Friday, September 30, 2005


WE NEED A PAPER TRAIL FOR VOTES!!! See Rep. Conyers' site


Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald - Will bring this illegal Regime down!


Civilian Labor Camps

Tim Russert's Black Heart

The powers-that-be won't let this go. They are going to go after Broussard with everything they can, including the Swift-Boat liars because he called a spade a spade.

"Murder" is exactly what it was.

A Proud "lefty" Liberal. Aaron Broussard has worked long and hard to save his community Check out this site: He is president of this association. He doesn't just talk, he walks the walk...

Press Releases Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (PACE) Response to the Bush Administration's
June 14, 2005 Policy Statement on the Proposed Energy Act of 2005 By Parishes Against Coastal Erosion
http://www.americaswetland.com/article.cfm?id=241&catei...

Sorry I don't know html stuff.Byrnt Russert thought... ...he'd have an easy time carving up Broussard and maybe force some kind of "I stand corrected" defensive posture. Instead Broussard ripped out the corporate media whore's black heart.

Buzzflash had a link to a Blog http://karenas.typepad.com/my_weblog/2005/09/disgusting...

"However, the most telling part of the interview was what Tim Russert DID NOT do. He did not replay the portion of Aaron Broussard's statement from Katrina here Aaron said that FEMA came in and cut off his emergency communication lines. He did not replay the part of the tape where Aaron Broussard said Sheriff Harry Lee restored the communications lines and posted armed guards on them to prevent FEMA from cutting the lines again.

Russert did not replay the portion of Broussard's previous interview where Broussard tells the nation that FEMA turned away three Wal-Mart trucks full of water en route to Jefferson Parish. He also does not replay Broussard telling the story of the Coast Guard offering fuel, but when people from Jefferson Parrish showed up to get the fuel the Coast Guard told them that FEMA had instructed them not to give them the fuel. You can read the transcript from the September 4th
interview here by scrolling down.

Why did Tim Russert leave out the most damning part of Broussard's case against the Federal government, and focus on how Broussard got the date of the death of his employee's mother wrong? This was a blatant attempt by Russert, who appeared to be nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Federal government, to discredit their biggest detractor, Aaron Broussard. Tim Russert should wallow in shame and admit his entire story was designed to prop up Bush at the expense of Aaron Broussard and a dead woman."

A Must Read Blog Tim!

You're right. The only part of the previous interview that was played was the part where he got his facts skewed. I think that this attempt to discredit him was to somehow show that everything he had said during the first
interview was false. I think their tactics backfired on them. My reply to MTP/Russert My letter to MTP...

"Meet The Press: 9/25/05 Aaron Broussard
To the Producers of Meet The Press and Mr. Tim Russert:

Today was the last time I will watch Meet The Press as long as Mr. Tim Russert hosts.
I am utterly disgusted.

Mr. Russert's 'interview' of Mr. Broussard was nothing but an attempt to ambush him on national TV. Unfortunately for Mr. Russert, it backfired in his face. Mr. Russert, do you have a heart? Or did you sell that along with your soul when you decided to become FEMA's apologist mouthpiece?

The entire guts of Russert's 'interview' was to try to discredit Mr. Broussard because he got the date wrong on the death of the poor woman that drowned in the nursing home.

This is what Meet The Press decided to concentrate on after the first interview with Mr. Broussard? That a woman died, but it wasn't on the exact day that Mr. Broussard described as he broke down in tears? And then Mr. Russert had the nerve to try to use this discrepancy to attack Mr. Broussard about his criticism of FEMA!

Gee, I wonder, Mr. Russert, why you didn't ask about the other outrages Mr. Broussard mentioned in his first interview, such as:

*When FEMA came in and cut off Mr. Broussard's emergency communication lines.

*When FEMA turned away three Wal-Mart trucks full of water en route to Jefferson Parish.

*How the Coast Guard offered Jefferson Parish fuel, but when people from the parish showed up to get the fuel, the Coast Guard told them that FEMA had instructed them not to give the parish the fuel.

Those nasty questions about FEMA don't help this administration, so I guess Mr. Russert didn't think they were newsworthy. Mr. Broussard was absolutely right when he said FEMA is guilt of murder. And as Mr. Broussard also said, there will be plenty of blame to go around to all levels of
the govt. However, Mr. Russert, your attempt to discredit a true hero of the aftermath of Katrina may indeed be the biggest blunder in your career.

Mr. Russert, if you smell something burning, it is the last tattered shreds of your journalist integrity. They just went up in smoke...

You, and Meet The Press, should be ashamed of yourselves."

Thanks for the link. and that site is a treasure trove.
ATTN KATRINA RESEARCHERS -- http://katrinatimeline.org/research/index.php

B*sh Speech - POWER GRAB FOR POTUS AND MILITARY

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x4790112 Fri Sep-16-05 01:09 AM

Missing A KEY POINT in b*sh's speech: POWER GRAB FOR POTUS AND MILITARY Bush made it clear in his speech that the Administration is STILL going to try to use the Katrina disaster to grab more power. It would be another big step in their ongoing push toward suspension of the Constitution and Pentagon-directed military police and gutted civilian and states' rights. This has been a major goal of theirs for years - it can be documented step by step, for example the Patriot Act. (Of course this demand for ultimate Fed power centralization is also part of the strategy to blame the local and state authorities for the mass negligent homicide - it is saying in effect, "Just give us feds all the power and then you will all be safe!!!")

We cannot let this happen and must be very alert to prevent it.


In Bush's speech, along with the prospect of the vast reconstruction funds to be gobbled up by GOP crony deals; the plan to permanently disperse, displace and impoverish the people from New Orleans and the other devastated areas of the South; the prospect of federal money for religious schools to "educate" the displaced children; and many more neocon dreams, don't miss THIS:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9360206 (snip)

"...It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces, the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment’s notice.

"Four years after the frightening experience of September 11th, Americans have every right to expect a more effective response in a time of emergency. When the federal government fails to meet such an obligation, I, as President, am responsible for the problem, and for the solution. So I have ordered every Cabinet secretary to participate in a comprehensive review of the government response to the hurricane. This government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. We are going to review every action and make necessary changes, so that we are better prepared for any challenge of nature, or act of evil men, that could threaten our people."
(snip)
You know the kind of people he has for Cabinet secretaries, so you know whatever "recommendations" they come up with will be for the purpose of furthering neocon goals. His assertion that the federal government and the military need more power to act effectively during a crisis is a lie. EXISTING laws already give him that power, but he is trying to push the limits. For example, read the relevant sections of the DHS National Response Plan, an EXISTING document:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... thread title: The Buck Stops Here: NATIONAL RESPONSE PLANThe lines of authority are very clear; Bush does NOT need more power or more excuses to call for martial law and was TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAILURES IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA. Count on it, the detailed language in any change would include extension of the military policing to "civil disturbances" or just about any other damn thing.

And we're supposed to be encouraged that the disastrous federal non-response to the catastrophe will result in even TIGHTER exclusion of state and civilian efforts?!?! FEMA/DHS should have even GREATER power to block aid and disrupt search/rescue efforts and essential communication?!? Look at horrors FEMA/DHS are ALREADY responsible for in the Katrina disaster and their efforts to prevent anyone else from helping the victims that they have abandoned to die. The answer is supposed to be to INCREASE the power of these people?!?!

Oh yes. Using Katrina to grab more power for the POTUS is a theme. For example:http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Thread title: Bush says he may need more power in disasters

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... Thread title: NPR Reports: GW to Blanco"I'll send in the troops if you answer to the WH"

Make no mistake, there are years of step-by-step plans and moves leading up to this crisis and the intended political manipulation of it. I've been researching this and it isn't tinfoilhattery at all. The WH/Pentagon knew the disaster would come in some form, natural or man-made, sooner or later. In fact, in early 2001 there was the official report that the three top, most likely catastrophes to hit the US would be an earthquake in San Francisco, a terrorist attack in New York, or a hurricane in New Orleans. Bush knew, and he cut funding to maintain levees and improve hurricane

preparedness:http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... thread title: FACTS: Bush was told about NO , he funded a study to confirm & then CUT $$(New Orleans hurricane and New York terrorist attack! Hey, two out of three!!! Though I do believe the New York attacks on 9/11 happened because of planning by Pentagon/WH insiders.)

