Thursday, May 31, 2007

Missile Defense Systems Target Russia: Russia Develops Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to Overcome them!

Missile Defense Systems target Russia? Russia Develops intercontinental missile to Overcome them! What now?
I have been writing about Bush's MDS for quite a while now. The last update was on 5/9 when the last notable event took place. I asked then, what happens next? Well, now we know. First a rundown on events involving the MDS in the last year. We have gone a long way towards confrontation.
Knowing that in the past Russia had expressed their anger over the missile Defense system proposed for Poland and Chezhoslovakia and at one point to counter this proposal even offered to have them housed on their own soil. Of course this offer was turned down as was the offer by Britain to have them on their soil.
The Bush line is that these systems are needed to counter the threat from Iran and North Korea. That sounds absolutely ludicrous if you ask me. In response to Bush's refusal to not deploy the systems Russia countered when President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would suspend its compliance with a treaty on conventional arms in Europe that was forged at the end of the Cold War.
Instead, Putin said, the Kremlin would use future compliance with the treaty as a bargaining point in the dispute with United States over its proposals to install missile defenses in Europe. Can you blame them?
Putin's announcement, made in his annual address to Parliament, underscored the Kremlin's anger at Washington for proposing a new missile-defense system, which the Bush administration insists is meant to counter potential threats from North Korea and Iran.
But Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brusquely dismissed Russian protests, saying the missile-defense system the United States plans to install in Poland and the Czech Republic would pose no danger to the security of Russia.
I thought quite to the contrary! A lesson from Hannah here at kos showed me that What they are proposing to set up are boost phase interceptors--missiles that target a missile during it's relatively slow liftoff stage while it's still in the atmosphere. To accomplish a take down, the chase missile has to take off within 50 seconds--i.e. it has to be in relatively close proximity to the missile it wants to take down. That's why the argument that missiles in Poland are supposed to deal with missiles coming from Iran or North Korea is nonsensical. Condi using the word nonsense against Russia gives the game away. They always ascribe their own motivation to others.
Looking at a recent statement that Russia cannot alter a U.S. plan to set up a missile defense system in nearby Poland, a senior U.S. official said in an interview that is likely to stoke Russia's anger over the project. Russia is enraged! "We have listened to them but they have been so intransigent in their position that most NATO allies now support our proposal," he added.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said Russian fears were unjustified as the project was purely defensive and could not be modified to launch attack missiles. He said Russia must remember they are not part of NATO and therefore have no say in the matter. what?
These statements by Burns just told ignorant little me that while these systems could not be modified but they were solely to neutralize any interference by Russia in Bush's plans. The only result of these rising tensions and the purposeful politics of confrontation practiced by Bush is to bring us closer to WWW and Bush's goal of what he thinks will be his version of new world order. These are my thoughts on the worsening situation, what are yours?
With Bush's in your face Politics in mind I asked what will happen next? What will Russia do? Now we know.
Moscow, May 30: Russia test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday that is capable of carrying multiple independent warheads, which is designed to overcome missile defense systems developed by US. Taking the stock of the situation, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the deployment of a US missile shield in Europe would turn the continent into "a powder keg."
I have to believe as I have from the beginning that turning the Continent into a powder keg was Bush's intention right from the beginning. What else could one expect? What is going to happen next? Bush despite what he says seems to be rushing purposely towards world conflagration. What say You?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Mehdi Army Growing and Bush wants Korea Role for U.S. in Iraq! What? How? Where? Sonofagun!

How can that idiot possibly equate Iraq and it's enlarging civil war to the Korean Democracy where we have a place and a duty to protect them from the North not to be the target in a civil war. I don't get it. enlarge our Army for this?
In wartime Washington there is but one point of bipartisan agreement: The land forces of the United States are too small. Hillary Clinton may be trying to make her fellow Democrats forget her vote to go to war in Iraq, but she insists that "it is past time to increase the end-strength of the Army and Marines." Sen. Barack Obama agrees, and even the New York Times has editorialized that "larger ground forces are an absolute necessity for the sort of battles that America is likely to fight during the coming decades."
On the Republican side, the leading candidates are straining to one-up each other on the issue. Rudy Giuliani wants to enlarge the Army by about 70,000 from its current strength of 510,000 active-duty soldiers. Mitt Romney thinks 100,000 is a better number. John McCain is working with his advisers to formulate his answer, but he might well trump his rivals.
Of course it is no secret that it has been called for a larger military for quite a while. But I assumed (I know) it was for expected future wars. I also credit Bush with those future wars and military needs.
Knowing that as of late Al-Sadr as of late has called for a Fatwa prohibiting the killing of fellow Muslims and his army has been increasingly focused on killing Americans, I was surprised first to find The Mehdi Army (MA) militia poses, in the eyes of the Pentagon, the greatest threat to Iraq's security, replacing Al-Qaeda in Iraq as the country's "most dangerous accelerant of potentially self-sustaining sectarian violence".
Its membership rose from just a few thousand after the US-led invasion to some 60,000, according to a December 2006 report by the Iraqi Survey Group. It was created in the summer of 2003, prompted by radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr, who preached in his sermons the need for a new force.
Young men were recruited at offices near mosques to defend the Shia Muslim faith and their country in defiance of the US-led coalition's arms controls.
First I have to ask where this acknowledgment came from all of a sudden? What happened to the great threat of Al Qaeda? Knowing that Iran or so we are told, supports the Mehdi Army and it will continue to grow you first have to believe Saudi Arabia the protector of the Sunni's is not going to just sit there and let this continue. However, knowing this I am a bit nonplused that Bush could possibly think a Korea type force would work.
President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a front-line combat role, the White House said on Wednesday. Tony Snow said Bush would like to see a U.S. role in Iraq ultimately similar to that in South Korea.
How the heck could even an idiot compare Iraq to Korea? S. Korea is a successful Democracy. Iraq will never be. How can even the chief idiot make believe that this would work? We would be the target not the enabler of a Democracy. Where in Gods name would you locate such a force? this is an absolutely mindless ludicrous idea. What the hell is wrong with the chief idiot? Damn, what the hell?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

America: Living to fight as it appears or Fighting to Live as we are told?

Yesterday I was consumed with the crazy thought that my son who is an EOD(explosive ordinance Disposal) Team Leader just got home from Afghanistan now wants to volunteer for Iraq. I am very concerned as you are with what Iraq is going to look like in a year, how long we will be there, and how many Americans will lose their lives in Bush's lost cause. with 114 americans killed so far in May I see this getting a lot worse and lasting a lot longer than any of us want.

This morning I was listening again to the number of Americans killed in past wars including the civil war where some 562 thousand lost their lives as you know, fighting amongst ourselves. At first I was focused on the wasted lives in Iraq and was wondering how many there would be when all is said and done as well as feeling there is no foresable end. then I went to this list and I wanted to compare how many lives were lost in wars in contrast to how many we lost fighting amongst ourselves.

The numbers were getting too convoluted for me to come up with anything tangable I thought. I then was looking at the immense numbers of conflicts and wars we were in and I decided a comparison of war years to peaceful years would be best to tell our story. I couldn't figure it out. I was floored by the number of conflicts and wars America has been in since our founding and thought I would say we have only had approximately 50 years of peace and supply this link on our war and peace History. List of America's wars

Then I went back to google and I found this compelling story by Jon Stanton showing that America has been at war openly or clandestinely essentially since we were founded. I merely want you to see what is out there and think about the whole story. Having read what he wrote I thought there was something at least worth reading, thinking about, and putting in perspective.

I never read him so I researched him and found him to be a Virginia based writer that writes from a left wing perspective and I am afraid I agree with much of what he says. In fact I have written much of it myself in the past. I am not a warmonger I am a peace lover so I thought I would give you the link to Jon Stanton's book 227 years of warfare written in 2003 and you could tell me what you think. 227 years of warfare

It did make me remember that I did a diary a while back in which I said the U.S. has a war economy and some took exception to that but looking at our History of wars our fault or not I really have to wonder, what are we? I am a peace lover willing to fight for my country as are my sons as you know but are the leaders of America particularly Bush fighting to live or living to fight? what is happening to us? How are we supposed to feel?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, May 28, 2007

Just Returned from Afghanistan my EOD Son feels Duty Bound to Return to Iraq! How am I supposed to feel?

Just Returned from Afghanistan my EOD Son feels duty Bound to go back to Iraq! How am I supposed to feel this Memorial Day?
I don't have to tell you that despite some close calls as EOD in Afghanistan this son made it home last month for the birth of his Daughter next month. I promised Catrina here that I would tell her when the Baby is Born but right now I don't know how to feel or think.
Anyway One of his brothers is due home from Iraq 8/30 where he is flying support and I hope to hear from him today as I cannot contact him nor do I know exactly where he is or what he is doing. As we celebrate this confusing emotional Memorial Day and as I write this I am watching the local commemorations and KIA Roll on TV for now. The mournful music and numerous deaths has me very emotional.
I was lucky enough to get a phone call from the son who just returned safely from Afghanistan as I said and I regret that I forgot to mention how proud I was of him and wish him a Happy Memorial Day because he set me on my Ass with what he said.

