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Bushworld – and other things… 21 August 2006

Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC.

 David Pugliese / Argentina

I think that is a good depiction of Bush … accurate.

“When things start getting out of control, people start shooting,” said police Capt. Richard Lockhart.

Somewhere in 2003 I read a reference that violent crime in the US was on the verge of an uptick – that it likely would not be significant enough to be an issue in the 2004 election cycle, but would hit for the next one.

Tonight I read this from Reuters:

A 2005 Federal Bureau of Investigation crime report, issued last month, showed violent crime increasing for the first time in four years in 2005, up 2.5 percent from the year before, with medium-size cities and the Midwest leading the way.

While New York, Los Angeles and Miami still are enjoying drops in crime, smaller cities with populations of more than 500,000 are raising the alarm, posting an 8.3 percent rise in violent crime in 2005. Nationwide, the murder rate rose 5 percent — the biggest rise in a single year since 1991.

After dramatic declines in murder rates in the 1990s, some cities dropped programs that emphasized prevention and controls on the spread of guns, often citing budget cuts.

And with this little bit… considering we have just seen a massive display of what giving up city programs – for “security” – bought us… a very bad deal was struck post 9/11.

Explanations vary — from softer gun laws to budget cuts, fewer police on the beat, more people in poverty and simple complacency. But many blame a national preoccupation with potential threats from abroad.

“Since September 11, much of the resources that were distributed to crime-fighting efforts in Boston and other major cities were redistributed to fight terrorism,” said Jack Levin, director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University.

“The feds had supported after-school programs. They had supported placing more police officers in crime hot spots in major cities. These federal efforts were reduced,” he said.

On other fronts, Lieberman calls himself a devoted Democrat… hmmm.  In 2004 Bush used “discerning Democrat” to indicate the sort he wanted to vote for him… that was the catch phrase he and Zell used as they campaigned together.  Lieberman is in the right part of the alphabet, at least.

I felt then that Joe voted for George.

As to who Lamont votes for… a dicier deal even. [thanks D Throat] 

Tom Swan, Mr. Lamont’s campaign manager, said that a “mutual acquaintance” had helped organize the dinner, where a handful of others were also present.

“They talked about what the U.S. could do to help Israel,” Mr. Swan said, declining to provide further details.

Both Joe and Ned are well within the pro-Israel bosom of the party.  Loaded with asps as that bosom is.

They can have each other.  And the party, parties.  Both parties insist, absolutely insist, on this deadly blood oath with Israel.

  Hayat Roshanai / Iran

Uri Avnery

[T]HIS WAR has no name. Even after 33 days of fighting and six days of cease-fire, no natural name has been found. The media use a chronological name: Lebanon War II.

This way, the war in Lebanon is separated from the war in the Gaza Strip, which has been conducted simultaneously, and which is going on unabated after the cease-fire in the North. Do these two wars have a common denominator? Are they, perhaps, one and the same war?

The answer is: certainly, yes. And the proper name is: the War for the Settlements.

The war against the Palestinian people is being waged in order to keep the “settlement blocs” and annex large parts of the West Bank. The war in the North was waged, in fact, to keep the settlements on the Golan Heights. […]

The solution is on hand: we have to remove the settlers from there, whatever the cost in wines and mineral water, and give the Golan back to its rightful owners. Ehud Barak almost did so, but, as is his wont, lost his nerve at the last moment.

It has to be said aloud: every one of the 154 Israeli dead of Lebanon War II (until the cease-fire) died for the settlers on the Golan Heights. [snip]

We can be sure that Lamont as candidate to be #100 in the club has said little more than, “rest assured of my support for Israel”.  Nor would he diverge from the script.

We are up to our necks in a most unholy contract.


UPDATE, 1:00 pm

– Israel –

And we have to fess up to that and realize that unless we get our hearts involved in this, as well as our minds, we’re not going to be able to stand up and do our duty as American patriots and face down this situation and say to our government,

“Enough. Enough. No more carnage. Bring our troops home from Iraq. And reign in this Israeli government that is using your helicopter gun ships, your fighter-bombers, your tanks, etc.”

Dahr Jamail interviews Ray McGovern

   [N]ow, imagine our surprise, those of us who knew about the crazies, when we found them in the key policy-making positions. Not only they, but the likes of convicted felon Elliot Abrams, who is running our policy toward the Middle East right out of the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor, right now as we speak.

    So it seems to me what has happened here is that they have, together with the infamous Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal … Cheney/Rumsfeld and this coterie of neo-conservatives plus Elliot Abrams, who fits that category, had decided, “Well, we’re going to input the rest of that famous study that several of them wrote back in 1996, called, ‘A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.'”  […]

     So, it’s not a big effort to go and put PNAC in your URL line and download some of the documents from the Project for the New American Century and the “Clean Break” study, and you will see that all of this was very well presented to Netanyahu when he was elected Israeli premier. In the first instance, it was too radical even for Netanyahu, and that’s saying something.

    Well, this is the policy that is being implemented now. You can read it, it’s in the text: “We will go after Lebanon. We will find a pretext which will justify us going after Lebanon big time. Next, Iran. Next, Syria.”

And of course Iraq came in the preceding paragraphs. The plan is laid out there. Anyone who doesn’t take that seriously dismisses it at their own peril.


UPDATE, 1:40 pm

– Lebanon –

Noticed this over at Angry Arab, from The Daily Star:

MARJAYOUN: Mohammad Ali Qobeissi, a member of the National Council for Scientific Research, said on Sunday that a crater caused by an Israeli munition in Khiam contained “a high degree of unidentified radioactive materials.” Qobeissi, along with Ibrahim Rashidi from the Faculty of Sciences at the Lebanese University, have inspected the crater – which is 3 meters deep and has a diameter of 10 meters – in the Jlahiyyeh quarter in Khiam, with a Geiger-Muller radioactivity counter and nuclear material detector. [snip]

And this snip from an entry at Angry Arab:

[T]he daily Haaretz quoted an unidentified military source as saying, “We were really lucky the operation did not end with 10 commandos killed.” Some commentators described the raid as another black mark for the Israeli military, already under severe criticism for its conduct of the Lebanon war.

Writing in Yediot Aharonot, Amir Rappaport said, “The operation was intended to be absolutely secret and the mere fact that it was revealed and even claimed casualties is proof of its failure. “The skirmish between the commando troops and the Hezbollah fighters, which was not planned, also displays Israel to the world as though it violated the U.N. resolution. Absurdly enough, the mission that ran into trouble was also intended to allow Israel to provide proof later on that Syria, Hezbollah and Iran were not honoring the agreement.””

But Al-Akhbar newspaper in Beirut has a different account. It talks about a deliberate deception plan by Hizbullah. Hizbullah apparently lured those “commandos” by orchestrating a convoy of cars to mislead Israel into believing that Shaykh Muhammad Yazbak was in the area.

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1. TustonDAZ - 21 August 2006

Love that Uri Avnery piece!

* Was it agreed with the Americans in advance to go to war the moment a credible pretext presented itself?

* Did the Americans push Israel into the war, and, later on, demand that it go on and on as far as possible?

* Was it Condoleezza Rice who decided in fact when to start and when to stop?

* Did the US want to get us entangled with Syria?

* Did the US use us for its campaign against Iran?

Good questions, no?

and then the money quote:

To have any value whatsoever, the investigation must expose the real roots of the war and present the public with the historic choice that has become clear in this war, too: Either the settlements and an endless war, or the return of the occupied territories and peace.

2. D. Throat - 21 August 2006

I am so fucking tired of Booman lying about how “benign” Casey will be in the Senate… have you ever noticed that the so called liberal pro-choice guys are the ones who tout anti choice wingnuts the most…

If you want women to vote for Casey, you need to explain the mechanics of the Senate.

Many do not know about the structure of committees. For example, in a Democratic controlled Senate, Casey would never have had the option to vote for Alito because he never would have made it through the judiciary committee and therefore never would have been nominated.

And Casey will not be allowed anywhere near the judiciary committee.

How do we get six seats without Casey?

Arguments about bread and butter issues will not work until his potential threat is addressed.

And no one is enthuisiatic about a new Lieberman.

Join European Tribune or Booman Tribune

by BooMan23 on Mon Aug 21, 2006 at 10:01:19 AM PDT

you know? (0+ / 0-)

Recommended by:
Christopher Walker

I am still feeling burned for defending Zell Miller in 2001 and 2002.

I honestly never saw that meltdown coming.

As a resident of Pennsylvania I am not happy with Casey as my nominee, but I will vote for him because the party endorsed him. I oppose Schumer’s anti-primary strategies nationwide, but bygones are bygones.

But I am not willing to tell anyone they must vote for Casey or suggest they are morons if they do not.

I was made to look like a moron over Zell. I learned my lesson.

My vote for Casey is really a vote for Reid, Kennedy, Leahy, Levin, Biden, and all the other ranking members.

Join European Tribune or Booman Tribune

by BooMan23 on Mon Aug 21, 2006 at 10:17:49 AM PDT

he is such a fucking condescending creep… he insists on stoking these lies every time the Casey debate comes up.

A fucking sick thread of Booman, Eugene, DemocraticLuntz , Jiacinto and Armando strategizing on how to “pet” women inorder that they vote against their own interest… waiting for the blogmaids to show up and cheerlead… funny how none of these fools brings up how 14 Dem Senators just crossed over on the last abortion vote a month ago… Reid included.

3. marisacat - 21 August 2006

And Casey will not be allowed anywhere near the judiciary committee.

LOL Does not matter. The Dems have enough idiots to take care of working on the R game plan and schedules, even if they did attain majority.

CLARENCE THOMAS. Dems were in the majority. It worked out VERY WELL for the Republicans.

Which they will not – attain majority that is….

Not in the cards.

I have long thought that one of the components of the final weeks of the Mid Term run will be intense intense class warfare from the R. At the state level. Ruthless exposition of the so called “Big Liberals” (all Dems but DINO Red State are “liberal” in the R smears), cash on hand, family wealth, living situations and so on. They used it to great advantage in S Dakota with Daschle. Meanwhile Dems bitch and moan that it was unfair to target the Min Leader. LOL.

And the R know one thing very well, the Dems don’t fight back. The American people know it too.

And Lamont fits right in with that… 😉 The R are a bit frayed at the edges… but not out. And Delay is sidelined as is Ney. And what do we hear anymore of “Duke” Cunningham? Not much.

Thanks for the snips on Booman.

So called Liberal Bloggerie has suffered for the Boob quality of the so called men at the front of the bus.

From what I read, Casey’s big big lead is shrink shrink shrinking. It’s happened before.

Webb Casey lamont Massa Sestak etc… LOL. Big Revolution. Not.

4. CSTAR - 21 August 2006

The nature and character of the invasion is far different than anything that used to happen. 58% of the Mexican people in one survey indicated they believed that the American Southwest belonged actually to Mexico. It was stolen from them. It belongs to them and I think that the Mexican government has a direct program basically to push it’s poor, unemployed, and uneducated into the United States for a variety of purposes. And one of them, in my judgment — in which I believe I documented it in the book — is an attempt at the reconquista they call it, the reannexation of the seven days states of the American Southwest, link linguistically, ethnically and culturally to become as much a part of Mexico is they are a part of America. And I think that is well underway.

Pat Buchanan on immigration

Dozens of former Colombian soldiers deployed in Baghdad as security guards are engaged in a pay dispute with their employer Blackwater, a US private military company contracted in Iraq by the State Department.

The dispute erupted in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone after 35 Colombians learned that their salaries amounted to a quarter of the $4,000 (€3,120, £2,126) they allege they were offered by recruitment agents in Bogotá acting for Blackwater.

Financial Times
Further down we read “hundreds of Colombians, Chileans and Ecuadoreans have gone to Baghdad, Kirkuk and Hilla to work for private military companies, or PMCs.”

Le limpio la pieza ahora, o primero voy de patrulla.

5. marisacat - 21 August 2006

Appears to me that Negroponte’s Ordinary Rules and Special Rules of Engagement are in place.

and plenty of wolf pack killing…

6. Nanette - 21 August 2006

I thought I had read about this here, but maybe not? Just in case… the gift that keeps on giving:

Unexploded cluster bombs prompt fear and fury in returning refugees

When the guns went silent in Aitta Shaab, a war-ravaged village close to the Israeli border, three children skipped through the rubble looking for a little fun.

Hurdling over lumps of crushed concrete and dodging spikes of twisted metal, Sukna, Hassan and Merwa, aged 10 to 12, paused before a curious object. Sukna picked it up. The terrifying blast flung her to the ground, thrusting metal shards into her liver. Hassan’s abdomen was cut open. Merwa was hit in the leg and arm.


Israel may be pulling out of Lebanon but its soldiers leave behind a lethal legacy of this summer’s 34-day war. The south is carpeted with unexploded cluster bombs, innocuous looking black canisters, barely larger than a torch battery, which pose a deadly threat to villagers stumbling back to their homes.

Mine-clearing teams scrambling across the region have logged 89 cluster bomb sites so far, and expect to find about 110 more. Meanwhile, casualties are being taken into hospital – four dead and 21 injured so far. Officials fear the toll could eventually stretch into the thousands.

Now that’s how a cease-fire is done, y’all. Sigh.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 21 August 2006

So, radioactive material … depleted uranium munitions, or something uglier?

8. marisacat - 21 August 2006

well the little article left it hanging. It read very flat.

We shall see.

We served Lebanon up, to the IDF.

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