For more of the back story on the step by step move to dictatorship and martial law, see this post and the follow the links back. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Let's not let the neocons use this great disaster as the "one more hit" that General Tommy Franks was referring to in his Cigar Aficionado interview that would could result in the suspension of the Constitution for our "protection." http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar/CA_Profiles/People...
I recommend this excellent article, a column written in response to Tommy Franks' surprisingly frank prediction.

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/12/07/Columns/From_Tommy_Fr...

From Tommy Franks, a doomsday scenario
By ROBYN E. BLUMNER, Times Perspective ColumnistPublished December 7, 2003
The doomsday scenario was laid out by Gen. Tommy Franks, the recently retired head of CentCom, in of all places the December edition of Cigar Aficionado magazine.

"What is the worst thing that can happen in our country?" Franks asked rhetorically. "Two steps. The first step would be a nexus between weapons of mass destruction . . . and terrorism." The second step would be "the western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy."

Franks suggested that a "massive casualty-producing event" might cause "our population to question our own Constitution and begin to militarize our country."

(snip)
It was the Nine Years' War in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World that facilitated the seizure of power by the world reformers who then took control of nearly all human and social development. In 1984, George Orwell described Oceania as in a constant state of war with a changeable enemy who "always represented absolute evil." These inventors of the great dystopias understood the way governments use war and its associative fear and instability to consolidate power. Despotism thrives on insecurity. Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs puts safety right behind food, water and sleep. Humans naturally crave stability and are willing to sacrifice values such as liberty in its pursuit.
(snip)

Foolish tinfoilhattery, you say? John Dean, one of our country's most respected legal authorites, disagrees with you. In 2002 he considered the probable consequences of the "one more hit," which he thought of as another domestic terrorist attack - though the hurricane can work even better for this purpose, especially with what certainly looks like deliberate worsening of the aftermath. Mr. Dean thought it quite possible that a great disaster like another terrorist attack could be successfully manipulated by the Administration into a functonal suspension of the Constitution that he called "constitutional dictatorship."http://archives.cnn.com/2002/LAW/06/columns/fl.dean.pow...

With the Bush Administration, always watch for the hand behind the back - the one holding the secret stiletto. They are STILL going to try to use this ongoing national tragedy to grab more civil and state power and consolidate under Pentagon-directed military police. If they give it a name at all, I promise you they won't call it what it is: martial law and military dictatorship. No, I'm betting on something Orwellian like "Operation Safe America." You can bet that it will NOT involve OUR National Guard back at home defending their states under their governors' authority.

We MUST MUST MUST stay alert and STOP the power grab that the Bush Administration will try to make based on their own murderously negligent and incompetent response to the hurricane.
Not only would this dismantle many more of the essential Constitutional protections from dictatorship and further increase Bush's unbalanced power, it would make us all LESS safe from natural and man-made disasters, not more. We MUST make both of these points clear to the American public. This is a turning point, one way or the other.

We honor Andy, ourselves, and our children by continuing his fight for clean, fair elections with VOTER-VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS. We are ALL Andy's brothers and sisters and are strongest when we act TOGETHER. May we never forget this, for it's the key to everything we are striving for.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

VIDEO- Aaron Broussard on MTP Edited on Sun Sep-25-05 11:01 AM
Takes on Timmy http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x4879548

MTP is broadcasting now and Broussard is fantastic! Must see this incredible man.

~done Re: Meet the PressTim Russert literally had his ass handed to him by Mr. Broussard--as well he should have. Russert, do you have no shame for the amount of water- bearing you do for your beloved Bush administration, who keeps you and GE so well funded in arms contracts for their imperial wars? Oh, I guess I just answered that question.

Others developed some conscience during this Katrina Disaster--the Anderson Coopers, Brian Williams, even Faux New's Shepherd Smith. Yet, you go on oblivious to the debaucle and suffering your Bush Cronies have heaped on these people, through their negligence, felonious cronyism, and apathy towards the poor.

Well, you are certainly a well paid mouthpiece. I can't quite recall how that meshes with the word of Christ, that you, as a "proud Catholic" proclaim at every convenient juncture.

If you truly have a conscience, may the dead of NOLA-- who will never be accurately counted nor even recovered-- haunt you for abandoning the TRUTH.

~You should watch every week. Then e-mail the network about his failures. They will respond very slowly but they will respond eventually. Maybe they will fire him if they get too many complaints.

~http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3303518/

~Do you have a question, concern or comment for Meet the Press or Tim Russert? Fill in the form below and send us your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.

Fire the Bush Regime Propagandist, Tim Russert and stop smearing Aaron Broussard and Cindy Sheehan!

That guy's pretty well spoken - good for him Timmy tried to sucker punch him. No such luck Timmy - Broussard hits back

~Are you kidding? What do you think the corporate media is all about? Their whole mission is to prop up bushco, and Russert is one of their best-rewarded propagandists.

~Can anyone find out is Pig Man is a paid shill? Hes a piece of garbage. Aaron should ask him that
"Mr. Pig Man are you a Guckert Armstrong?"

~That was INCREDIBLE. Thank you! Tim Russert and MTP should be ashamed of themselves.

~~The Pig Man of NBC thought he had Broussard set up for the slaughter, only to be minced into pork barbeque himself.

How nice it was to see the tables turned on the evil little mediawhore ~~~Thank you I don't get MSNBC and NBC doesn't come in too well here so I've never really had a chance to see what a scum Tim Russert is.

Black Heart indeed

~ WOW wow-chills up and down my arms and shoulders
Local and State officials were made impotent by the federal gov't... ....the resources needed for any substantial preparations to deal with this situation or any other emergency have been taken away by the tax cuts for the rich...PERIOD...the local and state levels of gov't haven't had the funds that are necessary for a state of emergency....and obviously the inept leadership of FEMA as well was pertinent in the travesty that's befallen my state

~Exactly. The meme floating around was "There is PLENTY of blame to go around" The WH apparently faxed that talking point to pols and paid yakkers on an hourly basis in the early days of Katrina.

The reality is that there wasn't "plenty" to go around.

There will almost always be errors made in such large operations, but it appears that the overwhelming amount of responsibility for the failures falls to the feds with the Bush administration leading.

And some of what occurred looks to be negligence. Criminal negligence.

~What you say is true And the response of the locals should be examined. But it is also about proporationality. As you point out, the locals can do only so much. That's why Jimmy Carter created FEMA. That's why he created FEMA as a cabinet level position. That's why he codified the fact that FEMA should be headed by **professionals**.

That's why he stipulated that FEMA should never be politicized.

When one weighs culpability, one needs to recognize the inherent limitations of the locals from **any** city or local jurisdiction. They *need* the help of the feds. And that's what was lacking.

Broussard is spot on in his take on things.
Proportionality.

That's the operative word.

~Broussard gave Russert an opening. I know you don't want to hear it. Broussard was 99.9% on target as this thread indicates, however, he conceded one thing to Russert at the end. That there was blame to go around at the local, state and federal level.

The glaring comeback that would have stopped Russert completely was to remind him that local response in an emergency would have been exhausted after the second day. By that time, the local emergency response would have been exhausted and it would have been enough time for the federal government to have stepped in and taken over.

For example, NOLA showed that even local police have families to take care of. They can stock their families up with goods, but after two days, they need to get back to take care of their own families. So someone needs to step in to take over. Tearing Russert to shreads I missed the end because I had to take a call, but I thought Broussard, after having been ambushed, kicked Timmy's butt Sun Sep-25-05 11:12 AM

he not only kicked Timmy's butt he chewed him up and spit him out!!

Rove's Smear Machine Fails to Discredit Aaron Broussard

September 20, 2005 -- Vicious and putrid right-wing blogs and their corporate news apologists and supporters now go after Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard.

Its Karl Rove's Goebbelsian propaganda machine at its most effective. After Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard recounted on Meet the Press a tearful account of how his emergency services director's mother was left to die in a St. Bernard Parish nursing home as flood waters rose, the vicious GOP blogs have gone on the attack. They are accusing Broussard of getting his dates wrong about the flooding and nursing home mass deaths as if that means it's okay for a 92-year old woman and over 30 other seniors to have been allowed by an unresponsive and incompetent FEMA to perish. The woman's son, Thomas Rodrigue, said that Broussard was confused in the midst of the hurricane's devastation.

