Saturday, January 24

What a bunch of Pussies!!

Ok, so Obama has done the very thing he always said he would do - he's ordered that the Gitmo Detention Facility be shutdown, and that those being held there be - what's the word? oh, yeah - tried under the law.

And a whole lot of rough tough people are having a shit hemmorage in their panties.

Like this guy on Glenn Beck's show who thinks the idea of terrorists in prison, would turn the rest of the inmates into terrorists, despite them - not being muslim - as if violent jihad were a virus like the cooties or something.

“I don’t think the average murderer or rapist hates all Americans or hates what America stands for like the terrorist prisoners from Guantanamo,” said Gramley, who lives in Venango County. “You intermix them with the prison population, and there’s the very real possibility they would influence those individuals in prison.”

This he said in response to Congressman John Murtha (decorated Vietnam Vet and Marine) saying he wouldn't mind if some former Gitmo detainees we're held in the Federal Military prison within his district.

Also In the far less than gutsy column we have Kansas Governor Kathleen Sibelius (D-Unfortunately) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-Big Surprise) claiming "they don't want detainees" in their back yard, except I'm really not sure the Bureau of Federal Prison's has ever bothered to get permission from a Governor or Senator when they want to send someone to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.

Yeah, I'm pretty positive they don't ask "Mother May I" - they just Send them!. It's not like Castro had anything to do with Gitmo.

Then you've got Rep Steve King who thinks closing Gitmo is going to make these guys U.S. Citizens! Like Obama closing a quasi-legal prison that has become the best example of Human Rights Violations World-wide is somehow creating an Illegal Alien Combatant Amnesty Program. I mean, c'mon - sometimes the stupid in Washington is as thick as frozen chicken soup. The chunky kind.

KING: Let’s just say that, that, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, is brought to the United States to be tried in a federal court in the United States, under a federal judge, and we know what some of those judges do, and on a technicality, such as, let’s just say he wasn’t read his Miranda rights. … He is released into the streets of America. Walks over and steps up into a US embassy and applies for asylum for fear that he can’t go back home cause he spilled the beans on al Qaeda. What happens then if another judge grants him asylum in the United States and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is on a path to citizenship. I mean, I give you the extreme example of this.

What part of "Unconstitutional and Illegal as SIN" does this dim-bulb so-called "Law Maker" not understand?

Hey, Steverio - The President and Vice President both admitted that we Tortured That Guy.

If there's problem prosecuting him, It's not gonna be because of Miranda - it's not gonna be some minor "technically" - it's gonna be because of THE WAR CRIMES. And the person who'se fault it's gonna be is George W. Bush's seeing as he was nice enough to confess on camera to Brit Hume. (No water was even needed, Brit just asked and he answered!)

This crazy "We can't HANDLE these scary terrorists" under the law so we have to pull some nutball Jack Bauer Stunts idea, is a load of shit.

See this guy?

Know who he is? He's Eric Robert Rudolph, the domestic terrorist who bombed the 1996 Atlanta Olympics killing Alice Hawthorne and wounding 111 others. He also committed several other bombs of gay nightclubs and abortion clinics until he was finally caught. Where is he now? Since 2003 he's been inmate #18282-058 serving two life sentences at a Supermax Federal Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado. He spends 22-23 hours a day - everyday - in solitary confinement. Don't worry about him Comin' to GETCHA" - he's cozy.

Here are some more examples courtesy of Jeff Leiber at Dkos.

There's this guy...

Who's he? He's Ramzi Ahmed Yousef the Al Qaeda operative who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993 killing 11 people and injuring over 1000. Later that summer he tried to kill Benizar Bhutto in Pakistan but was interrupted. He later bombed Phillipines Airlines Flight 434 as part of test run for a plan to simultaneously destroy 12 Airplanes at once over the pacific ocean (a precursor plot to 9-11). He was arrested in Pakistan in 1995, extradited to the U.S., tried and sentenced to life in 1995 for the planes plot, an in 1997 for the WTC bombing. He's currently in the same Supermax as Rudolph.

Some of you might know this boyishly cute face.

That's Timothy McVeigh, the former Gulf War Tank Vet and Domestic Terrorist who bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 168 people and injuring 450 - which until 9-11 was the most deadly terrorist attack on our soil - he was caught due to a traffic violation and identified as the bomber using a serial number from the truck that housed that bomb and a rental receipt. No wiretaps or waterboarding was needed. Where is he now? DEAD. He was executed on June 11, 2001 in Terra Haute, Indiana after being held at - you guessed it - the Florence Supermax. McVeigh's bombing was an attempt to start a Second American Civil War, between White Christian Patriots and - well - Everyone else, especially "Negroids" and "Zionists" in retaliation for the destruction of the Branch Dividians at Waco. Didn't really work out the way he planned it.

