ITWASSOOTED: October 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005

Rosa Parks

Pioneer of Civil Rights

Rosa Parks Date of birth: February 4, 1913
Date of death: October 24, 2005

Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom--loving people everywhere.
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How Does F.B.I. have known dna samples of alleged 911 highjackers at the ready?

this is a put up faked story or somebody has splainin to do. How can the FBI maintain a "known" database of DNA on the exact perpetrators of the 911 highjackings? Is it because a quarter of the alleged perps had some type of training at our very own military bases? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm? And we can't release the real reason for escalating the Vietnam war what 30 fucking years later? Why did somebody lie about it? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?


The city scientist who led the effort to identify 9/11 victims said officials made sure to keep the remains of the three terrorists identified away from those of the innocents killed.

The remains of the killers were removed from the medical examiner's makeshift memorial park on the East Side and "put in another place," Robert Shaler, former head of the medical examiner's forensic unit, told the Daily News.

In "Who They Were," his new inside account of the identification effort, Shaler writes that he believes the terrorists identified were in the back of the planes - and not the monsters who plowed the jets into the towers.

"I still doubt the pilots have anything remaining to collect or analyze," he writes. "Likely, they were vaporized along with many of the innocent victims."

Shaler recounts with fresh detail the scientific challenge and personal anguish that marked the more than three years it took to process the bodies and 20,000 body parts recovered from Ground Zero.

Though the remains of 1,594 of the 2,749 WTC victims have so far been identified by name, Shaler makes clear the terrorists were a case apart.

To begin with, Shaler's office could not identify the three by name. That's because the 10 DNA profiles used to make the first matches were supplied by the FBI without names attached.

"No names, just a K code, which is how the FBI designates 'knowns,' or specimens it knows the origins of," Shaler wrote. "Of course, we had no direct knowledge of how the FBI obtained the terrorists' DNA." the rest
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Cheney-Staffer-Turned-Reporter Now Covering Libby Indictment for NBC News

by David Sirota

Over at the Huffington Post, Dan Carol asks a great question: how can NBC's Pete Williams be allowed to cover the Scooter Libby story for the network, considering Williams was a longtime former staffer for Dick Cheney?

That's right – according to Williams' biography on NBC's website, Williams is "a native of Casper, Wyoming" – where Cheney is from. In 1986, Williams "joined the Washington, DC staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named Assistant Secretary of Defense, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs."

Now Williams is being allowed to report on the indictment of Cheney's chief of staff for NBC, as if he was just a regular old nonpartisan objective journalist. And, as Carol points out, Williams seems to be using his position on TV in some pretty nefarious ways when it comes to the case.

UPDATE: I received a hysterical, breathless email from a well-known NBC reporter complaining about the...........the rest

© 2005 David Sirota
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a few more i din't get smashed on last time

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Small freakish hotel update

Took a few quick shots today on my rounds to see if bergdrywall was getting fucked over anywhere by other trades.

it didn't look like it on my rounds of actually only one building of the two.

I have a few freaky looking shots of the link progress.

I few shots of guys with a giant concrete saw in the basement, I'll have to try and lighten one up it didn't flash very good with my cheap assed camera.

oh and a don't remember if I updated my office picture from a few weeks ago?

I tried to get a picture of my guy working on the p building west elevation hanging out over the sidewalk from 4th floor but I couldn't really at the time go across the street to get a good angle(boss might get pissed being out on street during working hours)
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Dante the C out for season

Maybe i was a tad harsh yesterday in my insinuation that Dante went down to injury on purpose. maybe, I mean fuck as soon as I seen it thats what went through my head this guy is out for season.. I didn't think it was particular thiesman like bend or anything of the sort. It just happened in a sick season for the vikings and Dante well, he's having as crap season why not cut yer loses and try again next year. Unless this ligament thing never heals up proper and the vikings brain trust with the number one or two pick next year gets that bigshot usc Trojan quarterback? hey a boyee can dream can't he? the Vikings are dreaming if they think two more wins this season are attainable. these guys are toast, and if it was a threat of randy moss on your team that created the offensive mystic the Vikings enjoyed in the past well maybe dante going down at this time in a 2-5 season just kinda proves the point. There was no threat at all with this bunch unless of coursae you was teenaged barmaid on a Minnetonka cruise boat......................
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Sunday, October 30, 2005

carolina kicks viking wimpering lilgrrlie asses


dante culpepper went down early in the game with a faked out knee injury. my take is the wimp saw the writing on the wall and doesn't want anymore of this season. hey its my theory and i'm stickin to want highlights try
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A senior security source said: "This is a huge cock-up

Exclusive By Rupert Hamer, Defence Correspondent

BRITISH diplomats had a satellite phone stolen in Baghdad...and only noticed it was missing after a bill for FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS was run up.

The invoice shows thousands of phone calls made to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, bases for al-Qaeda terror networks. MI6 spy chiefs fear the "Thuraya" phone was used by insurgents to plot a wave of suicide bombings across Iraq.

Now furious Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has launched a major investigation into how the theft was allowed to happen - and why nothing was done until the huge bill was uncovered.

The theft was discovered in June when shocked staff at the British Embassy in Baghdad noticed the massive charges.

Even more shocking, it appears the phone may have been in the wrong hands for over two years. Thuraya has a flat rate of 70p per minute - meaning that the phone would have to have been used non-stop for nearly 18 months to run up such a bill.

A senior security source said: "This is a huge cock-up. We've got enough problems in Iraq without our own sat phones being intercepted and used by insurgents. It has to be the ultimate irony when terrorists use our equipment to organise suicide bombings and talk to their supporters elsewhere around the world."
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Energy companies announce record profits amidst soaring prices for US consumers

By Joseph Kay and Naomi Spencer
29 October 2005

This week, the major international energy companies announced sharp increases in profits for the third quarter. The energy giants are benefiting from a prolonged period of rising energy costs, exacerbated in September by the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The record profits are being paid directly from the pockets of millions of Americans, who face increased gasoline prices and the prospect of sharply higher home heating bills during the winter.

Leading the pack was ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company. Exxon reported third-quarter profits of $9.92 billion, 75 percent higher than its third-quarter earnings last year and the largest quarterly profit ever reported by a US company. The company also boasted revenues of more than $100 billion, another US record and a 32 percent increase over the company’s revenues in the second-quarter.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday noted that Exxon’s profits amounted to nearly $75,000 a minute, every minute, for the entire three months of the quarter (July, August and September). Exxon’s profit for the first nine months of the year, more than $25 billion, already exceeds its annual profit last year. The company made more money in the third quarter than all but eight companies in the S&P 500 made in all of 2004.

