Oct. 14, 2005

More GOP Propaganda

Take a look at this new effort from the GOP. In The Know The sure have some balls, considering that they were just found guilty of using propaganda in the Armstrong Williams(?) affair. So what do they do? Set straight out and do a complete newscast. Sure, it's on the GOP site now. But they've removed all indication of their involvement in their production during their run. It's only afterwards, on a separate piece of tape spliced into it, that they reveal their part. Their hope is that these segments will make it into other forums where that attribution will be missing. Pure sleaze.... Mycos "

Oct. 12, 2005

The liar of the week

Liar of the week: George W. Bush said on his Saturday radio address a week and a half ago that Iraq has 100 battalions of battle-ready soldiers. By the time he got to his television address on Thursday, it was 80 battalions. (I guess it’s worse to lie if they’re taking pictures of you.) Unfortunately, the next day Gen. George Casey, who oversees U.S. forces in Iraq, said of those 80, the number of Iraqi battalions fit to fight independently of U.S. support had slipped from three to one. One, three, 80, 100 — if this is Tuesday, it must be..."

Inexpert selection

Inexpert selection The New York Times WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2005 The list of Bush appointees who seem to be rising on political connections rather than expertise continues to grow. A recent example is ...cont

Oct. 11, 2005

Katrina's Flights of Fancy

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, AlterNet October 10, 2005. Paranoid conspiracy theories about Katrina are coming from Aryan Nation racists, Millennium Christian fundamentalists, anti-Semitic crackpots and fringe-left radicals alike. The instant Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters raged down Canal Street, New Orleans' main drag, the tongues of the assorted doomsayers, fringe bloggers, fire-and-brimstone fundamentalists, unreconstructed Nazis and Klan members, leftists, black activists, loonies and even some in the mainstream media wagged furiously. cont...

Oct. 10, 2005

The Police State Is Closer Than You Think

Greeetings Captain Courageous.... Just a reminder to y'all, now that I got your attention. Mycos~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By Paul Craig Roberts 10/08/05 "ICH" -- -- Police states are easier to acquire than Americans appreciate. The hysterical aftermath of September 11 has put into place the main components of a police state. Habeas corpus is the greatest protection Americans have against a police state. Habeas corpus ensures that Americans can only be detained by law. They must be charged with offenses, given access to attorneys, and brought to trial. Habeas corpus prevents the despotic practice of picking up a person and holding him indefinitely. President Bush claims the power to set aside habeas corpus and to dispense with warrants for arrest and with procedures that guarantee court appearance and trial without undue delay. Today in the US, the executive branch claims the power to arrest a citizen on its own initiative and hold the citizen indefinitely. Thus, Americans are no longer protected from arbitrary arrest and indefinite detention. cont.....

The dark side of faith

Of course, this is nothing new to those of us who are atheists. Consider the simple fact that believing in a supernatural force as existing in our real world without any evidence whatsoever opens the door for our children to say to themselves that it's OK to believe in things without any evidence. That obviously opens the door for all kinds of trouble, in and of itself..... never mind the justifications that come with the "religion" package for hurting others. Mycos~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The dark side of faith By ROSA BROOKS IT'S OFFICIAL: Too much religion may be a dangerous thing. This is the implication of a study reported in the current issue of the Journal of Religion and Society, a publication of Creighton University's Center for the Study of Religion. The study, by evolutionary scientist Gregory S. Paul, looks at the correlation between levels of "popular religiosity" and various "quantifiable societal health" indicators in 18 prosperous democracies, including the United States. Paul ranked societies based on the percentage of their population expressing absolute belief in God, the frequency of prayer reported by their citizens and their frequency of attendance at religious services. He then correlated this with data on rates of homicide, sexually transmitted disease, teen pregnancy, abortion and child mortality." cont.....

Oct. 9, 2005

New Gary Webb Info

"Susan Bell: a shameful secret history In 1996, the award-winning journalist Gary Webb uncovered CIA links to Los Angeles drug dealers. It was an amazing scoop - but one that would ruin his career and drive him to suicide. His widow, Susan Bell, looks back on a shameful secret history"