THE NEWSLETTER

Today's Note From a Madman

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

 

Rice changed terrorism report

A state department report which showed an increase in terrorism incidents around the world in 2004 was altered to strip it of its pessimistic statistics, it emerged yesterday. The country-by-country report, Patterns of Global Terrorism, has come out every year since 1986, accompanied by statistical tables.

This year's edition showed a big increase, from
172 significant terrorist attacks in 2003 to 655 in 2004.

Much of the increase took place in Iraq, contradicting recent Pentagon claims that the insurgency there is waning.

Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, ordered the report to be withdrawn and a new one issued minus the statistics. A Democratic congressman, Henry Waxman, has written an angry letter about the change to Cameron Hume, the state department's inspector general, arguing that Ms Rice's decision "denies the public access to important information about the incidence of terrorism".

Mr Waxman said: "There appears to be a pattern in the administration's approach to terrorism data: favorable facts are revealed while unfavorable facts are suppressed."

Ms Rice's spokesman, Richard Boucher, denied the change was politically inspired and said Ms Rice had decided the statistics would be better handled by the national counter-terrorism centre.

However, intelligence officials said there were no immediate plans to publish the figures.

-Julian Borger, The Guardian, Saturday April 23, 2005

-Forwarded by Chris Tennant



Woof!

God's rottweiler is not only in Bush's pocket but in actual cahoots with this administration. It was partially due to Ratzinger's intervention in the 2004 election that Kerry "lost" and Bush allegedly triumphed. It's no wonder that Bush paid a "special" visit to the Vatican at the time of the last pope's death; he owes the Vatican a debt of gratitude.

I have the gut-level feeling that this pope can NOT be trusted AT ALL and will not only be the downfall of the RC Church, as he is certain to alienate RCs in most of Western Europe and most definitely in the States, but may be the figure warned about in the prophecies. In fact, the former GI (Grand Inquisitor) reminds me a lot of the pope who reigned during the Second World War, when the RC Church became involved in nefarious activities with the Nazi regime in Eastern Europe, especially in Hungary, where they turned their heads the other way as Hungarian Jews were deported and murdered. (No, I am not Jewish.)

Perhaps this pope is the one that Nostradamus predicts who will betray the Church and pave the way for the false prophet's ascendance? Who knows? Personally I don't believe in predictions per se, but I have to admit that many of the things written in the book of Isaiah and in Revelations do seem to be coming to pass now. Makes you kind of wonder, doesn't it?

-Chris Tennant



Deaniac

Let's just state the obvious: New Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is no Terry McAuliffe . Where the flashy former Clinton fundraiser was a gregarious ringmaster accustomed to the bling-bling of the highest non-publicly elected Democratic job around, Dean is almost a seminarian in his approach to the post. And, oddly, his style seems to fit with the party's bid to build its blue-collar base—just as McAuliffe's meshed with the DNC's need to raise gobs of money and go high tech. What's so different? McAuliffe would limo around town, dropping in at the Palm to huddle with Washington big shots. The 2004 presidential hopeful, by contrast, takes the bus or subway, buying his own $1.35 ticket. Sometimes he bums rides from staffers or walks the four blocks to the Capitol for meetings. "Please Call Me Howard" never flies first class and always carries his own bags. Other signs of the ex-guv's modest style: He eats at his desk, stays in a cheap D.C. hotel, and likes oxford shirts and penny loafers. Affectionately dubbed a "geek" by pals, he's often glued to his cell-phone and loves E-mail. "His expertise is grass roots and his lifestyle is no different," says an associate. So far, Washington likes what it sees, surprised he's not the oddball that newsies pegged him as last year. Says an aide, smiling: "They're giving him a shot."

-Robert Scardapane



More (or Less) Energy

Some energy bill! This was yet another corporate giveaway that will do next to nothing to reduce our energy dependency on Middle East oil.

I bet Delay had a "role" in it. I wonder what junkets he got for making this one happen.

-Robert Scardapane



Robert's Crystal Ball

From where I sit, the economy stinks. I know many talented people who have been struggling for months to find a job. Salaries have gone done 25% plus since 2000. The markets, stock and bond, are going nowhere fast. Budget and trade deficits are indeed booming! Thank you (G)lobal (W)arming Bush. The Republicans truly are not in tune with ordinary Americans.

-Robert Scardapane


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"I am willing to step back. I think we need to move forward with the ethics process."
-House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), to reporters after a closed-door meeting with other House Republicans regarding Tom DeLay. The ethics committee rules will allow Tom DeLay's past "questionable judgment" to come to the forefront. He will have to answer for those fancy trips and the generous salaries he paid to his wife and daughter.

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"There is a member, especially on our side, who needs to have the process move forward so he can clear his name. Right now he can't clear his name."
-Speaker Hastert


Yes, by all means, let him clear his name. I, for one, want to hear the explanations DeLay has for accepting money and trips (we used to call them "bribes", but things are different in this Republican/ PC - Politically correct- world). I can't wait for Mr. DeLay to tell us all that "he didn't know that Jack Abramoff worked for special interests." I can't wait to hear DeLay say things like, "There's a fine line between Mr. Abramoff, the lobbyist and Mr. Abramoff, the contributor."

But now we have a House ethics committee that will act (we hope).

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"Obviously it is an issue that we very, very much want to address,"
-Representative David Dreier of California, the Rules Committee chairman and a political contributor to Tom DeLay

Well, if a flunky like David Dreier is saying things like that, then, "BRING IT ON!"

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After four reprimands by the old ethics committee last year alone, Tom DeLay decided it was time to replace the "good Republicans" on the committee with "DeLay Republicans" and to change the rules. Sorry, Tom... It isn't going your way.

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-Noah Greenberg


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-Noah Greenberg