public debate because of the candour with which the men, all serving in the 82nd Airborne, described the situation in Iraq.

There was also speculation they could face severe penalties for being so openly critical of the war. Another US soldier, Private Scott Beauchamp, who wrote a shocking account in New Republic magazine about a soldier treating a piece of a child's skull as a souvenir, had his mobile phone and laptop confiscated.

"Four years into our occupation, we have failed on every promise," the seven wrote. "When the primary preoccupation of average Iraqis is when and how they are likely to be killed, we can hardly feel smug as we hand out care packages."

The peril of service in Iraq was underlined during the course of writing the article: one of the co-authors, a Ranger, was shot in the head and flown to the US for treatment.

The men directly challenged official claims of progress in the war, calling the debate in Washington "surreal".

They also skewered the military's only real success story from the war - much discussed this week in congressional hearings on the war - the decision by Sunni groups in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, to join the fight against al-Qaida. "Armed Sunni tribes have indeed become effective surrogates, but the enduring question is where their loyalties would lie in our absence," the men wrote.

"We operate in a bewildering context of determined enemies and questionable allies." [Continue Reading at]:,,2167859,00.html

iPhone SimFree FREE tool (iUnlock) released...

Read this first before asking questions:

What we know:
- You can pretend to activate your iPhone and use it like an iPod touch with extra features.
- You can (after a normal or pretend activation) unlock your iPhone and use it with apparently a good deal of non-ATT GSM carriers.
- There is a GUI unlock program.
- After a successful unlock, you cannot use visual voicemail on any network other than ATT.
- After a successful unlock, you can make and receive calls, use the internet, and use the other programs on the iPhone.
- After a successful unlock, you need to change some preferences to use the T-Mobile EDGE network, but at least one user has claimed success.
- It has been tested to be working on the following carriers with no problems:

BASE / EPLUS (Germany)
Cellcom Israel (Israel)
DiGi (Malaysia)
Hong Kong PCCW (China)
M-Budget Pre Paid (Switzerland)
Movistar (Spain)
O2 (Germany)
O2 (UK)
Oi (Brazil)
Rogers (Canada)
Si.mobil/Vodafone (Slovenia)
Starhub (Singapore)
Swisscom (Switzerland)
T-Mobile (USA)
Telcel (Mexico)
Telenor (Sweden)
Union Wireless Wyoming (USA)
Vodaphone (UK)

What we are not necessarily sure of:
- Will this functionality become disabled with a future software update? Possibly, given Apple's recent comments (read:today).
- What happens for users who do not currently have a data plan? Will the phone avoid getting online other than through hotspots if you don't change the preferences?
- If this unlock works on absolutely every GSM carrier.
- Which data plan you should add to your current service.
(thanks to baby duck monge)

Edge Settings:
(Change these settings on the iPhone under Settings -> General -> Network -> Edge)

T-Mobile (USA)
username: Leave Blank
password: Leave Blank

(Please submit more confirmed Edge settings for the various carriers worldwide)

Confirmed Working Unlock List:

Name: vega07 Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: cynerjist Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: cowm007 Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Telcel (Mexico)
Name: anonymous Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Rogers (Canada)
Name: hanschien Tutorial/Method Used: ? Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: binaryspazz Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: ankursingla Tutorial/Method Used: ? Network Tested: China Mobile (China) - Some problems though.
Name: ScaleOvenStove Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: jakaj Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Si.mobil/Vodafone (Slovenia) - Carrier Issue
Name: float2001 Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: walkingcrow98 Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Union Wireless - Wyoming (USA)
Name: funkdoobiest Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: BASE / EPLUS (Germany)
Name: duscrom Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: swizzly Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Swisscom (Switzerland)
Name: odedia Tutorial/Method Used: ? Network Tested: Cellcom Israel (Israel)
Name: jlforester Tutorial/Method Used: ? Network Tested: CellONE (USA)
Name: bellis1 Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Oi (Brazil)
Name: bigmacky Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: DiGi (Malaysia)
Name: oenoneablaze Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Chess (Norway)
Name: liketom Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Vodaphone (UK)
Name: kengohcp Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Starhub (Singapore)
Name: tdiep Tutorial/Method Used: ? Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: steebu Tutorial/Method Used: Multiple Network Tested: Rogers (Canada)
Name: Compile 'em all Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: O2 (Germany)
Name: MarkW19 Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: O2 (UK)
Name: Killmoms Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: bonGeek Tutorial/Method Used: ? Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: Eric Lewis Tutorial/Method Used: Multiple Network Tested: Rogers (Canada)
Name: ozthegweat Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: M-Budget Pre Paid (Switzerland)
Name: fltman Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Telenor (Sweden)
Name: magicbbird Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Hong Kong PCCW (China)
Name: typecase Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: T-Mobile (USA)
Name: g.hobi Tutorial/Method Used: Network Tested: Movistar (Spain)

If you can confirm it worked for you, please also post what tutorial you used so that I can start to clear out some of these links.

The App
iUnlock (Very User Friendly GUI Version) (Working Mirror)

iUnlock (App+Essential Unlock Files) (This includes one more file "lockdownd" which is required via the tutorial at (Includes files needed for unlocking and the iUnlock) (Identical to above, mirrored)

Zappaz SimFree Free (Source)

The How-To
iUnlock (Tutorial) (Mac) (User-Friendly GUI Version) (Submitted by compuguy1088) (Submitted by KYBOSH)

The Kudos
Thanks to the entire dev team for their efforts! If you use this, please consider donating to the devs who made this possible. iPhone Dev Donations link


Steve Bell cartoon on Bush and the Sugre, called, Dead In The Water Part 2
Steve Bell

If we don't have a clear vision of the military, if we don't stop extending our troops all around the world and nation building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road, and I'm going to prevent that. - October 3, 2000 - George W. Bush

Steve Bell cartoon
Steve Bell

I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign-policy matters with war on my mind. - February 8, 2004 - George W. Bush

President Bush, You hid from the Vietnam War We Served. How dare you ask our children to fight, COWARD

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State." Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels

Vehicle may be Transporting Political Promises!

