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Saturday, July 08, 2006

"THE REPUIBLICANS HAVE A PLAN---AND IT IS CALLED FEAR"




Terrorism plots are back in the news. Threats from around the world are being hyped---especially threats that though "sexy"---like North Korea---aren't really threats at all, WHILE REAL THREATS LIKE THE REEMERGENCE OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANASTAN AND ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS TAKING OVER SOMALIA ARE NEVER MENTIONED. Too, there are more FALSE CLAIMS OF WMD HAVING BEEN DISCOVERED IN IRAQ.

It was WMD that the Department of Defense and experts have said were so old---leftover from the 1980s---as not to be harmful and were not the WMD Bush claimed as his reason for invading Iraq. NONETHELESS, IT IS WMD BEING SOLD TO GOP VOTERS BY THE LIKES OF HANNITY AND LIMBAUGH AS "PROOF" SADDAM HAD MASSIVE STOCKPILES OF, AND AN ONGOING WMD PROGRAM.

***Anybody who buys this crap is really stupid and are being used by the GOP. If they believe it, then they deserve it.

What does it mean? It means it's an election year and, therefore, BUSH AND REPUBLICANS NEED TO INSTILL FALSE FEAR AND OUTRIGHT LIE IN ORDER TO TRICK VOTERS INTO SUPPORTING THEM.

Since election 2004, America had faced few terrorist related threats. Suddenly, now that campaign 2006 is underway And Republicans are trailing in the polls, barely a day passes without a new threat of some sort being blared across the airwaves. THE THREATS ARE MAGNIFIED AND OVER-HYPED BY THE MEDIA IN A MANNER DESIGNED TO INSTILL FEAR IN THE HEARTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

One week Iran is the face of "evil." The next it is Zarqawi. Then it is an amorphous thing called "homegrown terrorism," which was highlighted through the arrest of seven hapless fools in Miami. Suddenly the danger shifts and it is Norh Korea misfiring several harmless missiles. Yet, before the public can breathe a non-anxious breath, a plot to blowup tunnels in New York City is discovered and reported.

The problems with the so-called plot in New York are glaring: It had been reported that they want to contact Zarqawi, but there was no proof that they ever had. They, like the Miami terror-scare seven, were more "aspirational than operational." The FBI would like America to believe and you can bet Americans do, that these latest "terrorists" were going to flood New York City. Okay---first to do what it is claimed they wished to do, they would have had to drive a haul-pack (huge mining dump-truck sized load of explosives through the city. Then and here is the kicker---they would have been no flooding because water can't flow uphill. The river is lower than Manhattan...figure it out.

Just for good measure, however, the FBI is pretending not to be happy about the New York plot being made public because it may hamper their ability to capture all the people involved. The agency spoke of punishing whoever leaked the plot to the press.

Here is the question: When it is discovered that either Karl Rove or another GOP political operative or politician was responsible for the leak, will the FBI punish them? Or will they only punish the person if they are not linked to the Bush administration? Who knows, maybe Bush or Cheney "declassified" the information so Rove or another could "legally" release the information.

THE REPUBLICAN STRATEGY OF DIVIDING THE NATION WHILE INSPIRING THEIR BASE THROUGH "CULTURE WAR" ISSUES HAS FAILED. Word has leaked out that Rove intends to run a national "Swift Boat" campaign in any district that might be close. Bush has already said Republicans will hold onto both Houses of Congress---apparently not concerned about what voters might decide.

THE GOP STRATEGY IS CLEAR: The "culture war" is no longer a winner...it is time to strike the fear of "evil" back into the hearts of the American people. It is time for dire threats that aren't threats to be hyped in the media and it is time for terrorism threats to emerge on a weekly, if not daily basis.

AMERICA, BE AFRAID---IT IS ELECTION YEAR 2006 AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE A PLAN: STRIKING FEAR IN THE HEART OF EVERY AMERICAN.


Source of Commentary: A. Alexander
The Progressive Daily Beacon
July 8, 2006


ILLINOIS POLITICS: TOP AIDE TURNS ON DANIELS AT SENTENCING

SPRINGFIELD---For two years in the mid-1990s, Illinois House Republican leader Lee Daniels and top aide Michael Tristano helped make DuPage County the epicenter of state political power.

