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How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president.
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posted by Lorenzo 10:12 AM

 
Of Disconnect and Fantasyland
(Manuel Valenzuela, axisoflogic.com, Sep 26, 2004)

Millions of Americans choose not to see the debacle in Iraq for what it was, and is: a war for corporate profit and crony capitalism, not for freedom and liberty; a war for geostrategic empire building, not democracy; and a war for Israeli security, not American, using our soldiers' blood for the proxy war of another nation. Iraq's invasion and subsequent occupation has nothing to do with protecting our vaunted freedoms and rights, which, by the way, are being threatened daily by the savior called Bush. The inept mismanagement of Iraq by Bush now threatens the entire security of the globe, giving birth to a Bush-created and abused fear that now envelopes Americans everywhere. Millions think themselves safer under Bush and his war for profit, not realizing the tremendous karma, blowback and hunger for hatred and revenge the war and occupation have engendered. Yet forty percent of Americans fail to see beyond the fog of war or the haze of propaganda, and will do all in their capacity to elect the worst President in history back for four more years. Millions of Americans are keeping alive the evil that is George W. Bush, in the process scaring billions of world citizens that the worst American President in history will be left to his own devices for four more years. The world's destiny depends on the average American citizen, which is why so many people around the globe tremble in fear at the thought of what might be decided in less than 40 days. Forty percent of 290 million people may well seal the fates of 6.2 billion people. Why is it that so many Americans do not see what they are helping to keep in power? Why do they not see that in their support for corruption, wickedness, death and destruction they are helping to seal their own fates, helping to prolong world conflict and American fear and insecurity? Why can't they see the fate that their support for malfeasance is bringing to fruition and the decimation of the way of life they cherish their blind belief in ineptitude is unleashing? What is it in these 40 percent of Americans that sheep they become even as packs of wolves condemn them to the slaughter? How, in such obvious exercises in lies and distortions, and such blatant ineptitude and mismanagement, can 40 percent of Americans still try to maintain the status quo by keeping in office the most damaging administration in history? In the answers to these vexing questions the salvation of the nation lies.
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posted by An Old Curmudgeon 11:55 AM

