Saturday, June 30, 2007

In Control or not, Republicans make sure it is the Government Verse The People!

In Control or not Republicans make sure it's the Government against the People, They want us to look as inept as them, the truth must be seen!
We discuss often that even though we now have a Democratic Congress nothing is getting done. However it is not for lack of desire and effort. Absolutely everything positive Democrats try to get done is being refbuffed by Republicans in an effort to make us look as selfish, worthless, inept, and lazy as them. I was hoping that people would realize why this continues to be a do nothing Congress despite all the promises Democrats made and their attempts to keep their campaign promises. I still hope that is the case and Republicans pay for their status quo childish games at a time when they are really needed, in the 2008 elections.
In a recent CNN poll people were asked how they think the Democratic Congress is doing after six months? The answer Lousy but better than the alternative. I have to agree with that assessment but the question should be Why do you think the Democratic Congress has not gotten any of their promises through. The answer would be obvious.
Meanwhile Republicans are trying to capitalize off their blocking of our efforts of course as we hear Rep. Eric Cantor prove: "We are now halfway through the first year of the 110th Congress," Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, said. "And there is no question that the failure on the part of the Democrats in terms of their midterm exam is really a letdown to the expectations of the American people.''
Instead of explaining why and putting the onus where it belongs our leaders continue to let the Republican disinformation program hold sway and are still unable to master the forum and turn things around on the Republicans. It is simple entry level debate to me. Instead in response to Cantor's statement Pelosi merely said she tended to agree and that she was not happy with the Congress either.
What the heck is wrong with our so called leaders? I can understand Bush looking more worthless every poll as he should but I do not understand Congresses. President Bush is doing terribly -- an average of 30 percent job approval in six recent polls. Congress is doing worse -- 25 percent on the average in five polls.
When asked why the low marks both sides gave their expected dead wrong party line answers. Democrats point to one issue where not much seems to be getting done. "The war in Iraq is dragging down people's confidence in what's going on in this country," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. Yes, people are waking up and losing confidence in our Politicians as they should but the stupidity of allowing us to divert and get into the quagmire in Iraq is not our biggest problem I am afraid.
Republicans point to another issue and a real ridiculous reason. "One of the reasons that confidence is at an all-time low is because of the immigration bill," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, said. That just blew my mind. I was disappointed that their was no real effort to get a responsible Bill through while helping those that need it, prosecuting Employers of illegals, and securing the Border but again we have much bigger problems.
I am happy to see that voters are not willing to go back to a Republican Congress and A solid majority says it's good for the country that the Democratic Party is in control of Congress. Even though they're doing a lousy job? They are not doing a lousy job! They are having lousy results and that is the way Republicans want it. You know Reid is right when he says the Republicans are blocking them but we must get the people to realize this and we seem unable to be able to do this and I do not understand why.
We can all agree with Senator Kyle that "It is a sad commentary in America today that many Americans have lost faith in their government" He added, "Americans don't believe that their government is representing them, is acting on their behalf. The polls show it." Nothing has changed since the inception of Bush and nothing will get accomplished until him and his cronies are gone.
He ridiculously goes on to say The new dynamic is the people versus the government. Like I just said, what has changed since Bush gained his illicit power? The only difference is that Politicians realize it but are not willing to do anything about it.
Our major problem is the Government and many Politicians on both sides. They continue to play Partisan games at a time when we greatly need them to come together and do the work of "we the people and our America" our leaders do not know how to lead. They seem oblivious to the fact that we are in trouble and need some serious leadership and there is none. That is our biggest problem.
We are still waiting for someone to do what is right for America. We are still waiting for our Knight in Shining Armor if you will, to lead us through the dark tunnel our leaders have allowed President Bush to create.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, June 29, 2007

Trading Lives for Opium! Why not Buy it all to Defuse every single Issue over there? Control it, find a use for it.

You know, my first thought when I saw this record opium Prodution in Afghanistan I thought back to previous discussions on Afghanistan and the failure Bush guaranteed there, in Iraq, and the entire middle east, when he ignored all advice to the contrary and attacked Iraq not to unseat Saddam but to get our military into the midle east. That is for another discussion!
I remember amidst discussions of the Taliban being too tough to fight, Al Frist suggested we allow them to partake in the Afghan Government. Earlier this year I recall a story where the Taliban was actively building schools for towns that did not have them. I then remember that I also did a story last year when it was announced that Afghanistan had a record year harvesting 6,700 tons. More than the entire world market could consume. Production increased 49 percent from the year before. The estimated 6,700 tons even broke the world record of 1999, when 5,764 tons of opium were produced globally. Taking into account that the insurgency derives a significant amount of revenue from drugs, I decided to research just what has happened to the Opium trade since we attacked Afghanistan.
First it seems to me that criticism of Clinton aside, I think we could have gone about this differently too. I don't know why we could not have done a surgical strike or even used unmanned aircraft as we have since, and then tried Diplomacy. Instead as Bush attacked Iraq and created an insurgent and sectarian civil war where there was none. He attacked Afghanistan and created an over abundance of opium. I was stunned when I got to thinking about opium production when the Taliban was in power and researched it.
The following information is from a story by the BBC in 2002. First, The Taleban banned poppy cultivation in 2000 so in 2001 production was down to 185 tons. Then by 2002 production went up to 3,400 tons That is around 18 times higher than last year's unusually low figure of 185 tons, which followed the ban on cultivation imposed by the Taleban in the last year of their rule. I have to wonder what they were growing in lieu of opium to survive and I don't know about this but the increase is blamed on poverty-stricken farmers taking advantage of the power vacuum and it is not the fault of Kabul or the U.N.
Every year since we attacked Afghanistan opium production has continued to climb. This year Production has increased again dramatically. It is no ones fault and no one knows how to control it. The recent 2007 report shows that In 2006, Afghanistan accounted for 92 percent of global illicit opium production, up from 70 percent in 2000 and 52 percent a decade earlier. The higher yields in Afghanistan brought global opium production to a record high of nearly 7,300 tons last year, a 43 percent increase over 2005.
The area under opium poppy cultivation in the country has also expanded, from nearly 257,000 acres in 2005 to more than 407,000 acres in 2006 — an increase of about 59 percent. "This is the largest area under opium poppy cultivation ever recorded in Afghanistan," the report said. UNODC (U.N. office of Drugs and crime) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa warned that Afghanistan's insurgency-plagued Helmand province was becoming the world's biggest drug supplier, with opium cultivation there larger than in the rest of the country put together.
She is right that controlling Poppy cultivation would go a long way towards bringing security to the Region. To me it would go a long way in defunding the Taliban but I haven't heard any real solution and to me, again if they were serious an answer is very obvious.
For the sixth straight year, the amount of land under opium cultivation has fallen in Southeast Asia. From 1998-2006, that region's share of world opium poppy cultivation has decreased from 67 percent to just 12 percent, largely due to declines in cultivation in Myanmar, the report said. Southeast Asia's total opium production in 2006 was just 370 tons, it said.,2933,286732,00.html
All the while Afghanistan's production has grown exponentially and has more than replaced it. we cannot even control poppy cultivation let alone the Taliban. We cannot control cultivation so to me the obvious answer is to control the market. Buy all the poppy's produced and control what is done with them. It seems to me that we could find an al alternative use for it, keep the people employed, save lives and gain friends while undermining the Taliban. Doesn't this sound feasable? Why are we not doing something along this line?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Immigration Bill Defeated: A much needed Defeat for Bush and a Victory for Average Americans!

Immigration Bill Defeated: not a defeat for Democrats but A victory for average Americans and a Defeat for Bush!
In a stunning setback for President Bush and other advocates of a proposed immigration law overhaul, the Senate voted today to block a final vote on the legislation, almost certainly dooming any further effort at reform in Congress this year.
On a vote of 46-53, the Senate fell 14 votes shy of the 60 needed to cut off an inevitable filibuster and move to a final vote on the bill, which had been cobbled together in recent months by a bipartisan alliance of about a dozen senators working in concert with the Bush administration.
Both Republican senators from Texas — Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, who had battled for weeks to make the bill more conservative — voted, as expected, to bring it down, bucking their president on his chief domestic policy priority.
I have been looking at comments about this and I see it has been depicted as a defeat for Democrats but I don't see it that way. That Bill was not set up for us and it would not have benefited America or most illegal immigrants. I am glad to see it defeated and believe it to be a victory for average Americans and our America not Bush's idea for a new society.
Myself I thank Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn and now we will see if Bush really wants to secure the Border to protect us or wants to keep it open as he prepares his North American Union.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Amidst calls to Defund Cheney's office Both he and Bush's are Subpoenaed! What's it Worth?