I had hopes that with his growing family this 6 foot 220 pound son of America would get out of Bush's abusive military instead of finishing his career. He started off telling me that most of the lifers he knows have had enough and they are enmasse opting to get out of the service. Being EOD and having served with every Allied Nation and every branch of our military he has served around the world and in every middle east Nation protecting our VIP's.
I was hoping to hear the words "I am getting out after this enlistment" Instead he floored me by casually saying he just went deep sea fishing with other Iraq and Afghanistan Vet's and is looking forward to staying in until he retires and looks forward to next year when he plans on volunteering for Iraq!
What is wrong with some of these kids? How am I supposed to feel? I am proud of him but as I watch Bush abuse him and knowing their is more coming down the Pike and some such as my neighbors have never served and their kids laugh at people like my son as they go about their selfish lives.
I watched a show yesterday on servicemen who have been severely injured even losing limbs and like my son begging to return to action and their comrades because they feel immune and should be at the helm.
I think I am a bit Bummed out but I just don't know what to feel as I ponder this Memorial Day! I hope we all take a moment today and think about these people serving today and all our family and friends that have served this Nation before us!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Sunday, May 27, 2007

We must cancel the antiquated Electoral College and Politicians must take Blogging 101 to....


We must Cancel the antiquated Electoral College Then Politicians must take Blogging 101 to Prove they're doing the Peoples work to get elected!

We discuss the countries problems all day every day not only here but on many Liberal Blogs and on the other side Conservatives do it on their Blogs. However, we need to stop wasting our time and talking the issues amongst ourselves and implement a system in which we are heard. We can do this! What "We the people" think should be heard and required to be acted on as a prerequisite to being elected or reelected. We have been burned not only by this Republican MIS Administration but by inadequate public representatives from both parties.

Last week Clammyc brought the election problems to light once again and I last did it on May 2nd myself with a diary titled "It is time to implement a verifiable Voting System that Represents the people not the Politicians!

It covers many important issues as does Clammy's but we must get them addressed before this bites us again and another election is stolen by Republicans. However thinking about it more these solutions are even more basic and comprehensive and voting time is rapidly creeping upon us again as our attention is diverted to the many problems around the world. The issue of solving our election problems so another election is not stolen and "'We the people" are heard and our thoughts acted on are more important than ever and I have a very viable way to accomplish this but we must get our solutions heard where it matters and have them acted on. Tell me what you think!

First, we must Abolish the antiquated Electoral College. that served the peoples purpose when we could not get ourselves heard in rural America. As we learned with Bush it now represents the interests of the Politicians. We are capable of going to the polls today and speaking for ourselves. While on the subject of a system working for the Politicians we must also throw out these new electronic voting systems because they can be tampered with casting any vote the tamperer wants and you ca not detect it. Paper trail or not it is worthless because you cannot prove the vote was real.

Technology is not the voters friend! Technology is the Politicians friend! Anyway 2ndly we must as a prerequisite to running pass a requirement that every single politician or perspective Politician must make an enforceable promise to do the work of their constituents and America not their special Interest handlers. While having to take a course about the top Blogs from their party to know what their constituents want and make them responsible for speaking for the people and not them and special interests.

Politicians must prove performance. We have got to hod them accountable. We do not care what Politicians think. They are supposed to care about what we think. They are supposed to represent "we the people" not we the Politicians.

Our Government of the people, for the people, by the people, facilitated by society, has become a Government of the Politician, for the affluent, by the media, facilitated by the so called legal system. This has got to change. We have got to take "our America" back. It is imperative to the countries future and we owe it to our kids.

Just this second I got off the phone with one of my sons that just got back from Afghanistan. Of course the conversation turned to Politics. I explained what I am saying right now and laid the future of his kids and country on his shoulders. He must for his children take an active role in cleaning up this mess. He is still determined to go to Iraq next year. He is EOD and I don't like it but some of these idiots my 3 son's included find some perverse pleasure in this.

I am afraid Bush will keep him busier than he wants regardless of who gets elected next. He wants to retire after 20 years and that is 10 years away. I can only pray that he makes it and survives paying off Bush's trillions in debt he put on their shoulders to be paid when he is gone. Boy are our kids getting a screwing!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Todays Increasingly Destabilizing events In new middle east (dis)order!

I have a lot going on here today trying to take care of two elderly parents. I have been unable to write anything until now. As a result I have spent the day monitoring events and every time I thought I found the event I wanted to write about something new cropped up. I caught that the U.S. has resupplied Lebanon with a rushed supply of ammo and weapons to be used in their battle against Fatah Al-Islam a purported Al Qaeda branch where both sides have vowed to fight to the death. There are supposed links between Fatah Al-Islam and Syria. Syria as you know is also accused of letting troops and equipment across their border to be used against Iraqi's and the successful implementation of a Democratic Government or at least some semblance of stability.
I am reminded that way back when Bush was bragging about getting Syria to leave Lebanon, my first thought was on no now Syria will be freed up to raise hell in other countries particularly Iraq. They have not disappointed me.
Hamas and Fatah are still going at each other in Palestine with no let up in sight or expected by me. At least Syria's involvement is expected here too.
Iran, threatened I am sure with U.S. Naval maneuvers being held of their shores by two U.S. Carrier Groups and attending Battle ships as well as tit for tat verbal exchanges with the U.S. involving involvement in Iraq and their nuclear program, seem to as of late stepped up their efforts to capture Iranian Americans and accuse them of espionage and or subversion. They have lost their British captives and bargaining chips so they have been busy gathering new ones while at the same time threatening action against Israel if they get reinvolved in Lebanon which I really do not expect.
I am reminded that Turkey is having their own problems with a recent Bombing supposedly by an Iraqi Kurd and I have to wonder what is next here too with their desire I believe, to remain secular. I have all the links for all these stories and will be glad to supply them. I just did not want to clog this up with links all of which you may have already seen. I wanted you to just look at what I think is the total picture and I am sure it gets worse. And then recent Iraq events!
The two missing American soldiers are still being searched for. I know Bush has said to expect a bloody summer in Iraq and of course we all do. I had hopes after hearing Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, making his first public appearance in four months, on Friday ordered his Mehdi Army militia not to fight with Iraqi police and army forces.
He called the message a Fatwa and prohibited his followers from attacking their Sunni Brothers and any other Iraqi. My hopes of a more "peaceful" summer in Iraq were instantly dashed when I heard of British U.S. maneuvers to capture Al Sadr in which a prominent member of the Mehdi Army was killed and this brought me back to earth reminding me that Americans will always be fair game as long as we are in the middle of this mess.
I just also caught that 8 more Americans confirmed killed bringing the total to 93 on course to be the worst month of the war for Americans. I am sure the so called insurgents will make this a record month. am sorry, I know some here do not like it or want to hear it but all I see is still developing total middle east chaos.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, May 25, 2007

Col. Hunt says our Military leaders Can not Lead, Bull, Bush leads not the military!

Usually I see these books on how to fight Bush's illegal war in Iraq and my first response is Disgust. This new book by Colonel Hunt is no exception. In fact I take particular umbrage to this one. Hunt said this war is about real people out dying and getting blown apart because of a few incompetents. Our generals, the most senior of the military, are to blame for this. They are the very root of our demise, our malaise and our inability to win he says.
Wait a minute! He is blaming this morass on our military leaders and their inability to lead and fight. I must say I was livid when generals Mcinerney and Vallily came out with the book end game. The end game should have been planned before Bush created this war for one thing and they were way off. the problem right from the beginning was the Decider.
Hunt also wrote the book "they just don't get it" and that is right but neither does he a supposed expert. Sadly those three Gentlemen are advisors on Fox and people listen to their crap.
Hunt is right that the soldiers are simply the recipients of the many bone headed decisions coming down the pipe line. However it is dead wrong to put it on the shoulders of the Generals in charge.
They are in charge in name only! Petreus was put in charge because his predecessor did not agree with Bush and Petreus could be led by the nose. All of a sudden now Bush wants to listen to the General in Charge. He doesn't care what the Generals think, not even the Joint Chiefs. Now that he has been given the money to continue his illegal war until September and his plans are failing and will get worse, he all of a sudden expresses an interest in following the Iraq Study Group that until now he has ignored.
There is a report out that says what we have discussed numerous times and that is that Bush heard as we did, all the dire ramifications of attacking Iraq before he ignored it all so he could get our military into the middle east. He will not let them out now until he screws up the entire middle period. Anyway of course Bush shrugged off any criticism as usual and just said I thought we could do it. He is the idiot in charge!
The trouble is he doesn't think and couldn't care less what anyone says who may know how to. Our Military despite what Colonel Hunt says is well led but are not controlled by military leaders but as you know, By Bush whose bidding they must do or be gone. This entire fiasco beginning to end is Bush's responsibility and no one else's.
In Colonel Hunts book he does point out something else we have discussed numerous times and that is the problem of IED's. First, I was happy to him describe O'reilley as Mr. Bill "I-have-the-number-one-show-on-all-of-cable-and-you-don’t" O’Reilly and I hope he meant it because while O'reilley is doing well for the kids he is a horses ass on Iraq. Hunt was in Iraq with O'reilley and was able to sit in on a routinely worthless battle update briefing where nothing helpful to our troops was discussed.
We have discussed it before but I refuse to believe the subject of IED's as deadly as they are to our troops, has not been adequately addressed. I was disturbed but not surprised to find that a vehicle called the MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) that offers four to five times the protection of the most heavily armored Humvee and 2 years later it is still pending. These MRAPs, with their V-shaped hulls, can cut casualties by two-thirds. Out of the 1,169 vehicles requested to date only 185 have been ordered. That ought to tell you how much the troops matter.,2933,275336,00.html
I remember a year ago of a system the Israeli army was using that had a remarkable record for stopping rocket propelled grenades, exploding them before they hit the vehicle but the civilian and politician special interest controlled military weapon appropriation bureaucracy got in the way of doing the right thing again. I am sorry but these events are not rare and they are well known. Again the responsibility lies not with our military leaders but our Government and its agencies.
If it was not for our military and its leaders we never could have dealt with Katrina. Look at what has been done there since control was handed back to the government. That is only one instance of many where the military and its leaders have pulled Bush's chestnuts out of the fire and it will not be the last.
No, our problem is not our military leaders but our so called political leaders who almost to a person have proven unable to lead and totally incompetent. I am going to Email this response to Colonel Hunt to the email at the top right hand side of the story at the link. I hope he listens! I hope you do the same. My son is home from Afghanistan but I would love to go with anyone to visit my son who will be flying support for Iraq until August 30th.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bush and Israel Pledge Support For Fatah against Hamas, is this the way to Instigate war with Iran?

Tripoli is right now being hammered Live coverage on Fox!!
It is not news that the State Department says the Lebanese government has asked the United States for additional military aid amid the fighting between its forces and Islamic militants near the northern port city of Tripoli. U.S. security aid to Lebanon has increased sharply in recent years. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.

The other day I included that story in my post thinking in terms of Lebanon looking for more military hardware or hundreds of millions more in dollars to fight the battle against Fatah Al-Islam. A headline I saw on Fox that I could not find again really made me think again. It was titled " could the U.S. be pulled into the war in Lebanon" instead of finding that story I found the most disgusting grotesque report I ever read and I will not use it but I will put it in my tip jar. That crap really has to stop!

Anyway Knowing I for one absolutely expect Bush's created fiasco in Iraq and the middle east to spread throughout the entire middle east and Bush and Israel would do their share on their side of this still developing fiasco while Syria, Iran, and other so called Islamist interests would do theirs for their side, I was inclined to give serious thought to whether or not pulling the U.S. into this with Lebanon would be what triggers a total middle east war involving Iran.

I know we are squeezing Iran with The U.S. Navy staging its latest show of military force off the Iranian coastline on Wednesday, sending two aircraft carriers and landing ships packed with 17,000 U.S. Marines and sailors to carry out unannounced exercises in the Persian Gulf.

The carrier strike groups led by the USS John C. Stennis and USS Nimitz were joined by the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard and its own strike group, which includes landing ships carrying members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

We are boxing Iran in and sooner or later they are going to revolt. I would say from them capturing Americans and calling them spy's trying to topple their Government that they are also putting pressure on us. At the same time I hear today! Breaking! Just this second I am hearing breaking news that CBS has leaked that the U.S. is taking covert action in Iran. That is not news to us but I don't know if a news station should be announcing that.

Anyway I also just found out that Senior US officials in Washington on Wednesday promised ongoing military support for secular Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid his power struggle with Islamist Hamas as part of an $84 million aid package largely aimed at improving the fighting ability of an elite corps of loyalists from his Fatah Party.

Israel, too, is making overtures to Mr. Abbas, reported the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Wednesday, allowing light arms to flow to members of his Presidential Guard and saying that it would allow some of the US training of his forces to take place in the West Bank.

That policy puts the US and Israel on a highly unusual course in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Four-square support for Fatah to contain, if not defeat, the growing power of Hamas, which won the Palestinian Authority's (PA) last election.

With all that said and knowing we are accusing Syria of behind behind the killing of Hariri and the funding of Hamas and other so called Islamist interests throughout the middle east, could the U.S. be dragged into this via Israel or are we in it already. Is Lebanon and coming to Israel's aid in Palestine as they worsen relations with Palestine by capturing 33 Hamas Officials the way Bush is going to find his excuse to attack Iran and further what they think will be their new middle east order?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Lebanon Battles Al Qaeda, If Unity was their goal so wouldn't Iraq and not kill each other!

We are watching Lebanon Battle Al Qaeda to the death, If Unity was their goal so wouldn't Iraq and not kill each other! Why tolerate the lies?
There is so much happening in the middle east there is no shortage of important subjects to cover. I was focusing yesteray on what was happeniong in Lebanon when it highlighted a very important Question. Lebanon right now is battling what is being called an Alqeda group with links to Syria, Fatah Al-Islam.
There's the sense here that both sides are hunkering down, they're re-arming, stockpiling weapons, and that there is going to be quite a nasty fight. "The Lebanese army is under orders to finish off Fatah Islam and there is no expectation that Fatah Islam is not going to put up a fight. This is a force that is well equipped and obviously well trained," said CTV's Middle East Bureau Chief Janis Mackey who has been reporting from Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon. The camp was originally set up to house Palestinians escaping violence and the violence it seems has followed them. Members of Fatah Al Islam has been holed up there since Sunday and insist on fighting to the death. The Lebanese Army seems morte than willing to give them that opportunity.
Lebanon is requesting additional military help from the U.S. and I as of yet do not know what that entails. My question is that we have little Lebanon willing to take on Al Qaeda interests in order to wipe them out and have peace so they hope. If unity was Iraq's goal they would be doing the same thing. Especially since they have U.S. forces there right now to help do the job if that was the real issue. With the supposed threat os a possible U.S. withdrawal you would expect them to hurry up and get the job done.
Iraq has been preparing for a possible withdrawal but there is no way that will happen under Bush. You also have to wonder what that preapration is?
I understand this morning that one of the 3 captured U.S. soldiers has been found floating in the Euphrates in the Triangle of Death.
I always thought the triangle of Death was called that because of all the American deaths that occur there. I heard on the radio this morning that it is primarily because the Sunni remnants "as they are called" of Saadam's loyalists kill Shiite who are the primary farm owners whenever possible. We constantly hear of the Al Qqaeda insurgency being responsible for the worst violence in Iraq while we watch civilian and American deaths climbing daily because of Sectarian violence.
If getting rid of Al Qaeda was the Iraqi's goal I think that would be done already. As we watch Lebanon deal with AlQaeda and sectarian violence in Iraq steadily worsening as many of us knew would happen you really have to wonder how Bush can routinely mistate what is happening there, get away with it, and what hell Iraqi's will have in their future amidst the hell on earth Bush gave them?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Cutting Funds to Iraq: Isn't that Cut and Run while leaving troops and Equipment on line?

Cutting Funds to Iraqi's: Isn't that Cut and Run while leaving troops and equipment on line to attack Iran in the Future?
I was looking for an alternative to using the story from Fox but could find no one else that did it for whatever reason. I decided to give you the link because I was disgusted with all the stories of Bush acting like tough shit and making demands that Democrats give him what he wants.
Yesterday I talked about Jimmy Carter and how he was 100% right in his calling Bush the worst President in U.S. History and then amidst God knows what kind of White House pressure, recanting that statement somewhat saying instead he meant to compare Bush to Nixon. Oh that's better, sure. Many shared my disgust with Democrats continuing caving in and being labeled as no better than Republicans. Anyway I caught last night that the Democratic Congress was now caving in to Bush's demands of a "clean" Bill with no withdrawal demands. Again I was stunned!
My first thought was, What the Hell is this? when is the caving in to the Bush's idiocy going to stop?
I do not like it but I realize Politics is all about give and take. You must give up something in trade to get what you want. Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs, officials said Monday. the only good part of this proposal is that The legislation would include the first federal minimum wage increase in more than a decade, a top priority for Democrats. That I like!
With that said, agreeing with the fact that Democrats in Congress have insisted for months they would not give Bush a blank check for his war policies and that they were talking for me. I am hurt by the turn around nevertheless. I do agree that officials said the legislation is expected to include political and military goals for the Iraqi government to meet toward establishment of a more democratic society. However!
Doesn't putting goals on Iraqi's you know damn well they are not going to meet simply amount to cutting funds for what is already structural, political, and military, failures? The Iraqi civil war will simply worsen and now our troops will be funded and left there to be used along with the equipment once Bush does find his excuse to attack Iran as was only one of his original goals of putting boots on the ground in the middle east.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, May 21, 2007

Jimmy Carter Blasted by White House for Speaking the Truth, Gore's Assault on Reason very Timely!

Jimmy Carter Blasted by White House for Speaking the truth, Gore's Assault on Reason "very Timely"? and backs it up, The truth hurts!
I didn't catch it until yesterday that Jimmy Carter on Friday spoke out about Bush and once again voiced the feelings of "we the people" and only spoke the truth when he said that "as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." That is a sad fact.
He accused Bush of taking a radical departure from "all" previous Administration policies with his preemptive attack on Iraq. I am sure most can agree that, that applies to everything. I was appalled when The White House on Sunday fired back at former President Jimmy Carter, calling him "increasingly irrelevant" a day after Carter described George W. Bush's presidency as the worst in history in international relations. That is Bullshit! Carter has gotten much better since his Presidency and has become increasingly Relevant.
Instead of accepting the truth and correcting the course I can't believe even from these idiots, that they would defame a good man like Jimmy Carter. Then they must have given him so much crap that he corrected himself. This is really laughable!
Today President Jimmy Carter tempered his biting criticism of serving President George W. Bush after calling his administration "the worst in history." They must have given Carter so much crap that he mellowed out that statement. Following a White House denunciation of Carter's original remarks, the Democratic former leader said he had intended to describe Bush as the worst president since scandal-plagued Nixon.
We have had the debate here before but as far as I am concerned Bush is the worst in History not just because of the scandals but because the misdirection of the country, the Iraq war, and the middle east and the world, has been done purposely for his new order and not just because of ineptitude as many think. Knowing that a vast majority of us feel as Jimmy Carter and other prominent Americans do, I was pleased to hear this morning that it is very timely that Al Gore's book "Assault on Reason" is due out today or tomorrow.
Gore still says he has no plans to run for president or so he says but his latest book, "The Assault On Reason," is so searingly critical of the Bush administration it's hard to discern what his plans may be. "The Assault On Reason" is an assault on President Bush as it should be and Al Gore is supremely qualified to talk about it.
He reiterates that he is not a candidate for the Presidency and that this is not a Political book," Gore told Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" Monday. "It's about that there are cracks in the foundation of American democracy that have to be fixed." By it's very nature coming from Gore, like it or not it is a Political Book.
Gore begins discussing the president by accusing him of sharing President Richard Nixon's unprincipled hunger for power -- and the book proceeds to get less complimentary from there. While Gore stops short of flatly calling for the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, he certainly gives the impression that in his view such a move would be well deserved. He calls the president a lawbreaker, a liar and a man with the blood of thousands of innocent lives on his hands.
I must say, we all appear to be in agreement. Bush is the worst President in History. Now we must somehow stop the idiot from fighting the truth and make some damn corrections. I don't know Al's real intentions but I say "run Al Run" we need you. Putting this Book out at this time when Bush's popularity continues to plummet and scandals worsening appears to me to be well choreographed to have the most benefit when he does decide to run.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Clerics to Palestinians, kill each other, as Bush Builds most Expensive Embassy for his M.E. Successes!

Clerics tell Palestinians to kill each other as Bush Builds worlds most expensive Embassy for his Successes in the middle east!
Myself I was floored to find out yesterday that Bush is building the worlds largest and most expensive Embassy in Baghdad in order to be the seat for his mess he calls successful middle east Democratization. You may remember that God told him to go into the middle east and straighten it out. He started by attacking Iraq and you see the results of that success.
He was pretty proud of his intervention in Palestine and the supposedly Bush brokered new Democracy. Here is the latest on that success! For many Gaza residents, the chilling point of no return in the struggle between Hamas and Fatah came when some clerics started issuing religious edicts on the radio telling Palestinians it was okay to fight one another. This is another great example of Bush's successful Democracies. Two months after ruling Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's secular Fatah faction formed a unity government, any goodwill that existed between the longtime rivals has been replaced with anger and fear. Sound familiar?

If things are not bad enough for Palestine Israel is provoked or not now doing their share. Three Qassam rockets were fired into Israel, one of which damaged a building in a town south of Sderot. On Friday, officials said, 17 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. In retaliation Israel Defense Forces carried out two air strikes overnight. One air strike targeted two sites used to manufacture weaponry; the other, south of Beit Hanoun, targeted a group of militants believed to have launched a Qassam rocket on Sderot, an IDF spokesman said.
The Palestinians have accused Israel of taking advantage of its internal Hamas-Fatah fighting, while Israel maintains it is merely defending itself, given dozens of rockets fired from Gaza into the country in the past few days. In addition, an Israeli official said Friday that Hamas was increasing the rockets into Israel to draw an Israeli response, which would unite Palestinians. I agree with the desire to unite Palestine but since Israel and the U.S. view Hamas as a terrorist organization I can only see a furtherance of the middle east breakdown Bush set in motion.
That brings me to the The Bush administration designed new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that will be the world's largest and most expensive foreign mission. The 104-acre compound is set to open in September in what today is a war zone that will only get worse. I don't get it, We cannot even secure the Green Zone and Bush is constructing the only on schedule project in Iraq that is supposed to be the seat of his Democratic "successes" in the middle east.
$592 million dollars people, to highlight failure? First I have to ask, who are the contractors benefiting from this Boondoggle? People are bummed out about having to live in the Green Zone. What kind of embassy is it when everybody lives inside and it's blast-proof, and people are running around with helmets and crouching behind sandbags?"
The compound will have secure apartments for about 615 people. The comfortable but not opulent one-bedrooms have offered hope for State Department staff now doubled up in tinny trailers. Morale is already at an ebb among the embassy staff, most of whom rarely leave the heavily fortified Green Zone during their one-year tours in Iraq. The barricaded zone houses both the current, makeshift U.S. Embassy and the new compound about a mile away.
Even Gaza'ns who have endured years of bloody conflict with Israel were shocked by the extraordinary flashes of brutality exhibited by Hamas and Fatah gunmen over the last nine days of street fighting. Both sides have accused each other of committing atrocities, including summary executions of the injured and torture. This fighting will not stop as I have been saying about Iraq also because neither side wants peace. They are all determined to fight to the death in Bush's Democracy because they all believe they can fight and have their way as Bush does. Senior Hamas lawmaker Younis al-Astal accused Fatah of conspiring with the United States and Israel against Hamas and as we know, therein lies the problem again.
There is no way bush's forced, so called Democracies are going to succeed in the middle east. We have learned nothing! They cannot be forced, a Democracy must be wanted by the majority not the minority. I refuse to believe that we are proceeding with spending that kind of money on a venture that has already failed as should have been expected from the get go. Bush has this on schedule to be completed before he leaves. What a coincidence. Democrats must find a way to put an end to this. That Embassy will be nothing but a target and a white elephant as Bush's failed endeavors in the middle east are. Nothing will change that!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I have a Question: Insurgents give Blair Farewell, U.S. Air Base Attacked, Surge Success Bush Style?

About 50 suspected fighters have attacked a US base in the center of a city north of Baghdad, sparking a battle with US soldiers and helicopters in which at least six fighters have died, according to the Iraqi army. Friday's fighting took place in Baquba, a Sunni antigovernment stronghold.
Separately six suspected fighters were detained during raids in northeast Iraq. They were accused them of being members of a cell that imports powerful weapons from neighboring Iran, and brings Iraqis to Iran for training as fighters. Plus two Iraqi journalists working for ABC News were ambushed and killed as they drove home from work. of course only one resident spoke up but refused to be identified for fear of being killed by so called insurgents.
Meanwhile the unsuccessful search for the three missing American soldiers continues and it only succeeds in getting three more American soldiers killed. Amidst all this surge success a 24-hour curfew remained in place in Mosul, 360km northwest of Baghdad, for a third day on Friday.
It was imposed after fighters used five suicide vehicle bombs, mortars and small arms fire to destroy two bridges and attack a police station and a jail where suspected fighters were being held. More Surge Success?
Plus A suicide car bomber hit a police patrol in the Sunni-dominated town of Jurf al-Sakhar, 65 km south of Baghdad, killing three officers and wounding two and In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290 km north of the Iraqi capital, drive-by shooters killed an Iraqi army officer as he was heading to work, police said.
This is just one days surge success for Bush! North, North East, North West, South of Baghdad, and Bush says his surge is working? Meanwhile at the same time Three explosions rocked Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday as British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived for meetings with Iraqi government leaders, officials said. The explosions wounded one person, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Lou Fintor. According to preliminary reports, there were no deaths. "At approximately 11:30 a.m. there were four explosions," three of them that hit inside the Green Zone, Fintor said. This is only a 4-square-mile area in central Baghdad that holds the Iraqi government and parliament as well as headquarters for the U.S. military and diplomatic missions.
The Green Zone is frequently the target of mortar and rocket attacks but I have to ask, we cannot even secure the Green Zone and the chaos is spreading throughout Iraq. This is success? How is it that every time a western Dignitary has a "surprise" visit at the Green Zone they seem to be attacked? Are insurgents somehow receiving advanced inside information?
You have to wonder if this is all success then what is Bush's real goal? You are left to believe that as we have been saying for years now that our troops and equipment must stay on line amidst Bush's success" until he can "succeed" in finding his excuse to attack Iran.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, May 18, 2007

what kind of Deal is it to Out Yourself, pay $5000, and leave the Country to Gain Residency?

