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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Friday, September 29, 2006

The Human Catastrophe of Gaza Is a Time Bomb

"Abolish the UN" over a Kansas cup of coffee.
"Nuke Iran, take all the oil."
Vote Republican, or else.

A gigantic prison is Gaza; bombed, starved into a jihadist Stone Age, with Israel as it's Zion-mad warden about to explode into slaughter and genocide that only a trapped people, guarded at 400 checkpoints by Zionist draft age goons can produce. Walled off to reservations, cut-off from their traditional herding trails, their orchards and homes bulldozed to make room for Zionists. First come the hilltop trailer parks wrapped in barbed wire, sniper towers and landmines, then come the model suburbias, gated communities dumping their sewage down the hill to the Palestinians below.

A post-WWII version of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising may already be in the works in the apartheid zones around Israel. Israel's Zionist leaders continue to wave their nuclear bombs, cajoling the Bush Juggernaut to air bomb Iran as an October surprise. Or they will do it for Bush and Abramoff's cronies.

America's oil vampires lead the charge in Kansas!
The God of the Old Testament is upon us!
Will Granma and Granpa vote the same old, same old G. O. P. ticket this November? You bet.

Paranoid amnesiacs their brains bombed into red, white and blue forgetful spaces declared constitutional by the fundamentalists' Jesus Camp regime. Unable to find their SUV's and huge 4X4 trucks in the mall parking lots; they'll hit the "R" buttons by each candidate's name and whisper "amen" in the open poll booths.

Yes, and their fangs will grow when they push those touch screen computers this November in Kansas.

No need to hack victory in Kansas, the vampires wear crosses around here, oil runs in their veins - and blood drips from their televisions and hate radio stations. The hot Martian wind storms that howled across the Kansas plains for over two weeks last Spring were not part of climate change. Rush Limbaugh told them so.

The crazy cornfed Christians in Kansas don't care. Gas prices down, Bush is "up" winning a bi-partisan endorsement for secretive trials, torture and the abolition of habeus corpus.

Now the pious, obedient Repugnuts and cowardly Democraps can sit tall in their chicken hawk saddles leading the charge with the words of Col. George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn, "Come on, boys - we got them on the run."

Pay no heed to the horrors incarnate over that cup of coffee at the village diner. All is well, the suffering "over there" has nothing to do with "us." Dare not speak of it, or you will be called "traitor." Not even one word of dissent is allowed.

Mark the dissidents with "liberal commie" for future DHS round-ups during a duct taped Red Alert.

The Palestinians with their starving children will definitely oblige all of Kansas with silence. Israel, oil and that "good old time" religion will lead the crazies in Kansas over the cliff and they'll blame the ones "over there" and make more racist crusades to conquer the world for the American empire.

Read what our good American taxpayers fund Israel (in billions and billions of dollars each year) for at:

The Human Catastrophe of Gaza Is a Time Bomb

Hundreds Turn Out to Hear Views of Former CIA Analyst


Ray McGovern attracts a large SRO crowd in Springfield, Mo. and he is coming to Parkville, Mo. next Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 at 6pm. Can you come? Consider ride - sharing from the country to north Kansas City, Mo.

The event is free and open to the public.

Here is a handy leaflet with all the details concerning his upcoming visit next week click: print and post.

Read about his appearance before the "Ozarkers" at:
Hundreds Turn Out to Hear Views of Former CIA Analyst

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The "Nice Little Conservative Hit Job" blowback.

Elite blowback settles in among the crazy cornfed Christians about Clinton outfoxing Rupert's Fox News Sunday.

John Nichols writes a succinct essay for The Nation. Here he quotes what Clinton said to the show's host Chris Wallace with:

"'You set this meeting up because you were going to get a lot of criticism from your viewers because (Fox owner) Rupert Murdoch is going to get a lot of criticism from your viewers for supporting my work on Climate Change. And you came here under false pretenses and said that you'd spend half the time talking about (climate change.) You said you'd spend half the time talking about what we did out there to raise $7 billion plus over three days from 215 different commitments. And you don't care.'

Truer words have rarely been spoken on a nationally-televised 'news' program. "

And Clinton is correct about the dominant opinion about global climate change among Fox news junkies. Few care how much people are doing, or contributing to stop it. Also, former Vice President Al Gore was not too far off the mark tonight on the BBC when he said, "I know that the red carpet is just a rug."

Many Repugnuts in "Red State" Kansas consider dwindling energy security networks and global climate change a hoax perpetrated by a bunch of commie liberals.

This pre-enlightenment mentality hog wallows in Know Nothingism, and the vast M$M empires flood the airwaves producing the animal feed corn, propaganda necessary to dumb down the 'great beast' of ' consumers.'

The naive are to be yet again, reduced to be mere consumers, overfed, arrogant and considered as a herd to be kept docile. Similar to the very real lack of any intellectual debate among the policy makers and leaders of the "military industrial complex" concerning geopolitical wars elsewhere.

Clinton, who knows what it's like to be hated from all sides, was ready to pounce despite his own elitest tendencies that gravitate toward what those in the south call "neoliberalism."

Nichols writes on to say:

"When a beaten Wallace tried to cover for himself – '… all I can say is, I'm asking you in good faith because it's on people's minds, sir. And I wasn't…' – Clinton nailed him: 'There's a reason it's on people's minds. That's the point I'm trying to make. There's a reason it's on people's minds because they've done a serious disinformation campaign to create that impression.'"

"Love Bill Clinton or hate him, but understand that his appearance on Fox New Sunday was one of those rare moments in recent American history when a target of our drive-by media shot back. "

Read the complete essay at:
"You Did Your Nice Little Conservative Hit Job On Me."

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

ASPO Co-founder, Steve Andrews to speak on Peak Oil & Gas in KC!

Peak Oil & Gas lecture in KCMO!

Thursday evening September 28th at 6:30pm with a timely and exciting presentation on Peak Oil and Gas and its Implications for Renewable Energy. The guest lecturer for this free presentation is Steve Andrews of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.

Steve Andrews is a writer, lecturer and trainer on residential energy efficiency. He is Co-Founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA ( ).

Steve will be speaking in the Discovery Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Thursday evening, 6:30pm, Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO.

Monday, September 25, 2006

The interview that rocked my Sunday.

Part 1: Clinton Interview On Fox News

As current President Bush quips, "Why do they hate us?"
I counter, "Why do so many Republicans hate this man?"

Here is the full-unedited interview with former President Bill Clinton’s “first appearance” on Fox News Sunday.

The interview with Chris Wallace has caused a bit of an internet firestorm. I received several phones calls from regular Flyer readers on this Sunday afternoon to find a way to throw this up on the site. I received several emails this evening from different folks asking me if I saw the episode. I even had a voice mail message about this “media clash”.

Since Fox is viewed by more Flyer readers than I would like to count out here in Kansas. I stayed up tonight to find the episode for you other readers who might have missed it.

I know some who are quite close to me who have Fox television or Limbaugh radio on 24/7 droning on and on in the background with the ceaseless crawler running terror fear bulletins along the bottom of the screen. One can’t even have a conversation and a cup of coffee with the folks because they are so distracted waiting for the next moment when a “terror alert” is posted from some remote area of the world. Sometime it gets pretty crazy in Middle America. I and my family lived through some of those times which will be indirectly the subject of some stories I am preparing to publish in the near future.

While watching this short series of videos I think it would be relevant to pass along some short quotes from Richard Clarke’s book Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.

Try to remember what you were doing in 1993 through 1996 while reading this short passage. I’ll tell you what I was doing at the end of these quotes and the sequel video short (part two) which is posted below.

A pertinent passage from this book which Clinton and Wallace heatedly discuss begins here:

By keeping a close eye on Rahman, within months the FBI uncovered another cell planning bombings in New York. This time it would be the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the United Nations headquarters, and other landmarks. By the end of June 1993, the plotters and Rahman were in the federal government’s Manhattan Metropolitan Detention Center. It seemed like the counterterrorism machinery was working well.

It wasn’t. The FBI and CIA should have been able to answer my question, “Who are these guys?” but they still could not.

The real answer was a group that the FBI and CIA had not yet heard of: al Qaeda. The first member of al Qaeda arrested in the United States – as we later discovered – was El Sayyid Nosair, who assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the fiery leader of the radical Jewish Defense League, in New York in 1992. The FBI’s investigation into the World Trade Center suspects connected them to Nosair. Nosair’s legal bills were ultimately paid by bin Laden. His apartment had materials connecting him to something called the Afghan Services Bureau; yet many of the Arabic – language materials would go untranslated by the FBI for years after his arrest. The four initially arrested for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 were quickly linked to the Al Kifah Center in Brooklyn. That center was funded by and openly affiliated with the Afghan Services Bureau (Mahktab al Kiddimah), run by bin Laden. The blind sheik had spent time in Afghanistan with bin Laden. The blind sheik was a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which was already tied to bin Laden. Ahmed Ajaj had been detained at JFK Airport for carrying bomb – related materials, including a manual on the cover of which was the phrase “al Qaeda.” Ramzi Yousef had even called bin Laden from New York.

Usama bin Laden had formed al Qaeda three years earlier. Not only had no one in the CIA or FBI ever heard of it, apparently they had never heard of bin Laden either. His name never came up in our meetings in 1993 as a suspect in the World Trade Center attack. We did hear about someone who appeared to be Ramzi Yousef’s uncle. He went by various names, and he appeared to be behind Yousef’s mysterious money. One name he used was Kalid Sheik Muhammad. It was not clear exactly what his role was, but he was connected, and therefore the FBI wanted him, wherever he was.
Pg. 78 – 79

Please continued to next post below.

The interview that rocked my Sunday. Part Two

Part 2: Clinton Interview On Fox News

The questions are being answered.
Domestic Terrorists from within the militias were loose everywhere.
Far right terror of Americans by Americans was draining resources.

Again, a pertinent passage dealing directly with a later time – frame. Beginning here with Clarke writing of the internal security problems surrounding the Olympics in Atlanta held after the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. The bombs and the bombers came from Kansas, here the security approaches another controversial level at:

The Washington representative of the Secret Service asked abut access control on the Olympic venues, especially the Olympic Stadium where the President would be sitting. “Who is going to mag and search everyone as they come into the stadium?’ After he explained that the verb “to mag” meant to search for metal such as guns using handheld or stationary walk-through magnetometers, the Atlanta Olympic Committee representative revealed its plan to have citizen volunteers at each gate to the stadium. They would not be using mags.

Mindful of Ramzi Yousef’s plot to blow up 747s and the images of Pan Am 103, I asked about aircraft. “What if somebody blows up a 747 over the Olympic Stadium, or even flies one into the stadium?”

The Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta FBI Office was steaming under the cross-examination from the Washington know-it-alls. “Sounds like Tom Clancy to me,” he sneered. I glared at him. “But if it happens well, that’s an FAA problem,” he answered.

“Okay, Admiral Flynn?” I turned to Cathal Flynn, the retired Navy SEAL who ran FAA security. Born in Ireland and having spent twenty-five years in the U. S. Navy with the first name Cathal, Flynn liked to be called “Irish.”

“Well, Dick, we could ban aircraft from over the Stadium during the events by posting a Notice to Airmen,” Irish responded.

“But what if a terrorist hijacks an aircraft and violates that ban?” I asked.

“Then we would call the Air Force if we saw the aircraft violate the ban on radar. But by then it would be too late,” Flynn intoned in his deep baritone. “But, of course, we would not even see them on radar if they shut down the transponder on the aircraft. You see, our radars are not air defense radars. Our air traffic control radars rely on the aircraft sending out a radio signal to us to tell us its altitude.”

The Defense Department representative then explained to us about the posse comitatus law and how it prohibited the military from using force in the U. S. Jim Reynolds from the Justice Department helpfully pointed out that posse comitatus could be waived and had been waived to allow Army Special Forces to assist in suppressing a prison riot “right here in Atlanta” a few years earlier. “Yeah, but there is also an international law, to which we are a party, that bans shooting down a civilian aircraft. We learned all about that after we shot down the Iranian Airbus,” came the DOD reply.

“Okay, Okay. So whose job is it to stop a hijacked aircraft from flying into the Olympic Stadium?” I asked in frustration.

“Don’t let them hijack an aircraft in the first place,” the Atlanta FBI man offered.

We returned to Washington. On the flight back, I wondered aloud with John O’Neill how we would ever get the departments back in Washington to do the right thing about Atlanta Olympics security, spending the money, moving the teams. There was not much time left.

Pg. 106 – 107, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, Richard A. Clarke, Free Press, 2004

As you may well know now, FBI Agent John O'Neill later died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. The Atlanta Olympics was bombed, killing a single volunteer security guard, wounding and maiming many others. The bomber, a radically violent Christian, five years later was finally apprehended he was abortion clinic serial bomber, Eric Rudolph.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

McGovern in KCMO, Oct. 4th, speaking on how to get out of Iraq!

Information on Ray McGovern's speech next week is at:

Col. Ann Wright (ret'd) and former Senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern served the findings of an International War Crimes Tribunal at both the White House and the Department of Justice this last Friday. Thanks to for the video.

Watch it at their multimedia page located at: War Crimes Indictments Served

Why Hugo Chavez wants you to read Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky - Santa Fe in January 2005

Here Professor Chomsky spoke recently after his book "Hegemony and Survival came out.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Don't have the book? Listen to the author.

You wonder what was that book Hugo Chavez waved and slapped on the UN General Assembly meeting this week, well … many thanks to Tom in Imperial Beach, California who runs the Information Clearinghouse (which is having a modest fundraiser right now) for providing Noam Chomsky on Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest For Global Dominance .

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Bush rages:"I am not Beelzebub, Lord of Sulfur"


Mike Whitney writes from Information Clearinghouse a scathing review of Hugo's stunning speech before the UN General Assembly. Which according to him won a 5 minute standing ovation that was edited out of the televised broadcast.

Here's some of Mike's rave:

Whatever it is; it seems to be working. After skewering Bush as “the devil” and sniffing around for sulfur (the traditional sign of Lucifer) Chavez performed his ablutions with a sign of the cross and an angelic expression worthy of Botticelli.

If you’re a lefty, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Chavez should give lessons in public speaking. His appearance was like a clap of thunder; waving Chomsky with one hand and pummeling Bush with the other.

He managed to heap more muck on “Guantanamo Nation” than anyone since Harold Pinter gave his blistering Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on 12-7-05.

That’s when Pinter said: “The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have ever talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised quite a clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It is a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

Chavez matched Pinter word for word, exposing the hypocrisy, lies and brutality of an administration that never stops lecturing about freedom and liberation even though it grinds out mountains of carnage everywhere it goes.

And where was Bush when Chavez delivered his broadside ….hiding behind Karen Hughes skirts, picking out a new eye-liner for his next televised harangue against Muslims, retrieving his Yale pom-poms from the dry-cleaners?

[ .... ]

There’s no time to lose. We have to dump Bush NOW and get on with the pressing issues of global warming, peak oil, nuclear proliferation, poverty and AIDS.

Chavez is right; the present model for global rule is broken and corrupt.

We need a change.

“Capitalism is savagery,” Chavez boomed.

Read it all at: Bush rages: "I am not Beelzebub, Lord of Sulfur"

War Signals


The article appearing in the upcoming Nation magazine details some of the very real preparations the military is making for the bombing of Iran.

Read it all at: War Signals

DailyCamera: Boulder County

Excerpt originally linked from Energy Bulletin:

Drought may eclipse Dust Bowl

Local scientist's work first to show regional forecasts
By Todd Neff, Camera Staff Writer
September 20, 2006

LONGMONT — Global warming could — in the coming decades — bring Colorado and neighboring states 12-year droughts more severe than the 1930s-era Dust Bowl, says a study that Boulder scientist Martin Hoerling presented Tuesday.

Hoerling said the work, presented at a drought conference hosted by the Geological Society of America, is the first to translate the results of global-warming models into regional drought predictions.

DailyCamera: Boulder County

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

News & Analysis: "I Was a Propaganda Intern in Iraq"

Democracy Now!
22/August/2006 interview excerpt:

He was just 22 years old and he was an intern at the Lincoln Group, the Washington-based government contractor. The company gained notoriety last November after the Los Angeles Times first revealed it was being paid by the Pentagon to plant stories in the Iraqi press as part of a secret military propaganda campaign. A subsequent Pentagon investigation in March cleared the Lincoln Group of any wrongdoing.

Today, we speak with that former intern of the Lincoln Group. Willem Marx is a freelance writer and a graduate student in journalism at New York University. His article detailing his experience is published in the latest issue of Harpers Magazine. It's titled "Misinformation Intern: My summer as a military propagandist in Iraq." He joins us on the line from Uzbekistan.

Later during the interview Willem talks of ... the money.

AMY GOODMAN: $10 million. According to MSNBC, "In December 2005, Pentagon documents indicate the Lincoln Group […] received a $100 million contract to help produce these favorable articles, translate [them] into Arabic, get them placed in Iraqi newspapers and not reveal the Pentagon's role.”

WILLEM MARX: I think MSNBC has got it slightly confused. The Lincoln Group was one of three companies also offered -- also contracted for up to $100 million for a contract with the Psychological Operations Joint Task Force, I think it’s called, down in Florida. And that $100 million was dependent on pictures they made, ideas they came up with and could then sell to the military. That contract, with Lincoln Group at least, has been canceled, I think as recently as this month. I think I saw a piece in the Washington Post reporting that.

So that $100 million, very little of it was ever given to the company, I think, and it was certainly touted by them as one of their major crowning achievements. But these are $20 million over two months, the $10 million a month for media placement in Iraq, was a separate contract with the military in Iraq.

Read the complete interview at:
News & Analysis: "I Was a Propaganda Intern in Iraq"

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

In This Moment: Ministers condemn Phill Kline's church-based fundraising as idolatry

Writers; Diane Silver, Nancy Jane Moore, Pamela K. Taylor and Eleanor Arnason from the Kansas Web Lob "In this Moment: An Uncommon Blog of Hope and Politics" are gathering the news on Ks. A.G. Phill Kline's campaign juggernaut machine fleecing the wealthiest of the howling pentacostals' purses.

Now the women are reporting that a statement from other churches are opposing his methods.

Read some excerpts of the church leaders' statement, then click on to their fine web log. All from the "Kansas Blog Wire" at the top of every scroll on the left hand margin of the FCF:


It is evident that in his quest to garner contributions and votes from conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist congregations, Kline has asked churches to walk dangerously close to the line drawn by the Internal Revenue Service that prohibits nonprofit organizations from supporting political candidates. [FCF - emphasis added.]

In fact, Kline has asked them to cross that line...

Does not asking pastors to identify the five members of their congregations with the deepest pockets and assembling groups of lay people to be campaign workers constitute a blatant violation of IRS Code Section 501(c)3?

The Attorney General of the State of Kansas, of all people, should know better.

[Also, below, an embedded link to the authors of the church statement. - FCF]

Other ministers and religious leaders can sign the statement by visiting the organization's web site.Mainstream Voices of Faith is a program of the MAINstream Coalition.

I will send up the complete statement tomorrow.

Read more about Phill's big, big problem at "In This Moment" click below:

Taking Back Kansas: Ministers condemn Phill Kline's church-based fundraising as idolatry

Tomdispatch Interview: Chalmers Johnson on Our Fading Republic

Here is more of this fantastic interview, please read the teaser below and continue on - if you are a Republican or conservative, Chalmers Johnson writes from your perspective.

Tomdispatch Interview: Chalmers Johnson on Our Fading Republic

In Part 1 of his interview, Chalmers Johnson suggested what that fall-of-the-Berlin-Wall, end-of-the-Cold-War moment meant to him; explored how deeply empire and militarism have entered the American bloodstream; and began to consider what it means to live in an unacknowledged state of military Keynesianism, garrisoning the planet, and with an imperial budget -- a real yearly Pentagon budget -- of perhaps three-quarters of a trillion dollars. Tom

What Ever Happened to Congress?

A Tomdispatch Interview with Chalmers Johnson

(Part 2)

Tomdispatch: You were discussing the lunacy of the 2007 Pentagon budget…

Chalmers Johnson: What I don't understand is that the current defense budget and the recent Quadrennial Defense Review (
which has no strategy in it at all) are just continuations of everything we did before. Make sure that the couple of hundred military golf courses around the world are well groomed, that the Lear jets are ready to fly the admirals and generals to the Armed Forces ski resort in Garmisch in the Bavarian Alps or the military's two luxury hotels in downtown Seoul and Tokyo.

What I can't explain is what has happened to Congress. Is it just that they're corrupt? That's certainly part of it. I'm sitting here in California's 50th district. This past December, our congressman Randy Cunningham confessed to the largest single bribery case in the history of the U.S. Congress: $2.4 million in trinkets -- a Rolls Royce, some French antiques -- went to him, thanks to his ability as a member of the military subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee to add things secretly to the budget. He was doing this for pals of his running small companies. He was adding things even the Department of Defense said it didn't want.

This is bribery and, as somebody said the other day, Congress comes extremely cheap. For $2.4 million, these guys got about $175 million in contracts. It was an easy deal.

The military is out of control. As part of the executive branch, it's expanded under cover of the national security state. Back when I was a kid, the Pentagon was called the Department of War. Now, it's the Department of Defense, though it palpably has nothing to do with defense. Hasn't for a long time. We even have another department of the government today that's concerned with "homeland security." You wonder what on Earth do we have that for -- and a Dept of Defense, too!
The government isn't working right. There's no proper supervision. The founders, the authors of the Constitution, regarded the supreme organ to be Congress. The mystery to me -- more than the huge expansion of executive branch powers we've seen since the neoconservatives and George Bush came to power -- is: Why has Congress failed us so completely? Why are they no longer interested in the way the money is spent? Why does a Pentagon budget like this one produce so little interest? Is it that people have a vested interest in it, that it's going to produce more jobs for them?

I wrote an article well before Cunningham confessed called
The Military-Industrial Man in which I identified a lot of what he was doing, but said unfortunately I didn't know how to get rid of him in such a safe district. After it appeared on the Los Angeles Times op-ed page, the paper got a couple of letters to the editor from the 34th district in downtown LA saying, I wish he was my congressman. If he'd bring good jobs here, I wouldn't mind making something that just gets blown up or sunk in the ground like missile defense in Alaska. I mean, we've already spent $100 billion on what amounts to a massive high-tech scarecrow. It couldn't hit a thing. The aiming devices aren't there. The tests fail. It doesn't work. It's certainly a cover for something much more ominous -- the expansion of the Air Force into outer space or "full spectrum dominance," as they like to put it.

Tomdispatch Interview: Chalmers Johnson on Our Fading Republic

Sunday, September 17, 2006

An important Tomdispatch Interview: Chalmers Johnson on Our Military Empire

"New Isolationists" Movement Rising Now!

I consider Chalmers Johnson one of the most important scholars of what I call the "New Isolationists."

A former staunch conservative Republican he took a distinct turn away from the Republican party before the election of President Bush.

An important interview with him was recently posted at Tom Dispatch, here is a brief excerpt:

Cold Warrior in a Strange Land

A Tomdispatch Interview with Chalmers Johnson

(Part 1)

As he and his wife Sheila drive me through downtown San Diego in the glare of mid-day, he suddenly exclaims, "Look at that structure!" I glance over and just across the blue expanse of the harbor is an enormous aircraft carrier. "It's the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan," he says, "the newest carrier in the fleet. It's a floating Chernobyl and it sits a proverbial six inches off the bottom with two huge atomic reactors. You make a wrong move and there goes the country's seventh largest city."

Soon, we're heading toward their home just up the coast in one of those fabled highway traffic jams that every description of Southern California must include. "We feel we're far enough north," he adds in the kind of amused tone that makes his company both alarming and thoroughly entertaining, "so we could see the glow, get the cat, pack up, and head for Quartzsite, Arizona."

Chalmers Johnson, who served in the U.S. Navy and now is a historian of American militarism, lives cheek by jowl with his former service. San Diego is the headquarters of the 11th Naval District. "It's wall to wall military bases right up the coast," he comments. "By the way, this summer the Pentagon's planning the largest naval concentration in the Pacific in the post-World War II period! Four aircraft-carrier task forces -- two from the Atlantic and that's almost unprecedented -- doing military exercises off the coast of China."

Read the complete and important interview at:

TomDispatch - Tomdispatch Interview: Chalmers Johnson on Our Military Empire

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Project Censored: National impeachment movement ignored by corporate media.

Walter Cronkite writes: "Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism."

Now how is that for an endorsement?

And here is one of the "censored" stories just released this week!

One of the writers we published in the hard gravel road broadsheet version of the FCF, Dave Lindorff, who recently co-authored with Barbra Olshanksky the new book, "The Legal Case for Impeachment of President George W. Bush" would agree with this article.

Read the article below:
Project Censored Media Democracy in Action

But don't wait for the action, get involved, order the book, be familiar with the arguments, tell your friends, build the movement!

Order Dave and Barbra's book, now!

This important new book written with legal authority, can be ordered here and you can read recent posts about it's growing market at:

FCF network is big! Writer Anwaar Hussain tips readers!

"Project Censored" TOP 25 STORIES RELEASED FOR 2006!

I received the following from the great writer Anwaar Hussain who broadcasts from his forum in the United Arab Emirates, and writes some of the best essays in the blogosphere.

Check this out!

I published "Project Censored" when Dr. Ben Bagdakian first started the "project" years ago before Gulf War One. Back then it was just a list passed around through the alternative press networks, now it comes out as an annual book. These and others will be appearing in the 2007 issue.

Here is Anwaar's brief message, the link below takes you to his forum where the headlines to the 25 "Project Censored" stories are linked, you'll be reading more about this in the future here at the FCF web log.

Anwaar's letter begins below:

Dear All,

Here is a list of Top 25 Censored News Stories of 2006. You got to see it to believe it;

Please do register and comment.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Enough of the 9/11 Conspiracies, Already

Let's get on with stopping this phony "War on Terrorism", street fighting door to door for congressional impeachment investigations and preparing the country for energy shortages and climate change.

I am sick of this and you can't have anymore pickles out in the Blue Barn's barrel, if you keep it up. Here is a good final word on this divisive subject as well as some credible sources to keep on the desk. Geez, talk about energy intensive.

Enough of the 9/11 Conspiracies, Already

The KS-AG & the political firestorm coming this November!

Well, thank goodness, the 9/11 Anniversary and the media flood pumping fear into a nation of paranoid amnesiacs, is over.

Kansans might just be waking up and once again steering this country out of the the most disasterous governments in the history of this country. It is long, long overdue and may be too late to avert economic depression, but before the plummet into that abyss - a powerful message is ready to be sent.

You can help send that message by kicking out some of the political religious cogs, by running Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, Congressman Jim Ryun and other Republicans out of office this November.

Hats Off! Here's to the the best daily newspaper in Kansas, the Lawrence Journal World and one of the last full time paid journalists covering the Kansas legislative statehouse, Scott Rothschild.

Rothschild somehow intercepted an "anonymously leaked" 4 page email that has blown the cover off the not-so-stealthy campaign of Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline and the whole culture of corporate corruption surrounding the now defunct and "party of Lincoln".

Kansas, the state that fought the Civil War before the nation went to war, is once again over 150 years later emerging on the nation's political battleground. Now is the time to start tolling the bells against the whole Republican juggernaut that has used the Christian religion to line their political pockets. Get the vote out and with a vengence!

Kansas stands at a historic crossroads, again, and the people stand a chance this November to finally after years of stumblebum idiotic single party obediance to break out and break free from the mental shackles of political slavery.

Now is the time! Read the link below.

One of the biggest web logs in the country The Daily Kos (linked below) has put it out to the nation.

Read the entry, download the leaked memo and see just how slimy with slimfast this pack makes Christians out to be.
Daily Kos: KS-AG: The GOP strategy revealed

Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree

Yep, you read it right and the guy who wrote one of the most hilarious and investigative books to come out, "Armed Madhouse" has been charged by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with criminal conduct.

It is happening and the nation of paranoid amnesiacs motors along in 10 mpg SUV's munching on junk food cussing liberals; the Bloggers with a videotape, anti-war tee-shirt protesters, bumpersticker environmentalists, and now one of the last independent investigative reporters with any wide-scale exposure: arrested.

Greg Palast writes about a hilarious, but serious escapade with the doughnut eating, bored DHS gumshoes.

Read an excerpt then go to the link below and follow his advice at the end of the article.

On August 22nd, for LinkTV and DemocracyNow! we videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind barbed wire in a trailer park encampment a hundred miles from New Orleans. It’s been a year since the hurricane and 73,000 POW’s (Prisoners of W) are still in this aluminum ghetto in the middle of nowhere. One resident Pamela Lewis said, “It is a prison set-up” — except there are no home furloughs for these inmates because they no longer have homes.

To give a sense of the full flavor and smell of the place, we wanted to show that this human parking lot, with kids and elderly, is nearly adjacent to the Exxon Oil refinery, the nation’s second largest, a chemical-belching behemoth.

So we filmed it. Without Big Brother’s authorization. Uh, oh. Apparently, the broadcast of these stinking smokestacks tipped off Osama that, if his assassins pose as poor Black folk, they can get a cramped Airstream right next to a “critical infrastructure” asset.

Two weeks later Palast delves into the criminal complaint by calling the "victim" - poor old Exxon energy ...

So I rang America’s top petroleum pusher-men and asked their media relations honcho in Houston, Marc Boudreaux, a simple question. “Do you want us to go to jail or not? Is it Exxon’s position that reporters should go to jail?” Because, all my dumb-ass jokes aside, that is what’s at stake. And Exxon knew we were journalists because we showed our press credential to the Exxon guards at the refinery entrance.

The Exxon man was coy: “Well, we’ll see what we can find out… Obviously it’s important to national security that we have supplies from that refinery in the event of an emergency.”

Really? According to the documents our team uncovered from the offices of Exxon’s lawyer, Mr. James Baker, the oil industry is more than happy to see a limit on worldwide crude production. Indeed, the current squeeze has jacked the price of oil from $24 a barrel to $64 and refined products have jumped yet higher — resulting in a record-busting profit for Exxon of nearly $1 billion per week.

So this silly “criminal complaint” has nothing to do with stopping Al Qaeda or keeping the oil flowing. It has everything to do with obstructing news reports in a way that no one would have dared attempt before the September 11 attack.

Greg may be a bit off on the "Peak Oil" issue, but he doesn't deserve any of this harassment. Read the whole article to the bottom where he passes important support information to readers.

Click below:
Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree Greg Palast

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

BuzzFlash interview with decorated Ambassador Joe Wilson - a civil government of gentlemen has ended.

I know how this guy feels from personal experience in dealing with defending a spouse who has a career destroyed by political zealots in elected offices.

Today gentlemen do not win.

Thanks to Buzzflash for posting this interview. Another reason to read the headline streams along the left margin of the FCF web log.

Here is a pertinent excerpt (bear in mind the "sixteen words" Wilson discusses below brought Bush overwhelming support for the Iraq invasion):

BuzzFlash: In the end, they (Washington Post ed/op - FCF) say you were incorrect in your claim about the Niger uranium -- even though the White House and the 9/11 Commission have admitted you were correct. We think it's important to go back, to read Novak’s columns, and see what the White House’s megaphone. Mr. Novak, was saying back then. One of the things we distinctly recall at the time this story broke was that the CIA had actually told the White House in the autumn, before the President included the infamous "sixteen words" in his State of the Union speech, that this was not to be used, that the sources were not confirmed, that it wasn’t reliable information. The Niger claim had actually been pulled from an earlier speech, but then somehow ended up in the State of the Union address. Condoleezza Rice has said that it was an error. It was just a mistake, sort of, that it ended up in the State of the Union speech. Given all this, I guess I would have to ask the Washington Post, how could they claim that you made an erroneous charge?

Joseph Wilson: Your guess is as good as mine. I’ve offered over the years to meet with their editorial board. I’ve never gotten the courtesy of a response. But it’s hard for me to say, not really knowing these people very well, not being part of that group, what their thinking is on this. But you’re absolutely right that it was reported at the time, in their own newspaper. Condoleezza Rice offered an apology. Stephen Hadley offered his resignation. So I’m the one who behaved badly, or I was incorrect? There was never anything to the story, and everybody knew it. Colin Powell said we all knew there was nothing to the story. I don’t know what the Post was thinking. They are basically one of the many institutions that abdicated their responsibility to provide some semblance of oversight over this administration.

One other thing about the Post ... I think it’s been clear to anybody who cares about the news that, for awhile, that the quality of reporting in what we call mainstream media has been declining. I think one reason why you see such a surge in popularity of the so-called blog world is a direct response to that. It is the American way. If you don’t like what you’re getting from your normal provider, you go find another provider. I think that’s what people are doing. And I must say I’m one of them who now spends much more time going through the blogs than I ever did before, because I’m just not getting the quality of news that I expect and that we should demand from an independent press in this country. (- FCF emphasis added)

BuzzFlash: David Corn has written in Hubris and in his blog at The Nation, that your wife, Valerie Plame, oversaw the CIA special operational desk that was set up before the invasion of Iraq to in part confirm whether or not there were WMDs there. And it has been said in the press for some time that your wife was a specialist in tracking the illicit sales, transfer, and existence of weapons of mass destruction. Can you discuss that at all?

Joseph Wilson: I’ve read accounts of the Hubris book, and it has been reported by the press that she was with the CIA proliferation division. I don’t think that she would question that reporting. With respect to a specific job responsibility, I really don’t have any comment.

Read the complete interview at:
Ambassador Joseph Wilson Updates on Bush Betrayal of National Security

Monday, September 11, 2006

CounterPunch: The 9/11 conspiracy nuts.

Here is one essay sure to flame up the talk around the Blue Barn's pickle barrel!

While ABC's "The Path to 9/11" has a head lock on the M$M prime time Legion of Doom viewers CP head honcho, Alexander Cockburn, sucker punches the vast number of dissidents gone bonkers over the last few years about the Big Question.

Did Darth Vadar Dick Cheney order a hit on the WTC to con the country into invading the Middle East?

Will mild mannered (though slightly dyslexic) George "Clark Kent" Bush admit he swallowed Cheney and Rumsfeld's kryptonite pill?

Only when we solve these vexatious questions will our country be healed enough to consider dumping the whole gang. Until then, street fighting against the "War on Terror" and pushing impeachment is futile.

Follow the "magic bullet" until your head swims, and old age ensues - maybe start a little cottage business peddling paranoia, tour the talk shows - cry repression of the Truth!

If you're one of the dolts munching my pickles in the Blue Barn, then this one is a definite read - or stay away from the farm.

Excerpt below (just to stir up the shitstorm among my lurking readers):

You trip over one fundamental idiocy of the 9/11 conspiracy nuts -- -- the ones who say Bush and Cheney masterminded the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon -- in the first paragraph of the opening page of the book by one of their high priests, David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor. “In many respects,” Griffin writes, “the strongest evidence provided by critics of the official account involves the events of 9/11 itself… In light of standard procedures for dealing with hijacked airplanes… not one of these planes should have reached its target, let alone all three of them.”

The operative word here is “should”. One characteristic of the nuts is that they have a devout, albeit preposterous belief in American efficiency, thus many of them start with the racist premise that “Arabs in caves” weren’t capable of the mission. They believe that military systems work the way Pentagon press flacks and aerospace salesmen say they should work. They believe that at 8.14 am, when AA flight 11 switched off its radio and transponder, an FAA flight controller should have called the National Military Command center and NORAD. They believe, citing reverently (this is from high priest Griffin) “the US Air Force’s own website”, that an F-15 could have intercepted AA flight 11 “by 8.24, and certainly no later than 8.30”.

A must read the complete essay, or stay away is here:
How They Let the Guilty Parties Slip Off the Hook

More Post 9/11 Anniversary Blues: The End Times Hits Primetime

The Christian Chicken Littles keep plugging away at the disloyal, unwashed news consumers, and the Capital Hill gangs. "We have the Oval Office, the president is with us, give up, surrender to Jesus - Isreal needs our helicopters and cluster bombs, God wills it."

Matt Taibbi writes from Rolling Stone magazine one of the most hilarious, cut to the jaw bone of an ass pieces about the religious nut cases passing out the Beltway kool - aid today.

Here is an excerpt:

The significance of Hagee is that he chairs a group called Christians United For Israel (CUFI) which believes that the U.S. must unite to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran to precipitate Armageddon, followed by the more desirable Second Coming of Jesus. Hagee would be just another sweating evangelist lunatic if it weren't for the fact that his group has the ear of the White House. RNC chair Ken Mehlman took time out from bashing Ned Lamont to speak at CUFI's inaugural banquet in Washington in July, and both Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum also addressed the group. Meanwhile, Hagee at the banquet reportedly read out greetings from Ehud Olmert and George W. Bush himself, who apparently said, "God Bless and stand by the people of Israel and God Bless the United States." (FCF emphasis)

Read the whole Holy Enchilada at: AlterNet: The End Times Hits Primetime

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sen. Feingold Stands Up...Again

Published on Saturday, September 9, 2006 by
Sen. Feingold Stands Up...Again
by Dave Lindorff

Once again, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), has nailed it, doing exactly the right thing, acting in a courageous manner as a progressive politician should act.

It is clear to everyone in Congress that President Bush knows he's in deep political and legal trouble over his warrantless NSA spying program. It has been declared a violation of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence law passed by Congress in 1978, and the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, by a federal judge in Detroit. His justification for breaking those laws--that he is the commander in chief in a so-called "war" on terror--was summarily slapped down and tossed out by the U.S. Supreme Court in the course of its Hamdi v. Rumsfeld decision in June.

And anyone who thinks honestly about why the president would have decided to violate the FISA law and avoid seeking warrants for the spy program from a group of secret, top-security-clearance-rated judges in a special FISA court that has only rejected four such requests in 28 years has to admit that Bush is clearly doing something outrageous (most likely spying on his political enemies in a replay of Nixon's actions, the very crime that led Congress to pass FISA in the first place).

My own Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican who keeps playing at liberal to the home crowd in Pennsylvania but who has shown himself to be nothing but an enabler of Bush's constitutional crime wave, held hearings on the NSA spying.

He huffed and puffed a little about its being illegal, and then came up with a proposal that, if passed by Congress, would retroactively exonerate the president of his crime against the Constitution, while establishing a new shortcut to permit the warrantless spying to continue unabated, and unmonitored by either Congress or the FISA court.

It looked like this atrocity of Specter's was going to pass into law, but Sen. Feingold, with the help of, not Democrats, but three Republican senators he rounded up who still respect the Bill of Rights and rule of law, managed to fend it off by way of a filibuster threat.

Feingold deserves all of our thanks for this move--so uncharacteristic of his feckless Democratic colleagues, who continue to cower at the thought of an attack by Karl Rove and his media minions.

The amazing thing is that when Feingold introduced a censure motion against Bush late last year, his approval rating among Democrats and among the general population soared--a clear indication that he has the political positions that American voters are looking for. It is likely that Feingold's numbers will jump again as news of his latest action in the Senate spreads.

And yet most Democrats in Congress still remain supine when it comes to standing up to the Bush administration.

Part of the problem, as always, is the mass media, which largely ignore Sen. Feingold, or as they did in the case of his censure motion, ridicule his actions. When Feinfold proposed censuring the president, which was a bold move that only two of his Senate colleagues endorsed (and then only after intense pressure from their constituents), the New York Times buried the story on page 19.

Two days later though, the paper, in a textbook example of inappropriate news judgment, ran a page-one "reaction" story, reporting that Republicans were claiming to be happy to see censure and impeachment in the news, as this would presumably "energize" their political base. Nowhere in that story was there any mention of how censure or impeachment would similarly energize the Democratic base in November.

Hopefully, Feingold will not be deterred by threats from the right, abuse by the media, or the cowardice and lack of support of his fellow Democrats, and will continue to press the fight against the Bush administration's assault on the Constitution and on American democracy and freedom.

So far, based upon his consistent opposition to "free-trade" legislation, his opposition to the Iraq War, his opposition to the Patriot Act, his censure motion, and now his effort to block passage of a law exonerating Bush expost facto of his domestic spying crimes, it doesn't look like he is going to back down.

Right there, he has distinguished himself from the pack of weasels and poll-hugging opportunists lining up to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Dave Lindorff is co-author, with Barbara Olshansky, of "The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office"(St. Martin's Press, May 2006). His web site which features regular updates on the impeachment movement is at:

The Common Dreams link for this essay is at:
Sen. Feingold Stands Up...Again

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Eleven critical minutes from "The Power of Nightmares: The rise of the politics of fear." BBC

Choice You Tube cut courtesy linked from Information Clearinghouse.

A pretty important portion of the the documentary that questions the foundation of the "War on Terror" as applied within the United States.

It would be funny if the cuts weren't so seriously real:
The War on Terror is a Fraud

The World's View of the US 'War on Terror' - by Norman Solomon


The USA's mass media constantly tell us how Americans see the "war on terror." But the same outlets rarely tell us much about how the rest of the world sees it.

Five years after 9/11, the gap between perceptions is enormous. Countless polls confirm the overall chasm. Yet, day to day, the media messages that surround us in the United States simply recycle American views for American viewers, listeners and readers.

But there are exceptions. A recent one aired on "PRI's The World," a co-production of Public Radio International, WGBH in Boston and the BBC World Service. "We decided to check in with people in different parts of the globe to get their perspectives on the White House's war on terror," the anchor said on the Sept. 5 broadcast.

Complete article here:
The World's View of the US 'War on Terror' - by Norman Solomon

'Gaza is a jail. Nobody is allowed to leave. We are all starving now'

Patrick Cockburn writing for England's Independent newspaper (excerpt below):

A whole society is being destroyed. There are 1.5 million Palestinians imprisoned in the most heavily populated area in the world. Israel has stopped all trade. It has even forbidden fishermen to go far from the shore so they wade into the surf to try vainly to catch fish with hand-thrown nets.

Many people are being killed by Israeli incursions that occur every day by land and air. A total of 262 people have been killed and 1,200 wounded, of whom 60 had arms or legs amputated, since 25 June, says Dr Juma al-Saqa, the director of the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City which is fast running out of medicine. Of these, 64 were children and 26 women.

This bloody conflict in Gaza has so far received only a fraction of the attention given by the international media to the war in Lebanon.

Read the complete article linked from Information Clearinghouse at:
'Gaza is a jail. Nobody is allowed to leave. We are all starving now'

The Law of Opposites - by Rep. Ron Paul (R - Tx.)

EXCERPT from a recent paper published by the congressman.

"We're constantly being told that we cannot abandon Iraq and we are obligated to stay forever if necessary. This admonition is similar to a rallying cry from a determined religious missionary bent on proselytizing to the world with a particular religious message. Conceding that leaving may not be a panacea for Iraqi tranquility, this assumption ignores two things. One, our preemptive war ignited the Iraqi civil war, and two, abandoning the Iraqi people is not the question. The real question is whether or not we should abandon the American people by forcing them to pay for an undeclared war with huge economic and human costs, while placing our national security in greater jeopardy by ignoring our borders and serious problems here at home.

In our attempt to make Iraq a better place, we did great harm to Iraqi Christians. Before our invasion in 2003 there were approximately 1.2 million living in Iraq. Since then over half have been forced to leave due to persecution and violence. Many escaped to Syria. With the neocons wanting to attack Syria, how long will they be safe there? The answer to the question, "Aren't we better off without Saddam Hussein," is not an automatic yes for Iraqi Christians.

We've been told for decades that our policy of militarism and preemption in the Middle East is designed to provide security for Israel. Yet a very strong case can be made that Israel is more vulnerable than ever, with moderate Muslims being challenged by a growing majority of Islamic radicals. As the vincibility of the American and Israeli military becomes common knowledge, Israel's security is diminished and world opinion turns against her, especially after the failed efforts to remove the Hezbollah threat.

We were told that attacking and eliminating Hezbollah was required to diminish the Iranian threat against Israel. The results again were the opposite. This failed effort has only emboldened Iran.

The lack of success of conventional warfare – the U.S. In Vietnam, the Soviets in Afghanistan, the U.S. In Iraq and Afghanistan, Israel in Lebanon – should awaken our policy makers to our failure in war and diplomacy. Yet all we propose are bigger bombs and more military force for occupation, rather than working to understand an entirely new generation of modern warfare.

Many reasons are given for our preemptive wars and military approach for spreading the American message of freedom and prosperity, which is an obvious impossibility. Our vital interests are always cited for justification, and it's inferred that those who do not support our militancy are unpatriotic. Yet the opposite is actually the case: Wise resistance to one's own government doing bad things requires a love of country, devotion to idealism, and respect for the Rule of Law."

Read the complete paper at: The Law of Opposites - by Ron Paul

What George Bush Didn't Say About Guantanamo


Exclusive perspective from

"According to Bush, secret prisons and torture have kept America safe. Not entirely true. While fessing up to the secret prisons, one of the critical things Bush failed to tell the American people was that CIA interrogators learned the hard way that torture was not an effective interrogation method. Books written by Jim Risen and Ron Suskind during the past two years provide compelling accounts that torture against people, particularly Khalid Sheikh Mohamad (KSM), was ineffective. Suskind recounts that KSM, one of the masterminds behind the 9-11 attack, was waterboarded - a technique designed to make you feel like you are drowning. Interrogators also threatened to rape and murder his family. KSM reportedly replied, "Do what you will, my family will be with God."

Bush also neglected to mention that, despite his previous criticism of the Clinton Administration for not fighting terrorism as a military threat, almost all of the Al Qaeda operatives cited in his speech were captured through intelligence operations. In other words, most of the successes we have achieved as a nation in tracking down and capturing terrorists has been the work of law enforcement and and intelligence officials, not our soldiers. " (FCF emphasis)

Read the complete summation of the speech at:
Larry C Johnson: What George Bush Didn't Say About Guantanamo

Democracy Now! Secret Prisons, war crimes - Barbara Olshansky


Watch the opening interview or read the rush transcript of the following exchange:

JUAN GONZALEZ: Now, in the conversation we had before we went on the air, you mentioned also that the bill addresses this whole issue of whether American citizens can be held as enemy combatants and put in military tribunals versus being tried in regular American courts.

BARBARA OLSHANSKY: Yeah. And this was something that really we have had a number of conversations about, you know, with people on the Hill, some people in the White House, about the fact that an administration bill that was leaked included the word “people” instead of the word “aliens,” because the President's November 13th military order in 2001 said “non-citizens.” Well, now, the language says an unlawful enemy combatant can be any individual. And it's very clear that that means Americans. It can mean anyone in the world. There is no exclusion, you know, for Americans. And the language of who can be an enemy combatant has been tremendously expanded. So it could be, you know, not only al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, but other associated forces and just others who are unnamed. And it's any hostile act, not necessarily a military act. Am I hostile by talking about what's wrong with this, by sitting here with you? How are we going to know that? And then I end up in Guantanamo in a military commission, where the death penalty can result? This is astounding stuff.

Go to this link to read how the house is on fire while Bush fund raises for arch-conservatives in Missouri:
Democracy Now! As CIA Detainees Transferred to Guantanamo, President Bush Acknowledges Secret Prisons

Thursday, September 07, 2006 A Monarch's Dire Warning About the Middle East

Well, well another "ruling class snitch" is jumping off the Bush cabal's war wagon to Iran:

Read this exclusive from Time Magazine on-line.

World is "doomed" -- A Monarch's Dire Warning About the Middle East

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The End of Eden



It seems like many years ago, in fact it was only twenty or so, when in a small farmhouse near Westmoreland, Ks. my wife and I watched a PBS special mystery "Edge of Darkness".

The feature length series, lasting over three weekends and six hours, was an import from England depicting a secret struggle among a radioactive stew of nuclear weapon scientists, Scotland Yard cops and some politically activist environmental children.

The movie was the first time I had ever heard of the term "Gaia" to describe planet Earth as a living organism.

At that time I had attended many protests; defending Leonard Peltier in Leavenworth's federal prison (he is now being held in Springfield, Mo.), opposing apartheid in South Africa (before Nelson Mandela was released) and a nationally mobilized demonstration at a large CFC factory near Wichita, Ks. (which did in fact result in government regulations against CFC's in aerosols then depleting the ozone) among many others.

A life of learning requires an intellectual appetite for a wide feast of experiences based on experiments in working theories on the ground. I still consider the philosophical tool of the dialectic as the most indispensible of tools for gaining a critical understanding and changing the world we survive within.

Studying contradictions solve most of the handy mysteries in life.

The orphaned sister of the philosopical "dialectical" linked in the last few centuries to all the toilers of humankind, "materialist" means less and less to me as I age. Toilers of all countries seem more fond today of the pursuit of luxury, not seeing to the necessities of their fellows.

That PBS series of "Mystery" was taped on a now defunct VHS recorder and has been watched many times since, passed around among friends, returned and stretched, scratched and static filled - it rests in three plastic boxes under my current television set, but in another farm house in Northeast Kansas.

The old man who coined the word "Gaia" is coming to the United States.

The old man at 88 years of age, who still sails into life's harbor with humor and humility, who coined the term "Gaia" will no doubt be listened to, describing again his theories about this planet as a living organism in rebellion against our ravages. The theories will be conveniently overlooked by billions - and neglected, scorned and mocked derisively by the soon extinct political creatures currently leading us.

If he is correct in his scientific findings from his cottage lab in the backyard and I believe he nearer the truth than any among us, we will be dragged to it by reality in the not-too-distant future. Should you or I care, we're mostly dead in thirty or forty years, but what of those eyes you stare into everyday, the eyes of the younger people around you?

Shall I allow that truth to drag my most familiar child, and yours too, to a most ignominous future? Would you if you knew?

The old man scientist has scared the shit out of his fellow scientists lately.
Because of what they are discovering across the planet each day.

Mainly, also because his scientific use of "dialectics" is starting to interfere with so many "materialists" hellbent on fleeting luxury and wealth.

His theory seems to be the biggest "inconvenient truth" to grasp among the scientists and every day people today.

And he never ran for president.

Read it and do not weep, question his findings if you must - but challenge yourself with an open mind and prepare to stare into the "Edge of Darkness."

Go to: The End of Eden

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

US Army planners develop demand destruction on global scale

The War Criminal's "Logic"

It was only a few years ago that the neocons surrounding the Bush political juggernaut were described as the "crazies" among many of the powerful within the DC beltway.

Before Cheney and his secret energy task force of Big Energy moguls met in the White House, before 9/11 was used to negate the Nuremburg Laws immediately after WWII which made pre-emptive wars of agression a capital offense for leaders of all countries that signed off on that treaty. The American imperialists were making policy plans for the situation the world is facing today.

They are not crazy, but completely rational from a psychopathological viewpoint of wanton empire.

The "crazies" have taken the country that far, violating the laws pounded out by jurists seeking an international order of law to end international wars. The "crazies" have persuaded tens of millions in American that we must literally piss on the blood spilled by hundreds of thousands of dead Americans who died fighting during that world war.

Now if a section of despondent and overpaid bunch of suburbanites managing and filtering the information highways to all the loyal grandparents out here in the real world would call them crazy, why wouldn't certain fellow American imperialists from within the military aid and abet the "crazies" in furthering international war crimes?

Suck-ass brownie points ensure the bureaucrats' retirement pensions. Whether it's on the factory floor for a foreman or a humble civil servant in the "military industrial complex."

I have been developing a theory for the last few months as the approaching war crisis develops over Iran with a working title called, "Peak Oil, Demand Destruction on Planet Earth" where American imperialism - an empire in the early throes of massive global demand for petroleum and immediate chronic shortage - takes on the unthinkable of just a few years ago. The wholesale air bombing of developing countries into pre-industrialized states of non-petroleum based economies.

Reduce the demand for petroleum by bombing a significant number of civilizations around the Persian Gulf and the Middle East into what the mad rednecks in Kansas call "the stone age." According to that naked Rush Limbaugh logic, "better them than us."

It is the "logic" of a psychopathic regime of Big Energy moguls.

To the doubting readers I offer this quick retort.

Obviously this would require a "shock and awe" snapshot that has already been repeated in both Iraq and most recently, Lebanon. You want to know what it looks like? Look at what has already been done to the people living in those countries.

And unfortunately the transnational munition manufacturers, Boeing, Lockheed Martin et. al. are all too willing to ship the missiles and bombs to whoever the Pentagon and the Bush "cabal" approves. Whether it be Israel and the mad Zionists running that country, or some shaky Saudi royal family armed to the teeth with F16 jet fighters or cruise missiles.

Here is an analysis by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed who is the author of The London Bombings: An Independent Inquiry.

He teaches courses in International Relations at the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, where he is doing his PhD studying imperialism and genocide.

Since 9/11, he has authored three other books revealing the realpolitik behind the rhetoric of the "War on Terror", The War on Freedom, Behind the War on Terror, and The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism.

In summer 2005, he testified as an expert witness in US Congress about his research on international terrorism.

Read the complete document with some very informative links at:
US Army Contemplates Redrawing Middle East Map to Stave-off Looming Global Meltdown

Islamo-Fascism and the True Appeasers � Project for the Old American Century blog


Tj Templeton is editor of Project for the Old American Century. He has produced a truly great essay on the latest craze of the Bush Administration to rile up the obedient followers by calling critics "appeasers" and in like fashion, as their fearless leader invented a new school of political/religious thought for the "evil doers" now they are calling the enemy "Islamo-Fascists".

I watched Tammy Bruce on C-Span 2 this Labor Day weekend and was floored when the talk show radio host started slipping the word in during her 3 hour interview. This from a self-styled "progressive" lesbian gun owner who supports abortion, who insisted on voting for Bush both times and was so worried about the second election result she went to Disneyland to decompress during the vote count.

Why her support for Bush? It was his leadership in the phony "War on Terrorism" that spawned her talk show support for the fearless leader. She also thinks anti-war "peace" people are mentally ill. And of course she absolutely hates the lefties she calls the "Thought Police."

Weird. Tj Templeton lays it all out for us about fascism and links it so we can learn for ourselves. Check him out at:
Islamo-Fascism and the True Appeasers

Monday, September 04, 2006

War is Not a Solution for Terrorism

Howard Zinn writes an interesting critique about the "futility of large scale violence." He argues that the wars of today, as waged by the United States and Israel, "inevitably results in the indiscriminate killing of large numbers of people. To put it more blintly, war is terrorism."

The complete essay is at: War is Not a Solution for Terrorism

The Daily Star (Lebanon) Ed-Op, Will oil impose US-Iranian reconciliation?

Here Hani Asfour writes of a possible reconciliation between Iran and the U. S. after a recent Henry Kissinger remark.

The Daily Star - Opinion Articles - Will oil impose US-Iranian reconciliation?

Sunday, September 03, 2006

There Is Fascism, indeed, but not in the Blue Barn!


This holiday weekend Olbermann's MSNBC cable television program was the source of several conversations in the Flyer's Blue Barn with visiting staff members from afar. It was one of the positive themes that encouraged resistance to the "Thought Police" of both left and right wing.

Here is a portion of Olbermann's sign-off that night:

This country faces a new type of fascism - indeed.

Although I presumptuously use his sign-off each night, in feeble tribute, I have utterly no claim to the words of the exemplary journalist Edward R. Murrow.

But never in the trial of a thousand years of writing could I come close to matching how he phrased a warning to an earlier generation of us, at a time when other politicians thought they (and they alone) knew everything, and branded those who disagreed: "confused" or "immoral."

Thus, forgive me, for reading Murrow, in full:

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty," he said, in 1954. "We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular."

And so good night, and good luck.

Olbermann makes an interesting historical analogy about Rumsfeld's American Legion convention address. And pay special attention to the "batteries in backwards" pivot phrase.

Read the complete essay and watch the video placed above his reprinted essay.

Click below: Keith Olbermann There Is Fascism, Indeed

Two scholars say pro-Israel lobby has warped U.S. policy

There are so many pro-Israelis Legion of Doom types within and around the DC beltway nothing at this point can be counted on as meaningful U. S. foreign policy in the Middle East. The lethal brew of billion dollar munitions manufacturers, Christian Zionists meeting secretly with the Bush White House and fanatical fear mongers in the major news medias will keep these two critics paper from getting out. Here is an excerpt of the crap they have encountered.

Still, Walt said, "... We were disappointed that much of the reaction consisted of attacks on our characters or on extraneous issues rather than on a serious discussion of our main argument. ... We really didn't say anything that was all that controversial, that wasn't common knowledge inside the Beltway ..."So it wasn't what we said," he continued.

"It was rather that two card-carrying members of the mainstream foreign policy establishment with rather impeccable, even boring, middle-of-the-road credentials and absolutely no trace of anti-Semitic history, attitudes or behavior finally pointed out the elephant in the room."

Read the complete article at: Two scholars say pro-Israel lobby has warped U.S. policy