Thursday, September 28, 2006

This Just In

-Finally Catching On-

VIDEO - RFK Jr. on 'MSNBC Hardball' Says Hacking an Election on E-Voting Machines 'Easy', Endorses Emergency Paper Ballot Legislation, Recommends BRAD BLOG!
UPDATED: Complete Video Now Linked!

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Mathews to discuss his recent Rolling Stone piece on Diebold's duplicity in their voting systems.
Kennedy spoke about how easy it now is to hack an election with an Electronic Voting Machine ("in just 60 seconds") as based on recent studies by Princeton, NYU's Brennan Center and the non-partisan GAO office.
He also discussed the new Congressional Emergency Paper Ballot legislation, and even recommended your friendly neighborhood BRAD BLOG as a good source for information on all of the above!
---Brad FriedmanTHE BRAD BLOG - The uprising continues...http://www.BradBlog.comVELVET REVOLUTION - The revolution begins...
Do you want to protect the election in November so voters at least have a chance of having their votes counted as cast, not messed up by flawed voting machines? Take action now!

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Christopher Dodd (R-CT), and Russ Feingold (D-WI) just submitted an emergency Senate bill, S 3943, that will provide Federal reimbursement for states to make paper ballots available to all voters who want them, and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has submitted a companion bill, HR 6187, in the House. With only a couple more days in this congressional session, these bills have to be heard and passed immediately.

What you can do:

1. Contact your Senators and Representative immediately to ask them to cosponsor these bills and to vote for them (You can contact your particular members via this link.)

2. Contact your local media and ask them to publicize the story (You may write in support of, or ask your local media to cover this issue via this link.)

3. Forward this message to everyone you know, in every state, who cares about our democracy and wants to have a chance that the votes will be counted accurately in November.


Latest info on these critical bills, S 3943 and HR 6187, as of Wed, Sep 27, 1:40 p.m.:
S.3943Title: A bill to amend the Help America vote Act of 2002 to reimburse jurisdictions for amounts paid or incurred in preparing, producing, and using contingency paper ballots in the November 7, 2006, Federal general election.Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 9/26/2006) Cosponsors (2)Latest Major Action: 9/26/2006 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

H.R.6187 : To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to reimburse jurisdictions for amounts paid or incurred in preparing, producing, and using contingency paper ballots in the November 7, 2006, Federal general election.Sponsor: Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] (introduced 9/26/2006) Cosponsors (None)Committees: House AdministrationLatest Major Action: 9/26/2006 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.

More info about the issue and the Senate bill from Brad Friedman's blog on Sep 26:


Calls for 'Contingency Paper Ballots' in States, Counties this November to be Paid for Feds!
Co-Author of HAVA is Co-Sponsor of New Bill Answering Our Call for a 'LET AMERICA VOTE ACT', Makes Paper Ballots Optional to States Rather Than MandatedŠBut We'll Take it! -- Sources Say House Bill to Follow Soon!
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced emergency legislation to amend the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) this afternoon to offer funding to states and counties who make 'contingency paper ballots' available to voters to be used at the voter's option instead of electronic voting systems.
The so-called contingency paper ballots would be counted as normal ballots, as opposed to Provisional Ballots which must be vetted first to determine the integrity of the voter's registration. Provisional ballots are frequently counted only several days after Election Day, and often, not at all.
The inclusion of Dodd as a co-sponsor on this 11th hour legislation is no small coup, as he was one of the original co-sponsors of the HAVA legislation of 2002 which this bill would amend. Until now, he and the other bi-partisan co-sponsors of that original legislation have been reluctant to open HAVA to amendment.
The BRAD BLOG has further learned from Capitol Hill sources that similar legislation is currently being prepared for introduction in the U.S. House. We hope to have more details on that later today, as the legislators on the House side are working through several language issues in collaboration with colleagues in the Senate.
The legislation, filed just after 4pm ET this afternoon, would refund voting jurisdictions who offer paper ballots as an option to voters, and requires such jurisdictions post "in a conspicuous manner at the polling place, a notice stating that contingency paper ballots are available at the polling place and that a voter may request to use such a ballot at the voter's discretion."
Election integrity advocacy groups and citizens alike have been rallying members of both the U.S. House and Senate to pass such legislation since The BRAD BLOG initially called for what we had called, the "LET AMERICA VOTE ACT" last Tuesday. The act we called for would mandate emergency paper ballots at all polling places this November in light of thousands of voters having been sent without being able to cast a vote in primary after primary election so far this year when new electronic voting machines either malfunctioned or were otherwise unavailable.
The short Boxer/Dodd bill does not mandate the use of such ballots, but rather offers federal payment to local jurisdictions that choose to make such 'contingency paper ballots' available at either the voter's request or in the event of machine malfunction.
The bill is now being referred to informally as the "Confidence in Vote Act of 2006". It's a simple bill, three pages long in total, and is posted in full at the bottom this article. The final version of the bill to be filed momentarily (it may have already been) may be downloaded here in PDF format.
The bill introduced today is notable in no small part in that it's co-sponsored by Dodd - one of the original co-sponsors of HAVA along with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the Senate and Reps. Bob Ney (R-OH) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in the House. HAVA was the bill which had set in motion the nationwide implementation of electronic voting systems paid for by the federal government. That bill gave states and counties some $3 billion dollars for voting systems "upgrades" around the country, and has led to a panoply of problems at polls, criticism from computer scientists, security experts and non-partisan election integrity organizations.
Dodd, and the other bi-partisan co-sponsors of HAVA, including the now-disgraced lead author Ney (R-OH), have been reluctant up until now to modify the legislation in any way, despite repeated calls from Election Integrity advocates, and a host of bills filed in both the House and Senate which have not been allowed to move forward.
The BRAD BLOG has learned that Boxer and Dodd chose to make the use of "contingency paper ballots" an option to states, rather than a mandate, in hopes that it would make the bill less contentious and easier to pass in the few days left in this legislative session before the election recess.
Both touch-screen DRE's and paper based optical scan systems have spectacularly failed across the country so far this year as well, and contingency plans have been called from both Republicans and Democrats alike to have such contingency plans in place at local jurisdictions should such machines continue to fail this November.
The downside to offering these paper ballots as an option, instead of a mandate, is that some states - such as Florida - have provisions in place making it essentially illegal for elections directors to offer such paper ballots at the polling place. For those states, it may well be that only a federal mandate would do the job of ensuring that voters would be able to vote come hell or highwater this November.
The legendary Leon County, FL Election Director Ion Sancho had previously expressed hopes that such a bill would make it "illegal to send a properly registered voter away from the polls without allowing them to cast a vote."
The latest state to have had machine problems in their primary election, resulting in voters being turned away from the polls, or being given Provisional Ballots (which are frequently not counted at all after Election Day) was Maryland. The Republican Governor of Maryland, Bob Ehrlich, called for scrapping the state's Diebold paperless touch-screen voting systems after their September 12th primary, calling on the state to impliment Emergency Paper Balloting this November. Incidents similar to the now-infamous "Maryland Meltdown" have been occuring across the country all year in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, and many others.
The Boxer/Dodd legislation cites a recent call from former Republican Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and former Democratic Governor Richard Celeste to have such "backup and contingency plans that anticipate a wide range of possible failures in their electronic voting systems" this November.
With just 4, or so, legislative days left in this Congress before they break for their Election Recess, it'll be no easy feat to see the bill passed by both the House and Senate before they leave. But given the stakes, and the bi-partisan call across the country for such a measure, we hope the Congress can act with the speed appropriate for a bill so important to, at least, helping to mitigate the train wreck that our democracy may be headed for this November 7th.
The BRAD BLOG would urge you to contact your Congress Members to demand they support this legislation immediately. You can contact your particular members via this link. You may write in support of, or ask your local media to cover this issue via this link.
The complete text of the Boxer/Dodd legislation and this complete story, in full at:URL:
---Brad FriedmanTHE BRAD BLOG - The uprising continues...

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Charity For All

Lincoln's Second Term--
American Civil War 1861-1865

Bush's Second Term--
Iraqi Civil War 2003-?

Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address:

With Malice Toward None
With Charity for all
with firmness in the right
as God gives us to see the Right
let us strive on to finish the work we are in
to bind up the nation's wounds
to care for him who shall have borne the battle
and for his widow
and his orphan
to do all which may achieve and cherish a just
and a lasting Peace
among ourselves
and with all nations.

The American Civil War ended. WWI ended. WWII ended. The Korean War ended. The Vietnam War ended. The Iraq war must have an ending. Finish It. It's time.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

What if its all a Crock

Imagine there was No 9-11.

Take 'the world changed after 9-11' out of the Republican lexicon and what do you get? A hideously psychopathic deranged delusional presidential power grab and a $300 billion raid of the national Treasury as we incite murderous rage against Americans everywhere because we launched an unprovoked war killing hundreds of thousands of Muslims-for what?

Now look below at the fine citizens who think that the convenient excuse of 9-11 was a little too convenient and the 9-11 report a Whitewash cover-up of impeachment proportion:

go to:

Then tell me whether you think we need a real new 9-11 thorough investigation- and a real new Congress to do it under oath and penalty of perjury.