 
John Kerry's Tipping Point
(Don Hazen, Alternet, September 23, 2004)
There is a growing sense that John Kerry's campaign has reached a tipping point. The watershed moment was a sharply worded and highly publicized speech attacking George Bush's policy on Iraq on Sept. 20 at New York University. . . . In his speech, Kerry said he would never have supported the invasion of an Iraq that didn't have weapons of mass destruction. By asserting that America is less safe now because Bush invaded Iraq instead of pursuing Osama bin laden – "We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure" – Kerry is now drawing a sharp contrast with his opponent rather than trying to sell himself as a better version of Bush. . . . Suddenly, there was a sigh of relief heard round the world as Democrats and progressives finally got some sparkle in their eyes. Kerry was talking values, which in turn created greater clarity of purpose and momentum among his heretofore ambivalent, and carping, supporters. It also marked him for the first time as the anti-war candidate, clearly opposed to a war that a majority of Americans say has failed. . . . Kerry's approach eschews the go-it-alone philosophy that has characterized much of Bush's foreign policy – an attitude that appeals to his fundamentalist electoral base, especially white male voters in the South and West, but endangers the United States in the international arena. . . . By linking the disaster of the war to the hundreds of billions of squandered dollars in Iraq, Kerry is also articulating the vision of a "strong America" as opposed to the Bush's narrow focus on "strong defense." . . . Bush and Co. – whose plans to bleed social programs while offering tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations – offer a stark alternative in terms of both values and their vision for the future. Kerry's tough stance, assuming he maintains it, finally gives the base of progressive Democratic voters which – including the large majority at the convention in Boston – something to believe in. . . . the Bush campaign must privately be worrying about running against an articulate and plain-spoken Kerry, rallying his troops by opposing a war that is unpopular. . . . The Bush folks know their track record on domestic issues is abyssmal, be it on health care, education or the economy. The 9/11 attacks, considered the White House's strong point, can just as easily work against them, given the colossal security failure leading to the attacks and Bush's own performance at a moment of crisis (famed 7 minutes he spent reading "My Pet Goat" to the children in the Florida school). If an aggressive Kerry is able to force them to defend the war in Iraq, questions about Bush's handling of the battle against terrorism are bound to follow. . . . The truth is that there is very little good to say about the Iraq war, except that Saddam, the evil dictator is in his little cell, tending to his plants. And there is even less to say about its success in making America safer in the world. . . . But facts alone will not win John Kerry the White House. Progressives too often think that superior facts and ideas will eventually carry the day against the Republicans. According to Lakoff, that assumption is just plain wrong: "Voters vote their identity and their values, which need not coincide with their self-interest." . . . "People have to get it out of their head that the Republicans are misinformed or duped by the media. They know what they want and are totally committed to achieving it. The New York Times quoted a Republican delegate who said: 'We're in a civil war over abortion and gay rights and well never give in.' That's what you are up against," says the veteran political observer. . . . Kerry, however, should not try and address this problem by moving to the right. As Lakoff argues, leaning rightward not only alienates the progressive base, it also helps reinforce conservative values among swing voters. The most effective strategy is to appeal to progressive values among these same voters, who are in the "middle" precisely because they subscribe to both value systems in different aspects of their lives. . . . Among the reasons why Michael Moore considers most of these polls "B.S." is that they usually poll "likely voters," i.e. those who have consistently voted in the past few elections. As Moore points out, "So that cuts out young people who are voting for the first time and a ton of non-voters who are definitely going to vote in THIS election." . . . One can play the numbers game – be it with polls or voter registration. But in the end, this election is going to depend on one central factor: voter turnout. For the Democrats to win the election, they need to hold steady in those states won in 2000 states and win at least one of states where they lost last time. . . . Florida is probably the best bet for a pick up, depending, of course, on how the votes are counted. Florida now has a million new voters registered, with two more weeks to go before registration closes. The bulk of these new voters have been added by non-partisan groups with clearly liberal leanings, such as ACORN, the NAACP, Mia Familia Vota, ACT and the 527s. The Republicans account for 278,000 of that million. . . . In all, there are upwards of 3 million in new voter registrations across the nation, most of which are in the key swing states, where the winning margin in 2000 in a number of cases was under 10,000. Add to that a couple of million targeted ACT voters and you have the ingredients for Democratic success.
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posted by Lorenzo 2:43 PM

 
BEYOND VIETNAM
Calling all veterans to endorse a letter to move "Beyond Vietnam" in the presidential campaign. . . . A veteran in southern California named Dan Kelly is gathering signatures for the petition shown below. . . . If you agree, then send your endorsement to kellysbiz@cox.net

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First there were the attacks on Senator John McCain, which were later proven false.

Then there were the attacks on Senator Max Cleland, also later proven false.

Now there are the attacks on Senator John Kerry, which are now being proven false.

The personal attacks on Senator Kerry's record of distinguished military service in Vietnam do not serve our Nation or its people in making informed presidential election decisions any more than would attacks on President Bush for what he did to get into the National Guard during the Vietnam War, or what he subsequently did or did not do while in the Guard.

Such attacks only serve to divide the American people, and divert attention from the real issues upon which the presidential election of 2004 should be based.

For veterans such as ourselves, this year's election would be better served if President Bush were to account to the American public, as Commander-in-Chief, for the loss of respect of the United States among our historical allies, for the loss of respect of our military due to the mishandling and abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, for the ever-increasing number of dead and wounded soldiers returning from Iraq with no end in sight, and for his Administration's failure to live up to this Nation's obligations to its veterans.

It is time we moved beyond Vietnam.


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You can write your own comments to Dan Kelly -- or even just forward a copy of this message to him -- but show your support.