Now, Tristano appears to have turned on his former boss, implicating the Elmhurst Republican in a scam that saw state workers used on GOP campaigns.

In asking federal authorities to be lenient with his pending prison sentence, Tristano admits ordering state employees to assist with political campaigns but says he was instructed to do so. His bosses, he emphasizes in court papers filed this week, were Daniels and the Republican leadership.

An employee in Daniels' Elmhurst office referred calls to attorney Tom Breen, who did not return a message left Friday. Jeffrey Steinback, Tristano's attorney, also did not return a message Friday.

Tristano is scheduled for sentencing next week in federal court after pleading guilty in connection with the misuse of state personnel costing taxpayers upward of $200,000 between 1998 and 2001 when Daniels and Republicans were bitterly fighting Democrats to reclaim the political majority in the Illinois House.

Tristano's implication of Daniels and Republican leadership is contained in court documents filed to support his request that he receive the minimum sentence of a year and one day in federal prison.

Current House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego was a member of the House GOP leadership team under Daniels but Friday said he was not aware of the conduct Tristano's alleges.

"I have no idea. I mean, I looked at the document and I think he's primarily talking about Representative Daniels. But other than that, we could all speculate forever," Cross said.

Former state Rep. Kay Wojcik, a Schaumburg Republican and former member of Daniels' leadership team, also said she was unaware of such activities.

Messages left with other House Republican leaders from the Daniels era were not returned.

Other key Republicans also said they didn't know of the illegal activities described in Tristano's case.

"I had no idea. He ran his thing. I ran my thing. It was kind of a hot and cold relationship," said James "Pate" Phillips, a Wood Dale Republican and former Illinois Senate president.

Allegations of misuse of state employees and the subsequent federal investigation have long hounded Daniels, forcing him to resign the chairmanship of the state GOP and then contributing to his ouster from the House Republican leadership post in 2002. He announced last year that he would not seek re-election, bringing to an end a legislative career that began in 1975.

Current DuPage political leaders sought to distance themselves from Daniels and Tristano, the husband of Cook County Judge Sandra Tristano.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican and chairman of the county GOP, pointed out that Tristano is from Cook County and the alleged misconduct occured in Springfield, not Wheaton.

IT APPEARS THAT THE REPUBLICAN SCANDALS ARE ABOUT TO START SURFACING AGAIN..............STAY TUNED!!!!!

AND BUSH WANTS YOU TO VOTE FOR TOPINKA, ANOTHER REPUBLICAN!
I DON'T THINK SO.


Source of Information: Daily Herald State Government Editor
Jo Patterson
July 8, 2006

PERSONAL DATA WERE POSTED ON NAVY WEB SITE




Personal records for every Navy and Marine Corps aviator or aircrew member who has logged flight hours in the past 20 years have been posted on a public Navy Web site for the past six months, COMPROMISING MORE THAN 100,000 SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, the Navy Safety Center announced yesterday.

***This makes you wonder what our government is up too! Are they trying to get illegal immigrants social security cards?

Investigators are working to determine how the records landed on the Navy Safety Center's Web site, which officials shut down Thursday after a member of the public reported finding the full names and Social Security numbers posted. Evelyn Odango, a spokewoman for the safety center in Norfolk, said the list had been posted since December and appeared to be "inadvertent" and the result of "human error."

***Then why aren't there more intelligent people working at places that have this type of information? It's still the government's fault!

The security breach involving personal information is among several data losses involving the federal government in recent weeks, INCLUDING THE LOSS OF RECORDS RELATED TO MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION RETIREES AND ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL ON A LAPTOP THAT WAS STOLEN IN MAY FROM A VETERANS AFFAIRS EMPLOYEE'S HOME. The laptop was recovered last month.

***Nobody cares if it was recovered or not. Doesn't the government realize that we are smart enough to realize that all of that information is in the hands of someone else now? If these cards are used by illegals, do you realize that whatever they charge on credit cards that they have gotten through the use of your information, is YOUR responsibility and YOU must be the one to have to PAY to get this all taken care of and the companies that they have ripped off won't even press charges, so these illegals are off the hook? ALL OF THIS....COURTESY OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. It's too coincidental since Bush wants to give these people a free pass. And the people that want to hire them (the upper 1%) are all of Bush's friends! To those who are sitting there saying no, instead of asking yourself why would he do this, maybe you should ask yourself, why wouldn't he do this?