First, to me it is ridiculous that Cheney feels he can claim executive privilege or any privilege for that matter. However when you remember the upity no good we're dealing with, it is no surprise. It is also no surprise to those of you that read my diaries that I believe Cheney is the real Decider and purveyor of this so called new order while Bush is merely the figurehead and the life long cheerleader elected to push the agenda through. Democrats think he has too much power. If they only knew!
I have been keeping an eye on events and at this point I think knee jerk reactions are gone by so I would like to discuss the latest developments! Bush calls these "Political games" but that of course only applies to Democrats. Anyway! It is doing the right thing if Bush does it.
As you know, Cheney routinely refuses to cooperate or show records on anything quoting executive privilege however as we discussed he has taken his quest for secrecy a step further by challenging demands from the US National Archives for information about the volume of classified documents generated by his office.
The dispute has exposed Mr Cheney to a fresh wave of questions about his powerful role at the heart of the Bush administration and added momentum to efforts by the Democratic-controlled Congress to uncover the secrets of his office.
He has failed in each of the past four years to meet reporting requirements on his office's handling of classified information and now has failed in each of the past four years to meet reporting requirements on his office's handling of classified information and now He's saying he's above the law. This is arrogant and shows bad judgment and gets more sickening to listen to the more we hear it.
We know that after 9/11 Cheney bypassed all other Administration officials and pushed Bush to make a series of controversial decisions that continues today.
I thought it a bit much but I thought it interesting when in response to Vice President Dick Cheney's claim that he doesn't have to follow executive orders on safeguarding classified information because he is part of the legislative branch has prompted congressional Democrats to respond in kind.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, is proposing lopping off funding for the vice president's office when the annual spending bill for the executive branch comes before the House later this week. I thought that was pretty interesting and stupefying when Lea Anne McBride, the vice president's spokeswoman, fired back saying Emanuel can either deal with the serious issues facing our country or create more partisan politics.
6 Years and what at all has been done to help the country? In contemplating cutting funding for Cheney's office I found it comical what Shumer said: It seems the vice president claims to exist in an alternative legal universe, where the law is whatever he says it is. That goes without saying whether it's Cheney or Bush.
I really can't see getting away with Defunding Cheney's office and I did find it interesting when at Noon today I heard The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office Wednesday for documents relating to President Bush's warrant-free eavesdropping program.
Also named in subpoenas signed by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, were the Justice Department and the National Security Council. The committee wants documents that might shed light on internal disputes within the administration over the legality of the program.
"Our attempts to obtain information through testimony of administration witnesses have been met with a consistent pattern of evasion and misdirection," Leahy said in his cover letters for the subpoenas. "There is no legitimate argument for withholding the requested materials from this committee."
Echoing its response to previous congressional subpoenas to former administration officials Harriet Miers and Sara Taylor, the White House gave no indication that it would comply. "We're aware of the committee's action and will respond appropriately," White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.
I'll tell you, we are not getting much done because Bush and Cheny et al. will do their darnedest to make us appear as worthless as them but you have to admit that we are trying. I also have to say that in light of recent Democratic announcements and action, that we are getting desperate to be listened too and have an impact. In light of past reactions by the White House ignoring and blocking everything can we really expect one of these efforts to work? what do you suggest?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

As We feared, Chief Justice John Roberts clearly Demonstrated he is the leader of a dangerous Court!

As we feared Chief Justice John Roberts clearly demonstrated he is the conservative leader of a conservative-leaning court. We continue to be subjugated and it only gets worse.
I haven't heard this discussed of late and we have to stay on top of this too. I want to discuss recent rulings in the Supreme Court that are favoring the right and threatening to undermine years of gains for the people. Back when Bush ridiculously attempted to put his lap dog Meirs in there we were concerned Bush was stacking the Supreme Court to push his perverted agenda through for years to come.
There use to be a measure that once someone got on the Supreme Court they tend to vote the opposite as expected. I was hoping that would continue to be the case with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Alito. It isn't appearing that way right now.
First I woke this morning to hear a nameless Senator say that never before in history have so many people disagreed with and been upset with the direction of the country. I am afraid we are all part of that group. Then they cut to the chief idiot who was saying everything is great including the immigration Bill and it must be passed.
Then I came in and turned on my computer to see the headline that Bush predicted another win, this time on the arm twisting of the immigration Bill. I say it so much I am sick of saying it as Bush just continues to get his arrogant underhanded way as he drags us into his new societal order.
Anyway with that in mind I was listening to recent developments in the Supreme Court thinking Bush is getting his way there too and it too will continue long after he is gone. Bush is a nightmare that keeps repeating, for us, the middle east, and the entire world. In Monday's Supreme Court rulings, Chief Justice John Roberts clearly demonstrated he is the conservative leader of a conservative-leaning court. In two of the court's high-profile cases, Roberts showed he will take an incremental approach to curbing some of the court's precedents.
In a case testing whether the 2002 campaign reform law could bar certain types of TV ads, Roberts supported the First Amendment right of a Wisconsin Right to Life group to air ads urging two senators to oppose the filibustering of judicial nominees.
That also means that an antiabortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections. The law unreasonably limits speech and violates the group's First Amendment rights, the court said. The decision could lead to a bigger role for corporations, unions and other interest groups in the 2008 presidential and congressional elections.
That is a scary thought to me as I can see it being abused further to push these perverted right wing agenda's on us. This is very discomforting and can only get worse. The Supreme Court also ruled Monday that ordinary taxpayers cannot challenge a White House initiative that helps religious charities get a share of federal money. This is really troubling to me. We have to get Religion out of politics.
I am a to each his or her own find of person and I do not have a stance either way on the issue. I do not however appreciate being inundated by Religious right to life groups or perverted right wing agenda's. I do not like it at all! We are being further incapacitated. Where is the outrage?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, June 25, 2007

Arab Leaders threaten Hamas at Arab Israeli Summit, Al Zawahiri tells Hamas to unite with Holy Warriors against them!

First and related, A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a busy central Baghdad hotel, killing at least 12 people -- including Sunni and Shiite tribal sheiks who were meeting as part of Iraq's reconciliation effort -- U.S. and Iraqi officials told CNN.

Initial reports indicate seven sheiks -- five Sunnis and two Shiites -- were among those killed, a U.S. military official told CNN's Barbara Starr. Those killed include Fassal al-Qaoud, the former governor of Iraq's Anbar province who was a tribal leader in Ramadi, and Rahim al-Maliki, an anchorman with Iraqiya State television, the official said. South of Baghdad, a suicide car bomber detonated at a government compound in the town of Hilla Monday morning, killing at least eight people and wounding 31 others, a local official told CNN. Among the dead were civilians and security guards, authorities said.

The attack took place around 7 a.m. (11 p.m. ET Sunday).Hilla is located about 60 miles (100 km) south of Baghdad.
That was only the beginning as you know if you heard or looked at the link. I however just wanted to point out the worsening of sectarian violence and it will get a lot worse in Iraq, some of it on their own people as two other events took place in the middle east that bear thought as sides are being developed in Bush's ever expanding middle east breakdown.

Arab diplomatic sources tell TIME that the Arab-Israeli summit in Sharm el Sheikh on Monday is intended as a stern message to Hamas: Stop fighting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or we'll launch a political war against you. But the sources say that the goal of the Arab regimes is to press for Hamas to join a new Palestinian unity government along with Abbas's Fatah party. Explains a senior Arab official, the decision to hold a meeting between Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, "is a diplomatic warning to Hamas: If you try to strip Abbas's authority, think twice. We'll throw all our support to Abbas and work against you."

The new summit comes against a backdrop of deepening Arab frustration and despair over the failure to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, worsened by the spectacle of Palestinians killing each other. "Gaza has become an embarrassing and frightening scene evoking sorrow and grief in the hearts," Saudi commentator Abdulrahman al-Rashid wrote in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat last week. Lately, Arab officials have grown anxious that their own increased diplomatic efforts are going unrewarded as they watch the growing influence of Iran, which backs radical Arab factions, including Hamas. While Hamas' power play humiliated the Saudis, which took pride in mediating the creation of the Palestinian unity government through February's Mecca Agreement, it also alarms the authorities in Egypt and Jordan, who face political challenges from Islamist parties in their own countries.
This will only get more serious and deadly but I have to laugh. Can they really think they will be listened to other than supplying the other half of middle east combatants they will have no influence just like their ally Bush. if you read the story Bush and Israel have only served to increase tensions between Fatah and Hamas and fight they will. In steps Al Qaeda's no.2 Ayman Al-Zawahiri setting up the other side of this still developing war equation.

