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Friday-Sunday, September 24, 2006
A Report of a Death
It was reported in a French newspaper, L'Est Républicain, that Osama bin-Laden has died in Northern Pakistan of Typhoid. The report, came from a secret French document supplied to them by the Saudi secret service. The date of his death was reported as August 28, 2006.
I want to see the body.
Time magazine, also quoting a Saudi source, reported that bin-Laden may be dead due to a "water-born source."
Show me the body.
Remember the zeal in which the cable (faux) news channels (Fox; CNN; MSNBC) showed us all the death picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Where's the picture of Osama bin-Laden?
SHOW ME THE BODY!
"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has no
evidence to support recent media reports that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Information that has been reported otherwise is purely speculative and cannot be
-A Saudi government statement
A non-denial denial if there ever was one.
"Saudi intelligence services seem to be sure that Osama bin Laden is dead. The elements gathered by the Saudis indicate that the head of Al Qaeda was the victim, while he was in Pakistan on Aug. 23, 2006, of a strong case of typhoid fever that led to a partial paralysis of his lower limbs,"
-L'Est Républicain quoted an internal memorandum from France's foreign intelligence service, the DGSE
A senior French intelligence officer said that the memo was authentic but that the information was not corroborated..
The US government, through Secretary of State Condoleezza " Invisible-If-Not-Out-Purchasing-Shoes-In-New-York-City-While-New-Orleans-Dies" Rice gave us all a firm "no comment".
What It All Means
Assuming bin-Laden is actually dead,
this report has to be a big blow to the Bush administration. After all, bin-Laden's
death could have been the turning point if reported by Fox News Channel less
than a week before the mid-term elections on November 7. You know they would
have to be saving this info for the right time. If bin-Laden dies on August 28,
you'd have to think that the Bushies would have known about it on August 29.
After all, isn't Pakistan our "friend"?
Just about a week ago, ABC News reported that Osama bin-Laden is living the life of a "good citizen" in Northern Pakistan. Given the Pakistani line that they really do control their own nation, one would have to believe that our intelligence agencies would have to have known about Osama's health.
Is it possible that GW and his band of "haves and have mores" could have been in the dark about these developments? If the information came from the Saudi's the answer would have to be "no". After all, they are the Bush's buddies, aren't they? What about all of that hand-holding? Doesn't love mean anything to the Saudis? There is no way that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia tells the French and doesn't tell the Bushies.
However, guarding this info until the "Right time" might have been the "Right medicine" to cure the failing re-election efforts of the "Right's" "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party.
And isn't it something that bin-Laden's reported death wasn't reported until after the big Labor Day weekend, even though it occurred before that US holiday? They should have waited until Christmas to give us all a present.
Another question is this: What does Osama bin-Laden's death mean to the war on terror? Well, had it occurred in the direct aftermath of 9/11, it might have dealt al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups a real blow. Today, with the introduction of terrorists into Iraq (due to the failures of the Bush administration), it means much less. Bin-Laden's death, then, might have meant that the Bushies wouldn't have been able to use bad intelligence, or their "lies" to convince us that war wit Iraq was necessary.
Imagine bin-Laden's death and the Bush line that there are ties between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin-Laden post mortem? There would have been no invasion.
Conspiracy theorists would say that bin-Laden had died at Tora Bora, and has been kept in a deep-freeze until the right moment came along. If that were true, then the Bushies are worse than liars: They are killers of innocent Iraqis and the Children of America serving as our troops in Iraq.
The problems for the Bushies, assuming that bin-Laden is really dead, is that THEY didn't kill him; THEY didn't know about it (if you believe everything you read); and the Saudi and Pakistan government aren't our friends, but are, in fact, hiding information from us.
Unless, of course, the Bush administration's strategy for killing Osama bin-Laden has been, all along, to wait him out, knowing that everybody has to die sometime.
One also wonders if the Saudi rumor was to convince the world that bin-Laden was dead, as a favor to the ultra-rich bin-Laden family. That would allow the Bushies to claim victory and the family that built Saudi Arabia could have their favorite son back. Hey... Anything is possible.
My question is this: How much do we trust the Saudi secret service, the French memo and the Bush administration?
I still want to see the body.
Our Stuff's Missing, Again
Let's see... 1,137 times... oh let's say $2,500 a piece... that's almost three million dollars.
Chicken feed... Pocket money... A drop in the bucket for the Bush administration who has spent money in greater amounts than any Liberal could ever imagine. Too bad that this isn't the problem.
For those of you who don't know what the easiest way to remove data from a government office as fast as possible is, let me explain: The easiest way is by stealing a portable computer with the correct information on it. And the commerce department has lost, or had stolen, 1,137 of them since 2001. By coincidence, that's the same time the Bush administration took over.
The Bush administration: The administration of "BAD LUCK".
Didn't anyone see the truck? Didn't anyone say, "Hey! What
happened to my new laptop?"
Now, get this: Most of those laptops were assigned to the Census Bureau. Those are the guys who, at taxpayer expense, gather up all of this useful information that tells us things like where people live, work and play. It could also be a useful tool in marketing. It turns out that 246 of the 672 laptops stolen from the Census Bureau had personal information from US citizens on their hard drives. The good news, as the Bureau presents it, is that they don't think that any information was used improperly.
