More “Unearthed” News from RFK Jr.

22 06 2008

Here’s this week’s “Unearthed” news column from RFK Jr. (you can also listen to this report at the Ring of Fire radio website or watch it at GoLeft.tv):

UNEARTHED:

NEWS OF THE WEEK THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA FORGOT TO REPORT

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

Huffington Post

 

Bush Regrets Legacy as “Guy Really Anxious for War”

President Bush told the UK newspaper The Times in an exclusive interview that he regrets his reputation as a “guy really anxious for war” in Iraq. Recognizing the bitter divisions both at home and abroad caused by the war, Bush suggested, “in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric.” Phrases such as “bring them on” or “dead or alive,” Bush said, “indicated to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace.”

 
McClatchy Investigation Confirms Routine Torture At U.S. bases in Afghanistan

 

An eight-month investigation by McClatchy Newspapers confirmed the mistreatment and systematic torture of detainees in Afghanistan, starting in 2001 and lasting at least 20 months. Sixty-eight percent of former detainees interviewed by McClatchy say they were assaulted in Afghanistan, far surpassing the number of detainees with similar stories from Guantanamo Bay. Prison guards interviewed by McClatchy say they were deployed to run Afghan detention centers with inadequate training, a poor understanding of the rules of conduct, and an absence of supervision. “Everybody hit their boiling point,” according to one interviewee who described how he and fellow guards routinely beat detainees. Asked why they would abuse prisoners, one guard said “retribution for September 11, 2001,” indicating that many guards believed the detainees were terrorists, even though the vast majority of the detainees had little or no connection to al Qaeda.

“Whether they got in trouble or not, everybody struck a detainee at some point,” said Brian Cammack, an Army Reservist sentenced to three months in military confinement and a dishonorable discharge for hitting a detainee. Spc. Jeremy Callaway, another Army Reservist who admitted to striking numerous detainees in Afghanistan, told military investigators that he was ordered to “mentally and physically break the detainees.” He testified that, “I guess you can call it torture.”

 
Bush Administration Enables Oil Companies to Harass Already Threatened Polar Bears

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently issued rules allowing seven big oil companies to harass and potentially harm polar bears in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea. The new regulations shield the seven companies, which include Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips, from any liability for harming polar bears while exploring for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea. The FWS argues that exploration in the midst of polar bear habitat would have a “negligible effect on the bears’ population,” a claim at odds with the Interior Department’s decision less than a month ago to list polar bears as a threatened species because of habitat loss due to global warming. Industrial activity is known to disrupt polar bears’ search for food and their efforts to raise cubs in dens protected from human disturbance.

 
Right Wing Talk Host Michael Reagan Calls for Murder of Anti War Activists

On June 13, talk radio host Michael Reagan, the adopted son of former president Ronald Reagan and occasional guest anchor on Fox News, called for the murder of anti-war activists who, according to Reagan, are sending letters to U.S. soldiers arguing that the U.S. government had a role in 9/11.

Reagan told his nationally-syndicated radio audience:

“Take em out and shoot em. . . . You take em out, they are traitors to this country, and shoot them. . . . Anybody who would do that doesn’t deserve to live. You shoot them. You call them traitors, that’s what they are. And you shoot em dead. I’ll pay for the bullets.”

 
Newt Gingrich Claims Supreme Court Decision Will ‘cost us a city’

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich echoed the extreme right wing rhetoric of Justice Antonin Scalia on Face the Nation June 15th, claiming that the Supreme Court’s recent decision restoring the habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo detainees would “cost us a city.” Justice Scalia wrote in his dissenting opinion that the Court’s decision “will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed.” Gingrich told the Face the Nation audience that “the debate ought to be about whether you’re prepared to lose an American city on behalf of five lawyers — it was a five to four decision… [and debate] whether or not you’re prepared to allow any random, nutcake district judge who has no knowledge of national security to set the rules for terrorists.”

 
Bush Impeachment Articles Presented to Congress by Dennis Kucinich

Ohio Democrat and former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich presented thirty-five articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush to Congress last week.
Many of the articles deal with the Iraq war, including the first: “Article 1 – Creating a secret propaganda campaign to manufacture a false case for war against Iraq.”

Other articles delve into GOP election fraud, such as Article 28, charging President Bush with “tampering with free and fair elections,” along with “corruption of the administration of justice.” Article 29 charges the Bush administration and the GOP with “conspiracy to violate the Civil Rights Act of 1965.”

Kucinich presented impeachment articles against Vice President Dick Cheney in April. Kucinich said at the time that “impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran.”

 
Federal Judge Rules White House Can Keep Millions of Missing Emails Secret

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that the White House can keep secret its paper trail regarding millions of missing emails which could shed further light on the administration’s internal communications leading up to the war in Iraq. The judge ruled that the Office of Administration is shielded from Freedom of Information Act requests because it lacks “substantial independent authority” and its functions “are strictly administrative.” The office previously responded to FOIA requests ever since it was established in 1978, but the Bush White House reversed that policy last year when the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued the White House over its records concerning the missing emails. The ruling closes another door on public attempts to learn why the White House is so closely guarding information about the missing emails.

 
Supreme Court Rejects ExxonMobil Efforts to Avoid Human Rights Lawsuit

ExxonMobil’s efforts to appeal a 2001 human rights lawsuit fell on deaf ears at the Supreme Court, which rejected the company’s arguments for dismissing the case. Human rights advocates brought the suit against Exxon on behalf of 11 Indonesian villagers who allege that Exxon hired Indonesian military members to harass and abuse them near one of the company’s natural gas facilities.

The justices are also expected to rule before the end of the month on whether ExxonMobil has to pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster. Exxon has waged a 14-year fight over its liabilities for the disaster since a jury in Alaska originally awarded $5 billion to Valdez fishermen and residents whose lives and businesses were devastated by the spill. An appeals court halved the award in 2006, and Exxon is asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the award entirely, claiming the company owes nothing beyond what it already spent cleaning up the spill. Justice Samuel Alito is recused from hearing both cases because he owns at least $100,0000 in ExxonMobil stock.

 
BBC Uncovers $23 Billion in Lost, Stolen and Unaccounted Iraq Funds

BBC journalists estimate the loss, theft or shoddy accounting of as much as $23 billion in U.S. spending in Iraq. Private contractors have collected massive profits throughout the Iraq war and rebuilding process, often winning no-bid contracts like the initial $7 billion give-away to Halliburton in the run-up to the invasion. Not a single U.S. contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanaged funds yet, primarily due to a gag order restricting discussion of the allegations that will likely remain in place until President Bush leaves office. Representative Henry Waxman, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, predicts that the enrichment of contractors “may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history.” Waxman told the BBC that the “waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, it’s egregious.”

 
White House Hinders EPA Scientists’ Assessments of Toxic Chemicals

In a move that could threaten the health of millions of Americans, the White House instituted policy changes to delay EPA’s scientific assessments of toxic chemicals, making it harder for the public to comment and limiting independent scientific review. The changes affect the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which tracks the health risks of hundreds of toxic chemicals and is used by EPA offices to set protective health standards for drinking water, air pollution and toxic waste cleanups.

Dr. Linda Greer, director of NRDC’s public health program, testified last week before a House Science subcommittee that the new White House policy “invites the injection of non-scientific considerations into the IRIS assessments, and further, it shields from public scrutiny the input from other parts of the government with a potential financial or political interest in the outcome of a particular assessment.”

The changes introduce three new opportunities for OMB and other non-health agencies to intervene in EPA’s health assessments – all three shielded from public view. Previously the IRIS process provided draft assessments to the public, OMB and non-health agencies at the same time. The new process injects polluting agencies such as DOD and DOE into the assessment process at an earlier stage, and with no public disclosure, and forces EPA staff to address the interests of the non-health focused agencies whether they are consistent with public health policies or not. Then the draft is finally made available to the public for comment, but a final intervention point before the assessment can be finalized requires EPA staff to resolve any outstanding concerns OMB and polluting agencies might raise. Dr. Greer told the House science subcommittee that “this new process is designed precisely to give the polluting agencies more access and more influence to what has historically been an objective scientific evaluation process — and to add at least two or more years to the review of mission critical chemicals.”

 

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25 06 2008
Jack Mosel

“We’re working hard to throw food on your family”… The decider!

