Wednesday, April 19, 2006


What did the Great Peacemaker teach? A good Christian would never consider a preemptive strike, or using nuclear weapons to prevent nuclear war.

Rumsfield committed war crimes; Bush supports him. Typical. Good soldiers have a moral & legal obligation to speak out. Worfeus said: I am not an expert on military laws, but as I understand them, in the end, any and every soldier is expected to voice his opposition if he believes his commanding officer is commiting crimes or demonstrating that he is unfit to lead.

Ran into Cenk from the Young Turks and met KPFK's inimitable Ian Masters at Lila Garrett's fundraiser for Marcy Winograd on Saturday. Check out Ian Master's show 'Background Briefing." By Bernard Chazelle: Ah, the ease with which George W. Bush attracts superlatives! Jonathan Chait ranks him "among the worst presidents in US history." Paul Berman, who brands him "the worst president the US has ever had." Nobel Laureate George Akerlof rates his government as the "worst ever." Even Bushie du jour, Christopher Hitchens, calls the man "unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things." Only Fidel Castro, it would appear, has had kind words for our 43rd President. "Hopefully, he is not as stupid as he seems, nor as Mafia-like as his predecessors were."...

A Great Lesson: It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with US. If somebody hurts us and we are angry, even if justified, we cannot carry this anger or retaliate. It is not right to "hate deeply". The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, can ignore the many, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned. If only a little at a time. With those we dislike we can begin to practice justice and courtesy, perhaps going out of our way to understand them. Courtesy, kindness, justice and love are keynotes by which we may come into harmony with practically ANYBODY. When in doubt we can pause and say "Not my will, but Thine, be done." And we can often ask ourselves, "Am I doing to others as I would have them do to me -- today?" (The Tenth Step of 12 steps.)

If we have "constructively" criticized someone, thinking they really needed it - when our real motive was to win a useless argument, we are wrong... This odd trait of mind and emotion, this perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom. This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought. Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better attitude tomorrow will what we seek.

MARCY WINOGRAD FOR CONGRESS! Progressive Democrat Marcy Winograd is putting Jane Harmon (who voted for the war, and for the Patriot Act again) to shame. The hope for the future of America is absolutely in the hands of the progressive, enlightened thinkers. We will break free from this sluggish, archaic materialism which has a stranglehold on us today. Winograd is an amazingly optimistic spirit and her campaign is truly grass-roots. With more people like her in Congress, we stand a chance to become the great country our forefathers created. WAKE UP! The time for great thinkers has come.

The mainstream media should be ashamed for not revolting and telling the truth. Everyone seems unconscious -- they care more about American Idol and Brangelina than preventing nuclear war or civil liberties. The poverty rate has gone up; there are more children going to bed hungry today than there were 7 years ago. We have to stop this bizarre theocracy Bush Crime family is allowing to permeate the hearts of good Americans.


Hope everyone had a great Easter and Passover...Went to the Hollywood Bowl Sunday for Easter service. We brought 2 extra kids (4 boys ages 10-12) and met our favorite living artist Steve Kaufman (Warhol's protege) and his girlfriend Sarah. Steve is one of those amazing people who helps everyone. He's a living example of "spiritual abundance." He rehabilitates gang kids by putting them to work in his art studio with his charity "Give Kids A Break." Anyway, at the Hollywood Bowl the other day, I felt the presence of both my father and my brother, who passed away. My father played violin at the Bowl when he first came to California. Couldn't stop the tears from flowing. Then amazingly, as the minister talked about forgiveness, several people I have never made peace with came into my heart. I mean these are people who caused such betrayal in our lives: one man put us through a 5-year fraudulent lawsuit, and suddenly I was able to see him in a different light. I felt overwhelming compassion for him as if they were never an enemy. (This is the second time I've had to forgive him; he stabbed us in the back after the first time.) But I also forgave a certain woman who acts so mean, but obviously is really so insecure and vulnerable..but she covers it like a gladiator would; she wears heavy-metal armor. Anyway, I let all the anger go, and forgave them all. Now Dems have to stop whining and stabilize the Middle East. xoxo PEACE

Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?
1681 days
—"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." President Bush, 9/13/01
—"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'" President Bush, 9/17/01, UPI
—"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." President Bush, 3/13/02
—"I am truly not that concerned about him." President Bush, responding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts, 3/13/02
—"Because he's hiding…" Bush, explaining why Osama bin Laden has yet to be captured. (Washington Post interview, Jan. 16, 2005)


Got back last week from Sedona, Arizona for Spring Break and just left the Grand Canyon. These are among the most beautiful places in America. We'll be back after Easter. We spent one whole day at the Crescent Moon Vortex with the kids, where the Indians found a source of spiritual energy. For our family, it was life-transforming. We picked up long Gandalf-sized staffs to walk with, and hiked along a creek until we reached a red rock plateau, a lake and a mysterious beach full of rocks stacked into pyramid-towers. People come from all over the world and silently stack rocks in temple formation. We made several towers and prayed for harmony in our family and peace for the world. There are no cell phone waves in the air and you can't believe how soothing and regenerative the energy is. We spent the day in silence; there was no need to speak to each other. Especially since I was so angry at my husband for cutting our dog's beard off without consulting us first. Now Chazzie has a pointed chin and doesn't look like a Shitzu anymore. I was so upset I thought of getting a fake beard to put on him, but realized this was kind of petty. I am probably just trying to put my anger at Bush onto my husband. The kids hopped across rocks in the rapids and found their own island where they made a raft. There was a hanging rope swing for jumping into the water. Our dog Chazzie was a wimp until he saw another dog, leaped into the water, suddenly realized he was in the water and panicked. It was such a funny example of how fear is an illusion. The Grand Canyon was too unbelievable to comprehend. So majestic, it doesn't look real. If there existed an anthropomorphic God (which sadly certain wingnuts secretly believe) the Grand Canyon looks like God left his knuckle and fingerprints here, as he rested his hand on the earth. My son walked out to a dangerous ledge and I almost fainted. We got up close to wild elk and visited the historic lodge El Tovar. It's amazing that the government owns all this land and runs the lodges so well. They even serve gourmet food at very low prices, so middle class families can actually afford a vacation! More later.


  1. Lydia said

    "(This is the second time I've had to forgive him; he stabbed us in the back after the first time.)

    Anyway, I let all the anger go, and forgave them all."

    Sometimes, some people and their vindictive injustice are just plain unforgiveable......period.

    I have chosen not to forgive many individuals in my life, however, I do not harbor any anger as I know this will provide them with great pleasure!

    They are not worthy of my attention, let alone my forgiveness. I only forgive when I see or feel genuine remorse!

    Besides, having a little fear is fun!

  2. Thanks Johnny, I know it's hard, but I'm beginning to see that most of our fears and worries are an illusion anyway. This is a "thought universe" Even death is an illusion.


    More about that later,
    thanks for your help,

  3. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Hey! so glad the site is back up. What HAPPENED?

  4. Anonymous8:39 AM

    Was it a hacker?

  5. I said it in the last blog, but i'll say it again as well, thanks for all the cool pictures, they make me want to hop in my car and head out there right now, i'll be planning a trip to Sedona/Grand Canyon probably either October or next April, Was the weather nice there this time of year???

  6. Hey Lydia, I know your working on several books, will the book your turning in this week be the first book you've turned in or the second?

  7. I feel a prediction coming on.

    Karl Rove will be indicted.

    Thats my prediction.