This is the same crap the GOP blogs poured out when Rove's operatives passed scanned pages from George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard records to 60 Minutes. The documents contained correct information but the bloggers were tipped off by Rove's machine to jump on them as "forgeries" immediately after 60 Minutes and Dan Rather aired the piece about Bush's AWOL status. Dan Rather became the focus of the news instead of GOP dirty tricksters that include Rove and another bottom-feeding operative from past GOP campaigns.

GOP Scandal Scorecard

September 20, 2005 -- The GOP Scandal Scorecard add another member of the Bush White House.

Latest crook: David Hossein Safavian, a top official of White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), was arrested yesterday by the FBI for helping GOP huckster and Indian gambling casino lobbyist Jack Abramoff buy the Old Post Office Building in Washington and 40 acres of the Naval Surface Weapons Center in White Oak, Maryland for a Jewish school founded by Abramoff. While serving as the General Services Administration's (GSA) Chief of Staff between 2002 and 2004, Safavian accepted a Scotland golf trip from Abramoff in return for helping him acquire the prime real estate properties. Abramoff and his business colleague Adam Kidan were indicted by Federal authorities last month on other charges.

This scam should serve as a stark and ominous signal for the displaced people of Louisiana and Mississippi as Abramoff's friends descend on the area to obtain condemned property at cut-rate prices for their plan to turn the Gulf Coast into a "Dixieland Las Vegas."

See Scorecard. This list is getting so large, perhaps the new Sh'ia-led government of Iraq (or western Iran) will permit us to house these criminals at Abu Ghraib, complete with hoods, electric nodes, sodomite guards, and vicious dogs.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
(Lyrics transcribed from the studio recording by) Joan Baez
Virgil Caine is my name and I drove on the Danville train
'til so much cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
I took the train to Richmond that fell
It was a time I remember, oh, so well

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringin'
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singin'
They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na, .... "

Back with my wife in Tennessee
And one day she said to me,
"Virgil, Quick! Come see! There goes Robert E. Lee."

Now I don't mind, I'm chopping wood
And I don't care if the money's no good
Just take what you need and leave the rest
But they should never have taken the very best

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringin'
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singin'
They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na, ..... "

Like my father before me, I'm a working man
And like my brother before me, I took a rebel stand
Oh, he was just 18, proud and brave
But a yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the blood below my feet
You can't raise a Cane back up when he's in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringin'
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singin'
They went, "Na, na, na, na, na, na, ..... "

Original Lyrics written by J. Robbie Robertson

Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell,
it's a time I remember oh so well

The night they drove Old Dixie down and the bells were ringing
The night they drove Old Dixie down and the people were singin',
they went La-la-la la-la-la, la-la-la la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me
"Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E. Lee!"
Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest
But they should never have taken the very best

The night they drove old Dixie down and the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down and all the people were singin', t
hey went Na-na-na na-na-na, na-na-na na-na-na, na-na-na-na

Like my father before me, I will work the land
And like my brother before me, who took a rebel stand
He was just eighteen, proud and brave
But a Yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the mud below my feet
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down and the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down and all the people were singin',
they went Na-na-na na-na-na, na-na-na na-na-na, na-na-na-na

The night they drove old Dixie down and all the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down and the people were singin',
they went Na-na-na na-na-na, na-na-na na-na-na, na-na-na-na

J. Robie Robertson - The Band, 1970 Canaan Music / Joan Baez - Hits/Greatest & Others, 1973 Vanguard / Bob Dylan - Before The Flood, 1974 & 1990 Sony

Aaron Broussard's First Interview with Tim Russert

MR. BROUSSARD: Nobody's coming to get us. Nobody's coming to get us. The secretary has promised. Everybody's promised. They've had press conferences. I'm sick of the press conferences. For God sakes, shut up and send us somebody.

Video at Michael Moore.com front page and Infowars.com~

Just as Cindy Sheehan is every soldier's mother, the mother who drowned in that nursing home is America's conscience finally waking up. The neocons won't give up easily, but they're finished. American society is far more than the sum total of individual wants and assets; it is a dense network of commitments that people have to one another and among generations and classes too. To those who wave flags and say These Colors Don't Run, I say These Ties Don't Break. Nice try, though, you selfish, meanspirited, arrogant lowlifes.

Promises, promises, promises ... then death Sun Sep 4, 2:45 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS, United States (AFP) - Day after day, the aged woman clung tolife in her submerged nursing home. Day after day, her son called to say help was on The way. But rescue never came. Only a watery death.

Aaron Broussard, president of the Jefferson Parish section of New Orleans, could not stop bawling Sunday, as he told NBC television of the agonizing death of a colleague's elderly mother in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home, and every day she called him and said, 'Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?'"

"He said, 'Yeah, mama, somebody is coming to get you. Somebody is coming to get you."

'Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday.
"'Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday.
"'Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday.
"'Somebody's coming to get you on Friday.'"

""And she drowned Friday night!" Broussard wailed. "She drowned Friday night!"
Broussard quivered with rage as he gave voice to the frustration felt by much of thebattered southern city at the slow pace of rescue operations

FROM A LAWYER WHO WAS THERE

November 4, 2004 Ohio WhitewashBasic report from Columbus

Also see: Public Hearing on Election Irregularities and Voter Suppression, Columbus, OH:

Saturday, November 13, 20041-4pm

From a lawyer who was in there in Ohio. A database of voter irregularities is reportedly being assembled, and hopefully there will be web sites devoted to documenting what really happened.I worked for 3 days, including Election Day, on the statewide voter protection hotline run by the Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus, Ohio. I am writing this because the media is inexplicably whitewashing what happened in Ohio, and Kerry's concession was likewise inexplicable. Hundreds of thousands of people were disenfranchised in Ohio.

People waited on line for as long as 10 hours. It appears to have only happened in Democratic-leaning precincts, principally (a) precincts where many African Americans lived, and (b) precincts near colleges. I spoke to a young man who got on line at 11:30 am and voted at 7 pm. When he left at 7 pm, the line was about 150 voters longer than when he'd arrived, which meant those people were going to wait even longer. In fact they waited for as much as 10 hours, and their voting was concluded at about 3 am. The reason this occurred was that they had 1 voting station per 1000 voters, while the adjacent precinct had 1 voting station per 184. Both precincts were within the same county, and managed by the same county board of elections. The difference between them is that the privileged polling place was in a rural, solidly Republican, area, while the one with long lines was in the college town of Gambier, OH.

Lines of 4 and 5 hours were the order of the day in many African-American neighborhoods.
Touch screen voting machines in Youngstown OH were registering "George W. Bush" when people pressed "John F. Kerry" ALL DAY LONG. This was reported immediately after the polls opened, and reported over and over again throughout the day, and yet the bogus machines were inexplicably kept in use THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

Countless other frauds occurred, such as postcards advising people of incorrect polling places, registered Democrats not receiving absentee ballots, duly registered young voters being forced to file provisional ballots even though their names and signatures appeared in the voting rolls, longtime active voting registered voters being told they weren't registered, bad faith challenges by Republican "challengers" in Democratic precincts, and on and on and on.

I was very proud of the way so many Ohioans fought so valiantly for their right to vote, and would not be turned away. Many, however, could not spend the entire day and were afraid of losing their jobs, due to the severe economic depression hitting Ohio.

I do not understand why Kerry conceded and did not fight to ensure that all Ohioans would have a chance to vote, and for their vote to be counted.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Shame on bush

Duplicate Soldiers - Bush Deceptions

Mr. Kerry -- it’s still possible for you to be a war hero

An Open Letter to Senator John Kerry on Irregularities, Fraud, and Conspiracies
31st December 2004 - 06h15 -

This commentary was inspired partly by the open letter to Senator Kerry. It’s addressed in part to Mr. Kerry, but is also for those of us who are suffering from the entrenched corruption and apathy that is killing our Democracy.

It’s time for Senator Kerry to step forward and publicly do something about our eroded Democracy -- now.

There’s ample evidence of systematic corruption of the voting process. Thousands of reports document suspected fraud. Reported problems have a disturbing pattern --virtually all of them stacked the vote in favor of George W. Bush. Thousands of such incidents are documented and easy to find via web links such as those found on page one at http://www.verifiedvoting.org -- an excellent, non-partisan website originated by computer science professor David Dill of Stanford University.