Al Qaeda's deputy leader called on Muslims around the world to back Hamas with weapons, money and attacks on U.S. and Israeli interests in a Web audio tape Monday, urging the Palestinian militant group to unite with Al Qaeda's "holy warriors" after its takeover of Gaza. Al-Zawahiri urged Hamas to implement Islamic law in Gaza, telling it, "Taking over power is not a goal but a means to implement God's word on earth.""Unite with mujahedeen (holy warriors) in Palestine ... and with all mujahedeen in the world in the face of the upcoming attack where Egyptians and Saudis are expected to play part of it," he added, suggesting that the two countries intend to attack Hamas to uproot its control of Gaza.

Don't they see that no one is going to back down and sides are still developing in this middle east breakdown Bush set in motion by attacking Iraq. Like you I am not pleased with what I see as inevitable still forming and that is a total war to implement Islamic Law or Bush's so called new order. As you probably know, I am more concerned because I have one son still there and another volunteering to go back. What a mess!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I agree with Bush, Congress should have Political Courage. Let it start with the defeat of this Bill!

I agree with Bush, Congress should have Political Courage, Let it start with the Immigration Bill. Start defeating Him and his new order!
President Bush urged lawmakers Saturday to "summon the political courage" to support his top domestic priority, an immigration overhaul that is hanging by a thread in Congress. First, whatever happened to "stop playing Politics? I have to say that beyond securing the borders that despite the rhetoric and half assed efforts it will never happen. As we discussed in relation to Bush's desire for a North American Union,
Bush needs open Borders but to appease concerned Americans he needs to create another facade. This time feigning concern for average Americans and our security. Once again to get his way he is performing a balancing act.
Illegal immigration is no more a crisis and no worse than he allowed it to be for 6 years as he worked on his new societal order.
Bush purposely gave hope to illegal immigrants by increasing the rhetoric over the years that they would be allowed citizenship someway, somehow. There were some 5 million during his reign alone. Now that he has the low end wage earners he needs to fuel his idea of a new societal order he tells you he wants to secure the borders.
Bush's measure would tighten borders and workplace enforcement, create a new guest worker program and provide pathways to legal status for most of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country. With 19 months left in Bush's presidency, some see immigration reform as his last hope for a major domestic achievement, and Bush himself has made clear it is his main legislative priority for the year.
This is no domestic achievement. He doesn't care about us and our America or illegal immigrants and a secure border. Only finishing his plan for a new societal order. Like his so called new middle east order he is well on his way and looking to cross the T's and dot the I's before he is done.
As an incentive for those who are skeptical about the government's ability to carry out the legislation's enforcement provisions, Bush publicly signed onto a plan for $4.4 billion in immediate funding for border security and workplace enforcement. The accelerated funding would be paid back by new fines and fees for illegal immigrants in the bill. However, of course pouring $Billions into this and securing the borders with half assed fences and promises Bush says is worthless and I have to agree with him. No one can really think fines and fees for illegal immigrants to that tune will be collected I hope.
He also said people caught crossing the border illegally will be permanently barred from returning to the United States on a work or tourist visa, those known to have taken part in illegal gang activity can be denied admission. Boy that's a threat. They would just do what they currently do and turn around and come back again. Beyond his gain what the heck realistically would be the gain for average Americans and our America?
I absolutely have no stance on the issue of illegal immigration. I just know what you see is not what you get with Bush and this is no exception. This will not make the problem go away but as Reagan's legalization of 3 million did, this will only necessitate more to come fill the ranks as the legalized would no longer be cheap labor. Just think about it! Theoretically we could have up to 12 million more people here vying for a rapidly decreasing job base that is ceaselessly being sent overseas, unemployment?
I say this is a good time for Congress to start the process of doing the right thing for "our America" and "we the people" and start doing the peoples work. Stand up as Bush says and get Political courage. Make this the start of not giving Bush his perverted way and start the beginning of the end for his "new order"

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Bush Reserves Right to ignore Laws, Challenges 1,100 Bill sections, More than all other Presidents combined!

Bush reserves right to ignore laws, challenges 1,100 Bill sections, more than all Presidents Combined. Then there's Cheney who can ignore Bush's laws! It's an uncontrollable circle jerk!
I set out to write about Cheney's ongoing argument that he is above Bush's rules but of course it got deeper. First with Congress, Cheney, and Bush all ignoring each other I have to reiterate, what friggen good are they? Opinions on all of them are at record lows and they could all care less as they all continue to do nothing, do what they want, and none of them give a damn.
Bush may be President but Cheney is the real Decider. Cheney and Rove's got him elected to be cheerleader to push their agenda through. During the interim Bush has learned to be the master of Rove's taught 3 D Politics (deceitful, deceptive, divisive, Politics) to get what he wants.
During their tenure Bush has set a fine example. I should be used to the crap by now but this really stunned me. In a report to Congress, the non partisan Government Accountability Office studied a small sample of the bill provisions that Bush has signed into law but also challenged with signing statements.
The GAO found that agencies disobeyed six such laws, while enforcing 10 others as written even though Bush had challenged them.
It is a common feeling for us that what damn good is a law or anything if Bush can just rewrite it or ignore it? A signing statement is a legal document filed in the Federal Register the day a president signs a bill into law. It instructs the executive branch about how to implement the new statutes the bill creates, and sometimes it states that certain provisions are unconstitutional and need not be enforced as written.
Bush's signing statements have drawn fire because he has used them to challenge more than 1,100 sections of bills -- more than all previous presidents combined. The sample the GAO studied represents a small portion of the laws Bush has targeted, but its report concluded that sometimes the government has gone on to disobey those laws. I mean, what the frig?
While Bush is challenging more than all our Presidents combined and rewriting whatever he deems necessary the real Decider who is doing much of the dirty work reserves the right to be above anything Bush sets into law so he can cover for him.
The White House struggled to explain yesterday why President Bush complies with rules and oversight on secret documents but Vice President Cheney doesn't. However, I already have! There were also no answers about why Cheney followed the rules in 2001 and 2002 but began stonewalling on documents in 2003 as the CIA leak case was breaking and weapons of mass destruction were not to be found in Iraq. It is simple. His misdeeds and cover ups for Bush are now obviously against the law The White House simply shrugs it off and says they will check on it. Yeah right!
There are rumors that Cheney tried to abolish the government office charged with safeguarding documents, which was hounding him for access but of course it is denied.
Cheney has often cited executive privilege stemming from his office in the Bush administration to reject requests from Congress. But the vice president's office has also claimed that because Cheney is president of the Senate in the legislative branch, he is exempt from a request by an agency in the executive branch.
This is absolute BS and is by design a circle jerk rendering Congress and us powerless to stop them from doing what they want. Of course to cap it off Gonzales was asked to order Cheney to comply but the Justice Department has yet to rule. We are powerless to stop these corrupt new order idiots and we have to change that quickly.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, June 22, 2007

Bush's Superiorly Inferior Energy Plan centers around Accident prone nuclear power plant Boondoggle!

I found it very troubling listening to Bush's inept inadequate, anemic energy proposals and then listen to the idiot say how superior they are to Democratic proposals. As I say often, I am sick of him touting obviously inadequate proposals and then bragging about it and getting away with it. We always pay the price and you will may agree but will see that this will be pricey and no exception.
Thursday Bush was at one of the most expensive accident prone nuclear power plants in the country touting the superiority of his plan over the Democrats plan and after reading the comparison and learning more about the Browns Ferry Power Plant he was bragging about and using to highlight his "great" plan I was stunned again.
First though as usual I am continuously disappointed that there is not a focus on a real viable and "Green" energy alternative such as hydrogen but not surprised. I am disappointed that nothing is being said about the fact that refineries are purposely keeping their function the bottle neck in order to keep prices artificially inflated in a time when per Barrel prices are going down.
I refuse to believe that if this President especially wanted a new refinery built that it wouldn't get done. That said!
Power plants are important but so is fuel. I found that the last refinery was built in 1976. even more troubling than that is the fact that there is a small refinery in Utah that is not even being used. Gee, what a coincidence.
With an obvious bottleneck produced by the industry for their gain I am dumbfounded that Bush's advisers have recommended a veto of the energy bill if it contains a provision that would make oil industry price gouging a federal crime. They say targeting ``unconscionably excessive'' prices for petroleum products amounts to price regulation and could lead to supply shortages. I am so sick of this no oversight, no control abuse of the people and our America.
Price regulation, bull, but maybe it is needed. As for shortages, supplies are purposely controlled by refinery limitations to keep the prices up. We are being controlled for their gain and Bush does not want it to end. I found the differences Bush was making between his proposal and that of Democrats to be worthless nitpicking.
The centerpiece of Bush's energy proposal is nuclear power and he chose to highlight it at Browns Ferry nuclear power plant. he is pushing expanding nuclear power that has stalled since the 1979 partial meltdown at 3 mile Island. Bush called it energy that is abundant, affordable, safe and clean. I don't know about that but I decided to look into the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant he made his speech at and was touting as a great example of success.
Instant red alert! I hate that he will point out the good parts of something but leaves you in the dark as to the real picture as he knows how bad it is. I just can't stand this and it is all day every day. Bush came to the plant that is home to the first U.S. nuclear reactor to go online in more than 20 years. Browns Ferry's Unit 1 reactor began producing power again last month after being shut down for safety reasons in 1985. Its other two reactors returned to service in the 1990s.
The reactor was shut down two days later after its restart when a leaky pipe burst and spilled non-radioactive fluid. Such problems prompted Greenpeace to call Browns Ferry ``a strange poster child for a nuclear future.'' Hearing that it was the first to go on line in 20 years I thought okay that's cool I guess. Then I see it had to shut down two days when a leaky pipe burst.,,-6726656,00.html
I can see pushing nuclear power here and around the world would leave us and a few other countries to control the countries of the world as we control the supposed future power industry. I don't know what you think of Greenpeace but when I learned the following about this safe, clean, cheap source Bush was bragging about I was stunned and most certainly agree with them.
When it was built, Browns Ferry-1 was the largest and supposedly safest reactor in the country. However it turned out to be a classic example of how the nuclear industry often fails to meet expectations. The place was accident prone from the beginning. Its main claim to fame is the major accident on 22 March 1975 in which a meltdown was narrowly avoided and which caused US$100 million damage Hmm, safe and cheap yeah!
Further incidents followed. During an attempt to shut down reactor 3 on 28 June 1980, nearly half the control rods failed to insert, and three attempts were needed to shut down the reactor. There were also several leaks of radioactive cooling water (3, 4), including one that contaminated the Tennessee River in January 1983. There was years of restarting and shutting down various reactors.
Even then, Browns Ferry's problems were not over. There were multiple problems with the core shrouds cracking due to the steel that was used. The restart alone of unit 1 is expected to take five years and cost around $1.8 billion. This exceeds by more than $100 million the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s highest cost estimate for building a new reactor.
Now you have to ask what is Bush's motivation here. The TVA already bankrupt doesn't know where they will get the money. This is the success Bush is pointing to? This is the future he wants for us? Safe and economical? Oh yeah small oversight, no blueprints. No Blueprints! How the hell do you lose the blueprints to a nuclear power plant?
I am sick of this selfish agenda lying crap, what is happening? We have to start making a difference. America can not take much more of the daily obvious abuse and misuse and succeed into the future!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bush Refuses to be the first President to do the right thing!

Bush refuses to be the first President to do the right thing! Since when did he not want to be the first in Anything?
A few days ago I published a request from Cooperative Research for reminders of scandals in the Bush Administration so they could gather them to aid Congressional Investigators.
That gave me an idea. A list of Bush firsts! This will be short but it will be a long list with your help. The idiot said he did not want to be the first President to allow federal money to be used for stem cell research while the majority of people are for it. After his veto Bush announced no new federal dollars for stem cell research, which supporters say holds the promise of disease cures, and his order would not allow researchers to do anything they couldn't do under existing restrictions.

Announcing his veto to a roomful of supporters, Bush said, "If this legislation became law, it would compel American taxpayers for the first time in our history to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos. I made it clear to Congress and to the American people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line."
It has always been for the wrong thing but I was thinking, since when does he not want to be the first to do anything and decided to put a list of firsts together, all negative of course, and send them to Cooperative Research to be used in the compilation of their data base.
I started compiling my list and realized I needed your help. Bush's firsts I Remember! First American to start an illegal war. by the way, 14 more Americans killed in the last two days.

First to enact the Patriot Act so he could steal every right he possibly can from you.

First to purposely allow a catastrophe in America from a natural disaster called Katrina

First to start a Democratic disaster in Palestine and the middle east.

First to be able to steal your mail, eavesdrop on you, and break into your house. Passports to come and go in America, and no child left behind. There are many firsts all bad, what can you add for me?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hated by many, Texas Mega Highway part of North American Super State being Secretly Pushed through!

Every once in a while I take a break from the daily corruption and mayhem caused by the Bush Mis-Administration. I talk about the North American Union being clandestinely pushed on the American people and others. The disturbing facts I read the other day about the trans Texas mega Highway coming from Mexico really bothered me and made me rethink and research some more on The North American Union.
I remember hearing about it in 2005 and then it dropped from the news. The plan is to complete a regional Government called the North American Union for Security and prosperity. To me as I remember, it was to compete with the EU and as for prosperity that would be for the few I am sure. The plan to unite the United States, Canada, and Mexico—is "directly stated only" in a May 2005 task force report.
Bush is "pursuing a globalist agenda to create a North American Union, effectively erasing our borders with both Mexico and Canada," which is "the hidden agenda behind the Bush administration's true open borders policy."
A North American Union is being created "through a process of governmental regulations" and without ever "having to bring the issue before the American people for a clear referendum or vote," Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Jerome Corsi wrote June 26, 2006.
Knowing Bush is pushing the North American super state through with no oversight. Despite having no authorization from Congress, the Bush administration has launched extensive working-group activity to implement a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada.
The membership of the working groups has not been published, nor has their work product been disclosed, despite two years of massive effort within the executive branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
And knowing the North American Union is already starting to replace the United States and it is well choreographed and well underway as In March 2005 at their summit meeting in Waco, Tex., President Bush, President Fox and Prime Minister Martin issued a joint statement announced the creation of the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" (SPP). The creation of this new agreement was never submitted to Congress for debate and decision. Instead, the U.S. Department of Commerce merely created a new division under the same title to implement working groups to advance a North American Union working agenda in a wide range of areas, including: manufactured goods, movement of goods, energy, environment, e-commerce, financial services, business facilitation, food and agriculture, transportation, and health.
SPP is headed by three top cabinet level officers of each country. Representing the United States are Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Representing Mexico are Secretario de Economía Fernando Canales, Secretario de Gobernación Carlos Abascal, and Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores, Luis Ernesto Derbéz. Representing Canada are Minister of Industry David L. Emerson, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety, Anne McLellan, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Stewart Pettigrew. Reporting in June 2005 to the heads of state of the three countries, the trilateral SPP emphasized the extensive working group structure that had been established to pursue an ambitious agenda:
I recommend the reading of this report but it is what is happening in Texas I find very disturbing to average Americans and what we are worth in this. There is a man-made danger on the horizon: a colossal, 600-mile superhighway that will plow across the state of Texas, perhaps cutting through his sorghum fields and cornfields, some of the best farm land in the world lost but I guess that is small trade off for the farm lands of Mexico and Canada.
There is envisioned a combined toll road and rail system that would whisk traffic along a megahighway stretching from the Oklahoma line to Mexico bypassing local towns and businesses effectively shutting them out.
That stretch would only be the first link in a 4,000-mile, $184 billion network. The corridors would be up to a quarter-mile across, consisting of as many as six lanes for cars and four for trucks, plus railroad tracks, oil and gas pipelines, water and other utility lines, and broadband cables.
At first glance a 600 mile long highway crossing Texas from Mexico may not seem to take much land but when you counsider that it will be 10 miles wide and it is only the beginning of a massive Mexico to Canada project that lo and behold is scheduled to begin in 2010. The exact route for the cross-Texas corridor has not been drawn up, though it probably will be somewhere within a 10-mile-wide swath running parallel to Interstate 35. Whatever course it takes, it is clear many farmers and property owners will lose their land, though they will be compensated by the state. Construction could begin by 2010.
It is disturbing to me that we do not hear about any of this and it is being done clandestinely like everything else today, right under our noses and I am amazed that no one in Texas has put two and two together as to this Trans Texas mega highway and the North American Union. We must make this too heard, it is important to our America.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Knighting Salman Rushdie, new AlQaeda Graduation, Remember the Muslim Explosion Commences last year?

