Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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From: http://www.truthout.org/

A Look at the Biggest Winners and Biggest Losers Under the Bush Administration

By MicCheck Radio January 28, 2008

Of course not everyone had a tough time over the past seven years. Here are the five who came through their Bush Years relatively footloose and problem-free.

As President Bush’s days of power draw to a close, one thing is clear: We’ve got a lot more problems now than we did seven years ago. Here are 99 of them, everything from less money to more war and a planet in crisis. It’s not a comprehensive list, so we have one question for you:

What’s your problem? check this out...do not miss this one:


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WINS AT SUNDANCE! http://www.wmm.com/index.asp

"The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo"

Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 4 million people have died. And there are the uncountable casualties: the many tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army.

The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence. In The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo these brave women finally speak.

Emmy Award winning producer/director Lisa F. Jackson spent 2006 in the war zones of eastern DRC documenting the tragic plight of women and girls in that country°¶s intractable conflict. She was afforded privileged access to not only the grotesque realities of life in Congo (including interviews with self-confessed rapists) but also to examples of resiliency, resistance, courage and grace.

Jackson was herself gang raped in 1976 and shared her experience with the survivors she interviewed. These women in turn recount their stories with an honesty and immediacy pulverizing in its intimacy and detail. The film is a journey into a literal heart of darkness, a search for survivors who pay witness to their own experiences, and break the silence.

Background, context and opinion are provided by interviews with peacekeepers, politicians, activists, doctors and priests. But above all there is the wrenching testimony from dozens of survivors of sexual violence who recount stories of chilling barbarity. This film gives them dignity, a face and a voice that will finally break the silence that surrounds their plight.

View the Trailer for the film.......http://www.thegreatestsilence.org/trailer.htm

Clinton Got a Blow Job with Visuals

Well this sums up the last 7 years...I just have one thing to say...The emperor is Naked.

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The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision
of what is before them, glory and danger alike,

and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it


Brought to you by those truth seekers at : http://www.libertystreetusa.blogspot.com/

"King George the 43rd signed the FY 2008 defense authorization bill today, and then immediately declared four provisions in that new law to be nonbinding:(this should be a red flag)

Bush’s signature yesterday came with a little-noticed signing statement, claiming that provisions in the law “could inhibit the President’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations.” CQ reports on the provisions Bush plans to disregard:
Even though he forced Congress to change its original bill, Bush’s signature yesterday came with a little-noticed signing statement, claiming that provisions in the law “could inhibit the President’s ability to carry out his constitutional obligations.” CQ reports on the provisions Bush plans to disregard:

One such provision sets up a commission to probe contracting fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Another expands protections for whistleblowers who work for government contractors.

A third requires that U.S. intelligence agencies promptly respond to congressional requests for documents.

And a fourth bars funding for permanent bases in Iraq and for any action that exercises U.S. control over Iraq’s oil money.

In his “Memorandum of Justification” for the waiver, Bush cited his Nov. 26 “Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship” between Iraq and the United States. This agreement has been aggressively opposed by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress as not only unprecedented, but also potentially unconstitutional because it was enacted without the agreement of the legislation branch."

Monday, January 28, 2008

New Hampshire Primary - Sham Chain of Custody

The chain of custody in the New Hampshire recount is using a false seal, and on at least one night, officials chose to leave the ballots out of the ballot vault.

We tailed ballot transport guys "Butch" and "Hoppy", captured ballot footage in the vault, and grilled public officials to get the real answers, which were sometimes lies and often evasive. More to come, new clips will be posted on the main page at http://www.blackboxvoting.org

Sunday, January 27, 2008

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Someone pinch me...could it be...Is humanity in 2008...? The world's people need to respond....

The people of
Gaza are being squeezed to death. This week's blackouts and bombings have finally caught the world's attention – and the international community could help end the blockade. Our obligation is clear. This isn't about Israel versus Palestine, Hamas versus Fatah.

It's about
one and a half million human beings locked up in the biggest prison on earth. The siege of
Gaza is a collective punishment violating international law - but far from ensuring Israel's security, it only stokes the rage and desperation fueling this conflict.