ExxonMobil was not alone in reaping huge profits for the quarter. Royal Dutch/Shell reported a company record of $9 billion, up 68 percent from last quarter; BP profits were up 34 percent to $6.53 billion for the quarter; ChevronTexaco reported a 53 percent increase to nearly $4 billion; and ConocoPhillips’s profits jumped 89 percent to $3.8 billion. These five multinational companies are the five largest energy companies in the world and dominate the US energy market.
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Reincarnated Vikings travel to Carolina

Did coming back from a 17 point deficit and beating the Packers in an emotional win last week breath new life into the Vikings? We'll find out Sunday when the Vikings take on the Panthers. Kickoff is at noon pregame at 10 a.m. on the FAN.

i'm not buying the superbowl hype or the taco's, they suck cocktail weiners in my book
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Assassinations in Lebanon, and the Mosul-Haifa Oil Pipeline

By Mike Whitney

Al-Jazeerah, October 27, 2005

No one knows who killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. We do know, however, that the main witness cited in the UN report, Zuhir Mohamed Said Saddik, “has been convicted of embezzlement and fraud among other crimes” (Der Spiegel) which casts grave doubt on the credibility of his testimony.

No problem; the Bush administration has used convicted fraudsters to make their case for war before, particularly in the case of Iraq where the specious claims of Ahmed Chalabi appeared consistently on the front page of the New York Times creating the rationale for the invasion. But, Sadik’s trustworthiness is even more uncertain than Chalabi’s. “Sources in the UN say that Sadik had undeniably lied” and had received money for his testimony. “According to a statement by his brother, Sadik had called him from Paris in late summer and said, “I’ve become a millionaire!” (Der Spiegel)

Indeed; lying can be a profitable choice when it serves the greater objectives of American-Israeli foreign policy.

None of this suggests that Syrian intelligence wasn’t involved in the assassination. It very well may have been. It simply proves that the report of German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis is inconclusive and may have been the result of American coercion. At the very least, the report fits rather nicely with the Bush administration’s stated goals for regime change in Damascus and redrawing the map of the Middle East.

If Mehlis was truly serious about finding out who the assassins really are, rather than carrying out a political vendetta for the United States, he would be devoting more energy to uncovering the details related to the white Mitsubishi Canter Van that carried the explosives. The history and origins of this van, which was stolen in Japan on Oct. 12, 2004, are critical to the investigation as journalist Robert Parry points out in his recent article “The Dangerously incomplete Hariri Report”. But, then, few who have been following the Hariri assassination have any misgivings about the real motives behind the Mehlis Report. The Hariri investigation is just the pretext for the forthcoming military action against Syria.

Already the western press has swung into high-gear reiterating the blistering rhetoric emerging from the White House and its acolytes’ at the State Dept. Ambassador John Bolton, the Bush administration’s mad-hatter at the UN, has repeatedly threatened Syria with swift action although the facts are still uncertain.

"This is true confessions time now for the government of Syria”, Bolton warned. “No more obstruction. No more half measures. We want substantive cooperation and we want it immediately."

As many have suspected, the volatile Bolton was dispatched to the UN to pave the way for war with Syria and Iran. His baseless attacks on Damascus have done nothing to disprove that conclusion.

Fans of the much-maligned “paper of record” will be glad to see that Judith Miller’s chair at the Times has been filled by her equally-competent protégé, Warren Hoge. Hoge has already produced 4 front-page articles on the Hariri case invoking the same demagoguery, unsubstantiated allegations and damning insinuations as his mentor Miller. In essence, the Times has already condemned poor Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by framing the uncorroborated evidence in a way that excludes every other suspect and by repeating the constant refrain “sanctions” 7 times in one article alone. Judy Miller’s early retirement has not dulled the Time’s appetite for reiterating fictions on its front page. Predictably, no mention of the witness Sadik’s shaky testimony has appeared in any of America’s leading newspapers.

Sound familiar?

( Note: “James Akins was ambassador to Saudi Arabia before he was fired after a series of conflicts with then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, father of the vision to pipe oil west from Iraq. In 1975, Kissinger signed what forms the basis for the Haifa project: a Memorandum of Understanding whereby the US would guarantee Israel's oil reserves and energy supply in times of crisis. The plan was promoted by the now Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was to be built by the Bechtel company… The memorandum has been quietly renewed every five years, with special legislation attached whereby the US stocks a strategic oil reserve for Israel EVEN IF IT ENTAILED DOMESTIC SHORTAGES - at a cost of $3 billion (£1.9bn) in 2002 to US taxpayers. “UK Observer)
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Thomas Paine's Corner: Let's not Forget to Expel Israel Too

The UN released a statement, saying "Calls for violence, and for the destruction of any state, are manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community," the EU leaders said in a statement.

Absolutely right. So let’s be fair and balanced and give the Ariel Sharon and others their chance to voice their opinions:

-- "If only it would sink into the sea". Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin referring to Gaza, just before signing the Oslo Accords.

“I don't know something called International Principles. I vow that I'll burn every Palestinian child (that) will be born in this area. The Palestinian woman and child is more dangerous than the man, because the Palestinian child's existence infers that generations will go on, but the man causes limited danger. I vow that if I was just an Israeli civilian and I met a Palestinian I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him. With one hit I've killed 750 Palestinians (in Rafah in 1956). I wanted to encourage my soldiers by raping Arabic girls as the Palestinian women is a slave for Jews, and we do whatever we want to her and nobody tells us what we shall do but we tell others what they shall do." Ariel Sharon, current Prime Minister, in an interview with General Ouze Merham, 1956

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population." David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff.

"Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories." Benjamin Netanyahu: Speech at Bar-Ilan University, 1989

"We must expel Arabs and take their places." David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves." Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.
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Rich Senators Defeat Minimum-Wage Hike

Congressional Pay Rises While Minimum Stays Same

Helen Thomas, Hearst White House columnist

U.S. senators -- who draw salaries of $162,100 a year and enjoy a raft of perks -- have rejected a minimum wage hike from $5.15 an hour to $6.25 for blue-collar workers.

Can you believe it?

The proposed increase was sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and turned down in the Senate by a vote of 51 against the boost and 49 in favor. Under a Senate agreement, it needed 60 votes to pass.

All the Democrats voted for the wage boost. All the negative votes were cast by Republicans.

Four Republicans voted for it. Three of the four are running for reelection and were probably worried about how voters would react if they knew that their well-heeled senators had turned down a pittance of an increase in the salaries of the lowest paid workers in the country.

The minimum wage was last increased in 1997.

Kennedy called the vote "absolutely unconscionable."

The lawmakers are hardly hurting. They get health insurance, life insurance, pensions, office expenses, ranging from $2 million on up, depending on the population of a state. The taxpayers also pay for their travel, telecommunications, stationery and mass mailings.

AFL-CIO president John Sweeney said the rejection was "outrageous and shocking."
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Bird flu and pandemic flu

Bird flu and pandemic flu
What's the message for GPs and hospital doctors?