  8. well after the administration just kinda distanced themselves from him, i'm inclined to say I think your probably right, its the only scenario that adds up and makes sense based on their past behavior of just digging in their heels and thumbing their noses at criticism.

  9. if criticism and public opinion really mattered to this administration, then Rummy would be gone as well, I think they distanced themselves from Rove because he may be indicted and will become a liability.

  10. Will Bush and the boys try to destroy Patrick Fitzerald with personal attacks, like they do all their other enemies, if Rove is indicted?

    They threw little Scooter to the wolves ( except for Cheney paying his legal bills) but can they turn their backs on Bush's guru?

  11. Fitz is going to be hard to smear.

    He's a straight shooter. America's favorite son.

    He's from Chicago, and his Elliot Ness like persona is like a sheild.

    Any attempts to smear Fitz would backfire.

  12. Mike. the weather was gorgeous. Grand Canyon is further up north, so it was cold at night.

    You have to stay in Tusyan (tiny town on edge of Grand Canyon) at either Quality Inn (which has a gorgeous atrim/spa with free wireless internet everywhere... and it's right behind the IMAX theater which shows IMAX Grand Canyon movie all day long.

    Or stay at the Grand Lodge, which was booked and we couldn't get in. But both places take dogs.

    It's so nice to get away from politics for awhile; there's a whole world out there.

    The book I'm writing now I can't talk about at all until later. Have another book on the heels of this, plus a thriller I am rewriting, takes place in Paris, circa 1938, based on true story about an assasin.

  13. You know your not too bright of a president when they make a movie lampooning you and you are played by Leslie Nielsen.

  14. Yea, we're not making the same mistakes as Germany.

    The women who openly dared to protest in the presence of King George and his Chinese master is now facing 6 months in Prison, and the government, our government are the ones pushing for it.

    Let freedom ring.

  15. I know I feel safer knowing this little old lady will be rotting in a prison cell, instead of doing something as dangerous and unamerican as speaking her mind.

  16. Maybe Bush is doing his best. After all when the Republican controlled Fox News says their poll has him at 33% approval, 1/3 of Repubs disapprove of him, and his wizard about to be carted off to jail, things are tough.

    He still has a few things going for him.

    The war in Iraq is still financially profitable for Bush and the boys, and the outrageous gas prices are netting the Bush boys millions.

  17. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Great pics of Grand Canyon. I agree, it's a beautiful place to be

  18. Lydia,

    Everyone has had people in their lives who have betrayed them, but it's not always difficult to forgive. Since we have thought processes we make the choices to either forgive or not to.

    Nothing in life is easy or difficult, it's in what are thoughts tell us that becomes are reality.

    You have to think, is this person worth all the negative energy it takes to continually think about, or is it better to just forgive.
    By not forgiving we can never forget, then we let the bastard win.

    I agree the Grand Canyon is a great place to be, and you have the beautiful pics to show for it.

    Keep up the great work you do!

  19. I'm guessing you logged on, Lydia :-)

    Forgiveness is about he (or she) who is forgiving. It does nothing about the forgiven, and in fact may diminish them.

  20. Steve said:

    "By not forgiving we can never forget, then we let the bastard win."

    Thats actually kinda funny!

    I dont think we ever forget betrayal whether we chose to forgive or not.

    I prefer not to forget thus I may keep a good perspective on future relations with other individuals.

    However, dwelling and holding continual anger on a day to day basis is most unhealthy and very destructive.

    Not forgetting is all part of lifes joyride that makes up who we are and allows us to learn from our mistakes.

  21. Carl said

    "Forgiveness is about he (or she) who is forgiving. It does nothing about the forgiven, and in fact may diminish them."

    There is no doubt some truth in these words, however, have you ever tried living with my ex-wife who cleverly counted on my forgiveness each and every time she squashed me.

    Young and foolish, I was kinda influenced by some Einstein's theory that" Love is Forgiveness."

    My ex took full and complete advantage of this weakness and grew more nefarious with each new squashing.

    I 100% concur with my associate Worf when he says "tough love" is a must!

  22. And besides, a little revenge can be most satisfying.

    Tell me Lydia wouldnt enjoy ripping a little piece of Coulters turban!

    Sometimes, some people, just deserve whats coming to them......period!

    Could you possibly imagine what the world would be like if the justice system worked solely off of forgiveness?

    Gimmee a break! LOL

  23. Lydia said:

    "I'm beginning to see that most of our fears and worries are an illusion anyway. This is a "thought universe" Even death is an illusion."

    "Do you believe you're fighting for something, for more than your survival?

    Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom, or truth, perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson, vagaries of perception, temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose.

    Only a human mind can invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson, you must know it by now."

    Agent Smith

  24. Tall Texan10:14 AM

    Any progress on providing us any support for your statement that \"Rummy has dirt of Bush and Cheney\"?

    It\'s only been a week since I asked, and I presume that it would not take more than a couple of minutes to go through your records. Was this a vision? Did you dream this? Exactly what was the basis for this statement?

  25. come on TT, you've been whining about how important evidence is and how you want to see evidence for days saying going on instinct and yor gut feeling is riddiculous and this should be the psychic friends network, then you post a quote saying evidence doesnt matter.

    I suggest you slither back under your bridge and hide my little green friend, i'll let you know when its safe to come out.

    here is the quote again TT said "Absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence."

    behold the troll.

  26. So your basically saying that Bush doesnt need evidence to attack or nuke a foreign country, its ok for him to go on instinct or what his gut tells him, but it is not ok or Lydia or one of us to do the same by saying our instict tells us Rummy has dirt on Bush right smart guy??

    Your either a troll deliberately out to deceive people or a Dumb as dirt hippocrite or all of the above TROLL TEXAN.

  27. According to you smart guy, because we did not find "EVIDENCE" WMD in Iraq does not mean they were not there, but because there is no evidence of Rummy having dirt on Bush, means there is none according to you right.

    News flash smart guy if there were "evidence" of Rummy having dirt on Bush it would be out in the open and therefore he would not have "dirt" to hold over Bush's head by disclosing it, fire up that walnut sized brain of yours and maybe even you can comprehend this one genius.

    Here's your brilliant hippocritical quote again TT said " "Absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence."

  28. Tall Texan10:40 AM

    Lydia could end all this by putting a pasword on her blog and exluding my inconvenient questions, or simply provide the basis for her statement.

    If anyone is hiding, it is Lydia. She is suddenly too busy to get back to me on this question, her site goes down, she has a book due, etc. etc.

    Honestly, people, it is not like I am calling her out on a typo. She made a very provocative statement and it would not kill her to back it up.

  29. you've been whining about how important real evidence was for over a week TT, but after your quote I guess real evidence is not that important at all unless it agrees with the crap your trying to sell everyone, see the Neo Cons are pissed that people have wised up and opened their eyes and no one is swallowing their koolaid anymore.

  30. Tall Texan10:51 AM

    In any event, Mike, I believe Lydia did say she would get back to me on this when she checked in from her vacation, it is her call in the end. And you accuse me of changing the subject? (And now you are on my case for NOT changing the subject. Please, make up your mind.)

    If Lydia does not want to be true to her word, that is her choice, not yours. Besides, she would have a much more credible blog if she did not make the outlandish statements and then hide or avoid trying to explain their basis.

  31. TT,

    Lydia told you it was a notion as I recall. The idea that Rumsfeld has something on Dubya is not as far fetched as you guys make out.

    In fact, when one considers how afraid the right is of the left taking back the senate and gaining subpeona power, it makes perfect sense.

    Everyone in Bush's administration likely has something on everyone.

