This is truly sad. The US army are now nervous and paranoid about what they consider to be the latest threat to security.
A dirty bomb?
No. Promotional Coca Cola cans.
Yes, the big Coke promotion this summer, where certain cans have a GPS and cellphone in them, has got the army all spooked. They seriously believe that these things can be used to spy on them - recording secret meeetings etc. So paranoid are they that they've banned Coke cans from all meeting rooms and other secure areas.
I - I - I just don't know what to say. It's so
This is truly sad. The US army are now nervous and paranoid about what they consider to be the latest threat to security.
In Irish reporter has pissed off El Busho and his comrades so much that they lodged an official complaint with the Irish embassy. Why?
Unlike American reporters, who lob softball questions El Busho can field with prepared, rehearsed answers, the Irish interviewer (Carole Coleman) performed as most European broadcast interviewers normally do -- in a naturally engaging, intellectually rigorous, conversational manner. The result was that El Busho bristled at her questions and interviewing style, about which the White House later "lodged an official complaint with the Irish embassy in Washington."
So we're all "free" and have "freedom of speech" unless we ask questions to El Presidente. They complained of a lack of respect from Ms. Coleman.
Lack of respect?. Look, nobody in America country is complelled to respect the president, let alone an Irish reporter. God forbid someone ask El Busho (or any politician for that matter) a question that wasn't prepared and answered ahead of time. Good for her for asking the questions that need to be answered. Too bad she didn't get what she was looking for. But then again, that's because El Busho doesn't KNOW the answers. He's a moron and a puppet.
You can see the entire embarrasing episode in the Whitehouse's official transcripts of the interview.
Hooray! We have a new tree in the back yard. Paula called and said it was all done and looked great. I'll check it out tonight :-)
Saddam went up in court today for the first time in Iraq. The suspicious side of me says that the US have let him go on purpose, knowing that he'll somehow get himself re-instated as President. Which will of course re-justify El Busho's troops being there. Well - in his mind at least.
Things just continue to go from bad to worse for everyone's favourite enemy, Microsoft (no, not El Busho, although....)
In Japan, it turns out the X-Box is being outsold by a factor of 48 by the Playstation 2. Yes - for every X-Box sold, 48 Playstation2's find happy homes.
It could have something to do with 100 crappy X-box games versus over 6,000 half-decent Playstation 2 games.
According to Microsoft, "It's too late to be number 1 with this console"....
Shall we take a trip down memory lane when they launched in Japan and said "We're going to take Japan by storm with this console. We're going to be #1."
When they drop the price to $99 for Christmas this year (which they will), then I might lower myself to buying one. The basement room gets quite chilly in the winter and an XBox would heat it up quite nicely. It's cheaper than a floor heater, and it plays - well - runs what could be loosely described as "games" too. Plus, by that point, Microsoft will be losing a gut-choking $429 on every unit they sell. Oh the sweet sweet sound of irony.
This is interesting, regarding the officially debunked rumour that FEMA were in NYC the day before 9/11. I've copied the whole article here because these things have a tendancy to wander off....The original article can be found on scoop.co.nz
FEMA in NYC prior to 9/11 for Project TRIPOD terror drill, scheduled for 9/12
By Gregor Holland
As of this writing, June 2, 2004, the transcript of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's testimony to the 9-11 Commission during the May 18-19, 2004 hearings in New York is the only transcript of that hearing omitted from the Commission website (http://www.9-11commission.gov).
Did Rudy say something wrong?
In case you missed it live, you can listen to his testimony in full at the WNYC radio website at: http://www.wnyc.org/news/articles/28147. As Giuliani recounts his experience of the day of 9/11, and the evolving location of the Emergency Command Center that morning, you might want to pay special attention to what he says at the end of his prepared statement:
"... the reason Pier 92 was selected as a command center was because on the next day, on September 12, Pier 92 was going to have a drill, it had hundreds of people here, from FEMA, from the Federal Government, from the State, from the State Emergency Management Office, and they were getting ready for a drill for biochemical attack. So that was gonna be the place they were going to have the drill. The equipment was already there, so we were able to establish a command center there, within three days, that was two and a half to three times bigger than the command center that we had lost at 7 World Trade Center. And it was from there that the rest of the search and rescue effort was completed."