The extensive media coverage of avian influenza (bird flu) over recent weeks has caused confusion and increasing concern that bird flu will imminently cause a human pandemic. This has been fuelled by the report of a parrot infected by the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in the United Kingdom this week. Is such a pandemic a flight of fantasy or a dead cert?

The influenza pandemic contingency plan presented by the chief medical officer1 is clear and comprehensive, but at nearly 450 pages, 11 downloadable documents, and many web links, it may not be ready reading for busy health professionals.

Everyone is familiar with seasonal human flu, which typically affects 10-15% of the UK population each winter and leads to around 12 000 excess deaths. Although minor antigenic drift in the human influenza virus A occurs continuously, a major shift in its surface protein antigens H or N can trigger a worldwide influenza pandemic because of absence of population immunity. Fortunately, this happens only rarely—"Spanish" flu in 1918-9 (H1N1 virus) with an estimated 250 000 excess deaths in the UK, "Asian" flu in 1957-8 (H2N2) with 33 000 deaths, and "Hong Kong" flu in 1968-9 (H3N2) with 30 000 deaths. Many scientists believe that another pandemic is overdue.
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Saturday, October 29, 2005

buckeyes blow away gophers at metrodome

No surprise here. I turned it on after halftime when it was tied at 17. My guess is the gophers just didn't have the skilled players to compete at a national collegiate level for 60 minutes. Good guess eh

Scoring Summary (Final)
The Automated ScoreBook For Football
#12 Ohio State vs Minnesota (Oct 29, 2005 at Minneapolis, Minn.)

Ohio State (6-2,4-1) vs. Minnesota (5-3,2-3)
Date: Oct 29, 2005 Site: Minneapolis, Minn. Stadium: HHH Metrodome
Attendance: 54825

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Ohio State.......... 17 0 14 14 - 45
Minnesota........... 10 7 7 7 - 31

game stats here.....
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Ohio State travels to Minnesota GO GOPHERS WATCHEM GO GO GO..WHAT HIM SAY WHAT HIM SAY....

No. 12 Ohio State (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) at Minnesota (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten)
12:00 pm ET, ABC Sports
Metrodome - Minneapolis, MN

When 12th-ranked Ohio State travels to Minnesota Saturday, it will be a battle of push-comes-to-shove that could still play a big role in determining the conference champion. The Buckeyes bring the nation's best rushing defense against speedy Laurence Maroney and the country's No. 1 rushing attack in the Gophers.

Maroney, who tops the league in average yards per game with 166, has already rushed for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns this season. While the Gophers are coming off a bye week, they suffered a stunning 38-34 loss to Wisconsin at home on October 15 at the result of a blocked punt that a Badger player fell on after it into the end zone with 30 seconds left. In the setback, Maroney gained a career-best 253 rushing yards, while his second-in-command, Gary Russell racked up a career-high of his own with 139 rushing yards - marking the second straight game that Maroney and Russell rushed for more than 100 yards each. The Gophers totaled 411 yards on the ground in that narrow defeat
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Al-CIA-duh: Is Patrick Fitzgerald a Zealous "Independent" Prosecutor or Experienced Cover-up Artist?

Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 03:22 AM,

"Coincidentally, the U.S. Attorney for Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald, on the job for only a couple of weeks, had extensive experience as a terrorism prosecutor and immediately became involved in the investigation of BIF [Benevolence International Foundation] and GRF [Global Relief Foundation]"

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Terrorist Financing Staff Monograph
Chapter 6 - The Illinois Charities Case Study [ PDF | HTML]

And "Fitzgerald immersed himself in the case and took a major role"? Well, this was quite a "coincidence." In this post Re: FRANK RICH: It's Bush-Cheney, Not Rove-Libby!!!!, I explained that Fitzgerald also was part of the prosecution team in the Omar Abdel Rahman case. Just to recap this, the prosecutors in the Rahman case didn't want their case thrown out on "national security" grounds, so they were careful to totally leave the CIA out of the picture. The leading prosecutor even claimed that when they discovered this "mujahideen" paramilitary training by Rahman's followers, "the FBI’s concern was that the group could be violating federal 'neutrality' laws." Of course, everybody knows that the US was not "neutral" in the Afghan war, and US officials publicly eulogized the "mujahideen" as "freedom fighters." I think that Fitzgerald's role in the Rahman case indicates that the Valerie Plame case will remain as matter of "Rove-Libby," and not "Bush-Cheney."

After examining Fitzgerald's role in the GRF & BIF cases, I am even more convinced that this Valerie Plame case will not reach the "Bush-Cheney" level. Just look at the outcome of the BIF & GRF cases. As soon as the investigations reached those close to higherups in Washington, the prosecutors seemed to spend more time on a coverup, than on pursuing a bona fide investigation. Then attorney general Ashcroft kept a tight rein on the BIF-Arnaout case. "The case fell apart and Arnaout was convicted only of fraud." The terrorism charges were dropped and the DOJ reached this plea deal with Arnaout. It doesn't look like the feds ever even intended to bring a criminal case against the Haddad or the GRF. The plan seemed to be to lock him up until they got him out of the country. ....more
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The War Crimes Act of 1996: Bush, Rumsfeld could be indicted under US law

October 28, 2005

The War Crimes Act of 1996, a federal statute set forth at 18 U.S.C. § 2441, makes it a federal crime for any U.S. national, whether military or civilian, to violate the Geneva Convention by engaging in murder, torture, or inhuman treatment.

The statute applies not only to those who carry out the acts, but also to those who ORDER IT, know about it, or fail to take steps to stop it. The statute applies to everyone, no matter how high and mighty.

18 U.S.C. § 2441 has no statute of limitations, which means that a war crimes complaint can be filed at any time.

The penalty may be life imprisonment or -- if a single prisoner dies due to torture -- death. Given that there are numerous, documented cases of prisoners being tortured to death by U.S. soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that means that the death penalty would be appropriate for anyone found guilty of carrying out, ordering, or sanctioning such conduct.............
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Thursday, October 27, 2005

"Bayonets ready? Okay...Cue the stunt baby!"

The MadCowMorningNews has learned that the same so-called "war cabal" being accused of selling a "bill of goods" to justify the war in Iraq also led earlier efforts to convince the American people of the necessity of going to war, in support of the Contras in the mid-1980's, and before the Gulf War under the first President Bush, and funded through the same methods and sources being investigated in the Abramoff scandals today.

Evidence surfacing in the widening scandal around Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff indicates the cabal being lavishly funding in recent years though his efforts was originally supported through the infamous "off the books" Enterprise headed by Marine Lt. Colonel Oliver North which was partially exposed in the Iran Contra Scandal.

"The one (scandal) that people are most worried about is Abramoff, because it seems to have such long tentacles," former congressman Vin Weber, a lobbyist with close ties to the White House, told the Los Angeles Times. "This seems to be something that could spread almost anywhere. That has a lot of people worried."
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Bird Flu Epidemic is a Hoax

A draft of the government's plan to combat a potential super-flu estimates a death toll of up to almost 2 million Americans. The plan is being rewritten to designate who will run the country during a possibly chaotic period that could follow a mutation of a bird flu in Asia.

