Episode 41: On a mission

On a mission

The trouble with the mission in Iraq is that King George keeps changing the ?mission??.
(Thanks to Faiz at Think Progress…the mission is well documented.)

All quotes are from actual King George speeches or “press” conferences.

Pre-invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq by US forces? ?Our mission is clear in Iraq. Should we have to go in, our mission is very clear: disarmament.? [3/6/03]

The mission began? ?Our cause is just, the security of the nations we serve and the peace of the world. And our mission is clear, to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein?s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.? [3/22/03]

And we seemed to have a clear mission??Our forces have been given a clear mission: to end a regime that threatened its neighbors and the world with weapons of mass destruction and to free a people that had suffered far too long.? [4/14/03]

Then, the mission seemed complete? ?On Thursday, I visited the USS Abraham Lincoln, now headed home after the longest carrier deployment in recent history. I delivered good news to the men and women who fought in the cause of freedom: Their mission is complete, and major combat operations in Iraq have ended..? [5/3/03]

Then the mission continued? ?The United States and our allies will complete our mission in Iraq.? [7/30/03]

And continued? ?That has been our mission all along, to develop the conditions such that a free Iraq will emerge, run by the Iraqi citizens.? [11/4/03]

And continued? ?We will see that Iraq is free and self-governing and democratic. We will accomplish our mission.?

And continued? ?And our mission is clear there, as well, and that is to train the Iraqis so they can do the fighting; make sure they can stand up to defend their freedoms, which they want to do.? [6/2/05]

Now were still there? ?We?re making progress toward the goal, which is, on the one hand, a political process moving forward in Iraq, and on the other hand, the Iraqis capable of defending themselves? And we will ? we will complete this mission for the sake of world peace.? [6/20/05]

What is the actual mission? To make money for the contractors? To help political friends?
It seems that many are profiteering ((http://ruckus.temp.veriohosting.com/warprofiteers/ ) from this, like Halliburton (http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/) while others suffer at the hands of this global business giant (http://www.corpwatch.org/)

OK, OK, I?ll stop being so introspective and depressing?this is supposed to be FUN! More to come, trust me, this administration is a goldmine!

Episode 40: Conspiracy to Deceive

Episode 40: Conspiracy to Deceive

Democrats.com says we can make a difference by urging our duly appointed representatives to investigate King George?s blatant conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States, Congress, and the American people as to the basis for taking the nation into a military first strike and ongoing conflict with Iraq. (Thank you Revolutionary Powell)

So, I started investigating the current operations in Iraq.

I went to the President?s weekly radio address to see what is on his mind about our current involvement. http://www.whitehouse.gov/radio/

He mentions the war on terror. ?We went to war because we were attacked. We are at war today because there are people out there who want to harm our country and hurt our citizens.?

Pretty scary stuff, unless you listen to what President Bush said in 2003: ?We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th. What the Vice President said was, is that he has been involved with al Qaeda. And al Zarqawi, al Qaeda operative, was in Baghdad. He's the guy that ordered the killing of a U.S. diplomat. He's a man who is still running loose, involved with the poisons network, involved with Ansar al-Islam. There's no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaeda ties.? ??it is vital that we succeed in Iraq, that a free Iraq will make America more secure. A free Iraq will change the dynamics of the Middle East, which will be important for peace. And I appreciate the support of Congress and the understanding of Congress that we will succeed in Iraq. And so the $20 billion is to help rehabilitate that country, so that the people of that country can live a free and hopeful life.? [09/17/2003 ].

According to The Guardian :
A key Foreign Office diplomat responsible for liaising with UN inspectors says today that claims the government made about Iraq?s weapons programme were ?totally implausible”.
He tells the Guardian: ?I?d read the intelligence on WMD for four and a half years, and there?s no way that it could sustain the case that the government was presenting. All of my colleagues knew that, too”.

If it wasn?t WMD or September 11th, then what was it? So I went to the White House site ? Policies in focus: Iraq” It's a year out of date. Are we to believe that there are no updates in the Iraqi situation? The last update says ?President Bush on Thursday said, ?Based on all the information we have today, I believe we were right to take action, and America is safer today with Saddam Hussein in prison. He retained the knowledge, the materials, the means, and the intent to produce weapons of mass destruction.?? This contradicts the above assessment published today.

And since we are there, how many of those ?brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our liberty? are we to morn? http://icasualties.org/oif/ According to these numbers there are still US and Coalition casualties in Iraq. Due to one man?s ?decision to remove Saddam Hussein?