Mr. Kerry -- it’s still possible for you to be a war hero... because this is a war to save our Democracy. Very few people could successfully spearhead a movement to do this. Maybe you could start the process by calling a press conference and challenging the accuracy of this presidential election, based not only on reported incidents, but also on the blatant sleazy practices used to control the voting process in Ohio.

The only way anything will change towards making our Democracy work in our lifetime, is to do something now. If the exit polls have been used for decades to successfully verify voting outcomes -- why ignore it now? According to exit polls, George W. Bush lost Ohio.

We have to ask you Mr. Kerry -- what took the Democratic Party so long to recognize the serious problems taking root in our voting system? Many of us did our best to warn you. We told you that beginning in 1996 there began the use of unverifiable computer technology and software to cast the vote. We hoped you would see something wrong with the fact that right wing Republicans, defense
industry interests, and even the Saudis, were investing in voting technology that incrementally created the perfect way to steal the elections without leaving a trace!

First there was Nebraska, then Georgia and then Florida. Georgians were stunned by the difference between the exit polls and the actual outcome. Didn’t you hear about that? And it’s not just computers that are suspect -- it’s the tabulation software --nearly 80% of which is made and controlled by two companies, Diebold and Election Systems and Software. These two companies control software that counts every type of vote cast -- including optical scan and even absentee ballots. See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Urosevich and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diebold

Now we see that the SCALE of possible vote theft is huge compared to when it was years ago when fraud was committed in little patches here and there -- that amateur old timey stuff is kid’s play by today’s standards. Now it’s possible to rip off millions of votes without leaving fingerprints.

But thank God we have the Ohio elections which are still pretty messy. The ability to steal the vote without fingerprints is not perfected. This despite almost complete control of the voting process by entrenched Republican political hacks. But they’re out there in the light-- at least part of the time... unlike those mysterious and unverifiable voting machines.

You can’t sit back any longer and wait for other shoes to drop -- you have to do something now while some of the fingerprints in Ohio are still fresh. It might be a good idea to start with a news conference that says that you have completely lost faith in the way our voting is done in this country and that the election system is broken. You will have to it now because if you don’t -- this
moment will be lost and we will never, ever in our lifetimes -- get those who were elected by this corrupt system to change it to one that is accountable. You can only move forward if you stand up tall now and show a willingness to fight. You won’t have to wait for long as we line up behind you.

Real election reform won’t easily come through the Congress of the United States -- not currently, at least not through normal means. This lesson was learned most recently by the resistance of Republicans who for the past year and a half refused to sign onto bills which would have gone go a long way towards creating a verifiable Democracy.

Democratic Congressman Rush Holt tried unsuccessfully to pass a a bill calling for a mandatory paper trail to be kept by elections officials as hard evidence -- a way to verify the vote. Then -- when that bill didn’t go anywhere it was copied and pasted by Democratic Senator Bob Graham who tried to get it voted on in the Senate. Both bills were crushed by Republicans that wouldn’t allow the bills to even get to the floor for a vote!

Even some Republicans know in their hearts that systematically creating a voting system that makes stealing the vote easy -- means that our Democracy is based on a lie. Surely that must be spiritually sickening to even the most hardened person! It’s not possible that all Republicans are "ends justifies the means" Bushites. We need to all ask ourselves, ALL of ourselves -- Republicans, Democrats, Republicans, Independents whether we’re going to sit back and let neocon, fanatic Republicans steal the foundation upon what we would live and die for!

This may be the last time that we ask you and our Democratic representatives to fight for what is right. We need to ask you once more -- where is your outrage and passion as our Democracy slips away? The evidence is all around you that clearly show a pattern that amounts to fraud. Please fight!And if we don’t see you out there in the front of the lines fighting during the next few days -- then We, the People, need to admit that we can no longer trust the Democratic Party to fight for the main principles upon which this country was founded.

In that case we need to consider this apathy -- this corrupted spirit -- to be both final evidence of a dying spirit -- and also an opportunity for rebirth and change. We the People would then need to make up our collective minds to move completely away from dependence on this party -- or any other, and direct our energy for real change by creating a new party that stands firmly and unequivocally on Democratic principles.

If that ends up being our choice -- then may I please suggest to my friends that the new party be created from existing coalitions of energetic groups such as MoveOn and others that have proven themselves trustworthy by working tirelessly to preserve our Democracy? They have also proven that they have the leadership skills to motivate millions of people. They (we) have proven that it is possible to raise millions of dollars with small donations from individuals.

May I suggest that if this movement comes to pass that we never again give one thin dime to the Democratic or Republican parties? Because so many of us found real conservatives who joined us in our fight -- don’t you think we can find each other again?

The next step might be to call for a convention of representatives from these disparate groups such as MoveOn, for the purpose of linking together to form a whole... perhaps it can be called the Coalition Network Party -- or similar idea. (Keep it to two words to make the name legal in all states).We need a party with energy, moral courage and guts, that absolutely refuses under any circumstances to take any money whatsoever from corporate interests. Period.

To create the new party as coalition would mean it could tap the energy from all these groups who truly represent the United States in all of its diversity. But in line with the original principles that this country was founded on -- a country dedicated to the creation of policy intended for the public good, and not for the wealthy few. We need leaders that inspire us to become the best we can become -- not an entrenched group that is corrupted by special interests and lies. And as a coalition -- instead of a single organization -- it has a better chance of staying fresh, with young, honest and energetic ideas --and not be continually in danger of becoming monolithic, and corruptible from within.

Even before a new party is formed we need to push hard for all paper, hand counted ballots --just like is currently done in the regional elections in Canada (unfortunately Canada’s cities are corrupted by computerized voting machines). In their regional elections however, paper ballots are hand counted by citizens from all parties, not political hacks!

Wisely, hand counting of ballots is limited to no more than between 500 and 600 of the votes -- thus limiting the potential for corruption. Despite Canada’s size, the votes are most often counted by midnight! No computers and no software! Paper ballots are possible here too in the U.S., even with multiple issues and many candidates. Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s too complicated here in the U.S. for paper ballots. It’s not.

It’s not only doable but it’s cheap. No need for expensive computers, technicians -- and no need to worry about how proprietary software is secretly written --protected from public scrutiny by trade secret laws! No modems to worry about, no hacking, and no breakdowns in the voting process because a bunch of machines don’t work. No long lines where people have to wait up to ten hours. Imagine long rows of voting cubicles ----very cheap to make. It’s even possible to make privacy dividers from heavy cardboard for heaven’s sake!

It’s also possible to have access for the disabled using a verifiable paper voting system. The disabled vote done on a computer on secret software -- is just as vulnerable to corruption as it is for an fully abled person.I must warn you all to not listen to lawsuit threats from disability organizations such
as the National Federation for the Blind. NFB has long failed to disclose that it received a million dollar "donation" from Diebold. Then, its members and sister organization, the American Association for People with Disabilities, which also received money, traveled around the country threatening to sue supervisors-of-elections officials unless they used "approved" computer voting
technology -- such as Diebold’s!

Shame on AAPD and NFB for NEVER disclosing their financial relationship with Diebold. It took an angry blind woman with eight children from Virginia who got mad and pointed it out. The NFB and AAPD should have been royally sued under RICO for what they did. Now is the time to remember the beautifully crafted words of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and others who struggled with all their might to create and protect something precious. They warned us many times that Democracy is a fragile concept that would be hard to protect. We need to define for ourselves how it can be protected at this time in our history.

If we start a new party it will be important to become far more organized than the Democratic Party could ever hope to be. Its reputation as being disorganized slackers is somewhat deserved. A new party should use powerful Organization Development tools for strategic planning, such as those developed by Kurt Lewin’s Force Field Analysis -- a terrific tool for planning a real future for any movement and any organization that really wants to succeed. A description of Lewin’s "values based management system" can be found at:
http://www.valuebasedmanagement.net/methods_lewin_force_field_analysis.html

Another wise move would be to call up Richard Winger -- editor for over twenty years of Ballot Access News. He would be the perfect consultant on how to set up a new party so its legal in every state. He is the single most knowledgeable person in the U.S. on how to do this and he doesn’t charge for his services. He only needs to know that we’re really serious about really doing it right.
Let’s get started now!