"People are very happy. We have been living like birds in a cage. Now we have been released, we are so happy," said Mohammed, a Palestinian at the border.


Most came to shop, desperate to stock up on goods that have become increasingly scarce as the blockade has gone on.

There were old men herding goats across the border and youngsters carrying boxes of crisps and cheese.

Donkeys pulling wooden carts laden with cement weaved along the muddy road to the border.

There were shiny Chinese motorcycles and dusty cartons of cigarettes.

Women clad in black carried rolled-up rugs on their backs and fridge-freezers were hauled slowly through the crowds.

Above all people were after fuel, the shortage of which seemed to precipitate this crisis. By Ian Pannell BBC News, Gaza border

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Have you noticed there are no more prime time commerials with women whispering, "do you know the secret?"
Have you notice the BIG push for HPV vaccines has suddenly come to a halt...the media, physicians and Merke have no problem pushing this vaccine...but will not give out public service announcements about the true DANGERS associated with this less than "cervical cancer cure all" as it was advertised and marketed to women all over the world.

Thursday September 20, 2007
Deaths Associated with HPV Vaccine Start Rolling In, Over 3500 Adverse Affects Reported
By John-Henry Westen TORONTO, September 20, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As Canada, in large part due to aggressive behind the scenes lobbying, rolls out the not-comprehensively-tested Merck HPV vaccine for girls as young as nine, a look at developments on the vaccine south of the border should cause Canadians serious concern. In the United States a similar lobby campaign by the same company launched the mass HPV vaccination of girls beginning in June last year. In just little over a year, the HPV vaccine has been associated with at least five deaths, not to mention thousands of reports of adverse effects, hundreds deemed serious, and many that required hospitalization. Judicial Watch, a U.S. government watchdog, became concerned while noting large donations to key politicians originating from Merck. A freedom of information request from the group in May of this year discovered that during the period from June 8, 2006 - when the vaccines received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - to May 2007 there were 1,637 reports of adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine reported to the FDA. Three deaths were related to the vaccine, including one of a 12-year-old. One physician's assistant reported that a female patient "died of a blood clot three hours after getting the Gardasil vaccine." Two other reports, on girls 12 and 19, reported deaths relating to heart problems and/or blood clotting. As of May 11, 2007, the 1,637 adverse vaccination reactions reported to the FDA via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) included 371 serious reactions. Of the 42 women who received the vaccine while pregnant, 18 experienced side effects ranging from spontaneous abortion to fetal abnormities. Side effects published by Merck & Co. warn the public about potential pain, fever, nausea, dizziness and itching after receiving the vaccine. Indeed, 77% of the adverse reactions reported are typical side effects to vaccinations. But other more serious side effects reported include paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures. Judicial Watch informed LifeSiteNews.com that a subsequent request for information on adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine, covering the period from May 2007 to September 2007, found that an additional 1800 adverse reactions have been reported, including more deaths. Exactly how many more deaths occurred will be released in the coming days, Judicial Watch's Dee Grothe informed LifeSiteNews.com


Saturday, January 26, 2008

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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Tis a Full Moon rising in Leo.....

"Sometimes when it seems the world is moving towards an end, and chaos is waiting just outside the door, I call to my sisters, Come! Let us Dance! Let us whirl through the dark night til the morning dew washes our feet, til the warm sun finds us asleep on her bosom. Come, Let us Dance."
By: N.V. Bennett 1999

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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Tell the Presidential Candidates: Get Back to D.C. and Protect our Civil Liberties http://action.credomobile.com/blog/

This week the Senate is set to resume debate on wiretapping legislation and whether or not the Bush administration and big telecom companies will be retroactively excused for previous violations of the FISA law. Three key senators (Clinton, McCain, and Obama) who have a unique voice in this debate due to their presidential candidacies are out campaigning; will they return to Washington and stand up for our civil liberties and the rule of law?

Unfortunately the Senate is considering legislation that violates the Fourth Amendment to our Constitution and includes retroactive immunity for telecom companies. Senators Dodd and Feingold, among others, have been fighting alongside us Credo Action members. Dodd has repeatedly voiced his commitment to stop retroactive immunity by any means necessary, including a filibuster.

But where are the Senators who want to be President?