The draft is based on the last century's three pandemics, and states that in the best-case scenario, about 200,000 people could die.

The government currently has enough of the anti-flu drug Tamiflu to treat 4.3 million people, and $100 million worth of bird flu vaccine is being manufactured. The draft indicates that tens of millions more doses of each would be necessary, far more than can be manufactured quickly.

USA Today October 8, 2005

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

If you have been viewing the media you must have seen the scare the media and the president are seeking to orchestrate on you and the public. According to a draft of the government's plan to fight a potentially cataclysmic pandemic, this new bird super-flu could kill nearly 2 MILLION Americans.

But I nearly fell out of my seat in the airplane as I was flying back from a conference in Ft. Lauderdale when I read that in the BEST-case scenario, only 200,000 people might die.

Then they post the frightening picture from the 1918 flu epidemic to heighten the fear. It just amazes me how they can get away with this type of reporting that is so obviously manipulated by the government and drug companies to scare you into taking the flu vaccine.
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There is an old saying that one should never ask a question one does not want the answer to.

Congress keeps ducking Niger investigation

As Patrick Fitzgerald’s criminal probe grinds on, we shouldn’t forget that a congressional inquiry into the Valerie Plame outing and the Niger uranium forgeries has never really started grinding at all. So with that in mind, let’s run down a short to-do list of things that need doing if and when Washington ever decides to get serious about getting to the bottom of this caper.

First, how about the investigation Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate intel panel, promised a year ago?

Chairman Roberts has been the great ally of the White House in covering up the administration’s bad acts on the WMD and flawed-intelligence fronts. He got the Democrats on his committee to agree to split up the Senate’s Iraqi WMD investigation — investigate flawed intelligence before the 2004 election, investigate political manipulation of intelligence and other administration bad acts after the election.

Like Lucy with her football, once the election was safely past, Sen. Roberts announced that his committee couldn’t make time for the promised second phase of the investigation. “It’s basically on the back burner,” Roberts said about phase two of the investigation in a speech in Washington last March. “The bottom line is that [the White House] believed the intelligence, and the intelligence was wrong.” Now more than a year has passed, and nothing.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue

saw this at digbys blog via the sideshow

Aides To Be Indicted, Probe to Continue

By Richard Sale, long-time Intelligence Correspondent

Two top White House aides are expected to be indicted today on various charges related to the probe of CIA operative Valerie Plame whose classified identity was publicly breached in retaliation after her husband, Joe Wilson, challenged the administration's claim that Saddam Hussein had sought to buy enriched unranium from Niger, acording to federal law enforcement and senior U.S. intelligence officials.

If no action is taken today, it will take place on Friday, these sources said.

I.Scooter Libby, the chief of staff of Vice President Richard Cheney, and chief presidential advisor, Karl Rove are expected to be named in indcitments this morning by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

Others are to be named as well, these source said. According to U.S. officials close to the case an bill of indiictment has been in existence before October 17 which named five people. Various names have surfaced such a National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, yet only one source would confirm that Hadley was on the list. Hadley could not be reached for comment.

But letters from Fitzgerald, notifying various White House officiials that they are targets of the invstigation, went out late last week, a former senior U.S. intelligence official.........more
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U.S. Soldiers Involved in Drug Smuggling Ring

remember iran contra? this sort of thing has been going on as long as there have been drugs to be sold illegal

FBI Raises National Security Concerns Amid Military Corruption

Washington, Oct. 26, 2005 — - Several cases of corruption in the military ranks have revealed a dangerous vulnerability in the nation's security, ABC News has learned.

Dozens of active and former soldiers have abused their military uniforms and authority in a drug smuggling ring, government sources tell ABC News.

A U.S. army sergeant fighting the war on drugs in Colombia was recently sentenced to six years in prison for using military aircraft to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

In April, an Air National Guard pilot and a sergeant used a C-5 Galaxy military transport plane to sneak nearly 300,000 ecstasy pills from Germany into New York.

In another case, three U.S. airmen were arrested in March for stealing military-issue bulletproof vests from Moody Air Force Base in Georgia and selling them to drug dealers for $100 dollars each.

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The White House promised to restore the 74-year-old Davis-Bacon prevailing wage protection

Posted on Wed, Oct. 26, 2005

Bush administration to reinstate prevailing wages on Katrina contracts


Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration will reinstate rules requiring that companies awarded federal contracts for Hurricane Katrina pay prevailing wages, usually an amount close to the pay scales in local union contracts.

The White House promised to restore the 74-year-old Davis-Bacon prevailing wage protection on Nov. 8, following a meeting between chief of staff Andrew Card and a caucus of pro-labor Republicans.

Democrats and the moderate Republican group both claimed their pressure caused President Bush to reconsider his open-ended suspension of Davis-Bacon starting Sept. 8 in hurricane-affected areas.

The Republican group originally sent a letter to the White House in September arguing that suspension of the wage law only leads to shoddy workmanship, reduces federal oversight and allows workers outside the region to undercut the local market.

Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, who founded the pro-labor caucus with Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey earlier this year, said the Bush administration was not receptive to the initial letter. But the White House eventually acknowledged the suspension of the wage law was not saving the government money on billions of dollars in Katrina contracts, he said.
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Ten questions and answers, with Karen Kwiatkowski

Karen Kwiatkowski [send her email] is a retired USAF lieutenant colonel, who spent her final four and a half years in uniform working at the Pentagon. She now lives with her freedom-loving family in the Shenandoah Valley, and writes a bi-weekly column on defense issues with a libertarian perspective for

Interviewed by Don Nash, Unknown News

Oct. 25, 2005

Q. You retired from the military at a time that appears to be the height of your professional military career -- why?

I retired generally around the time I had hoped, at around twenty years. But I accelerated my actual retirement date twice in 2002 and 2003 because of the ethical difficulties brought on by witnessing the misuse of intelligence in order to support an agenda for an unnecessary, unwarranted war of choice against Iraq.

In August 2002 I began to publish anonymous essays about what I was seeing for the late Colonel David Hackworth and his website Soldiers for the Truth. My retirement letter, so to speak, was in the form of an op-ed, published by the Knight-Ridder newspapers in July 2003.

