Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sibel Edmonds going global

The London papers, reporting on what Sibel Edmonds has known since 2001, implicated the Clinton and Bush II administrations (and probably Bush I) in selling nuclear technology to everybody. One of the details is using Turkey officials/lobbyists as a conduit.

The US mainline press is still not covering the story, although smaller outlets are. What has the Bush Administration done since the stories broke? They announced in a message to Congress that the Agreement of Nuclear Cooperation signed 26 July 2000 by President Clinton is good to go. President Clinton had not submitted to Congress because US agencies found evidence implicating Turkish entities in activities related to nuclear proliferation. But George feels good about the Turks now.

Why? Because the Secretary of State (Rice), Secretary of Energy (Bodman), and members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission feel good about the Turks and we can go ahead with the agreement.

And tie in the Valerie Plame/Brewster Jennings outing - Sibel Edmonds reports that Scooter Libby wasn't the first to spill the beans on her covert activity. Could it be that Brewster Jennings was going to hit on a particularly sensitive spot in the US-Turkish Arms Trail?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

There ain't no conspiracy

I'll concede I'm a conspiracy theorist, if you concede you're a coincidence theorist.

Sibel Edmonds, gagged by a State Secrets order since 2004, is going public with what she testified to the 9/11 Commission and Congress about. Oddly enough, only overseas media is running with it. The latest revelation? A senior State Dept official in 2001 warned some Turkish agents Brewster Jennings (see Valerie Plame)was a CIA front and not to do business with them.

Go ahead, google Sibel Edmonds and see what news organizations in the United States are covering this story. Try the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. The Dissident Voice, out of California. The Capital Times, Wisconsin. Actually, the Capital Times isn't reporting, but a letter to the editor.

Then there's Kurdish Aspect, out of Colorado.

Yet Google does not turn up any references to NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, LA Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Detroit Free-Press, etc.

So, anybody want to rethink their support on the government's conspiracy theory of 9/11?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

La Sapienza Hurts Pope Ben's Feelings

Pope Benedict is learning that no matter how long ago you said it, if it was stupid enough it will haunt you forever.

Way back in 1990, when he was going by the nom de guerre Cardinal Ratzinger:

Pope Benedict was in charge of Roman Catholic doctrine in 1990 when, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he commented on the 17th-Century Galileo trial.

In the speech, he quoted Austrian-born philosopher Paul Feyerabend as saying the Church's verdict against Galileo had been "rational and just".

Professors and students suggested, politely, that maybe the Pope should take a pass. (The students hung a sign at lunch "KNOWLEDGE NEEDS NEITHER FATHERS NOR PRIESTS."

Vatican Radio, with all the panache of a "turn blue" rebuttal, came up with this:

Vatican Radio said the protest at La Sapienza had "a censorious tone".

Sunday, January 13, 2008

House of Representatives locked in at 435, and secession

Isn't it remarkable that in a country this size (geographically, culturally, population) that there has been no rise of third parties? Far smaller countries, like Italy, dwarf our two-party system.

So when did the House of Representatives get fixed at 435? I didn't know either, and was shocked to realize it wasn't by amendment. In 1913 the US Census fixed it at 435. The U.S. Census Bureau?
[Ed. note: The Federal Reserve System sprung into being in 1913. Surely just a coincidence. I wonder what G. Edward Griffin thinks of that.]

The original ratio at the beginning of the Republic was 30,000:1. Now, in most cases, it is 700,000:1. In some places it is worse. The Wyoming Rule proposal would make the smallest unit currently represented the standard representation ratio (with Wyoming having the smallest ratio).

This would change the House's membership to 569 (e.g. California would go from 53 to 69).

But if smaller districts were brought back, and thus more representation, I argue that the two party system would come under attack. There are no national interests. Polls are demonstrating convincingly that Americans are against the Iraq/Afghanistan War (national defense). We're also against globalization. We're not too keen on Washington D.C. stripping away individual and states rights. And if the ratio were lowered to pre-Civil War (60,000:1), then we'd start electing people who had the same views as their constituents. And while they might start off with traditional party labels, I think that would devolve into splinter groups, and then into completely separate parties. And then all hell would break loose.
[Ed. note: I could devolve, myself, into gerrymandering as another example of locking into place our current Representatives, but that's a different posting.]

And the Republic had no say in apportionment. Washington D.C. unilaterally decided, back in 1913, to fix it at 435.

So, with rigged elections and evaporating rights, what's a citizen to do? Secede, of course! After all, that's what got this crazy party started: a bunch of coast-hugging Brits opting out of the British Empire.

UPDATE: This site, Population Resource Center has a timeline on House of Representatives membership.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Update: Retarded Kossacks march on

Hat tip to Atrios on the assine comment thread at Daily Kos on an Onion Article.

That's right - an ONION article.

Let the idiots battle the morons over there. I left the herd and broke free at the ridge.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Brad Blog, Blackbox Voting IN; Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo OUT

In the heights of stupidity and arrogance, the Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo are mocking those challenging the results of the New Hampshire primary. The Daily Kos cutely refers to anyone cynical of the results as "CT" (conspiracy theorist).

These are the same fuckers who champion use of the RICO Act to prosecute protesters at abortion clinics. If you don't get the reference, look up RICO Act.

Bev Harris at Black Box Voting has already found towns that registered zero (0) votes for Ron Paul, but in reality he did receive votes and the towns reluctantly corrected their postings. And while the news organizations are declaring the primary over and declared the winners, the NH Secretary of State has NOT certified the results.

Still fine with the posted results?

Daily Kos and TPM blithely ignore election fraud in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 because . . . Why? Because Hillary beat Obama? Is it okay when one Dem profits from election fraud over another Dem? The only way to surpass that glee is for a Dem to beat a Repub, via election fraud?

And note the phrase "election fraud." The Bush Administration has twisted the issue by repeating "voter fraud" ad nauseam. Does the term "caging" sound familiar?

Hillary Rodman Clinton appears to be the heir apparent to the Bush Administration, and if you think things were bad now, wait until HRC cements all the policies put forward by Bush/Cheney.

Want an example of HRC's foreign policy at work? Check out Greg Palast's article, written late last year, that details how HRC helped out Entergy Intl and in turn, the Clintons helped out Musharraf.