I have been thinking the last couple of days as to the wisdom of Britain knighting Salman Rushdie at this point in time. Rushdie was awarded a knighthood for services to literature in Queen Elizabeth's birthday honours list published on Saturday. Pakistan's minister for parliamentary affairs, Sher Afgan Khan Niazi said the honour was an insult to the religious sentiments of Muslims and led chants of kill him to Muslim stidents as they burned Rushdie's effigy.
She said It is a slap on the face of Muslims. It is not acceptable at all," the Reuters news agency quoted her as saying. One opposition MP, Khwaja Asif, said the knighthood exposed a contradiction in the government's policy as an ally of Britain in the international war on terrorism.
Mohammad Ali Hosseini, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry, said the decision to honour the novelist was an orchestrated act of aggression directed against Islamic societies. He said Rushdie was "one of the most hated figures" in the Islamic world. "This act shows that insulting Islamic sacred [values] is not accidental. It is planned, organised, guided and supported by some western countries."
I understand he is supposed to be quite an Author but the only work I am familiar with is his Satanic Verses which led Muslim's to call for a Fatwa against him and caused him to go into hiding. They say the Indian born Authors Knighthood was long overdue. I don't know about that. I think it could have waited a bit longer in light of widefelt Muslim emotions clling for death to the west and everyone around the world it seems.
I started wondering about the negative repercussions to the West of Knighting the most hated figure in the Muslim world so I started to do some research and I also remembered something I wrote here a year and a half ago that was right on and quite prophetic as to Iraq, Iran, the middle east, and the entire Muslim World, it warrants atleast a quick go over. Do you remember Bomb Built,Bush supplied fuse, Cartoons lit it, Explosion is Commencing!?
Those of you that have read my diaries know I try to remind people as often as I can that this so called war on terror is just getting started and as a reminder of the hell some Muslim's want for us. We were made aware of an Alqaeda Graduation yesterday where Large teams of newly trained suicide bombers are being sent to the United States and Europe, according to evidence contained on a new videotape obtained by the Blotter on
Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced at an al Qaeda/Taliban training camp graduation ceremony held June 9. The tape shows Taliban military commander Mansoor Dadullah, whose brother was killed by the U.S. last month, introducing and congratulating each team as they stood.
"These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places," Dadullah says on the tape. "Why shouldn't we go after them?" The leader of the team assigned to attack Great Britain spoke in English.
I watched the tape and I recommend that you do too. It was quite sobering as the Commander appeared to drive up in a police car, many faces were not coverd, and they all just sat there waving white flags.
I also ran into this about A palestinian Kindergarton Graduation in Gaza of all places. what a coincidence huh? .
The boys were shouting Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. "Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. "Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. "Allah Akbar. Praise be to Allah. "Who is your role model? The Prophet. "Who is your role model? The Prophet. "What is your path? Jihad. "What is your path? Jihad. "What is your most lofty aspiration? Death for the sake of Allah. "What is your most lofty aspiration? Death for the sake of Allah.
You will notice that these kids want to die "for the sake of Allah." It has nothing to do with Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Israel. If the U.S. packed up and left those countries today, and Israel ceased to exist, Muslims would find some other reason to "die for Allah." Like the wise man said, excuses http://allthingsconservative.typepad...I
t is not Just a coincidence that we seem to constantly be doing what we can to worsen Muslim relations to have the ultimate face off between Islam and the west and Islamist fervor will not be quelled as they have the same goal for us. What do you think about that?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, June 18, 2007

Petraeus sees 10 years in Iraq: A gross underestimate unless they are needed elsewhere there!

It isn't funny but yesterday being Father's Day my sons called to check in. including the one that is EOD and just got back from Afghanistan who wants to volunteer to lead a team of Explosive Ordinance experts in Iraq again. Of course I started getting angry but not at him but Bush.
Knowing that it is only a matter of time until Bush attacks Iran with the Army he has not the Army he wants I was disturbed as Jim said many dedicated friends are getting out but he was going to stay in and fight this out. I told him he better worry about going to Iran instead or other middle east points.
Knowing that this is still just getting under way I am concerned what Iraq will look like a year from now. Not just that, that is only the beginning! I have said before here that I am concerned at what helping Palestine will eventually mean as Hamas is now in control of Gaza.
The emergency government that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas installed after Islamic militants seized control of Gaza reaped its first windfall on Monday, with the European Union promising to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in crucial aid. Israel and the U.S. also plan to lift crippling economic sanctions on the Palestinians, now that President Mahmoud Abbas has formed an emergency government without Hamas, reports CBS News correspondent Robert Berger. Hundreds of millions of dollars will now flow to the Abbas government enabling him to pay the long overdue salaries of civil servants and police.
I cannot possibly see Hamas and other so called Islamists at this juncture allow Israel and the West to unseat their recent gains. I have to wonder at what point this is going to ratchet up and I told my son that he better also be concerned about being sent to Palestine too and he can thank his idiot savior Bush.
Then the Lebanese army has resumed shelling a besieged Palestinian refugee camp, a day after it said important militant positions had been destroyed. Troops targeted suspected hideouts of the Fatah al-Islam group, as fighting entered a fifth week in Nahr al-Bared.
More than 150 people have been killed, including at least 20 civilians, in the worst internal violence in Lebanon since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. The government is currently tackling militants on two fronts, after gunmen on Sunday fired rockets into Israel from southern Lebanon.
Lebanese troops and UN peacekeepers were put on full alert as they increased patrols in border areas.
I have to wonder if we will get pulled into this too and point out again to Jim the mess the middle east is in and the role his buddy Bush has played in this. He just said don't worry Dad!
Then I thought about the Pentagon surge report and how it is failing as we expected and knew it would. THIS SHOULD COME as no surprise. A Pentagon report released Wednesday shows there has been no decrease in violent attacks since the so-called U.S. troop surge began in Iraq. What has happened is a shift in the geography of death.
The surge is succeeding to Bush as policy makers in Washington including Republicans setting the stage for a September showdown over Iraq policy, the man in charge of implementing the "surge" suggested yesterday that it could take up to a decade defeat the insurgents. Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to report on progress in Iraq this September, and even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, on CBS's Face The Nation, said "most members of my conference in the Senate believe" that presentation will be "the critical point to evaluate where we are.
Meanwhile, a humanitarian crisis is looming in the Gaza Strip after last week's violent takeover by Hamas. Israel supplies most of the food and medicine to Palestinians in Gaza, but the main border crossing has been closed since the civil war erupted last week. So shortages are imminent, reports Berger. Israel is prepared to reopen the crossing to resume the flow of essential supplies, but there's no one to talk to now that Hamas controls the border. You know I have said many times that the surge troops will be in Iraq until they are needed elsewhere in Bush's new middle east order. I thought it would be Iran but as I watch the rapid developments in the middle east I am increasingly worried for one son who insists on staying in this and wonder where he will be misused and abused next. I hope his luck holds out!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Funding Victory for Veterans Holds Precedence over other important Stories of the Day!

This morning I heard three issues I really wanted to talk about. 1. The expected negative Pentagon Surge Report, 2. a very titilating story I heard about Bloomberg and Arnold, and a third party 3. Supposed experts saying when all is said and done Guiliani would be facing Hillary in 2008. No friggen way. Maybe Romney VS. Edward's or Obama, Gore would be nice. Ahyway many here know how inportant treatment of our Veteran's is too me. I just got off the phone with one but I thought you should hear the latest on Veteran's funding in light of the overwhelming negative stories we hear, the latest being lost mail at Walter Reed. This is crossposted from

From Senator Olver: Funding Victory for Veterans
I would like to share some important news regarding funding for our nation's veterans. Today, June 15, 2007, the House of Representatives passed the largest single funding increase for the Veterans Administration (VA) in the agency's 77 year history.
As you know, the current VA healthcare system is struggling to care for wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. This dramatic increase helps fulfill our obligation to the men and women who risked their lives on behalf of a grateful nation. We must provide medical care that honors the gravity of their sacrifice. This bill is a momentous achievement for our nation's veterans, and it sets an important precedent to honor their service by fully funding veteran's healthcare in the years to come.
The Military Construction/VA spending bill passed today 6/15 by the House of Representatives:
Increases the VA budget by $6.7 billion above the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 level, the largest single increase in the 77 year history of the Veterans Administration
Ensures quality health care for 5.8 million patients, including about 263,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, which the VA will treat in FY 2008.
Reduces the 400,000 claims backlog for veterans waiting for disability and other benefits by adding more than 1,100 new claims processors.
Provides much needed maintenance of VA health care facilities. A recent VA report outlined 1,000 specific problems at VA health facilities around the country, with a backlog of $5 billion in maintenance.
Provides $600 million more than the President's request for mental health, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and makes five polytrauma centers and three Centers of Excellence for Mental Health and fully operational this year to care for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. An estimated one-third of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are facing mental health challenges, and up to 300,000 troops are expected to return from Iraq suffering from TBI.
Develops and operates a toll-free telephone and web-based hotline for veterans to report on deficiencies in VA medical facilities and care.
I am proud to join numerous veterans organizations in supporting today's spending bill. Providing the small dignity of proper healthcare is incumbent upon such a wealthy and prosperous nation.