Here's a funny thing, heh heh, his execution was just one month before George Tenet, Richard Clarke and Cofer Black's desperate meeting with Condoleeza Rice on July 10th, 2001 to warn her in person that "Bin Laden is going to HIT US!" with a Terrorist Attack that would make McVeigh's and Yousef's bombs look like a firecrackers.

According Bob Woodward, She didn't listen, then LIED ABOUT IT to the 9-11 Commission and guess what else funny happened in between? BIN LADEN HIT US!


Wanna know who else was on McVeigh's cellblock?

This guy.

That's Ted Kaczynski - aka The UniBomber - who over the course of 18 years sent 16 bombs through the mail killing 3 people and injuring 23. He's been at Florence since his conviction in 1995.

Trust me, the U.S. Federal Prisons know how to handle people who like to blow shit up.

Know who else killed at least 16 people?

This guy.

That's Jeffry Dahmer, who lured, subdued, killed, cooked and ATE 17 people. He was caught in 1991, convicted and sentenced to 15 Life Sentences - then killed by a fellow inmate in 1994 at the Columbia Correctional Institude in Portage, Wisconsin.

He really didn't do so well at "coverting the natives" to his way of thinking.

The guys in Gitmo are supposed to be the "Worst of the Worst" - I don't any of them are worse than this guy. In fact a lot of guys in jail actually don't like terrorists - and KSM just might get Dahmered if he was released into general population. Steve King should like that idea, except his tendency not to think much.

Then there's this dude.

That's Charles Milles Manson. He masterminded the killing of (at least) six people in the Tate/LaBianca murders with the help of his followers Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkle, Leslie Van Hauten, and Linda Kasabian. The goal of the killings with it's deliberate bloody brutality was to spark a race war between Whites and Blacks, while Charlie and his followers hid out in the desert until all the dust settled and they could "rule" in the aftermath. His was an act of Terrorism, not all that different from McVeigh's (or Bin Laden's) when you think about it - all of them were trying to start a war, only Bin Laden succeeded - twice. To further this point another Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme tried to kill President Ford pure to create chaos. Even though Manson was originally sentenced to death, his sentence was commuted when the death penalty was briefly overturned in the 70s'. Although he does occasionally come up for parole, he remains at Corcoran State Prison 35 years after his crimes.

If Manson can't get out after all this time, I really don't think Khallid Sheikh Mohammed - whose much older than Charlie was - is getting out while he's still alive.

But, just for the sake of argument, what if some of them do go free?

Well considering the sudden BRAND NEW PENTAGON REPORT (what a coincidence) that says that 61 released former Gitmo inmates have returned to AL Qeada, we should at least consider the possibility. Nevermind the fact that almost no-one at Gitmo has been proven to be guilty of anything, there happens to be another report from Seton Hall which shows that the Pentagon is full of it.

DENBEAUX: Well, the government wrote two documents. One was a press release published non-DOD letterhead on their Web site that identified what they said were 30 people who had returned to the battlefield. That was in July of ‘07. That list of 30 identified 15 people.

Eight of those people were divided up into two - into groups. Three were from England; they were called “Tipton Three.” And they were there because they did a documentary called, “The Road to Guantanamo.”

MADDOW: Wait, wait. “Returning to the battlefield” means you were in a documentary?

DENBEAUX: Yes. That is included. Five more of that group actually are identified the Uighurs. Now, the Uighurs are the Chinese Muslims, and they were being held in an Albanian village after leaving Guantanamo. And they were listed as returning to the battlefield because their lawyer wrote an editorial criticizing Guantanamo detention policies.

That‘s eight of the 15 people they identified. They give seven more names, two of whom were never in Guantanamo. So they were down to five names, and of those names, two were Russians who were arrested in Russia, but not prosecuted and two more Moroccans.

So in fact, the number of people who would meet anybody‘s definition of returning to a battle field is tiny and the numbers they have given are simply incoherent.

So basically we really should be scared spitless that Obama is going to close Gitmo, all those deadly scary terrorist are all coming to get us...he he..

Yeah, right.