    Its not too far fetched. But you are making it into the ONLY issue, becuase after 3 months of having your ass handed to you, you think you actually have a point to win.

    Maybe you do, and maybe you don't, but at this point, I am going to toss your ball of crap back at you, and ask you this.

    Prove to me he doesn't.

    I await your proof with eagerness.

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  33. But please Tall Tex, do not respond until you have solid proof.

    Just one link, one article, that PROVES Rummy does NOT have something on Bush.

    I await your proof

  34. Tall Texan10:57 AM

    Worf, did you drop out of high school? As you might have learned from a class on logic that, is virtually impossible to prove a negative.

    The fact that you are all spinning as fast as you can instead of proving me wrong speaks volumes.

    Besides, Lydia made statement, so the burden of proof is on her to show that it is true, not on me to show that it is not true.

  35. ......theme to Jeopardy playing in background.....

  36. I realize you rely on high school fundementals small texan, but you might want to give college a try.

    It is possible to prove a negative. Try Chemistry sometime.

    Negatives are proved all the time.

  37. Tall Texan11:09 AM

    Worf, this is not chemistry. Can you prove that you are not gay, that you do not beat your wife or lover, or that you do not solicit kiddie porn?

    I await your proof.

  38. In fact, the only evidence we have to go on when it comes to top secret workings of the inner politics of the White House, is historical data.

    And history has shown us that the members of EVERY administration have SOMETHING on everyone in their respective administrations.

    Its part of politics.

    You CAN'T work with someone that close in that type of top secret environment without being privy to things that others don't want made public.

    Only a compelte idiot would not understand this.

    So "logic" dictates, that Rummy MUST have somthing on Bush, and pretty much everyone else, to a greater or lesser degree.

    Its par for the course.

    I think the real question here is did you even make it to High School?

  39. Only a complete idiot would try to assert Lydia's statement is incorrect.

    Anyone who knows anything about politics (or who's ever watched one episode of the West Wing) would comprehend that you can't work in that type of environment without knowing things that if leaked, could damage a coworker.

    Its part of the DC Waltz, the "Potomac Two-Step".

    Everyone knows this.

    Everyone but you apparently.

  40. TT, why do you keep interjecting me into your argument with Lydia, thats between the two of you, My question to you for the last week howver has been, and i'll say it real slow and use big letters and small words so you have a chance of comprehending it is this:


    You said that Bush does not need evidence to prove Iraq had WMD but Lydia needs evidence to prove that Rummy has dirt on Bush,

    HMMM??? sounds like a hippocrite to me, you want credibility punk, then you earn it by answering the question i've been asking for a week now

  41. I await you proff TT that says Bush does not need evidence but Lydia does??

    Come on smart guy, you said "Absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence."

    explain how you can say that and not be a hippocrite

  42. Tall Texan11:17 AM

    Shall I reprint the long list of prominent Democrats who found that there was evidence that Saddam did have WMDs?

    Spin, spin, spin. That is all you do, except answer the question.

  43. Worf said "Its not too far fetched. But you are making it into the ONLY issue, becuase after 3 months of having your ass handed to you, you think you actually have a point to win."

    exactly right worf, the fool finally thinks he won one>

  44. No you're hanging onto ONE sentence typed by Lydia, out of THOUSANDS.

    Dozens and dozens of articles, thousands of words and ideas, discussions and discourses, and you grab one phrase, and try to dismiss her entire site because she can't provide you with top secret recordings from inside the Oval Office to demonstrate a theory she purported.

    Think about it hayseed.

    How COULD she prove this?

    What you think she has some classified recordings from inside the War Room for you that no one else has?

    Brilliant debate, just brilliant.

  45. That list is 4-8 years old and is based on lies and told by the Bush administration and flawed intelligence.

    its you who are guilty of spin Troll Texan.

  46. Troll Texan said...
    Shall I reprint the long list of prominent Democrats who found that there was evidence that Saddam did have WMDs?

    Trolls never change.

    No idiot, you don't need to reprint it, as its already been PUBLICALLY and CLEARLY demonstrated that the intelligence handed to Congress was NOT the same as was handed to Bush.

    The Bush admin cherry picked out what they wanted, THEN gave it to Congress.

    And ANYONE who would STILL support that evil and corrupt act, is a filthy liar.

  47. Tall Texan11:21 AM

    Just what I thought. Lydia got this theory from the Psychic Friends Network.

    All she had to do was say so.

  48. Think about this one again

    News flash smart guy if there were "evidence" of Rummy having dirt on Bush it would be out in the open and therefore he would not have "dirt" to hold over Bush's head by disclosing it, fire up that walnut sized brain of yours and maybe even you can comprehend this one genius.

  49. Troll Texan, and here I was telling Mike you weren't such a bad little Nazi.

  50. He's an obvious troll, he doesnt give a rats ass about the truth, its all about the agenda.

  51. He's an idiot Mike.

    A throwback.

    He sure as hell doesn't want to talk about CURRENT EVENTS, which is what this Blog is about.

    He wants to talk about this one tiny statement, because he has NOTHING else.

    Who can blame him.

    2 THIRDS of the country is ready to hang him and his slimey kind out to dry.

    Scotty had to leave, Card had to leave, now it looks like the masterdevil, known as ROVE is going to be indicted, Bush's Policy Cheif arrested in a massive SHOPLIFTING scandal, Tom Delay indicted and removed from his leadership role, Cheney shooting people, Abramoff singing tunes and turning everyone of their corrupt bunch of Anti-Christs in,

    gee, you almost feel sorry for him.

  52. I guess your just going run off with your tail between your legs again TT and not tell me how its ok in your eyes for Bush to make a claim without Evidence but its not ok for Lydia to do the same, Bush has repeatedly said he goes on instinct and with his gut feeling, how can you say that is ok for the leader of our country, maybe he is calling the psychic friends network huh Troll Texan?

  53. Tall Texan11:30 AM

    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.
    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

    "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

    "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

    "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

    "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

    "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seing and developing weapons of mass destruction." Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

    "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.

    "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

    "There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status." Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

    "We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them." Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.

    "There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have alway s underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002,

    "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

    "He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do." Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.

    "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. "[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real ..." Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

  54. See I've said this guy was a punk troll from day one and I was right, he just masquerades as a kindder gentler troll instead of a name calling piece of garbage like MR MACKEY

  55. Movies coming out left and right mocking the President, movies coming out like Good Night and Good Luck, showing the pure EVIL of the Republican party and contrasting it to today, every comedian, late night talk show and comedy show showing with comedy what criminals and pigs these scum are, the WHOLE world hating them, and us because of them,

    holy crap. If I was Small Texan I'd hang myself with my lasso.

  56. I see your getting desperate and spamming the blog with old lies and phony cherry picked intell that was discredited long ago huh troll texan?

  57. You're an idiot Troll Texan.

    Like we just said the WHOLE WORLD knows the information given to Congress was NOT the infromation given to Bush, but you cling to it because you have nothing else.

    Go ahead and cling Nazi boy.

    But the fecal matter oozing out of your mouth will not stop the truth.

    And the truth is steamrolling over you and your band of Nazi's on a daily basis.

    Your time is up.

    And ROVE is gone next. Just like your boy Libby. And theres NOTHING you can do about.


  58. you may as well hang up that 20 gallon stetson on a coatrack TT, because theres not much differennce between that and your head, infact the IQ is about the same.

  59. Tall Texan11:36 AM

    Mike, If you had read what I reprinted, you mighthave noticed that "these lies," as you describe them, came from the mouths of Democrats.

