Sunday, November 28, 2004
VICTORY 2004: President's Acceptance Speech Inviting the 55 Million America-Haters Who Voted Against God to Bend Over and Take It Like a Prison Bitch
Sunday, November 21, 2004
George Bush's Accomplishments (a review)
George W. Bush:
accomplishments as president
* Attacked and took over two countries.
* Spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury.
* Shattered record for biggest annual deficit in history.
* Set economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
* Set all-time record for biggest drop in the history of the stock market.
* First president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.
* First president in US history to enter office with a criminal record.
* First year in office set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history.
* After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, presided over the worst security failure in US history.
* Set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips than any other president in US history.
* In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their job.
*Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in US history.
* Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12 month period.
* Appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.
* Set the record for the least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.
* Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in US history.
* Presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.
* Presided over the highest gasoline prices in US history and refused to use the national reserves as past presidents have.
* Cut healthcare benefits for war veterans.
* Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
* Dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.
* My presidency is the most secretive and un-accountable of any in US history.
* Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (the 'poorest' multi-millionaire, Condoleeza Rice has an Exxon oil tanker named after her).
* First president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt.
* Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.
* First president in US history to order a US attack and military occupation of a sovereign nation.
* Created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States.
* Set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any president in US history.
* First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the human rights commission.
* First president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the elections monitoring board.
* Removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.
* Rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.
* Withdrew from the World Court of Law.
* Refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.
* First president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US elections).
* All-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.
* My biggest life-time campaign contributor presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).
* Spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.
* First president in US history to unilaterally attack a sovereign nation against the will of the United Nations and the world community.
* First president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1)
* First US president to establish a secret shadow government.
* Took the biggest world sympathy for the US after 911, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).
* With a policy of 'dis-engagement' created the most hostile Israeli-Palestine relations in at least 30 years.
* First US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.
* First US president in history to have the people of South Korea more threatened by the US than their immediate neighbor, North Korea.
* Changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
* Set all-time record for number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.
* Failed to fulfill my pledge to get Osama Bin Laden 'dead or alive'.
* Failed to capture the anthrax killer who tried to murder the leaders of our country at the United States Capital building. After 18 months I have no leads and zero suspects.
* In the 18 months following the 911 attacks I have successfully prevented any public investigation into the biggest security failure in the history of the United States.
* Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.
* In a little over two years created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the US has ever been since the civil war.
* Entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
I'm willing to accept that Bush won (though my stomach gets a bit queasy every time I think about it). Nevertheless, I think we need 1.) an investigation into possible voter fraud and 2.) radical reform of the voting system in general.
So I signed this petition. And I encourage you to do the same.
"There were people who predicted prior to Nov. 2 that this election would be stolen by means of highly suspect electronic voting machines manufactured by Diebold, headed by a highly partisan and outspoken Republican operative, who famously stated that he would make sure the Republicans won Ohio. We know the code of these machines is secret; and any computer programmer will tell you how easy it would be to add a few lines of code that would change the voting results. Despite this, there is no paper trail.
Add to this the fact that no one seems able to explain the disparity between the exit polls (heavily favoring Kerry) and the actual vote results, and I think any honest impartial observer would immediately question the accuracy of the election.
Even if there was no deliberate fraud, and the number of voting errors would not have changed the outcome of the election, an investigation is in order. We demand accountability and transparency. And all citizens--including Republicans--ought to agree on the importance of legitimacy for our elected officials. If legitimate skepticism and doubt remain, our democracy suffers, regardless of which party wins.
Furthermore, given the widespread attempts (many of them successful) at voter suppression; the illegal behavior of such organizations as "Voters Outreach Of American" in throwing away the registration forms of Democrats; and the fact that many parts of the country clearly are ill-equipped to deal with a high turnout--in some placed people had to wait in line for as long as 10 hours--(imagine if every eligible voter showed up) . . . Our country needs some serious reform. HAVA may have been an improvement, but I think this election demonstrated that it is not sufficient.
Thank you very much for listening to the concerns of your constituents.
Dustin W. Hansen"
If you, too, are suspcious, and want more information, check out:
'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida
Voting Into The Void
A look at the vote-counting software
An Open Invitation To Election Fraud
Another case of electronic vote-tampering?
KERRY WON OHIO
JUST COUNT THE BALLOTS AT THE BACK OF THE BUS by Greg Palast
Real problems in Ohio demand a recount
Democracy for Sale, CHEAP!
