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04 July 2006

Future World Liberation Day - Three Days After Canada Day

Greetings, friends,
How else did you think I'd spend 4 July 2006, the 230th anniversary of our liberation from the English? Would it be, perhaps, dreaming of our liberation from the Christian's "City on the Hill"?
FOCUS David Swanson: On the Fourth, Read the Declaration of Impeachment
Veterans for Peace has drafted a Declaration of Impeachment using nothing but excerpts from the Declaration of Independence (plus a few words in parentheses). Veterans for Peace states, "It should be read at picnics and protests on the Fourth of July."

No flag burning for me this year, just smuggled Cuban rum and the company of some lovely Europeans in wicked, wicked Malibu. The Christians in Washington DC would recoil; this morning I was watching their documentary about Ronald Reagan, who opened the door to their madness, when America went looking for salvation and Armageddon instead of our usual obsessions with money and sex. How they worship Reagan; even George is just a feeble and contradictory standard bearer in their eyes. Well, happy Canada Day anyway (1 July).

Let's start off the Fear with the confusion on our southern border...we needed this like a swift kick in the ass:
FOCUS Confusion Grips Mexico Election
Mexico's presidential vote was thrown into turmoil late Sunday, with both leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and conservative Felipe Calderon claiming victory as election officials announced that the two men were separated by a razor-thin margin.

But don't worry, because your Librarian and his colleagues are fighting back:
10,000 EPA Scientists Protest Library Closures
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility News Release
"American Patriots." You can read it at
(thanks, Geri)
Librarians beat Feds
One that will make you even prouder from the New Orleans paper:

And in the spirit of New Orleans, you can do 4 July like a real Californian:

Healthy Cooking: Fire up the Grill for Healthy Eats

Low-fat and low-calories recipes for the grill, such as fish tacos, quail, tuna kebabs, grilled vegetables (artichokes, radicchio, sweet potatoes, and peppers), fruit (pineapple, nectarines, and apricots), and grilled pound cake. Also includes general tips, such as avoiding high-heat grilling methods that may produce carcinogenic substances in the food. From Epicurious.

Can You Beerlieve It?

Photographs show rooms of a townhouse filled with beer cans and boxes.

Yeah, have a beer to forget the pain of having an idiot represent us in the world (thanks, Sergei):
In the words of a famous spinach-eating philosopher, "That's all I can stand, 'cause I can't stands no more."
(Be warned, a few of the pictures of the war in Iraq are very graphic.)

Recognized as an idiot around the world:
Gunter Grass, Nobel Laureate, Flays Bush
"Armed force is used by this superpower to defeat the terrorism it is itself responsible for," Gunter Grass says, citing Osama bin Laden, the by-product of American support for Afghan jihadists in the 1980s. "The war (on Iraq), deliberately started in blatant disdain of the laws of civilized societies, produces still more terror."

Perhaps the most easily recognized Christian idiot of the last fifty years:
Apocalyptic President
By Sidney Blumenthal
The Guardian UK
Even some Republicans are now horrified by the influence Bush has given to the evangelical right.
Sunsara Taylor Battle Cry for Theocracy
Activist Sunsara Taylor explores the frightening world of a Christian evangelical youth movement that is holding rock concerts and rallies at city halls nationwide this weekend.
Power Grab
By Elizabeth Drew
The New York Review of Books
Bob Johnson Incompetence, a Byproduct of Something Far More Sinister
"The Bush years have been nothing less than a criminal enterprise," writes Bob Johnson. "Organized crime. Thievery on a scale never before witnessed in the history of humankind. Billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars looted from the national treasury and delivered to the pockets of the well-connected."

With the help of a large party machine, full of like criminals and moralists of the worst kind:
High Court Backs Police No-Knock Searches
Dissenting justices predicted that police will now feel free to ignore previous court rulings that officers with search warrants must knock and announce themselves or run afoul of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches.

And again with this...they never give up:
GOP Takes Aim at PBS Funding
By Rick Klein
The Boston Globe

We've got to declare our independence from this madness:
America's descent into anger and despair
The Boston Globe
Anger and despair so precisely define the broad American mood that those emotions may be the only things Bush and his circle have in common with his antagonists.