The Bush family and friends stole both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections

Posted: 2005-03-08 19:50
The sun revolves around the Earth and George W. Bush won the election in Ohio March 8, 2005

The Bush family and friends stole both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections. The covert operations long associated with George Herbert Walker Bush, former President and CIA director, are now overtly practiced in key battleground states. The mainstream media is much like medieval theologians, who refused to accept the obvious, that the Earth revolved around the sun. Instead, they plotted bizarre planet rotations to prove the Earth was the center of the universe.

In order to believe that Bush won in Ohio, you have to ignore deadly accurate exit polls and all observable data to avoid the Bush family theft. By refusing to consider this CIA-connected family’s history, one must accept the following ridiculous political conclusions: that Bush supporters were shy in Ohio and Florida and reluctant to answer exit poll questions, but not shy in Arizona, Arkansas and Louisiana; that pollster Zogby’s Election Day calls for Kerry in Ohio and Florida were wrong, as well as the Harris poll; that Mitofsky’s exit polling is flawed in the U.S. but an accurate predictor in the Ukraine for fraud; that Kerry easily carried the metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Columbus but lost due to an unobserved Bush surge in rural Appalachia; that Bush won despite an incumbent approval rating under 50%; that Bush got 80% or so of the undecided vote although all professional pollsters agree that undecideds generally vote for the challenger; and private partisan companies that secretly count the vote without paper trails are fair and honestly doing their job.

Equally important as the implausible scenarios one must accept, is the real life Bush family history one must ignore. One must turn away from three generations of Bush ties to the security intelligence complex and the CIA. When George H.W. Bush took over the CIA in the mid-1970s, critics across the political spectrum warned that Bush would politicize the agency for his own political aspirations. Roland Evans and Robert Novak, writing in the Washington Post, reported that some in the CIA were objecting “against any presidential scenario that looks to the CIA as a possible stepping-stone to the Vice Presidential nomination.”

Kevin Phillips, in American Dynasty, details how covert CIA operatives fired by Jimmy Carter’s CIA director Stansfield Turner, “joined the 1980 Bush campaign.” The Washington Post noted, “Simply put, no presidential campaign in recent memory – perhaps ever, has attracted so much support from the intelligence as the campaign of former CIA director George Bush.” Bush and his ex-CIA buddies secured the Vice Presidency in 1980, the Presidency in 1988 and have now rigged the 2000 and 2004 elections for Bush the Lesser.

To believe in W’s victory in 2004, you also have to forget the following historical facts: that in 1942, Prescott Bush, the current President’s grandfather, was called Hitler’s Angel by the New York Tribune; that in 1946, the OSS/CIA overthrew the Metakas government in Greece; that the U.S. gave at least $60 million to bring to power the former Nazi intelligence network of General Reinhard Gehlen in the first decade following World War II to control the intelligence apparatus in West Germany; that in 1953, the U.S. overthrew the popular Mossadegh in Iran and installed the brutal Shah; that in 1954, the CIA overthrew the democratically-elected Arbenz government in Guatemala; that in 1957, the CIA financed the election of pro-American candidates to the Lebanese Parliament; that in 1964, the CIA gave $20 million in assistance for Eduardo Frei to defeat Salvador Allende in Chile; that in 1967, the CIA overthrew the democratically-elected government of George Papandreou and installed a military dictatorship; that in 1973, the CIA overthrew the
second oldest democracy in the western hemisphere in Chile; that in 1975, the CIA destabilized and forced the dissolution of the Labor government under Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in Australia; that in 1976, the CIA attempted to overthrow Michael Manley’s government in Jamaica.

The veterans of these covert operations established the first Bush Presidency. They also brought us Iran-Contra. Under the Reagan-Bush administraton, mainframe computers were used to rig the
election for Noriega supporters to be elected to the Panama Parliament and pre-programmed computer tapes were brought in to the government’s central tabulating center in a last ditch effort to prop up Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a “demonstration election.”

Even in the last election in the Ukraine, the Associated Press reports “the Bush administration has spent more than $65 million the past two years to aid political organizations in Ukraine….” And the Bush family’s candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, who won on a re-vote because the Mitofsky exit polls detected fraud, is married to Kateryna Chumachanko, a former Reagan White House official and daughter of right-wing Ukrainian exiles. Chumachanko was accused of being a CIA operative by
her husband’s political opponents, according to the Washington Post.

Do we simply ignore all the signs of election theft in the U.S. and accept the bizarre axiom that the universal laws of statistics that reveal fraud in the Ukraine somehow stop at the United States border?

Emerging Scandal on MD Voting Machine Performance

TrueVoteMD.org March 8, 2005
CONTACT: Linda Schade 301-270-6665

Emerging Scandal on MD Voting Machine Performance
All MD Diebold Machines on Lockdown Under Investigation for Widespread Statewide Election Day 2004 Failures
MD Election Group Calls for Independent Investigation and De-Certification of
Machines

Montgomery County, Maryland. According to county election officials and other sources, all Maryland voting machines have been on "lockdown" since November 2, 2004 due to statewide machine failures including 12% of machines in Montgomery County, some of which appear to have lost votes in significant numbers. The State Board of Elections convinced the media that Election Day went smoothly, when in fact there were serious statewide, systemic problems with the Diebold electronic voting machines -- so serious that the SBE and Diebold still have not figured out how
to prevent the loss of votes in the future.

"Election Day was anything but smooth. Votes were lost, computer cards storing votes were unreadable, thousands of error messages were reported, machines froze in mid-voting and machines refused to boot up. The problems with the machines were so widespread and serious that efforts to hide the problems have failed," said Linda Schade, director of TrueVoteMD.org. "It is not sufficient for Diebold and the SBE to investigate themselves. They have misled the public about this problem and an independent investigation is needed.

Further, these problems indicate that the Diebold machines should be decertified as required by Maryland law and as provided for in the Diebold contract. This is an opportunity to correct the mistaken purchase of paperless electronic voting machines. Diebold should refund Maryland tax dollars and we should start anew with a system that voters trust because it can be independently audited and recounts can be meaningful."

VOTES LOST According to the IT Report to the Montgomery County Election Board, dated December 13, 2004 there were two broad levels of problems. Seven percent of units (189) failed. This included failure to boot up, screen freezes and a variety of other problems. Screen freezes, which occurred on 106 voting units were "the most serious of errors" because many "froze when the voter pressed the Cast Ballot button." As a result "election judges are unable to provide substantial confirmation that the vote was in fact counted." In addition there were "122 suspect
units (5%) were identified because the unit had few votes captured compared to other voting units in the polling place. A unit was considered suspect if it had 25-50 votes captured when all other units in the polling place had over 150 votes," the report stated. The IT report includes other details of Diebold machine failures including smart card and encoder problems as well as thousands of yet unexplained error messages, now called 'ballot exception errors."

UNREADABLE PC MEMORY CARDS Multiple sources also have revealed that the computer memory cards where vote totals are stored inside each voting machine were unreadable in multiple counties.

DIEBOLD UNABLE TO RESOLVE TECHNICAL FAILURE FOUR MONTHS AFTER ELECTION After IT examinations within Maryland failed to decipher the root of these problems, the State Board and Diebold sent voting machines to several out-of-state locations in Texas and Ohio for further testing, according to a Diebold memo dated February 16, 2005. As of the March 3, Montgomery County Election Board meeting, the PC memory card problems as well as those listed above cannot be explained by Diebold, according the IT report.

MACHINE FAILURES STATEWIDE Montgomery County Elections official Sam Statland has acknowledged that local boards around the state are gravely concerned about the Diebold system's performance and are pressuring the State Board of Elections for answers. In testimony before the State House Ways and Means on February 24, 2005, Mr. Statland cited the facts above and asserted that "Since the 2000 election cycle, the State of Maryland has become and still is a 'test site' for
electronic voting." In the January State Board of Elections meeting, Linda Lamone discussed the "performance problems" and confirmed that "once [Montgomery County was] finished they will start the same process in the other counties, beginning with Baltimore County."