(plaintiff rests)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Call To Love Thy Neighbor

Every great moral theologian, great thinker, truly great statesman and stateswoman worth his or her salt had some compelling deep concern and the need to speak for the welfare of others, the "common good" the advancement of goodness not just greatness to bless others. Today George Soros proved he is no exception. Lecturing before his Foundation and friends in Washington today he reminded us that we too must determine as a priority to care for the wellbeing of the world, not just our national or personal security as our private obsession to which we demand enscriptment of the world. If one truly does that it requires that we minimize collateral innocent casualties of war waged in the name of our national security. The call to love is a call to elevate, to enliven, to lift and redeem. It is not a call to accidentally collaterally destroy. In this case this has been a wholly unnecessary evil.
The war on poverty must be fought not just because it has repercussion on our national self interest but because it is a worthy goal in itself to eliminate the suffering of poverty because we have compassion and empathy on those suffering it. To reduce everything meaningful to strategic twists on a "War on Terror" is to live a false metaphor through which we view everything through a paranoid narcisism.
It is unacceptable to have continuing accidental collateral death in the hundreds daily in Iraq or anywhere. The only excuse for perpetuating it is if we know that to leave will be the trigger for more accidental deaths. Soros is of the view that we are sitting on a civil war in Iraq that is not "getting much oxygen now because we are sitting on it." But if we immediately leave, which he does not support, it will collapse into a civil war and threaten a larger regional conflict. He views Iran's nuclear capability as "unacceptable." But believes we have to engage them to make peace. You make peace with your enemies not your friends. Making peace requires diplomatic engagement- by definition.
Our national psyche has been perverted not merely strained by the self centered self obsessed narcisism of viewing everything in the world through a prism of what threatens our security which demeans and cripples our ability to view the world as something we need to positively engage to mutually encourage creative mutually beneficial enterprise in a positive balance of trade and creativity. Instead we are spending ourselves in a hole dug clear through to China to wage death and destruction in the name of our protection. Dieu Tout Puissant.
If each of us individually and collectively as nations and states has a limited time on planet earth; generously say 100 years a person, 100 years a leader, times all the leaders of the world, to leave the world "better of" than when we got here, what would we do? Would we destroy nations and peoples to make us more secure, or would we try -really hard- to make the world a place where instead Love ruled- on earth as it is in heaven-- Where swords were beaten into plowshares-and people shared the plowing. Plowing in tandem doesn't work if one side knocks off and out the other.
Soros envisioned a future Iraq with power sharing along lines of oil revenue licensing rights distribution. The shift from mutual self assured destruction to mutual collaborative positive growth is something that comes from moral leadership of which we can't afford to squander any more.
When you were a kid, you didn't imagine growing up to kill anyone so that your place on the planet was secure? The obsession has raped our national innocence just as much as the original tragedy that inspired it. Our national insecurity doesn't have to be healed with more killing and never will be. Or national insecurity will come by building bridges of peace through loving our neighbors all around the world as ourselves ---just as He said.

Love keeps you young
I've heard it said
- turns your grey head
It lifts your heavy wrinkled brow
- turns your glaring frown toward the clouds
Love keeps you young
I've heard it said
As you astonishingly watch God's breath
through mysteries and miracles
that couldn't be but for his eye
that guides your flight silently
and connects you to the unreachable
Love keeps you young
I've heard it said
and when you can no longer
lift a foot over the other in steady pace
love still keeps you young
in parallel time and space
where your heart exists in perfect peace
where sworn enemies
become your brothers
who share your grief in atoning
Love keeps you young
I've heard it said,
it can even raise the dead.

Monday, September 11, 2006



There is a lot of talk about Freedom-lipservice-claptrap-hoopla -speeches and military campaigns in its name. But we know it's source- it's in TRUTH. The Truth will set us free. Without it we are captives to illusions subject to being manipulated and deceived creating a twisted world based on the violence of lies. And that is where we find ourselves five years after September 11, 2001.

Someone very beautiful once said- I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but through me. That means NO ONE comes to the Father without going through Foundational Truth which He is.

The questions that remain about the biggest questions- the "why" questions, which have been swept under the carpet in oppressive condemnations of alleged "conspiracy theorists" rise from the cinder dust of 9-11. How could this happen? Why, why, why.

The 9-11 Commission, declared Tom Kean it's Chair today, was "set up to fail." It was under-resourced, and ran out of time without getting all the core questions answered. It tried perhaps. These are honorable men. But they operated from the framework of assumption that was spoon fed them and they were hamstrung by some procedural constraints.
They didn't or couldn't require witnesses, including government witnesses to swear to their testimony under oath like Congressional hearings. They obtained subpoena power but didn't use it, and they were flatly denied by the White House the ability to question the detainees-or anyone allegedly connected with the plots.