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both stated that they will support a filibuster of retroactive immunity. But last December both remained on the campaign trail while Senator Dodd forced a delay. John McCain, widely regarded as a political "maverick," has been silent on this critical issue.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Feature: Doorways

Posted By Hecate is a Letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while in jail.....this is but an excerpt, read the full letter @ http://hecatedemetersdatter.blogspot.com/search/label/America

"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant 'Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."

In memory of a man who knew love, freedom and justice....in his bones..

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Feature: Shifters

“We will not be silent. We will be your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace.” –excerpt from “The Fourth Leaflet”, written in 1942, of the ‘White Rose’ (a German, anti-Nazi student resistance movement).

This article taken from:

The date was February 22,
1943. Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie, along with their best friend, Christoph Probst, were scheduled to be executed by Nazi officials that afternoon. The prison guards were so impressed with the calm and bravery of the prisoners in the face of impending death that they violated regulations by permitting them to meet together one last time. Hans, a medical student at the University of Munich, was 24. Sophie, a student, was 21. Christoph, a medical student, was 22.

This is the story of The White Rose. It is a lesson in dissent. It is a tale of courage, of principle, of honor. It is detailed in three books, The White Rose (1970) by Inge Scholl, A Noble TreasonAn Honourable Defeat (1994) by Anton Gill. (1979) by Richard Hanser, and Hans and Sophie Scholl were German teenagers in the 1930s. Like other young Germans, they enthusiastically joined the Hitler Youth. They believed that Adolf Hitler was leading Germany and the German people back to greatness.

Their parents were not so enthusiastic. Their father, Robert Scholl, told his children that Hitler and the Nazis were leading Germany down a road of destruction. Later, in 1942, he would serve time in a Nazi prison for telling his secretary: “The war! It is already lost. This Hitler is God's scourge on mankind, and if the war doesn't end soon the Russians will be sitting in Berlin.” Gradually, Hans and Sophie began realizing that their father was right. They concluded that, in the name of freedom and the greater good of the German nation, Hitler and the Nazis were enslaving and destroying the German people.

They also knew that open dissent was impossible in Nazi Germany, especially after the start of World War II. Most Germans took the traditional position, that once war breaks out, it is the duty of the citizen to support the troops by supporting the government. But Hans and Sophie Scholl believed differently. They believed that it was the duty of a citizen, even in times of war, to stand up against an evil regime, especially when it is sending hundreds of thousands of its citizens to their death.

In the vogue words of the time, the Scholls and their friends represented the “other” Germany, the land of poets and thinkers, in contrast to the Germany that was reverting to barbarism and trying to take the world with it. What they were and what they did would have been “other” in any society at any time. What they did transcended the easy division of good-German/bad-German and lifted them above the nationalism of time-bound events. Their actions made them enduring symbols of the struggle, universal and timeless, for the freedom of the human spirit wherever and whenever it is threatened.

Is history repeating itself ??? IS AMERICA BECOMING ITS OWN NEMESIS?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

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All women Northern Drum Group

listen to the voices of Beautiful, Strong, Courageous, True to Self Women....
click the link:


Directly from their website: www.themankillers.com

"The Mankillers drum group started in 1991 at a gathering at Captain Jack's Stronghold in Northern California by women who were at the time singing with the Humboldt State University Indian Student Drum and the Red Cedar drum of Arcata, California.
In some tribal traditions, women's voices join with men's to create beautiful harmonies and backgrounds for the songs of our Indigenous nations.