TRUEVOTEMD CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT REVIEW AND DECERTIFICATION OF MACHINES AS REQUIRED BY LAW TrueVoteMD.org, an election integrity organization, is now calling for an independent investigation and for de-certification of the machines as required by
Maryland election law (MD Code, Election Law § 9-102(c)(1)).* TrueVoteMD.org is a founding organization for VoteTrustUSA a national network of state election integrity groups and has been raising the alarm that the electronic Diebold voting system has serious vulnerabilities to computer malfunction and fraud for nearly two years. This information is confirmed by TrueVoteMD's Election Day report "When the Right to Vote Goes Wrong: Md Voters Tell The Story of Election Day 2004"

http://www.truevotemd.org/Resources/MDproblems04map.pdf.

"If the gubernatorial race in 2006 is as close as 2002 it would only take four errors per precinct to change the outcome of the election. Maryland cannot risk the election disaster that is impending. Maryland was lucky the presidential election in Maryland was not close; otherwise we would be embroiled in scandal to this day. It is time to put in place a system that is reliable and that voters can trust," concluded Schade. "Three independent reports have raised serious concerns with the security of Diebold machines, now we have seen the worst come to pass. These machines are unreliable and insecure. How many more warnings to Maryland officials need in order to take
action to protect the vote?"

*MD Code, Election Law § 9-102(c)(1) (emphasis added). The SBE “shall decertify a previously certified voting system if” that system “[does not] protect the security of the voting process,” and “[does not] count and record all votes accurately.” Id. § 9-103(a)(2) (emphasis added). Copies of the source documents mentioned in this release are available upon request by contacting TrueVoteMD.org.
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TrueVoteMD is a non-partisan election integrity organization made up of candidates, elected officials, election judges, pollwatchers, and voters from all walks of life who support a voter-verified paper audit trail to ensure the accuracy, transparency and security of elections.

Maryland's absentee ballots don't seem to have been counted

It's worth checking out all of Citizen Spooks articles here (past and present):
http://www.citizenspook.blogspot.com/