Q. How would you describe current military and civilian leadership at Defense for all branches of U.S. service?

Politicized, emasculated, obedient to the bureaucracy and ignorant of the Constitution. There may be exceptions, but I can’t think of any among those still serving.
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Plastic water jugs

Excuse me while I rant and rave about plastic water jugs. In the southern part of the united states,gulf coast states in particular there is a strange weather phenomenon called a hurricane. I couldn't tell you how many have occurred in the past 25-50 years and I could give a fuck. Lets just say its more than 20 less than 5000, ok? These strange freaky storms pack high winds damaging waves blowing debris torrential rains. All matter of disaster can accompany these things. I'm not from the south never been there never going there, but I know of these storms.
these storms take a few days or better to develop out in the Atlantic ocean around Africa and there abouts. Its at the very least four days before it strikes land in fat lazy assed America. Now all the time these storms are approaching there are a million warnings. A million "what to do in disaster" stories on the teveee the radio the newspapers. Not being from there I'm not positive (maybe a southern imbecile can fill me in)but does it dawn on anybody down there to fill up a few days worth Of plastic jugs with WATER? HELLO? WATER FILL UP THE FUCKING JUGS BEFORE DISASTER STRIKES!

ok I'm almost finished. There were reports here in my northern area of the world of lines of able bodied people queued for gubmint assistance after this last storm "Wilma" . This assistance was in the form of ice and water, and people were pissed there wasn't enough water and or places to fucking get water. I say fuck you and your sorry lazy ass if on storm plus 2 you are fretting over water.

if you are an able bodied human being and you are in a line of able bodied human beings looking for water on day two after a storm you was warned for a week in advance. fuck off. You people that are able bodies should be out helping people who are less than able in their time of need or at the very least out of the way so aid can get to the feeble ill and infirmed.

ok maybe seven of you were in line for an ill infirmed feeble neighbor, that leaves the zillion of you to get the fuck out of the way. And stay there.

I'm done bitch at me all you want for my lack of sensitivity, I don't care you been warned
and you can fuck off
now that yer roof is on
you don't be on my radio wimperin...............
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Galloway accused of lying to US Senate

Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger in Washington
Tuesday October 25, 2005
The Guardian

The MP George Galloway angrily rejected fresh allegations last night from a US senate investigation that he lied under oath about Saddam Hussein's multimillion-pound oil-for-food programme.

The inquiry, headed by the Republican Norm Coleman, claimed he had "knowingly made false or misleading statements under oath" when he appeared before a committee hearing in Washington in May.

The MP for Bethnal Green and Bow won widespread acclaim, especially from anti-Iraq war campaigners, when he flew to the US capital to confront Mr Coleman.

An assistant to Mr Galloway, Ron McKay, who sat beside him at the Senate hearing, said last night that the MP was prepared to fly to Washington again to face the new allegations. "If such an allegation has been made, George denies it absolutely and is ready to fly to the US tomorrow if Coleman brings these charges and it will all be sorted in court," he said.


Galloway pledges to take fight to clear name into enemy territory

· MP challenges accuser to debate in midwest base
· Demand for perjury claim to be settled by court fight

Ewen MacAskill
Wednesday October 26, 2005
The Guardian

George Galloway is considering taking his fight with Senator Norm Coleman to the Republican's heartland by booking a venue in Minnesota and challenging him to a debate.

Mr Coleman is chairman of a senate permanent sub-committee on investigations that yesterday accused Mr Galloway of lying under oath about Saddam Hussein's multi-million pound oil-for food programme.

The senate investigation claimed Mr Galloway, the Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, was granted eight oil allocations totalling 23 million barrels between 1999 and 2003. Mr Galloway said he had never received a penny in oil money.
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report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings

Powerful Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
October 26, 2005

As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.

The latest critical confirmation of key indicators that the election of 2004 was stolen comes in an extremely powerful, penetrating report from the General Accounting Office that has gotten virtually no mainstream media coverage.

The government's lead investigative agency is known for its general incorruptibility and its through, in-depth analyses. Its concurrence with assertions widely dismissed as "conspiracy theories" adds crucial new weight to the case that Team Bush has no legitimate business being in the White House.

Nearly a year ago, senior Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers (D-MI) asked the GAO to investigate electronic voting machines as they were used during the November 2, 2004 presidential election. The request came amidst widespread complaints in Ohio and elsewhere that often shocking irregularities defined their performance.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Russia says will defend Syria against UN sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, Syria's close ally since Cold War times, will do all it takes to block any attempt to slap economic sanctions against Damascus, a Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

The United States and France threatened Syria with economic sanctions earlier this week if Damascus did not cooperate fully with a U.N. probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

"Russia will do everything necessary to stop attempts to introduce sanctions against Syria," spokesman Mikhail Kalmynin told Interfax news agency and other Russian media on the sidelines of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's trip to Israel.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, angered the United States earlier this year by announcing plans to sell advanced missile systems to Syria, which Washington has accused of having links to terrorism.
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Monday, October 24, 2005

Fitzgerald and McNulty: Battling Neo-cons Together since 2002

click on the picture for the rest of the story. everyday wayne gathers more and more dirt and i'm pretty sure you won't see it on your broadcast news sources.

October 24, 2005 -- Paul McNulty as Deputy Attorney General. US Attorney for Eastern Virginia Paul McNulty has been described as a GOP foot soldier. However, while serving as US Attorney for Eastern Virginia, McNulty has been a thorn in the sides of the neo-cons. He aggressively investigated and indicted Israeli Pentagon spy Larry Franklin and two former top officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). His investigation of others involved in transmitting highly-classified intelligence to Israel continues.

However, what is not generally known is that, aside from AIPACgate, McNulty, like US Attorney for Northern Illinois (and Special Prosecutor in Leakgate Patrick J. Fitzgerald), aggressively pursued another case against a group of neo-cons involved in a criminal conspiracy.

As with Fitzgerald, whose investigation of Hollinger (the neo-con news conglomerate that owns the Chicago Sun Times, Daily Telegraph of the UK, and Jerusalem Post) and one of its principals, Richard Perle, McNulty focused on a neo-con cabal involved in a fraudulent US Air Force contract with Boeing to supply it with refueling tankers. The Principal Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management Darleen Druyun pleaded guilty to accepting employment from Boeing in return for giving Boeing favorable treatment for billions of dollars in contracts. Druyun served nine months in prison.
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Sunday, October 23, 2005

56 yard field goal as time expires 23-20

don't know how these oafs managed to come back from a 17-0 half time deficit. but they did. i wouldn't know because i kinda fell asleep only woke up to the screams of the viking fans in my house, there is one sad lil packer girl here today too. she gets over it pretty fast though. if you want more details you'll have to do a or oh that field goal was a franchise longest w00t w00 for them. game stats

NFL Game Preview
By Tony Moss, NFL Editor
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Today In History Sunday, October 23, 2005.

birthdays for this day ..
1923 - Frank Sutton, Clarksville Tenn, actor (Sgt Carter-Gomer Pyle USMC)
1940 - Edison Pel‚, Brazil, soccer player extraordinaire (NY Cosmos)
On this day in history ..
1884 - 1st World Series OKed by AA, Providence (NL) beats NY Mets (AA) 6-0
1979 - Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minn marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches
1981 - US national debt hits $1 trillion(today its about 8 trillion)
Famous deaths for this day ..
1935 - Dutch Schultz [Arthur Flegenheimer], US gangster, murdered at 33
1983 - Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
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Refco seeks quick nod to sell unit

NEW YORK: Bankrupt Refco Inc sought fast approval for the sale of its brokerage unit to a private equity consortium on Friday, despite receiving a higher bid that sparked hopes among bond investors of a bidding war.