"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering, President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, Luftwaffe Commander in Chief

Fraud in Uniform
If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier,
just so long as I'm the dictator.
- December 18, 2000 - George W. Bush

Modern dictators have usually come to power in times of emergency. Frequently they have seized power by coup, but some, most notably Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany achieved office as head of government by legal means (election or appointment), and once in office gained additional extraordinary powers.

Dressing up in Military garb is not unusual for Dynamic Leaders

The association between the dictator and the military is a very common one; many dictators take great pains to emphasize their connections with the military and often wear military uniforms.

Washington September 15th
SEPTEMBER 15 - Washington DC - Gather at 12 noon at the White House


Friday, June 23, 2006

[Note: This article is from June 2006 and may be indicative of, "Be careful what you wish/vote for."]

Sigmund Freud famously asked, "What does woman want?" He also famously asserted that "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

Downsize DC not-so-famously asks, "Is Congress a gang, and does it need to be abated?"

And we not-so-assertively assert that "Sometimes Congress could be a gang, depending on the future use and misuse made of Senate bill 155 -- the Gang Abatement and Prevention Act." And so could your motorcycle club, your chess club, your rose growing league, and potentially any association under the sun, including Downsize DC.

It all depends on what the meaning of is, is. Sigmund Freud's use of the word "sometimes" would seem to suggest that sometimes he thought a cigar was not just a cigar (Bill Clinton probably agrees), and Congress's historical relationship to the Constitutional words "Congress shall make no law," would seem to suggest that sometimes a club, or association, could also be a gang.

The definition of "gang" could depend on the answer to the question, "What does Congress want?" Congress clearly wants to have a "living Constitution" that can have any meaning at any time, with no actual words ever being changed. And they may also want a "living S. 155" so that any group could be labeled a gang, if the Feds felt a need to abate or prevent that group.

S. 155 is the brainchild of Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein of California. This bill has many different versions, under many different names. It seems to mutate faster than the HIV virus. It also, like most Congressional bills, shows a tendency toward promiscuity. It could be joined with another bill, with a different subject, at any time. And a major disease could result.

Dianne Feinstein, symbol of the worthless Beltway Democrat

by Glenn Greenwald

* Voted in FAVOR of funding the Iraq War without conditions;

* Voted in FAVOR of the Bush White House's FISA bill to drastically expand warrantless eavesdropping powers;

* Voted in FAVOR of condemning;

* Cast the deciding vote in August on the Senate Judiciary Committee in FAVOR of the nomination of far right Bush nominee Leslie Southwick to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In 2006, Feinstein not only voted in favor of extending the Patriot Act without any of the critical safeguards sought by Sen. Feingold, among others, but she was one of the most outspoken Democratic proponents arguing for its extension ("I have never been in favor of allowing any provisions of the Patriot Act to expire."). Also in 2006, she not only voted in favor of amending the Constitution to outlaw flag burning, but was, as she proudly described herself, "the main Democratic sponsor of this amendment." [Continue Reading At]:

[;-) ATTENTION HOG MEMBERS (-;] S. 155 would make it a crime to belong to a group, or to recruit members to that group, as long as that group is called a gang. S. 155 would also do all sorts of other things, many of which are unknown to us because the bill is long, and we haven't had time to read it yet. WE ONLY JUST LEARNED ABOUT THIS BILL FROM SECRET INFORMERS LAST NIGHT! But remember, Congress won't read S. 155 either, before they attach it to "The Sweetness and Light and Everything Good Act" in the dead of night, and rush it to a vote.

Indeed, the gang known as the Senate Judiciary Committee is having a secret conspiratorial meeting (otherwise known as an executive session) right now, to consider S. 155. And rumor has it that they may join S. 155 to some kind of "we hate sex offenders" bill that no one will dare to vote against. There are so many things wrong with all of this ...

But there's more. S. 155 has all the makings of another RICO Act. RICO is the law that, among other things, allows the government to charge your property with a crime, and seize it under a civil procedure with lax standards of evidence. Do we really need another RICO Act?

In the movie "Little Caesar," the gang leader Rico, played by Edward G. Robinson, is shot down. As he lays dying he asks the great existential question, "Is this the end of Rico?" The answer is yes. Rico dies. The RICO Act, and all its clones, like S. 155, should suffer the same fate. Congress should not deal with lawless gangs by becoming a lawless gang. But that's exactly what they're doing. And the time is short to thwart this criminal conspiracy ...

We don't have time to mount one of our standard Electronic Advocacy campaigns. Phone calls are needed. Make the Senate Judiciary Gang nervous. If you see one of your Senators on the Gang Roster below, call them and tell them to oppose S. 155 and all its variants. If your Senator is not on this list then call the Senate Judiciary Gang Leader, Arlen Specter, and tell him to stop S. 155.

  • Make a note of what you want to say before you call.
  • Be polite yet firm.
  • When you're done, please email feedback at and let us know how your call went.

Please do so now. It will be fun, and it will only take a minute. Here's the list of gang members ...

