Monthly Archives: June 2006

USA Interference in Mexican Elections

Greg Palast reports that apparently it is not only slime bucket political consultant Dick Morris who isinterfering in the Mexican preidential election (Morris was hire by PAN candidate Calerderon and began spreading the lie that PRD candidate Lopez Obrador is buddies with Venezuelan president Chavez).

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Committee on the Present Danger

Well the same collection of self-important “neo-conservatives”, military industrial complex profiteers, and Likudniks, that have rendered the status of the USA to that of a global pariah, and consistently been proven wrong, while mendaciously presenting their war on Islam as an effort to spread freedom and democracy, are at it again.

The June 23 edition of the Asian Times online contains a rather lengthy, but really informative, report of the formation of the “Committee on the Present Danger III (CPD).” The previous such “Committees” were formed in the 1950s and 1970 to promote higher military spending to counter the hyped Soviet threat. The difference in the current “Present Danger” is that it is not external; but, rather, the sagging public support for their screwball ideas of world military domination to maintain markets for USA good and services. The article is well worth a read.

It’s too damned bad that the USA media doesn’t usually carry such analysis; but, generally speaking, the management of USA media goose steps in time to the CPD tune.

Here is the article’s denouement, which I hope is correct in its conclusion that the CPD III is spinning its wheels:

“The ‘present danger’ of growing domestic dissent alarms CPD members. All the more alarming to the neo-cons and the pro-Israel hardliners in the CPD has been the rising criticism that US policy in the Middle East, including the escalating tensions with Iran, has been driven by the US-based Israel lobby. ”In this political context of mounting criticism, the contemporary CPD faces more adverse conditions in imposing its agenda. The first CPD closed down in 1953 after the country was well on its way to having a bipartisan foreign policy in support of Cold War militarization, and the second CPD defined the policies that would then become the guidelines for the Reagan foreign-policy team. Although apparently enjoying access to deep funding pockets, the prospects of CPD III achieving similar success appear dim. ”Like its two predecessors, the current CPD aims to create widespread public and policy community support for higher military budgets and expanded troop deployment to meet the “present danger”. By raising fears that the Soviet Union represented an imminent threat to national security, the previous CPDs succeeded in isolating and impugning the credibility of the political leaders and public intellectuals who favored constructive engagement with the Soviet Union rather than a Cold War of global militarization. In both cases, the CPDs discredited the less politicized, more objective “threat assessments” prepared by the CIA, the State Department and the Pentagon. ”The third CPD also aims to raise the level of fear among Americans by declaring that the United States is immersed in World War IV, but has not yet committed adequate resources to the global battle. But after five years of exaggerated threat assessments from the neo-conservatives and the Bush administration – many of which have already been publicly exposed, such as the weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein-Osama bin Laden ties that proved baseless in Iraq – the CPD faces a major challenge in winning acceptance for its call for the US government to expand its misdirected “war on terrorism” and its missionary crusade to spread “freedom and liberty”. ”The new Committee on the Present Danger may be the first CPD that is unable to sell its alarmist version of the ‘present danger’”.

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What "Liberation" Means for Iraqis

The USA ambassador to Iraq enumerates all of the wonderful things “liberation” has brought to Iraq, and they aint pretty.

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Children Should be Eating More Dirt

I have long believed and often remarked that eating dirt is good for children’s immune system.

Here is a report of a study that found that the immune systems of rats and mice living in the wild are more robust than those of their lab bound cousins.

Jun 16, 10:56 PM (ET)

By SETH BORENSTEIN

WASHINGTON (AP) – Gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms seem to have healthier immune systems than their squeaky clean cousins that frolic in cushy antiseptic labs, two studies indicate. The lesson for humans: Clean living may make us sick.

“The studies give more weight to a 17-year-old theory that the sanitized Western world may be partly to blame for soaring rates of human allergy and asthma cases and some autoimmune diseases, such as Type I diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. The theory, called the hygiene hypothesis, figures that people’s immune systems aren’t being challenged by disease and dirt early in life, so the body’s natural defenses overreact to small irritants such as pollen.”

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Juxtaposition – Haiti 1915, Iraq 2006

I am reading “The Banana Wars” , “A History of United States Military Intervention in Latin American from the Spanish-American War to the Invasion of Panama” by Ivan Musicant.

The book recounts an incident involving USA troops during the occupation of Haiti in the early 1900s that stands, it seems to me, in stark juxtaposition to the recent revelation of the murders of noncombatants by US troops in Haditha, Iraq.

USA troops occupied Haiti in a humanitarian effort to end rule by a mob of mercenaries whom constantly hired themselves out to seize power for whomever would pay them. Within weeks or months after seizing power for one patron, another aspirant would hire the thugs to seize power for him. Meanwhile the civilian populations was starving and the mercenary gangs ran wild throughout the country looting, murdering and extorting. Finally President Wilson had had enough and sent troops. The military commander made it absolutely clear to the marines and Navy “blue jackets” that the Haitians were not to be mistreated and that US troops were there to establish order, feed the population, help in developing the economy, and end the cycle of continuous “revolution”.

There was an incident where one of the US troops accidentally drowned while swimming in a creek. As US troops assembled at the creek to recover the body a group of Haitians gathered to observe. Amongst the Haitians, armed with a rifle and a machete, was a exceptionally large fellow well know amongst the locals as a ruthless, violent bully who had earlier been embarrassed by one of the US marine officers at the creek directing recovery of the marine body. The bully raised is rifle to shoot the US officer but when his gun did not fire he swung his machete at the nearest US marine, almost completely severing his head. Upon seeing their comrade brutally murdered the marines began moving into the crowd of Haitians to exact revenge.

A marine sergeant on scene immediately ordered his troops to halt and to remain silent. The sergeant sent for reinforcements and ordered his troops to surround the fallen marine and to remain silent. The sergeant had prevailed upon his troops to remain professional soldiers and to avoid harming civilians. Later the fellow who had murdered the marine was apprehended, jailed and tried.

In Haditha, you will recall, a soldier was killed by a roadside bomb and his comrades moved into a nearby house and exacted revenge by murdering 11 men, women, and children.

It seems to me the sergeant in Haiti in the early 1900s is a true American hero and that if US troops were used for such humanitrian missions such as was the case in Haiti the majority of the people of the world wouldn’t hate us.

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Tony Snow and Dan Bartlett Go To War

This AP photo of White House press secretary Tony Snow, at left, and White House “counselor” Dan Bartlett riding in a helicopter in Baghdad looks to me like a shot from one of those teen slap stick movies. You know, like the “Revenge of the Nerds”. Snow looks like he just wet his pants.

Now that Faux News propagandist Snow is press secretary the White House press corps is getting a literal snow job.

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Volunteer Papaya


At left is a Papaya that sprouted next to the back yard wall.

I fertilized, mulched, began watering it and now it is blossoming. The blossoms, as near as I am able to determine, are hermaphroditic which are the type that most reliably produce fruit.


At left is a close up of the blossoms. The fruit will hopefully form at each blossom.

I also have four Papayas growing that I planted from seed.

The Papayas that grow here are quite different from those grown in Hawaii, being larger with red/orange skin and orange flesh.

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