GOP Dirty Tricks In Ohio
Thursday, November 11, 2004
100,000 Civilian Casualties In Iraq
Les Roberts, Riyadh Lafta, Richard Garfield, Jamal Khudhairi, Gilbert Burnham
Background In March, 2003, military forces, mainly from the USA and the UK, invaded Iraq. We did a survey to compare mortality during the period of 14·6 months before the invasion with the 17·8 months after it.
Methods A cluster sample survey was undertaken throughout Iraq during September, 2004. 33 clusters of 30 households each were interviewed about household composition, births, and deaths since January, 2002. In those households reporting deaths, the date, cause, and circumstances of violent deaths were recorded. We assessed the relative risk of death associated with the 2003 invasion and occupation by comparing mortality in the 17·8 months after the invasion with the 14·6-month period preceding it.
Findings The risk of death was estimated to be 2·5-fold (95% CI 1·6-4·2) higher after the invasion when compared with the preinvasion period. Two-thirds of all violent deaths were reported in one cluster in the city of Falluja. If we exclude the Falluja data, the risk of death is 1·5-fold (1·1-2·3) higher after the invasion. We estimate that 98000 more deaths than expected (8000-194000) happened after the invasion outside of Falluja and far more if the outlier Falluja cluster is included. The major causes of death before the invasion were myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accidents, and other chronic disorders whereas after the invasion violence was the primary cause of death. Violent deaths were widespread, reported in 15 of 33 clusters, and were mainly attributed to coalition forces. Most individuals reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and children. The risk of death from violence in the period after the invasion was 58 times higher (95% CI 8·1-419) than in the period before the war.
Interpretation Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100000 excess deaths, or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Violence accounted for most of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most violent deaths. We have shown that collection of public-health information is possible even during periods of extreme violence. Our results need further verification and should lead to changes to reduce non-combatant deaths from air strikes.
Published online October 29, 2004.
Click here to download the report "Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey" (264 kb)
The war in Iraq: civilian casualties, political responsibilities
The present conflict in Iraq signals a contrast of paradoxical proportions. The Iraqi people, their interim government, and their largely US and British occupiers are preparing for landmark elections early in the new year. Yet a ruthlessly violent insurgency is successfully destabilising these arrangements, murdering foreign civilians and Iraqi law enforcement officers in the most brutal ways imaginable, and exploiting the world's media in doing so. Amid this deep national uncertainty, it is hard to judge what is happening among Iraqis themselves. This week The Lancet publishes the first scientific study of the effects of this war on Iraqi civilians.
In a unique US-Iraqi collaboration, Les Roberts and his colleagues report substantially more deaths in Iraq since the war began than during the period immediately before the conflict. Much of this increased mortality is a consequence of the prevailing climate of violence in the country, and many of the civilian casualties that are described were attributed to the actions of coalition forces. These findings-and the tentative countrywide mortality projections they support-have immediately translatable policy implications for those charged with managing the aftermath of invasion.
Published online October 29, 2004.
Click here to download the report "The war in Iraq: civilian casualties, political responsibilities" (32 kb)
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Fuck the South
O.K., this is funnier than it ought to be, I must say. But amidst all the vulgarity, there's a pretty solid point being made.
Where I work we are often forced to listen to country music for a week or more on end. And, aside from the fact that the music itself makes me want to slice off both ears with a pair of rusty scissors, the message in the music is often equally grotesque. Yet I'm aware that, to many people, this type of music is part and parcel of the whole "family values" bullshit. It makes no sense, of course; but, well, there it is.
The bright side: at least we're not the "DixieCrats" anymore. I'll take "elitist" over racist self-righteous hypocritical homophobe any day.
mcall.com - Jesus speaks through the Republicans
"Jesus speaks through the Republicans
I hope the election of George W. Bush is seen as a wake-up call to all the liberal Democrats who oppose God's will.
It is His doing that George W. Bush is still our president. Millions of born-again Christians helped win this election through our prayers and votes. Jesus speaks through the Republicans.
The Democrats will not be able to win elections until they renounce their sinful ways and stop encouraging abortions, gayness, and trying to take away our guns.
Whether satire or not, the scary thing is there are probably a fair number of people who would say this with a straight face.
(Perhaps Bush himself? . . .)