But what about that "Al-Shihri" guy on the news? Didn't he leave Gitmo and "re-join" Al-Qeada?


Let me just let Keith Address that one.

Said Ali al-Shihri was released while GITMO WAS STILL OPEN, so clearly this isn't Obama's fault. But the question is : Why did they release him? Was he innocent or did they just FUCK THE HELL UP again? There are two options here: If he was innocent when he went in and a terrorist when he came out - I don't think GITMO is working the way it should. So why keep it open to help make even more terrorists? If he was a terrorist when he went in, and they *Still* let him out - why the FUCK did they let him out unless none of their evidence was - a) legal b) admissable c) TRUE!

I'm just's time to get off this terror treadmill.

Anyway - speaking of scared little girls and are in the midst of wetting themselves over the scary al Qaeda guys who live in caves - You know who should be scared? Bush and Cheney should be scared.

Why - because of what happened 30 years ago with this dude.

This is William Charles Ayers - the supposed "Domestic Terrorist" that Barack Obama "Pals Around With". As a member of the Weather Underground, he was accused of several bombings including one that broke 100 WINDOWS and destroyed a statue dedicated to Riot Police in 1969. The statue was rebuilt in 1970 and then blown up again! (C'mon, - ya gotta admit that's funny in a Frat Prank kinda way) There were several casualties of the Weather Underground, but the only confirmed fatalities included 3 of their own members who were killed by a bomb that detonated prematurely. After that incident the WE determined to make non-lethal bombs only and to plant them when no victims where in the area. The were other injuries, but none (confirmed) fatal. They then proceeded to plant these bombs at the New York City Police Headquarters, The U.S. Capital Building and the Pentagon. Ayers was NEVER Convicted of anything.

Why not?

Because of various crimes and political suppression from J. Edgar Hoover's COINTELPRO program - including tampering with evidence and illegal wiretaps which were conducted by the FBI that tainted the validity of the case and evidence. As a result the Federal Prosecutor - not the Judge, The Prosecutor! - dropped all charges against Ayers and other WE members.

Maybe Hoover and his cronies should have followed the law - ya think?

Here's the real twist, the only people who actually went to jail in connection to the Weather Underground Activities - were MEMBERS OF THE FBI!

In 1978, former FBI Director L. Patrick Gray, former acting Associate Director W. Mark Felt (now known better as "Deep Throat"), former Assistant Director for the Domestic Intelligence Division Edward S. Miller, and former supervisor of the New York field office's Squad 47 (the COINTELPRO section) John Kearney were indicted for having conspired to "injure and oppress citizens of the United States" in their anti-Weatherman operations. After a lengthy 1980 trial, Felt and Miller were found guilty by a jury, the only FBI personnel ever tried and convicted of COINTELPRO-related offenses.

Like I said, Bush, Cheney and Gonzales better watch their ass - or they just might wind up in a cell at Florence - right next to Eric, Teddy and Ramzi.

Don't scoff - it's happened before, it can happen again. With luck.


Friday, January 23

Two Days in and Fox is Scared, Really Scared!

Thursday, January 22

Obama's First Day!

From all indications even after being out at various inaugural balls until after 1 a.m., newly sworn in President Obama was hard at work on his first day in office.

During that day he established January 20,2009 as a National Day of Renewal and Reconcilliation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.

Obama also signed an executive order establishing strict ethics regarding all Administration personnel, banning them from lobbying after leaving their posts, accepting gifts, and freezing the pay of those making over $100,000 (including himself)

Talk about "Taking One for the Team".
Following the cease-fire instituted by Isreal in Gaza just prior to his inaugural, President Obama phoned the leaders of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian authority to begin the peace process. He also selected Senator George Mitchell - who helped end the conflict in Northern Ireland with the Belfast Accords - as a special envoy to the middle-east.

Anyone who can solve the problems in Northern Ireland and get the IRA to disarm, can provide a great deal of help for Gaza.

Obama also signed an Executive Order to expedite the processing of Presidential Records and FOIA requests, like those that ACLU has used to under hundreds of cases of Torture. This of course, has already sent the Right-Wing into a Panic. Particularly Rush Limbaugh who has already declared "I hope Obama fails".

LIMBAUGH: What I’m afraid of is that what Obama did with this executive order is actually make it easier for the media to go get Bush documents. Because you know Pelosi and some of the guys over in congress are talking about war crimes trials and charges and so forth. […]

What I’m afraid of is what Obama’s done here is made the gathering of the information for this kind of stuff– This is not American. This is not America. This is not what America does. We don’t– This is Banana Republic kind of stuff.