What a break, huh? For a moment there, I was worried.
"All of the equipment that was lost or stolen contained protections to prevent a breach of personal information. The amount of missing computers is high, but fortunately, the vulnerability for data misuse is low."
-Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez
To translate: Stuff was stolen, and we don't have any idea of what's going on.
Does anyone out there think that someone who goes through the trouble of stealing 1,137 laptops wouldn't have a plan to actually be able to open the things? C'mon.
In an attempt to soften the blow, Secretary Gutierrez' department reminded us all that the Commerce Department has about 30,000 laptops. So their "haven't been stolen, yet" supply of laptops stands at above 96 percent. They ought to get a reward or something. Everyone gets a raise!
As a reminder, the Veterans Administration lost a laptop with the personal data of some 26.5 million American Veterans on it. That was one laptop. And other departments have lost laptops as well, including the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation and the Federal Trade Commission. So, all in all, the Commerce Department was just keeping up with the Jonses.
The lax attitude that the Bushies show toward everything they screw up is frightening. The lack of respect they show the American people is simply atrocious.
Is it a law or something that people in politics, who follow their name with "Junior", have to be idiots? I cite Bush (Junior), Thomas Kean (Junior) and now Virginia Republican Senator George Allen (Junior).
-Senator Allen'sracial remark directed at an Indian-American volunteer for Democrat Jim Webb
The sad thing is the joy apparent in Allen's face when he said it. He even gave a Bush (Junior) type chuckle.
"My mother was Italian with a little Spanish blood in her."
That was Allen's response to a question as to his Jewish heritage. Whereas most people treasure their heritage and embrace it, whatever they are, Allen apparently considers his mother's religion (Judaism) to be a personal insult, a political liability or both.
"I embrace and take great pride in every aspect of my diverse heritage, including my Lumbroso family line's Jewish heritage, which I learned about from a recent magazine article and my mother confirmed,"
-Allen's released statement, referring to his maternal grandfather who was jailed by the nazis
"I still had a ham sandwich for lunch. And my mother made great pork chops."
Not only is Allen Jewish, he's a bad Jew.
Allen's "macaca diversion."
-Mark F. Rozell of George Mason University
So Allen would rather be known as Jew-hater than an Indian-hater. Got it.
"This story has been rumored and raised with him repeatedly. I guess it troubles me that he cares so little about his lineage that he waited until it was irrefutable."
-Ric Arenstein, former president of the Jewish Federation of Richmond, with political ties to both parties
I have no problem with Allen choosing to be Christian instead of Jewish. As a Jew, and noting the Republican senator's sentiments about his lineage, I prefer him not to be a Jew. The correct response would have been, "My mother is (or was) a Jew, but I was raised a Christian." he could have left it as that. Instead, this idiot "Junior" decided to make bad, insulting jokes. Hopefully, this will, at the very least, take away his presidential aspirations. At the most, I hope it helps Allen become a private citizen.
"Now the death toll is 9/11 times two. U.S. military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan now match those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America's history, the trigger for what came next. Add casualties from chasing terrorists elsewhere in the world, and the total has passed the Sept. 11 figure."
-The Associate Press
This is what the GOP calls a success! On top of the deaths of American troops, over 100,000 civilians have died. The war has cost nearly 1/2 trillion dollars. Now, Bush wants to put more troops in Iraq and a top general says we will not take any troops out until end of 2007. Add to this the warmongering on Iran and it is warmongering. We have a an absolute disaster on our hands. This nation simply won't survive another two years of GOP policies.
Dirty Tricksters Stick Together
"Anybody who knows Jill knows she talks about (Democratic Sen.) Bob Menendez every day. She doesn't need to hide behind anonymous postings on"
-Tom Kean, Jr. responding to the "dirty tricks" and bogus postings by his press secretary, Jill Hazelbaker
This dude dissembles just like Bush. Junior's campaign aide was caught plain and simple. Junior is running a filthy campaign because he has nothing to say to voters. Menendez will win because New Jersey doesn't need another lying Bush rubber stamp like Junior Kean.
Note: As we said before, if you examine the evidence, there can be no doubt that Ms. perpetrated those dirty tricks. Noting that, you'd have to think that this is just the tip of the filthy Kean, Jr. iceberg. Kean must show his want for a clean campaign and fire Hazelbaker immediately, No other response will do. -NG
The American whore press won't tell you why we're at war.
The American whore press loves war - it sells papers and TV commercials.
Rating for CNN and FOX went up 40 percent when the war started.
They don't care how many US troops are murdered - they want that extra cash.
In response to "Bush Passes the Buck-and 'Stuff" Flows Downhill", Michael Brandes writes:
The President could take personal responsibility but we're talking about Dumbya here. What makes Bill Clinton think that the Bushies will actually take personal responsibility for any of the torture of innocent civilians?
The Bushies have found ways around taking the blame. They also have the right-wing, Pro-Bush media on their side to help them prove their "innocence", whether it be for torture, the Iraq debacle or their illegal wiretapping program. Violating the Constitutional rights of Americans doesn't seem to be a problem for them.
The Bushies will always find a way to get out of having to take responsibility for their actions. Just vote the 'Thugs out!
Note: Although I received many responses about Rhian's comments, I'm invoking the three-day rule. There will be no more remarks about it printed here. -NG
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