The Government Accountabilty Office, the Agriculture Department, The Energy Department and the IRS ALL ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAVE HAD SIMILAR PERSONAL DATA COMPROMISED RECENTLY VIA WEB SITE POSTINGS, Internet hackers and loss of electronic equipment. Two weeks ago, the Navy announced that personal information on 28,000 sailors and their family members was compromised when it appeared on a public Web site.

Odango said the Navy Safety Center list was discovered Thursday by someone not affiliated with the command, who then immediately reported it. She said the lists includes all retired, active-duty and reservist personnel who have logged flight hours in the past two decades. The center is a command dedicated to improving the safety of Navy operations.

***And what does Bush go and do? He makes cuts to Homeland Security! All of his national security is nothing but a front. Bush isn't protecting anybody!

"That's the kind of information that is not supposed to be put on the Web site, and it was inadvrtently posted," Odango said. "We don't have any proof that any information has been accessed or that it has been used illegally."

***Do you have any proof that it wasn't?

The information was included on 1,083 computer disks that were sent to all Navy and Marine Corps commands, Odango said, and Navy officials are working on recalling those disks.

Navy officials are encouraging anyone whose name could have been on the list to carefully monitor bank accounts, credit cards and other financial transactions to make sure the information is not being used fraudulently.

***It costs money to do that! It's not these servicemembers' fault! It's so easy for them to say! Most people are living paycheck to paycheck nowadays since the Bush administration has outsourced all of our jobs.

Those who might have been affected can contact the Navy Personnel Command call center at 866-827-5672 for more information. The call center should be active by the end of the weekend.

SECRET SERVICE REVEALS MORE ABRAMOFF VISITS TO THE WHITE HOUSE




SECRET SERVICE LOGS SHOW ABRAMOFF VISIT TO CHENEY AIDE, WHITE HOUSE FAMILY RESIDENCE

WASHINGTON---The Secret Service on Friday revealed four more visits to the White House in 2001 by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, including one to see a domestic policy aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

The newly released records of Abramoff's access to the White House bring the total number of his known visits to seven.

One Abramoff White House visit, according to Secret Service logs, was on April 20, 2001, to see Cesar Conda, at the time Cheney's assistant for domestic policy.

Five days after the Conda meeting, one of Abramoff's former lobbying colleagues, Patrick Pizzella, was nominated by the president as assistant secretary of labor. The Secret Service logs do not state why Abramoff met with Conda.

One log entry indicates Abramoff visited the White House family residence on Dec. 10, 2001, for two hours, as part of a large holiday party.

The Secret Service entry for Abramoff's name that day reads, "POTUS," "WH," "RESIDENCE," and lists the number of people present as 326, according to the documents. POTUS refers to the president of the United States.

The Secret Service material surfaced as a result of lawsuits by the conservative organization Judicial Watch and the Democratic National Committee. An earlier Secret Service search turned up just two Abramoff White House visits, and a further search turned up additional contracts.

Judical Watch said the public has a right to know "why an admitted felon had appointments with the Bush White House." The DNC said it will aggressively pursue additional questions about visits to the White House by Abramoff and his lobbying associates.

THE GOVERNMENT IS ASKING A JUDGE TO DISMISS THE LAWSUITS, but another group that is suing, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, says it will seek more information on the visits.

Abramoff has pleaded guilty in an influence-peddling scandal and is cooperating with a wide-ranging Justice Department probe of alleged corruption on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch.

A former White House aide, David Safavian, was convicted in a trial last month for covering up his relationship with Abramoff. Safavian was the Bush administration's top procurement official until his arrest last year.

Abramoff's other previously undisclosed trips to the White House complex in 2001 were on March 1 and May 17. Both were to meetings in the Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

It has been previously known that Abramoff was in the White House on May 9, 2001, when President Bush had his photograph taken with an Indian tribal official who was an Abramoff client.

The Secret Service earlier disclosed White House visits by Abramoff on Jan. 20, 2004, the day Bush delivered his State of the Union address, and on March 6, 2001.

***You gotta be wondering why these visits weren't disclosed in the first place. What is Bush trying to hide? I can't wait to hear the White House's response to this!


Source of Information: ABC NEWS
By: Pete Yost/Associated Press
July 8, 2006






GOOGLE HIRES D.C. LOBBYIST WITH A FRIEND IN HIGH PLACES---HASTERT




Facing increasing congressional scrutiny, Google Inc. has hired a lobbying firm that includes the son of U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).

The Mountain View Internet giant hired Joshua Hastert as part of a team of lobbyists from the firm PodestaMattoon to champion its interests in privacy, compensation and China, among other issues, according to documents filed with the U.S. Senate.

The hiring is another sign that Google is raising its profile in Washington, where legislation is pending or is being considerd that could significantly affect the company's business.

Recently, members of Congress excoriated Google for introducing a search engine in China that censors results deemed subversive by Beijing. Lawmakers have introduced a bill that requires Internet companies to locate search engines outside of repressive nations and create a basic code of conduct for the industy.

Google is also bracing for a battle over so-called net neutrality. At stake is whether everyone's information travels over the Internet's digital highways at the same speed.

Google strongly supports keeping the Internet democratic. But the telecommunications companies that own some of the Internet's infrastructure---which have legions of lobbyists---believe otherwise, and hope to charge companies to deliver their data to consumers more quickly.

It isn't clear when Google became a client of PodestaMattoon, which also represents defense contractor General Dynamics and the Saipan Garment Manufacturers Association. Documents show that the relationship started sometime after July, at a cost of around $40,000 through the end of 2005.

This isn't the first time Google has used a lobbying firm. Capitol Tax Partners and Public Policy Partners have also represented the company.

As Google increases its list of outside lobbyists, it is adding internal staff to handle public policy. Last year, it hired Alan Davidson, former associate director for Washington advocacy group Center for Democracy & Technology, as its Washington policy counsel. Also last year, Elliot Schrage joined Google as vice president of global communications and public affairs. He leads the company's policy communications, among other roles.

THAT THE HOUSE SPEAKER HASTERT'S SON IS A LOBBYIST WITH THE COMPANY CERTAINLY DOESN'T DAMPEN GOOGLE'S INFLUENCE ON CAPITOL HILL. NEITHER GOOGLE OF HASTERT RETURNED CALLS SEEKING COMMENT.

***Hasn't the Hastert family made enough money by use of Dennis Hastert's Congressional Office? It's time for someone else to get Hastert's seat. Hastert's bank account is big enough!

Source of Information: sfgate
Verne Kopytoff
March 2006

BAGHDAD: CITY OF SHRINKING DREAMS




A daily intelligence brief on Iraq, prepared by a private contractor for the U.S. military and companies working in Iraq, paints a grim picture of life in Baghdad. The daily report for July 7 documents a slew of sectarian attacks and car bombings around the capital and says that "the levels of torture and execution-style killings...illustrates the increasing disegatrd for human life by the perpetrators for those not of their own grouping."

The report, marked "for official use only," also goes on to describe Baghdad as a city without spirit. "Baghdad looks so exhausted these days and so do her people; the relentless violence, the lack of basic services and the scorching heat abolishes human desire to do anything or to even think of anything," says the daily report, which is compiled by SOC-SMG Inc., a Nevada-based contractor. "Living for many Iraqis was reduced to existence a long time ago; dreams and desires are shrinking under the heavy shadows of the situation."


***How are we supposed to win the hearts and minds of these people? A better question might be, how can we ever get out of Iraq with the Iraqis state of minds being as they are? No wonder why they hate us so much. They didn't live this way under Saddam. We have brought hell to Iraq. Why do those people have to suffer for what Bush is doing? Bush is the one that said "bring it on," and they did. But it's not Bush that is suffering. It's a whole country and our troops that they have "brought it to!"

***WE CAN NO LONGER ''STAY THE COURSE'' IN IRAQ. That course is going nowhere. We need different ideas! Bush's Repubican Congress has to be changed.


Source of Indormarion: Washington Wire
From The Wall Street Journal's Capital Bureau
July 7, 2006