Readers may remember that on the days immediately after 9/11/01 there was a nasty little rumor running around the internet that FEMA had arrived in NYC on Monday September 10, thus implying foreknowledge of the disaster. The source of the rumor was a September 13, 2001 interview between CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Tom Kennedy (later corrected to Kenney) of FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue. Here is a transcript of the brief interview:
Dan Rather: "Tom Kennedy... Kenney, a rescue worker with the National Urban Search and Rescue, it's part
of FEMA... "
Kennedy: "We're currently one of the first teams that was deployed to support the city of New York for this disaster. We arrived on late Monday night, and went into action on Tuesday morning. And not until today did we get a full opportunity to work the entire site."
The rumors which subsequently ravaged online chatrooms and 9/11 websites were officially denied by FEMA. In a November 15, 2001 WorldNetDaily piece titled "FEMA: No prior knowledge of 9-11: Agency dispels Net rumor, says team didn't arrive in NYC Sept. 10", Jon Dougherty wrote: (
"The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it did not have urban search and rescue teams in place in New York City prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, contrary to an Internet-based rumor alleging otherwise.
In the interview, Kenney misspoke when he said he and his team arrived in New York City and were "finally on the ground" and deployed by "Monday night. ... " If accurate, that would have meant the team arrived Sept. 10 - the night before the attacks.
According to a spokesman in the office of Vito Pizzi, who works in FEMA's federal coordination office, a total of 16 teams were put on alert or activated Sept. 11. Two of those teams were sent in to Ground Zero the next day, Sept. 12.
FEMA officials said Kenney, in the head of the moment, misstated his team's arrival date. Kenney could not be reached for comment."
The rumor of FEMA presence prior to 9/11 was so stubborn that it took another debunking in a September 5, 2002 Boston Herald piece written by a Stephanie Schorow. Schorow recommends that 'X-File fiction' can be separated from fact with simple research and checking of multiple sources. In reference to the rumor that "FEMA sent the Urban Search and Rescue Team to New York City THE NIGHT BEFORE the attacks occurred!", Schorow writes:
"But if you search further, you'll see Tom "Kennedy'' is actually Tom Kenney, an officer from the Massachusetts Urban Search and Rescue Task Force; apparently Rather got the name wrong. Likewise, common sense dictates Kenney simply said Monday when he meant Tuesday.
To confirm, the Herald called the Kenney home on Cape Cod and spoke to Kenney's wife, who said that her husband did go to New York on Sept. 11, not Sept. 10. She explained that he was under extreme stress when Rather interviewed him, and added wryly that it was typical of her husband to confuse dates."
( http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline/2002/bostonherald090502.html )
We should note that the actual wording of the debunking accounts does not deny that FEMA was in New York on September 10, it merely denies that the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force was not in New York on September 10. We should note that FEMA, when denying presence in NYC prior to 9/11 did not raise the possibility that there was confusion about the existence of a separate FEMA team for the scheduled 9/12 bioterror drill, a drill which we have learned is named Operation TRIPOD. It seems that prior to the Giuliani testimony there has been scant mentioning of the bioterror drill.
According to a May 22, 2002 Press Release from the NYC Office of Emergency Management, the TRIPOD, or 'Point-of-Dispensing' drill, was successfully held that day. The Press Release states:
"TRIPOD had originally been scheduled to take place on September 12th, 2001, at Pier 92 - which ironically had served as the temporary home of OEM shortly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11."
The release also mentions that the TRIPOD exercise is supported by "The Office of Justice Programs, through the Office for Domestic Preparedness". The Office for Domestic Preparedness was the effort assigned to Dick Cheney by George W. Bush on May 8, 2001. Although reports indicate that Cheney never convened any meetings of this Task Force prior to September 2001, it seems that there must have been some sort of planning involved with the organization and scheduling of Operation TRIPOD for September 12, 2001. With all of the unpleasant news of 9/11, it must have pleased Cheney that the scheduling of this drill made the pre-assembled emergency team immediately available to New York City. Who would have thought?
Major questions exist as to why FEMA would deny being in New York City prior to 9/11 without mentioning the 9/12 bioterror drill. These questions must now be addressed as the initial suspicions of those who learned of the Tom Kenney statement have been clearly validated. The coincidental presence of a large FEMA team in NYC at the location, Pier 92, which became the Command Center for the entire emergency operation is disturbing. An alert press and a legitimate 9-11 Commission should have raised this issue long ago.
I can't believe it. El Busho has actually done it. He's re-instated the draft.
Digging deeper for help in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is recalling to active duty about 5,600 people who recently left the service and still have a reserve obligation.
In a new sign of the strain the insurgency in Iraq has put on the U.S. military, Army officials said Tuesday the involuntary callups will begin in July and run through December.
Now watch this draft.
There's a shocker. Britney Spears is pregnant. Does sort of explain the rather sudden engagement and plan to marry Federline doesn't it.
El Busho supporters are crying foul about Farenheit 9/11. They claim it is being used as propaganda.
Yes? And your point would be?
What exactly are Fox News, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and all the other news channels if not pro-Bush pro-war propaganda?
Sorry Bush-ites. If you're so closed-minded that you can't stand to see a movie that perhaps suggests your illustrious appointed (remember - not voted) leader might be wrong, then there's not much hope.
CNN headline this morning : Coalition administrator Paul Bremer hands sovereignty over to interim Iraqi government Monday morning, two days earlier than scheduled. Bremer, Iraqi officials express confidence the new government is ready to meet challenges ahead.
Subtext : "Shit it's getting nasty. There's going to be a bloodbath if we keep on like this. We'd better get the hell out of Dodge while we've still got some GI's left. Oh and that Michael Moore film has absolutely nothing to do with this early pullout. The war doesn't matter, dammit!"
...and to make matters worse a US Marine has been taken hostage. 24 hours to the beheading deadline :-(
This one's a local boy from over near West Jordan. Their family had a news conference (albeit a short one) on the news tonight. They're Muslim and they believe in their faith in Allah, with the good things and the bad. I think they're ready to accept the worse given George "The War Doesn't Matter Dammit!" Bush and his policy on hostages.
We went to see Farenheit 9/11 last night.
I don't care if you are a republican - you absolutely have to see this documentary-movie.
El Busho is in very deep with the appointed government of Afghanistan, the Bin Ladens and the Saudi royal family. As they said in the movie : if he's being paid $400,000 a year in salary from the taxpayers to be president, but his family is receiving $1.4billion a year from the Saudis, whom do you think he has more at heart.....
The opening scene of the film where all the house representatives who are coloured get shouted down and forced to stand down is just tragic. Not one senator would sign in writing that they supported any of these representatives who contested that Bush did not win the 2000 election.
The movie confirms what I and a lot of other people have been saying since the very beginning. There are no WMD in Iraq - there never were. (F9/11 has news conferences in 2001 where Bush and Powell themselves explain implicitly why it's impossible for them to have any). The Bush government has been using terror tactics as a way to keep the public scared. And they had the plan for invading Iraq on the table before 9/11.
The only thing I thought curious was that it didn't make the connection between the one senator who publicly opposed Bush and the anthrax scare. Yes - Tom Daschle.
The truly scary part of the movie shows how a group of peace-protesters were infiltrated by an undercover spook from the FBI. He mingled and merged in, all the time passing information back to the Feds. Just in case you needed reminding, this is exactly what Hitler did with the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit - literal translation "Ministry for State Security" - or the Stasi. Doesn't sound a lot like "Homeland Security" does it?