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Arms Sales Make The War Go Round.

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 30th, 2006 8:50 am by HL

Plato said that all wars were fought for money. The U.S. is selling arms, and fuel to both Arabs, and Israelis. No wonder Bush refuses to try to negotiate a diplomatic settlement to the conflict. The Bush family profits off of wars, any wars. That is also the reason the Illegal quagmire in Iraq, seems like it will never end. Bush lied soldiers died, and The Bush cartel got rich.

US planning $4.6bn in Mideast arms sales

Excerpt:
washington • The Bush administration spelled out plans yesterday to sell $4.6bn of arms to moderate Arab states, including battle tanks worth as much as $2.9bn to protect critical Saudi infrastructure.

The announcement came two weeks after the administration said it would sell Israel its latest supply of JP-8 aviation fuel valued at up to $210m to help Israeli warplanes “keep peace and security in the region.”

The United States also rushed a delivery of precision-guided bombs requested by Israel after launching its airstrikes against Hizbollah fighters in Lebanon 17 days ago, The New York Times reported last week.

In the newly proposed sales to Arab states, UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter gunships worth up to $808m would go to the United Arab Emirates, while AH-64 Apache helicopters worth as much as $400m would go to Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain would also get Black Hawk helicopters, valued at up to $252m. Jordan would get a potential $156m in upgrades to 1,000 of its M113A1 armored personnel carriers.


Audit Finds U.S. Hid Cost of Iraq Projects

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 30th, 2006 8:37 am by HL

Seems the State Department has been lying about what is spending money on, and how much they are spending in Iraq rebuilding projects. They are underreporting the price of projects that end up not getting completed. Things like hospitals, and electricity stations. They even change the numbers to make it appear that there will not be cost overuns, meanwhile they are using the money that is supposed to be going to these projects on more bombs, or just sticking it in there pockets as Bush cronies are known to do.

Audit Finds U.S. Hid Cost of Iraq Projects

NY Times
Excerpt:
The findings appeared in an audit of a children’s hospital in Basra, but they referred to the wider reconstruction activities of the development agency in Iraq. American and Iraqi officials reported this week that the State Department planned to drop Bechtel, its contractor on that project, as signs of budget and scheduling problems began to surface….
Bechtel has said that because of the deteriorating security in Basra, the hospital project could not be completed as envisioned. But Mr. Higgins said: “Despite the challenges, we are committed to completing this project so that sick children in Basra can receive the medical help they need. The necessary funding is now in place to ensure that will happen.”…
The report said it suspected that other unreported costs on the hospital could drive the tab even higher. In another case cited in the report, a power station project in Musayyib, the direct construction cost cited by the development agency was $6.6 million, while the overhead cost was $27.6 million.
One result is that the project’s overhead, a figure that normally runs to a maximum of 30 percent, was a stunning 418 percent.


From New Orleans to Gaza

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 30th, 2006 8:20 am by HL

Here is a story about how whoever controls the water supply, controls the people. After Katrina, people didn’t have water, that was because people, and the government were unprepared. The story calls it a 9/11 type occurence. Fear is fear, whether it is from “enemy” attack or from you knowing that your government is not going to protect you from in case of emergency.
In the middle east. Israel controls the water supply to the Palestinians, and therefore control the populace.

From New Orleans to Gaza

Excerpt:
The suffering in Israel’s Occupied Territories, however, is not the result of mismanagement or indifference. Instead, it is the consequence of premeditated, often cruelly ingenious strategies to strip an oppressed population of cropland, housing, security, education, basic services, medical care, freedom of movement, functioning government, olive groves, citrus trees, nightly sleep and water.

As with so much else in the Palestinian tragedy, the already lopsided balance of power regarding water resources tipped decidedly against the Palestinians following Israel’s lightning victory of June,1967. The region’s three primary water sources consist of the Jordan River, and two large aquifers, the Mountain Aquifer of the West Bank and the Coastal Aquifer, extending northward from the Gaza Strip.

Prior to the Six Day War, Israeli land encompassed only three percent of the Jordan River Basin, though in 1964, the enterprising state had already constructed an elaborate conveyance network of canals, pumping stations, reservoirs and pipelines, integrating them into a national water system which diverted 75 percent of the Jordan’s flow for Israel’s use. After the 1967 War, Israel claimed full control of the Jordan’s headwaters. While Israel shares some of the flow with Jordan and Syria, the Palestinians are forbidden any water from the river, forcing them to rely on groundwater pumped from aquifers and springs or delivered, often sporadically, by truck.