They are calling this a sweeping immigration plan reaching across party lines? It is such a great plan that no one wants to be identified and the results remain sealed. Almost instantly, the plan brought vehement criticism from both sides of the immigration issue, including liberals who called it unfair and unworkable and conservatives who branded it an overly permissive "amnesty." The later I dispute vehemently.
It sounds like a lousy deal to me unless you are a Politician looking for Votes!
The proposal constitutes what they call a far-reaching change in the immigration system that would admit future arrivals seeking to put down roots in the U.S. based on their skills, education levels and job experience, limiting the importance of family ties. A new class of guest workers would be allowed in temporarily, but only after the new security measures were in place which is expected to take 18 months.
That does not to me appear to help once again, those that need it the most. It seems to me too be another plus for business. Why would you agree to come and then leave? It makes no sense and I have to agree with Senator Reid who said: I have serious concerns about some aspects of this proposal, including the structure of the temporary worker program and undue limitations on family immigration," Reid said.
My thought: It is also being called Amnesty by opponents on both sides of the aisle and I just don't see it. At least not on a scale that many would be able to take advantage of unless you have $5000 and are stupid enough to trust Politicians.
The proposed agreement would allow illegal immigrants to come forward and obtain a "Z visa" and after paying fees and a $5,000 fine ultimately get on track for permanent residency, which could take between eight and 13 years. Heads of households would have to return to their home countries first.
A new crop of low-skilled guest workers would have to return home after stints of two years. They could renew their visas twice, but would be required to leave for a year in between each time. That just seems asinine to me. Who the hell would sign up to be kicked out every two years? This makes absolutely no sense. Guest workers should be permitted to stay and work indefinitely in the U.S. Without a clear path to permanent residence for a healthy share of the future temporary workers this ridiculous plan would only help businesses and Politicians and serve no other interest.
The proposed plan would shift from an immigration system primarily weighted toward family ties toward one with preferences for people with advanced degrees and sophisticated skills.
I have to agree with Barack Obama who said the proposed bill could devalue the importance of family reunification, replace the current group of undocumented immigrants with a new undocumented population consisting of guest workers who will overstay their visas, and potentially drive down wages of American workers. As I said, Business owners and Politicians seem once again to be the real benefactors and as such many are all for this but please tell me what you think!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Thursday, May 17, 2007

While Palestine Erupts, Iraq and middle east fails, An Important Idea to get info on missing U.S. Troops!

I really want to talk about Bush's successful Democracy as it appears to be erupting in civil war as we said it would just like his other successful Democracy in Iraq. I believe too that I have the way to get our troops back if at all possible, let me know what you think!

An Israeli air strike destroyed a Hamas compound in central Gaza City on Thursday, killing one and wounding at least 45 people. The strike came a day after 22 Palestinians were killed across Gaza City in the most widespread factional fighting in nearly a year between Hamas and Fatah. The raging street battles have turned the densely populated seaside city into a war zone, putting terrified civilians increasingly at risk.

The Israeli army confirmed it carried out the air strike, which came after Israel threatened "harsh" action in response to repeated Palestinian rocket attacks. So far this week, 49 Palestinians have been killed in the factional fighting. The violence has left the fragile Palestinian unity government in tatters, although Fatah and Hamas leaders have said they hope to preserve the coalition. A main goal of the alliance, formed in March, was to halt months of factional violence. But the unity deal never addressed a key area of dispute — control over Palestinian security forces.

Jordan's King Abdullah II said he was "very concerned" by the inter-Palestinian fighting and warned that more violence will follow unless progress is made in the peace process. "I'm very concerned about the violence in Gaza. It must stop for the sake of the Palestinian people and for the sake of Palestine," Abdullah told a gathering of Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian peace activists.

I hate to be the one to inform King Abdullah but nothing including Bush, the surge, Congress, nothing will stop the total collapse occurring in Iraq and now in Palestine. It will soon engulf the entire middle east and it will not be stopped. It will only get worse from there. Democracy middle east style! So for now I would like to focus on something we can help with and that is the three missing American troops. 

This is important to me as I have 2 sons over there myself and I will be sending this suggestion to my Congressman, Senator Kennedy. We appear to be doing everything possible in order to find the missing troops while failing to do the one thing that would work and I have yet to hear it mentioned as is usually the case today.

As the massive search for three U.S. soldiers feared captured by al-Qaida entered its sixth day Thursday, the military said militants who ambushed their convoy apparently stole the dog tags of one of the four Americans killed in the attack. About 4,000 U.S. troops and 2,000 Iraqis are searching for the three soldiers feared captured by al-Qaida during the ambush, which also killed one Iraqi soldier.

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of U.S. troops south of Baghdad, said the U.S. was offering rewards of up to $200,000 for information on the missing soldiers. "We've done so much as to drain canals after a report that the bodies were in a canal," Lynch told The Associated Press. "So we're leaving no stone unturned."

Lynch said he was optimistic the three would be found alive and I wish I shared that optimism. We must continue to search for our missing troops but An al-Qaida front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, has said it captured the U.S. soldiers and warned the Americans in a Web statement on Monday to call off the hunt "if you want their safety."

Again we have learned nothing. We will merely succeed in getting more Iraqi's murdered if they try to help us because they have to live there. Haven't we learned that Rewards regardless of how large do not work. The money is not their interest. Safety and practicing their Religion their way is all that is important.

Now tell me what you think about this idea please! I think the Reward is fine but it should be a little larger. The thing that would get more cooperation and results is that coupled with an irrevocable promise of U.S. citizenship and entrance into a Federal Witness Protection Program if our soldiers are returned alive.
Please let me hear what you have to say on this and later I will be sending it as I said to

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Have A Laugh at their Expense: Humiliation Debation Republican Style!

Yes, another Bushism. These idiots like Bush think being President is all about whoever can sound like the biggest fool and tell the best one liners. Like you I wake up every day and I feel like Bill Murray on Groundhog Day! I feel trapped in the spin cycle of a washing machine. This morning the radio alarm went off and the first thing mentioned was the Republican Debate sideshow I managed to ignore last night. I haven't been able to find anything yet but the Late night Comedians must have had a ball with this last night or will that be tonight?
The Debate was a farce but be careful, there are many who think this is all another joke, ignore all this Bush style idiocy, and willvote for one of these idiots. We cannot afford this to happen again. I thought the first Debate was a bad joke but if you can listen to this and some of the one liners.
Giuliani won the strongest applause of Tuesday night's first-in-the-South Republican primary debate when he took exception to Texas Rep. Ron Paul's suggestion that the United States' interventionist policy invited the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. I happen to agree with him but of course McCain backed up Giuliani.
He said he thought Giuliani's intercession was appropriate and excellent. He stupidly said he really appreciated it because we should never believe that we brought on this conflict. What the hell do these idiots think? After years of abuse in their eyes they are now going to have payback for discounting them, taking their resources, dividing their lands etc. No, we did nothing! One of the highlights of the debate came when Paul said the United States has been bombing Iraq for 10 years and doesn't understand how the Middle East operates. Again I had to agree with him.
Rep. Ron Paul rightly pointed out that Right now, we're building an embassy in Iraq that is bigger than the Vatican. We're building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? We would be objecting," Paul said in explaining his opposition to going to war in Iraq. "They are delighted that we're over there because Usama bin Laden has said, 'I'm glad you're over on our sand because we can target you so much easier.' They have already now since that time they've killed 3,400 of our men and I don't think it was necessary," he continued. Giuliani of course wanted a retraction but I happen to think Paul was partially right and those idiots just laugh it off.
Rep Tom Tancredo was right too. Tancredo took another shot at fellow GOP candidates when he said he is surprised at the number of conversions toward his tough position on illegal immigration as well as abortion and gun control. Again I have to agree, the flip flopping as they call it when it is Democrats is just amazing. To me you have to be able to change your mind to be a good Politician. Now Republicans all say that is all it is in "their" case.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also was able to slip in a criticism of the congressional members at the debate, saying Congress has "spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop," a slam on the Democratic presidential candidate who earned unwanted scrutiny for spending $400 of campaign money on a haircut. It was a one-up to McCain, who had quipped earlier that he has spoken with sailors who take offense at being accused of ever being so drunk as to spend as much as Congress. McCain said. "We let spending go out of control. We spent money like a drunken sailor. Although I never knew a sailor — drunk or sober — with the imagination of my colleagues."
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore tried to attract some attention by calling out so-called conservatives for taking non-conservative positions. Prodded to name names, Gilmore referred to "Rudy McRomney," combining the names of McCain, Giuliani and Romney. Gilmore cited Giuliani's position on abortion rights, Huckabee's decision to raise taxes in Arkansas and Romney's mandate requiring universal health care while he served as the governor of Massachusetts. The only thing these idiots agreed upon is what should have been a joke and that is they all think we should have another tax cut. WTF?,2933,272719,00.html
This Farce serves to highlight the fact that America cannot afford to let these jokesters finish destroying our America. We have got to put an end to their destructive dirty Politics so we can successfully move into the future and rebuild our America Bush has steadfastly destroyed and these idiots want to finish off. I am confident that we will be able to take back our America in 2008 because many are seeing through this joking idiocy and realize we cannot survive much more of this mismanagement.