Write to kellysbiz@cox.net if you agree that it is time we moved beyond Vietnam.
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posted by Lorenzo 4:08 PM

 
Bush hiding a plan to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve troops
(Mary Dalrymple, Associated Press, September 17, 2004)
Democratic Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) on Friday accused the Bush administration of hiding a plan to mobilize more National Guard and Reserve troops after the election while glossing over a worsening conflict in Iraq . . . "He won't tell us what congressional leaders are now saying, that this administration is planning yet another substantial call-up of reservists and Guard units immediately after the election," Kerry said. "Hide it from people through the election, then make the move." . . . While Bush has been campaigning as the best candidate to deter terrorists and protect the nation, his presidential rival portrayed him as out of touch with a serious and dangerous situation in Iraq. . . . "With all due respect to the president, has he turned on the evening news lately? Does he read the newspapers?" Kerry said. "Does he really know what's happening? Is he talking about the same war that the rest of us are talking about?" . . . Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, top Democrat on the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and a former Marine who served in Vietnam, said he had learned through conversations with Pentagon officials that beginning in November, "the Bush administration plans to call up large numbers of the military Guard and Reserves, to include plans that they previously had put off to call up the Individual Ready Reserve." . . . "It's clear that this administration didn't know what it was getting into, or else they grossly misrepresented the facts to the American people," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. "In either case, staying the course is not an option." . . . Kerry said the president was avoiding hard truths about casualties, new insurgencies and troop shortages. "He won't tell us that, day by day, we're running out of soldiers and that we're now resorted to a backdoor draft of our reservists and our National Guard." . . . Kerry's campaign also intensified its criticism of Vice President Dick Cheney and defense contractor Halliburton, the company Cheney used to lead, as an aspect of the administration's management of the war. . . . "Dick Cheney's old company, Halliburton, has profited from the mess in Iraq at the expense of American troops and taxpayers," Kerry said. . . . the Democrat suggests that Cheney has conflicts of interest stemming from money he received from Halliburton under a deferred compensation agreement. . . . The ad also contends that Halliburton wasted taxpayer money, in contracts awarded without competitive bidding, that could have been better used at home. Several investigations have found evidence of overcharging or raised questions about the company's performance. . . . A new radio ad running in New Hampshire and Florida says "the Saudi royal family appreciates the support" when Americans fill up their tanks at gas stations. "Who does the royal family support? George W. Bush and Dick Cheney."
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posted by Lorenzo 2:41 PM

 
Senators slam administration on Iraq
(Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY, 9/15/2004)
Senators from both parties accused the Bush administration Wednesday of incompetence in its efforts to rebuild Iraq and said the United States could lose the war unless it improves security and gets more money into the Iraqi economy. . . . Among those harshly criticizing the White House at a hearing were the two top Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Chairman Richard Lugar of Indiana and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. . . . Of the $18.4 billion Congress approved last year for Iraqi reconstruction, only $1.1 billion has been spent because of violence and other problems. Hagel called that record "beyond pitiful and embarrassing; it is now in the zone of dangerous." . . . Even Lugar, who is not usually given to strong rhetoric, said the failure to inject funds into the Iraqi economy quickly was "exasperating for anybody looking at this from any vantage point." . . . The two witnesses conceded under questioning that the administration has fallen short of benchmarks touted over the past year: None of the 32,000 Iraqi police put on the beat since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein has gone through a full training program, Bowab acknowledged. . . . Of $13 billion pledged by other countries to aid Iraq's reconstruction, only $1.2 billion has been spent. . . . The administration has created only 110,000 jobs for Iraqis, leaving a pool of unemployed young men, many of whom have become willing recruits for insurgents. The new reallocation is intended to provide 800,000 jobs, but many are short term, some for as little as one month.
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posted by Lorenzo 9:36 AM