Arlen Specter - CHAIRMAN, PENNSYLVANIA - 202-224-4254
Orrin G. Hatch - UTAH - 202-224-5251
Patrick J. Leahy - VERMONT - 202-224-4242
Charles E. Grassley - IOWA - 202-224-3744
Edward M. Kennedy - MASSACHUSETTS - 202-224-4543
Jon Kyl - ARIZONA - 202-224-4521
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. - DELAWARE - 202-224-5042
Mike DeWine - OHIO - 202-224-2315
Herbert Kohl - WISCONSIN - 202-224-5653
Jeff Sessions - ALABAMA - 202-224-4124
Dianne Feinstein - CALIFORNIA - 202-224-3841
Lindsey Graham - SOUTH CAROLINA - 202-224-5972
Russell D. Feingold - WISCONSIN - 202-224-5323
John Cornyn - TEXAS - 202-224-2934
Charles E. Schumer - NEW YORK - 202-224-6542
Sam Brownback - KANSAS - 202-224-6521
Richard J. Durbin - ILLINOIS - 202-224-2152
Tom Coburn - OKLAHOMA - 202-224-5754


Addendum: All information related to S.155 is located here:

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Phase 2 Lies, WMD, and Iran

US targets in range, Iran says - and don't forget the Iraq smoking gun bull sh*t

Another Republican, Democrat Backed, Lie About Smoking Guns?


from Marliese

Come and experience Janis Joplin's favorite hangout to eclectic music played by Michael Welch, sometimes joined by Brian Fischer (of the late Rob Robinson Band).

Tuesday, Sep 18, 8-11 PM
Music by MiKo at the Paper Mill Creek Saloon
Forest Knolls, CA

West on Sir Francis Drake past San Geronimo, it's on the left hand side and has it's own turn lane at Forest Knolls (before Lagunitas).

Sex Pistols to make live comeback

Punk legends The Sex Pistols have announced a concert to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their seminal album Never Mind the Bollocks.

Original members John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock will play at the Brixton Academy in London on 8 November.

The group, who split in 1978, first reformed for a world tour in 1996 and last performed together in 2003.

Tickets, costing £37.50, go on sale at 0900 BST on Friday.

Never Mind The Bollocks... Here's The Sex Pistols, which included God Save the Queen and Anarchy in the UK, caused uproar when it was released in October 1977. [Continue Reading At]:

Box of Rain

Grateful Dead - Words by Robert Hunter, Music by Phil Lesh

Look out of any window, any morning, any evening, any day. Maybe the sun is shining, birds are winging, or rain is falling from a heavy sky.

What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through? This is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago.

Walk out of any doorway, feel your way, feel your way like the day before. Maybe you'll find direction around some corner where it's been waiting to meet you.

What do you want me to do, to watch for you while you're sleeping? Well please don't be surprised when you find me dreaming too

Look into any eyes you find by you, you can see clear through to another day. I know it's been seen before through other eyes, on other days, while going home.

What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through? It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago.

Walk into splintered sunlight, inch your way through dead dreams to another land. Maybe you're tired and broken, your tongue is twisted with words half spoken, and thoughts unclear.

What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through. A a box of rain will ease the pain and love will see you through

Just a box of rain, wind, and water. Believe it if you need it, if you don't just pass it on. Sun and shower, wind and rain, in and out the window, like a moth before a flame

It's just a box of rain. I don't know who put it there. Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare. But it's just a box of rain, or a ribbon for your hair. Such a long long time to be gone and a short time to be there.

Orozco: Man of Fire

Patchworks Films

Orozco: Man of Fire - PBS
Wednesday, September 19, 10 PM

Hello all,

Last year I edited a film portrait of the Mexican muralist, Jose Clemente Orozco. Orozco was one of the "Big Three" muralists who revived the art of fresco painting and re-introduced the concept of public art into the Americas. While most of his murals grace the walls of colonial-era buildings in Mexico, four of his pieces live in the US.

The film was produced by Laurie Coyle and Rick Tejada-Flores, and will screen on American Masters, PBS' showcase for American artists. PBS' screening of this film is noteworthy, as their coverage of Latino artists is woeful. The only other Latino artist to be profiled on this series was Diego Rivera. The Rivera film will be broadcast at 9 PM and immediately after the Orozco film at 10 PM.

I hope you enjoy the film.

Wednesday, September 19
Diego Rivera: Rivera in America 9 PM
Orozco: Man of Fire, 10 PM

Best, Ken

Families cannot sue firm for Israel deaths

Ed Pilkington in New York
Wednesday September 19, 2007
The Guardian

The parents of Rachel Corrie, the US peace activist who was crushed to death four years ago in the then Israeli-occupied Gaza as she was protesting against the demolition of Palestinian homes, have been refused permission to sue the company which made the bulldozer that killed her.

On Monday a federal appeals court ruled that Caterpillar Inc, the Illinois-based company that has supplied several bulldozers used by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in house demolitions in the occupied territories, could not be sued as to do so would bring the judiciary into conflict with the executive branch of the US government. [Continue Reading At]:,,2172171,00.html

Israel declares Gaza an 'enemy entity'


The decision paved the way to cutting off vital supplies of electricity, water and fuel to the coastal territory. [Continue Reading At]:

Every Time You Kill:

In Search of John Doe No. 2

The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing

News: Federal officials insist that the Oklahoma City bombing case was solved a decade ago. But a Salt Lake City lawyer in search of his brother's killers has dug up some remarkable clues—on cross-dressing bank robbers, the FBI, and the mysterious third man.