Not so much for the "renewing" is he?

Elsewhere under the "not exactly Reconciled" column the nitwits on Fox News doubted that Obama actually is the President because Chief Justice John Roberts misread the oath of Office during the Inauguration.

Chris Wallace is the Fox brain donor who actually asked President Clinton why he didn't do anything about the U.S.S. Cole bombing? (Answer: Because the CIA and FBI couldn't agree on who did it! You wouldn't want an American President to use half-baked information and go attack the wrong people would ya, Chris? That would've Sucked!!! I'm so glad that didn't happen, whew..)

Ok, let's go over the 20th Amendment again - shall we?

The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.

You get that Chris?

After a one day delay caused by Sen John Cornyn of Texas, Hillary Clinton was confirmed by the Senate, sworn in as Secretary of State and is now on the job.

Senator Cornyn also managed to stall the confirmation of Attorney General Eric Holder in an effort to get Holder to commit to NOT prosecuting former Bush Officials for War Crimes.

“It could well be there will be a request to delay the markup for a week so those questions can be asked and answered,” Cornyn said. “Part of my concern relates to his statements at the hearing with regard to torture and what his intentions are toward our intelligence personnel who were operating in good faith based on their understanding of what the law was.”

Well, Senator if I remember the Nuremberg Trials correctly "I was just following orders" really wasn't an adequate defense. No one is required to carry out an illegal or immoral order. On Bush's watch more than 40 detainees died in custody as a result of abuse during interrogation.

NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union today made public an analysis of new and previously released autopsy and death reports of detainees held in U.S. facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom died while being interrogated. The documents show that detainees were hooded, gagged, strangled, beaten with blunt objects, subjected to sleep deprivation and to hot and cold environmental conditions.

""There is no question that U.S. interrogations have resulted in deaths"" said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. ""High-ranking officials who knew about the torture and sat on their hands and those who created and endorsed these policies must be held accountable. America must stop putting its head in the sand and deal with the torture scandal that has rocked our military.""

That's 40 War Crimes, all punishable by DEATH, resulting from techniques specifically authorized by George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.

Meanwhile Senator Carl Levin feels that Holder should appoint a Special Prosecutor to look into these issues.

LEVIN: We’re going to try to complete this investigation, at least on the DoD side, Ok. But on the intelligence, the CIA side, that’s going to be up to the Intelligence Committe. I know I suggested to Eric Holder, who will be the next Attorney General despite the delay that took place today, that he select some people or hire an outside person whose got real credibility, perhaps a retired federal judge, to take all the available information, and there’s reams of it.

Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias (who had been mysteriously fired by the Bush Administration for reason no one could explain even under oath) has been chosen to handle Gitmo Prosecutions.

Obama Orders the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, he also signed an order requiring all interrogations to follow the Army Field manual (which prohibits torture), setup an task force to determine the dispensation of current detainees.

Yet another bold step away from the long national nightmare that was the Bush era.

Meanwhile in Texas, the still unemployed former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales shed a tear, while his fellow Bushian former FEMA director Joe llbaugh lamented on how the former President - was just so misunderstood.

Yeah, I guess we all just don't understand how we lost $2.5 Trillion Dollars, 5 Million Jobs and 10,000 American Lives (from 9-11, Katrina and Iraq) on George Bush's watch. We should all really be thankfull...

Now that he's GONE!


Wednesday, January 21

Bush Spied on Everyone - Everywhere!

Despite his claims that "Wiretaps require a Warrant", and "We're only listening if you're talking to Al Qeada" - the Bush Administration was listening to every communication made by every American - and all Journalists information was SAVED. Exactly why former NSA analyst Rusel Tice wasn't sure - but the scale of the violation of FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) is staggering.

Tice's report here is in addition to what the L.A. times reported last October, that Bush spied on our own troops and the Red Cross. Intimate conesations between our soldiers in the field and their loved ones and family were passed around tha NSA Offices for FUN!

U.S. intelligence analysts eavesdropped on personal calls between Americans overseas and their families back home and monitored the communications of workers with the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations, according to two military linguists involved in U.S. surveillance programs.

The accounts are the most detailed to date to challenge the assertions of President Bush, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and other administration officials that the government’s controversial overseas wiretapping activities have been carefully monitored to prevent abuse and invasion of U.S. citizens’ privacy.

Describing the allegations as “extremely disturbing,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the panel had launched an inquiry and requested records from the Bush administration.

The linguists said that recordings of intimate conversations between citizens and their loved ones were sometimes passed around, out of prurient interest, among analysts at an electronic surveillance facility at Ft. Gordon, Ga.


Bush Booed At Inaugural

For a man leaving office with 22% approval and 73% disapproval who specifically said he "didn't care what the American people thought..." - it should have been expected.


Tuesday, January 20

What Today Means....

Hope for a better future has come to America. We now have a chance to realize true change in our national character, a chance to finally become the country we always promised we can be, and sometimes pretended we already were.


As an African American, I know that the enormity of the first black President taking office can not be understated. In less than an hour, A Black President will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capital and live in the White House - both structures that were built using slave labor.

At the same time, I say to you all, the racial background of the 44th President, Barack Hussein Obama, is probably the smallest element of the profound change that today represents to America - but it is an element and we shouldn't ignore that.

So Ok, first let me get the "Black Thang" off my chest.

To African Americans, this is HUGE!

Let me rephrase that, this is Fracking Huge.

Like Crispus Attucks, George Washington-Carver, Jesse Owens, Vivien Thomas (First Open Heart Surgery), Guy Bluford (First African American Astronaut), Jackie Robinson, Mohammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Dr Martin Luther King, Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) and so many thousands of others who'e paved the road - sometimes with their own flesh and blood - to this day, this is momentous.

But we have to be careful. We have to realize that the Hope that America is now beginning to truly feel, doesn't really come from Obama - it's coming from the rest of us. We have to recognize that his strength comes from his trust in the American people, not from any super-human abilities of his own.

We must resist the temptation to FETISHIZE him.

A virtual cottage industry of a million different Barack chotke's just might jump start the economy on their own (ok, ok, I doubt that too) - but we also have to not let Barack's enormous accomplishment become a high-water mark that all other prospective black men are expected to match or exceed before they are seen and taken seriously.

The FIRST in any field, often sets the standard and all others who follow are frequently compared favorably and unfavorably against that standard. It may seem strange to many people, I realize - but very often America has a tendency to make our first - our last. This is how it went with Dr. King. This is how it went with Hendrix. This is what happened with my friends in the band Living Colour.

Barack Hussein Obama will be the first African-American President today - we can not afford to let him become the only one. As we bask in today, we also have to look past today, to tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that...

That's what the election of Barack Obama means to me as a Black man, it is both a blessing and a challenge. A tremendous gift and a permanent curse.

"Look at what you can accomplish despite all the disadvantages and obstacles you have, and why aren't you halfway there already!?"

Fine, that's the way it is - many of us have been living through the burden of being judged against the statistics of our demographic group all our lives - so ok, bring it on.

But again as I said, that is in many ways the least important aspect of today.


We didn't elect a "Black Guy" - we elected The Right Guy, and frankly I think we did it for all the right reasons. We rejected fear. We rejected cynicism. We rejected all of the cheap political parlors tricks that have so many times dazzled and distracted us from doing the right thing at the right time. Just think about what stood against him, the odd arrogant incuriousness of Joe the Unlicensed Tax-Dodging Plumber/Pundit/Journalist: all the Hockey Mom's staring over at Russia waiting for Putin's head to appear.

Barack Hussein Obama has become President despite his funky name, despite being "too white" for Jesse Jackson and "too black" for Steve King, despite being "an Arab" who spent 20 years in the crazy Christian Church.

All of that stood against him, plus two wars and a Wall Street Meltdown, and how he won anyway - he won because America began to believe in itself again. We realized we could be our own better angels. We can fight terror without becoming terrible. We can end wars, and monger peace. We can prosper not by cracking the whips over the backs of the middle and working-class, but by lifting them up and protecting them - for they are us.

We have turned away from the Robber-Baron culture of corporate greed, making decisions based not on how they would help people, but based on how they help stockholders. We can rebuild ourselves, we can rebuild our infrastructure, we can rebuild our economy with Green Tech - possibly even remake the world - but we can't do any of that unless we try.

We Defeated Hate and we did it with courage, hope, optimism and love. We turned away from the past and have - permanently I pray - reached optimistically toward the future. We face enormous moral, physical and financial challenges - but like I said before - BRING 'Em ON!

THIS affects all of us. This new vision, renewing the American Dream and making it into a fresh new American Reality. We have become who we have been waiting for.

That's what today means...

Happy America Everyone!