    What, I'm a bad guy because I disagreee?

  60. Your times up clem.

    And your boys are the international laughing stock of the planet.

    And I know it eats at you, so you come in here and post, and try to debate tidbits, because its all you got.

    But your Boy Busch, is going to be impeached.

    And theres NOTHING you can do about.

  61. you'll be out of a job soon when your the dems take back congress and your boys are impeached. Wonder if Blogg trolls can collect unemployment??

  62. We know they came from Democrats nimrod.

    But the Democrats got CHERRY PICKED intelligence.

    Thats a FACT that everyone on the entire planet knows, cept maybe the hicks down in your town.

  63. SMALL TEXAN said;

    What, I'm a bad guy because I disagreee?

    No, you're a bad guy because you support a murdering monster.

    You're a bad guy, because you blind yourself to truth on a daily basis.

    You're a bad guy, because you enable Bush to continue his campaign of Blood and Horror.

  64. They came from the mouths of democrats based on lies and cherry picked intelligence which are lies of ommission to deceive thus they have no credibility TT just like you, BTW i'm still waiting for my answer on why you think its ok for GWB to make claims without solid evidence to back it up, how come you have no problem with him going on instinct.

    I wont hold my breath waiting for an answer though.

  65. You're like the German citizens who lived outside of Buchenwald and Dachau, who said, ohh, we thought they were burning rubbish.

    You're the problem.

    If it weren't for lowbrows like you, men like herr Busch would never rise to power.

  66. But your times up TT.

    Your entire Reich Wing is falling apart in front of the whole world.

    Your days of crapping in your trousers and smearing it on the rest of the world is about over.

    You're boys are going to jail, the people are sick of you, and the worlds done taking your crap.

    You got nothing left, and the left is taking back everything.

    And there's not a damned thing you can do about it.

    But come in here and cry.

  67. So cry Nazi boy, cry.

  68. When Rolling Stone prints a cover, showing the sitting President of the United States wearing a DUNCE CAP, and titled, THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY?

    Thats when you just know you SUCK.

  69. Or how about the new Dennis Quaid movie? Seen clips of that have you?

    They showed it on the daily show, and it makes Bush look like what he is. A MORON.

    Oh yea, you don't watch Jon Stewart do you?

    Too truthful.

  70. But the real sign that should tip you guys off that you backed an IDIOT for President is this.

    When the President is played by LESLIE NIELSEN, then you know you've got a DUMB one.



    Don't you get it?

    Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, sees you for the idiots you are.

    Leslie Nielsen playing Bush, lol. Thats rich.

  72. I can't wait to see it.

  73. The Party's over Rudolph.

    The Nazi Party that is.

    Get ready to be Truth-er-ated.

  74. TT said ""Absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence."

    how come you wont respond as to the reason you posted this quote TT are you admiting you post BS and crap to deceive people and you have an indefensible position.

    you've been saying evidence is so import all week then you post a quote that says just because you dont have evidence doesnt mean the allegation is not true, so which is it smart guy i'm still waiting????

  75. BTW TT, I see you convieniently ommitted the ""Absence of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence." quote from your recent repaste of your previous cut and paste, why is that, could it be you put your foot in your mouth and GOT CAUGHT.

  76. Sorry Mike. It's probably my fault he won't answer.

    I think he's off smashing his keyboard right about now.


  77. The real joke here is these guys actually think History is going to smile favorably on them.

    When history looks back on the quarter of a million or so we slaughtered and or caused to be slaughtered in Iraq because of our incompetence, they won't be saying, oh well they needed to protect themselves from this tiny backwards nation

    I just don't see them saying that.

  78. Anonymous12:35 PM

    How do you know that all those anonymous posts weren't mine...except Mr. Mackey of course.

  79. They will look back on it like we look back now on the butchering of the American Indian.

    With contempt, shock, disgrace, shame and disgust.

  80. Anonymess I have no idea what the hell you are talking about or what, if anything, you are trying to say.

    Try breaking the pills in half, next time.

  81. You and Macky are the same damn person your not fooling anyone anonyfool.

  82. Anonymous12:45 PM

    it can be anyone on this blog, making stupid-ass statements.

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  84. Anonymess said "it can be anyone on this blog, making stupid-ass statements.

    ok TT, so instead of a nice guy troll, now you are troll incognito huh,

  85. Thats right anonymess.

    Thats why I don't worry about who is who.

    I don't concern myself with who some limpdick sissy too afraid to post under a consistent handle is.

    There are regulars in here who post under consitent handles, and they have my respect, whether I disagree with them or not, whether I despise them and their beliefs, or not. They at least have my respect.

    Then there's people like you.

  86. tall texan12:56 PM

    If I did make a few boo-boo comments by using anonymous...I'm sorry, but you guys really piss me off!

  87. Tall Texan12:57 PM

    April 22, 2006
    A Sting Operation?
    Rick Moran at Right Wing Nuthouse wonders if the story on CIA detention centers might not have been a sting operation to unmask leakers at Langley. The possibility comes up because on the same day that the CIA terminated Mary McCarthy for her communications to the press, the New York Times reports that European investigators cannot find any evidence that the detention centers ever existed:

  88. See, the making stupid-ass statements kind of gave it away for me since TT has cornered the market for making stupid-ass statements. the real anonymous/mr mackey just post name calling and insulting personal attacks.

  89. Gee Mike.

    You were right.

    TT was also spamming hate comments as anonymous.

    You said it all along, and you were exactly freaking right.

  90. I really didn't pay attention but you were right on the money.

    So TT is not just a troll, but he's one of the slimey trolls who come in and usurp the blog with anonymous comments.

    You're like Sherlock Holmes there Mike. Good call.

  91. Tall Texan1:04 PM

    The 12:26 post was not mine, as I have never posted here anonymously.

    Mackey is the same as at least one of the anon posters because he always omits a space after a punctuation mark.

    Sorry, but if I go away from this blog for a few hours, I have no way to stop people from posting as "Tall Texan." Question: Would registering with Blogger help with this potential issue at all? Any advice would be appreciated.

  92. You mean the 12:56 post?

  93. Tall Texan1:08 PM

    Sorry, that should be that the 12:56 post was not mine.

  94. Thats why I don't worry about who's who.

    Cause anyone can claim to be anyone.

    Ok, TT. I'll take your word for it.

    It is odd though, that one of your own righty whitey's would want to post as you, and try and make one of his own look bad.

  95. But I'll take your word for it and stop calling you an anonymous troll spammer, and just go back to calling you a Nazi.


  96. Tall Texan1:14 PM

    Worf, it could be a lefty posting right-wing posts consistent with mine to establish credibility, and then going on to make asinine comments as "Tall Texan."

    I'm afraid that there's nothing I could do about that, unless registering with blogger would help.

  97. Yea and it could be Barney from the White House pawtypin the keyboard when Dubya's not looking.

    Worrying about who it is is a waste of keystrokes.

    If it is truly not you then whoever it is, left or right is a peice of crap.

    The worst in us all.

  98. Registering might help.

  99. Tall Texan1:20 PM

    Worf wrote:
    "But I'll take your word for it and stop calling you an anonymous troll spammer, and just go back to calling you a Nazi.

    cool?" Ok, that was funny, but I'm not sure which is worse. To all the anon posters out there, just pick a name and stick with it.
    The alternative is just too confusing to read and respond to.

  100. Simply turn on and share your profile TT. Everyone has their own profile number.

    When you point your mouse on someones name or pic, their number appears at the bottom of your screen.

