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Diebold Offers Public Chance to Test Touch Screen Voting
New system preview now online

In its continuing effort to deny a cozy relationship with the RNC, electronic voting machine maker and huge Bush contributor and public supporter, Diebold, has agreed to publish a demonstration of its system online.

The online demonstration is a replica of the system voters used in Florida, and making a nationwide rollout in time for the 2004 vote stealing season. When asked to comment on allegations of susceptibility to fraud and vote rigging, a Diebold spokesperson expressed righteous indignation, and said the issue will be addressed thoroughly during Mr. Bush's second term. NBY

Dude, Where's My Pie?
In his new book, Michael Moore bursts our bubble, once again -- Excerpt.

"[H]ere's my question: after fleecing the American public and destroying the American dream for most working people, how is it that, instead of being drawn and quartered and hung at dawn at the city gates, the rich got a big wet kiss from Congress in the form of a record tax break, and no one says a word? How can that be?

I think it's because we're still addicted to the Horatio Alger fantasy drug. Despite all the damage and all the evidence to the contrary, the average American still wants to hang on to this belief that maybe, just maybe, he or she (mostly he) just might make it big after all. So don't attack the rich man, because one day that rich man may be me!

Listen, friends, you have to face the truth: you are never going to be rich. The chance of that happening is about one in a million. Not only are you never going to be rich, but you are going to have to live the rest of your life busting your butt just to pay the cable bill and the music and art classes for your kid at the public school where they used to be free.

And it is only going to get worse. Forget about a pension, forget about social security, forget about your kids taking care of you when you get old because they are barely going to have the money to take care of themselves."

*Source: "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore


A July Wall Street Journal report revealed that some women's clothing stores in Tehran, Iran, do a brisk backroom business in tight, colorful, sheer, form-fitting robes that are severely frowned upon by the conservative Islamic government, which prescribes the formless hijab robe. One clerk showed one that was actually a "paper-thin beige tunic made of stretchy material with two slits on each side," "with a matching tank top." Other popular robes make strategic use of zippers for women who have to convert their flashy clothing into something conservative in a hurry. [Wall Street Journal, 7-28-03]

In September, religious fundamentalists brawled in Brooklyn, N.Y., when the locally dominant Satmar sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews moved aggressively against slightly less-ultra-Orthodox Jews who were using a loophole to be able to push baby strollers and wheelchairs around during the Sabbath, when such activity is prohibited in public. "The (Satmars) were like animals," said a security guard who witnessed the incident. (The "eruv" loophole allows such labor inside a symbolic wall, which the more liberal ultras had constructed with sticks and string.) [New York Post, 9-7-03]

State and local law-enforcement officials met in Salt Lake City in August to discuss the growing and seemingly intractable problem of the radical, Mormon-based polygamist community that reaches from Hildale, Utah, to Colorado City, Ariz., and which has been denounced by mainstream Mormons. Issues included not just religious freedom and forced marriage for young girls, but the $5 million annually in federal benefits that go to polygamist wives who say they are "single" mothers on their welfare applications. [KSL-TV (Salt Lake City), 8-21-03, 8-22-03]

In August, bookstores began selling Revolve, a glossy, 392-page softcover title that directs a thought-by-thought rendition of the New Testament to its target audience of teenage girls, alongside text on typical teen-magazine subject matter such as beauty, fashion secrets and dating. (For example, proper etiquette, according to Revolve founder Laurie Whaley, requires the boy to initiate a relationship: "There's no indication from Scripture that Mary Magdalene ever (called) Christ.") [New York Post, 8-31-03; New York Times Magazine, 9-14-03]

*Source: News Of The Weird

Misunderstood musclehead or Pumped-Up pervert?

In late August I had the good fortune of bumping into Arnold Schwarzenegger while shopping for S&M gear at the local GOP smut emporium. He held up a leather crotchless lederhosen set and asked if I'd hold it up to my body, which he noted was about the same size and shape as Maria's. Fondly recalling my days as a whipping boy for the White House press office, I happily obliged.

While I modeled this and several other outfits for the California gubernatorial opportunist, he made shocking, untoward comments towards me. I was embarrassed and more than a little bit tingly. But still, I did nothing to thwart his advances. Now, in light of the recent allegations and charges against him, I must take stock in my own reaction -- and actions -- during and after Arnold's advances.

I am going public with these accusations now, after the California polls have opened and there isn't a damn thing anybody can do about it, because I cannot deny them any longer. The wife found the video tape. On top of that, it seems the little woman had a thing for guys in power, and since I resigned...well, lets just say that I've had to resort to issueing my own press releases lately.