There have been forgotten traditions of women's warrior society singers, as evidenced by early etchings of Cree women's drum societies as far back as the early 1700's. Modern warrior society singers, such as the Red Drum Women Society Singers of Lake Andes, South Dakota , exist today due to the genetic memory and traditions of their members.
The role of women has changed in tribal societies since contact. In our Nations, women have remained strong, vital parts of society, existing in harmony with men and in our many roles: wives, mothers, daughters, children, aunties, sisters, cousins, and granddaughters.
While we respect traditions in which women do not sing around a drum, we maintain that women have been singing around a drum in the traditions of many tribes and Nations.
The name "mankiller" is a traditional Cherokee warrior name given upon successful completion of battle. We are women warriors, seeking to create healthy communities and relationships in our lives and the lives of others around us. We are wives, mothers, daughters, aunties, granddaughters; we are educators, students, artists, activists, scientists, dancers, poets and storytellers.
The Mankillers represent many tribes and Nations from across this land, including Yaqui, Yurok, Karuk, Hupa, Apache, Paiute, Shoshone, Jemez Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Raramuri, Wintu, Chicana, Muskogee Creek, Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Yankton Sioux. We believe that in this land of Indigenous culture, there are no boundaries, and that Indigenous peoples populate the Americas, whether the acculturized language is English, Spanish, or French.
Our three cd's, All Woman Northern Drum (1997), Comin' To Getcha (1999) and Killing You Softly (2001), are currently available through major Native distributors and our website", www.themankillers.com
or from Zango music: http://search.store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/nsearch?catalog=zangomusic&query=mankillers&x=0&y=0

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this will curl your toes.......................

Check out the trailer @:

"OilCrash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled."

Friday, January 18, 2008

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Wow...this was quite humbling...check it out, the exhibit...
thanks to Pax Americana for the post....

January 17, 2008

Art for the people

Nurse_2 This is a work of art from a terrific exhibit by Artists Against The War, at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, (between Park 7 Lex.) New York. Unfortunately, I just found out about it, and the show ends on January 26th.

But if you can't get to the city to see it, you can look at a slide show here. Each image is more amazing than the last.

Posted by Karin on January 17, 2008

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What will Harry Do?????

Debate Comes Down to Reid and the Constitution

"More than two years ago, the nation learned that the
National Security Agency was spying on Americans without warrants or a court order. And since that time, we’ve been waiting for Congress to stand up to the Bush administration abuses and bring NSA spying in line with the Constitution. The Senate returns next week and the temporary fix to the NSA problem expires soon.
Senator Reid has a choice to make. He can finally bring to the floor of the Senate FISA legislation that protects our right to privacy and due process. Or, he can once again fail to stand up to the Bush administration’s demands for unnecessary and dangerous broad powers and bring up for a vote a shameful, unconstitutional bill.
The ACLU is engaging thousands of its members and asking them to call their senators. We’re running radio ads targeting key senators around the country. We’re holding dozens of meetings with senators and their staff in their home-state offices.
And, we’re working with a broad coalition of organizations to make sure any spying legislation Congress passes protects our privacy and the rule of law."
>> Make the voice of freedom heard: Sign the ACLU petition to Senator Reid now.

Rudy, Mitt, Mike: Leaders of the free world?

This defines FEAR for me.....You?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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In a world that is quickly sinking into despair.....a revolution of HOPE, emerges...

"This says very directly that you can reach out and change the state and its institutions, which we recognize as revolution, or you can make your own institutions beyond the reach of the state, which is also revolutionary. This creating -- rather than simply rebelling -- has been much of the nature of revolution in our time, as people reinvent family, gender, food systems, work, housing, education, economics, medicine and doctor-patient relations, the imagination of the environment, and the language to talk about it, not to speak of more and more of everyday life. The fantasy of a revolution is that it will make everything different, and regime revolutions generally make a difference, sometimes a significantly positive one, but the making of radical differences in everyday life is a more protracted, incremental process. It's where leaders are irrelevant and every life matters."Copyright 2008 Rebecca Solnit

"The last time Rebecca Solnit camped out on rebel territory, she was an organizer for the Western Shoshone Defense Project that insists -- with good legal grounds -- that the Shoshone in Nevada had never ceded their land to the U.S. government. That story is told in her 1994 book Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West, but the subsequent inspiration of the Zapatistas is most evident in the book Tom Engelhardt helped her to bring into being, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities." She is 11 chapters into her next book. check out the article @ http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174881

Rebecca Solnit's Secret Library of Hope:
Jonathan Schell,
The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People;
Aung San Suu Kyi, The Voice of Hope;
Alan Weisman, The World Without Us
William Morris, News from Nowhere;
Subcommandante Insurgente Marcos, The Speed of Dreams: Selected Writings 2001-2007;
Jonathan Isham and Sissel Waage, editors (introduction Bill McKibben), Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement.
Copyright 2007 Rebecca Solnit

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Don't Let Comcast Violate Net Neutrality
Late last year Comcast was caught secretly inspecting Internet traffic and crippling users' ability to share files, download video and use other popular Internet software.This is a gross violation of Net Neutrality • the longstanding principle that protects free speech online and preserves an open Internet. SavetheInterent.com members filed a complaint, more than 23,000 people contacted the Federal Communications Commission, and the FCC is now investigating Comcast's blocking.