Just Another Days News In Bush’s America

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 28th, 2006 10:46 am by HL

U.S. extends Iraq tour for 3,500 soldiers

AP
Excerpt:
WASHINGTON – Military commanders in Iraq are developing a plan to move as many as 5,000 U.S. troops with armored vehicles and tanks into Baghdad in an effort to quell escalating violence, defense officials said Thursday.
As part of the plan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Thursday extended the tours of some 3,500 members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The unit, which has been serving in northern Iraq, was scheduled to be leaving now, but instead, most of its 3,900 troops will serve for up to four more months. It was unclear whether the unit would go to Baghdad

Bush’s Economy Sinking, Inflation Rising


AP
Excerpt:WASHINGTON – The economy’s growth in the second quarter was less than half that of the prior three months as consumers tightened their belts and spending on home building nose-dived. Inflation, however, shot up.
The latest snapshot released by the Commerce Department on Friday showed that that gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of just 2.5 percent in the April-to-June period. That marked a big slowdown from the January-to-March quarter, when the economy zipped along at a 5.6 percent annual rate, the fastest in 2 1/2 years

NBC/WSJ poll: U.S. pessimism on increase Doubts about children’s future and concerns about wars weigh heavily

MSNBC
Excerpt:
WASHINGTON – With congressional midterm elections less than four months away, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that candidates will be facing a public that has grown increasingly pessimistic, as nearly two-thirds don’t believe life for their children’s generation will be better than it has been for them, and nearly 60 percent are doubtful the Iraq war will come to a successful conclusion.
And there’s more pessimism: Among those who believe the nation is headed on the wrong track, more than 80 percent say it’s part of a longer-term decline.

Zogby Poll: U.S. Majority See Israel-Hezbollah Fight As Beginning of Wider War

Zogby
Excerpt:
Amid new fighting, Bush job approval stabilizes at 36%
A majority of Americans believe the battles now being fought across the Israel–Lebanon border are the beginnings of a wider conflict – one that could result in a war that spans the globe, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.
The survey included 1,034 likely voters nationwide, and was conducted July 21–25, 2006. It carries a margin of error of +/– 3.1 percentage points.
Asked about their view of the conflict, 29% said they think the conflict between Israeli and Hezbollah forces will lead to a full–blown regional war enveloping several nations, while 19% said they think a world war will result. Another 17% said they think the war will widen to include Lebanese national forces, but will go no further.

I Hate To Say I Told You So

Tom Paine.com
Excerpt:
Those of us who were labeled America-haters for saying that Iraq was a mess and that our military presence was making things worse  are actually being proven right – by the military’s own documentation.

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, written by Washington Post senior Pentagon correspondent Thomas Ricks and set to be published this summer, is not to be dismissed as the opinions of shifty Iraqis or pointy-headed academics. Instead, for his material Ricks went straight to the good old, blood-and-guts sources, the Armed Services archives themselves – or, as The Washington Post puts it in its excerpts from the book, which started running in the paper Sunday, “a review of more than 30,000 pages of military documents and several hundred interviews with U.S. military personnel.”

What we can learn from 1920s Germany


Star Tribune
Excerpt:Imagine this situation: Your country has had a military setback in a war that was supposed to be over after a few months of “shock and awe.” Because of that war, it has lost the goodwill and prestige of much of the international community.
The national debt has grown to staggering size. Citizens complain bitterly about the government, especially the legislative branch, for being a bunch of do-nothings working solely for themselves or for special interest groups. In fact, the political scene has pretty much lost its center — moderates are attacked by all sides as the political discourse becomes a clamor of increasingly extreme positions.
It seems there are election campaigns going on all the time, and they are increasingly vicious. The politicians just want to argue about moral issues — sexuality, decadent art, the crumbling family and the like — while pragmatic matters of governance seem neglected.
Sound familiar? That society was Germany of the 1920s — the ill-fated Weimar Republic. But it also describes more and more the political climate in America today.

Simmering Rage Within the GOP

Washington Post
Excerpt:
My weekend visitor was one of the founders of the postwar Republican Party in the South, one of those stubborn men who challenged the Democratic rule in his one-party state. He was conservative enough that in the great struggle for the 1952 nomination, his sympathies were with Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio, not Dwight D. Eisenhower.
He has lived long enough to see Republicans elected as senator and governor of his state and to see a Republican from the Sun Belt behemoth of Texas capture the White House. His profession won’t let him speak with his name attached, but he is sadly disillusioned.

Video: Jack Cafferty on Those Al Qaeda Tapes

Crooks and Liars
Excerpt:
Another day, another tape from al Qaeda. So what? What exactly is the world supposed to do because some al Qaeda dirtbag releases a tape saying he’s going to support Hezbollah? Should we all get under the bed now? The fact is, these morons have been sending out tapes for years and
threatening all kinds of dire things, but as far as we know, the leadership of what’s left of this organization is still scurrying around from cave to cave in
Afghanistan trying to keep their cooking fires lit so they can roast their goats.