John W. Olver
Member of Congress

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Don't be a passive observer of the news; Help change History, Contribute and help Congressional Investigators

Per request I am reposting this now at a later time in hopes of getting this on the recommended list so as many as possible can contribute and be heard. after continuing daily reminders of constant scandal I am sure many of you have reminders that others of us have forgotten in the traffic of Bush MisAdministration scandals. Please submit them to Cooperative Research for Investigative Posterity! Please read the following request for you to make a difference!

Hi James Michael Joiner,

This is Paul Thompson, the creator of the 911 Timeline that is hosted at You're receiving this email because you are a registered user of the Cooperative Research website.
Political scandals are emerging so frequently these days that it's easy to lose track of them all. When new ones arise, the older ones are quickly forgotten and pushed out of the newspapers. At the History Commons, we're doing what no one else is doing on the web or elsewhere--compiling a database of important facts that we have gleaned from thousands of news reports and documents so they won't be erased from public memory.
Right now, we want to accelerate our efforts because it appears that some lawmakers are stepping up theirs. Slowly but surely, Congressional investigations and hearings are being organized on many issues. For instance, Congressman Dennis Kucinich has promised hearings into some aspects of 9/11 later in the year. Other investigations are taking a look at the FDA and drug industry, climate change policies, detainees, and civil liberties. We'd love to start new projects or intensify our work on others so we can make all the information relevant to these issues more accessible to the public.
Don't just be a passive observer of the news; help change history. We're looking for more contributors to help us sort through news stories so Congressional investigations will have a big leg up when they get started. We have Congressional contacts who have used our work in the past. So this gives you a real opportunity to have an impact.
We have a very simple online entry submission system and we're happy to take the time to show you how to use it. You don't need to devote a huge amount of time to the project to have an impact. If there are several people inputting only the occasional entry, we will still be able to accomplish a great deal. So the pattern of contribution will depend on the user. You can spend anywhere from four hours a day to just a few hours a year, and we can work closely with you to develop your first few entries.
Mainstream reporting has been far too short-sighted. More and more, it's up to concerned citizens to conduct the kind of government and corporate oversight that the media—the so-called fourth estate—has failed to do. Prior to the Internet, it was difficult for people at the grassroots-level to challenge the assertions of governments and corporations, which are capable of backing their information campaigns with enormous resources. But with the advent of the Internet, online collaboration has provided the public with the means to harness a great deal of distributed energy in a very effective and efficient way. Let's put our energy together to create a permanent record of history and help hold those with power accountable. Please help us so we can achieve as a group what no person can achieve alone.
To start contributing, please send me an email ( so we can figure out where your knowledge and interests can have the greatest impact. We've come a long way, but we have much left to do.
The time is now for the public to assert its role as both the prime actor and author of history.Regards,The History Commons team

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, June 15, 2007

Scooter Libby to go to jail in 45 to 60 days, Love that Judge!

Libby to go to jail in 45 to 60 days, love that Judge, Innocent Libby gets 2 1/2 years for something minor, Treason, minor?
I wanted to talk about Palestine today. It seems there are two of them but the issue was so convuluted and confusing I figured I would watch it for a few days and talk about Scooter Libby hopefully getting Justice. I am still afraid he will escape what he deserves but that too must be watched.
U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton the federal judge ruled that Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff should report to prison within the next 45 to 60 days, despite a pending appeal of his conviction. The trial judge received threats but refused to be intimidated.
Finally someone doing the right thing. I am pretty pleased with this believing that at least Libby will serve a year for his Treasonous acts. For good reason Libby finally appeared nervous realizing someone was going to hold him accountable. Libby appeared more tense than he had during much of the trial, at times tapping his fingers on the table.

However there are those that still proclaim his innocence and want him freed or pardoned. I mean come on! When he imposed sentence last week, Walton told Libby that the evidence of his guilt had been "overwhelming" and warned that Libby was unlikely to win a reversal of his conviction in appellate courts.
Now President Bush must begin considering whether to pardon Libby, a delicate decision that White House aides hoped to avoid as long as possible. Myself I think as usual, it is not a delicate decision to Bush and Libby will doubtfully be pardoned as alluded to by Cheney who feels Libby should receive the treatment of the good and honest man he is. I mean, get real.
Libby's supporters said Libby's 2 1/2-year sentence is relatively severe punishment for the crimes he committed, according to sentencing guidelines. He was also fined $250,000. His lawyers had sought probation. Relatively severe? Treason? As you know, a federal jury found Libby guilty of four felonies for lying to FBI agents and the grand jury that investigated the leak of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity. The jury convicted Libby of two perjury counts and one count each of obstructing justice and making false statements about when and how he learned of Plame's identity--and what he told journalists about her.
Lying to FBI agents, outing an undercover CIA agent, in a time of war no less, for obvious Bush political reasons, 4 felonies, minor? What the hell is that? As I said, I for one am happy to see that Libby will serve at least a year before he is pardoned and he knows he will be and Bush is not just beginning to think about it like they say. Anyway if he wasn't pardoned I would hope he spilled the beans and because of that thought Bush will not do the right thing once again, he will pardon him! He also lies and says he hasn't thought about past President's pardons. You can bet he knows everything about them.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Drowning in Information and what to do about it! You can now make a difference, Cooperative Research!

Hi James Michael Joiner,

This is Paul Thompson, the creator of the 911 Timeline that is hosted at
You're receiving this email because you are a registered user of the Cooperative Research website.
Political scandals are emerging so frequently these days that it's easy to lose track of them all. When new ones arise, the older ones are quickly forgotten and pushed out of the newspapers. At the History Commons, we're doing what no one else is doing on the web or elsewhere--compiling a database of important facts that we have gleaned from thousands of news reports and documents so they won't be erased from public memory.

Right now, we want to accelerate our efforts because it appears that some lawmakers are stepping up theirs. Slowly but surely, Congressional investigations and hearings are being organized on many issues. For instance, Congressman Dennis Kucinich has promised hearings into some aspects of 9/11 later in the year. Other investigations are taking a look at the FDA and drug industry, climate change policies, detainees, and civil liberties. We'd love to start new projects or intensify our work on others so we can make all the information relevant to these issues more accessible to the public.
Don't just be a passive observer of the news; help change history. We're looking for more contributors to help us sort through news stories so Congressional investigations will have a big leg up when they get started. We have Congressional contacts who have used our work in the past. So this gives you a real opportunity to have an impact.
We have a very simple online entry submission system and we're happy to take the time to show you how to use it. You don't need to devote a huge amount of time to the project to have an impact. If there are several people inputting only the occasional entry, we will still be able to accomplish a great deal. So the pattern of contribution will depend on the user. You can spend anywhere from four hours a day to just a few hours a year, and we can work closely with you to develop your first few entries.
Mainstream reporting has been far too short-sighted. More and more, it's up to concerned citizens to conduct the kind of government and corporate oversight that the media—the so-called fourth estate—has failed to do. Prior to the Internet, it was difficult for people at the grassroots-level to challenge the assertions of governments and corporations, which are capable of backing their information campaigns with enormous resources. But with the advent of the Internet, online collaboration has provided the public with the means to harness a great deal of distributed energy in a very effective and efficient way. Let's put our energy together to create a permanent record of history and help hold those with power accountable.
Please help us so we can achieve as a group what no person can achieve alone.
To start contributing, please send me an email ( so we can figure out where your knowledge and interests can have the greatest impact. We've come a long way, but we have much left to do. The time is now for the public to assert its role as both the prime actor and author of history.
Regards, The History Commons team
I thought many of you here would like to help with this project.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Korea style force in Iraq in the middle of exploding middle east will be 9/11 and Custer's last stand with the same results!

As we are watching the rapid deterioration of the middle east I got to thinking about Bush's desire for a Korea style force in Iraq. knowing what is happening in the middle east and not just Iraq I couldn't figure out how the hell Bush could possibly think a Korea style force in Iraq could work and it dawned on me this morning.

This morning we learned that Bush's fist successful Democracy Palestine had fallen to Hamas. Palestinian security sources said. Fatah's Preventive Security headquarters in Khan Yunis is now under Hamas control. Hamas overpowered Fatah forces, taking several of the rival group's strongholds in northern Gaza, security sources said. Hamas gunmen could be seen perched atop buildings as residents sought shelter in their homes, the sources said.

Fighting over the past three days has killed at least 70 Palestinians and injured 180 more, 20 of them critically, medical sources said. Overnight gun battles killed six Fatah loyalists and militia members as Hamas moved to expand its grip on Gaza, Palestinian security sources said Wednesday. Israel has been drawn in of course as rockets were fired by Palestinian militants into Israel hitting a primary school with no casualties yet reported.

On Wednesday, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, killing one person as dozens ran for cover, hospital officials said. Video from the scene showed unarmed men, women and children waving flags and chanting when heavy gunfire erupted in the streets.
So much for U.S. requests for Israel to open the frontier and send emergency shipments of arms so Fatah could fend off Hamas. this issue I am afraid is not closed.

Heavy fighting continues between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants at a Palestinian camp which has been the battleground for Lebanon's bloodiest internal violence since the civil war. This also shows signs of spreading.

A war with Iran is getting closer as we now have warmongers openly calling for an attack on Iran. You have to think since Lieberman is leading the charge that he wants to do it to hopefully help Israel.
Amid heated debate over the issue of a cross-border offensive targeting Kurdish rebels, Turkey sent large contingents of reinforcement soldiers, tanks and armored personnel carriers to its border with Iraq. Turkey has asked us and Iraq to destroy PKK bases or they would go in there and do it themselves as their patience has run out.

Iraqi Kurdish groups have threatened to resist a Turkish incursion. If U.S. forces -- who are stretched thin across Iraq -- take action, they risk alienating Iraqi Kurds, the most pro-American group in the region. If they don't, they risk increased tensions -- and possibly worse -- with two powerful rivals.
Also Saboteurs blew up the two minarets of a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra early Wednesday, in a repeat of the 2006 attack that shattered its famous golden dome and unleashed a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that still bloodies Iraq. Sunni extremists of Al Qaeda were quickly blamed. There is also evidence that it was an inside job by the Iraqi security force and additional U.S. troops have been asked for to help quell this all..

With Shiite blaming us that of course will make things worse and to top it off we are arming the Sunni's. How callous can Bush be?

Amidst all this and more it would be absolute suicide to set up a permanent Korea style force. The only possible outcome would be annihilation of the forces that were left there unless they were attacked mercilessly, were being overrun, and the American citizens became outraged and demanded retribution. Sound familiar? Bush would sacrifice the troops to get the country behind his desire to stay in the middle of this still just beginning chaos so he can further his new order.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

While wer'e talking Symbolic, what are the Ramifications of a no confidence vote on Bush?

A No Confidence Vote In regard to Bush, is it possible? Can Someone tell me what the ramifications would be?
Like you I am listening to the political drama going on over the waste of time a No Confidence vote on Gonzales is. I am sick of seeing obvious corrupt people backed by Bush who says he is the Decider and what everyone else thinks and does is just a waste of their time and energy. I listen to Bush say he is more confident about Gonzales now that he remembers nothing and in light of everything that has gone wrong at least to us in this MIS Presidency and I started thinking.
We keep hearing the GOP saying trying to hold the President accountable for instigating and allowing corruption is "beneath the Senates Dignity" first I have to say nothing appears to be, including not working and looking stupid. Isn't doing the peoples work and keeping the Government and the President honest their job? Can somebody help me with this!
This morning I heard that after all this time there are still 100 unclaimed bodies from Hurricane Katrina hanging around in nondescript warehouses. That is unconscionable. What happened to caring and doing the right thing?
I understand Impeachment is the only actionable thing the Senate can do against the President or so I think. Knowing how that is going and certainly Bush deserves that and more, and that the Congress and the Senate has still officially refused to consider it, I have to ask! What would be the Ramifications of having an open vote whether the Republicans block it or not on a No Confidence Vote for the chief idiot?
I don't have to list or name the numerous situations he has mishandled whether on purpose for his new order or through corruptive ineptitude. Just say one word. Everything! He has done nothing right for the average American. He has done nothing right for "we the people" He has done nothing right for Our America. He has done nothing right in the middle east or diplomatically around the world.
Katrina, Iraq, The middle east, the world, to us he has messed everything up. To him he has done everything right as he pursues a different agenda than us and the Democratic Congress. I do not understand why a no confidence vote cannot and has not been taken against the man who would call himself a President? It would at least let the people know Bush would be held accountable and if not then it was the Republicans allowing it to continue. It may be symbolic, meaningless, and worthless for now but it would let people know that once the Democrats take everything over in 2008 there would be a return to accountability and doing the work of "we the people" and our America.
I know there would be bad ramifications around the world politically for the entire country and I certainly can't say I know how that would play it but we are driven to take desperate action to make this President do the right thing for the average American and the world not for Bush and his MIS Agenda. Would a no confidence vote on the President of the United States be doable and consequential? Please tell me what you think.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Monday, June 11, 2007

Lieberman: attack Iran, Bush arms Sunni's, Lebanon, Palestinian civil war, then the missile shield!

Lieberman says attack Iran, Bush arms Sunni's, Lebanon, Palestinian civil war, then the missile shield Coup De Grace will involve the entire world!
During the night I kept reflecting on conversations I had here over the weekend regarding Bush's efforts to divide the world with his missile shield. The conversations inadvertently turned to Iraq's civil war, preventing war with Iran, the middle east breakdown, and Bush's efforts to expand the chaos he created in the middle east so he could finish breaking down order to replace it with his version of order per the Russian Doctrine of Destruction he is following.
Knowing that attacking Iraq was just a way for Bush to get our troops in the middle east and that attacking Iran was just one of his goals I know he will not leave Iraq until he engulfs the entire middle east and the world in war on one side or the other so he can prosecute what he thinks will be his new order.
Others have hope but waking up this morning and hearing today's developments should make you think twice. I had to go to the VA so I have had all day to dwell on this.
I was surprised this morning to hear Lieberman the warmonger advocate attacking Iran. Lieberman:"I think we've got to be prepared to take military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq." He spoke in regard to Iran's role in Iraq. "And to me, that would include a strike into — over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers." He made these comments and many more on CBS Face the Nation.
Like you I am disgusted with these warmongers and their over use, misuse, and abuse of our military. Then I heard we were arming Sunni's in their civil war.
With the 4-month-old "surge" in U.S. troops showing only modest success in curbing insurgent attacks, U.S. commanders are turning to another strategy they acknowledge is fraught with risk: arming Sunni Arab groups that have promised to fight Al-Qaida-linked militants who have been their allies in the past.
U.S. officials who have engaged in what they call "outreach" to the Sunni groups say the groups are mostly ones with links to Al-Qaida, but disillusioned with Al-Qaida's extremist tactics, particularly suicide bombings that have killed thousands of Iraqi civilians.
In exchange for U.S. backing, these officials say, the Sunni groups have agreed to fight Al-Qaida and halt attacks on U.S. units. Commanders who have undertaken these negotiations say that in some cases Sunni groups have agreed to alert U.S. troops to the location of roadside bombs and other lethal booby traps.
Knowing this will get a lot worse and that Bush wants to keep a Korea style military force in the middle of these fanatics I have to ask, what the hell are they thinking?
To top it off, knowing that in Lebanon Lebanese troops were raining down artillery and tank fire on a Palestinian refugee camp, pressing ahead with an assault to crush al Qaeda-inspired militants dug in there.
But despite 23 days of fierce fighting at Nahr al-Bared camp, the army appeared no closer to its declared aim of forcing Fatah al-Islam to surrender and lay down its arms. So far At least 130 people have been killed, including 57 soldiers, in three weeks of fighting, the worst internal clashes since Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.
Then there is Palestine who seems to be racing into their own civil war. Gunmen fired at the house of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas early Monday and warring factions threw militants to their deaths from high-rise buildings, in a dangerous escalation of infighting in Gaza.
The two sides have been locked in a violent power struggle since Hamas ousted Fatah from power in January 2006 elections. Hamas brought Fatah into its government in March in an effort to quell the internal strife, but the fighting reignited in mid-May over an unresolved dispute over who controls the powerful security forces.
Fifty-five people have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence, most of them militants. A truce declared two weeks ago was meant to end the clashes, but last week the fighting resumed around the southern Gaza City of Rafah.
It is sadly obvious that Bush intends to stay in the middle of this still developing middle east chaos and is doing his damnedest to expand this and include the entire world on one side or the other as he pushes for his new world order. Remember, he must breakdown all existing order before he can install his idea of new order and he is well on his way!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The missile Defense System may be worthless but it's serving Bush's purpose to instigate another war!