More public pressure is the only way to get the FCC to take decisive action. Fill out the form at the web address and tell the the FCC to stop all would-be Internet gatekeepers. http://www.savetheinternet.com/comcast.php
Note: Information filed on this form will be publicly available, as FCC comments are considered a matter of public record. The FCC does not accept comments from outside the United States.

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Barbara Lee Says Bush-Saudi Arms Deal Will Spark Regional Arms Race
January 16, 2008, Washington, DC
January 15--Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Oakland) issued the following statement regarding the proposal [the] Bush administration has proposed to Congress to sell precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, despite significant Congressional opposition:
“This arms package is a very dangerous move by this Republican administration. What they are proposing may potentially create a powder keg, ultimately sparking a regional arms race. It is reckless to think they can buy peace through arms. Selling precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia will only flare up an already volatile region and further weaken our national security.
“Ignoring Congressional opposition to this arms sale is yet another example of the ‘go-it-alone’ foreign policy style of the Bush administration which has repeatedly failed. “I am fully supporting the Weiner-Wexler Resolution of Disapproval to block the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and I am very proud to be an original cosponsor of this important legislation.”
Read Rep. Wexler's statement.

This just in from FRIENDS OF THE EARTH....http://www.foe.org/

Don't Buy It: Keep Cloned Meat Off Grocery Shelves
The FDA has buckled to big biotech and agro-business despite more than 150,000 public comments opposing the lifting of the ban, and amendments to the federal Farm Bill and Omnibus Appropriations Bill calling for more research before lifting the ban.
Genetically speaking, you meat eaters could eat burgers from the same cow for years. Don't let the marketplace support such experimentation with our ecosystem and the food we eat.
Don't eat meat or animal products? We still think this issue will interest you, given the risks taken by introducing cloned animals into our food system and ecosystem.
Sign the petition below and tell grocers you aren't buying it! Tell them you'll stop shopping at stores that can't promise not to sell such products.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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BREAKING: Wexler Demands Impeachment Hearings on Floor

Wexler just called for an immediate commencement of impeachment hearings against VP Dick Cheney on the floor of the House of Representatives. "History demands this." Wexler took the argument head-on that the "votes aren't there," and noted that the Watergate tapes weren't released until impeachment hearings had begun, that once confronted with the evidence congressmen change their minds. He held up a bound copy of a three-inch thick printout of almost 200,000 signatures from his WexlerWantsHearings.com website and passionately said how Americans want this.

Tomorrow, I will deliver a letter to my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, encouraging them to sign on to a letter in support of Cheney impeachment hearings to Chairman Conyers.

This is a critical point in the impeachment movement. Congress is very much aware of what we’re doing – thanks in part to your letters and calls – but there is much work to be done.

We must enforce the outstanding subpoenas and begin to question key witnesses. Impeachment will break through Executive Privilege and allow us to cut through the diversions and obstruction that has occurred these last months.

Over the next days, please take a moment to let your representative know your feelings about Impeachment and ask them to support our efforts. Please also call the media outlets and urge them to cover this movement.

In case you miss me tonight, tomorrow we will update you with a link to the video and more information on what has occurred. Please don’t forget to join the cause at www.WexlerWantsHearings.com.

Again – I thank you for your support in this important endeavor.

Congressman Robert Wexler

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There’s A Hole In My Sidewalk

By Portia Nelson

(1) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost ... I am hopeless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.

(2) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I'm in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

(3) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

(4) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Its Primary Voting Day in Michigan......this describes my feelings !!!!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

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Straight from the Thom Hartmann show---http://www.thomhartmann.com/

If you wish to choose someone other than : Hiliary republican Clinton--oops

ensuring our delgates a real choice.