So they didn't look under every rock, follow every lead and were too quick to dismiss that which seemed implausible. They viewed their task as presenting the most credible story line that would stick and coming up with some recommendations to make us safer. They ran out of time and money and Dennis Hastert wouldn't give them more of either. Following the official plot whose lines they connected after following those dots, they came up with what Lee Hamilton, Vice-Chair called common sense recommendations. Both Hamilton and Kean wonder why not many of 41 recommendations- the "no brainers" have been in five years implemented. He bemused that there does not appear to be any sense of urgency-(yet there was Urgency to get to Iraq before the inspectors declared their job done and Urgency to get every appropriations bill since passed.)
We have spent 300 billion on an unconnected war in a country that did not attack us, but we couldn't find resources in five years to put first responders on the same air wave frequency or create the systems to allow them to communicate with each other- something that could save many lives. The 9-11 families whose insistence pioneered the creation of this Commission felt not more than 25% of their questions were answered at all. And it still does not make sense.

The Washington Post recently ran a large article attempting to deride and debunk the so called "conspiracy theorists" of 9-11 . In doing so they mock themselves because the largest most elaborate conspiracy is the one passing off as normalcy.

There is a movement getting stronger by the day to get at the bottom of 9-11 truth. It has solid academics and researchers in it. It has lawyers in it. It has very credible very logical people in it who believe the country owes it to itself to get to the full Truth, and Nothing but the Truth about 9-11.

Today at the National Press Club determined 9-11 families came again to Washington, facing more mockery and scorn, to challenge the Official Story line of 9-11 and demand a new investigation. They are part of the "Press For Truth" movement. They offer a DVD movie which you can order on line. There are also Scholars for Truth, and Truth-seekers by many other names and some who prefer not to be named writing from undisclosed locations. They share one thing in common- a determined belief that this Administration isn't fully leveling with us and the facts just don't add up to the simple conclusion they preach.

This blog applauds all the courageous people who stand up and refuse to be silenced. We know that we are not going to shut up until the Truth is shouted from the Mountaintop.

News stations all day were replaying same day 9-11 news coverage broadcasting from lower Manhattan. Newscasters were repeatedly reporting they heard explosions. Explosions. Manhattanites were chased for blocks as a massive grey dust cloud enveloped everything like a hurricane tossing cars and people wildly into the air. Explosions. Did two planes really cause all this?

We will not get a thorough investigation until we get a new Congress. In two months we can make that a reality. So long as we are held captive to illusions we Americans are not a free people. We are mere patsies to the ruling oligarchic trifecta of war industry, fear peddling and republican government that binds us in its illusions for their service.

As one 9-11 family member from the Press For Truth conference stated so eloquently today-
"God blessed America, but it was men who cursed us." If we have a hope of fighting the curse, we have to know every place from where it originated and who really did the cursing.

We remember that day on the 11th of September, 2001 and the people who died in New York, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia at the Pentagon, and also their families today with deep sadness and deeper respect.
This little blog here at www. was created in large part so they could see real Justice in their lifetime.

The Truth-it is Promised- Will Set Us Free.

Practically speaking-what can you do- consider this:

We Are the Troops
9/12/2006 11:43:21 AM Eastern Standard Time
Dear Cynthia,
I remember when I was back home from Vietnam and veterans were speaking out against the Vietnam war policy, someone yelled at the vets: "You should support the troops." One of those veterans said simply: "Lady, we are the troops."
With a war in Iraq gone horribly wrong and a Republican attack machine determined to smear those who speak out, there's nothing more important this fall than electing veterans to Congress who can speak out about Iraq with a special moral authority.
And man, do we need them. Recently, John "Randy" Kuhl, a Republican incumbent House member from New York, returned from a visit to Iraq. He reported that things were going well. In fact, he says he almost forgot he was in a war zone.
I can't tell you whether that hard-to-believe comment reflects his disconnect with reality or his refusal to level with the people he represents. But, I can tell you this: No one who knows what it really means to be in a war zone would talk like that.
If you act now to support Eric Massa, the 24-year Navy veteran running against Kuhl, there will be one less Congressman in Washington next year who blindly supports the failed Republican policy in Iraq.
Eric served in Desert Storm, Bosnia and Beirut. And he's telling people the truth about Iraq -- that there is no purely military solution to the problems there. He, three other proud veterans I'll tell you about in a moment, and, a political action committee founded to support candidates like them, need your help right now.
Our "Four Vets, Four Victories" campaign can help change the face of Congress if you act now. Every one of these candidates has served America under fire. And every one of them can win the opportunity to serve again on November 7th if we act now.
Chris Carney, a veteran of multiple military operations, is in a toss-up race against Don Sherwood, another rubber-stamp Republican incumbent who has failed to ask tough questions about the Bush administration's aimless policies in Iraq.
Joe Sestak, a former three-star Admiral who served in the Navy for 31 years, is another veteran on the road to victory in Pennsylvania. He's running against Curt Weldon, a Republican incumbent in the Rick Santorum camp who believes the "jury is still out" on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, despite overwhelming and undeniable proof to the contrary.
The third in our trio of Pennsylvania veterans running to change the face of Congress is Patrick Murphy. He is an Iraq War veteran, former West Point professor, and criminal prosecutor. Patrick is on the verge of victory if we give him the financial support he needs to compete in the countdown to Election Day.
Nothing would make me prouder than to know that our "Four Vets, Four Victories" campaign helped carry these impressive candidates to Congress. That's the outcome that's within reach, but only if you rush your financial support to one or more of these candidates.
Every day it becomes more apparent how hard the Republican Party and its candidates will struggle to hold on to power in these elections. They'll throw everything they've got at our candidates. We've got to be there with our financial support.
So, pick one candidate or donate to all four. But, whatever you do, don't stay on the sidelines. This is your opportunity to stand side-by-side with veterans who have already given so much to America and who are ready to provide the leadership we need in Washington.
Thank you for all you are doing in the critical buildup to Election Day.
John Kerry
P.S. There's one other critical way you can help veterans running for office. Support, a political action committee formed by Iraq veterans to support Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are running for Congress. is providing campaigns with training and support and running TV ads critical of candidates who support the failed "stay the course" policy of the Bush administration.
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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Blinded By The Night

TRANSGRESSING TO THE DARK SIDE--with only one way out.

One of the more memorable moments on Meet the Press today was when Tim Russert asked the gold rolex wearing Vice President whether he had traversed to the "dark side." Cheney's response was that he has done any and everything-whatever it took to "make America safer." The few people in the inner circle of the CIA who have not been fired for being too "reality based" only know how many faustian deals the Vice President has actually struck and where they actually took what was left of his soul-and how he got the multi-millions to buy his palacial estate in an exclusive Eastern Shore town. But what we do know for certain, is that he isn't leveling with us about much and couching everything in the usual hyped paranoid Fear Factor spin. He snortled condescendingly, laughed smirkingly with a side snarl and refused to answer other questions. I was left with the impression that this man is gloating all the way to his far above government salary pied-a-tier estate in Saint Michaels on the Eastern Shore for having pulled the biggest in plain view heist ever pulled by a "government servant."
The latest RNC hysterically absurd talk point is that the Islamo-fascists want to turn half the world into a seventh century "Caliphate" which sounds scarier than a nineteenth century Ottoman Empire (that might malign our Turkish buddies.) Apparently we have concluded that the states like democratically elected Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Aman, Kuwait, Dubai, Saudi, etc. all somehow risk being run or want to be run by the same wild eyed fundamentalist clergy who fashion themselves after a seventh century "Caliphate" -as if they ever would accept one monolythic voice for all their litany of woes. Were it not uttered by someone couched in all the credibility of one of the highest political offices of the land wearing a gold rolex, we should all be laughing hysterically and wondering whether John Cleese will enter stage right doing the goose-stepping silly walk from the Ministry of Silly Walks. It's such an off the wall notion as to be completely hysterical that all of the Muslim world is in some risk of falling to one dictatorial tyrannical "caliphate" character. It flies in the face of what we know about sectarian conflict in Iraq alone (something you never hear Bush mention and wonder if he grasps), not to mention the issues that Iraqis have with the rest of the Muslim world. If we don't have a Ministry of Silly Walks, we might just have a Ministry of Ragheaded Bogeymen and Other Things That Go AsalamAlekam in the Night.
The choice in the Mid-Term is clear. It is not at all a question of whether the Republicans can do a better job at combatting terror- they already proved they are the source and perpetuators of terror. The question is as basic as this:

Do you believe in a World where more fear and terror defeats terror, and more war stops wars, or do you believe that the only thing stronger than hate is Love? Do you believe that peace is achieved by war or that peace insists that swords be beaten into plowshares?

This election is a referendum at the crucible of our National Soul.

It is a referendum on whether the United States believes in the force and Power of Love over Hatred, Peace over Violence, Forgiveness over Revenge, and Hope over Despair and Destruction.

Whose side are you on- Jesus said if you are lukewarm- I spew you out of my mouth. The way we get out from under the power of the Darkness is to clean House (and Senate) in November.
---and a little prayer and fasting like Mahatma Ghandi wouldn't hurt.

Monday, September 04, 2006

UNITED FLIGHT 93-and little green men in Area 51

By: Cynthia L. Butler, Esq.

For years a culture-cult and a lot of merchandising of inflatable green aliens developed around the firm belief that there were slant-eyed aliens in a place in the Nevada desert called "Area 51." People swore that they saw alien spacecraft over the place. Turns out that the CIA had an active disinformation campaign happy to perpetuate that belief because it distracted everyone from the fact that this is where they were testing advanced military drone operated and other aircraft under cover of night so our enemies wouldn't catch on and spy on our technology.
This is apparently where the B52 bomber was secretly tested/developed. But if you talked to the few folks in surrounding "towns"(e.g. the diner by the gas station)- they would swear they saw flying saucers and other such beam-me-up-Scotty amazements with blinking lights at night. The belief generated myths and movies.

The Bush Administration apparently, however, miscalculated in thinking that the tumble-brush whisky soured heat stricken folks of the Nevada desert remotely resemble what was mistakenly assumed to be the cow-tipping bandana-wearing Jamesway-plaid rifle-toting pick-up riders of Central Pennsylvania. They thought they could pull a similar trompe d'oeil on these folks and no one would notice in a place called-for God's sake- Shanksville.

The problem with this assumption is that Central Pennsylvania also boasts historic residents like that famous architect guy who built "Falling Waters," Joe Paterno, various relatives of Eisenhower, a law school at Penn State called Dickenson, a ski resort at Seven Springs and a Lake called Indian Lake, where people inconspiciously retire after making their millions in the market or in Pittsburgh industry, living next door to a famous golfer named Arnold- and a musical prodigy organist who has composed liturgical symphonic operas and arias named Ben Smedburg near Johnstown. Not exactly the desolate dirtbag piney nowheresville they thought they could get away with pulling the wool over. They have that sort of midwestern charm that eschews conspicious oppulence and they like to live in the middle of corn-fields- this apparenly fooled Bush.

The questions that remain about Flight 93 include the obvious- what I call "where are my sunglasses" questions -after my mother who is famous for asking "where are my sunglasses" while they are perched atop her head. The answers are that obvious and point to the inevitable.

1. The jet fuel in the transatlantic flight on Flight 93 was of the same substance and volume as that which apparently melted down all three buildings, two towers of the WTC, but did not scorch the grass around the hole into which it allegedly plummeted in Pennsylvania one iota.

2. The official explanation for the fact that no one could find any plane or body remnants is that it was swallowed in a "liquified" earth because the earth was a reclaimed coal strip mine. That one was amusing to the natives. Is the local gas station also sitting on liquifiable earth? If the earth was a reclaimed strip mine- there would be the same topsoil as surrounding areas over fragments of coal- which gets very hot and would be expected to be searingly hot around a running aircraft engine- but no grass around the perfect hole was even singed and the ground didn't melt anything down- the trees nearby surrounding the hole didn't even burn-and they are made of-you guessed it-wood (unlike the Towers built of steel.)

3. There were remnants of odd items found apparently "charred" as reported by the Mayor of Indian Lake in and/or around the Lake Marina- including letters packed in the hull and body parts which were turned over to the FBI apparently by Marina workers.

4. The Mayor of Shanksville has reported to a German news organization and elsewhere that there was no plane.

5. News accounts widely reported residents of Indian Lake reporting that pieces were falling out of the sky onto their houses and at least one Indian Lake Marina worker thought initially a boat blew up on the Lake.

6. Indian Lake is a 750 acre Lake on a 2,000 acre development. Adjacent to Indian Lake on the Shanksville side is Stoneybrook Creek which is divided from Indian Lake by a sort of dam such that nothing can travel upstream from Stoneybrook Creek into Indian Lake. I know because I spent every summer for years on the lake and I know that these two bodies of water are separated and you cannot waterski from one part to the next because of this dam. You cannot boat into the one from the other because of this dam. I assumed it had something to do with some power generation for the development on the Lake or the Marina. Anyone who has been on the Lake would know that pieces of anything floating on it cannot travel from the Stoneybrook side to the Indian Lake side. The mythmakers have obviously not been on the lake. I am guessing that they were aiming for the lake where the shoot down or explosive missile hit would be more murkily unascertainable than even the "liquified" hole field. What you see in the field is a missile hit.
People have misreported that Indian Lake is only 3 miles from Shanksville because they are measuring from the Stoneybrook creek back exit of the Lake development when in fact the alleged crash site was inbetween Lambertsville and Shanksville- and the Stoneybrook Creek off-shoot of the Lake is closer to Shanksville with Indian Lake actually much further away upstream. Thus the bodies and other material which were found at or around the Indian Lake Marina were not closer than 5 miles away from the crash site and more like 10 miles away from it.
There is NO WAY that bodies and material that crashed to the earth would traverse past the trees lining the field over land and a creek, landing upstream in a lake from a crash site five to ten miles away. NOT POSSIBLE. Thus, the bodies and debris exited the aircraft at some point while it was in the air. (Additional materials both charred and whollly in tact were found another 8 miles away in New Baltimore, PA, also in Sommerset County). Additionally these materials, while wet were "charred" according to the Mayor of Indian Lake- who if you talk to him, is probably a guy who likely never owned a pick up truck, probably never made less than 150,00 his whole life, drives a Mercedes, is a member of the Lions Club, has a great handicap and probably has friends named things like Paterno and Palmer.

Therefore, the conclusion that United Flight 93 disappeared into the Liquified Earth at Shanksville is slightly less credible than the conclusion that little three feet slant-eyed transluscent androgens named "vweezgeezle" eat pancakes with Aunt Jemmima in Area 51.

7. The Lake Bottom:
The bottom of the lake is of a consistency of tarrish thick mud-such that by walking into it you sunk in places to your mid-calves through thick muck. It's almost like a quicksand sort of mud on the bottom. As a kid you artfully jumped into the raft from the dock without touching bottom because you would get stuck sinking into it. You put your waterskis on at the dock because you didn't want them to get stuck in the muck on the bottom.

Have they drained the Lake since the flight went down? Anything traveling at the speed of a jet or pieces thereof into the lake could be stuck embedded at the bottom of the Lake in the mud. Something as large as a whole plane would be noticed going down- except if it was in September after Labor Day not on a weekend when everyone was back to school-a day like September 11, 2001- and might stick up in some places (the center of the Lake is deep but the there are shallow sides and mudbars throughout)- but it may not be noticeable if it was shot to pieces and went deep into the muck of the bottom. That could explain why no one has found the plane or the bodies yet except for the fragments that floated to the top toward the Marina.
Pictures of an explosive mushroom like plume cloud seen over the lake were taken and compared to those over Afghanistan by the locals who believed the plane was shot down in a sonic boom like explosion. If it was blown to obliterated bits it could be in many pieces at the bottom of the lake.

Congress might investigate exactly what has popped to the surface of the Lake over the years.
If the Indian Lake Mayor claims what they found there were only charred remains (while other
uncharred bits appear miles down the road) it suggests one possibility;

United Flight 93 was blown up to bits and is in Indian Lake.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Why Republicans Deserve to Lose Every Seat in Congress

..And Pat Buchanan knows it.......

By: Cynthia L. Butler, Esq. (an attorney admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, the District of Columbia, the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals and a sixth generation Pennsylvanian)

Today is the Anniversary of my good American Republican parents from Pennsylvania. In honor of my late father-the quintessential good and righteous man I write this.

When Ronald Reagan Jr. says "American soldiers are torturing prisoners of War" it makes Rumsfeld's statement that those against the Iraq war are "intellectually or morally confused" or
Chamberlain appeaser protegees
look more than silly- it looks, like most of what Rumsfeld does- plainly sick, sickening and deceitful. My father, son of a WWII Vet, himself a Korean War Vet who interned for Eisenhower, would be thoroughly disgusted.
Bush's current blundering PR offensive around the country to preach that those against our currently pathetically dangerously misguided foreign policy are 'Nazi appeasers' is grossly insulting, deeply offensive and is going to backfire. It, like most everything that has come from this paid PR offensive of this Administration is just wrong, deceitful, deceptive, and shameful garbage spin.
This Administration has built a foreign policy on a House of joker cards with the windows punched out sitting in a sewage sludge swamp against the better advice of just about everybody, including his own father. Bush's crew has created straw men, myths and hoaxes to propel a nation into serving its financial interests which are not the interests-either security interests or financial interests- of the nation as a whole-and the Nation as a whole is waking up, fed up and disgusted. It has engaged this PR offensive with rude, blistering, ignorant assaults by people who know better but behave instead like little hysterical school yard bullies.
My advice- just stop listening to them. Change the channel. Give the Rove play-book away to the next mission crate traveling to the Dominican Republic because its only redeeming value is that it might teach someone to read.

My applause goes to Keith Olberman of MSNBC whose retort to Rumsfeld's diatribe is worth reading in full.
Additionally Ronnie Duetch of the Big Idea gets a spine award for telling Ann Coulter she was "just being ignorant" when refering to anyone who doesn't equate defense of America with this wrongheaded war and the Fear Tour strategy as not "worshipping the God of Abraham." This lady is a person who has threatened and/or wished bodily harm on Supreme Court justices, Bill Clinton and now Lincoln Chaffee-and she wonders why no one dignifies her drivel by taking the bait for a high school debate with her. She should get less main stream press play than Courtney Love on a crack binge. But Cheney's idea of a press offensive is apparently get hysterical bleach belching blondes like Hanreity to scream "wooowooowooo they are going to kill me if we don't massacre them first!!" You can't want cute blonde women to die horrible deaths at the hands of muslim rapists! I am looking for Simon Legree in a Kafkan.

I am starting to get a crush on Keith Olberman because he seems like the only person in the world who is willing to take these people on with the same force that they dish out. Only he has clarity and sense.

Here is what I want to see the Main Stream Press looking at (and I am dismayed they have dropped the ball so far)
Think on this-
The Mayor of Shanksville, Sommerset County, Pennsylvania, the town in which the United flight that the LetsRoll characters allegedly brought the plane down swears no plane was ever in that huge smoking hole we all saw in Shanksville. He talked to everyone relevant, he went to the site, he did his research. NO PLANE PEOPLE IN SHANKSVILLE.
The Central Pennsylvanians who went to look were all mystified. What plane? Look closely at the video footage- did you ever see a plane? Did you ever see parts of a plane in that hole or anywhere around it? Did you ever see bodies being removed from the hole? No bodies. No Plane. So what the---A missle hit just miles from the Rolling Rock Country Club in Ligonner where every big money Republican name on the planet golfs including the infamous Mellon Schaiffe and the less famous my uncle Mike.
It has been reported, and begs for deeper verification, that there were bodies, according to eye witness accounts instead floating in Indian Lake, still in Sommerset County about ten miles away which apparently dropped from the sky. They were found at the Marina in Indian Lake. Why would there be bodies ten miles away that dropped from the sky. This is more consistent with the eye witness accounts that an F16 bearing missile attacked the plane and it was downed closer to New Baltimore, Pennsylvania (with the evidence of the missile hit destroyed with the plane and bodies) while everyone was sent to Shanksville to look at a smoking hole. The existence of bodies ten miles away is consistent only with the fact that the flight was shot down mid-air, not that it actually crashed fully in tact.
Indian Lake Pennsylvania is a development that was built around an artificial lake whose signature feature is a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer who had a home on the Lake. Its a beautiful peaceful beucolic serene place. It's a summer retreat for the most part with more residents going there on weekends or in the summer. My grandparents in fact had a summer home there and I went there for some part of most summers for about fifteen years of my youth. Bodies falling out of the sky or floating in the Lake would be a shocking unforgettable event to anyone who saw it. It should not be too difficult to find the people who saw floating bodies in the lake by the Marina in 2001. What did they do to identify these bodies? Why isn't the press tracking down this information?

Similarly there never was a plane found, nor could one have fit in the hole in the Pentagon. The exit hole in the rear was apparently perfect missile circle. In the new movie On Native Soil, which they are playing nonstop on CNN and which you can get at the video store now, Condi Rice said no one could have anticipated that these terrorists would use airplanes "like a missile." What a freudian slip. That's because in two cases, they didn't - more likely the government used airplanes to mask the use of CIA missiles that created the illusion they wanted. Rumsfeld himself freudian slipped and said "the missile that hit the Pentagon." Similarly there have been Rumsfeld slips saying things like those terrorists who "shot down the plane in Pennsylvania." Look closely- google, lexis, ask jeeves or dig in dogpile-however you do your research. But do it. Look closely, don't just eat the government pork. Look to see whether an entire country has been lied to in the most cynically obscene self serving manner and tell me whether you trust them to speak to Iran or N.Korea. I wouldn't let them babysit a pet cat.

Rumsfeld won't resign because he knows that in this crooked fixed poker game he threw in the chips of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and thousands of American soliders lives and he knows where the bodies are buried and the cash is hidden. He knows that the person coming after him cleaning house is going to find things under the floorboards and behind the trick panels in the parlor that could put those folks away for a long long time.

This is a Democracy but only so long as we keep it. If it is going to work you have a duty to educate yourself beyond what the government paid media has fed you. The government by the way commissions so called documentaries and docudramas on the discovery and history channels.
You have to do your own research.
And you have to
vote and make it count.

That is what people like us-we, who are not intellectually or morally confused do. We, the People.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.