    This way we will always know its you as no two people have the same number!

  101. Man, did you guys ever lay a beatin on TT!

    Holy S#%T!

  102. Tall Texan said
    the New York Times reports that European investigators cannot find any evidence that the detention centers ever existed:

    Gee, imagine that.

    No evidence that "Secret" detention centers existed.

    Go figure.

  103. Funny though, isn't that what we train them to do?

    You know, be covert?

  104. Tall Texan2:00 PM

    The leaker, was a Democrat appointed by Clinton, the first president to ever use a White House intern as a humidor.

  105. Tall Texan2:00 PM

    The leaker, was a Democrat appointed by Clinton, the first president to ever use a White House intern as a humidor.

  106. What are you the Church lady?

    Why is it republicans are sooooo concerned about what other people do with their own genitals?

    Yes, Clinton could get laid TT.

    Something I know is foriegn to you right wing boys, but its true. He got more trim than Haircuts Plus.

    Time to put away your Scarlett Letter, or give it back to Pat Boone and move on.

  107. I realize being a Republican and getting a BJ are experiences that are poles apart, but someday, if you keep your profile on, maybe some little republican filly will want to take the ring off your White Owl too.

  108. But don't hold your breath.

  109. See, butchering 100 thousand people ranks a little higher on the Jesus spanking stick, than a BJ does.

    What you republicans do is what Jesus called, straining at a gnat, while you swallow a camel.

    If you got anything from your King James bible, you should have gotten that sexual transgressions were at the bottom of Christ's list of concerns.

    The murder in your heart is where you need to start.

  110. tall texan2:18 PM

    Thou shalt not commit adultery, is right up there with thou shall not kill

  111. I have to drive three very lovely young ladies to an Air Cadets dance party...... all blondes.

    One of them is my offspring of course.

    See you suckers later!


  112. Tall Texan2:22 PM

    The post at 2:18 is not mine either.

  113. Like I said TT. Go back and read your Bible.

    What you are referring to is from the Torah. If you call yourself a Christian, then you need to read the words of the man whose name you claim.

    Christ fullfilled the Law of Moses, and gave you a whole new set of commandments to follow.

    And they ALL have to do with how you treat your fellow man.

    And NONE of them had anything to do with what you do with your genitals.

    Funny guy that Jesus. He seemed to think Murdering innocent people was much more important than having sex.

    Go figure.

  114. Overreacting to Protest
    Wenyi Wang doesn't belong in jail.
    Saturday, April 22, 2006; Page A20

    WENYI WANG acted rudely when she yelled and waved a banner at visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao during his White House appearance Thursday.

    But does Ms. Wang deserve to go to prison for six months?

    That might be the response to embarrassing and rude speech in Beijing.

    It shouldn't be in Washington.

    But yesterday the U.S. government charged Ms. Wang under a law that could bring her that sentence.

  115. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Human beings are wild animals today, that have run amok (no morals)

  116. People don't get it.

    Bush has no concept of Freedom or Democracy. NONE. ZERO. GOOSE-EGG.

    This is not the first "woman" to be dragged off in handcuffs, and charged with Federal offenses for simply protesting her Government, a CONSTITUTIONALLY protected RIGHT.

    Our Freedom of Speech is in grave jeopardy with this wicked little man in power. Freedom of Speech is not just being able to speak, its being able to speak out against your government WITHOUT the fear of reprisal.

    Patrick Henry said, and I'm paraphrasing from memory, that free speech is not free if there is a threat of reprisal.

    There are reasons movies like Good Night and Good Luck are coming out now. People see the damage to our democracy, RIGHT HERE AT HOME and they are afraid.

    Its happening right here at home, so we don't need to go looking abroad to protect it. We need to protect it here.

    When we get our democracy right, maybe then we can start showing others how to do it.

  117. What amazes me is the absolute STUPIDITY of this Bush administration?

    Of all the STUPID things the REICH WING Government in power could do right now is this.

    I mean, using OUR tax dollars, to put a little old Chinese lady in Jail, actually prosecute her, for just shouting out at a meeting, simply PROVES for ALL THE WORLD TO SEE, that the charges of the Bush administration taking away our freedoms, and being a Nazi like totalitarian government are founded on REAL events, and real issues.

    They prove that their hearts are COLD, BLACK, FOUL and CORRUPTED each and every day, without any help from us.

  118. And they want to lecture China on human rights violations, while meanwhile, they butcher people daily in Iraq, arrest and torture thousands globally, and trample our own Constitution right here in the USA.

    Any good American would have seen this by now.

  119. Anonymous2:47 PM

    I'm sure Jesus wanted men walking around the White House with their schwanses hanging out and we wonder why the world is in so much s--t

  120. Wrong again my little prudish bitch.

    Show me ONE place in the Bible where Jesus supports that theory.

    Just ONE.

    Cause the fact is Jesus did not concern himself with the sexual trangressions. The Bible is CLEAR on this.

    You wanna know who did concern themselves with these things?

    Thats right Father Murphy. The Scribes and the Pharisees, the Saducees and the Elders. The entire freakin Sanhedrin.

    But Jesus could've given a crap.

    He was too busy condemning THEM, for thier HYPOCRISY in worrying about OTHERS sexual trangressions, while they were busy hurting people, throwing them in jail and robbing them in the moneychanging booths.

    Jesus was worried about REAL things. Not someone bumping uglies.

  121. Like Jesus tried to tell you, before you worry about the "mote" in your brothers eye, you might want to pull the BEAM out of your own.

  122. Let he who is WITHOUT sin cast the first stone, was Jesus's answer to the prudish bastard elders who accused a woman of adultery.

    And to her?

    Neither do I condemn thee was what he said.

  123. Only the SELF RIGHTEOUS HYPOCRITES worried about others sexual trangressions.

    Its been that way throughout history.

    And it still is.

  124. You strain at a gnat, but swallow a camel

  125. Tim Russert is interviewing a guy about his new book "The K Street Project" on CNBC.

    They are talking about how Abramhoff is bribing Repubs like Bob Ney and Delay among hundreds of others.

    They are even talking about Rove.

    Maybe Rove will be in the same cell block as Scooter and Abramhoff, so they can bribe guards to keep in practice.

  126. Ive called every significant video store in town and no one has "On the Beach" so I ended up renting Hostel.

    Not as thought provoking but should be good.

  127. I wouldn't bring that sick, twisted peice of crap into my home Johnny.

    No offense.

  128. Worf said "Bush has no concept of Freedom or Democracy. NONE. ZERO. GOOSE-EGG.

    This is not the first "woman" to be dragged off in handcuffs, and charged with Federal offenses for simply protesting her Government, a CONSTITUTIONALLY protected RIGHT.

    Our Freedom of Speech is in grave jeopardy with this wicked little man in power. Freedom of Speech is not just being able to speak, its being able to speak out against your government WITHOUT the fear of reprisal.

    Of all the STUPID things the REICH WING Government in power could do right now is this.

    I mean, using OUR tax dollars, to put a little old Chinese lady in Jail, actually prosecute her, for just shouting out at a meeting, simply PROVES for ALL THE WORLD TO SEE, that the charges of the Bush administration taking away our freedoms, and being a Nazi like totalitarian government are founded on REAL events, and real issues."