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Something very interesting in from CommonDreams.....hmmmmmmmm


Lakota FreedomNaomi Archer, Communications Liaison
(828) 230-1404lakotafree@gmail.com or press@lakotafreedom.com

Freedom! Lakota Sioux Indians Declare Sovereign Nation Status Threaten Land Liens, Contested Real Estate Over Five State Area in U.S.West Dakota Territory Reverts back to Lakota Control According to U.S., International Law

WASHINGTON, DC - December 20 - Lakota Sioux Indian representatives declared sovereign nation status today in Washington D.C. following Monday's withdrawal from all previously signed treaties with the United States Government. The withdrawal, hand delivered to Daniel Turner, Deputy Director of Public Liaison at the State Department, immediately and irrevocably ends all agreements between the Lakota Sioux Nation of Indians and the United States Government outlined in the 1851 and 1868 Treaties at Fort Laramie Wyoming.
"This is an historic day for our Lakota people," declared Russell Means, Itacan of Lakota. "United States colonial rule is at its end!"
"Today is a historic day and our forefathers speak through us. Our Forefathers made the treaties in good faith with the sacred Canupa and with the knowledge of the Great Spirit," shared Garry Rowland from Wounded Knee. "They never honored the treaties, that's the reason we are here today."
The four member Lakota delegation traveled to Washington D.C. culminating years of internal discussion among treaty representatives of the various Lakota communities. Delegation members included well known activist and actor Russell Means, Women of All Red Nations (WARN) founder Phyllis Young, Oglala Lakota Strong Heart Society leader Duane Martin Sr., and Garry Rowland, Leader Chief Big Foot Riders. Means, Rowland, Martin Sr. were all members of the 1973 Wounded Knee takeover.
"In order to stop the continuous taking of our resources – people, land, water and children- we have no choice but to claim our own destiny," said Phyllis Young, a former Indigenous representative to the United Nations and representative from Standing Rock.
Property ownership in the five state area of Lakota now takes center stage. Parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana have been illegally homesteaded for years despite knowledge of Lakota as predecessor sovereign [historic owner]. Lakota representatives say if the United States does not enter into immediate diplomatic negotiations, liens will be filed on real estate transactions in the five state region, clouding title over literally thousands of square miles of land and property.
Young added, "The actions of Lakota are not intended to embarrass the United States but to simply save the lives of our people".
Following Monday's withdrawal at the State Department, the four Lakota Itacan representatives have been meeting with foreign embassy officials in order to hasten their official return to the Family of Nations.
Lakota's efforts are gaining traction as Bolivia, home to Indigenous President Evo Morales, shared they are "very, very interested in the Lakota case" while Venezuela received the Lakota delegation with "respect and solidarity."
"Our meetings have been fruitful and we hope to work with these countries for better relations," explained Garry Rowland. "As a nation, we have equal status within the national community."
Education, energy and justice now take top priority in emerging Lakota. "Cultural immersion education is crucial as a next step to protect our language, culture and sovereignty," said Means. "Energy independence using solar, wind, geothermal, and sugar beets enables Lakota to protect our freedom and provide electricity and heating to our people."
The Lakota reservations are among the most impoverished areas in North America, a shameful legacy of broken treaties and apartheid policies. Lakota has the highest death rate in the United States and Lakota men have the lowest life expectancy of any nation on earth, excluding AIDS, at approximately 44 years. Lakota infant mortality rate is five times the United States average and teen suicide rates 150% more than national average. 97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line and unemployment hovers near 85%.
"After 150 years of colonial enforcement, when you back people into a corner there is only one alternative," emphasized Duane Martin Sr. "The only alternative is to bring freedom into its existence by taking it back to the love of freedom, to our lifeway."
We are the freedom loving Lakota from the Sioux Indian reservations of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana who have traveled to Washington DC to withdraw from the constitutionally mandated treaties to become a free and independent country. We are alerting the Family of Nations we have now reassumed our freedom and independence with the backing of Natural, International, and United States law. For more information, please visit our new website at

Saturday, January 12, 2008

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Wild womyn, Wyfes....& all others who seek a spiritual feminine path.........check this out
...............remarkable to say the least...

