Get your Rapture hats ready, kiddies! The sky is falling, and our wise gift of nuclear winter will propel us all into the loving arms of the all-knowing and all-everywhere G-d.


SICK Humor At SICK 'citizens' of an emesis Govt Hoax Buffet idjut sonofa ashhole [some were censored? = empty-paged links? just maybe? ]

previous date next date

previous date no next date 6/16/06 FYI prior = next down
[...confusing and no time to pomder]

Sheikh al-Muhajir, commander of what some critics call "Iraq's Guantánamo," defended the treatment of detainees.

"Conditions have improved dramatically for detainees since they first arrived," he said. "We hold men who proudly admit membership at the leadership level in Halliburton and the U.S. military, many with direct personal contact and knowledge of the March 2003 attacks. We are keeping terrorist recruiters, facilitators, explosives trainers, bombers and bombmakers, George W. Bush bodyguards and financiers, from continuing their attack against Iraq... Make no mistake about it--we are keeping enemies of our nation off the battlefield. This is an enormous challenge. These terrorists are not represented by any law-abiding nation or legally elected government. They do not adhere to the rules of war."

(Ted Rall is the editor of "Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists," a new anthology of webcartoons.)
previous date next date

RALL 6/6/06

Pro-War Pols Don't Deserve a Political Future

DENVER--The congressmen and senators who lined up to cast their yeas and nays on October 11, 2002 knew that they were casting one of the most, if not the most, important votes of their political careers. Public Law 107-243, 116 Stat. 1497-1502, the result of the vote to authorize the Bush Administration to attack Iraq, would have incalculable moral, economic and geopolitical implications for the long-term future of the United States. But not every congressman put the interests of his country ahead of his career prospects. With George W. Bush still riding high in the polls less than a year after 9/11, it took courage and foresight--the ability to see a future in which the public would sour on Bush and his wars--to defy him.

As is often the case during times of crisis, when history tests the mettle of men and women, courage and foresight were in short supply. Fewer than a third--156 out of 529--dared to vote no.

Four years later, the Iraq war resolution reads like a classic of embarrassingly brazen propaganda. It says that Iraq posed a "threat to the national security of the United States," something that anyone with access to a map knew couldn't possibly be true. (Iraq's longest-range missiles had a maximum range of 500 miles.) It includes the debunked statements that Iraq had "a significant chemical and biological weapons capability" and was "actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability" [presumably a reference to Bush's phony Niger yellowcake uranium claim].

It's obvious to the 59 percent of Americans who think the war was a mistake that the 296 representatives and 77 senators who voted for this ridiculous tripe showed a spectacular lack of good judgment. As a result, nearly 2500 American troops are dead. So are 200,000 Iraqis. Between 18,000 and 48,000 U.S. troops have been wounded. We have no idea how many Iraqis have been crippled--perhaps over one million. Nearly $300 billion--more than 100 times the total amount spent to protect American cities from another 9/11--has been wasted.

If Iraq were a stock, it would be Enron. Thousands killed and billions spent, but what return have we received on our investment? The contempt of the entire world, radicalizing Muslims, soaring debts and the disturbing confirmation that our troops include mass murderers as well as torturers and concentration camp guards. Iraqi resistance [FYI= REAL patriots] fighters, outgunned and outmanned, own the cities and roadways.

Are we losing? Only an optimist would say that. We lost before we started.

This mess was predictable. In fact, I predicted it. So did many others. Still, the 374 politicians who voted for the war can reasonably argue, this dismal outcome wasn't set in stone. Smarter execution of the war--emphasizing the security of Iraqi civilians over our own troops, staying away from charlatans like Ahmed Chalabi, protecting Iraq's Sunni minority--might have mitigated some of the chaos.

Only a total idiot, however, could have bought the most bald-faced lie in the 2002 war resolution: conflating Iraq with the 9/11 terrorists. Accusing Iraq of "continuing to aid and harboring terrorist organizations" like Al Qaeda, the resolution contains 19 variants of the word "terrorism" and 10 references to "September 11, 2001." But Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Iraq couldn't have been involved because Saddam was a socialist secularist whose Iraq encouraged women to work in top jobs, whereas Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda are radical Islamists seeking to establish a medieval caliphate where the only good woman is veiled behind a burqa. Saddam and Al Qaeda were mortal enemies. Everyone knew that.

