Monthly Archives: June 2005

Cheney on Club Gitmo

Cheney, as the chief of transition, infested the Bush administration with the Neo-fascists (they call themselves Neo-conservatives) who have been dying to invade Iraq since the early 1990s. Go to the Project for the New American Century website and read all about it.

I should also note that almost none of the New Amercian Centurions, who are so anxious to send our brave military personnel into harm’s way on dubious, poorly planned missions, ever served their country. In fact, it has been reported that professional military personnel refer to Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Libby, Leith, and etc. as “chickenhawks”.

June 24, 2005

Cheney Says Detainees Are Well Treated

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Agence France-Presse) – Vice President Dick Cheney said on Thursday that prisoners at the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had everything they could possibly want and were well fed and well treated as they lived in the “tropics.”

Mr. Cheney dismissed calls to close the facility, which holds terrorism suspects. “They got a brand new facility down at Guantánamo,” Mr. Cheney said in an interview with CNN. “We spent a lot of money to build it. They’re very well treated down there.”

“They’re living in the tropics,” he added. “They’re well fed. They’ve got everything they could possibly want. There isn’t any other nation in the world that would treat people who were determined to kill Americans the way we’re treating these people.”

Mr. Cheney categorized the prisoners as “terrorists,” “bomb makers” and “facilitators of terror” who would “go back to trying to kill Americans” if freed.

Former President Bill Clinton has become the most prominent critic of the base in Cuba. “It is time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview published in Monday’s editions of The Financial Times.

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The Perfect Picture

Before leaving for Cuba, on my first trip back since 1970, I told Bill, one of my traveling companions who looks like Hemingway and whom we called Hemingway throughout our trip, that a perfect picture of our trip would be that of an old woman smoking a cigar.

Bill and I were sitting on a bench in the main Santiago plaza when up walked the perfect picture. Her cigar is most definitely no prop.

Did you know that the U.S. government permits huge agricultural corporations to sell products to Cuba while the State Department Office of Foreign Asset Control devotes greatly more staff to pursuing those traveling to Cuba than it does to investigating terrorist financing networks? Posted by Hello


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Dirys Adams Wilson – "Oh, my God"

I met Dirys Adams Wilson, known to her friends a Indira, in Santiago, Cuba. She was looking for someone with whom to practice her English and who would buy her a chicken and french fry dinner.

Indira would laugh, slap her knee and declare “Oh, my God.” She was delightful company who provided me with lots of information about Santiago, one of Cuba’s most beautiful Cities.

The cigar was just a prop for the picture, as she doesn’t smoke. Posted by Hello

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Further Erosion of the Bill of Rights

The Supreme Court this week, in a 6-3 decision, declared that government can take your property and give it to another private property owner. Such transactions usually involve taking property from poorer folks and giving it to richer folks, and all that’s necessary is for those desiring the property of others to prevail upon a city council or other legislative body. Given the obscenely prominent role of money (legal bribery) in the formulation of public policy in our nation, such is easily accomplished.

As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stated in her dissenting opinion: “The specter of condemnation hangs over all property. Nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”

Justice Thomas, who most often hews to the Scalia party line, also dissented; noting that the Supremes decision was “far-reaching and dangerous” and that in such situations property is usually taken from lower income folks and given to those of greater means.

The instant case involved the desire of the New London, Connecticut city council to increase its property tax revenue by seizing “seizing people’s homes, clearing the land and turning it over to private interests that would build a residential, office, retail complex supporting new $300 million research facility of the Pfizer drug company.” Read about it here and Here

The fifth amendment to the U. S. constitution provides that, amongst other things, “…nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.” Remember, the Bill of Rights was amended into the Constitution, four years after adoption of the Constitution, to protect individual citizens from the type of excesses and injustices perpetrated upon the colonies by the British crown.

Is it a “public use” for government to take property in order to hand it over to folks or corporations who will then use the property to enhance their personal or corporate wealth? The Supremes say yes.

A similarly inexplicable decision of the high court was its early June decision that federal anti-marijuana laws trump state medical marijuana laws. The court, in a fit of rhetorical gymnastics, construed there to be interstate commerce implications to the states’ medical marijuana laws. Again Sandra Day O’Conner, a true conservative, dissented, saying that the court was overreaching to endorse “making it a federal crime to grow small amounts of marijuana in one’s own home for one’s own medicinal use”.

Once again the Supremes have eroded the Bill of Rights, which in the tenth amendment provides that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The Supreme Court, throughout its history, has generally restrained federal jurisdiction to matters involving interstate commerce.

Even the right reverend Justice Scalia, who forever is lecturing us dumb ass masses that judges should construe the Constitution from an “originalist” perspective, voted with the majority in the medical marijuana case. Scalia, being a Straussian philosopher, needn’t bother himself with consistency when it comes to regulating our private behavior. What an absolute hack.

The Supremes, some years ago, declared invalid federal legislation that enhanced penalties for those convicted of a crime involving guns when the crime was committed in proximity to a school, concluding no interstate commerce implications. Apparently providing marijuana as medicine to folks, who otherwise have found no medical relief, involves interstate commerce.

The fascism that has been creeping along in this nation for most of its history is now up and walking; and, with the advent of the national security state, it should soon be sprinting.

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Bush’s Posada Dilemma

What is George Bush to do with Luis Posada Carriles? You perhaps have read recently about Posada, the self-professed tourist hotel bomber and U.S. government identified commercial airliner bomber, who illegally snuck into the U.S.

Posada, a former member of the regime of former Cuban dictator Fulencio Batistsa, trained by the CIA in explosives and assassination in the early ‘60s, a Bay of Pigs veteran, a CIA operative from the early ‘60s until the mid-‘70s, a Venezuela secret police official in the late 70s, and a fugitive from Venezuelan custody where he was imprisoned awaiting a third trial for the bombing of a Cuban commercial airliner in 1976 that killed the greatest portion of the Cuban youth fencing teams. It should be noted that during a good portion of Posada’s CIA association, George Bush Sr. was Director of Central Intelligence.

Venezuela has requested Posada’s extradition and so far the Bush administration has refused, putting the lie to Bush’s professed war on terrorism. As it turns out, if Bush agrees with the desired end of terrorist acts, or calculates political advantage, he will forgive terrorist acts. Terrorism aimed at Cuba is OK.

Posada entered the U.S. illegally in March. Entering, no doubt, using one of the plethora of fake passports of which he bragged in a 1998 New York Times interview. An interview, by the way, in which he boasted of bombing several Cuban tourist hotels, one of which killed an Italian tourist. The U.S. government took no measures to apprehend Posada until he held a press conference in May, thereby eliminating, for certain, any opportunity for the Bush administration to deny knowledge of Posada’s illegal presence in the U.S.

So what has been Bush’s response? Posada has been jailed for illegally entering the U.S. If he ships Posada to Venezuela it is likely that Posada may begin to chirp like a bird and tell all, to the presumed embarrassment of Bush Sr. Additionally, extradition to Venezuela would alienate the hard core anti-Castro Cuban expatriates in Florida who exercise an inordinate influence, afforded by their inordinate affluence, over the dispensation of the 27 Florida electoral college votes. Bush’s refusal to extradite Posada will illustrate Bush’s hypocrisy in his so called “war on terror.” On the other hand Bush could extradite Posada to another nation, within which Posada would simply disappear.

So what will it be? Bush will deny the Venezuelan extradition request and thumb his nose at (more likely flip off) the rest of the world which takes note of his hypocrisy and Posada will disappear after extradition to another nation.

In pursuance of Bush’s divine mission, the opinions of others are merely a distraction and in his ridged ideological vision of the world there is no room for doubt.

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The Depravity of Bill Frist and Jeb Bush

During the media circus manufactured around the Theresa Schiavo matter, by demagogic politicians hoping to sew up the radical right vote for the 2008 presidential campaign, Senate majority leader Dr. Bill Frist, as you’ll remember, pronounced upon the Senate floor that he had watched a one hour video of Ms. Schiavo and determined that she was not in a persistent vegetative state.

“Speaking more as a physician than as a U.S. senator,” Frist , on the Senate floor on March 17, questioned the repeated diagnosis of Ms. Schiavo’s persistent vegetative state, “I say that I question it, and I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office here in the Capitol,”.

Then on June 16, after release of Schaivo’s autopsy results which indicated that her brain had atrophied to half the normal expected size, that she was blind, and that there was no prospect for her recovery, Dr. Frist declared that “I would never attempt to make a diagnosis by videotape.”

So not only is Frist such a lousy doctor that he publicly pronounces a diagnosis based upon his viewing a one hour video, but he’s also a liar.

I bet Frist is just dying to see the negative ads to be trotted out on this subject during his 2008 presidential campaign.

For pure depravity, though, it would be very difficult, indeed, to descend further into the depths of such depravity than has Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who has requested an investigation into charges of spousal abuse against Michael Schiavo. Governor Bush has 2008 aspirations of his own.

I just love how the good soldiers of the radically sanctimonious wing of the republican party are all for smaller government; until, that is, they sense an opportunity to utilize the awesome power of the federal government to restrict personal freedom in the pursuance of their agenda to impose their “moral” values upon the rest of us.

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This is a big night for Expatriate Ruminations. There have been four comments entered from two different commentators, “Anonymous” and my buddy Dan.


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