 
RNC Aftermath: A Look at Undercover Cops, Preemptive Detention and Police Surveillance
(Democracy Now, September 8, 2004)
The Republican National Convention has wrapped up, but discussion rages on about some of the tactics the New York Police Department used in its security operations for the week. During the convention, the NYPD operated with a budget of $60 million, which is larger than all but 19 of the world's standing armies. And they were certainly not alone. In lower Manhattan, the Multi-Agency Command Center, or MACC, was the security "nerve center," -- with some 66 separate city, state and federal agencies coordinating their work. . . . While the police have declared last week a success, there were a number of incidents and tactics that have come under heavy fire from civil liberties advocates and legal groups. . . . Deputy Police Chief must not have seen the videos which were aired on TV of hundreds of people being swept up for following the instructions of the police department, as to how they could have a lawful march. That happened across from Ground Zero on Fulton Street with the War Resistors' League demonstration. It happened in Union Square, or off Union Square, on 17th Street where a group of protesters negotiated where do we march lawfully, go on the sidewalk. They went on the sidewalk and boom, they were swept up. That's not to mention the scores of bystanders, maybe hundreds, who were swept up in the indiscriminate sweeps. Those sweeps included bystanders, press people, medics legal observers, and we believe that indeed the police department may have been targeting the green-hatted guild legal observers. Our observers from the New York Civil Liberties Union in the blue caps were not targeted. Only one received a summons that was an utter case of harassment for which we will be filing a complaint. I think we have a lot to investigate here. Indiscriminate arrests is just the tip of the iceberg. We saw a couple of incidents of violence. He must have missed the mopeds, police in plain clothes driving their mopeds into the crowd on Monday night. Then I think the huge story is about the indefinite or the prolonged detention of people who were arrested. . . . We're talking about the largest number of people arrested in a single day, over 1,000 on Tuesday, in the city's history. The single largest number of arrests, and one of the largest in the history of this country. And overall, the number of arrests close to 2,000, more than 1,800. . . . The preferred arrest mechanism was to use this orange -- plastic orange mesh that's used at construction sites often to wrap people up and the police would pull it out without warning, and just grab in everybody in the path. That included press people, medics, legal observers. You couldn’t get out, except occasionally if you were able to establish press credentials. But there was also more sophisticated methodology in place and that's video surveillance, helmets with video cameras on their heads, on them. . . . I have to agree of the chilling effect of the video cameras all up and down the protest areas. Members of the TYRA, which is the videotapes unit of the police department, were not the only ones videotaping. Undercover police were videotaping and teams were actually shadowing a number of protesters using their first names as they passed by, how you are doing, so and so. So, very chilling behavior by the police. I don't know about what Deputy Chief Collins saw, but I can speak for 12 to 16 hours a day on the street having seen arbitrary arrests, arbitrary filming and lawful permitted protests were being filmed extensively. . . . The protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful, contrary to what Chief Kelly would have had us believe in the days and weeks and months leading up to the convention.
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posted by Lorenzo 7:45 PM

 
Records from National Archives Prove Bush Was A Deserter
(The Boston Globe, September 8, 2004)
In February, when the White House made public hundreds of pages of President Bush's military records, White House officials repeatedly insisted that the records prove that Bush fulfilled his military commitment in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. . . . But Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation, a Globe reexamination of the records shows: Twice during his Guard service -- first when he joined in May 1968, and again before he transferred out of his unit in mid-1973 to attend Harvard Business School -- Bush signed documents pledging to meet training commitments or face a punitive call-up to active duty. . . . He didn't meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show. The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice. . . . On July 30, 1973, shortly before he moved from Houston to Cambridge, Bush signed a document that declared, ''It is my responsibility to locate and be assigned to another Reserve forces unit or mobilization augmentation position. If I fail to do so, I am subject to involuntary order to active duty for up to 24 months. . . " Under Guard regulations, Bush had 60 days to locate a new unit. . . . But Bush never signed up with a Boston-area unit. In 1999, Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett told the Washington Post that Bush finished his six-year commitment at a Boston area Air Force Reserve unit after he left Houston. Not so, Bartlett now concedes. ''I must have misspoke," Bartlett, who is now the White House communications director, said in a recent interview. . . . The reexamination of Bush's records by the Globe, along with interviews with military specialists who have reviewed regulations from that era, show that Bush's attendance at required training drills was so irregular that his superiors could have disciplined him or ordered him to active duty in 1972, 1973, or 1974. But they did neither. . . . That assertion by the White House spokesman infuriates retired Army Colonel Gerald A. Lechliter, one of a number of retired military officers who have studied Bush's records and old National Guard regulations, and reached different conclusions. . . . ''He broke his contract with the United States government -- without any adverse consequences. And the Texas Air National Guard was complicit in allowing this to happen," Lechliter said in an interview yesterday. ''He was a pilot. It cost the government a million dollars to train him to fly. So he should have been held to an even higher standard." . . . Even retired Lieutenant Colonel Albert C. Lloyd Jr., a former Texas Air National Guard personnel chief who vouched for Bush at the White House's request in February, agreed that Bush walked away from his obligation to join a reserve unit in the Boston area when he moved to Cambridge in September 1973. By not joining a unit in Massachusetts, Lloyd said in an interview last month, Bush ''took a chance that he could be called up for active duty. But the war was winding down, and he probably knew that the Air Force was not enforcing the penalty." . . . Lawrence J. Korb, an assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs in the Reagan administration, said after studying many of the documents that it is clear to him that Bush ''gamed the system." . . . The documents Bush signed only add to evidence that the future president -- then the son of Houston's congressman -- received favorable treatment when he joined the Guard after graduating from Yale in 1968. Ben Barnes, who was speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in 1968, said in a deposition in 2000 that he placed a call to get young Bush a coveted slot in the Guard at the request of a Bush family friend. . . .Bush was given an automatic commission as a second lieutenant . . . In May 1972, Bush was given permission to move to Alabama temporarily to work on a US Senate campaign, with the provision that he do equivalent training with a unit in Montgomery. But Bush's service records do not show him logging any service in Alabama until October of that year. . . . And even that service is in doubt. Since the Globe first reported Bush's spotty attendance record in May 2000, no one has come forward with any credible recollection of having witnessed Bush performing guard service in Alabama or after he returned to Houston in 1973. . . . Lechliter said the records push him to conclude that Bush had little interest in fulfilling his obligation, and his superiors preferred to look the other way. Others agree. ''It appears that no one wanted to hold him accountable," said retired Major General Paul A. Weaver Jr., who retired in 2002 as the Pentagon's director of the Air National Guard.

[COMMENT: According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, being AWOL for over 30 days is desertion. BUSH, THE ALLEGED COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES WAS A DESERTER WHEN HE WAS IN UNIFORM HIMSELF!!! Shame on you America for letting a coward like him live in the White House.]
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posted by Lorenzo 7:23 PM

 
Records from National Archives Prove Bush Was A Deserter
(The Boston Globe, September 8, 2004)
In February, when the White House made public hundreds of pages of President Bush's military records, White House officials repeatedly insisted that the records prove that Bush fulfilled his military commitment in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. . . . But Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation, a Globe reexamination of the records shows: Twice during his Guard service -- first when he joined in May 1968, and again before he transferred out of his unit in mid-1973 to attend Harvard Business School -- Bush signed documents pledging to meet training commitments or face a punitive call-up to active duty. . . . He didn't meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show. The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice. . . . On July 30, 1973, shortly before he moved from Houston to Cambridge, Bush signed a document that declared, ''It is my responsibility to locate and be assigned to another Reserve forces unit or mobilization augmentation position. If I fail to do so, I am subject to involuntary order to active duty for up to 24 months. . . " Under Guard regulations, Bush had 60 days to locate a new unit. . . . But Bush never signed up with a Boston-area unit. In 1999, Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett told the Washington Post that Bush finished his six-year commitment at a Boston area Air Force Reserve unit after he left Houston. Not so, Bartlett now concedes. ''I must have misspoke," Bartlett, who is now the White House communications director, said in a recent interview. . . . The reexamination of Bush's records by the Globe, along with interviews with military specialists who have reviewed regulations from that era, show that Bush's attendance at required training drills was so irregular that his superiors could have disciplined him or ordered him to active duty in 1972, 1973, or 1974. But they did neither. . . . That assertion by the White House spokesman infuriates retired Army Colonel Gerald A. Lechliter, one of a number of retired military officers who have studied Bush's records and old National Guard regulations, and reached different conclusions. . . . ''He broke his contract with the United States government -- without any adverse consequences. And the Texas Air National Guard was complicit in allowing this to happen," Lechliter said in an interview yesterday. ''He was a pilot. It cost the government a million dollars to train him to fly. So he should have been held to an even higher standard." . . . Even retired Lieutenant Colonel Albert C. Lloyd Jr., a former Texas Air National Guard personnel chief who vouched for Bush at the White House's request in February, agreed that Bush walked away from his obligation to join a reserve unit in the Boston area when he moved to Cambridge in September 1973. By not joining a unit in Massachusetts, Lloyd said in an interview last month, Bush ''took a chance that he could be called up for active duty. But the war was winding down, and he probably knew that the Air Force was not enforcing the penalty." . . . Lawrence J. Korb, an assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs in the Reagan administration, said after studying many of the documents that it is clear to him that Bush ''gamed the system." . . . The documents Bush signed only add to evidence that the future president -- then the son of Houston's congressman -- received favorable treatment when he joined the Guard after graduating from Yale in 1968. Ben Barnes, who was speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in 1968, said in a deposition in 2000 that he placed a call to get young Bush a coveted slot in the Guard at the request of a Bush family friend. . . .Bush was given an automatic commission as a second lieutenant . . . In May 1972, Bush was given permission to move to Alabama temporarily to work on a US Senate campaign, with the provision that he do equivalent training with a unit in Montgomery. But Bush's service records do not show him logging any service in Alabama until October of that year. . . . And even that service is in doubt. Since the Globe first reported Bush's spotty attendance record in May 2000, no one has come forward with any credible recollection of having witnessed Bush performing guard service in Alabama or after he returned to Houston in 1973. . . . Lechliter said the records push him to conclude that Bush had little interest in fulfilling his obligation, and his superiors preferred to look the other way. Others agree. ''It appears that no one wanted to hold him accountable," said retired Major General Paul A. Weaver Jr., who retired in 2002 as the Pentagon's director of the Air National Guard.