We'll need a strong stomach and strong sense of humor:
Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner
A blistering comedy "tribute" to President Bush by Comedy Central's faux talk show host Stephen Colbert at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night left George and Laura Bush embarrassed at its close.
Sidney Blumenthal Ridicule and Contempt
"The most scathing public critique of the Bush presidency and the complicity of a craven press corps was delivered at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday by a comedian," writes Sidney Blumenthal. "Bush was reported afterwards to be seething, while the press corps responded with stone-cold silence."
access the sent link: - 'Spaghetti Monster' is noodling around with faith*

We'll have to declare war on the "war on terror", just as did the "war on drugs":
Under Fire, US Says It Will Ban Controversial Interrogation Practice
By Matthew Schofield
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Potential Evidence Surfaces of Bush's Illegal Spying
By Onnesha Roychoudhuri

And they'll fight back with all they've got:
Security Issue Kills Domestic Spying Probe
The Associated Press
Congress May Bestow Unchecked Spying Powers on President
While dozens of lawsuits challenging the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance of Americans slowly move through the courts, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to consider legislation that would effectively legalize the practice. Civil-rights advocates and Constitutional-law experts say several proposed bills attempt to "whitewash" executive wrongdoing before Congress has the opportunity to conduct hearings and gather the facts surrounding the National Security Agency's involvement in warrantless wiretapping and telecommunications data mining.
Bill Would Allow Warrantless Spying
By Charles Babington
The Washington Post
Bush Shuns Patriot Act Requirement
By Charlie Savage
The Boston Globe
Details of Patriot Act Spying Revealed
The FBI issued thousands of subpoenas to banks, phone companies and Internet providers last year, aggressively using a power enhanced under the Patriot Act to monitor the activities of US citizens.
The Letter of the Law
By Chitra Ragavan
US News & World Report
The White House says spying on terror suspects without court approval is ok. What about physical searches?
National ID a 'Nightmare' for States
By Brian Bergstein
The Associated Press
(thanks, Monde)

Watchdog contends budget bill broke law

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post

The Christians will do anything to rally their own troops, they'll drag us back into the 19th century, forget the bloody 20th:
Judge Strikes Down Maryland Ban on Gay Marriage
By Matthew Mosk and John Wagner
The Washington Post
Senators Clash Over Gay Marriage Amendment
By Laurie Kellman
The Associated Press
Under New Guidelines, Lesbians and Gays May Be Denied Government Jobs
Feminist Daily News Wire
Groups Fault US Vote in UN on Gays
By Warren Hoge
The New York Times

Hypocritical scum are arrayed against us:
Homeland Official Arrested in Online Sex Sting
The Associated Press
FOCUS Rush Limbaugh Arrested on Drug Charges
Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said.

And the results will punish us all collectively:
Dollar Starts Big Slide Against Major Currencies
The dollar has embarked on a big decline that will see it fall against all leading currencies, according to analysts. The plunge is being prompted by America�s $800 billion current-account deficit.

So let out your own call for independence, like these esteemed members of our society:

Jamie Raskin

Constitutional law professor quips on the difference between the Bible and the Constitution.
Sandra Day O'Connor warns of rightwing attacks; Lawyers 'must speak up' to protect judiciary
Julian Borger in Washington
The Guardian
Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary.,,1729396,00.html
VA Nurse Investigated for 'Sedition' for Criticizing Bush
By Matthew Rothschild
The Progressive
The Bureaucracy Strikes Back: Fallen Legion 3
By Nick Turse

The conspirators will try to hide the truth:
Click the following to access the sent link: - Survey finds more information kept from public*

This year the weak Democrats have another fool's chance to fight back:
Handful of Races May Tip Control of Congress
By Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza
The Washington Post
Iraq War Draws Veterans into Politics
The Associated Press
New Mexico Democrats Call for Bush Impeachment
By Sue Major Holmes
The Associated Press

But Bush isn't the last monster they have to throw at us:
For Possible '08 Run, McCain Is Courting Bush Loyalists
By Dan Balz
The Washington Post

Just the most dangerous:
The Worst President in History?
By Sean Wilentz
Rolling Stone

Some people think the United States will never recover (thanks again, Geri and Mike):
Subject: Fwd: promote Aaron Russo documentary
First go here watch the trailer and then read the rest of this. You may not be able to contribute but a like minded friend of a friend may. Pass it in if you agree... BTW this is legit.
From: "Jon Tiven"
Subject: awesome film
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 13:40:17 -0600

Like my French here, we'll speak out in quirky ways:
Courtesy of Mr. Rex Tangle

But in the end, friends, liberty will be ours if we want, because we've got one advantage over these Christians...the need to use our BRAIN (thanks, Shirley):
Bush Loses Core Supporters
Associated Press
President Bush appears to be losing support among a key group of voters who had hitherto stood firmly with the president even as his poll numbers among other groups fell dramatically.

