Aug. 13, 2005

*The Cunning Realist* on Cindy Sheehan

Here are some words from a blog set up by a man who considers himself a conservative. From what I can see, he is simply a realist. But I won't deny him the right to call himself what he feels. In any case, these are wise words as they regard the shameful and unbelievably tasteless attacks on Cindy Sheehan. These attacks should make it clear to all...left and right...that the few people left who still continue to back Bush, must do so out of some kind of psychological instability. These attacks are surely coming from sick minds.

"Decency Is Not In Them

Even when something really outrages me, usually that outrage gives way to a bit of calm, measured thinking. With the Cindy Sheehan story, that's not the case.

If one needed any further proof that this incarnation of 'Republicans' and alleged conservatives includes a faction that has gone completely and tragically over the edge, the smear campaign against Cindy Sheehan is it. For those who might not be familiar with the details of this and are looking for an accurate, factual account, a good summary appears here.

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Aug. 12, 2005

Flyers passing through U.S. Can be legally starved and beaten under US law.

As is anyone needed further proof of how degenerate the U.S, has become, we get this tid-bit from the hearings into the kidnapping and subsequent torture of an innocent Canadian citizen, Maher Arar.

It seems that in an effort to make the case that those persons who had him kidnaoppped and tortured are not culpable, a lawyer for the US says that under US law, persons passing through the US have no rights to violate. Yes. You understood that. They are claiming that a foreign citizen passing through a US airport is deemed to be a foriegner and not legally "in" the US. Even if they are taken to an American prson, they can be starved and.or denied sleep, etc. Add to that US Attorneuy General Gonzales's decision that torture is defined as "pain consistent with major organ faiilure or death", then you see what they feel they can legally do to you. Anything short of murder can be applied during your legal torture, right up up to the point where you do not have a major organ collapse and/or cause your death.

These are the words one might hear from the defendants at Nuremburg, but surely even they would have been too embarrased to admit such a thing prior to their total military defeat which brought them into the docket, standing trial with their very lives on the line. Yet here we have persons who, under this administration, feel comfortable admitting to what would surely be considered gross human rights violations or war crimes only ten years ago.

What has happened down there? There is truly a deep and powerful sickness that has taken hold of the American psyche. If they were only capable of hearing what they sopund like to the rest of the worlds citizens, they would be so ashamed of themselves that they would likely commit suicide. And now that I think of it, I have to admit that this may be our best chance of escaping the wars that will surely develop if this administration is successful in implementing the populist cuop d' etat that they are most definitely considering.


Aug. 11, 2005

Fair Trade Agreement: Emery Deal

I watched with fascination how recent Canadian news reports tell us how the rate of murders and other assaults using guns has increased dramatically here in recent years. They also said that the vast majority of the guns used in these crimes came from US gun dealers.

In light of the recent arrest and extradition request of Marc Emery for the heinous crime of selling marijuana seeds to US citizens, I have petitioned our government to ask US authorities to arrest and extradite American gun-dealers who sell weapons to persons they know to be Canadian or be Canadian resellers. After all, isn't it all about protecting our own citizens from the hands of those foreign devils who's actions wreak death and destruction on our soil? Or do you suppose that our respective government officials will say that this kind of an action against the US would be out of proportion?

I surely hope that no such person exists anywhere within our government. If they do, they should be immediately stripped of any power or authority they may have over those of us who remain the U.S. I believe you refer to us as "the reality crowd". Heh! IMO, "out of proportion" doesn't begin to even hint at the reality of your governments actions on Emery, the War on Drugs, War on Terror, etc, etc, etc. ad nauseum. I'm reminded of the London Daily Newspaper headline which expressed the rest of the worlds profound sense of utter confusion and amazement when Bush was re-elected. "How Can 56 million People Be So Stupid?!!" Indeed.

And while we're here, doesn't US law strictly forbid the DEA to engage in the deliberate obstruction or sabotage of the electoral process? If so, then why isn't Karen Tandy being taken to task for her statement to Seattle journo Joel Conelly regarding her attempt at obstructing those American voter campaigns that advocate marijuana-law reform? That's democracy isn't it?


Emery vs Tandy: On Canadian Sovereignty

The story so far:

In late 2002 the US Drug Czar, John P. Walters attends a $500 per table luncheon sponsored, ironically, by the Vancouver Board of Trade to discuss the illegal trade in marijuana. How this came to be on the agenda is a testament to the willingness of business to play lap-dog to U.S. power brokers. Also attending was well known marijuana advocate, activist, and politician Marc Emery. At this "trade meeting" were also many members of various police and drug enforcement entities besides the DEA. Not one to be intimidated by what to many would be considered a hostile environment, Emery proceeded to counter Walter's more outrageous claims with commentary, which in summary, can best be described by one particularly apropos epithet.... "Liar!". Words were thrown back and forth amongst the Emery party and the drug-warrior faithful but without any further incident. In the end, Walters scuttled back home, leaving little doubt that he is not pleased with Mayor Larry Campbell's "Four Pillars" approach and no doubt at all about his hatred for at least *one* particular Canadian.

Fast forward to the spring of 2004 to a most unlikely, indeed bizarre scene that takes place on the highway leading out of Vancouver, B.C. A lone off-duty Vancouver City police officer is pulled over to the side of the highway by uniformed police officers...... Lone Star state police uniforms!. Unbelievable as it may seem, American police officers had pulled over a Canadian citizen, and illegally demanded that they be allowed to search his vehicle! Of course, the "citizen" was in fact a Vancouver city cop, this factor no doubt being the *only reason* why we ever heard anything about this episode whatsoever. When a person considers the number of coincidences that had to come together to have brought this one incident into the spotlight, it certainly makes me wonder what else has been going on that we haven't heard about.

In any case, the officer sued for wrongful arrest and recently won his case. Regardless, I notice that this event.... with its extremely serious sovereignty issues.... received very little attention from Canadian media. Again, I have to wonder why? Well, perhaps the answer to that is revealed when moving ahead to the arrest and imprisonment of Emery, a Canadian citizen, at the request of the DEA.

Marc Emery and several friends are busted for the crime of - get this... selling marijuana seeds. Now, do you seriously think the RCMP thought of this themselves? Has any Canadian ever been busted for seeds in the last 30 years? Do we even care about such things? Of course not.

So how did this happen? For an answer to that we turn to Seattle Intelligencer reporter Joel Connelly, who has quoted the new Drug Czar, DEA head-honcho Karen Tandy as saying, quote:

"Today's arrest of Mark (sic) Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on."

Now, I'm not 100% sure about the laws in the U.S., but I would think that using taxpayer dollars to obstruct the democratic process may run somewhat contrary to the oft-touted (yet seldom heeded) Constitution of the United States of America. But then, since 9/11, what's new? Indeed. I'll tell you.

The Bush government is now extending their war against non-prescription drugs to Canadian citizens.....with pot seeds. What does it take for it to become clear to everyone that Bush is pushing, not just his military war, but a war of oppression against those persons who do not hold to the regressive views of his fundamentalist supporters. It is now quite clear that the American conservatives are engaged in a blitz on immorality -- as they see it. I remind you that every fascist government of the last century started out doing precisely the same thing, and as such, it is equally obvious that such an attack must be turned back.

To that end, we have been presented with a perfect avenue of counter-attack. The DEA has violated Canadian sovereignty with the Emery arrest; a fact that can be used to great advantage by those who wish to point out the lawlessness of the American government and it's various law-enforcement agencies. It is time to put them back in their places. We can and we should. WE NEED TO.

Aug. 9, 2005

Four in 9/11 Plot Are Called Tied to Qaeda in '00

More information that strongly indicates that the administration was looking to allow an "incident" to take place on American soil so they would have an excuse to proceed with the plans as they are outlined in their PNAC document.

Be clear! I do not for a minute suggest that the administration had any idea of the magnitude or "success" of the attack that eventually did take place, or that they would have let it happen had they known. I do not believe that. But up until that point, the vast majority of attacks that had taken place, did so with relatively minor loss of life. Having predicted this minor level of destruction, I do believe this administration would have let something proceed. They have clearly demonstrated a belief that the "Project For The New American Century" is a project well worth a few American citizens lives in order to implement; a project which, to their minds, is in America's long-term best interest.

Four in 9/11 Plot Are Called Tied to Qaeda in '00

Published: August 9, 2005

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 - More than a year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a small, highly classified military intelligence unit identified Mohammed Atta and three other future hijackers as likely members of a cell of Al Qaeda operating in the United States, according to a former defense intelligence official and a Republican member of Congress."


Aug. 7, 2005

The Great Deceiver

Some random statistics on civilian men, women and children killed in terror bombing

August 6 1945 Hiroshima 140,000
Tokyo fire bombing raid March 9 1945 88,000 - 200,000
Dresden raid feb 13 1945 25,000 - 35,000
North Vietnam, US bombing campaign: at least 70,000
England, 1940-41 German Blitz: 32,000
New York, 2001 2800
London, 2005 52