25 06 2008
Jack Mosel

“I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” The Decider —Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008
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25 06 2008
Jack Mosel

Good night George Carlin… Rest well and thank you for the most genuine humor and the stark reality you never denied to give us freely in being your fans…

In tribute, I’m gonna post your finest summation of our sad state of affairs on a site where I know Patriots and real Americans handle the truth and give it back freely with insights from giants like you and giants like RFK, JR.

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=bushisms&sitesearch=#q=bushisms&sitesearch=&start=70

26 06 2008
New Frontier

Jack, thanks for mentioning George Carlin. His passing leaves a crater-size hole in this earth. He was this nation’s greatest living political pundit, although he’d tell you he was “just a comedian.”

He was also one of the greatest advocates the First Amendment ever had.

The first time I ever saw Carlin perform live was on my 18th birthday at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. As you can likely imagine, he filled my impressionable young mind with wisdom, and he still influences the way I think (and write) to this day. He’s one of the people who inspired me to go into radio & tv broadcasting. His “AM/FM” album changed my life – and a lot of others in this business as well. Who can forget characters like the chirpy sportscaster Biff Barf, or Al Sleet, the hippy-dippy weatherman?

I can think of no better tribute to George Carlin than posting a portion of his book Napalm and Silly Putty, published in 2001, in which he delved into U.S. foreign policy, particularly the 1991 Gulf War. Even though he used many terms of sexuality and human body parts, his assessment is as accurate as that of any academic expert. (Actually, Carlin got it right when the experts more often got it wrong.)

So if you’re easily offended by vulgar language, you had better stop reading this right now! If, on the other hand, you don’t give a shit, then by all means read on…

ROCKETS AND PENISES IN THE PERSIAN GULF

by George Carlin

History Lesson

I’d like to talk a little about the “war” we had in the Persian Gulf. Remember that? The big war in the Persian Gulf? Lemme tell you what was goin’ on.

Naturally, you can forget all that entertaining fiction about having to defend the model democracy those lucky Kuwaitis get to live under. And for the moment you can also put aside the very real, periodic need Americans have for testing their new weapons on human flesh. And also, just for the fun of it, let’s ignore George Bush’s obligation to protect the oil interests of his family and friends. There was another much more important consideration at work. Here’s what really happened.,

Dropping a Load for Uncle Sam

The simple fact is that America was long overdue to drop high explosives on helpless civilians; people who have no argument with us whatsoever. After all, it had been awhile, and the hunger gnaws. Remember that’s our specialty: picking on countries that have marginally effective air forces. Yugoslavia is another, more recent, example.

Surfing Unnecessary

But all that aside, let me tell you what I liked about that Gulf War: it was the first war that appeared on every television channel, including cable. And even though the TV show consisted largely of Pentagon war criminals displaying maps and charts, it got very good ratings. And that makes sense because we like war. We’re a warlike people. We can’t stand not to be fucking with someone. We couldn’t wait for the Cold War to end so we could climb into the big Arab sandbox and play with our nice new toys. We enjoy war.

And one reason we enjoy it is that we’re good at it. You know why we’re good at it? Because we get a lot of practice. This country is only 200 years old, and already we’ve had 10 major wars. We average a major war every 20 years. So we’re good at it.

And it’s just as well we are, because we’re not very good at anything else. Can’t build a decent car anymore. Can’t make a TV set, a cell phone, or a VCR. Got no steel industry left. No textiles. Can’t educate our young people. Can’t get health care to our old people. But we can bomb the shit outta your country, all right. We can bomb the shit out of your country!

If You’re Brown, You’re Goin’ Down

Especially if your country is full of brown people. Oh, we like that, don’t we? That’s our hobby now. But it’s also our new job in the world: bombing brown people. Iraq, Panama, Grenada, Libya. You got some brown people in your country? Tell ‘em to watch the fuck out, or we’ll goddamn bomb them.

Well, who were the last white people you can remember that we bombed? In fact, can you remember any white people we ever bombed? The Germans! That’s it! Those are the only ones. And that was only because they were tryin’ to cut in on our action. They wanted to dominate the world. Bullshit! That’s our job. That’s our fuckin’ job.

But the Germans are ancient history. These days, we only bomb brown people. And not because they’re cutting in on our action: we do it because they’re brown. Even those Serbs we bombed in Yugoslavia aren’t really white, are they? Naaah! They’re sort of down near the swarthy end of the white spectrum. Just brown enough to bomb. I’m still waiting for the day we bomb the English. People who really deserve it.