Not sure what to think of Plame and Wilson possibly being involved, but it seems to
fill in some blanks for me (if it's true).

~~~~AAAAHOOOGAAAA!!!

NOW HEAR THIS, NOW HEAR THIS!!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For Andy Stephenson
- THIS HAPPENED IN BLUE STATE MARYLAND,
WHAT WAS IT AND WILL IT BE LIKE IF WE DON'T HAVE PAPER
INSTEAD OF VAPOR BALLADS IN 2006?

Linda Lamone was responsible for going ahead with the purchase of Diebold machines though the contract was halted after the Diebold scandal broke with the author from Stanford going on NPR. Linda Lamone had to answer questions at a hearing after the 2004 "Election" but nothing came of it. I got a excuse ridden three page letter from her office that Diebold CEO stating that they were going to make sure Bush got the Ohio votes in a fund-raising letter that just because the manufacturers were partisen didn't mean they couldn't produce an "honest" election.

Maryland's absentee ballots don't seem to have been counted to make it look like bush lost by less than he did in blue states.

Pretend Democratic Candidate with Pretend President at Pretend Debates

Katrina Evacuees sent to Colorado against their will and behind fences and heavy armed guards. These are not criminals, Why aren't they allowed to talk to the mainstream press. Denver Post

another Kent State where American children

http://whatreallyhappened.com/ Is this enough? Need we wait to have another Kent State where American children are gunned down by other Americans in uniforms? Or can we finally see what this government has become? Take a good look at this video. This is the image of the USA the rest of the world sees. This is the Neocon dream for America.

This file is a 15 megabyte file. http://cutup.org.nyud.net:8090/dir/fascism.mov

~~Ben - My hope is that these "undecideds" are the people who currently support Bush who are just about to suck it up and go with their gut that says "THIS SILVER SPOON CHILD WITH THE FAKE TEXAS ACCENT HAS BEEN LYIN' HIS ASS OFF TO YOU AND ITS ABOUT TIME YOU WOKE UP!!!" Its hard to face your freinds I guess, and it feels so self-rightous to listen to your talking points spouted at you every day by the right wing radio robots. As I posted elsewhere, the
sign I made for my car says "ARE YOU STILL BELIEVING BUSH?" As a gentle reminder that they are welcome to come on over to the side of reason any ol' time.

FATS DOMINO lyrics - "Wait And See"
www.OldieLyrics.com

(Dave Bartholomew, Antoine "Fats" Domino)

The sun's gonna shine in my back door someday
Just you wait and see, just you wait and see
One day you'll cry, I won't come back to you
Just you wait and see, just you wait and see
You've got such a great, big beautiful smile
I wanna hug and kiss you for a while
The sun's gonna shine in my back door someday
Just you wait and see, just you wait and see
[Instrumental Interlude]

You've got such a great, big beautiful smile
You're so doggone mean I wonder why
One day you'll cry, I won't come back to you
Just you wait and see, just you wait and see
The sun's gonna shine in my back door someday
Just you wait and see, just you wait and see
Wait and see, wait and see
Wait and see, wait and see

Monday, September 19, 2005


ACLU/FOIA: New Documents Contradict Army Report Denying Systemic... New Documents Contradict Army Report Denying Systemic Failures in Treatment of Detainees September 15, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETroops Say They Used Techniques "Remembered From the Movies"; Deaths Could Have Been Avoided with Better Training

http://katrinablog.msnbc.com/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9379133/ ~Lack of cohesion bedevils Katrina recovery
Red tape, lapses in planning delay assistance for displaced evacuees
Guvaka Reid, of New Orleans, feeds her ill six-week-old son Edmonte Percy at a shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday. Lm Otero

Katrina multimedia

Blogging from Gulf CoastFollow two MSNBC.com journalists as they blog from the less publicized areas of Katrina's wrath.

Updated: 12:42 a.m. ET Sept. 18, 2005 Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck, red tape and poor planning have left thousands of evacuees without basic services, according to local and state officials, public policy experts and survivors themselves.

Hundreds of thousands of people from New Orleans and Gulf Coast communities have fled, sometimes to neighboring states and beyond, moving in with friends and family or into shelters, public housing and hotels funded by the Red Cross. With little guidance from federal and state governments -- and no single person or entity in charge of the overall operation -- cities and counties have been left on their own to find survivors homes, schools, jobs and health care. A patchwork of policies has resulted, causing relief agencies to sometimes work at cross-purposes.
President Bush has promised a range of new initiatives to help the evacuees, including $5,000 grants to help the unemployed find jobs, a voucher program for students and more money for state Medicaid programs. But while Bush's promises of additional help have been welcomed, the initial efforts to provide for the evacuees has sometimes been disjointed, confusing and ineffective, local officials said.

Confusion across the U.S.

In Houston, some housing shelters have been located so far from the center of town that it has become difficult for evacuees to find jobs.In Mississippi, people waiting for promised housing in the form of mobile homes or trailers found themselves in a Catch-22 situation: Even as local officials said they were waiting for FEMA to provide the shelters, officials at the federal agency said they were waiting for local officials to provide the right locations.In Mobile, Ala., careful plans by school administrators to cope with a certain number of evacuee children from Mississippi and Louisiana were disrupted when a fax last week gave officials 48 hours' notice that hundreds of additional evacuees were on the way.

Some services have not reached their targets: At the Dallas convention center free legal resources for evacuees were hardly being used, partly because no one had told survivors how to think through what their legal needs might be. Public assistance programs for evacuees are going to vary widely, depending on welfare policies in individual states, meaning that evacuees who happened to be
transported to one state are likely to receive very different benefits than those in others.

‘A helluva mess’"I don't see much evidence of overall planning and guidance," said Richard Murray, a public policy expert in Houston, which is hosting thousands of evacuees. • Special report: In Katrina’s wake In an e-mail, Murray, who is director of the University of Houston's Center for
Public Policy, wrote: "Couple a multi-state disaster of Katrina's magnitude, (including some of the poorer and less well-governed states in the union), add on a dysfunctional federal bureaucracy that had deteriorated in recent years, and a chief executive whose motto seemed to be, until yesterday, the buck stops there, and we get a helluva mess."

If you support the "values" of the rich people, you will eventually become one of them, right? That is the American dream paradox. Don't blame the rich because any day now I'll be one of them. There is no need for stinking socialism because I'll not be one of those "losers".

Even if those rich people screw you everytime, cut off your health care benefits, raise your taxes and send your boys and girls to fight their wars, you still believe in them and serve their drinks at those delightful cocktail parties. How dumb is THAT!?

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/~~~~September 16, 2005 -- Bush announces plan to help big business to "recover" from Hurricane Katrina. Speaking in a Karl Rove-staged photo op from New Orleans last night, President Bush announced a series of measures that will ensure tax breaks for big business, a permanent Diaspora for the city's poor, and the future gentrification of poor and middle class sections of the flooded city. The Bush speech was full of corporate contrivances that dodge the type of assistance that is actually needed for the displaced population of the New Orleans metropolitan region.

Bush recently named CIA Leakgate suspect Karl Rove as his point man for the rebuilding efforts on the Gulf Coast. The Bush speech reflected both Rove's emphasis on spin and a lack of interest in the plight of the poor. Although Bush accepted responsibility for the "problem" of his administration's poor response effort, he quickly diverted his priorities to workers' recovery accounts (something that sounds suspiciously like medical savings accounts); a "Gulf Opportunity Zone" offering big tax breaks to corporations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; and a homestead lottery scheme to build homes on federal lands.

Bush did not address the immediate and long-term focused concerns for the people of the Gulf Coast. For example, FEMA continues to block needed assistance to the homeless residents of the region.

Bush failed to provide incentives for people to return to their homes. He also failed to insist on incentives for minority-owned businesses to participate in rebuilding efforts. Yesterday, Rev. Jesse Jackson told a Washington, DC press conference that there are 300 trucks in Memphis loaded with ice, water, and food with an additional 1000 trucks standing by at warehouses across the country. These trucks have not been granted permission by FEMA to move out to the Gulf Coast, where some poor towns, particularly in Mississippi, have not yet seen either FEMA or the Red Cross. 1800 children are still separated from their parents and Bush said nothing to assure parents and their children that they will soon be reunited.

What many members of the Congressional Black Caucus and African American national leadership have called for in relief and reconstruction efforts were not addressed by Bush. There were no proposals by Bush for an "adopt-a-family" tax credit, a one-time FEMA help grant for orphaned and homeless children, a bankruptcy relief provision, provide temporary housing at all available federal government assets (including many closed military bases in the Gulf Coast region), the setting of a 50 percent residency target for all contracts, setting a 40 percent minority vendor target for all reconstruction, a moratorium on all contracts until civil rights provisions are restored (Davis Bacon minimum wage requirements, minority contract set asides), permit the admittance of minority community-based counselors in evacuation facilities nationwide, Justice Department assistance in individual cases of arrested and detained individuals, ensure evacuees can vote in state and local elections (including February 2006 election), ensure home owners have the right of first refusal to reclaim property, freeze all foreclosures against property in affected area for a minimum of 12 months, legal protections against predatory lenders, prohibition of collections and deficiency judgments on real and personal property, prohibition on negative credit reporting or omission of negative events from credit scores, voluntary waiver of late fees or interest on loans for a period of at least three months, establish a diverse commission to monitor the equitable distribution of relief resources by FEMA, the Red Cross, and Salvation Army, develop an action plan to secure wetlands in coastal areas of the U.S., stop the rollback and waivers of environmental laws, and develop a comprehensive strategy to address the poverty crisis in America.

Many Gulf Coast residents see a lot of promises from Bush's plan with no guarantees he will follow through. Already, House and Senate conservative Republicans are carping about the Federal price tag for the reconstruction. These include Sen. John McCain, who is already politicking for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination on the backs of the people of the Gulf Coast who lost everything. McCain has no problem spending billions of dollars on a failed war in Iraq -- a ploy by McCain to further ingratiate himself to the neo-cons in the Republican Party.

http://katrinablog.msnbc.com/

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Heartbreaking Story By Aaron Broussard, Jefferson Parish President Talking About One of Bush's Murders of An Elderly Woman, the Mother of Mr. Broussard's Friend. Posted by Picasa

Aaron Broussard - Jefferson Parish President - Caring Human Being

MR. BROUSSARD: Nobody's coming to get us. Nobody's coming to get us. The secretary has promised. Everybody's promised. They've had press conferences. I'm sick of the press conferences. For God sakes, shut up and send us somebody.

Video at Michael Moore.com front page and Infowars.com

Just as Cindy Sheehan is every soldier's mother, the mother who drowned in thatnursing home is America's conscience finally waking up. As Malcolm X said when JFK was assassinated, the chickens have come home to roost. The neocons won't give up easily, but they're finished. American society is far morethan the sum total of individual wants and assets; it is a dense network of commitments that people have to one another and among generations and classes too. To those who wave flags and say These Colors Don't Run, I say These Ties Don't Break. Nice try, though, you selfish, meanspirited, arrogant lowlifes. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9179790

Promises, promises, promises ... then death Sun Sep 4, 2:45 PM ET NEW ORLEANS, United States (AFP) - Day after day, the aged woman clung tolife in her submerged nursing home. Day after day, her son called to say help was onThe way. But rescue never came. Only a watery death.

Aaron Broussard, president of the Jefferson Parish section of New Orleans, could not stop bawling Sunday, as he told NBC television of the agonizing death of a colleague's elderly mother in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home, and every day she called himand said, 'Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?'"

"He said, 'Yeah, mama, somebody is coming to get you. Somebody is coming to getyou."'Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday.

"'Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday.

"'Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday.

"'Somebody's coming to get you on Friday.'"