A new Gallup poll shows that, for the first time, Bush's approval rating has fallen below 50% among total fucking morons, and now stands at 44%. This represents a dramatic drop compared to a poll taken just last December, when 62% of total fucking morons expressed support for the president and his policies.

The current poll, conducted by phone with 1,409 total fucking morons between May 4 and May 8, reveals that only 44% of those polled believe the president is doing a good job, while 27% believe he is doing a poor job and 29% don't understand the question.

The December poll, conducted by phone with 1,530 total fucking morons, showed 62% approved of the president, 7% disapproved and 31% didn't understand the question.

Faltering approval ratings for the president among a group once thought to be a reliable source of loyal support gives Republicans one more reason to be nervous about the upcoming mid-term elections. "If we can't depend on the support of total fucking morons," says Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), "then we've got a big problem. They're a key factor in our electoral strategy, and an important part of today's Republican coalition."

"We've taken the total fucking moron vote for granted," says Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), "and now we're paying for it. We've let the Democrats control the debate lately, and they've dragged discourse back into the realm of complex, nuanced issues. So your average total fucking moron turns on his TV and sees his Republican Congressman arguing about Constitutional law or the complexities of state formation in the Middle East, and he tunes out. He wants to hear comforting, pandering, flattering bromides and he doesn't want to hear a logical argument more complex than what you'd find on a bumper sticker."

For Feeney, the poll is a dire warning that Republicans can ignore only at their peril. "This should send a signal that we have to regain control of the debate if we want the support of our key constituencies in the coming election and beyond. We need to bring public discourse back into the realm of stupidity and vacuity. We should be talking about homosexual illegal immigrants burning flags. We should be talking about the power of pride. We should be talking about freedom fries. These are the issues that resonate with total fucking morons."

But some total fucking morons say it's too late. Bill Snarpel of Enid, Oklahoma is a total fucking moron who voted for Bush in both 2000 and 2004. But he says he won't be voting for Bush in 2008. "I don't like it that he was going to sell our ports to the Arabs. If the Arabs own the ports then that means they'll let all the Arabs in and then we'll all be riding camels and wearing towels on our heads. I don't want my children singing the Star Spangled Banner in Muslim."

Total fucking moron Kurt Meyer of Turlock, California also says his once solid support for Bush has collapsed. "He invaded Iraq and all those soldiers died, and for what? We destroyed all their WMDs, but now their new president is making fun of us and saying he's going to build nuclear bombs and that we can't stop him. Well, nuclear bombs are even worse than WMDs, so what did we accomplish?"

Laura McDonald, a total fucking moron from Chandler, Arizona, says she is disappointed that the president hasn't been a more forceful advocate of Christian values. "This country was founded on Christian values," she says, "but you'd never know it looking around and seeing all the Mexicans running around. I thought Bush was going to bring Jesus back into the government. Instead, Christians are being persecuted worse than ever before in history, because all these Mexicans come here and tell Christians that we have to respect their religious beliefs. So now it's illegal for children to pray in school. Soon it will be illegal for them to speak English."

Not all total fucking morons have turned their backs on the president. Jeb Larkin of Topeka, Kansas says he still fully supports Bush. "He is doing a great job. He is a great president. He is a great decider. I have a puppy. His tail sticks straight up and you can see his butthole."

And not all Republican lawmakers are concerned about the poll. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), for one, does not find it a cause for anxiety. While he agrees that his party should not take total fucking morons for granted, they "really don't have anywhere else to go. They're never going to be able to understand someone like Al Gore or John Kerry or anybody intelligent and articulate who wants to talk about substantive issues Just try having a conversation with one of them about global warming. They'll say, 'Oh, but Rush says volcanoes consume more ozone than humans do.' I mean, they're morons! Total fucking morons!"

"They've got nowhere else to go," Alexander reaffirms with a smile, "and they always vote."

Vive le screed!

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