The commodities broker appealed to a bankruptcy court to quickly sell the company's most sought after asset, its futures brokerage, while several Refco creditors revealed more about their exposure to the company.

Refco's futures brokerage unit is still operating and has not filed for bankruptcy, and one of its key customers, Cargill Inc, said it will continue trading with the business.

Cargill is not alone. Jacob Goldfield, a member of the J C Flowers & Co-led group that has offered to buy the futures unit said customers are now staying with the business and that the client base has stabilized.

But Refco cautioned in a court filing that time is of the essence, and selling the business quickly is crucial.

"Given the fragility of the acquired business, the buyer's commitment to proceed with the sale requires that the sale be consummated quickly," Refco said.
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Green Bay at Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 19, 2005) -- The Minnesota Vikings will be playing in the Metrodome for the first time in nearly a month, and it's unlikely the home crowd will be happy to see them.

"Fans are always going to take shots at you," Vikings linebacker Keith Newman said, "and they've got a great opportunity right now."

The league's most disappointing team, on the field and away from it, will try to start getting the Minneapolis area back on its side when the Vikings play host to the Green Bay Packers.

It's bad enough Minnesota is off to a 1-4 start after being widely considered a Super Bowl contender following an offseason overhaul to the defense, but the team has become an embarrassment to the league.

"Sometimes you wake up and you say, 'Man, I didn't have anything to drink last night. I didn't have anything fattening. Why do I want to puke?' coach Mike Tice said. "Then you realize, 'Oh, that's right.' "
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Saturday, October 22, 2005

rosco makes a final table

Its been a few months but roscorude made it to a final table today.
this game started with almost 300 players, wait I'll go look
263. Not bad for yank. Getting your money back is my first goal always, this one cost 2 pound something. some bob I suppose. Then if I make my money back my next goal is final table there if you have enough chips the adrenalin can start to pump. Its not the money I don't think its the thrill of the chase. The giant stacks of chips when you get close to winning. I've been in some tourneys that had 10 thousand players each starting with 1000 or 1500 chips at a final table there are massive chip piles. One of my first chances at a final table I remember vaguely I made it to heads up for the bracelet.. This game probably started with 1000 players. I made it that far and then through some disastrous moves I lost a huge chip advantage and a garnered some grumbles from left over players watching. You learn you learn to just grin and say f.o. I made it here you suck and yer typing in green so stfu.
now I have won a couple bracelets though and that's is as satisfying as it gets for me in online poker . No matter if its a 100 prize pool or 1000 its still way cool to actually take all the damn chips. This level of play that I enjoy has a different reward it aint the money for sure its the thrill of the chase chips and a chair and we are off to shangrala............................oh yeah i won 26 squid and a few bob
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The Depraved Spies and Moguls of the CIA's Operation MOCKINGBIRD

Who Controls the Media? -

The Subversion

Of The Free Press By The CIA

Most consumers of the corporate media were - and are - unaware of the effect that the salting of public opinion has on their own beliefs. A network anchorman in time of national crisis is an instrument of psychological warfare in the MOCKINGBIRD media. He is a creature from the national security sector's chamber of horrors. For this reason consumers of the corporate press have reason to examine their basic beliefs about government and life in the parallel universe of these United States.

Tales from the Crypt - The Depraved Spies and Moguls of the CIA's Operation MOCKINGBIRD

By Alex Constantine
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Niger Uranium Forgery Mystery Solved?

The Fitzgerald/Plame investigation goes in a new direction
by Justin Raimondo

Amid all the brouhaha over whether I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Karl Rove, or any number of Bush administration insiders had a hand in leaking the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame, the essential crime at the core of the investigation – and its probable starting point – often gets lost in the shuffle. The "outing" of Plame was not an end in itself: the outers didn't just one day decide that they were going to go after her and Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, her husband, because they were in a vindictive mood. They were out to get them because Wilson drew attention to the provenance of the infamous "16 words" uttered by President Bush in his 2003 state of the union address, in which Bush claimed that Iraq had sought out uranium in "an African country" in order to make a nuclear bomb. Perhaps without knowing it, Wilson – in taking an interest in this subject – was getting too close to the enormous fraud at the center of the War Party's propaganda campaign.

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Coulter Calls for 'Repression of Free Speech', Florida Republicans Applaud!

Not a big fan of the First Amendment', Says GOP Poster Girl

Republican talking head, author and gadfly, Ann Coulter spoke to an audience of supporters in Gainseville, Florida last night at a fundraiser for the Alachua County Republican Party, who paid $30,000 to have Coulter speak.

According to an article in today's Independent Florida Alligator, Coulter -- who makes her living, in no small part, by enjoying her Free Speech rights under the First Amendment -- pleased the rabid attendees by denigrating the U.S. Constitution...

She also criticized the media for being liberal and Democrats for whining about their rights under the First Amendment.

"They're always accusing us of repressing their speech," she said. "I say let's do it. Let's repress them."

She later added, "Frankly, I'm not a big fan of the First Amendment."

Her statements received applause, and many attendees said they enjoyed her speech, but some added that they think she's somewhat extreme.

And they accuse the Left of hating American Values???

Can we serve you some more hypocrisy with that helping of hatred, Ann?

(In case you missed it, please see BRAD BLOG'sexclusive report from yesterday concerning the Conservative group which is denouncing Ann Coulter and creating an Anti-Ann documentary.)
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Civilians are civilians, and state-sponsored terror is still terror.

Columnist has the glass-house problem

Drew Hamre

It's tempting to make excuses for Thomas L. Friedman. After all, his old high school is just down the street, he writes with verve, and he is the reigning king-of-all-media for foreign affairs.

But the atrocities that Friedman ascribes to the Sunni (Star Tribune, Oct. 14) are tactics he himself has advocated in the New York Times. Friedman has urged terror bombing to force regime change in Serbia ("Let's see what 12 weeks of less than surgical bombing does," April 6, 1999) and arguably in prewar Iraq ("bombing Iraq, over and over and over again," Jan. 31, 1998).

Friedman has advocated bombing electrical grids, knowing full well the mortal damage that results when refrigerators and filtration pumps die ("It should be lights out in Belgrade," April 23, 1999; "Blow up a different power station in Iraq every week," Jan. 19, 1999).

In Friedman's latest, he cries "genocide" in the context of a mosque bombing; he conflates a group of female war critics with mass murderers. All in all, this is a particularly nasty work.
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Center wilma still inland over yucatan and drifting northward

Hurricane Wilma Advisory Number 29

Issued at: 9:53 AM CDT 10/22/05 (gateway).