"And she drowned Friday night!" Broussard wailed. "She drowned Friday night!"Broussard quivered with rage as he gave voice to the frustration felt by much of thebattered southern city at the slow pace of rescue operations after the hurricane strucka week ago.

"Nobody's coming to get us. Nobody is coming to get her," he said.

"Everybody's promised. They've had press conferences. I'm sick of the pressconferences.

"For God's sakes, shut up and send us somebody."

FIVE DAYS THIS WOMAN AND HER SON WAITED AND SHE DROWNED FIVE DAYS LATER, THIS IS MURDER, BUSH REFUSED TO PREAUTHORIZE AID TO JEFFERSON PARRISH THOUGH IT WAS ONE THAT WAS PREDICTED TO HAVE THE WORST TIME AND BUSH DID PREAUTHORIZE HELP TO ALL OF THE REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS EVEN IF THEY WERE NOT IN AS MUCH DANGER.

Saw that, just heartwrenching! - For once Russert did an adequate job.

The video of Aaron Broussard is on Crooks and Liars. Many good videos of reporters breaking down at the inhumanity of Bush's mass murder and refusal to send even water to these dying people in NOLA.


Whatever you did to these, the least of my brethren (the Poor) YOU DID IT TO ME - Jesus about Judgment Day

Fema Camp photos from Above Top Secrets Posted by Picasa

FEMA Concentration Camps

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/fema.html/
I just got back from a FEMA Detainment Camp
I’m extremely depressed to report that things seem to only be getting sadder concerning the people so devastatingly affected by Katrina last week.

View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/evan/25229/
FEMA is giving proof that the have the "Final Solution" in their concentration camps.

http://www.globalnewsmatrix.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2449
Refugees from New Orleans behind barbed wire in UtahPosted on Wednesday, September 07
Utah's Governor Jon Huntsman has taken in some of the New Orleans refugees, at Camp Williams. Replete with barbed wire, armed soldiers with weapons at ready, police and sheriff with weapons at ready, and hell, they must surely feel right at home. In America yet. What bulls**t! I’m not done with this outrage, not by a long shot. I’m actually just getting started.

Denver Post even used this phrase about what is happening to the NOLA Detainees:Evacuees’ stories are moving, but fence isn'tArticle Last Updated: 09/07/2005 03:37:49 AMBy Diane Carman http://www.denverpost.com/carman/ci_3006502
If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought I was peering through the fence at a concentration camp. (more)

http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/005403.php#
Thursday :: Sep 8, 2005Welcome To George's Holiday CampHere we go again.

The other day, I wrote about Katrina evacuees being taken to Utah with no prior knowledge of their destination, and that they were reportedly being kept behind barbed wire.......

And then there is that report I have noted in recent days of the 1,000 evacuees flown to Roosevelt Roads naval base on Puerto Rico's eastern tip. What of them?

Please send questions to http://www.Congress.org/ and media: Why are Evacuees Being Sent to Puerto Rico Against Their Will? The Katrina Evacuees are being treated like POWs behind fences, not allowed to leave with heavy military guard. Please investigate and help these survivors of Katrina who are being treated like Gitmo detainees. They haven't committed any crime! The following article has a photograph of two very unhappy, oppressed and worn looking women behind orange fence.

.....FEMA is refusing to reveal to aid groups the locations of thousands of citizens forced out of their homes by "Hurricane Charley," citing "privacy restrictions."

Original news source: FEMA Rule Blocking Aid to Seniors - www.heraldtribune.com
Some elderly citizens forced out of their homes by Hurricane Charley are missing out on vital help, including meals, transportation and in-home care, because federal officials won't tell government aid groups where they are.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has temporarily relocated thousands of Charlotte County residents -- many of them senior citizens -- whose homes were destroyed or seriously damaged by the Aug. 13 storm. But, citing federal privacy protection rules, the agency has refused to say who has been relocated, or where they've been sent.

Travis and other officials said their complaints to FEMA officials have gone nowhere. But in response to an inquiry about the problem Tuesday, FEMA deputy federal coordinating officer Brad Gair vowed to find a way to ensure hurricane victims' privacy while getting them access to services.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Where have these people gone??

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread167902/pg9

Thank you for any light you can shed on these very dark stories esp. considering the Bush CIA's involvement in MK-ULTRA programs and The Finders.

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?noframes;read=78384
Tom Flocco: Update on Grand Juries
Here is an update from Tom Flocco on the Grand Juries investigating crimes at the highest level of government.
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To: Wolfram From: Tom Flocco ( Tom Flocco .com <http://www.tomflocco.com/> ) Re: Grand jury investigations of White House crime familes

1. Good to hear from you. Yes, I have been offline for 10 days. As a matter of fact, I will pass this reply to you on to a few others to keep everyone up to date, since I have been out of circulation for a fair length of time. My computer crashed just minutes after I started to send email regarding the JFK Jr. story; and I had to get the hard drive repaired, etc.....quite a mess.....phones tapped, phones turned off for 36 hours on four separate occasions in last three weeks....the Department of Defense
continuously port-scanning and trying to break into my computer 24/7....still have not sent out any emails on new stories for the last two weeks. The violations of personal rights are a lesson for all to observe--and for what is coming IF criminal administrations are not prosecuted. . The JFK Jr. story received at least 20 million hits and counting at my site, so people somehow found and read it around the world. Jeff Rense and David Icke played a major roll in promoting that story around the web since my computer had problems. Those two are great patriots and took on some personal risk like some of us. I was told the CIA in Langley, VA is VERY appreciative of their help in promoting the JFK Jr story. I am still shocked by Delbert's interviews for that piece and the gravity of it all. It caused a second grand jury to investigate the evidence.

Most don't know the story was finished long before it was released to the public. I had to wait about two weeks to get the approval of some nine witness families who are in physical jeopardy for what they saw and heard regarding the murder plot involving the Bushes and Clintons. But the witnesses know probes are ongoing in multiple states; so "Delbert" gave the final approval as the key source for the story and we went with it. U.S. Intelligence told me Bushes 41, 43, Bill 42, and Sen. Clinton met together in the White House and discussed the story on the evening of the day it was released.

3. The Chicago grand JURY the mainstream sometimes writes about is really at EAST six or seven grand juries. I know they exist in several states; and I am personally aware of a couple people who have already testified and others who have presented evidence and/or additional grand jury demands to Mr. Fitzgerald. All those grand juries are probing White House(s) past and present--regarding murder, 9/11 and related financial issues at the minimum. The most important story I have ever written is the recent Cash payoffs, bonds and murder linked to White House 911 finance . The financial issues in that 9-11 related story have the juice to place congressmen and senators in prison. Don't miss the evidence document links either, as the documents have already been presented and evaluated by one of the grand juries.

3. The Chicago grand JURY the mainstream sometimes writes about is really at LEAST six or seven grand juries. I know they exist in several states; and I am personally aware of a couple people who have already testified and others who have presented evidence and/or additional grand jury demands to Mr. Fitzgerald. All those grand juries are probing White House(s) past and present--regarding murder, 9/11 and related financial issues at the minimum. The most important story I have ever written is the recent Cash payoffs, bonds and murder linked to White House 911 finance . The financial issues in that 9-11 related story have the juice to place congressmen and senators in prison. Don't miss the evidence document links either, as the documents have already been presented and evaluated by one of the grand juries.

4. One caveat. Just as in the past, a few things could stop the wheels of justice from completely turning this time around: little things like bribery, murder, bombings and/or marshal law--all of which are quite possible, given this coterie of criminals. But even then, I have been told that U.S. intelligence is closely monitoring the probes and will go after Fitzgerald if he and the other prosecutors fail to do their job. I have heard that elements of the military and intelligence have refused to obey presidential orders over the past couple weeks. That is astonishing in and of itself.

5. This could be a very interesting fall; and I will be shocked if the President, members of his cabinet, agency officials and some members of Congress have not already inquired about seeking asylum in Australia or another similar English-speaking country to flee potential charges of treason, murder, obstruction of justice and other crimes. I have also been told there is evidence proving the Supreme Court is dirty and their law clerks and one Justice on the Court have already testified against other Justices regarding 2000 election fraud after an attempt to bribe the Justice testifying against other members. Quite incredible stuff. And can you imagine the implications: a five-year fraudulent presidency which sent troops to die and be maimed for life based on lies!

6. The crimes are so great that executions are a distinct possiblity, IF the officials involved are successfully brought to trial. The stakes are high and powerful officials will attempt anything to avoid justice--even destroying U.S. cities. In the wake of my JFK Jr. story, there are now grand juries in separate states probing information and evaluating evidence. I have sat with my mouth wide open while listening to other stories which are widespread among the intelligence community. I have been told that 60% of the intelligence community is ready to see the administration removed
from office and fully prosecuted, 10% are too timid to take sides and the other 30% are loyal to the administration.

http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?noframes;read=783847. So, it's a very difficult situation for the country. But think of the example which could be set for the rest of the world if three presidents and a senator were severely punished for their crimes against America. The cleansing would be dramatic; and it would open the way for prosecution against the media and Congress for ongoing obstruction of justice with accompanying prison terms.

There you have it: my current--albeit short--take on the grand juries no one wants to talk about, and with the fall just about upon us. But God is in control of what happens to America. This all goes back to events surrounding our forefathers at the outset of U.S. independence. And remember, French sons who helped America in the past are buried on U.S. soil from 1776, 1812 and very recently--in 2005. The crime has to stop. Period. Thanks to all for your support and to those who bought "Loose Change" 9/11 DVDs to help keep the site up online and pay band-width/website expenses.

For honest government--in our lifetime,
Tom Flocco
Tom Flocco .com
White House 911 finance
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http://whateveralready.blogspot.com/2005/09/house-republicans-beat-back-plame.html http://tinyurl.com/cavhx

Wednesday, September 14, 2005House Republicans beat back Plame resolution of inquiry Not too surprisingly, Republicans today beat back formal "resolutions of inquiry" by Democrats on the House Judiciary and House International Relations Committees that would have required the Bush administration to turn over to Congress information and records relating to the outing of CIA Officer Valerie Plame.

Rep. John Conyers, of Michigan, the ranking Democrat, and former chairman, of the Judiciary committee made just that point during the debate today, telling his colleagues: "Let us not forget the endless hearings in this Committee and others on alleged Clinton-Gore campaign finance violations, the Whitewater claims, and Clinton White House Travel Office firings. These were matters all under Justice Department review at the time of our hearings.

Interestingly, the House Intelligence Committee is going to meet in closed session tomorrow for its consideration of the resolution of inquiry, as well as for the vote itself. Since there is no classified information to consider (the committee has received no classified briefings from the Bush administration or Fitzgerald regarding Plame), Democrats are privately charging that Republicans are conducting the session in secret to diminish press attention. With Katrina, the Roberts confirmation hearings (and the hearings' jaw dropping disclosures-- Roberts has told the Senators which are his favorite movies, and that he favors the Windsor knot while tying his tie!), and Brittany Spears having given birth, the closing of the session appears to be overkill.

A senior Democratic aide told me tonight, regarding the closing of the House Intelligence Committee hearing: "That they [the Republicans] are going to do the mark up in a closed session just reflects that this is another effort to bury this thing."

A spokesman for the Republican majority did not return a phone call tonight, but if he does, I will update my post with his comments at that time. (Additionally, if any committee Republican comments for the record anywhere, I will update this post with their comments as well.)

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