The whole ?war? sickens me. We continue to waste billions of dollars to ?defend ourselves? but from whom?

The 24 terrorists from the September 11th attacks are dead. There are no links that these attackers were coordinated by Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein, but many Americans continue to support the Military occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The true enemies of the American people are currently holding the offices of President and Vice President and key seats on powerful committees in the House and Senate. Their agenda is crippling the liberties of the citizens guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The world sees the American people through the public face of this leadership, and they are preparing a defense against their next move. The propagation of the myth that everyone is out to get us is creating more peoples that fear the US as an imperial power.

I urge you to join with me and contact your congress.(link)

This tyranny must not stand.
One Man

Episode 38: No More Years!

No More Years!

Score one for the good guys!
Late Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives took a vote in the on Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. They voted 238 to 187 to amend the CJS spending bill by exempting libraries and bookstores from the scope of foreign intelligence records demands under Section 215. This means that the records of our library checkout activities and book buying habits are no longer subject to the act!

Interesting tactics to end run the constitution for political power gain.

H.J.RES.24 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z … res.00024:)
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the 22nd amendment to the Constitution.
Sponsor: Rep Hoyer, Steny H. [MD-5]
Cosponsors: Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28], Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6], Rep Sabo, Martin Olav [MN-5], Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5]

Sensenbrenner makes this so easy!

H.J.RES.42 (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z … res.00042:)
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to permit persons who are not natural-born citizens of the United States, but who have been citizens of the United States for at least 35 years, to be eligible to hold the offices of President and Vice President.
Sponsor: Rep Snyder, Vic [AR-2]
Cosponsor: Rep Shays, Christopher [CT-4]

Be sure to contact those folks that are supposed to be representing you in Washington! If you are not part of the revolution you are part of the problem. Get involved or get oppressed by the King!!

Special thanks to Revolutionary McGraw from Vital Podcasts

Episode 37: Energy Policy for the rest of us

It all started when I went to Whitehouse.gov . I wanted to hear some US policy strait from the horse?s ass mouth. I ended up on a quest that lead back to big energy in the guise of energy conservation.

According to his weekly radio address, President G. W. Bush (King George) is speaking today before the Energy Efficiency Forum. This is annual gathering with the prominent sponsorship by Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Association, USEA (a member of the World energy Council, WEC)

I support energy efficiency, heck I even use an electric lawn mower to eliminate my contribution of green house gasses from two stroke engines. So I thought ?heck? here?s an issue that King George and I agree. Man, was I wrong!

I did a little digging. It turns out that the whole thing is a gathering of big oil, natural gas, coal and energy companies that have us all by a strangle hold. All discussion about renewable energy is just window dressing, just a way to appease those of us that are for solar, biodiesel, hydrogen, and other alternative sources that could unhook our dependence on oil.

Every time I think that I can find an issue that I can get behind our current administration, I get kicked in the family jewels. At least I know that we as a collective can band together and revolt against the control of our energy policy by those that put their interests and the interests of the few before those of the people and the planet.

Stick it in your ears, this one is an eye opener!

Supporting documents:
http://whitehouse.gov/radio/ President?s Weekly Radio Address
http://eefourum.net/ Energy Efficiency Forum
http://www.usea.org/ USEA
http://www.worldenergy.org/ WEC

President?s Energy Policy Outlined in May 17, 2001 link

http://nytimes.com Look at June 8, 10, 15 2005, Material related to Mr. Phillip A Cooney?s recent press for modifying documents to eliminate references to the damage of greenhouse gasses to the planet and his new job.

http://www.biodieselsolutions.com/ Information on DIY Biodiesel
http://www.energyconservationinfo.org/altenergy.htm Great resource (some dead links)
http://www.eere.energy.gov/ U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Home Page (Why not?)

http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/Energy.html Where would we be without Schoolhouse Rock?
?.and I know I am no Jack Sheldon!

Keeping Score? Courts 0, Jackson 3

Episode 36: Not Guilty on all Counts

June 13, 2005, SANTA MARIA, California: Michael Jackson found not guilty on all counts. (CNN)

OMR SPECIAL REPORT including the verdict read by the jury foreperson, the charges explained, and the family pack of Not Guilty verdicts.

Why was this trial such a big deal? Two words; fame and fortune. Americans can't get enough of the sex, drugs, and pop & roll surrounding this case. We just love beating up on the famous and rich.