Center wilma still inland over yucatan and drifting northward, Hurricane watch issued for the Florida keys.

At 11 am edt, 1500z, a hurricane watch has been issued for all of the Florida keys, including the dry tortugas and Florida bay. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours.
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A small victory prosecuting Bush in Canada for torture

On Monday, October 17th Gail Davidson and Howard Rubin along with Jason Gratl and Micheal Vonn representing B.C. Civil Liberties stepped into courtroom 55 of the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver with the hopes of lifting the publication ban which, since December of 2004 August, has kept the case out of the public eye. After a relatively short session of 45 minutes they emerged successful. "I don't know that I would call it a victory quite yet," said Ms. Davidson, "but it is at least a step in the right direction. People deserve to know what is happening here."
What is happening is that Ms. Davidson and Lawyers Against the War have laid charges against George Bush Jr; accusing him of aiding, abetting, and counseling the commission of torture. This charge is based on the abuses of the prisoners held at the U.S. prisons in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and Abu-Ghraib, Iraq including Canadian minor Omar Khadr, who has been held in Cuba since 2001.

"Many Canadians don't realize that we have not only the right but the responsibility to pursue these charges, it is a responsibility that the Canadian government owes not only to the people of Canada, but to the people of the world. The 1987 Convention Against Torture And Other Cruel, Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment binds us to this action." Canada ratified the UN Convention on Torture along with 139 other nations; promising to protect the inalienable right of all the world's citizens to live a life free of torture.
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Minh Ly Wins the 2005 WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship ($1,060,000)

Minh Ly Wins the Tournament!

Hand 143 - Dan Harrington has the button, and he folds.

Hand 144 - Minh Ly has the button, and he raises all in. Harrington quickly calls for $2,645,000, showing Ah-5c. Ly has Jc-3h. Ly could win the tournament on this hand if he improves.

The flop comes 9d-6c-3s, and Ly takes the lead with a pair of threes. Harrington needs to catch a five, an ace, or a runner-runner straight to stay alive. The turn card is the Ks, and Harrington needs a five or an ace. The river card is the 7d. Dan Harrington is eliminated in second place, earning $620,730.

Minh Ly wins the 2005 WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship, earning $1,060,000, a $25,000 seat in the WPT World Championship, and a gold bracelet.
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Friday, October 21, 2005

Judith Miller is Unnamed Woman in AIPAC Spy Ring Indictment

Page 24 Paragraph numbered 7of the AIPAC Spy Ring Indictment (see below)

This is in reference to a meeting between FRANKLIN (Larry Franklin) and FO-3 (Naor Gilon) at the Pentagon Officers Athletic Club. The woman referenced is Judith Miller. Miller is a reporter for the New York Times who is as I write held in a Federal Facility in contempt of court. She wrote many now discredited stories on WMDs for the Times. The Charitable work was The Iraqi Jewish Archive which Judith Miller and Harold Rhode cooperated on with Ahmad Chalabi.

I have reason to believe that the conversation between Larry Franklin and Naor Gilon about Judith Miller included a reference to Valerie Plame. This case becomes a time bomb if it is revealed that Mossad had a part in the outing of CIA agent Plame.

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Kidnapped Saddam defense lawyer killed (updated)

By: Xinhua + Reuters on: 21.10.2005 [23:20 ]

Saadoun Janabi, the defense lawyer involved in the trial of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen Thursday in Baghdad, was shot dead on Friday, police said.

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Flop Sweat

Global Eye

Flop Sweat

By Chris Floyd
Published: October 21, 2005

Having railed at the wanton criminality of the Bush faction for so long, this column naturally partakes of the general glee arising from the looming possibility of genuine, grade-A grand jury indictments for some of the gang's top thugs.

Of course, we all know that the fix is in: If anyone in the White House is actually indicted and convicted for the high crime of exposing the identity of an undercover agent -- in wartime, no less -- they will certainly be pardoned when George W. Bush finally limps away from the steaming, stinking, blood-soaked ruin of his presidency. Nobody will do any hard time; in the end, the whole sick crew will simply pass through the golden revolving door into the lifetime gravy train of corporate grease and right-wing lecture-circuit glory.
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Anti-Coulter Documentary in Production, Release to Coincide with Rightwing Gadfly's Next Book!
ALSO: PowerPoint Presentation Exposing Coulter's Religious Hypocrisy, Opportunism, Flip-Flops Released Exclusively to BRAD BLOG!

While the recent nomination of Hariet Miers for the Supreme Court by George W. Bush may have revealed more than a few cracks in the usually lockstepped Conservative Movement in America, Daniel Borchers has been calling out "fake Conservativism" -- as we refer here at The BRAD BLOG to those who use the tenets of the true Conservative Movement merely for cynical, opportunistic political gain -- for years.

Borchers' organization, Citizens for Principled Conservatism (CPC) is currently in-production of a documentary named The Truth About Ann which aims squarely at political and religious hypocrisy of Rightwing commentator and author, Ann Coulter.

As well, Borchers has created and released exclusively to BRAD BLOG, a PowerPoint presentation entitled "The Gospel of Ann".

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Death Watch at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

For all practical purposes, governing the nation has stopped at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as aides deal with an increasingly despondent President, mounting scandals and defecting dissidents from the Ship of State.

White House insiders say George W. Bush’s mood swings have increased to the point where meetings with the President must be cancelled, schedules shifted and plans changed to keep a bitter, distracted leader from the public eye.

“He’s like a zombie some days, walking around in a trance,” says one aide who, for obvious reasons, asks not to be identified. “Other times he launches into angry outbursts, cussing out anybody who gets near him.”

Aides say gallows humor has descended on the White House, where the West Wing is now referred to as “death row” and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, along with Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, are known as “dead men walking,” a reference to the last walk death row inmates take to the execution chamber.

With indictments expected against Libby or Rove or both any day now from the Valerie Plame scandal, the White House mood has a “Final Days” aura (“Final Days” was the title of Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s book about the last days of the Nixon administration). Although no one expects President Bush to be impeached or resign, Internet blogs buzzed this week with talk of a possible resignation by Vice President Dick Cheney.
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Marvin Bush's maid wanted to show him a video of her and President Bush.

October 21, 2005 -EXCLUSIVE TO WMR:- Marvin Bush's maid wanted to show him a video of her and President Bush. Moments later she was crushed to death by her own vehicle in Marvin Bush's driveway.

WMR has obtained a copy of the Fairfax County police report on the mysterious death of First Brother Marvin Bush's maid, Bertha O. Champagne, in the driveway of Bush's Alexandria, Virginia home on September 29, 2003.
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Breaking: A Message from Bill Keller

found this at crooks and liars

A Message from Bill Keller:

As you can imagine, I've done a lot of thinking -- and a lot of listening -- on the subject of what I should have done differently in handling our reporter's entanglement in the White House leak investigation. Jill and John and I have talked a great deal among ourselves and with many of you, and while this is a discussion that will continue, we thought it would be worth taking a first cut at the lessons we have learned.

Aside from a number of occasions when I wish I had chosen my words more carefully, we've come up with a few points at which we wish we had made different decisions. These are instances, when viewed with the clarity of hindsight, where the mistakes carry lessons beyond the peculiar circumstances of this case.

I wish we had dealt with the controversy over our coverage of WMD as soon as I became executive editor. At the time, we thought we had compelling reasons for kicking the issue down the road. The paper had just been through a major trauma, the Jayson Blair episode, and needed to regain its equilibrium. It felt somehow unsavory to begin a tenure by attacking our predecessors. I was trying to get my arms around a huge new job, appoint my team, get the paper fully back to normal, and I feared the WMD issue could become a crippling distraction.

So it was a year before we got around to really dealing with the controversy. At that point, we published a long editors' note acknowledging the prewar journalistic lapses, and -- to my mind, at least as important - - we intensified aggressive reporting aimed at exposing the way bad or manipulated intelligence had fed the drive to war. (I'm thinking of our excellent investigation of those infamous aluminum tubes, the report on how the Iraqi National Congress recruited exiles to promote Saddam's WMD threat, our close look at the military's war-planning intelligence! , and th e dissection, one year later, of Colin Powell's U.N. case for the war, among other examples. The fact is sometimes overlooked that a lot of the best reporting on how this intel fiasco came about appeared in the NYT.)

By waiting a year to own up to our mistakes, we allowed the anger inside and outside the paper to fester. Worse, we fear, we fostered an impression that The Times put a higher premium on protecting its reporters than on coming clean with its readers. If we had lanced the WMD boil earlier, we might have damped any suspicion that THIS time, the paper was putting the defense of a reporter above the duty to its readers.

I wish that when I learned Judy Miller had been subpoenaed as a witness in the leak investigation, I had sat her down for a thorough debriefing, and followed up with some reporting of my own. It is a natural and proper instinct to defend reporters when the government seeks to interfere in our work. And under other circumstances it might have been fine to entrust the details -- the substance of the confidential interviews, the notes -- to lawyers who would be handling the case. But in this case I missed what should have been significant alarm bells. Until Fitzgerald came after her, I didn't know that Judy had been one of the reporters on the receiving end of the anti-Wilson whisper campaign. I should have wondered why I was learning this from the special counsel, a year after the fact. (In November of 2003 Phil Taubman tried to ascertain whether any of our correspondents had been offered similar leaks. As we reported last Sunday, Judy seems to have misled Phil Taubman about the extent of her involvement.) This alone should have been enough to make me probe deeper.

In the end, I'm pretty sure I would have concluded that we had to fight this case in court. For one thing, we were facing an insidious new menace in these blanket waivers, ostensibly voluntary, that Administration officials had been compelled to sign.! But if I had known the details of Judy's entanglement with Libby, I'd have been more careful in how the paper articulated its defense, and perhaps more willing than I had been to support efforts aimed at exploring compromises.

Dick Stevenson has expressed the larger lesson here in an e-mail that strikes me as just right: "I think there is, or should be, a contract between the paper and its reporters. The contract holds that the paper will go to the mat to back them up institutionally -- but only to the degree that the reporter has lived up to his or her end of the bargain, specifically to have conducted him or herself in a way consistent with our legal, ethical and journalistic standards, to have been open and candid with the paper about sources, mistakes, conflicts and the like, and generally to deserve having the reputations of all of us put behind him or her. In that way, everybody knows going into a battle exactly what the situation is, what we're fighting for, the degree to which the facts might counsel compromise or not, and the degree to which our collective credibility should be put on the line."

I've heard similar sentiments from a number of reporters in the aftermath of this case.

There is another important issue surfaced by this case: how we deal with the inherent conflict of writing about ourselves. This paper (and, indeed, this business) has had way too much experience of that over the past few years. Almost everyone we've heard from on the staff appreciates that once we had agreed as an institution to defend Judy's source, it would have been wrong to expose her source in the paper. Even if our reporters had learned that information through their own enterprise, our publication of it would have been seen by many readers as authoritative -- as outing Judy's source in a backhanded way. Yet it is excruciating to withhold information of value to our readers, especially when rival publications are unconstrained. I don't yet see a clear-cut ! answer t o this dilemma, but we've received some thoughtful suggestions from the staff, and it's one of the problems that we'll be wrestling with in the coming weeks.

Best, Bill
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Judy Code

By Douglas McCollam

In July of 2001, Steve Engelberg, then an editor at The New York Times, looked up to see Judy Miller standing at his desk. As Engelberg recalls, Miller had just learned from a source about an intercepted communication between two Al Qaeda members who were discussing how disappointed they were that the United States had never attempted to retaliate for the bombing of the USS Cole. Not to worry, one of them said, soon they were going to do something so big that the U.S. would have to retaliate.

Miller was naturally excited about the scoop and wanted the Times to go with the story. Engelberg, himself a veteran intelligence reporter, wasn’t so sure. There had been a lot of chatter about potential attacks; how did they know this was anything other than big talk? Who were these guys? What country were they in? How had we gotten the intercept? Miller didn’t have any answers and Engelberg didn’t think they could publish without more context. Miller agreed to try and find out more, but in the end the story never ran.

Today, more than four years after 9/11, Engelberg, now managing editor of The Oregonian in Portland, still thinks about that story. “More than once I’ve wondered what would have happened if we’d run the piece?” he says. “A case can be made that it would have been alarmist and I just couldn’t justify it, but you can’t help but think maybe I made the wrong call.”
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one of saddams lawyers kidnapped


A defence lawyer involved in the trial of Saddam Hussein and seven of his former regime has been kidnapped by gunmen.

Police said initial reports identified the abducted lawyer as Saadoun Dulaimi.

A legal source confirmed the kidnapped man was involved in the trial which started on Wednesday.

Mr Dulaimi was reportedly abducted from his Baghdad office.
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One lie after another with Dick Cheney and his supporters

October 20, 2005 -- White House spinmeisters are claiming that Vice President Dick Cheney and the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) engaged in a "work up" on Ambassador Joseph Wilson because they did not know who he was and wanted to have all the information on him so they could engage in "politics." The right wing is bemoaning a situation which they see as the "criminalization of politics." The White House and their media trolls (including the increasingly ubiquitous former federal prosecutor Joseph DiGenova and his law partner wife Victoria Toensing) are lying out of their teeth about Cheney and what he knew about Wilson.

Wilson was Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad when Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 5, 1990. Cheney, who was then the Secretary of Defense, flew to Saudi Arabia to confer with Saudi officials. The Defense Department was well aware of the situation in Baghdad, where Wilson had taken over the operation of the U.S. embassy in the absence of April Glaspie after she was recalled to Washington by the Bush I administration.

One lie after another with Dick Cheney and his supporters
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