VA: Former Mayor Charles Dougherty Convicted of Election Fraud


Bradblog
Excerpt:Meet Mark Jenkins, a Republican from Gate City, Virginia, who supposedly lost the 2004 mayoral race, but who stood up for his rights, and for those of the voters, and for democracy in general, after it turned out that his opponent, incumbent Charles Dougherty, had captured nearly 90% of the absentee votes, but less than 51% of the overall total.
After the usual number of shenanigans and attempted shenanigans, the result has been overturned, and now the supposed winner faces time in prison! And — guess what — the people behind the shenanigans appear to have been — are you ready for this — well-connected Republicans!

Diebold Profit Falls By 46%
Press Coverage Fails to Note Any Connection to Failure of Their E-Voting Business

Bradblog
Excerpt:
Our friends at Diebold were all over the business pages yesterday, and the numbers seemed much more precise than the verbal descriptions. All the reports agreed that Diebold’s second-quarter profits were down, compared to last year, by either 46 or 46.3 percent. They also seemed to agree on what lines of business Diebold pursues. And judging from what they’ve written, Dieblod has nothing to do with elections!
Pfew! What a relief! For a while there, I was starting to think these Diebold guys were a threat to our democracy! I guess I must have spent too much time reading Internet Blogs!

Will Joe Lieberman Oppose John Bolton?

Think Progress
Excerpt:
In 2005, the Bolton nomination passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but ran into a filibuster on the Senate floor. It appears likely that his re-nomination will proceed on a similar path. All indications are that Sen. Joseph Lieberman will play a crucial role in determining whether the Bolton nomination will ultimately pass the Senate.

Lieberman was part of “a tiny group” of Democrats who voted for Bolton to become Undersecretary of State in 2001. In 2005, Lieberman reportedly was “considering voting for Bolton” had a vote come up. His spokesman Matt Gobush elaborated:


H.L. Interviewed by NBC-4 TV’s News Raw.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 27th, 2006 2:50 pm by HL

I just finished my interview with Merkahlo Medina on NBC-TV’s News Raw Show. In the interview I talked about Bush, The Iraq War, The Mainstream Medias complicity in it all. (Hope they don’t dump the segment because of that) I also mentioned the Lamont-Lieberman race, and got to plug some of my favorite sites like Bartcop, Bradblog, and and Think Progress. News Raw does live programming then puts the video segments up on their website. I am currently in the process of trying to find the segment with my interview. When I do find it I will edit it down and have it for you right here. Stay tuned.


Video: Maliki Speech Interrupted By War Protestor….Lou Dobbs:Feds Finally Look Into Foreign Ownership of Sequoia Voting….Audio: Howard Stern Slams Lieberman

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on July 26th, 2006 2:51 pm by HL

VIDEO: Maliki Speech Interrupted By War Protestor

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s address to a joint session of Congress was interrupted by a protestor, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink. Watch it:

Protestor

Benjamin shouted, “Iraqis want the troops to leave. Bring them home now.” According to a January poll, 87 percent of Iraqis support a U.S. timetable for withdrawal. The Iraqi President, Vice President, and National Security Adviser have all advocated a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The latest USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 52 percent of the American people want a withdrawal within 12 months.

CNN’s Lou Dobbs on E-Voting:The Feds Finally Look Into Foreign Ownership of Sequoia Voting

Bradblog

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Lou Dobbs Busts Bush.

Crooks & Liars

Audio: Howard Stern Slams Lieberman


Howard Stern Slams Joe Lieberman.


War News: War, War, War, All War All The Time…Dems: Iraq Our Biggest Problem……14 More Dead in Bush’s Civil War…. Divorces Double Because of War…..Israel: Many More Weeks of War

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 26th, 2006 2:08 pm by HL

Democrats say Iraq war is top problem

AP
Excerpt:
The man anti-war democrats love to hateA third of Democrats — 31 percent — identified war, both the three-year-old Iraq war and conflicts in general, as the top problem for the country while 14 percent listed the economy, highlighting an issue at the forefront for Democrats, with less than four months to the midterm elections.

In Connecticut, three-term Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman’s support for the war has made him the target of a tough primary challenge from anti-war candidate Ned Lamont. The two are locked in a close race with the primary on Aug. 8.

14 dead as Iraq violence escalates


I Africa
Excerpt:Six police and eight civilians were killed in a series of attacks in and around Baghdad overnight and early on Tuesday, police said.
As night fell on Monday, gunmen ambushed an Iraqi police unit in central Baghdad, triggering a gunbattle in which six officers were killed and 30 were wounded.
The clash took place on Haifa Street near the west bank of the Tigris River, north of the fortified Green Zone, the seat of the Iraqi government and the US embassy.
It underlined the failure of the Iraqi government’s six-week-old operation to regain control of Baghdad’s streets from anti-regime insurgents and sectarian militias.
On Tuesday, two roadside bombs exploded in the city, killing two civilians and wounding two bystanders and a policeman.
In another attack, a family of Shiite civilians who had been threatened by a sectarian death squad were ambushed by gunmen as they fled a mainly Sunni neighbourhood south of the city, medical and defence officials said

Divorces double in wake of violence, poor economy, fading stigma

Twin Cities.com
Excerpt:
More than twice as many marriages are ending in divorce as before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, according to ministry and court officials, social workers and divorce lawyers, though no reliable data are available from the earlier period. The twin stresses of perpetual violence and a stagnant economy — along with the loosening of certain social stigmas — are taking a toll on one of Islamic culture’s most sacred institutions

H.L.s Take:
I bet the same thing is happening to the guys who fought the war. When Bush decides he wants to go to war, everyone loses except Bush, Rummy, Cheney, The Carlyle Group, and their various supporters and toadies.

Weeks of war to come, says Israeli general

Guardian U.K.
Excerpt:
“I assume it will continue for several more weeks, and in a number of weeks we will be able to [declare] a victory,” Major General Udi Adam, the head of Israel’s northern command, said at a news conference.

H.L.s Take:
Wow, that sounds familiar, now where have I heard that before….Oh yeah now I remember, It was Donald Rumsfeld talking about Bush’s War with Iraq, now when was that?… seems like a while ago…. oh yeah OVER 4 YEARS AGO.

A Much Greater Prize


Truthseeker
Excerpt:
The face of a Zionist Jewish girl, ably captured by a passing Reuters cameraman, radiates wondrous joy as she writes her name, “with love”, on a missile of death. Moments later, the object of her erotic fascination smashes and shatters the bodies of two Lebanese toddlers near a playschool…..The missiles were made in “Christian” America and were delivered by “Christian” American hardware.


Political News:House Votes To Block Seizure of Legal Guns in Disasters….Clinton, Schumer, Pressed to Renominate Bolton

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on July 26th, 2006 1:32 pm by HL

House votes to block police from seizing legal guns in disasters

KATC-3 TV
Excerpt:Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana lawmaker who sponsored the bill, said firearms seizures after Hurricane Katrina left residents unable to defend themselves.
“Many of them were sitting in their homes without power, without water, without communication,” he said. “It was literally impossible to pick up a phone and call 911.”
The House voted 322-99 in support of the bill. Senators voted 84-16 earlier this month to include a similar prohibition in a homeland security funding bill.

H.L.s Take
Now maybe Homeland Security won’t be so willing go show up at someones home, and kick them out into the street.

Schumer and Clinton Pressed To Reappoint Bolton


NY Sun
Excerpt:As the Senate prepares to consider anew the nomination of John Bolton as United Nations ambassador, Senators Schumer and Clinton are facing increasing pressure from pro-Israel groups to renounce another Democratic filibuster in light of the escalating war in the Middle East.

The Foreign Relations Committee is set to hold a hearing on the nomination tomorrow, and several Democrats on the panel have voiced their unswerving opposition to Mr. Bolton’s nomination.

From New York’s senators, however, there has been nothing but silence. Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Clinton voted to block Mr. Bolton’s confirmation a year ago, but they have not declared their positions this time around.


New Advertiser: Backward Bush.com

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 26th, 2006 9:13 am by HL

H.L. is happy to welcome a new advertiser. Backward Bush.com

They’ve got lots of cool stuff over there including this Bush Countdown clock that you can get for free to put on your webpage, or My space site. They have a sidebar version also.


They’ve also got keychains that have a Bush Countdown clock in them, how cool would that be as a gift for your favorite Bush hater, and all kinds of great stuff, like free screensavers and more. H.L.s Advertisers keep this site going so get over there and Check Them Out. Thank You.

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Videos: Lou Dobbs Slams Bush on Signing Statements….Joe Lieberman’s Greatest Hits….Israel Using Phosporous on Lebanon

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on July 25th, 2006 4:04 pm by HL

Lou Dobbs Slams Bush on Signing Statements

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Joe Lieberman’s Greatest Hits


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GRAPHIC VIDEO – Lebanese Doctor Says ‘Phosphorus Weapons’ Cause Suffering Click Here.