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Friday, May 06, 2005

Warren Buffet - Bleeding Heart Liberal

The world is a strange place indeed when Warren Buffet can be framed as a left wing radical.

"There are deep-rooted structural problems that will cause America to continue to run a huge current-account deficit unless trade policies either change materially or the dollar declines to a degree that could prove unsettling to financial markets," he said.

If nothing is done, he said, the United States will continue to transfer ownership of assets to foreigners to finance American overconsumption. Americans, he said, will eventually "chafe at the idea of perpetually paying tribute to their creditors and owners abroad."

"A country that is now aspiring to an 'Ownership Society' will not find happiness in - and I'll use hyperbole here for emphasis - a 'Sharecropper's Society.' But that's precisely where our trade policies, supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, are taking us."

Monday, May 02, 2005

Rummy Plays Let's Make a Deal?

If this is indeed true, how will they spin this to the sheeple? I mean this was one of the justifications for war, actually I think it was the second... it's so hard to keep track of.

The U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld paid a secret visit to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and offered him freedom and a possible return to public life if he made a televised request to rebel groups for a ceasefire with allied forces, a media report said.

Quoting from the London based Arab daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Ynetnews reported that Saddam promptly rejected the offer.

The visit to Saddam occurred when Rumsfeld paid a ‘surprise’ visit to Iraq some two weeks ago and was known only to a few Iraqi officials in Jordan, the Arab daily reported quoting sources.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Military Quality in Question

Looks like the quality as well as the quantity of our military is beginning to slip. The solution - more tax cuts to the rich. When will this Owellian shoot-from-the-hip-knee-jerk administration face any accountability for their countless sins? When our media has a tenth of the intestinal fortitude as the teen mentioned in a post below, to challenge the fascist corporate agenda of the neo cons. In other words - not any time soon.

A commander with the Iowa Army National Guard says training problems at a U.S. Army base in Texas left his unit ill-prepared for duty in Iraq, according to a copyright story in The Des Moines Register.

Capt. Aaron Baugher, of Ankeny, was the commander of the first Iowa infantry division trained at Fort Hood, and in a report obtained by the Register he said the 2004 training was of very little value and poorly instructed by soldiers who typically had never served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Baugher's unit of 58 soldiers, the 194th Long-Range Surveillance Detachment of Johnston, returned to Iowa in late February after nearly a year in Iraq.

Having been in Iraq ... conducting combat operations on a wide spectrum, we can confidently say we did not learn a thing at Fort Hood, Baugher wrote.

Col. Luke Green, chief of staff of the Fifth U.S. Army, said Baugher's complaint emphasizes the short training schedule part-time and reserve units have to become combat ready.

This is like getting your football team on the first of August and you have a game on the first of September, and you are working ... hard to get people ready, except in this situation people can die, Green said.

Willie Nelson - Enemy of the State?

Sorry, Mr. Nelson, but you have transgressed against the party of DeLay. Let your name be banished from the public rolls. Let your good works become dust and scattered to the winds. For you have defied us, Mr. Nelson, and now we shall cast you into the Pit of Forgetfulness.
Now, if you'd only done something minor like trade arms for hostages, well then we'd name all sorts of things for you... but this sin is unforgiveable...

A state legislator had proposed naming a 49-mile stretch of Texas Highway 130 being built around Austin in honor of the Texas country music singer.

But two Republican senators, Steve Odgen of Bryan and Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, said they didn't want Nelson's name on the road that crosses their districts, citing the musician's fondness for drinking and smoking, and active campaigning for Democratic candidates.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Republicans.

Desperate Recruiting Tactics

Read up mainstream media, this is how its done.

Two Army recruiters in Golden have been suspended from their jobs while military officials look into allegations the two men used improper tactics to get an Arvada high school student to sign up for duty.

The Denver Army Recruiting Battalion, which oversees recruiting for Colorado and parts of three other states, launched the investigation Friday after CBS 4 News broadcast a report the previous night about the alleged improprieties.

The report featured David McSwane, an Arvada West High School honors student and editor of his school newspaper, who was "curious" to see what recruiters at a Golden recruitment facility would do if he told them he wanted to join the Army as a high school dropout with a serious marijuana problem.

McSwane, 17, said he had read about the challenges the military was facing in recruiting and wanted to find out "how desperate they really are."

"Being my age and in high school, you see recruiters all the time. It's something that's affecting people my age," he told The Rocky Mountain News Friday.

Starting in January, McSwane met with two recruiters in Golden several times and secretly taped a series of phone calls with them. On the tapes, one recruiter is apparently heard encouraging McSwane to create a fake high school diploma to cover for the fact that he had dropped out.

Takes notes from this 17 year-old in Denver who has more journalistic integrity in his teens, than the so called professional media.

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