The Missile Defense System may be worthless but it is serving Bush's purpose to instigate another War to further his New world order!
Many of you know I have been following events with the missile Defense System since I first heard Bush trying to push it around the world. I had hopes after hearing Putin's latest proposal on placing it in Azerbaijan or in Iraq and Turkey. I thought Bush might go for that and that it would get Russia and Europe together and maybe in the middle east on our side.
However After Bush was made the proposal by Putin he flew right to Poland to let them know there would be no change of plans. Of course Putin was angry and urged the United States on Saturday to freeze plans for missile defense installations in eastern Europe during negotiations and warned that the proposal intended to serve as a buffer against Iran could backfire.
You know Bush will stop nothing as this is going as planned for him. I have to say, I had some great discussions with a few people here yesterday in regard to this.
Anyway thinking about the many conversations we had and what I learned from them and reading reports after the fact, I now think Putin's proposals were a farce, no good, and Bush and Putin both know they cannot be accepted.
Both of those scenarios would put the systems within range of Iran's short range missiles so that is a no go from the start. That brings me back to my original assumption that these systems are merely a way of provoking the world until Bush forces a confrontation and it appears like the poor Bush has to fight again to further his idea of a new world order.
This missile shield may or may not work but It is serving Bush's purpose most handily. It is supplying the impetus for him to be forced to use his military and prosecute his new world order As he did in Iraq, as he is doing in the entire middle east, and around the world. Once he uses his facade of politics and false Diplomacy he will again be forced to do exactly what he intended from the beginning.
I was hoping he would share super power status with at least Russia but it looks like he wants to take them on too as he is under the false impression that Russia and China are going to lie down while he has his way in the middle east and around the world. Bush is willing to take the chance that we are dominant and I think he is grossly underestimating the rest of the world and their hate for Bush and willingness to take us on if forced.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Putin's latest Proposal: Putting Missile shield in Iraq and Turkey could Polarize the World in the Middle East!


I really don't know why, maybe it is the world stage of the G8 meeting. Anyway the proposals for bush's missile defense system are flying hot and heavy at this point. I know yesterday after Putin suggested putting the Missile shield in Azerbaijan, Bush immediately flew to Poland.

 Bush, on his way home from the Group of Eight meeting in Germany, was whisked straight off in a helicopter from Gdansk to Jurata, a small resort on the Baltic coast, where he will meet his Polish counterpart Leech Kaczynski to allay Polish concerns that their agreement would be scrapped.

Poland has agreed in principle to host 10 U.S. interceptor rockets to shoot down hostile ballistic missiles and the two countries are currently negotiating details of a deal. However as we know Russia thinks it is the target and Upping the ante, Putin made a surprise offer on Thursday to let the United States use a Russian-controlled radar in Azerbaijan to intercept any threats from the Middle East.

They even made an offer to share information on the installation. To me I find this offer remarkable especially in light of Azerbaijan's largely untapped wealth and still close proximity to Russia. Now the Middle East suggestion.

Many think Azerbaijan would put the systems too close to the supposed intended target. It seems to me that keeping Poland and Chezhoslavakia on the table would only add scope to the system is everyone is being honest but you cannot count on that. Now there is more food for thought.

Azerbaijan is ready for such consultations but many commentators in both Poland and Czech Republic saw Putin's offer as a ploy to derail the U.S. plans. But Czech deputy Prime Minister Alexander Vondra said it showed Russia acknowledged a missile defense system was needed."It's excellent news," he told the daily Lidove Noviny. "We always said that the shield is not something aimed against Russia. It's good that the Russians have started to communicate something other than just 'nyet, nyet nyet'.

Myself knowing that I have learned in the past that the target missiles are most vulnerable at the highest heat stage of gaining height I don't understand the argument of being to close to the intended targets. With that said I found Putin's parting suggesting extremely provocative and potentially world changing. Putin's suggestion of putting the systems in Iraq and Turkey would change the entire middle east and world.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said yesterday that a joint missile defense plan he proposed to the United States could include interceptor missiles hosted by US allies such as Turkey or even Iraq. Myself, knowing what is happening on the Turkey Iraq border right now, all through the middle east and on the Iraq Iran border I find this a very provocative proposal and its conception would at least put Russia in the middle east too among others.

Putin is proposing to create a pool of European nations to assess missile threats through 2020 and agree on a joint action to fend off these threats," he said at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.

Putin’s statement came a day after he proposed to President George Bush to drop US plans to deploy missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic and instead create a joint missile defense system with Russia using a powerful radar in Azerbaijan, an ex-Soviet Caspian nation.

This missile defense system has proven more contentious than I would have thought at first. It seems to have suddenly become a major topic of the world. Iraq was very angry over the Putin proposal but I think it bears some thought. It seems it would be in the interest of Turkey, the U.S. and Iraq if peace and security were there goals. What do you think about this?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

Friday, June 08, 2007

Azerbaijan has now been laid on the table in the supposed MDS Controversey between Bush and Putin!

We have been following the events for quite a while now as tensions ratchet up between Bush and his friend Putin. The worlds attention seems to have been purposely focused on what they think is a battle between Putin and Bush over the proposed MDS. As you know, in response to Bush's insistence on putting the missile shield in Russia's yard Putin has announced dropping its compliance with Europe on the conventional weapons treaty. Most recently they have developed an ICBM capable of circumventing the missile defense system and threatened to retarget Europe with its missiles.
In light of a conversation I had with someone here and what transpired yesterday I am rethinking the real role of the Missile Defense System and who the real target is! Amidst tit for tat threats from Russia and the U.S. we had Bush brag that Russia will not attack Europe. You have to wonder what if anything Bush knows? I believe the supposed rift between Bush and Putin is a Ruse. China is the real hidden target!
Besides an offer in the past to allow Russian inspection of the systems and a turned down offer by Russia to house the MDS,The United States now says it will study any ideas Russia has to allay its concerns that a planned U.S. missile defense shield in eastern Europe will herald a larger future deployment, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday. Now this offer by Putin makes me believe I was right about China being the real target.
The proposal by Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman was the most explicit offer yet by a top U.S. official to address Russia's fears that planned missile interceptor and radar sites in Poland and the Czech Republic could be expanded.
"We are prepared to talk about that and entertain proposals from them, if they have them, about measures of transparency and openness that would help assuage those concerns -- whether there are other steps we might take," Edelman told Reuters. that was until Putin's latest proposal while at the G8.
I am really starting to second guess my original thought that Bush was provoking a confrontation with Russia in light of what Russia mentioned last week and China said two days ago. Putin mentioned that China had not been heard from and had as much to be concerned about as Russia as they were within range and in the path. China if I remember has its concerns with the MDS and that they could be used to protect Taiwan. well yesterday that changed and now I have to rethink what someone here said about China.
China has added its voice to Russian concerns over a proposed US missile defense system based in Europe, saying it could trigger an arms race. Commenting on the US plans a spokeswomen for the Chinese foreign ministry said proposed interceptor shield had "aroused great concern and attention.
"China believes that the impact of a missile defense system on strategic defense and stability is not conducive to mutual trust of major nations and regional security," Jiang Yu told reporters. "It may also give rise to a proliferation problem."
Now we have Putin catching everybody by surprise. This latest offer is amazing to me and I would like to hear what you have to say about it. I mean this is brilliant.
Vladimir Putin, bitterly opposed to a U.S. missile shield in Europe, presented President Bush with a surprise counterproposal Thursday built around a Soviet-era radar system in Azerbaijan rather than new defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic. Bush said it was an interesting suggestion and promised to consider it.
Putin's formula would force a major rethinking of U.S. plans for defending Europe against attack from hostile regimes such as Iran or North Korea. While outright acceptance of Putin's idea appeared doubtful, the White House seemed eager to avoid further inflaming tensions by giving it short shrift.
Knowing the untapped oil reserves in Azerbaijan and its proximity to Iran I would say this takes the wind out of many theories and really begins to make what is really going on here more obvious. Learn about Azerbaijan:
Amidst mutual accusations between Russia and the U.S. we have Russia being offered to get involved with the MDS we have many new developments. With China piping up I now have to give credence to the thought that the end result of all this saber rattling is that the US and Russia would be together to keep the third world power Wannabe's in their place. Is China the real target? Sounds feasable to me. In light of Russia's desire to be a power to reckon with once more and China's military and technology buildup What are your thoughts on this possibility?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma