30 Sep 2005
26 Sep 2005
A wide cross-section of Toronto life came out for the early afternoon march.
Being in the crowd of baby strollers, senior citizens and many varying configurations of the family unit, it was difficult to determine the turnout.
(If you can find any mainstream media reporting the event just take their reported number and double it- that usually gets you closer to the actual.)
The event, with American war resisters and other Anti-war representatives present, suffered from a lack of centralized venue from which the speakers could be seen or heard.
Many issues including Canada’s Undemocratic Security Certificate Detentions and the desire of Canadians to allow American war resisters to stay in Canada wafted ineffectually from non-strategically placed bullhorns and over the heads of most of the divergent crowd. I kind of enjoy those moments standing in a crowd straining to hear the disembodied voices of those thoughtful enough to organize and speak at such a rally. I think their organization fell well short of efficacy in the absence of a captivating or obvious focal point to gather around.
The crux of the rally was the demand for the withdrawal of American and “Coalition” troops from Iraq and Afghanistan (where roughly 2000 Canadian troops are helping to fight America’s “War on Terror ©” without a mandate from the Canadian people.)
While the futility of marching past polished metro-sexual boutique shoppers and dawdling tourists on the busy Toronto street has never escaped me, their looks of ignorant befuddlement and slight shock at the sight of the sign wielding throng moving up the street is always socially edifying if not amusing.
The short march turned a few downtown corners to end at the “Liberal” Party Toronto Headquarters where we were greeted with the “Liberal” Party’s chosen representatives: A phalanx of riot police flanking a closed off semi-gauntlet beside the building,(complete with body armour and wads of plastic handcuffs).
The intended intimidation was not lost on any of the grandmothers or toddlers present.
The wonderful assemblage of armoured riot squad horses and glaring, twitching armoured cops did all of the talking for the “Liberal” government as the rally speakers continued to bullhorn a scattershot variety of messages from some unseen vantage point in the crowd. While I am glad people organize these kinds of the things, the speakers should have been more prominent.
Marching us into a gauntlet of riot cops is not exactly the best way to end a rally for hope and non-violence but I suspect that is how the Martin government wanted it. After all, Canadian peace rallies are well known for their society-shattering violence, car burning, and naked cat juggling.
I took a few blurry photos while trying to hold up my awkward placard. I think the government message to the people assembled comes through loud and clear.
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A street full of citizens marches to "Liberal" Party Headquarters in Toronto.
We are greeted by the chosen representatives of the government
( who let their dour scowls do all the talking.)
A funny play of shadow and light as the cops order people off of the sidewalk.
I hate seeing horses used this way.
The Antiwar Majority Versus the pro-war elites
by Justin Raimondo
Washington Protest: My favourite placard.
US forced to import bullets from Israel
as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed
"US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand.
As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.
A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine."
Meanwhile back in peace-loving, backdoor war Canada we need a Czar to watch over our disappearing ammo.
'Defence' to create ammo czar
"In response to a study that found the Defence Department lax in the way it handles its bullets, mortars, bombs and torpedoes, the military is creating a new ammunition safety office.
The study found enough evidence of safety gaps to recommend a complete overhaul in the way the Canadian Forces handles its $3.2-billion inventory of explosives and other destructive material."
Donna - who?
Former housewife-touching leg crosser eviscerates the petty, bellowing manipulations of the incredibly infantile O’Reilly.
"The US and the Iraqi government have overstated the number of foreign fighters in Iraq, "feeding the myth" that they are the backbone of the insurgency, an American thinktank says in a new report.
Foreign militants-mainly from Algeria, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia - account for less than 10% of the estimated 30,000 insurgents, according to the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)."
21 Sep 2005
Note: Real "Weapon of Mass Destruction".
Back to you, Mars...
"Mars is still nothing like Earth, but earthquakes and global warming may be changing the face of the Red Planet, new NASA photos taken from orbit suggest."
20 Sep 2005
"Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA) has stated that this week he will introduce a bill that would greatly rewrite the Endangered Species Act. Representative Pombo has long carried the message of developers and is Congress' loudest opponent of endangered species protections. He is also chair of the House Resources Committee. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21,and a committee vote on Thursday, September 22.