What will the 24 hour news stations do now for their scintillating news? I say we need to start impeachment proceedings on Bush and Cheney. That would be a circus I?d want to watch!

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Sensenbrenner adjourns committee

Episode 35: Sensenbrenner adjourns committee. We live in dark times!

Episode 35: Dark Times

On Friday June 10th, James Sensenbrenner , Wisconsin?s Republican 5th District Representative and the Chairman of the House Judicial Subcommittee, halted the committee session hearing discussion about the expansion and renewal of the sun-setting sections of the USA PATRIOT Act. (Note: the site doesn?t mention this at time of this posting) (Full text of the USA Patriot Act), (Expiring sections with descriptions)

This is inexcusable!

The greatest part is that it was videoed and broadcast on CSPAN-2. In the video, no matter how much the members of the committee called ?point of order? and asked for the ?gentleman to yield? Mr. Sensenbrenner just ignored them. (Video: Part 1, Part 2 ) Quite a power play not the way the process is supposed to work. Hats off to Mr. Nadler, Mr. Scott, and Ms. Jackson-Lee, thank you for your representation in this matter. Keep up your great work.

Make yourself heard call your representatives through the Capital Switchboard (202) 224-3121, and if you like call Mr. Sensenbrenner here is his office address 2449 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 and phone number (202) 225-5101.

In this podcast I comment the audio from the videos. Giving my views on this reprehensible behavior from Mr. Sensenbrenner and the fallout after committee session was halted by him. I also explore the other exploits in the recent record of Mr. Sensenbrenner (link).

Shame on you Mr. Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin).

PATRIOT Act? Sounds more like the Gestapo!

Episode 34

Direct link to Episode 34

OMR, ACLU, and EFF oppose the expansion of the Patriot Act.

? ACLU Position (link )
? EFF Position, Better SAFE then a PATRIOT (link )

Constitutional basis:

Bill of rights of US Constitution does not allow unlawful search and seizure in 4th amendment

?The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.?

The 4th amendment is based on Based in 17th C. British law from the landmark case of Entick v. Carrington. One of a series of civil actions against state officers who, pursuant to general warrants, had raided many homes and other places in search of materials connected with John Wilkes' polemical pamphlets attacking not only governmental policies but the King himself.

Entick, an associate of Wilkes, sued because agents had forcibly broken into his house, broken into locked desks and boxes, and seized many printed charts, pamphlets and the like. In an opinion sweeping in terms, the court declared the warrant and the behavior it authorized subversive ''of all the comforts of society,'' and the issuance of a warrant for the seizure of all of a person's papers rather than only those alleged to be criminal in nature ''contrary to the genius of the law of England.'' Besides its general character, said the court, the warrant was bad because it was not issued on a showing of probable cause and no record was required to be made of what had been seized. Entick v. Carrington, the Supreme Court has said, is a ''great judgment,'' ''one of the landmarks of English liberty,'' ''one of the permanent monuments of the British Constitution,'' and a guide to an understanding of what the Framers meant in writing the Fourth Amendment.

All well and good, but what can we do about it?

Contact your representatives? offices and be heard.

How to:
1. Call Congress today. To look up your Representative's and Senators' direct numbers click here, or you can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
2. Send a letter like this one from the ACLU (link )

[Example Letter]

Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to oppose expansion of the Patriot Act. As your constituent, I urge you to oppose expansion of the Patriot Act. The PATRIOT Act is an attack on fundamental American values. It needs to be reformed, not expanded.

People across the country have made clear their opposition to the Patriot Act. Hundreds of communities have passed resolutions against the Patriot Act and held town hall meetings to discuss its impact on their residents and our Constitution. Congress should not be tone-deaf to these serious concerns.

There are significant flaws in the Patriot Act, flaws that threaten our fundamental freedoms by giving the government the power to access to medical records, tax records, information about the books we buy or borrow without probable cause, and the power to break into our homes and conduct secret searches without telling us for weeks, months, or indefinitely.

Finally, I believe that the PATRIOT Act is an attack on fundamental American values and that it needs to be fixed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights emphasize the need for checks and balances on government agents and limits to their power. I understand that the PATRIOT Act rolled back key judicial oversight and gave law enforcement significant new powers that go beyond the war on terrorism. Reforming this legislation would be an important step in bringing the PATRIOT Act back in line with American values.

Once again, I strongly urge you to oppose expansion of the PATRIOT Act.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this very important matter.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

We must stop this tyranny NOW!

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