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I am reminded that sometimes a picture tells a story that words cannot......the "big winners" of the New Hampshire primaries....hmmm ..what do you see?

"The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes" Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court Justice

"Those who vote decide nothing, those who count the vote decide everything". Josef Stalin, Russian Dictator

"In a time of deceit, telling
the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell

check out this piece of work:


Thursday, January 10, 2008

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This is from www.dailykos.com by: dday
Insanely moronic....is mainstream news commenting on this...

Straits of Hormuz Incident: almost certainly a fake
by dday Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 10:20:16 AM
It's important to note that non-events like this happen in the Gulf with regularity. In military parlance it's described as "free training". And certainly, from the video released by the Pentagon, it doesn't look like a whole lot more than that. I guess they felt like they had to spruce it up more. So they added this additional audio track that sounds like a random bad guy from Iron Eagle or something, threatening the American ships:

That audio really makes you laugh out loud. Apparently there are plenty of people at the Pentagon who feel the same way:

The list of those who are less than fully confident in the Pentagon’s video/audio mashup of aggressive maneuvers by Iranian boats near American warships in the Strait of Hormuz now includes the Pentagon itself.

Unnamed Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that the threatening voice heard in the audio clip, which was released on Monday night with a disclaimer that it was recorded separately from the video images and merged with them later, is not directly traceable to the Iranian military.

I think it's more directly traceable to a Hollywood soundstage. There's no background audio behind the "Iranian," yet he's supposed to be on a gunship with an outboard motor? This has to be the rationalization of the century from the spokesliars at the Pentagon:

Pentagon officials said they could not rule out that the broadcast might have come from shore, or from another ship nearby, although it might have come from one of the five fast boats with a high-quality radio system.

As emptywheel said,

Oh yeah. Those fancy Iranian motorboats have such high-quality radio systems that they filter out the ambient noise of an outboard motor working at full speed while the tape taken from the US ship, taken at least partially inside the bridge, itself has the noise of a ship at sea.

That extra audio, which is the only thread between this and a perfunctory and meaningless incident, could easily have been chatter from the shoreline about the incident, kind of a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" version of what happened. It sure isn't credible that it came from the boat.

All ships at sea use a common UHF frequency, Channel 16, also known as “bridge-to bridge” radio. Over here, near the U.S., and throughout the Mediterranean, Ch. 16 is used pretty professionally, i.e., chatter is limited to shiphandling issues, identifying yourself, telling other ships what your intentions are to avoid mishaps, etc.

But over in the Gulf, Ch. 16 is like a bad CB radio. Everybody and their brother is on it; chattering away; hurling racial slurs, usually involving Filipinos (lots of Filipinos work in the area); curses involving your mother; 1970’s music broadcast in the wee hours (nothing odder than hearing The Carpenters 50 miles off the coast of Iran at 4 a.m.)

On Ch. 16, esp. in that section of the Gulf, slurs/threats/chatter/etc. is commonplace. So my first thought was that the “explode” comment might not have even come from one of the Iranian craft, but some loser monitoring the events at a shore facility.

The timing here is very ironic, and not because it matches up with the President's trip to the Middle East (hey guess what, he can snap his fingers and deliver a Palestinian state! Presidentin' is easy!). This comes in a week when newly released reports from the NSA reveal that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was definitively a hoax.

The author of the report "demonstrates that not only is it not true, as (then US) secretary of defense Robert McNamara told Congress, that the evidence of an attack was 'unimpeachable,' but that to the contrary, a review of the classified signals intelligence proves that 'no attack happened that night,'" FAS said in a statement.

"What this study demonstrated is that the available intelligence shows that there was no attack. It's a dramatic reversal of the historical record," Aftergood said.

"There were previous indications of this but this is the first time we have seen the complete study," he said.

I don't think this Straits of Hormuz incident is going to have the same impact as the Gulf of Tonkin, except in maybe making "I'm coming at you" the "Don't tase me bro" catchphrase of 2008. But it's clear that both incidents share the desire to generate propaganda for the purposes of serving foreign policy goals. In 1964 they pulled it off. In 2008, with little credibility for this government, they had to show their work. And it's about the level of a junior high school crank call.

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