Please act now!"
18 Sep 2005
Shame on Paul Martin, Bill Graham and all of the other fake Liberals.
How dare you send our nation to war in aid of American Imperialism!
September 24 Information for people in the Toronto Area
End the Occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan
"On September 24, activists in the US, UK, and Canada will mobilize in their tens of thousands to demand an end to the bloody US occupation of Iraq. Since the war began in 2003, over 100,000 Iraqis have been killed and more than 1,700 US and UK soldiers have died. Torture by US forces is rampant. Cities have been levelled under US bombs."
"The War Resisters Support Campaign is a broad-based coalition of community, faith, labour and other organizations and individuals that have come together to support U.S. soldiers seeking asylum in Canada because they refuse to fight in the illegal war in Iraq."
17 Sep 2005
Translated by Néstor Sánchez
"The original purpose of this meeting has been completely distorted.
The imposed center of debate has been a so-called reform process that overshadows the most urgent issues, what the peoples of the world claim with urgency: the adoption of measures that deal with the real problems that block and sabotage the efforts made by our countries for real development and life.
Five years after the Millennium Summit, the harsh reality is that the great majority of estimated goals- which were very modest indeed- will not be met."
The fact that the U.S. is highly overextended in Iraq and now burdened with rebuilding the Gulf Coast in an atmosphere of huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would probably make the Cheney/Bush Cartel's fantasy of taking Venezuela's oil by force an unlikely prospect (for now).
The idea that they have a draft plan for invading the oil rich country is probably not entirely unrealistic.
With initiatives like “Petrocaribe” designed to aid independent development in Southern and Caribbean nations and a vocal opposition to American global hegemony it is no small wonder the current American regime of Oil interests and war profiteers wants to see this guy dead and his country controlled by oil companies.
(The way North America is)
Chavez Takes Bush to Task Over Iraq War
"Chavez, whose country is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, also warned the world is facing an unprecedented energy crisis.Chávez says US plans to invade Venezuela
He told reporters later the crisis will keep growing, "not because we the producers want it but because we are running out of oil.''
Chavez singled out the United States as the most wasteful country, saying he was shocked when a quarter of all the cars he counted Thursday morning on New York streets had one person in them.
"That's crazy, one person with a huge car ... that is using up gas and polluting the atmosphere,'' he said at a news conference."
"The world cannot tolerate this model of development called the American way of life.''
In a form of energy diplomacy, Chavez has extended a preferential oil trade deal called PetroCaribe to 13 Caribbean countries in what he says is part of a plan to challenge U.S. economic domination of the region.
Mail and Guardian excerpts:
"Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez said on Friday he has proof of a United States plan to invade his county at the end of a visit to the US for the United Nations General Assembly packed with diplomatic fireworks."
"He highlighted how Venezuela is donating gasoline, through it state-owned Citgo stations, at a cut rate or free in American areas hurt by Hurricane Katrina.
"I have friends throughout the entire world, kings, princes, presidents, prime ministers," Chávez said. "The only country, the only administration, with whom we don't have good relations on the face of the earth is the administration of Mr Bush."
Chávez said that a 2002 coup, in which he was removed from power for two days, was the Bush administration's fault.
"This administration has truly broken with all protocols of democracy and respect for people. The coup d'état against Venezuela was manufactured in Washington. My death was ordered. And it was ordered recently," he told ABC."
16 Sep 2005
Is Urban Moving Systems chief back in US?
(Reprinted with Permission)
September 14, 2005 - Wayne Madsen Report
There are indications that Israeli national Dominik Suter, the former head of Urban Moving Systems in Weehawken, NJ is back in the United States, this time in south Florida and may be using his actual name. An informed source claims that Suter is working for an aviation-related firm in south Florida.
Suter ran the Weehawken, NJ-based moving company on 9-11 when a number of Urban Moving Systems vans were spotted around north Jersey before and after the hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center. One Urban Moving van was seen at Liberty State Park in Jersey City as the first plane hit the towers. The five occupants, all Israeli nationals, were seen videotaping and celebrating the attack and were dressed in Arab clothing.