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Who is the Worlds Best Super Hero? Make your pick! Who could we use today?

This is short and I think we can all use a little light fare. So Who do you think is the Worlds best Super Hero? Make your pick, This is cool, Who could we use today?
I was going through todays events, murders, rapes, world horrors, Iraq, Iran, deteriorating Russian and world relations, and I happened onto this question by Entertainment Weekly as to Who we thought was the Worlds Best Super Hero. I have been all through the list of Super Heroes and the site is very cool. You can vote for your favorite Super Hero. Spider Man, Super Man, Bat Man, on and on.
Looking at the many problems we are trying to deal with today and the many that will crop up in the future largely due to Bush's antagonization I have to wonder who would be the best Super Hero to help us today and what can they do for us?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Don't keep dealing with the results of the problem Deal with the source of the problem!

This morning when my alarm went off the first thing I heard had me thinking all morning because it just didn't make sense and as an ex cost Manager I believed in getting rid of the problem source not dealing with the problem whenever it cropped back up. Thinking of the countries and the worlds problems I found myself wishing it was as easy as applying that rule. Does anyone or anything come to mind?

The issue that got me thinking this morning was an Amendment Proposal here in Boston banning Pit Bulls. There has been a rash of pit Bull attacks here and I am sure everywhere but it does not seem like banning Pit Bulls is a rational answer. As I said, I was always of the frame of mind that instead of dealing with the problem every time it reoccurs you get rid of the source of the problem and the problems gone for good.

I understand Pit bulls are vicious or so we are led to believe. I happen to think the problem is the people who train them to be viscous. To me the idea should be to go after those that teach any dog or animal regardless of breed, to be vicious and hold them accountable. If you would like to sign a petition to stop this ban in your State

here is the petition.

After listening to the mornings dose of problems many of them attributable to Bush I wish it would be so easy an answer as to just get rid of him. I got an email this morning from saying,

 Is 2008 too late to get rid of Bush? What could the Bush administration do in the next 20 months? I think it is too late! Think about what the chief idiot can do to us, Iran, Iraq, the middle east and the world in 20 months.

Just as I am putting this together I hear Bush making another proposal he wants put into effect after he is gone. First it was in regard to paying off his trillions of Dollars in debt. This day it is in regard to gas consumption, he wants it cut by 2010. I am sick of hearing our biggest problem is oil consumption and dependency. Our biggest problem is Bush. I wish we could just get rid of him. Too bad there is no such thing as a Do Over!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

Sunday, May 13, 2007

McCain Fills Russert full of crap on Meet The Press again, This is the Republican promise to us?

I know the three leading Republican imbeciles I mean Presidential contenders, are all for us staying in Iraq. I was looking for something to discuss today so I made the mistake of watching Tim Russert. It may be me but I don't like the guy because he always plays the patsy and gets dumped on. He never asks the right questions the right way. he let McCain fill him full of shit once again.
I have to say, I respected McCain greatly when he was a POW and refused to be released or receive special treatment. Those days are long gone along with any thought that McCain may have learned something from Vietnam.
During the entire interview besides the standard Bush line Hemming and Hawing there was nothing but obvious lies only to facilitate staying the course and following Bush's failure. Regardless of their idiocy nothing will prevent the dire warnings from coming true. Bush Guaranteed them the day he attacked. Anyway Tim pointed out that 55 percent of people polled say victory is not possible in Iraq and 58 percent said the war was a mistake.
I am sick of the standard Republican Bull shit line that when we have experienced the enormous difficulties and sacrifice that have been part of this conflict that, certainly, you can understand that. Americans are frustrated, and they're saddened our failures in this conflict. It has nothing to do with sacrifices, American deaths, and repetitive failures. Bushco does not care what we think or want so ignore all polls that speak for the people and what we want. We were discounted from the beginning because only Bush and those like McCain know anything. They got us into this when many of us knew that all the horrors Bush was warned about but arrogantly ignored would come to fruition if we put American combat boots on Islamic ground.
McCain is still stupidly saying we have a chance of success and that we do not fully understand the consequences of failure in Iraq. Failure is a given and staying in Bush's civil war will change nothing. It will only keep us on line in the middle east until Bush finds the excuse to attack Iran and fully engulf the entire middle east in Bush's idea of new order.
Russert did remind McCain that he said if the backing of the American people is lost we will lose the war. A lot of us were against this from the beginning of course and the majority of us are against this now. McCain should be held accountable for what he said instead Russert let him off the hook again. we are not going to have any successes there to brag about, we are not going to do a better job. Our troops are doing a great job. It is the Iraqi's that must do a better job or else, and again we know the consequences of failure. We are sick of hearing this lame crap!
McCain: The consequences of failure, Tim, are that there would be chaos in the region. There's three--two million Sunni in Baghdad. The Iranians would continue to increase their influence, the Saudis would have to help the Sunni, the Kurds would want independence, the Turks will never stand for it. Some people say partition. You'd have to partition bedrooms in Baghdad because Sunni and Shia are, are married. This, this is a very, very difficult situation, but the consequences of failure, in my view, are unlike the Vietnam war where we could leave and come home and it was over, that these people will try to follow us home and the region will erupt to a point where we may have to come back or we will be combating what is now, to a large degree, al-Qaeda, although certainly other--many other factors of sectarian violence, in the region.
If that isn't chaos we are seeing what the hell do you call it and it will spread throughout the middle east regardless. The Iranian's and the Saudi's will be after each other and Turkey will be involved too if they all aren't already. Thinking about all that crap should have been done and adhered to not ignored and that Al Qaeda crap and threats of other sectarian violence in the region is friggen old and useless. McCain has once again said nothing of consequence and this is what the Republicans have to offer us in 2008?
McCain still thinks we did the right thing. He still insists the main problem is not sectarian violence but Al Qaeda. When told a majority of the Iraqi parliament, has signed a petition asking for a date certain for withdrawal of American troops like we want he simply said Hmmm! and can anyone tell me how are troops will be in greater harm if we withdraw?
Lastly Russert said that the duly elected people's bodies, the U.S. Congress and the Iraqi parliament, say they want a troop withdrawal. That's more than a poll. Isn't that the voice of the people? Yes, it is and McCain like Bush respects that but his experience has taught him that he knows better and while playing Politics says he must ignore Politics and thus the people and do what he thinks is best.
Boy are we in trouble. I can't take any more of this bullshit double talk. If you were fortunate enough to miss McCain's interview and can handle all the idiocies spoken here you go.

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

Saturday, May 12, 2007

It's tough Instigating a War While Playing the Victim But Bush is Almost there!

On the Stennis, which leads one of two U.S. carrier groups in the region, Cheney told service members gathered in sweltering heat in a huge hangar below the flight deck that they serve in a "place of tension and many conflicts while ignoring that Bush caused it.
"Persian Gulf countries produce more than a quarter of the world's oil, and the vast bulk of it passes through the Strait of Hormuz in tankers en route to oil-importing countries. The strait, located between Oman and Iran, is only about 34 miles wide at its narrowest point, and tankers typically travel in and out of the gulf in two-mile-wide channels through the strait. Vice President Cheney, visiting a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, vowed today to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and "dominating" the region, and he pledged that U.S. forces would keep open the sea lanes that carry about 20 percent of the world's oil trade.

"That son of a Bee" Those were purposely threatening fighting words aimed at picking a fight and coming from the very spot where it will be fought. Those of you that have read my diaries and there have been many on this subject, know that attacking Iran is only "one" of Bush's original goals.
He diverted from the so called war on terror in Afghanistan so he could get into the middle east and used attacking Iraq as his reason to get in there. He now must stay the course in the middle of their civil war long enough for him to find an excuse to attack Iran.
With interests on both sides spoiling for a fight the reason will soon be found and it will start in the Strait of Hormuz. We know the Patriot missiles are in place around the Gulf. the Charles De Gaulle is standing guard at the entrance and our third carrier supposedly to replace one of the others is due in the Gulf soon. Can anyone tell me when it is due?
Cheney as you know was just in Iraq telling American troops how they are fighting terrorism and must stay the course. He makes them feel righteous and Patriotic including two of my sons but his real intention is that they stay the course long enough to find a reason to attack Iran and fully en "gulf" the entire middle east in his so called "new middle east order"
Cheney said the goal is to prevent Iran's Dominance in the region. their "drive" for dominance was made possible by Bush destabilizing Iraq. Cheney also said the goal is to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of Iran. It seems to me that the only stated goal from Iran is to have nuclear power. It seems to me after delving into their situation that this might be a valid goal and for a reason we never hear because it would fly in the face of what Bush is trying to get us to believe. We hear constantly from Bushco that Iran's goal is to make nuclear weapons. I don't know if that is true or not but if it is it seems like it again is in response to a threat from us.
Cheney said that throughout the region our country has interests to protect and commitments to honor. I still want to know where the Nimitz is right now but He said that with two carrier strike groups in the Gulf we're sending clear messages to friends and adversaries alike. We'll keep the sea lanes open. We'll stand with our friends in opposing extremism and strategic threats. We'll disrupt attacks on our own forces.
He said we would continue bringing relief to those who suffer and delivering justice to the enemies of freedom. Meanwhile Iran's top nuclear negotiator warned that a compromise over the country's nuclear program will not be possible if the West continues to demand that Iran suspend a program to enrich uranium. knowing that right from the beginning makes it very critical to understanding the politics of threats utilized by Bush. He knows there will be no backing down on uranium enrichment that is why it is made a critical issue.
With no reason for Iran to back down and all the reasons supplied to them by Bush to fight it is only a matter of time before this whole thing blows up. The Strait while Cheney vows to keep open to those allies importing and exporting oil I just want to remind you that Bush seems to be banking on keeping the Gulf open but I wouldn't count on it. I see a major disruption and when all is said and done China and Russia who are now military allies will step in to protect their own vital interests. Repercussions go on and on and I have discussed them many times so I won't again right now but other countries will be in dire straights when the Strait of Hormuz is tied up but we will have other alternatives. Oh what a tangled web we weave!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma

Friday, May 11, 2007

Republicans take Bush to the Woodshed, Bush will accept Benchmarks on Iraq but not himself!

There is no news here so I will not supply links unless someone asks because they have not seen the old news. The story here as always is in the interpretation and I am posting this early for me because I hope to have a long discussion on the subject.
As of the last few days we have heard that Bush has lost his main ally in his push for an illegal war in Iraq. Tony Blair as you know announced his resignation Thursday in a poignant — almost apologetic — speech to the nation, thanking his compatriots for his successes during more than a decade as prime minister, and seeking understanding for leading Britain into an unpopular war in Iraq. I expect Gordon Brown to replace Blair and he will not give Bush the blind support he has enjoyed to the demise of Blair.
At the same time Republicans have finally taken Bush to the woodshed on his mispolicies concerning Iraq and has agreed to Benchmarks for Iraqi progress.
The president's remarks came day after reports that 11 moderate Republican members of Congress held a blunt meeting with Bush in the White House to express growing concern over the war and to warn that his political support was eroding.
In his comments to reporters on Thursday, Bush quickly dismissed the idea, backed by many House Democrats, of a funding bill that would dispense resources in two stages. Congress would subject release of the second stage to another vote. I and other concerned Democrats see the vehicle as a means to put pressure on Bush over his management of the war and to press for him to begin withdrawing troops.
Bush of course threatens a veto again saying it is wrong to play politics with this and hamstring our troops as he has done and is doing. I cannot believe the obvious idiocy of this guys ststements are just listened to and we have not been able to successfully take him to task. This has all been taking place as Cheney is in Iraq misinforming the troops once again. He is stupidly lying to our troops again. Cheney framed the troops’ efforts as part of the fight against global terrorism and made no promise that an end was in sight.
"We’re fighting a war against terror," the vice president said, according to the prepared text of his remarks. "We are here, above all, because the terrorists who have declared war on America and other free nations have made Iraq the central front in that war." What happened to what he stupidly said last time that the insurgency was in its deathythroes?
Like you I am sick of hearing the lie that we are in Iraq fighting terrorists who have declare war on us. There were no terrorists in Iraq in Saddam's day as you know. Bush has brought them there to fight supposedly so we do not have to fight them here.
However Bush has diverted from Afghanistan to attack Iraq and begin what he wrongly thinks will be his idea of a new middle east order. Bush is now willing to accept Benchmarks on Iraq such as the Iraqis passing a new oil-sharing bill, updating the Iraqi constitution, and holding provincial elections but no Benchmarks on Bush in his endeavor to stay in the middle of his created hell and civil wart in Iraq.
He will accept these benchmarks as he said, as he moves forward in Iraq. That means he will stay the course until he is able to find an excuse to atack Iran as was only part of his original plan for his new midle east order. this will all end in total chaos but can't we all see that this is what Bush is doing?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Thursday, May 10, 2007

425 Stories on Romney This Morning And only Boston had the Meat and Potatoes Issue of HealthCare!

I have to tell you, this morning the news and stories were filled with the usual preponderance of corruption and Bush Cheney idiocy with a smattering of China trade issues thrown in for good measure. Being in and from Boston I awoke this morning to hear what should be a very important issue knowing the standing of Mitt Romney as being number one right now at 38% as he endeavors to become the Republican Presidential nominee.
I first find it necessary to remind some that a year and a half ago I warned people of Romney and his two faced Bush wannabe Politics and that he would follow suit and say and do anything to get elected and follow Bush's miscourse. Remember The Big Dig Debacle which ran rampant under Romney's guidance and the following great program that Romney wants to emulate for the entire country.
Remember how Romney's Health Care program that he has forced on Massachusetts citizens as being one of a kind and a model for the rest of the country to follow? Well, I had to laugh when I heard the news this morning as to the reality of this great plan for the people.
However when I tried to find the backup for the news it was nowhere to be found. Instead I found 425 stories, every one of them about the supposed bigotry expressed by Al Sharpton towards Romney and supposedly LDS Latter Day Saints or Mormons as most know them. I have to admit I am no fan of Al Sharpton's but after hearing him say that his reference towards God believing people holding sway in the upcoming Presidential elections was towards the atheist he was debating, I am inclined to believe him atleast it can be construed that way which seems to be a standard Political Ploy today.
However true to form Romney made an issue of Sharpton's statement of course to be used for Political gain.
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney on Wednesday criticized a remark about Mormons by the Rev. Al Sharpton and described it as "bigoted" and "un-American." Sharpton, a civil rights leader, said during a New York debate on faith on Monday that "those that really believe in God" would defeat Romney, a Mormon, in the 2008 race for the White House. Sharpton, who led recent criticism of radio talk show host Don Imus for racially insensitive remarks, later said he was not questioning Romney's faith but was aiming his comments at author and atheist Christopher Hitchens, who he was debating.
"It was a very unfortunate and un-American thing to say," Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, said. "I think it was a bigoted statement and I have no interest in seeing bigoted statements about my faith or anyone else's faith put into the public discourse." Of course Sharpton accused him of creating controversy to help his campaign. Creating Division as you know is a Rove's taught tactic Bush employs at every chance.
I do happen to believe the jab was directed towards the Atheist but pointed at Romney but Romney's capitalizing on the issue paid off while the important issue remains undiscussed.
Catholics and evangelicals came to the LDS Church's and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's defense Wednesday, calling on the Rev. Al Sharpton to answer for suggesting Mormons don't believe in God. The Catholic League called for Sharpton to "be held accountable for his bigoted outburst" and suggesting it "should finish his career," just as Don Imus' recent racist statements resulted in the cancellation of his radio show. Sharpton was among Imus' harshest critics.
The Rev. Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who heads the National Clergy Council, issued a statement calling on Sharpton to "immediately apologize to Mr. Romney and the good people of the LDS Church and repent before God for such sinful hubris.
Evangelicals and Catholics expressed solidarity with Romney so right or wrong the creation of a non issue once again was used to successfully push a political agenda while the real issue has not been discussed and I have not been able to find outside of Boston.
That is Romney's great Healthcare for all plan he wants in the whole country. Taxpayers are bearing a larger share of the cost of the expansion of healthcare coverage than expected because the state has not yet collected a penny from businesses that do not help insure their workers.
Penalties on those businesses were expected to bring in $95 million this fiscal year and $76 million next year, according to the Legislature's estimates when the bill was signed into law a year ago.
But the state now expects to collect nothing in the fiscal year that ends June 30, and only $24 million next year, according to budget officials in Governor Deval Patrick's administration and in the House of Representatives. Please read the story at the link and look at the voodoo expecting to make this morasse work and it will not
I figured in one year the State of Massachusetts is going to be hit to the tune of $150 million to be paid by the taxpayer. That is not to speak of the fact that many are now forced to buy Health Insurance they cannot afford. If they could they would already have it. This is only one small State folks! This is once again a windfall for businesses in the true meaning of Bush Politics. I do firmly believe that a Democrat will be elected in 2008 so in the end this will all be worthless I hope. I am just sickened to see that Bush's two faced Politics are still being espoused and again by a supposed man of God. Oh man!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

It is now obvious the target for Bush's missile Defense System is Russia!