A Disobedient American

Now, you folks might’ve noticed I don’t feel about the Gulf War the way we were instructed to feel about it by the United States government. My mind doesn’t work that way. You see, I’ve got this real moron thing I do, it’s called “thinking.” And I guess I’m not a very good American, because I like to form my own opinions: I don’t just roll over when I’m told. Most Americans roll over on command. Not me. There are certain rules I observe.

Believe You Me

My first rule: Never believe anything anyone in authority says. None of them. Government, police, clergy, the corporate criminals. None of them. And neither do I believe anything I’m told by the media, who, in the case of the Gulf War, functioned as little more then unpaid employees of the Defense Department, and who, most of the time, operate as an unofficial public relations agency for government and industry.

I don’t believe in any of them. And I have to tell you, folks, I don’t really believe much in my country either. I don’t get all choked up about yellow ribbons and American flags. I see them as symbols, and I leave them to the symbol-minded.

Show Us Your Dick

I also look at the war itself a little differently from most. I see it largely as an exercise in dick-waving. That’s really all it is: a lot of men standing around in a field waving their dicks at one another. Men, insecure about the size of their penises, choose to kill one another.

That’s also what all the moron athlete bullshit is about, and what that macho, male posturing and strutting around in bars and locker rooms represents. It’s called “dick fear.” Men are terrified that their dicks are inadequate, and so they have to “compete” in order to feel better about themselves. And since war is the ultimate competition, essentially men are killing one another in order to improve their genital self-esteem.

You don’t need to be a historian or a political scientist to see the Bigger Dick Foreign Policy Theory at work. It goes like this: “What? They have bigger dicks? Bomb them!” And of course, the bombs, the rockets, and the bullets are all shaped like penises. Phallic weapons. There’s an unconscious need to project that national penis into the affairs of others. It’s called “fucking with people.”

Show Us Your Bush

So, as far as I’m concerned, that whole thing in the Persian Gulf was nothing more than one big dick-waving cockfight. In this particular one, Saddam Hussein questioned the size of George Bush’s dick. And George Bush had been called a wimp for so long, he apparently felt the need to act out his manhood fantasies by sending America’s white children to kill other people’s brown children. Clearly the worst kind of wimp.

Even his name, “Bush,” as slang, is related to the genitals without actually being the genitals. A bush is sort of a passive, secondary sex characteristic. It’s even used as a slang term for women. “Hey, pal, how’s the bush in this area?” I can’t help thinking, if this president’s name had been George Boner … well he might have felt a little better about himself and he wouldn’t have had to kill all those children. Too bad he couldn’t locate his manhood.

Premature Extraction

Actually, when you think about it, this country has had a manhood problem for some time. You can tell by the language we use; language always gives us away. What did we do wrong in Vietnam? We “pulled out.” Not a very manly thing to do. No. When you’re fucking people, you’re supposed to stay with it and fuck them good; fuck them to death; hang in there and keep fucking them until they’re all fucking dead.

But in Vietnam, what happened was by accident we left a few women and children alive, and we haven’t felt good about ourselves since. That’s why in the Persian Gulf, George Bush had to say, “This will not be another Vietnam.” He actually said, “this time we’re going all the way.” Imagine. An American president using the sexual slang of a 13-year-old to describe his foreign policy.

And, of course, when it got right down to it, he didn’t “go all the way.” Faced with going into Baghdad, he punked out. No balls. Just Bush. Instead, he applied sanctions, so he’d be sure that an extra half a million brown children would die. And so his oil buddies could continue to fill their pockets.

If you want to know what happened in the Persian Gulf, just remember the first names of the two men who ran that war: Dick Cheney and Colin Powell. Dick and colon. Someone got fucked up the ass!!!

And those brown people better make sure they keep their pants on because Dick and Colin have come back for an encore!!!!

Good night, George.

We’re sure gonna miss you, friend.

26 06 2008
Jack Mosel

Brilliant and genius…

27 07 2008
Fire Risk Assessment

Actually, when you think about it, this country has had a manhood problem for some time. You can tell by the language we use; language always gives us away. What did we do wrong in Vietnam? We “pulled out.”

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