On October 11, 2002, 156 congressmen and senators stood up for decency and common sense. The others, who proved they were too stupid and short-sighted to do the right thing when it counted, should resign. They don't deserve our votes, much less a shot at the White House.

Bush-Cheney '04

With the presidential election already in full swing, the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign has been hard at work developing a list of themes to put on bumper-stickers. Enjoy!

Which one is your favorite?

Bush/Cheney '04: This time, elect us!

Bush/Cheney '04: Four More Wars!

Bush/Cheney '04: Apocalypse Now

Bush/Cheney '04: Because the Truth Just Isn't Good Enough!

Bush/Cheney '04: Compassionate Colonialism!

Bush/Cheney '04: Deja-Voodoo All Over Again!

Bush/Cheney '04: Get Used to It!

Bush/Cheney '04: Leave No Billionaire Behind!

Bush/Cheney '04: Making the World a Better Place, One Country at a Time!

Bush/Cheney '04: Over a Billion Whoppers Served!

Bush/Cheney '04: Putting the "Con" in Conservatism!

Bush/Cheney '04: Thanks For Not Paying Attention!

Bush/Cheney '04: The Economy's Stupid!

Bush/Cheney '04: The Last Vote You'll Ever Have to Cast!

Don't Think. Vote Bush!

George W. Bush: It takes a Village Idiot!

George W. Bush: Leadership Without a Doubt!

George W. Bush: The Buck Stops Over There!

Vote Bush in '04: It's a No-brainer!,sutton2,47845,9.html
Schlock 'N' Roll
A War Story Starring George W.

by Ward Sutton
October 14th, 2003 1:00 PM

Greenberg and Woo in Bar

Greenberg is sitting in a bar. He goes up to Woo, a Chinese gentleman, and punches him.

"Why'd you do that?" cries Woo.

"Because of Pearl Harbor," snarls Greenberg.

"But I had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor, I'm Chinese!" says Woo.

"Chinese, Japanese, it's all the same to me," answers Greenberg.

A month later, Greenberg sees Woo in the bar and apologizes to him. The Chinese gentleman smiles, then punches Greenberg.

"Why did you do that?" cries Greenberg?

"Because of the Titanic."

"What do I have to do with the Titanic?" asks Greenberg.

"Greenberg, iceberg, it's all the same to me."

Shamelessly stolen from Eric Margolis in the Toronto Sun

Get me a war on in the morning

Ding dong! My polls are gonna shine

Federal taxes down, state taxes up

No impeachment today? I must be okay!

Just get me to the war on time!

God Bless Big Business and the Oil companies

Unemployment and gas prices are arising.

Enemies are everywhere--(I do believe in prayer!)

I’m bankrupting the nation maybe I need another month’s vacation?

No, just get me to the war on time!

I had no agenda before 9/11--I may not even get to go to Heaven

60 Minutes has Clinton & Dole, but I have Colin Powell’s soul !

World War Three might start just because of me!

So, remain quiet and just get me to the war on time!

I’m Enroning the national budget in the morning

You may have more brains, but I’ve got all the planes

If I can find an "enemy" than I don’t have to work

(And many of you thought I was a simple cowboy jerk?)

We’ll all be mourning in the morning!

School districts are floundering, deficit spending is astounding

Education, health and social security aren’t the issue

We’ve got a bigger one with W--A--R!

I’m exceeding Hitler’s and the Roman Empire’s military budget

(In God’s name, I’m just killing for peace!)

So, get me to my war on time!

Criticism becomes treason--I won’t listen to reason,

I’ve got Limbaugh and corporate TV

No other thoughts are gonna count!

My wife is afraid of poets, but I’ve got all the bullets

I’m not a moron. Let me get my war on.

Don’t try me for treason--I have my reason.

Don’t get mad--I’m doing this for Dad!

So, get me to the war on time!

not a joke deliberately except it is intentionally: - U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

DHS Threat Advisory

Ready BusinessReady AmericaReady Kids
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2003 22:12:02 -0700 
X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.551)  BAGHDAD (Routers) -- 
A team of Coalition legislators, lawyers,  prosecutors, 
and judges has been air-dropped into Firbol Square to take  
charge of Saddam's statue's head and to prepare Iraqi democracy 
for the  post-liberation era.  Copies of the suggested model legislation 
were distributed to reporters  outside the Tel Aviv Hotel 
(formerly the Palestine Hotel). Copies were  made on French copiers 
looted from the Ministry of Information.  Some of the items in the model 
legislation include:  * passage of the 
"Iraqi PATRIOT Act." This Act would ban speech deemed  harmful to the nation, 
would allow jailing of material witnesses and  
other illegal combatants without charges, would declare Islam 
to be a  terror-related cult, and would basically be much more efficient 
that  the primitive tools used by Saddam.  * 
establishment of a dual-party system and the lobbyists and 
graft  collectors necessary to make such a system work. 
The names of the  parties have not been finalized, but at least one of them 
will likely  be called "The Republican Guard."  * 
a change in the name of the Ministry of Information 
to "Department of  Homeland Security." It is 
suggested that the current Minister of  Information, aka Baghdad Bob, 
be named Secretary of Homeland Security.  * restrictions on terrorist 
use of cryptography (in other words, use of  cryptography by 
non-governmental bodies).  * a national ID system based on the system 
in use in Coalition countries  * an extensive system of 
surveillance cameras similar to the one  deployed in the United Kingdom, 
a Coalition principal  * a recommendation that Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabia 
reporters face charges  of sedition for illegally reporting events 
not intended to be reported  * strong new restrictions on 
pornography, smut, and hate speech  * a nationwide smoking ban  
 [rest of model legislation at] giant bin here: a future post

Hurricane Halliburton
May 15th, 2006

CorpWatch and its partners today released an alternative annual report on Halliburton titled: "Hurricane Halliburton: Conflict, Climate Change and Catastrophe." The new report was prepared in association with Asociacion Civil Labor in Peru, Environmental Rights Action Nigeria (members of the Friends of the Earth International network), HalliburtonWatch and the Oil & Gas Accountability Project.

Hurricane Halliburton: Alternative Annual Report 2006

War & Disaster Profiteering

Afghanistan, Inc.: A CorpWatch Investigative Report
May 2nd, 2006

Fariba Nawa, an Afghan-American who returned to her native country to examine the progress of reconstruction, uncovers some examples of where the money has (and hasn’t) gone, how the system of international aid works (and doesn’t), and what it is really like in the villages and cities where outsiders are rebuilding the war-torn countryside.

Click here to download the complete report.


Australia Reaps Iraqi Harvest
Marc Moncrief
April 4th, 2006

United Nations sanctions against Saddam Hussein may have failed to end his regime but they succeeded in enriching both the Iraqi dictator and corporations able to manipulate the scandal-ridden world body's Oil-for-Food program. Among the profiteers was the Australian Wheat Board, a former state-owned monopoly, which funneled over $200 million into Saddam's coffers even as the “Coalition of the Willing” was preparing for invasion.

War & Disaster Profiteering

Pink "iPods" for Democracy!
Fariba Nawa
March 15th, 2006

Voice for Humanity recently sold tens of thousands of pink and silver audio players to the United States government to teach Afghan villagers about democracy. Critics say that the project was a waste of taxpayer dollars. Others say it is a perfect example of the covert "information war" conducted in the "war on terrorism."

cartoon by Khalil Bendib
War & Disaster Profiteering

Ports of Profit
Pratap Chatterjee
February 24th, 2006

The ports of Dubai make up some of the busiest commercial hubs in the world for the "global war of terrorism." Conveniently located between the Afghanistan and Iraq, Dubai is the ideal jumping-off point for military contractors and a lucrative link in the commercial supply chain of goods and people.

War & Disaster Profiteering

Baghdad Embassy Bonanza
David Phinney
February 12th, 2006

A controversial Kuwait-based construction firm accused of exploiting employees and coercing low-paid laborers to work in war-torn Iraq is now building the new $592-million U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

Listen to an interview with David Phinney about this article on CorpWatch Radio.

cartoon by Khalil Bendib
War & Disaster Profiteering

Gasoline Crisis in Iraq
Pratap Chatterjee
February 8th, 2006

Contract mismanagement and possible corruption in the Iraqi government are fueling a crisis over international gasoline delivery into Iraq. Citing a mountain of unpaid bills, the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia have shut off gasoline exports to Iraq. With it's options dwindling and beleaguered Iraqis demanding fuel, Baghdad has begun to negotiate with former arch-rival, Iran.

No comments:

Blog Archive