The five were later arrested near Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
One of the Israelis told police they were at Liberty State Park to "document the event."
Mysterious 911 moving van operator reportedly back in the US.
After the Israelis were detained for several months in Brooklyn as terrorist suspects, they were quickly deported to Israel.
After the FBI questioned Suter on September 11, he fled the United States on September 14, 2001. The FBI was due to question Suter again before he fled the country.
Later, Federal law enforcement agents discovered pipes, caps, explosive chemical materials, and traces of anthrax at the Weehawken warehouse.
Suter's name and those of some of his moving employees turned up in a CIA database of foreign intelligence agents. Suter's name also appeared on an FBI 9-11 terrorism suspect list.
Suter's year of birth is listed as 1970 with a social security number of 129-78-0926.
His addresses before 9-11 are listed as 28 Harlow Crescent Rd., Fairlawn, NJ 07410; 312 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302; and 15000 Dickens, Suite 11, Sherman Oaks CA.
If Suter has been permitted to re-enter the United States, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and its chief Michael Chertoff have a lot of explaining to do.
For in depth detail about this story (that briefly made the mainstream media rounds and then disappeared off the face of the Earth) I highly recommend Mr. Madsen’s extensive and shocking must read article
THE ISRAELI ART STUDENTS AND MOVERS STORY
By Wayne Madsen
Although this story is but one more piece of the puzzle that has been covered up and scattered to the four winds by the Neocon Cheney/Bush Cartel and the traitors in their regime, I believe it is an important one that should not be overlooked by Americans seeking the truth about America's "New Pearl Harbour".
If I have to remind you that you should not hate an entire nation for the corrupt activities of its government and terrorist organizations - you are an idiot who should just stick to watching television.
I also recommend that you hit Wayne Madsen Report for his jaw dropping review of the screen adaptation of John Le Carre's thriller, The Constant Gardener.
"For the neo-cons, Republican and Democrat, and their exploitative business friends, the victims, whether in Africa or Louisiana, are always the same.
The incessant role of some international aid agencies and religious organizations in Africa's woes is The Constant Gardener's greatest exposé.
It is something this editor personally witnessed in Rwanda after that nation's U.S. and British-triggered presidential assassinations in 1994 by the U.S.-Anglo client, the Rwandan Patriotic Army, and the resulting (and expected) genocide."
15 Sep 2005
(With gargantuan no-bid sweetheart contracts for his cabal’s benefactors)
Acting like he’s doing the region a favour, Bush announces the obvious as though he’s granting wishes in a fairy tale.
Of course the feds are going to have to pay for the reconstruction of an American city (destroyed, in part, because of their gross mismanagement of funds earmarked for the city’s protection and their criminal non-response to the flooding).
His contributors and controllers at American tax dollar gouging war/disaster profiteers like Halliburton, KBR, Bechtel (and the usual suspect’s line up of societal vampires) will, of course, get to keep more of their massive profits as the “tragedy president” suspends the Davis-Bacon Act ensuring the people who actually get their hands dirty will get shafted with substandard wages for their work.
But take heart, American taxpayer, for they are certain to manage the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast as well as they have managed the rebuilding of the nation America has bombed into a greasy paste of rubble and mangled body parts.
Iraq rebuilding under threat as US runs out of money
Bombed out Hotel in Baghdad
Wow, somebody's getting stinking rich from the Iraq Occupation and I'll bet its not you Bill and Betty Work-a-day taxpayer. I hear all it takes to get impeached in America is a blowjob.
Floods, famine, war, Solar flares, George Bush accepts responsibility for his abortive “presidency” and now white giraffes… I’m watching the sky for fiery chariots.
It reminds me of the Spirit Bear on the Canadian West Coast
Giant Solar Flare Hits U.S., Canada - (ouch)
By Larry O'Hanlon, Discovery News
"A rowdy sunspot cluster hurled a record-breaking flare into space on Wednesday, blacking out all high- and low-frequency radio communications on both American continents, causing power surges, blinding satellites and lighting up aurorae, and more trouble is likely on the way, say experts.
A massive initial X-ray flare on Sept. 7 was immediately followed by an eruption of solar material that broke free from the sun at a speed of 5.8 million miles per hour, the speediest seen in 20 years of CME observations by the National Center for Atmospheric Research's High Altitude Observatory in Hawaii.
Earth and near-Earth space was first hit with X-rays, followed by an
ongoing magnetic storm and hard radiation."
13 Sep 2005
(AND TAKE "GO FUCK YOURSELF" DICK WITH YOU)
With his approval ratings swirling around a dirty toilet bowl, Emperor Zero,
(no doubt as part of Turd Blossom's latest strategy)
is doing a wonderful song and dance of remorseful acceptance for his criminal government’s malfeasance and gross incompetence concerning the deaths and abandonment’s of thousands on the Gulf Coast.
Will Americans take the bait and eat another shit sandwich, served up piping hot, from the Rove disinformation machine or will they demand an end to the criminal destruction of their nation?
While Zero is feigning humility - how about the grotesque abortion that is the Iraq Occupation?
Hundreds of thousands dead, hundreds of billions squandered, a formerly secular nation tipping on the brink of fundamentalist rule – All for fabricated evidence, fear mongered lies and multi-trillion dollar oil profits.
Where does it end?
12 Sep 2005
Rosemarie Jackowski, a 67-year-old US Air Force Veteran and Antiwar Activist.
I am blogging on the fly here, but want to post up about Rosemarie Jackoski who is facing jail time for peacefully protesting the criminal mass murder in Iraq.
I wondered why some in the American legal system would attempt to crush the spirit of this conscientious and wide awake grandmother?
After I found this revelation of an article below on Press Action it became quite clear why the fascist machine would want to snuff her light out.
She is ex-Air Force, she is an articulate writer and she brings to the table an insight that is refreshing and highly informative.
She is just the kind of person who is despised by the Cheney/Bush disinformation machine and their freedom hating lackeys.
The Secret That the Government Kept for 30 Years
by Rosemarie Jackowski on Press Action
"Author Chalmers Johnson states that the U.S. has 6,000 bases in 130 different countries. The history of the acquisition of many of these bases shows a clandestine, nefarious, and cruel attitude toward the people who originally occupied the locations where the bases now are.The official word used by the Pentagon to describe bases in other countries is “Footprint.” What could be more arrogant than one country putting its footprint on another sovereign nation?
The history of the U.S. base on Diego Garcia is of special interest now. The base was built by Halliburton and commissioned on March 20, 1973. Exactly 30 years later, on March 20, 2003, the Shock and Awe bombing campaign was launched from Diego Garcia. This base has been a recent topic of discussion in the British House of Commons. The people who inhabited Diego Garcia, until the United States forced them to leave, are now seeking justice. Court documents reveal that a policy of ethnic cleansing by the U.S. government has continued for over 30 years."
Rosmarie Jackowski from Veterans for Peace
More on this topic when time allows. If you are a blogger spread the word and help Rosemarie.
10 Sep 2005
End the Wars of Occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let the war Resisters Stay.
All out September 24th!
See HERE and HERE for forthcoming details and locations.
"Physician who told Cheney to go Fuck Himself Lost his Home in Katrina, Detained, Cuffed by Cheney's M-16-carrying Goons"
by Jackson Thoreau
"As he stood about 10 feet away from Cheney and his friend and some camera operators from CNN and other media filmed the scene, Marble suddenly yelled, "Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney! Go fuck yourself, you asshole!
"Hey, at least Marble was polite. After all, he referred to Cheney as “Mr. Cheney.”
"I had no intention of harming anyone but merely wanted to echo Mr. Cheney's infamous words back at him," Marble wrote. "At that moment, I noticed the Secret Service guys with a panic-stricken look on their faces, like they were about to tackle me, so I calmly walked away back to my former house.
"His friend videotaped a little bit longer and then came back to Marble’s house. As they were salvaging a few things from Marble's home, two military police waving M-16's showed up and said they were lookingfor someone who fit Marble's description who had cursed at Cheney.
"I told them I was probably the person they were looking for, and so they put me in handcuffs and 'detained' me for about 20 minutes or so," Marble wrote. "My right thumb went numb because the cuffs were on so tight, but they were fairly courteous and eventually released me after getting all my contact info. They said I had NOT broken any laws so I was free to go."
more on the doc and his art on Malefactor
#1 Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government
#2 Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Deathtoll
#3 Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage
#4 Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In
#5 U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia
#6 The Real Oil for Food Scam
#7 Journalists Face Unprecedented Dangers to Life and Livelihood
#8 Iraqi Farmers Threatened By Bremer’s Mandates
#9 Iran’s New Oil Trade System Challenges U.S. Currency
#10 Mountaintop Removal Threatens Ecosystem and Economy
#11 Universal Mental Screening Program Usurps Parental Rights
#12 Military in Iraq Contracts Human Rights Violators
#13 Rich Countries Fail to Live up to Global Pledges
#14 Corporations Win Big on Tort Reform, Justice Suffers
#15 Conservative Plan to Override Academic Freedom in the Classroom
#16 U.S. Plans for Hemispheric Integration Include Canada
#17 U.S. Uses South American Military Bases to Expand Control of the Region
#18 Little Known Stock Fraud Could Weaken U.S. Economy
#19 Child Wards of the State Used in AIDS Experiments
#20 American Indians Sue for Resources; Compensation Provided to Others
#21 New Immigration Plan Favors Business Over People
#22 Nanotechnology Offers Exciting Possibilities But Health Effects Need Scrutiny
#23 Plight of Palestinian Child Detainees Highlights Global Problem
#24 Ethiopian Indigenous Victims of Corporate and Government Resource Aspirations
#25 Homeland Security Was Designed to Fail
9 Sep 2005
You should buy this recently published book by Mickey Z !
50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed To Know
(Reclaiming American Patriotism)
The Helen Keller article I recently linked was an excerpt.
Looks compelling and boy does American patriotism ever need to be reclaimed!
7 Sep 2005
"Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time."
BUSH'S CAVALIER ATTITUDE CONTRIBUTED TO MAGNITUDE OF HURRICANE DISASTER
By John Hanchette
"He gave the initial appearance of not caring at all. Where are his political minders? Even as the monster storm hit, Bush the son was counseling victims from afar to just tough it out -- and was photographed happily strumming a guitar provided to him by country star Mark Wills at a meaningless San Diego event before flying back to his ranch. It could only have been worse in terms of bad symbolic publicity if Dubya had been handed Nero's fiddle to play."Hurricane Katrina has shredded what was left of the Bush Administration's credibility.
"Bush -- who spent a good portion of his first forty years drinking, drilling dry wells as a failed oilman, and escaping his National Guard duties -- has no business being president. Is there any doubt that Bush overreacted on Iraq and under reacted on Katrina? Does anyone who has seen the devastation in New Orleans -- let alone Iraq -- still believe America is safer for having our National Guard troops patrolling Saddam’s slums rather than on call to protect America’s shattered cities?"Racist Media?
Black folks "loot" groceries while White folks "find" groceries.
( Get some context with the article on Snopes )
"So they found better accommodations for British white girls and selected other foreigners on Wednesday, while Americans were forced to remain coralled in the hellholes with no food or water."
6 Sep 2005
Emperor Zero strums as the Gulf Coast dies.
Meanwhile Dich Cheney is still just an invisible dick.
War Criminals, traitors and mass murderers - America deserves better.
The World deserves better...
I have just returned from a mini-vacation.
The place I stayed in had satellite television and I was able(for the first time) to watch the Fox "News" network live (not online).
I must say I now understand why half of America is in an intellectual coma.
Having just disseminated a dirge of articles about Iraq, New Orleans and Canada I must delay my intended post and comment responses until tomorrow. I do not want to burn off the reserves of contented happiness that walking on beaches and in forests has provided. I am certain that the inhumanity, devastation, and sublime beauty swirling in my head will still be there with tomorrow’s sun.
Be good to each other. I hope to see you tomorrow.