By James Ridgeway
Mother Jones, July/August 2007 Issue [Continue Reading At]:

Anthrax and Tularemia Bioweapons Bungling in Texas

Time to Lay to Rest the Myth of "No Accidents"

The Sunshine Project, News Release, 18 September 2007

On April 13th of this year, workers at a Houston, Texas biodefense lab were exposed to aerosolized anthrax. Just down the road in San Antonio and only a day before (April 12th), workers entered a tularemia lab to inspect malfunctioning air filters without wearing gloves or any respiratory protection. The incidents come on the heels of major safety and security violations at Texas A&M University, a US Department of Homeland Security biodefense Center of Excellence. [Continue Reading At]:

A Collection of Information for the Anthrax Challenged:

NBC Seeks Post-Apple Juice

By Nat Worden Staff Reporter
9/20/2007 11:03 AM EDT

NBC aims to take a bite out of Apple.

The network, owned by General Electric plans to roll out a free online downloading service allowing consumers access to its hit TV shows, such as Heroes and The Office.

The service, called NBC Direct, will offer downloads with embedded advertisements that cannot be skipped. [Continue Reading At]:

General Electric PROFITS FROM WAR

Companies Who Profit from War Should Not Be Allowed To Own Major Corporate Media for Public Distribution

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# 2 Bush Moves Toward Martial Law
# 3 AFRICOM: US Military Control of Africa’s Resources
# 4 Frenzy of Increasingly Destructive Trade Agreements
# 5 Human Traffic Builds US Embassy in Iraq
# 6 Operation FALCON Raids
# 7 Behind Blackwater Inc.
# 8 KIA: The US Neoliberal Invasion of India
# 9 Privatization of America’s Infrastructure
# 10 Vulture Funds Threaten Poor Nations’ Debt Relief
# 11 The Scam of “Reconstruction” in Afghanistan
# 12 Another Massacre in Haiti by UN Troops
# 13 Immigrant Roundups to Gain Cheap Labor for US Corporate Giants
# 14 Impunity for US War Criminals
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# 18 Mexico’s Stolen Election
# 19 People’s Movement Challenges Neoliberal Agenda
# 20 Terror Act Against Animal Activists
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# 23 Feinstein’s Conflict of Interest in Iraq
# 24 Media Misquotes Threat From Iran’s President
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Bush's War

Struggle is Lost when A Majority Allow Government to Ignore Their Wishes

If we don't have a clear vision of the military, if we don't stop extending our troops all around the world and nation building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road, and I'm going to prevent that. October 3, 2000 - George W. Bush, The First Bush/Gore Presidential Debate.

I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign-policy matters with war on my mind. - February 8, 2004 - George W. Bush

I Will Not Withdraw [from Iraq] Even If Laura and Barney [his dog] Are The Only Ones Supporting Me. - George W. Bush

[Translation: I don't care what the U.S. People want, my dog is more important than them, and I'll do it my way.] - [75% of the people want Bush's War to end and the troops brought home!]

Greenspan said, BUSH's WAR was "Blood for Oil" ..AND.. (imo) Bush's current Military (Cruel and Unusual) Extension of our Troops is Bravo Sierra! - dahbud

While not receiving a majority of the popular vote and selected by the Supreme Court rather than elected, we nevertheless have ended up with a sociopath as President surrounded by religious fanatics who actively seek war and others who seek to destroy our democracy and impose authoritarian values.

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness " - Declaration of Independence

Mr. Charlie Told You So

Fly_On_The_Wall wrote an article titled, Do Not Believe A Word of This, where the following was stated, in the section Spying on United States Citizens:

The first group of people who were spied on were politicians, their staff and associations. The second group were reporters and media personalities, in both talent and executive levels, their staff, and associations.

Associations include individuals outside of work and usually obtained from home phones or personal cell phones and based on a "ten tier" (Ten people most called outside work, followed by ten people of each of the original ten or a 'circle of 100'.).

With accumulated profiles (on 'all' these individuals) control was easy (We know who you buy your coke from, we know the porn sites you visit, we know which massage parlors you visit, we have pictures of what you did or did not do in the bedroom.) and reflects how this information can be abused. [If you are not quite sure what is being suggested, ask yourself why would reporters, so easily, roll over for Rove; et. al., and run false and/or misleading stories having the ability to control public thought and opinion; (Remembering: At one time, 82-87% of the United States people thought missiles could hit U.S. from Iraq; along with other W.M.D.)?] [Continue Reading At]:

Since reaction to Fly's original article was, 'Yeah, Sure, UmmHumm..', and since time seems to uncover buried truth, here is a little validation via another Republican who is currently under investigation:

FBI Tapes Stevens Calls As Part of Sting

By MATT APUZZO – 6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI, working with an Alaska oil contractor, secretly taped telephone calls with Sen. Ted Stevens as part of a public corruption sting, according to people close to the investigation. [Continue Reading At]:


Jim Williams will be playing at the Old Time Bluegrass Festival
September 22nd & 23rd - Saturday & Sunday

His Words Are Nothing But Lies

These cowards could have served, but had other priorities...and thus we call them leaders?

by Dahbud Mensch

If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. (Applause.) If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. (Applause.) If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist, and you will be held accountable by the United States and our friends. (Applause.) - George W. Bush - Nov. 21, 2001 - If the following is true then George W. Bush is harboring and supporting Terrorists and should be impeached and put in jail!

Bush Now Supporting Terrorists?
Feds target Blackwater in weapons probe


WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S. designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday. [Continue Reading At]:

Erik Prince, an Evangelical, is the founder and owner of the military support contractor Blackwater USA.

If we don't have a clear vision of the military, if we don't stop extending our troops all around the world and nation building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road, and I'm going to prevent that. - George W. Bush - Oct. 3, 2000

Let me tell you what else I'm worried about: I'm worried about an opponent who uses nation building and the military in the same sentence. See, our view of the military is for our military to be properly prepared to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place. George W. Bush Nov. 7, 2000

To the veteran, we owe gratitude — shown not just in words of tribute, but in acts of care and attention. As president, I will work with Congress to raise the standard of service — not just for veterans, but for our military retirees. All of them must be treated with the care they have been promised and the dignity they have earned. - George W. Bush 9/6/2000

America's veterans ask only that government honor its commitments as they honored theirs. They ask that their interests be protected, as they protected their country's interest in foreign lands. In all matters of concern to veterans — from health care to program funding — you have my pledge that those commitments will be kept. My administration will do all it can to assist our veterans and to correct oversights of the past. - George W. Bush May 28, 2001

My administration understands America's obligations not only to those who wear the uniform today, but to those who wore the uniform in the past — our veterans. - George W. Bush

Unfortunately, the deficit hawks in Mr. Bush's Office of Management and Budget are now ignoring this "obligation" (his word, not mine) because fixing the problem is too expensive. The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would cost approximately $2 billion in fiscal 2003. Of course, bloated deficits haven't stopped Congress from padding its own payrolls or stuffing 8,341 pork barrel projects, estimated by Citizens Against Government Waste at $20 billion, in this year's 13 appropriations bills.
What's worse, the Rumsfeld Pentagon doesn't seem to grasp that this punitive policy has an unquantifiable adverse effect on retention and combat effectiveness. Do we really want a military force led by risk- averse, desk-bound officers and NCOs who avoid the possibility of getting wounded because they don't want to financially punish their families?
President Bush has said, "Veterans are a priority for this administration." He had better make those in his administration believe it, because veterans also believe that old axiom: "You can't just talk the talk— You have to walk the walk."
- Col. Oliver North 7/28/2002

This article originally appeared in The Washington Times, July 28, 2002,

has been removed, which is no surprise, because of Tony Blankley:

If a president is willing to lie about the most basic governmental and political facts, civic debate becomes impossible, and the public becomes incapable of informed judgment. Because of the great weight that any president's words have with the public, the president of the United States must not be a liar. - Tony (Hypocrite) Blankley, Washington Times

We've found the weapons of mass destruction. You know, we found biological laboratories...And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong. We found them. - George W. Bush

Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11

CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq — even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks. [Continue Reading At]:

Donald Rumsfeld Calls Vietnam Veterans STUPID

Donald Rumsfeld blithely called Vietnam veterans "what was left" after the best and brightest found a way to dodge military service.

Statement by Veterans for America on Secretary Rumsfeld's Comments about Vietnam War Conscription

January 9, 2003

"As an organization founded by Vietnam War veterans seeking justice and fairness for all - whether military personnel or civilians - we are outraged by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's comments made at a January 7th DOD press conference when asked about the possibility of resurrecting the draft. Secretary Rumsfeld said troops from Vietnam War conscription, "added 'no value, no advantage, really, to the United States armed services…'"

As Vietnam veterans who served with conscripted soldiers, we find Secretary Rumsfeld's egregious slur a grave insult to the memory, sacrifice and valor of those who lost their lives, and, further, dismissive of the hundreds and thousands of lives, both in the U.S. and in Vietnam, who were devastatingly shattered by the Vietnam War.

We suggest that the Secretary choose his words much more carefully in the future, and be sensitive as to how they affect those who put their lives on the line for this country, whether drafted or enlisted. This is all the more critical as our country is on the eve of war with Iraq, and thousands of U.S. troops are again mobilized to potentially engage in battle."

Bobby Muller, President of Veterans for America

Are REPUBLICANS and Democrats walking in the shoes of Vietnam War architect, Robert S. McNamara?

It took 30 years before McNamara admitted:

he could have ended the war years earlier
he caused a half million injuries and deaths
he lied to United States people about the war
he failed to grasp political and military realities

McNamara & Associates murdered U.S. military and innocent civilians ... and got away with it, just like Bush, Cheney, Rice, Republicans, Democrats, et. al. are doing now!

Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness - Declaration of Independence

President Bush, You hid from the Vietnam War We Served. How dare you ask our children to fight, COWARD

If Bush's War continues beyond 2007, there will be a DRAFT.

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September 24, 1947: MJ-12 - We Are Not Alone ... Or Are We?

By Tony Long

1947: If the secret committee known as the Majestic 12 ever really existed, this is the day that the group was allegedly created by a memorandum from President Harry Truman.

If real, this shadowy coven of scientists, military brass and government officials came together in response to the Army's recovery of an alien spacecraft that crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. Their purpose: to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Roswell incident and to maintain vigilance against further alien incursions. [Continue Reading At]:

Monks lead largest Burma protest

Tens of thousands of people have marched through Burma's main city of Rangoon in the biggest of a mounting wave of anti-government protests.

Eyewitnesses said the number of monks and civilians demonstrating was more than 30,000, with some activists saying 100,000 were involved.

Some monks carried placards calling for better living conditions and national reconciliation, witnesses said.

The military government has so far showed restraint against the protests.

Monks are highly revered in Burma and any action against them would spark an outcry.

But there are fears of a repeat of 1988, when the last democracy uprising was crushed by the military and some 3,000 people were killed, correspondents say. [Continue Reading At]:

Blogs Team Up to Help Environment — for One Day

By Adrienne So

If a march on Washington is an effective form of political protest, how about a rally that takes place online? And what if the rally is organized by professionals instead of grassroots activists -- does that undercut its legitimacy as a form of political action? We'll find out on Oct. 15.

That is Blog Action Day, organized by Sydney-based blogger Collis Ta'eed, a day during which more than 5,000 bloggers worldwide have agreed to blog about a single topic: the environment. Signers-on to the Blog Action Day plan include such high-profile sites as Lifehacker and GigaOM.

" We chose the environment because it's pretty adaptable," said Ta'eed. "Next year we'll try tackling something a little more pressing, maybe not so popular." [Continue Reading At]:

'Chain of errors' led to 36-hour US nuclear blunder

By Stephen Foley

Nuclear warheads capable of unleashing the equivalent of 10 Hiroshima bombs were mistakenly flown across the United States by a bomber crew who thought they were dummies, and the terrifying security lapse was not discovered for almost 36 hours, it has been revealed.

The Pentagon is examining how so many vital checks and balances, painstakingly set out during the Cold War era, broke down to cause an incident that military personnel are calling one of the biggest mistakes in US Air Force history.

The flight last month was the first time in 40 years that nuclear bombs have been flown over US territory without specific authorisation from the top of the air force. Critics have argued that safety procedures have been disregarded as funds and expertise are diverted to new wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This Is Wrong: President Bush is a Terrorist

On November 21, 2001, George W. Bush said, If you harbor terrorists, you are terrorists. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist. If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist, and you will be held accountable by the United States and our friends.

This article says, "Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S. designated terrorist organization" and if that is too many words, Blackwater USA is arming terrorists and Republican president, George W. Bush is funding them.

If the above article is true, George W. Bush, according to his own words, is a terrorist, should be impeached, and placed in jail !

Tonight, Tuesday

from Marliese

Come and experience Janis Joplin's favorite hangout to eclectic music played by Michael Welch, possibly joined by Brian Fischer and Chris Forshay this time.

Tuesday, Sep 25, 8-11PM
Music by MiKo at the
Paper Mill Creek Saloon
Forest Knolls, CA

West on Sir Francis Drake past San Geronimo, it's on the left hand side and has it's own turn lane at Forest Knolls before Lagunitas.

Thought for the day: "Knowledge is the antidote to fear." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Boxers & Briefs - September 25, 2007

US nuclear dump plan in danger after seismic shock

Fred Attewill
Tuesday September 25, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

The most expensive public works project in the US was today in disarray after it emerged that a planned giant nuclear dump would be located on a faultline.

Rock samples from deep within Yucca Mountain, in Nevada, showed that the fault runs directly beneath the site where the US federal government planned to store 70,000 tonnes of highly radioactive waste.

More than $8bn (£4bn) has already been spent on the $58bn project, which had been due to open in 2017, but the proposals - approved by George Bush in 2002 - may now have to be redrawn. [Continue Reading At]:,,2176842,00.html

New Maclean's Magazine Cover - How Bush Became The New Saddam
New Maclean's Magazine Cover
How Bush Became The New Saddam

Republican Body Count

The top 10 hand gestures you'd better get right

Warning Sign

Steve Bell cartoon
Steve Bell

The forced recall of 3,500 Marines is a clarion call warning to all Americans, and along with other distortions of deployment practices, is now, in effect, a form of reviving the draft.

Listening to the President, Vice President Cheney, the various neoconservative policy pushers, their vision appears to be a vision of endless and permanent world war, with expanding and ever more dangerous fields of combat, when we do not even have the troops strength to meet our commitments today.

Having been involved in intelligence and military matters for more than two decades, this much is clear: we cannot sustain our commitments today; with any additional wars to fight, we will be left with only two choices: either inadequate forces creating more Iraqs, or adequate forces that can only be maintained through a revival of the draft, no matter what it is called. That is the fact.

When these neoconservative voices rush to the airwaves to proclaim the wars they would like (others) to fight, Democrats, Republicans and all in the media should ask:

If you want war with Iran, where will you get the troops, and will you bring back the draft?

If you want war with Syria, where will you get the troops, and will you bring back the draft?

If you want war with North Korea, where will you get the troops, and will you bring back the draft?

It is high time and long overdue that the United States resumes its role of world diplomatic and political leadership and brings in people of world-wide credibility and stature to at least test the waters for game-changing diplomacy.

For those who prefer the course of war, we must all ask, on every occasion: for the wars you would like to fight, where will you get the troops, and are you prepared to bring back the draft?

Brent Budowsky was an aide to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen on intelligence issues, and served as Legislative Director to Rep. Bill Alexander when he was Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Leadership. Budowsky can be reached at



President justifies war to parents of dead:


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Wednesday from Marliese

Thought for the day from Michael Welch: "Knowledge is the antidote to fear." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

An Evening In Appreciation of Allen Cohen

An Evening In Appreciation of Allen Cohen
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco
September 26, 2007 7-10pm

On the Liberation of Iraq
Passover 2003 for Albert Nieman
Allen Cohen April 18, 2003

Ali, the boy with no hands,
collateral damage
in a barrage from hell,
wants to commit suicide
if Americans can't replace
the hands they burned into oblivion.

In the birthplace of Abraham
in the Garden of Eden
where writing began
where the first laws
were inscribed into stone
America has sacrificed
libraries and museums of antiquities
while protecting the oil ministry
for its records of oil fields
and the Ministry of the Interior
where the secret police dwelled
with their juicy information on every one.

The barbarians have invaded
and it is called liberation
killing mercilessly
but never counting the bodies.

History recalls the Romans slaughtering
500,000 Carthaginians to dominate
trade routes in the Mediterranean.
But the Pentagon won't count
the dead and wounded in the Iraq carnage.

It might frighten the free people
of America and upset Arabs and Europeans.
It might make some patriots
embarrassed, remorseful or shocked
by the horror of war - the burnt bodies
severed limbs, and decapitations,
the children wounded and orphaned,
the mothers bereft of their children and husbands
even the soldiers shoveled in heaps into mass graves.

Then there might be a call
beginning as a whisper and rising
to a shout and then a prayer
for the end of war
for the healing of wounds
for truces and treaties
for nuclear disarmament
for the beating of guns
into food and shelter and medicine.

Then we will awake
from the nightmare of history
and overthrow the yolk of oil and empire.

But there I go again
dreaming of a new paradigm,
an alternative universe
expecting miracles
like Moses and Aaron in Egypt
and Tom Paine in America
and Gandhi in India,
like the creation itself
and the consciousness
that imagines these visions.

Next Year - in a new transfigured world.

Boxers and Briefs September 27, 2007

Bill O'Reilly says he's being smeared

The following headline appears on Yahoo news and because of the character mentioned, there will be no link. The headline reads: Bill O'Reilly says he's being smeared and I am curious about this because everybody knows sh*t smears?

It turn, I would ask one to humor me, by watching the following Flash video about Corporate Media, which was done about thirty (30) years ago:

Collegian’s McSwane gets vocal support before standing-room crowd over “F___ Bush” editorial

By Trevor Hughes

Collegian editor J. David McSwane declined to apologize for the profane “F___ Bush” editorial printed in the Colorado State University student newspaper last week, but acknowledged recent days have been “hell.” [Continue Reading At]:

The Right-Wing Crackdown on Dissent

by Joshua Katz


The right-wing crackdown on dissent in the universities has destroyed the American university as a place where ideas may be freely discussed. We cannot fight to save the university – it is already gone. We must reclaim it, and we must do so in an entirely non-violent way. We must fight only through the power of ideas, so that if we win, our victory will be moral, and pure. A tainted victory here is truly a defeat – one cannot forge a place for ideas in a violent manner, in a way that denies the power of ideas. However, we cannot take our places in the battle of ideas as defenders of a status quo against those who challenge it – we must realize that we lost once, that the university is gone and that we are trying to rebuild it. Let me emphasize that, on our side, we cannot raise one fist in anger, let alone spill any blood for our cause. This is not the type of battle we face – we need to proceed on the assumption that the most important thing in the world is the power of an idea. We must proceed on this assumption because it is true. [Continue Reading At]:

You don't vote? Then shut up.

If you choose not to vote, then you endorse everything that's going on. Maybe that's OK with you.

by bbstucco

Lysander wrote a post describing his experiences with a girlfriend who couldn't understand why he didn't vote.

It's a well-written post, and worth your time if you missed it. The comments were, for me, incredibly disheartening, because so many people piled on the "Yeah, I don't vote either. Who cares?" blather and it made my ears hurt. And not the good hurt you get from listening to AC/DC too loud or drinking too much red wine, but the bad hurt that means someone, somewhere has struck a nerve.

I started to write a comment. Then saw that it was really, friggin' long. And decided it should be a post in and of itself.

This is important.

Voting is a sore subject with me. I work the polls. I'm one of those guys sitting there with the big smile on his face and excited as all get-out that you've shown up to vote and doing all I can to help you vote. Bending over friggin' backwards if I have to. A lot of the comments on Lysander's post make me incredibly sad. Is politics broken? Sure. You know why? Because they don't want you to vote. That's it. They really don't want you to vote. They want you to accept the status quo, and far too many of you do just that.

Our Founding Fathers gave us, the people, a way to fix government when it is broken. The vote. They never expected people wouldn't vote. For them, running away from a monarchy, the idea of a citizen's right to choose their own destiny was paramount. [Continue Reading At]:

Diplomats accuse Bush of attempting to derail UN climate conference

· President goes ahead with own environment meeting
· Fear that US will again reject limit on emissions

by Ewen MacAskill in Washington
The Guardian
Thursday September 27 2007

President George Bush was yesterday criticised by diplomats for attempting to derail a UN initiative on climate change by pressing ahead with his own conference, which starts in Washington today.

One European diplomat described the US meeting as a spoiler for a UN conference planned for Bali in December. Another, who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity, claimed that the US conference was merely a way of deflecting pressure from other world leaders who had asked at the G8 summit this year for the US to make concessions on global warming.

They predicted that Mr Bush, who is to address the meeting tomorrow, will stress the need to make technological advances that can help combat climate change but will reject mandatory caps on emissions. [Continue Reading At]:

Lake County Blues Allstars

Lake County Blues Allstars will play at the Kelseyville Pear Festival
Playing at the Kelseyville Pear Festival
Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Blues Festival featured local favorites

Written by Thurman Watts
Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Summer Of Love Legend Mike Wilhelm and Lake Blues All-Stars featuring Jim Williams and Jon Hopkins were an early crowd favorite on Thursday night. Their set included Robert Johnson's "Love In Vain" and B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby."

Hopkins, the "Barrister of Bass," did a fine rendition of Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man," playing bass and harmonica simultaneously.

A female vocalist named Neon guested on "The Thrill is Gone" and "I'm Tore Down." When not singing she worked the crowd admirably and did great percussion work.

Jim Williams put the great Mike Wilhelm's career in perspective by mentioning that Wilhelm was Jerry Garcia's favorite guitar player. Wilhelm interjected that he was playing though an amp that he bought from Garcia. (On a side note, both Mike Wilhelm and Betty Mae Fikes were pictured in recent issues of Rolling Stone Magazine.)

Wilhelm displayed great virtuosity and chops in his note selection during his solos. The band closed with "Red House' and "Further On Up The Road" to a great ovation by the crowd. Great set!

Tigers vs. Oakland

John Sinclair - Now John Sinclair - 1969

by John Sinclair

Detroit, Michigan, United States
Monday, Aug 13, 2007 14:16

(Detroit, Monday, August 13, 2007)—Detroit has been an extremely depressed community since the early 1970s when the price of gasoline suddenly doubled and then kept on increasing, and the Japanese and European auto companies started making the small, economical cars that the American automakers refused to manufacture. Now, in the first decade of the 21st century, things have gotten even worse, as evidenced by the following analysis recently offered by the Detroit News:


As the state continues to bleed manufacturing jobs, spurred by a decline in sales by domestic carmakers, Census data released today puts a number to the loss: an estimated 170,000 jobs from 2000 to 2006.

Most of the decline is directly tied to the decline in Big Three auto sales, experts say. The loss of factory jobs has been a big part of the reason Michigan incomes have steadily dropped for the past few years.

Adjusted for inflation, the state median income is down 12 percent since 1999, as well-paid factory workers are forced to take lower-paying jobs.

— Detroit News, September 12, 2007

It’s hard to tell that there’s a depression going on at Tiger Stadium, however. (They want you to call it Comerica Park, after the bank, but I haven’t been offered anything to advertise for the fucking bank and it’ll always be Tiger Stadium to me). Like they say in the 6th Ward, a lotta people don’t know that I’m a big Tigers fan, but I’ve been with them ever since my grandma taught me how to keep score while watching the games on her little 9” TV set around 1952, and I’m following their struggle to repeat as American League champions pretty closely.

Tonight I’ve got a night off in Detroit and Adam Brook has hooked me up with our pal Matt Abel so I can take in a game with the Oakland A’s at the current shrine of truth and beauty on Woodward Avenue Downtown. It’s great to be back at the ballpark even as the Tigers drop another game under the lights.

After the game I walk over to Greektown to join the Milton Hale Monday night jam session at the Jazz Loft and have a great time, as usual.

Radio Free Amsterdam:

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Steve Bell cartoon on, We have alienated millions of Muslims over Iraq
Steve Bell

Mugabe accuses Bush of duplicity

by Claudia Parsons
September 28, 2007

THE President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has accused the US President, George Bush, of "rank hypocrisy" for lecturing him on human rights and likened the Guantanamo Bay prison to a concentration camp.

"His hands drip with innocent blood of many nationalities," Mr Mugabe said in a fiery speech to the United Nations General Assembly. "He kills in Iraq. He kills in Afghanistan. And this is supposed to be our master on human rights?" [Continue Reading At]:

Dahbud's FEMA American Concentration Camps:

Web Censorship

“Introduced on Thursday, the bill--titled the Communications Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content) Bill 2007--would empower the federal police to alter the "blacklist" of sites that are currently prohibited by the Communications and Media Authority.

The list currently includes pornography and "offensive material." However, under the amendment, federal police would be able to add other sites to the list, including content that the AFP Commissioner "has reason to crime- or terrorism-related content."

The definition of material that may be liable for censorship includes Internet content that "encourages, incites or induces," "facilitate(s)" or "has, or is likely to have, the effect of facilitating" a crime” [Continue Reading At]: - digg it


by Michael Rivero

CONGRESS LISTENED TO... AIPAC is pushing for the USA to attack Iran for Israel. AIPAC spurring Congress to pass sanctions bill against Iran. CONGRESS LISTENED TO... Israel says Iran close to having a nuclear bomb. Israel warns on Iranian "nightmare". Congress didn't listen to these people.... [Continue Reading At]: - digg it

Cartoon from Dahbud's images:

Bush-Aznar Transcript: The War Crime of the Century

by Juan Cole
Friday, September 28, 2007

The transcript shows that Bush intended to disregard a negative outcome in his quest for a UN Security Council resolution authorizing a war against Iraq. It also shows that Bush was aware of, and rejected, an offer by Saddam Hussein to flee Iraq, probably for Saudi Arabia, presuming he could take out with him a billion dollars and some documents. [Continue Reading At]: - digg it

The Satan Worshipping Test

Are you a Satan Worshipper? Do you believe George Bush and the government are lying to the American public? [Continue Reading At]: - digg it

Dahbud's Ministers of Satan:

A Brief History of Surveillance (PIC)

A timeline of technological and policy innovations in the art of commercial and state surveillance - digg it

The Unconstitutional Patriot Act

by: liberaljournal
Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 01:11:23 AM EDT

Provisions of the Patriot Act were held unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Here's my summary of the case (all other claims regarding the plaintiff's detention were settled to):

Findings of Fact:

Fingerprints taken in connection from the 2004 Madrid bombings were sent to the U.S., who compared them against their existing FBI database. No match was found. Higher resolution pictures of the fingerprints were then sent. A new search was conducted and turned up 20 potential matches to one of the fingerprints. A score was assigned based on how closely it matched the original. [Continue Reading At]: - digg it

Dahbud's Patriot Act Display:

Art or Bio-Terrorism? Justice Department makes big mistake

When a New York professor called 911 for his wife's heart attack, they mistook his science equipment for bioterrorism supplies. He was detained for 22 hours, they cordoned off his block, and searched his house in hazmat suits. When they realized there was nothing harmful there, they decided to prosecute him for "mail fraud" for buying the supplies! [Continue Reading At]: - digg it

Unrest in the ranks at RPI engulfs school

by Marc Parry

Professors are in a fight over faculty governance that is engulfing the school. They are upset that the board of trustees has suspended the faculty senate, a move that has been called "incredibly demeaning and disrespectful toward the faculty." Give this all the publicity it can get! [Continue Reading At]: - digg it