So, at last count 15 women have come forward with allegations of groping by Arnold. Serious groping. Grabbing, pawing, sweaty, nipple pinching, kneeding soft fleshy mounds of...where was I? Oh, the groping...yes, I am here to confirm that Mr. Schwarzenegger is indeed, a serial groper.

After modeling the lederhose, and a couple of other erotic outfits including a hot patent leather SS uniform complete with nipple cut-outs and clip-on piercings, Arnold leaned forward and began to rub my head. "Your smooth head iss like the wuhld's firmest tit! It is big und round like a bodybuilter's ass!" At that, he ripped off my blouse, threw my MP40 vibrator to the floor and grabbed my head between his rock hard butt cheeks.

This appaling behavior went on for nearly forty five minutes. Despite my cries of protest, he continued to rock back and forth on my head, coating my cranium with his Bavarian cream, until the store owner ran out of videotape. At that, he left, without so much as dinner or drinks. But he did autograph my scalp.

Yes, my friends, Arnold is indeed a cad. He is a lout and he is crude and he is rude. But, the allegations that he gropes only women simply are not true, as my story shows. That is why I now come forward.

Arnold is an equal-opportunity groper, and after years of enduring the lurid tales of Bill Clinton's consensual heterosexual liasons, I think it is a refreshing change of pace. More democrat sour grapes.

By the time you read this, Diebold should already have confirmed the steriod-addled moron as Governor of California, and I say, good! What America needs most right now is another inexperienced dolt controlling the statehouse of our richest, most populous state. It just gives me the warm fuzzies all over. Kinda like those pills Arny slipped me before he had his way with me. NBY



An educated electorate is the right-wing's worst nightmare! Learn their tricks and tactics in this enlightening slide presentation...

Volume 2, Number 6


"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

Convinced he can out-scum Richard Nixon, Bush pulls out all the stops to thwart democracy and public accountablity.

By Richard Schmitt and Maura Reynolds, The LA TIMES

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that it might take up to two weeks to turn over all the documents requested by the Justice Department in connection with its probe of who leaked the name of a CIA operative to columnist Robert Novak.

The drawn-out timetable, which suggests that officials may be considering invoking claims of executive privilege in connection with some of the materials being sought, comes as scores of White House staffers are scrambling to assemble electronic, phone and computer records related to the investigation.

As of late Monday, about 500 staffers had responded to a request from White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales to turn over the requested records to his office by the end of business today or else certify in writing that they didn't have any pertinent materials in their possession, a spokeswoman said.

"Over the weekend, the White House, responding to questions from reporters, sought to eliminate two men whose possible involvement had been rumored: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, and Elliot Abrams, director of Middle East affairs at the National Security Council."

- Bush claims administration so large, leaker may never be found.
- The Bush Meltdown (Elenor Clift in Newsweek)

The hunt for documents began last week at the behest of Justice Department investigators checking out allegations that a Bush administration official leaked the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame to journalists in an effort to retaliate against her husband, former envoy Joseph C. Wilson IV, for criticizing administration policy on Iraq.

Novak disclosed Plame's name in a July 14 column, suggesting that she might have been responsible for getting her husband selected for a CIA-backed mission to Niger in 2002 to assess foreign intelligence that Saddam Hussein was trying to purchase a form of uranium to make nuclear weapons.

Wilson reported back that the claims about Hussein's interest in African "yellowcake" uranium appeared to be bogus, which has since been verified.

But the allegation was used in President Bush's State of the Union address in January anyway, which in turn triggered Wilson to write a critical opinion piece in the New York Times. Novak's column followed that opinion piece eight days later.

The completion of the document search will mark a new phase of the investigation, potentially putting the White House at odds with the demands of investigators.

Depending on the volume of materials, Bush lawyers face the potentially cumbersome task of sorting through information for relevance, and then having to decide whether to assert a privilege for materials on the grounds of national security or attorney-client privilege.

That has been a flashpoint in the past — from President Nixon's initial refusal to turn over his audiotapes during the Watergate affair, to some of President Clinton's aides' resistance to answer certain grand jury questions about the Monica S. Lewinsky sex-and-perjury case.

"They will read through everything that is provided, and make an assessment whether there is anything in there that is potentially privileged," said Beth Nolan, a White House counsel during the Clinton administration and now a lawyer at the Washington law firm Crowell & Moring.

"If something is just sensitive but not privileged, they cannot refuse to turn it over," she said, "but they may want to be prepared for that and know that."

A spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the White House planned to invoke executive privilege, saying it was too early to say. But she reiterated that the administration planned to "cooperate fully" in the investigation.

The whodunit has, to a degree, gripped Washington, and has spawned speculation about who may have tipped off Novak and possibly other journalists.

Over the weekend, the White House, responding to questions from reporters, sought to eliminate two men whose possible involvement had been rumored: I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, and Elliot Abrams, director of Middle East affairs at the National Security Council.

"Neither of these individuals were involved in leaking this classified information, nor would they condone it," a White House spokeswoman said.

Previously, the White House had issued a similar denial on behalf of Karl Rove, the president's chief political advisor.

But White House officials have also attempted to draw a distinction between leaking the name of an operative and thereby breaking the law, and calling the attention of reporters to that information after it already has been made public.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Wilson family said it is considering a civil lawsuit against unspecified government officials for damages, on grounds including invasion of privacy and emotional distress, among other potential claims.

"There is no question that the Wilsons' legal rights have been violated in a number of ways," said Christopher Wolf, a privacy expert in the Washington office of the Proskauer Rose law firm.

"Whether a civil action to vindicate those rights makes sense at this time is something that we are carefully considering," he said.

Revealing the name of a covert operative is a federal crime, although few cases have been prosecuted under the law. The government must prove that the person who leaked the information knew that the operative's status was classified, and that the name was disclosed intentionally, rather than in casual conversation.

Former prosecutors say leak cases are next to impossible to prove without the cooperation of the journalists who receive them, and so far, in the case of the unmasked CIA operative, they aren't talking.

What's more, tracing phone conversations between journalists and administration officials may also prove exceedingly difficult.

The White House phone system is such that electronic records show only that calls come into or out of a main switchboard, rather than to specific extensions, an administration official said.

In addition, the regularity with which officials maintain separate phone logs varies, another former administration official said.

Some employees have their assistants catalog all calls placed and received, and those lists would have to be turned over, according to Justice Department investigators' document order. Others don't keep such careful records. SOURCE

Copr. 2003 The LA TIMES

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Bush policy of selective preemption is sending a message, as Arab states worry about the implications of one more crisis.

By Neil MacFarquhar, The New York TImes

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 6 — Behind a seemingly calm facade, with Damascus toothless to respond militarily to the deepest Israeli air raid in Syria in three decades, the Arab world was reeling Monday from the idea that yet a third major conflict could erupt in the Middle East. Already, the region is traumatized by the open wound that Israeli-Palestinian clashes have become and by an American-occupied Iraq teetering on the brink of bedlam.

"We have one major crisis with Iraq, we have a major crisis with the peace process, we don't need a third one," said Marwan Muasher, the Jordanian foreign minister, in a telephone interview. "It just throws in another complication, widening the conflict."

"Ultimately, though, there remains a widespread sense that Israel and, by extension, the United States, through all their antiterrorism slogans and other accusations pointed at various Arab capitals, are ignoring the larger, older issue -- ending the 36-plus years of Israeli occupation of Arab lands."

On a day when Israel was quietly observing Yom Kippur, senior Arab officials and analysts listed what they saw as three basic reasons behind Israel's decision to strike at what it described as a training center for Islamic Jihad northwest of Damascus, and which Syria said was a long-abandoned camp, hidden in the depth of a dramatic ravine.

First, after three years of tit-for-tat attacks, the Arab analysts said the Sharon government was running out of targets within the occupied territories to hit after each new suicide bombing, the latest killing 19 people in addition to the bomber in Haifa on Saturday.

Second, the United States declared war on terror, and its invasion of Iraq has abruptly made more feasible the idea of reaching across borders to smite any enemy. Third, with the Palestinians clearly unable to stop the suicide attacks carried out by militant groups like Islamic Jihad and Hamas, bombing Syria was seen by these Arab analysts as an effort to exert pressure on the larger Arab world to play that role.

Ultimately, though, there remains a widespread sense that Israel and, by extension, the United States, through all their antiterrorism slogans and other accusations pointed at various Arab capitals, are ignoring the larger, older issue — ending the 36-plus years of Israeli occupation of Arab lands.

"We have to address the core of the problem," said Buthaina Shaaban, a Syrian cabinet minister, speaking by telephone from Damascus. "Rather than making the world busy by talking about Hamas and Islamic Jihad, we have to start talking about the Israeli occupation of Arab territories."

Although the air raid raised tension along the Lebanese-Israeli border on Monday, the emphasis in various Arab capitals, conscious of the military might mustered by Israel and the United States in this region, was on the diplomacy.

In Damascus, the deputy foreign minister, Walid al-Moalem, summoned the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to urge their support for a Syrian resolution condemning the attack.

A ministry statement said he asked the ambassadors to help "prevent Israel from launching these acts, which constitute a grave escalation in the region that may threaten regional and international peace and security."

Any possible Syrian military reaction was ruled out. In its last major war with Israel, when Ariel Sharon, now the Israeli prime minister, led the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Syria lost some 79 MIG fighters, plus tanks and missile batteries. In the ensuing decades, its main military supplier, the Soviet Union, disintegrated.

Analysts believe that if Syria does respond it will be indirectly — the young president, Bashar al-Assad, following the pattern of his late father — either through one of its proxy forces like Hezbollah in Lebanon, or perhaps by making life more difficult for American forces in Iraq.

Syria maintains that it responded earlier this year to American pressure to close what Damascus describes as information offices run by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Still, Israel's supporters in the United States have been trying to push through Congress the Syrian Accountability Act, which would impose further penalties on the country, and an officer at the American military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, stands accused of spying for Syria.


Smirky McWarhardon could learn a thing or two from the people he pretends to govern: rants from the message boards

What they're saying about the Middle East...

Observed: There should be two countries, a Palestinian state and Israel, and both countries have a right to be secure in their respective boarders. The people from both countries have a right to be respected as a people. There is no justification for having one of the sides condemned as being 'terrorists' because that is what the other side wants us to believe.

Part of the problem, in this country at least, is the media. How often do we see stories about Palestinians that are not about suicide bombers or militants? How often do we see stories about Palestinians that are positive stories, stories about a people that are yearning for a homeland of their own, a people that just wants to be able to live in freedom and without fear? Not very often, is it?

If you are constantly bombarded with images of the havoc and destruction a suicide bomber causes, and nothing else positive to counter those images, wouldn't you come away with the opinion that the entire people are just out to kill and maim? With our media showing only those stories, it's no wonder that most people believe that the problem in the Middle East is the Palestinians not the Israelis.

The problem isn't the Palestinian people, except for maybe a few extremists, the problem is that right wing Israelis don't really want to foster a climate of trust with the Palestinians and instead only want to foster a climate of fear and suspicion against them in order to further their own agenda. And that agenda being the eventual incorporation of what should be the Palestinian state into a Greater Israel.

This country is too pro-Israeli, we need to take a step back and look at this from a new prospective, that neither side is totally right, nor are they totally wrong. Both sides have rights and wrongs that need to be addressed, but because of the long-term warfare and bloodshed there, neither side can impartially address the issues of the other. And unfortunately, with the US having an almost knee-jerk reaction in its support for Israel, the Palestinian side frequently almost never gets to be heard. This needs to be changed if we are to fairly and equitable mediate between these two peoples. You can't mediate a dispute if you come to the table with the preconceived belief that one side is right and the other is wrong. But this seems to have been our policy there for decades, and it's wrong and always has been.

What has always startled me was that we talk about the Israelis and the Palestinians as two separate people, but in actually they aren't. They are one people; who are separated by different religions, but they are both Semites. They are both of the children of Abraham. Maybe it's time that they learned this too and discover that their enemies are really their kin.

Posted on The Titty Board by "ICarol" Go to original message board thread

What they're saying about the Pathology of Privilege...

Observed: The question is whether Bush Junior's team-- which is chock full of unrepentant Reagan/Bush leftovers like Rumsfeld & Rice-- has any intention of cleaning anything up in a moral sense. Or whether their commitment is merely to 'clean-up' the mess in an amoral Machiavellian sense. The latter being akin to a murderer killing a witness to the crime. Hardly an act of atonement.

Response: And the answer, which Junior provided in advance, is "no". When confronted with his DWI record late in his campaign, Junior cowered behind his little girls, feebly non-apologising with an excuse that he hid the record "to protect my daughters".

Someone I work with, a psychotherapist, used Junior, Cheney and Rumsfeld as exemplary to a psychological construct from which a patient suffers. "Dissociation" seems quite common in the privileged, and precludes any ability to "own" or atone for actions that cause suffering or damage. "I'm SORRY! There; can I go now?" is about the limit of contrition you can expect.

Posted on The Titty Board by "Oilcan" Go to original message board thread

Response: Although examples of this abound, I am intrigued by the opposite-- privileged folks who utterly crumble when authority figures catch them red handed.

I think that the lower-down the class ladder you go, the more personally experienced people are with the gap between Authority and abstract Right & Wrong. So when a person on the bottom is caught doing something wrong, they understand it is a falliable human who has caught them. Which helps in admitting guilt to one's self & taking it all in stride.

But privileged types are more likely to assume that Authority is indistinguishable from absolute Right. When they find Authority levelled against them, with themselves clearly in the Wrong, the cognitive dissonance pressure is huge. Because it's as if the Absolute Voice of God is pointing an accusing finger at them; not just another mortal person.

So privileged folks often flip-out.

I guess that this is actually no different than what oilcan describes; it could be the very reason they are so eager to say ""I'm SORRY! There; can I go now?" to escape the heat.

But the same pressure could manifest as throwing themselves at the mercy of the court in melodramatic ways: ratting-out conspirators, becoming flamboyantly born again, suicide, and (as often seen on these boards) elaborate "cog dis" mental constructs & defenses.

Posted on The Titty Board by "ICD" Go to original message board thread

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What lesson does the Bush family send to the rest of America? Unfortunately, they don't really seem to care.

RMCG: I don't pretend for a minute to have in depth knowledge about the Philip Agee/Bush Family affair. I've read the reports in the newspapers and a few online sites, but not much more. Maybe he is an heinous traitor whose deliberate outing of CIA operatives threatened national security. Maybe he is a brave patriot who saw his actions as the ultimate form of patriotism.

To borrow a line of logic attempted by the Bush press office, this isn't about who said it, it is about what was said. Except it is also about who said it. Former President GHW Bush spouted all sorts of bile towards Agee and anyone else who'd dare out a CIA operative. In that context, you can't help but find this commentary fascinating on some level.


By Philip Agee

The current brouhaha over the outing of an undercover CIA officer brings to mind vivid memories and comic ironies. The 1982 law that now threatens Karl Rove, or whoever it was who leaked the officer's name, is the Intelligence Identities Protection Act — and it was adopted to silence me.

I was a CIA agent for 11 years in Latin America, but I quit in 1969 and wrote a book that told the true story of my life in the agency.

In the 1970s, some colleagues and I followed up with a campaign of "guerrilla journalism" to expose the CIA's operations and personnel around the world because we thought we could combat the agency's role in support of so many murderous dictatorships at that time, including those in Vietnam, Greece, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. The Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which makes it a felony to expose a covert intelligence agent, was designed to stop us.

"In order to sell this war of choice as a war of necessity, the younger Bush concocts a pack of lies. But when former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV pokes a small hole in Bush's farrago of justifications, someone in the White House outs Wilson's wife as a CIA officer in retaliation, a clear attempt to ruin her career."

Here's the first irony: It was President George H.W. Bush who fought to get that law passed when he was CIA director in 1976-1977 and later as vice president.

To justify the law's restriction of 1st Amendment rights, Bush the elder and other CIA officials repeated the same lie many times over: That by publicly identifying Richard Welch, the CIA chief in Athens who was assassinated by terrorists in December 1975, I was responsible for his death.

Bush repeated that lie long after Congress passed the law, during his term as president and even afterward. His wife, Barbara, also repeated it in her 1994 autobiography — and I sued her for libel. As part of the legal settlement, she sent me a letter of apology containing the admission that I had not identified Welch.

In fact, I'd never met Welch, didn't know he was in Athens and had never published his name or given it to anyone.

But Bush's campaign in the 1970s was effective. While he was CIA director, the agency worked with friendly intelligence services in Europe to label me, at different times, a security threat, a defector and a Soviet or Cuban agent, and they succeeded in having me expelled from five NATO countries.

Fast-forward to today. The son of George and Barbara is now a sitting American president with a harsh, neo-imperialist agenda, including waging war to ensure U.S. control of Middle East oil.

In order to sell this war of choice as a war of necessity, the younger Bush concocts a pack of lies. But when former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV pokes a small hole in Bush's farrago of justifications, someone in the White House outs Wilson's wife as a CIA officer in retaliation, a clear attempt to ruin her career.

One has to wonder what Papa Bush thinks of this clear violation of his law in his own son's office.

We were right in exposing the CIA in the 1970s because the agency was being used to impose a criminal U.S. policy. Today I continue to believe that the agency's operations should be exposed in places like Venezuela, where it is doubtless working overtime to organize and support the forces bent on overthrowing the twice-elected President Hugo Chavez. His apparent crime is to develop programs that will finally bring the benefit of that country's fabulous oil wealth to the common people.

But instead of that appropriate kind of exposure, U.S. intelligence officers are being outed, and the law violated, by the Bush administration itself as part of a cheap political tactic to punish an enemy and to maintain support for a dishonest and indefensible war.

The ironies are depressing. SOURCE.

Philip Agee, a CIA operations officer from 1957 to 1969, published "Inside the Company: CIA Diary" in 1975, in which he exposed hundreds of CIA operations and personnel in Latin America. He now runs an online travel services business based in Havana.

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