[COMMENT: According to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, being AWOL for over 30 days is desertion. BUSH, THE ALLEGED COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES WAS A DESERTER WHEN HE WAS IN UNIFORM HIMSELF!!! Shame on you America for letting a coward like him live in the White House.]
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posted by Lorenzo 7:20 PM

 
Bush Tells Convention He's Ordered Invasion of Social Security Trust Fund
(Greg Palast, September 2, 2004)
Behind the hooray-for-free-enterprise crapola is that dog-eared game-plan to siphon off Social Security revenues to pay for making Bush's tax cuts for the rich permanent. . . . Here's what the President has in mind. Social Security is an insurance plan. You pay in, you get back. But it's hard to get your money back when there's a war where the Clinton surplus used to be. It's not the war on terror, or the war in Iraq, though Lord knows those have cost us a bundle with nothing to show for all the lost loot. I'm talking about the class war that Dubya and his Dick Cheney have waged on the average working person. . . . We're talking an economic Pearl Harbor here. While firemen and policemen went running into falling buildings, the Bushmen were preparing to relieve some gazillionaires, such as say, the Bush family, of the need to pay the taxes that the rest of us pay. [NOTE: Also see: The Bush Family Fortune: Founded on war profits] ... Work as a teacher, you pay Social Security and income taxes on every darn penny. Sit on your yacht and speculate in the stock market casino and you are off the hook on taxes on the "capital gains." . . . Bill Clinton proposed putting his big surpluses into a Social Security "lock-box" for that predictable rainy day. But tonight, Bush instead proposes to give the stock-options class a boost by lopping off a chunk of Social Security insurance revenue for gambling in the stock market. . . . Here's the latest report from the front lines of the class war: The World Bank reports the USA has more millionaires than ever -- we'll see them at the Garden tonight. Median household income's down -- most of us are median -- while the bottom has fallen out for those at the bottom. Our poorest 20% have seen incomes drop by a fifth. America's upper one percent now own 53% of all the shares in the market. . . . And now the uppers want to crack open your retirement piggy bank, cut some of your retirement benefits, then "allow" you to give them the remainder of your money to fund their latest stock float schemes. . . . If betting trillions on stock market ponies doesn't produce a big win, what does Mr. Bush propose to do with all the hungry old folk? I think I heard George say, "Let them eat Enron certificates." . . . Listen, Mr. President, we had an "ownership" society once before. Luckily, it came to an end when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
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posted by Lorenzo 11:59 AM

 
The Bush Family Fortune: Founded on war profits
(John Buchanan, The New Hampshire Gazette, 10-10-03)
Bush-Nazi Link Confirmed Documents in National Archives Prove George W. Bush's Grandfather Traded with Nazis - Even After Pearl Harbor . . . After 60 years of inattention and even denial by the U.S. media, newly-uncovered government documents in The National Archives and Library of Congress reveal that Prescott Bush, the grandfather of President George W. Bush, served as a business partner of and U.S. banking operative for the financial architect of the Nazi war machine from 1926 until 1942, when Congress took aggressive action against Bush and his "enemy national" partners. . . . Furthermore, the declassified records demonstrate that Bush and his associates, who included E. Roland Harriman, younger brother of American icon W. Averell Harriman, and George Herbert Walker, President Bush's maternal great-grandfather, continued their dealings with the German industrial tycoon for nearly a year after the U.S. entered the war. . . . "Hitler's Angel Has $3 Million in U.S. Bank," declared the front-page Herald-Tribune headline. The lead paragraph characterized Fritz Thyssen as "Adolf Hitler's original patron a decade ago." In fact, the steel and coal magnate had aggressively supported and funded Hitler since October 1923, according to Thyssen's autobiography, I Paid Hitler. In that book, Thyssen also acknowledges his direct personal relationships with Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Rudolf Hess. . . .
The Herald-Tribune also cited unnamed sources who suggested Thyssen's U.S. "nest egg" in fact belonged to "Nazi bigwigs" including Goebbels, Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler, or even Hitler himself. . . . [Click the link above for the complete details about the founding of the Bush family fortune. Now, all that has to take place to further expand the family fortune is for one of the Bush daughters to marry into a branch of the Cheney family, which is getting immensly rich from their Haliburton connections. Looters, war profiteers, criminals, the world won't be safe again until these greedy people are paraded through the streets in chains.]
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posted by Lorenzo 11:53 AM

 
NYC Police Use Gestapo Tactics, Instigate Disturbances
(Shannon McCaffrey, Miriam Hill, and Tony Pugh, Knight Ridder, September 2, 2004)
New York police have arrested more than 1,700 people, more than at any other U.S. political convention. And the GOP convention still has a day left, and President Bush's appearance is almost certain to drive protesters to the streets again. . . . "In the history of political conventions, there have never been so many people demonstrating opposition to their government," former Chicago Seven member Tom Hayden told demonstrators yesterday. . . . Police report 1,765 convention-related arrests since last Thursday. At the Republican convention in Miami Beach in 1972, there were 1,129 arrests. Chicago's notorious 1968 street riots resulted in about 588 arrests. . . . Organized by the Internet and driven by opposition to the war in Iraq, as well as by economic and social issues, protesters have arrived in New York in droves. Heavily Democratic New York also has contributed to the protesters' ranks and provided a friendly base of operations. . . . "Police are much more likely to put people into pens and react aggressively with physical force than they were before Seattle. It has gotten worse since 9/11," said William Grover, a political science professor at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. . . . Civil liberties advocates say the aggressive tactics and "overarrests" aren't warranted in many cases. . . . On Tuesday night, police arrested 1,187 people as groups without city permits tried to march to the heavily fortified Madison Square Garden convention site. [COMMENT: Does anyone still belive there is freedom and democracy in the U.S. when it's ruling party has to hold its convention inside the most heavily fortified convention hall in world history? Face it, the USA is now officially a police state ... no matter who wins the next election.] . . . Protesters also have become less confrontational. . . . "These protesters don't want to discredit themselves or the Kerry campaign, so they have been careful not to be overly confrontational," said John Berg, a professor of government at Suffolk University in Boston. . . . Television was the new force that encouraged the protest movement of the 1960s. Today, the movement is fueled by the Internet and by other technologies such as text messaging and wireless communication, which allow protesters to organize and communicate. . . . "New York is really the first Internet protest movement to hit a convention," Berg said. . . . This is now the age of 24-hour television news, where there's an almost constant hunger for new pictures and stories. Protesters are less concerned with reaching the Republican delegates than with getting their message out to a wider audience, he said.
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