 US starts building anti-missile shield in Romania
What's next now? Knowing that in the past Russia had expressed their anger over the missile Defence system proposed for Poland and Czechoslovakia and at one point to counter this proposal even offered to have them housed on their soil. Of course this offer was turned down as was the offer by Britain to have them on their soil.

The Bush line was that these systems are needed to counter the threat from Iran and North Korea. That sounds absolutely ludicrous if you ask me. In response to Bush's refusal to not deploy the systems Russia countered when President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would suspend its compliance with a treaty on conventional arms in Europe that was forged at the end of the Cold War.

Instead, Putin said, the Kremlin would use future compliance with the treaty as a bargaining point in the dispute with United States over its proposals to install missile defenses in Europe. Can you blame them?

Putin's announcement, made in his annual address to Parliament, underscored the Kremlin's anger at Washington for proposing a new missile-defense system, which the Bush administration insists is meant to counter potential threats from North Korea and Iran. But Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brusquely dismissed Russian protests, saying the missile-defense system the United States plans to install in Poland and the Czech Republic would pose no danger to the security of Russia.
I thought quite to the contrary! A lesson from Hannah here at kos showed me that What they are proposing to set up are boost phase interceptors--missiles that target a missile during it's relatively slow lift-off stage while it's still in the atmosphere.
 To accomplish a take down, the chase missile has to take off within 50 seconds--i.e. it has to be in relatively close proximity to the missile it wants to take down. That's why the argument that missiles in Poland are supposed to deal with missiles coming from Iran or North Korea is non-sensical. Condi using the word nonsense against Russia gives the game away. They always ascribe their own motivation to others.

Looking at today's statement that Russia cannot alter a U.S. plan to set up a missile defense system in nearby Poland, a senior U.S. official said in an interview published on Wednesday that is likely to stoke Russia's anger over the project. Russia is enraged! "We have listened to them but they have been so intransigent in their position that most NATO allies now support our proposal," he added.

U.S. Under secretary of State Nicholas Burns said Russian fears were unjustified as the project was purely defensive and could not be modified to launch attack missiles. He said Russia must remember they are not part of NATO and therefore have no say in the matter. what?
These statements by Burns just told ignorant little me that while these systems could not be modified but they were solely to neutralize any interference by Russia in Bush's plans. The only result of these rising tensions and the purposeful politics of confrontation practiced by Bush is to bring us closer to WW3 and Bush's goal of what he thinks will be his version of new world order. These are my thoughts on the worsening situation, what are yours?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Longest Bull Run in 80 Years, remember who was in Charge, what Happened, and what's Forecast Today!

The Dow industrials ended at another all-time high Monday, closing with gains for the 24th out of 27 sessions - a streak that matched an 80-year-old record on Wall Street. This will all crash down on us whenb the truth of Bush's control and lies come to light.
"The market improvement we've seen over the last few months is a result of higher-than-expected corporate profits," said Richard Hoyt, portfolio manager at KDV Wealth Management. What a surprise huh? How could you expect anything else in this pro industry, pro corporate, anti average American,environment Bush has created today?
Bush has had, micro managed every facet of life today, from the so called war on terror, to those that we call heroes such as Jessica Lynch, to the reasons behind 9/11 and the artificial strength of our economy. This is a Bush created facade of a great economy and only for those able to partake while the elderly and needy have suffered exponentially, so he can follow his new order.
With that said, it is very dangerous that investors are looking beyond any short-term questions about the strength of the economy and focusing on longer-term expectations. You cannot ignore the reality of Bush putting off Trillions in Debt off until he is out of office. You cannot ignore the reality of increasing food stamp use, prohibitive health care costs to the most needy, the loss of core jobs, and the real economy Bush has created. It is another facade!
Knowing that life today is a false creation of Bush's in every respect I ask you to take a step back and remember that amidst all the bragging about this great economy and this being the longest Bull run in 80 years, the reality average Americans face, who was in control 80 years ago and what happened.
Remember, Republican Calvin Coolidge was President from 1923 to 1929 and Republican Herbert Hoover took over in March of 1929. I realize we now have a system in place so there will never be a repeat of the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
However, as Bush brags every friggen day how great his economy is while we are left dumbfounded. People in staggering numbers are losing their homes, ending up on the street, going hungry, unable to receive or afford even basic healthcare, or even satisfy life's basic needs. This is happening in America and I find it overwhelming. Why? In America? When will this facade crash?
I am reminded of "The Second Great Depression By Mike Whitney" He points out The US economy is in danger of a recession that will prove unusually long and severe. By any measure it is in far worse shape than in 2001-02 and the unraveling of the housing bubble is clearly at hand. It seems that the continuous buoyancy of the financial markets is again deluding many people about the gravity of the economic situation. The housing bubble is quickly crashing to earth and hard times are on the way.
There’s no doubt now, that Fed chairman Alan Greenspan’s plan to pump zillions of dollars into the system via "low interest rates" has created the biggest monster-bubble of all time and set the stage for a deep economic retrenchment. Greenspan’s inflationary policies were designed to expand the "wealth gap" and create greater economic polarization between the classes. as you can see, it has. Greenspan's trusted replacement is following suit.
By the time the housing bubble deflates, millions of working class Americans will be left to pay off loans that are considerably higher than the current value of their home. This will inevitably create deeper societal divisions and, very likely, a permanent underclass of mortgage-slaves. With the staggering increase of foreclosures you see just the beginning of Bush's "created" reality.
In real terms, the economy is already in recession. The growth numbers are regularly massaged by the Commerce Department to put a smiley face on an under performing economy. Industrial output continues to flag (In January it was down by another .5%) while millions of good paying factory jobs are being air-mailed to China where labor is a mere fraction of the cost in the USA. Also, automobile inventories are up while factory production is in free fall. Also Toyota has now replaced us as Number one!
Please read the entire report. It is very sobering and the first honest appraisal I have ever seen as to our dire Bush hidden financial future. In closing Mike say's Greenspan has led us sheep-like to the same precipice as the great depression and Bernanke is faithfuly following suit. The economic dilemma we're facing could have been avoided if the expansion of personal credit had been curtailed by prudent monetary policy at the Federal Reserve and if wealth was more evenly distributed as it was in the ‘60's and ‘70's. But that’s not the case; so we're headed for hard times. This is stunning! Be prepared for reality to catch up to all the lies!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, May 07, 2007

Lawyers and Divorced Spouses taking kids when Troops are Deployed, military abuse not by Bush only!

You know, I am not the only one with kids in the military and am concerned about the abuse and misuse of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Usually we must come to the rescue of our troops because of lack of Armor for vehicles, lack of material support for troops while they are deployed, lack of equipment, lack of training, multiple prolonged deployments, Cuts in spending for walter Reed and other facilities etc.
In the past it has always been the Bush misadministration that has been taking advantage of our troops before, during, and after their deployments. We have sadly grown used to the fact that our military is being abused aand misused therefore it is up to us to pick up the slack. Maybe that is only right, I don't know! Seeing this story though really hit me! It is pretty bad seeing our military being taken advantage of by Bushco but Lawyers and divorced spouses taking kids when they are deployed in defense of the country they swore to defend is an unfathomable low to me. .

There is A federal law called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act that is meant to protect them by staying civil court actions and administrative proceedings during military activation. They can’t be evicted. Creditors can’t seize their property. Civilian health benefits, if suspended during deployment, must be reinstated.And yet service members’ children can be — and are being — taken from them after they are deployed.
Now we are seeing increasing cases where troops both male and female who have been assigned caregivers for their children are coming home from deployments only to find that their ex spouse has taken their children. The courts that found them to be the best Parent for their children are now saying that because they are serving for their country they are no longer the best model for their children.
There is something drastically wrong with this! After reading story after story of the nightmares experienced by responsible parents returning from deployments and having their child taken while they were serving and having the courts justifying that, and not giving them back their kids, I am stupified that the message sent is you serve your country you lose your kids to the less responsible spouse who will be at home, end of discussion.
Please look at these horor stories! Military and family law experts don’t know how big the problem is, but 5.4 percent of active duty members — more than 74,000 — are single parents, the Department of Defense reports. More than 68,000 Guard and reserve members are also single parents.
It seems to me that Spouces are taking advantage because they are allowed to and at the expense of the responsible parent and the child. A child should be given back to the returning military member end of discussion. I refuse to believe that after all the sacrifices these people are asked to make they have to make the final sacrifice and have their children taken from them if they survive deployment. This is just plain wrong! How can we stop this injustice? This is not good for America!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma