THIS IS A F--KED UP HEADLINE:
"Lawmaker stands firm on Quran criticism"
Is that the worst way to call someone a racist or what? I mean c'mon, you decide to call him a "lawmaker" when he just took a shot at Muslims for no reason and twisted the knife a few times? And people are rushing to defend him? This is disgusting. We need to find out the truth fast before we kill each other or hate each other too much to prevent from being killed, this whole "racism is in style" thing is getting cold fast...
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, is shown in this September file photo. Republican Rep. Virgil Goode said Thursday that he will not retract a letter warning that unless immigration is tightened, 'many more Muslims will be elected' and use the Quran to take the oath of office. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
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Lawmaker stands firm on Quran criticism
By SUE LINDSEY, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 52 minutes ago
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. - A congressman said Thursday that he will not retract a letter warning that unless immigration is tightened, "many more Muslims will be elected" and use the Quran to take the oath of office.
who cares if they are finally good people?
and finally subject to more scrutiny than others?
if there were ANY criteria for what prevents someone from serving in congress, they'd nearly ALL be thrown out for bribes, blackmail, prostitution, arms dealing, drug-dealing, insider trading, illegal contributions, favors, child-sex rings, murder, war crimes, treason, and a thousand other crimes. these guys are using "racism" as a better excuse for criticism than "corruption", which reveals their corruption...
Republican Rep. Virgil Goode (news, bio, voting record) triggered angry responses from a civil rights group and some colleagues with a letter this month to constituents concerned about a decision by Rep.-elect Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress, to use the Quran when he is sworn in.
"I will not be putting my hand on the Quran," Goode said at a news conference Thursday at the Franklin County Courthouse.
no one asked you to, you're just being an a--hole...
Goode, who represents Virginia's 5th Congressional District, said he is receiving more positive comments from constituents than negative.
"One lady told me she thinks I'm doing the right thing on this," he told Fox News. "I wish more people would take a stand and stand up for the principles on which this country was founded."
what principles are those?
as jon stewart said brilliantly on CSPAN (you can see it on MySpace page), "i would think the first priority in a global war on terror is to strengthen the moderates", and he's right. if the war on terror was real and we wanted to stop it, we wouldn't be doing everything possible to create more terrorists, including directly training and funding them. beyond that, the lack of sympathy for the demonized muslim people who are largely invisible in the media except for old stereotypes that most conclude have contributed to the current problem in the first place is a key to our collective fear. this collective fear is keeping us from thinking, so allow me to share some of my fearless thoughts, which unfortunately lead to some more fear...
...there is no "reconstruction" taking place to speak of in afghanistan or iraq or you would hear our governments proudly speaking of it, and using evidence of it to cover for the rest of their war crimes. they don't even have that. the torture of upwards of 14,000 "detainees", which is a fun-sounding word for "innocent people tortured every single day", hasn't improved the war efforts one single bit, thereby proving yet again that after 5 years of this cold-blooded madness the torture was conclusively ineffective and for no reason. the first proof of this was publicized in the mainstream media shortly after 9/11, it's been forgotten, and this shows the power of the media's greatest sins of ommission in causing the deaths of millions and the poverty of billions.
many of the people seized were victimized by fellow afghans seizing a $5000 U.S. per head bounty on "taliban" or "al-qaeda" put out by the U.S. military and intelligence services over there, and when they say $5000 U.S. in a country where the average yearly income is $200 and you've just been bombed by a trillion dollar military, well, $5000 don't sound too bad.
so, the people getting the orders were either "in" on it or were given the logic of "the locals know the locals", and the locals with more guns or more men or more warlord-like qualities rounded up whomever, raiding villages or taking out old enemies. in doing this they weren't just "angels in need" either, and beyond selfishness the people who had the capability to round up their fellow citizens had the more experience in war or acts of terror, therefore the people seized were arguably the weakest and young. or in some cases, as the immortal seymour hersh has related, "an old man in his 70's and barely able to move was sitting in a cell full of his own feces", and that's just one of many tales of how badly the people snatched up with no requests for evidence or testimony or due process were treated, most snatched up by their most evil neighbors and handed over to be tortured in dark holes in foreign countries by confused and increasingly corrupted soldiers for no reason.
after all, after torturing 14,000 people for years, you'd think we'd have enough "intelligence" to win the "war", right? i mean it's simple, ask 'em a question, torture 'em if they resist, they tell you where a "weapons cache" is, you send the info to iraq, they find it, you stop torturing the guy. or, if the info is wrong, you torture him until he tells you something valuable. if ANY of the victims there had been revealing any intelligence that was valuable, we wouldn't be doing "worse" than ever in afghanistan and iraq, which incidentally isn't like a "sports score", but rather "more and more lives are being destroyed by the second for no reason". if it was a priority there would be metrics for evolving into a better solution, perhaps using more arab interpreters to befriend them and bring them on side - which most say is the only reliable way to trust the info you receive, and you can always check it anway and reward them financially.
the reasons go on and on, but irrespective of the "excuses for torture" one can make in a safe vacuum of "9/11 scared the shit out of me!", one can merely understand the results of taking young men and women and teaching them to torture people for years for no apparent positive effect, and "officially" allowing them to take it as far as they want to whenever they want day after day. this is the savaging of our soldiers, and when they are asked to deal with us like they did in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, many will agree to do the most horrible things to us through their years of torture-conditioning, like they did in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. if you add to that the lawless "private contractors", or the $1500/day employees trained for Latin American death squads at places like the "School of the Americas" currently flexing their muscles and bloodlust in Iraq, there will be peer pressure to act as savagely as possible in their missions.
oh yes, all this stuff we're scared to look at has an effect, and one of it's biggest and most harmful effects is it's ability to prevent us from looking at it. the fact that we feel scared and ignore it is exactly why it's speeding up, they know they can get away with it and are pushing as fast as they can. if we wake up we can stop it, but it's getting close to the wire here...
Goode also told Fox News he wants to limit legal immigration and do away with "diversity visas," which he said let in people "not from European countries" and "some terrorist states."
In his letter, Goode wrote that strict immigration polices are necessary "to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America."
"The Muslim representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don't wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran," he wrote.
again: don't defend it, there is a way to separate the good from the bad words, the good from the bad thoughts. "strong immigration policies" = good, "alleging more Muslim anything's would be bad" = bad, it's just a shot for no reason except to appeal to his increasingly racist base in an increasingly racist country.
Ellison said Thursday that Goode and others had nothing to fear about Muslims.
"They are our nurses, doctors, husbands, wives, kids, who just want to live and prosper in the American way," Ellison, a Democrat from Minneapolis, said Thursday on CNN when asked what he would say to Goode if they met. "All of us are steadfastly opposed to the same people he's opposed to, which is terrorists, and so there's nothing for him to be afraid of."
Asked whether he thought Goode was a bigot, Ellison said, "I don't know the fellow, and I'd rather just say that he has a lot to learn about Islam. ... I don't want to start any name-calling."
pussy. i'm sorry dood, i know it's hard and you want to keep your seat and be an effective force, but you've got to be ready for that question with something better than that, something to take your position and at least be eloquent and enlightening on the subject.
Virginia's senior senator, Republican John Warner, said in a statement Thursday that he respects the right of congressional members to freely "exercise the religion of their choice, including those of the Islamic faith utilizing the Quran."
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (news, bio, voting record), an Illinois Democrat who is Jewish, said Thursday that he hoped Goode would meet with Ellison, saying he would "see what I saw: a good American with good values of a different faith who's trying to do right by the people he represents."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations had asked Goode to apologize, saying the remarks sent "a message of intolerance that is unworthy of anyone elected to public office."
Ellison was born in Detroit and converted to Islam in college.
His decision to use the Quran at his ceremonial swearing-in next month prompted criticism from conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager. The American-Islamic relations council has called for Prager's removal from the board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Associated Press writers Matt Reed in Richmond and Frederic J. Frommer in Washington contributed to this report.
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21 June 2004
The American Enterprise Institute in the White House
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has become the propaganda center of the Republican ruling class in favor of free market imperialism. Like a Russian doll, it contains the New Atlantic Initiative (NAI) that leads the Euro-Atlantic integration and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) included in the program of the Bush administration. The Institute is directed - behind the scene - by former president Gerald Ford and current vice-president Dick Cheney. Every year they invite around a hundred personalities to a winter resort in Colorado where they discuss behind closed doors.
In the 1930s, in the United States, the ruling class applauded the reorganization of the stock market after the crack of Wall Street and the creation of commissions that controlled the economic activities by sectors. However, they rejected the social measures taken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (authorization of trade unions, social security, and unemployment compensation) and, particularly, his desire to plan production.
Likewise, when in 1943 the Democrats asked Congress to maintain the price blocking after the end of the war to avoid a new crack of the stock market, the big employers mobilized to defend the “free market”. Thus, the American Enterprise Institute was born around giants Bristol-Myers, of the antibiotics field; the General Mills, of the food and agricultural industry; and the Chemical Bank.
For its lobbying, the Institute counts on the services of some renowned specialists such as Roscoe Pound, Dean of the Law Faculty at Harvard, and - especially - journalist Raymond Moley, former economic advisor of Roosevelt, who had already changed sides.
The patronage of Gerald Ford
During its first decade, the AEI focused on Congress lobbying. In 1954, William J. Baroody, in charge of the US Chamber of Commerce, assumed the direction of the Institute. Continuing with its lobbying in Congress, the American Enterprise Institute also began to address the general public to become a propaganda center of the Republican ruling elite.
In 1974, President Gerald Ford incorporated several AEI intellectuals to his team, including William J. Baroody Jr., whom he entrusted the contacts of the Institute in the civil society under the control of the White House General Secretary, Dick Cheney. In fact, it was not difficult for the Baroodys to convince the big owners to behave generously and they made significant contributions that rose to the tune of eight million dollars annually to finance numerous books about the wonders of capitalism and the Soviet danger, including the best-sellers The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, by Catholic theologian Michael Novak  , and Two Cheers for Capitalism, by anti-Communist journalist Irving Kristol  .
When Gerald Ford left the White House in 1976, he and a dozen of his collaborators were included in the payroll of the Institute  .
In the opposition, the American Enterprise Institute proves to be an excellent war machine for the Republicans, although it faces the competition of the new Heritage Foundation, with less prestige but with more reaction capacity  , and of the Cato Institute. William J. Baroody Sr. died in 1979, shortly before Reagan assumed power. His son, Baroody Jr., tried to continue his work but the financing dispersed among rival associations. The AEI lost its means and influence. It then tried to split from its rivals readjusting its position in a more moderate framework. The crisis reached its peak in 1986 when the extreme right-wing organizations Olin and Smith Richardson stopped financing the AEI, which they though was moving to the center. Then, Baroody Jr. had to resign as the AEI was sinking in a sea of debts.
Christopher DeMuth, a jurist of Nixon’s and Reagan’s teams, assumed the direction of the Institute and went back to the hard line. It took him four years to balance the financial situation. In particular, he paid special attention to developing the World Forum that Gerald Ford organizes every year in Beaver Creek (Vail Valey, Colorado). It is there, behind closed doors, that the big intrigues of the Republican Party are organized. In 2004 (June 16-19), around a hundred carefully chosen personalities gathered there during a weekend. With the presence of Vice-President Dick Cheney, discussions focused on the electoral strategy of the then ongoing presidential campaign. Also on that occasion, the director of the Federal Reserve swore in before the vice-president for his fifth consecutive mandate .
The Shadow of Dick Cheney
With a budget of 18 million dollars in 2002, the American Enterprise Institute already has 75 researchers and a similar number of administrative personnel. Some of the AEI stars include Lynne V. Cheney (Dick’s wife), Elizabeth Cheney (Dick’s daughter)  , David Frum (former editor of George W. Bush’s speeches)  , Newt Gingrich (former Speaker of the House of Representatives), Jane Kirkpatrick (Ambassador in Geneva) and, above all, Richard Perle (advisor to the Defense Department). Among the experts, we can mention some of the authors well known by the readers of our section “Open International Forum”: Reuel Marc Gerecht, supporter of an intervention in Iran; Michael A. Leeden (former member of Logia P2), who is always willing to laud Israel’s policies; Joshua Muravchik, ready to export democracy by force; Danielle Pletka, always searching for a new military adventure; etc.
The AEI evolution to the extreme right became publicly known in the mid 1990s with the publication of two works: The Bell Curve , by Dinesh D’Souza, affirms that the slavery of black people was not a racist practice but a social reaction to enclose its pathologies. The work continues denouncing anti-racism, which it considers more dangerous than racism itself.
In 1996, the American Enterprise Institute showed concern for the delay in the implementation of the Baker Plan for Europe. The countries of Eastern and Central Europe were making efforts to adapt themselves to Capitalism and to join NATO and the European Union. In the meantime, faced with the reforms, Western Europe seemed hesitant - particularly France which had just scandalously rejected the Juppé projects.
This general delay significantly postponed the merging of ALENA and the European Union in the heart of an area of transatlantic free exchange. In order to activate the process, the Institute called a big conference that took place in Prague (May 10-12, 1996) and founded the New Atlantic Initiative (NAI).
This satellite association is co-headed by Henry Kissinger  and Lane Kirkland (AFL-CIO General Secretary)  . It is sponsored by Vaclav Havel, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Schmidt, Leszek Balcerowicz and George Shultz. Immediately, it had the support of the most important Republican figures in the army, in politics and in finances.
As to the French, Alain Besançon  , Oaul Fabra, Emmanuel Leroy-Ladurie  , Henri Lepage, Georges Liébert  , Pierre Manet  , Luc de La Barre de Nanteuil, Jean-François Revel, and later Alain Madelin  and Pierre Hassner, they participated in it.
 The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the New Atlantic Initiative multiplied its meetings and publications about the alleged “conspiracy” and anti-Semitism of the Europeans, the deepening of the transatlantic pit, that is, between Europeans and Americans, etc.
Finally, the American Enterprise Institute houses in its facilities the electoral think-tank (center of research, propaganda and spreading of ideas, general of a political nature) of George W. Bush: the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), presided over by William Kristol (son of Irving) and directed by Gary Schmitt. It was there where the openly imperialist version of the program Junior was designed, aimed at the contributors of the campaign. It was also there where the invasion of Iraq was organized .
Thus, it is completely logical that, on February 26, 2003, President George Bush chose the dinner of the annual gala of the American Enterprise Institute to reveal his program of conquest of Iraq and the creation of a free trade area in the Middle East.
 Two Cheers for Capitalism. About Irving Kristol, see «Quand la CIA finançait les intellectuels européens», by Denis Bonneau, Voltaire, November 27, 2003
 Specially Arthur Burns, Robert Bork, Laurence Silberman, Antonin Scalia, James C. Miller III, John Snow, Rudolph Penner and David Gergen
 «Le prêt-à-penser de la Fondation Heritage», Voltaire, June 8, 2004
 Greenspan sworn in by Cheney, UPI, June 21, 2004
 «Le dispositif Cheney», by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire, February 6, 2004
 «Le programme des faucons pour 2004», by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire, December 25, 2003
 The Bell Curve, by Richard Murray, theorizes about the genetic predisposition of black people to commit crimes and justifies the policies of massive incarceration. The End of Racism[[The End of Racism
 «Le retour d’Henry Kissinger», by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire, November 28, 2002
 See research by Paul Labarrique in Voltaire: “AFL-CIO or AFL-CIA ?”, June 2, 2004; and «1962-1979, L’AFL-CIO et la contre-insurrection syndicale», June 11, 2004
 «La face cachée de la Fondation Saint-Simon», by Denis Bonneau, Voltaire, February 10, 2004
 Saint-Simon, op.cit
 Saint-Simon, op.cit
 Saint-Simon, op.cit
 «Madelin et Lellouche contre Chirac», Voltaire, April 15, 2003
 «La planification secrète de l’invasion de l’Irak», by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire, March 9, 2004
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Aaron Burr and Dick Cheney: Two Treacherous VPs
by William Hughes
Thursday December 21 2006
William Hughes is a Baltimore attorney and the author of "Andrew Jackson vs. New World Order" (Authors Choice Press) and “Saying ‘No’ to the War Party”. He contributed this article to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from Maryland, USA.
V. P. Dick Cheney is a very powerful, but desperate individual. The idea that the Bush-Cheney Gang is planning to send 30,000 more troops into the Civil War in Iraq is insane. A planned war with Iran is also on Cheney’s agenda as a diversion to save himself and George W. Bush from impeachment. The Special Prosecutor will soon cross examine Cheney in the “Scooter” Libby case. Unless the U.S. Congress acts soon to impeach, say good-bye to the Republic!
“Hands stained with the best blood of our nation.”
-- The Gazette of the United States, a Philadelphia newspaper, in an editorial, denouncing Aaron Burr for killing Alexander Hamilton. 
After Aaron Burr, the then V. P. of the United States, shot Alexander Hamilton to death in a duel, he became the most loathed man in America. In light of the fact that the Bush-Cheney Gang is insisting on sending 30,000 more U.S. troops into a raging Civil War in Iraq, I predict that V.P. Dick Cheney’s reputation will soon sink even lower than Burr’s. A raving Neocon, Cheney has been the single most important instigator of the Iraqi conflict.  Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich has just made public the fact that President George W. Bush is “a weak man, like Gerald Ford.” He blames the chaotic situation in the White House on Karl Rove. With respect to the Iraqi War, however, it is Cheney, who has been running that show for the last six years. John Judge, an aide to Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), said: “The joke in D.C. is, if Cheney dies of a heart attack, Bush will become President!” 
I’m convinced that sending more troops to Iraq, in a war that Bush himself now admits: “We’re not winning,” is an act of hubris comparable to the deranged President Richard Nixon’s firing the Special Prosecutor in the Watergate case--the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre.”  I think that all hell is going to break loose on Capitol Hill, in Jan., 2007, especially when the Pro-Impeachment Brigade, led by activists Cindy Sheehan, Ann Wright, Medea Benjamin, et al, hits Capitol Hill, on Jan. 3rd.  Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman, of Watergate Committee fame, believes that the movement for impeachment will build as new damaging evidence is disclosed. Her keen analysis is now ringing truer than ever. 
In early 2007, Cheney will also be required to give testimony under oath in an important criminal perjury and obstruction of justice trial involving his former chief of staff in the White House, Irving “Scooter” Libby. Feared Special Prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, will conduct the cross-examination of the V.P. Libby is also a Neocon, with close ties to the leading architect of the Iraqi War, Paul “Heart of Darkness” Wolfowitz.  The duo once served together in the U.S. State Department. Libby was a key player in the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), which Cheney is suspected of using to manipulate the intelligence to suit his pre-set, pro-Iraqi War policy. If that one charge alone can be sustained, the House of Representatives shouldn’t have any problem passing a Resolution of Impeachment against this arch War Hawk, and his co-conspirator in crime, Bush. The NYT’s reporter, Judith Miller, was used by WHIG to feed disinformation to the public in order to justify the attack on Iraq.  Ray McGovern, an ex-CIA analyst, has said of the devious Cheney, that he was primarily responsible for creating a “campaign of deceit” about Iraq. 
Getting back to the slippery Burr. His duel with Hamilton took place in Weekawken, New Jersey, on the morning of July 11, 1804. Hamilton, a great lawyer, had been the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury and a true champion of the U.S. Constitution, second only to the legendary James Madison of Virginia.  He had also been an aide-to-camp to General George Washington and an artillery office in the gallant Continental Army. Hamilton died from his gun shot wound received from the duel with Burr, on July 12, 1804, in NYC. He left behind a grieving widow and seven children. Unlike Cheney, who repeatedly dodged the draft for the Vietnam conflict, Burr was a bona fide Revolutionary War hero, having served with great distinction. Nevertheless, Burr’s reputation never survived his taking the life of Hamilton--one of the Republic’s most brilliant, charismatic and fearless Founding Fathers. 
Even though dueling was technically legal in New Jersey, a murder indictment was handed down against Burr. He was also indicted in NYC for “participating in a duel.” Burr quickly left his Greenwich Village home and fled south to Washington, D.C., where he had immunity from arrest, to preside over the U.S. Senate. Thomas Jefferson was then President. He hated Burr with an overriding passion, seeing him as a two-faced political rival, who had failed to step aside when the electoral vote for the presidency, in 1800, had ended in a tie between them. (1) He also felt that Burr was capable of resurrecting the fast-declining Federalist Party. When Burr’s V.P. term of office expired, in early 1805, and he failed to obtain a political sinecure from Jefferson, he got more deeply involved in a dastardly plot to seize the “Western Lands,” (today’s Texas, New Mexico and environs), and set up a new entity, distinct and separate from the U.S. It was to be used by the criminal schemers to conquer Mexico, with the ambitious Burr being installed as its “Napoleonic Emperor.” 
This particular condemnatory intrigue was British in origin. Burr was charged with treason. His trial was conducted by the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Marshall in Richmond, VA. However, he was found “not guilty” on September 1, 1807. The reason he was freed was that the government couldn’t come up with the necessary “overt act” to make its case.  It also helped Burr’s chances for acquittal that the great trial lawyer, Luther Martin of Maryland, was one of his defense counsels. And, probably more important to his beating the rap than all of the above was the fact that Justice Marshall, a Revolutionary War comrade of Burr, was also a fierce political opponent of President Jefferson, even though they were distant relatives.  There was eventually a “smoking gun” to prove Burr’s deep complicity in the plot. 
Finally, putting the extremely desperate Cheney at center stage again: He is a very powerful and totally unscrupulous individual. He knows that only another war as a diversion from his putative wrongdoings can save his hide. Cheney’s serial evildoings include, at the very least, his moral culpability for the 2,954 American troops-- “the best blood of our nation”-- already slain in Iraq. Unless the U.S. Congress does its mandated duty and quickly moves to impeach and remove from office, both Bush and Cheney, a U.S. led attack on Iran is a real and present danger. If the Congress fails to act, say good-bye to our Republic and prepare yourselves for a police state and a war without end!Notes:
. “Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Future of America” by Thomas Fleming.
. “James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights” by Richard Labunski.
. “Aaron Burr: Conspiracy to Treason” by Buckner F. Melton Jr.
. “John Marshall: Definer of a Nation” by Jean Edward Smith.
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