    Things like that sicken me more than anything about what is going on today Worf, I can remember being 7 or 8 and learning about how important our constitution is how it is more important than the president or any of our leaders and how it protects and insures our freedom of speech and the right to assemble and to protest our government, I also remember leaning about the checks and balances and how they were designed by our founding fathers to protect any one branch of government from becoming to powerful and thus inpinging on our constitutional rights.

    as an 8 year old I assumed these precious rights were unassailable and would never be put in jeprody, unfortunately much to my surprise all it took was one wicked and corupt president and his corupt administration to trample and spit on these precious rights as well as the checks and balances, i've watched Bush repeatedly lie and say he is for Freedom of speech and the right to criticize our government and then see the person speaking out arrested and taken away in handcuffs, Bush is just as much of a hippocrite as TT, according to him freedom of speech is fine as long as people dont use it to publicly criticize or disagreee with him. As I said before the constitution is supposed to be more importantant than the president not the other way around, this administration has no regard for freedom, constitutional rights and human life and human rights, and there is no way I can sit back and keep quiet while our countries good reputation is being tainted and destroyed by this administration's torture and total disregard for human life, as well as its assaults on the constitution and our personal feeedoms.

  129. Dems have to stop whining and stabilize the Middle East. xoxo PEACE
    -Lydia Cornell

    The Dems' ingenious plan to bring peace to the Middle East: Just Think Happy Thoughts and all the bad people will become nice.

  130. You're right FF.

    I've been thinking nice thoughts about you all day, and its just not working.

  131. Here is a passage or two on group think from an excellent book by PHD author Stephen Leeb, author of "the Oil Factor" and "The Coming Economic Collapse: How you Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel."

    "Fortunately, we are not the first to question the human tendency to make serious errors of judgement. Following WW2, social psychologists attempted to understand how it was that Germansoldiers were induced to abandoned morality and human empathy in order to commit the attrocities of the holocaust. What they discovered , to everyone's surprise and dismay, was that the majority of people can be persuaded to do almost anything.

    Psychologist Solomon Asch conducted experiments to discover whether people's tendency to agree with their peers was stronger than their tendency toward independent thought and rational judgement. Asch assembled a dozen students and announced that they were taking part in an experiment on visual perception. He showed them 3 line segments, and asked which line was the longest. It was an easy task, the correct answer was obvious. However Asch secretly instructed all but the last person who was the real subject of the experiment, to say the medium length line was the longest. The aim being to see if the subject would rely on their own judgement, or just go along with the group. As it turned out over 70% of the subjects caved into group pressure and said the medium length line was the longest. the comclusion being that most human beings, under conditions that are hardly severe, will follow the crowd, even when the crowd is clearly wrong.

  132. Leave it to Freely Fart to post a non sequitur piece that makes him feel good but actually means nothing, just like his neo-con friends make it all up and pretend it is true.....

  133. George Bush placed his hand upon the Bible and PROMISED to defend the constitution,.............. he didn't place his hand upon the constitution and promise to defend the bible.

    Somebody should remind the jerk of his promise (the oath of office), not the stump promises he made to the christian right.

  134. BTW, thank you to all for their messages here for me while I went to NY and said good bye to my Dad,

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  136. Good to have you back Clif, you doing ok?

  137. One of the most famous psychological experiments of all that I remember studying as an undergrad psychology major was conducted by Stanley Milgram, a former student of Asch. Milgram wanted to see how much influence an authority figure could wield over the average person, in this
    experiment, subjects were put in an artificial situation (although they believed it was real) in which an "authority figure" a scientist in a white lab coat instructed them to inflict pain on another person. In fact those who followed the instructions to the bitter end had reason to believe that they were inflicting serious and even lethal pain on a fellow human being. Yet over 65% of the subjects followed the instructions as given (despite pleading and begging from the person supposedly having the pain inflicted on them, even the person yelling "my heart" followed by a scream and then silence despite repeated and continued stronger shocks that very likely indicated a heart attack and/or possible death failed to stop participants from blindly following the authority figures orders)it must be pointed out that Milgram selected subjects from all occupations and social backgrounds. they were noy hardened criminals or soldiers, or mentally deranged, they were just average people.

    Yet the Milgram experiment showed that most people's tendency to trust and obey authority is so strong that they will shed all personal responsibility, moral; training, or ceative volition for the sake of following orders.

    The folowing experiments tell us we as a society have a natural tendency to let authorities think for us, and to let them tell us what is true, moral, or the best course of action, moreover , once a leader or leaders has convinced a sizable number of their followers to believe something, then our predisposition toward conformity tends to bring other group members on board.

    think of this study before you say that soldiers resist orders to torture prisoners by a superior officer and authority figure, specifically when soldiers are trained to follow commanding officers

  138. Over all I'm OK Mike, I knew that my Dad was not well when he visited in the begining of April.

    I have accepted that it was his time and know he had a good life, he lived it as he wanted.

    And in the end that is about ball we can ask for.

    I'll miss him a lot but part of him is with me, he taught me to think critically and to question alot.

    He also taught me people were much more important than money, and to spend time with people I care for as much as possible.

  139. Sounds like your dad was a great person Clif also sounds like he lived a good life and passed alot of his wisdom down to you, I wish I could say the same about my dad, I love my father and he became a better person in my opinion after his stroke and becoming disabled, but he never taught me much of anything particularly about life.

  140. Clif i'm going to paste an article I posted in last blog in here, let me know what you think of it.

  141. Published on Monday, April 11, 2005 by
    Oil, Geopolitics, and the Coming War with Iran
    by Michael T. Klare

    As the United States gears up for an attack on Iran, one thing is certain: the Bush administration will never mention oil as a reason for going to war. As in the case of Iraq, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) will be cited as the principal justification for an American assault. "We will not tolerate the construction of a nuclear weapon [by Iran]," is the way President Bush put it in a much-quoted 2003 statement. But just as the failure to discover illicit weapons in Iraq undermined the administration's use of WMD as the paramount reason for its invasion, so its claim that an attack on Iran would be justified because of its alleged nuclear potential should invite widespread skepticism. More important, any serious assessment of Iran's strategic importance to the United States should focus on its role in the global energy equation.

    Just exactly how much weight the oil factor carries in the administration's decision-making is not something that we can determine with absolute assurance at this time, but given the importance energy has played in the careers and thinking of various high officials of this administration, and given Iran's immense resources, it would be ludicrous not to take the oil factor into account -- and yet you can rest assured that, as relations with Iran worsen, American media reports and analysis of the situation will generally steer a course well clear of the subject (as they did in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq).

    One further caveat: When talking about oil's importance in American strategic thinking about Iran, it is important to go beyond the obvious question of Iran's potential role in satisfying our country's future energy requirements. Because Iran occupies a strategic location on the north side of the Persian Gulf, it is in a position to threaten oil fields in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates, which together possess more than half of the world's known oil reserves. Iran also sits athwart the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow waterway through which, daily, 40% of the world's oil exports pass. In addition, Iran is becoming a major supplier of oil and natural gas to China, India, and Japan, thereby giving Tehran additional clout in world affairs. It is these geopolitical dimensions of energy, as much as Iran's potential to export significant quantities of oil to the United States, that undoubtedly govern the administration's strategic calculations.

    Having said this, let me proceed to an assessment of Iran's future energy potential. According to the most recent tally by Oil and Gas Journal, Iran houses the second-largest pool of untapped petroleum in the world, an estimated 125.8 billion barrels. Only Saudi Arabia, with an estimated 260 billion barrels, possesses more; Iraq, the third in line, has an estimated 115 billion barrels. With this much oil -- about one-tenth of the world's estimated total supply -- Iran is certain to play a key role in the global energy equation, no matter what else occurs.

    It is not, however, just sheer quantity that matters in Iran's case; no less important is its future productive capacity. Although Saudi Arabia possesses larger reserves, it is now producing oil at close to its maximum sustainable rate (about 10 million barrels per day). It will probably be unable to raise its output significantly over the next 20 years while global demand, pushed by significantly higher consumption in the United States, China, and India, is expected to rise by 50%. Iran, on the other hand, has considerable growth potential: it is now producing about 4 million barrels per day, but is thought to be capable of boosting its output by another 3 million barrels or so. Few, if any, other countries possess this potential, so Iran's importance as a producer, already significant, is bound to grow in the years ahead.

    And it is not just oil that Iran possesses in great abundance, but also natural gas. According to Oil and Gas Journal, Iran has an estimated 940 trillion cubic feet of gas, or approximately 16% of total world reserves. (Only Russia, with 1,680 trillion cubic feet, has a larger supply.) As it takes approximately 6,000 cubic feet of gas to equal the energy content of 1 barrel of oil, Iran's gas reserves represent the equivalent of about 155 billion barrels of oil. This, in turn, means that its combined hydrocarbon reserves are the equivalent of some 280 billion barrels of oil, just slightly behind Saudi Arabia's combined supply. At present, Iran is producing only a small share of its gas reserves, about 2.7 trillion cubic feet per year. This means that Iran is one of the few countries capable of supplying much larger amounts of natural gas in the future.

    What all this means is that Iran will play a critical role in the world's future energy equation. This is especially true because the global demand for natural gas is growing faster than that for any other source of energy, including oil. While the world currently consumes more oil than gas, the supply of petroleum is expected to contract in the not-too-distant future as global production approaches its peak sustainable level -- perhaps as soon as 2010 -- and then begins a gradual but irreversible decline. The production of natural gas, on the other hand, is not likely to peak until several decades from now, and so is expected to take up much of the slack when oil supplies become less abundant. Natural gas is also considered a more attractive fuel than oil in many applications, especially because when consumed it releases less carbon dioxide (a major contributor to the greenhouse effect).

    When considering Iran's role in the global energy equation, therefore, Bush administration officials have two key strategic aims: a desire to open up Iranian oil and gas fields to exploitation by American firms, and concern over Iran's growing ties to America's competitors in the global energy market. Under U.S. law, the first of these aims can only be achieved after the President lifts EO 12959, and this is not likely to occur as long as Iran is controlled by anti-American mullahs and refuses to abandon its uranium enrichment activities with potential bomb-making applications. Likewise, the ban on U.S. involvement in Iranian energy production and export gives Tehran no choice but to pursue ties with other consuming nations. From the Bush administration's point of view, there is only one obvious and immediate way to alter this unappetizing landscape -- by inducing "regime change" in Iran and replacing the existing leadership with one far friendlier to U.S. strategic interests.

    In this sense, more than any other, the current planning for an attack on Iran is fundamentally driven by concern over the safety of U.S. energy supplies, as was the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

  142. Hello Cliff!

    Mike said:

    "most human beings, under conditions that are hardly severe, will follow the crowd, even when the crowd is clearly wrong."

    I knew that when I was ten years old and I didnt even have to conduct any experiment.

  143. My Dad and I did not agree on everything but we respected each other and our discussions over the years helped me to develope a critical mind and to look at different view points at the same time as asking the question,

    "why is this particular person telling me what they are?and what do they get out of it".

    He most often quoted "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem."

    That one made me think alot about what a solution was.

    He also taught me mechanics, and building crafts.(carpentry, home elecricity, and plumbimg)

  144. Your right Worf, that movie was a piece of crap!

    And I love horror movies.

  145. Clif/Johnny, ive always had an independent mind and been capable of critical thought as well, and I usually question other people's motives, whats in it for them as well as trying to discern their thinking process particularly for people I do not trust or that I feel have questionable motives or an "agenda"

  146. If I was a private, no superior officer could make me perform an illegal act.


    And this is why I greatly admire Colonel Anthony Herbert.

  147. Mike the reasons for going into Iraq, OIL, controll of the region and oil markets, are more apparant in Iran.

    Iran is more stragetically placed, they have more oil and are opening a market in Euros not just selling their oil in Euros.

    So the Bush- Cheney- Rumsfeld clown posse have more reasons for going after Iran, but had to knock off Saddam first. We need most of our Air assests for Iran and couldn't have let Saddam free(losing the air cover of the no-fly zones) if we had been tied up in Iran like we ARE in Iraq....

    Also we could get the Iranians to agree not to move if we took out Saddam....

    But just as Stalin should not have trusted Hitler......the Iranians shouldn't have trusted Bush-Cheney too much......

  148. If oil reaches 100.00 bucks a barrel, crime is going to flourish & theres going to be alot of siphoned gas tanks.

    Some people up here are filling up and taking off from the pumps without paying.

  149. Johnny said "If oil reaches 100.00 bucks a barrel, crime is going to flourish & theres going to be alot of siphoned gas tanks"If oil reaches 100.00 bucks a barrel, crime is going to flourish & theres going to be alot of siphoned gas tanks"

    Johnny I can remember when I was a kid during the last oil spike around 1979-1980, we had a gas siphoner in our neighborhood, it was going on for weeks well one night we snuck out and hid trying to catch the guy, finally at around 1:30AM we caught the guy and pelted the crap out of the SOB with eggs, we must have nailed him with 3 dozen eggs.

  150. A lot of places around here make you pay first and this is newe for the area where most are locals buying gas.

    Another funny note, a penny is becoming worth more because the price of raw materials are rising, thus the raw materials to make a penny cost more than a penny......

  151. woder if that will be the death of the penny, i've heard rumors of this for years, that would sure fuel inflation if everything were rounded up because we no longer had pennies.

  152. Mike said

    "we had a gas siphoner in our neighborhood,"

    Well, I guess I and my buddies were a little guilty of that as teenagers.

    But it was mostly our parents gas tanks.

  153. One little noticed effect of the rise in oil prices is the rise in the cost of packaging because plastics are made from oil too, I realised this when my mother told me the commisary at Ft Drum NY had reverted back to paper bags because they cost less.

    Not only will it cost more for gas but all the plastic wrapped around most everything we buy....

  154. Clif Buddy.

    Glad to see you back!

    I hope you're well.

  155. Johnny.

    I tried to warn you.

    I didn't need to see it to know what a sick peice of twisted evil filth it was. I could tell from the commercials.

    Those and the character of the man who created the sick character he played himself in that thing with the vampires. Tarentino is a sick, twisted man, and he fills the world with his twisted visions.

    Horror movies are fine. I love stuff like Dawn of the Dead, and Alien, but that stuffs not real, and doesn't make people want to go out and be zombies or aliens.

    Movies that glorify sick twisted killers do make people want to go out and do it. Thats the problem with that crap.

  156. No arguement here.

    Aliens with Bill Paxton is my favourite.

  157. Party's over dude.

  158. Ripley "this little girl survived for months on her own".

    Paxton "great, she's so smart, lets just put her in charge"

  159. I really enjoyed the remake of Night of the Living dead.

    They kept absolutely true to the original, only in color. It was great. I also liked both the 1970's version of Dawn of the Dead, the 80's version of Day of the Dead, and the remake of Dawn of the Dead.

    I also liked Land of the Dead, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Evil Dead 3, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and the original Night of the Living Dead.

  160. I also still enjoy Abott and Costello in "Hold that Ghost".

  161. But Tarentino???

    He's a sick f#$#$k.

    He needs professional help.

  162. Yeah, Evil Dead movies are super cool as well as Phantasm.

  163. Like a professional boxer that is.

  164. Yes. Phantasm. Now you're talking.

    Man wouldn't you have loved that Purple Hemi-Cuda?

    That was sweet. Course, with that ball chasing you and that nasty old republican dude, you'd need it to haul ass.

  165. The republicans are trying to make Americans into those little munchkins.

    If they had that machine, we'd all be little quasimotos, running around doing there bidding.

  166. I cant believe it, I just spilled a Molson on my computer table.

    Anyways, I was rather disturbed by this movie tonite.

  167. Oh wow, that was weird.

    I just looked at my mirror, and I saw Karl Rove standing there in a black suit staring at me.

    Then his jaw dropped open, he raised a bony finger at me and shouted, "BOY"!

  168. I tried to warn you Johnny.

    Next time you want a movie review you come to me. I'll set you straight.

    Think of me like Ebert and Ropert, without the Ropert.

    Or the Ebert.

  169. I think you've had too many beers.


  170. All I need to see are the previews, and I can tell you if its gonna be worth watching or not.

  171. Im going to order On the beach on Monday.....Im dying to see it!

  172. Make sure you get the 2000 remake with Armand Asante. I was only able to find it on VHS, but I hear its on DVD.

    I think any real person, who watches this movie will be disturbed by it, and left with a lot of fear, and questions.

    Not about monsters but about real possibilities, things possible within our lifetimes.

    And it will also make good people mad I think. Real mad, at the thought, that any of us might one day be this stupid.

    It left me, and everyone I know saying the same thing.

    We must never let this happen.

  173. No what movie I love Worf but is rather unknown, "Once upon a Time in America".

    Now thats a good movie! (long version)

  174. My specialty video store said they could only get it on tape.

    The newer version I mean.

  175. Bushy talks about deploying Nukes like he's talking about what color socks he will wear tomorrow.

    He's a loose canon. He's a free radical, a random variable.

    He's a big question mark.

    And that is a bad way to fly.

  176. It's two video tapes Johnny. Its 4 hours long.

  177. Worf, do ya think we could make bush and Cheney watch "On the Beach" aka clock work orange style?(daily)

  178. I agree, we must never let this happen!

  179. Worf said

    "It's two video tapes Johnny. Its 4 hours long."

    I know and I like that.

  180. Nah. More gangster crap.

    I don't like stuf that glorifies gangsters or organized crime.

    Murderers are murderers, no matter how cool they make them look on TV.

    Crap like the Soprano's or movies that glorify crime just don't intrigue me. I do like seeing true stories, like Casino, once or twice, because its history, and you can learn from it, and the original Godfather I think was done well, and tried to show the lack of glamour with the life of a mobster, but they ruined that with Godfather 2.

  181. Casino and Goodfellas are excellent movies ,however I do agree they do glorify murderers.

  182. I think everyone should go watch the movie, "Grand Canyon". Its from the 80's with Danny Glover and Kevin Kline. Steve Martin plays a movie producer who makes bloody violent action movies.

    Its a great life lesson movie.

    Its also similar to Crash.

  183. Did you see the movie with Jodie Foster on an airliner looking for her daughter.........that was good! Seen it last weekend.

    Cant wait to see the movie about the very brave people of Flight 93.

  184. Grand Canyon? Never even heard of it.

  185. Hope theres lots of turban rippin in Flight 93!

  186. Johnny Moo Moo said;

    Cant wait to see the movie about the very brave people of Flight 93

    I can.

  187. A movie that brings back the horror of 911 using special effects and actors.

    Oh yea, thats entertainment.

  188. Johnny Pork Pie moo moo said...

    Hope theres lots of turban rippin in Flight 93!

    Now that's not a racist comment.

  189. Johnny Pork Pie moo moo said...
    Grand Canyon? Never even heard of it.

    Grand Canyon, 1991. Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, etc, directed by Lawrence Kasdan.

    Great movie.

  190. Worf said

    "Now that's not a racist comment."

    I meant terrorist turban only. It seems no one is 100% sure if the brave passengers and crew of Flight 93 made it into the cockpit; some of the recordings are classified however.

    If they did make it into the cockpit, I hope they tore these terrorists turbans something FIERCE!

    Terrorist scum make my blood boil!

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  192. Worf said "I really enjoyed the remake of Night of the Living dead.

    They kept absolutely true to the original, only in color. It was great. I also liked both the 1970's version of Dawn of the Dead, the 80's version of Day of the Dead, and the remake of Dawn of the Dead.

    I also liked Land of the Dead, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Evil Dead 3, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and the original Night of the Living"

    Agreed, i think Night of the living dead and the evil dead movies were some of the scariest horror movies around, think of being trapped in a house and having thousands of Zombie ghouls trying to get in to kill and eat you, or as Johnny would say to rip your turban.

    I'm not a fan of Tarrantino's either I dont really care for any of his movies, I did like the movie warlock as well as the bloodstone subspecies movies, I usually watch those and Night of the Living dead or evil dead every year around Halloween to get in the spirit, just like I watch Christmas Carol and The yuear without a santa Clause every Christmas to get in the holiday spirit.

    9:17 AM

  193. Its not the idea of getting a terrorist Johnny, that disturbs me.

    Its the idea of equating a turban with it.

    In case you haven't noticed there are numerous countries not associated with terrorism where the men wear turbans.

    It unusually callous and infantile to say such a stupid, stupid thing.

    We wonder why people hate us.

  194. Entertainment

    Selling 9/11
    'United 93' and 'World Trade Center'pose a daunting marketing challengefor movie studios

    By Michael Phillips
    Tribune arts critic
    Published April 23, 2006

    In most industries, the phrase "scaring the customers" means you're not doing your job correctly. The film industry isn't like most industries. Scare enough customers in the right way with the right film and you've got yourself a profit, a sequel and a franchise, followed by a remake whose title ends in a phrase such as "The New Beginning."

    Yet not all scares are created equal. And not all films are made with a sequel in mind.

    Neither of the two 9/11-related films on the horizon, "United 93" (opening Friday) or "World Trade Center" (opening in August), is likely to spawn a sequel. That may be the only thing they have in common. While you can't judge a movie by its trailer, you can judge a studio's marketing strategy for selling a hot potato to the world.

    The trailers for "United 93," cold, hard and sharp, are utterly unlike the trailer being readied for "World Trade Center," which is all about the triumph of the human spirit. One scares the customers and is likely to divide audiences; the other, for better or worse, appears to be a uniter, not a divider.

    Earlier this month several patrons of a Manhattan multi-plex complained about the more unsettling of the two coming-attractions teasers for the Universal picture "United 93." The trailer in question for writer-director Paul Greengrass' picture -- which opens Friday, and is excellent, a nerve-racker that almost magically avoids exploitation -- depicts passengers, pilots and stewardesses arriving at Newark International to board the Newark-to-San Francisco flight, going about their workaday business, trading small talk. After a delay the plane takes off. Then air traffic controllers receive word that a different plane has struck one of the World Trade Center towers. Then, another.

    United 93 was ultimately overtaken by terrorists intent on crashing the plane into either the White House or the U.S. Capitol, but as we all know by now the terrorists were thwarted by a handful of passengers who improvised a counteroffensive. Like Greengrass' film, the "United 93" trailer doesn't pump up the heroics of the act. Because of the trailer's unvarnished intensity, unrelieved by the usual tear-jerking nonsense or familiar big-screen faces, some patrons found the re-enactment of screaming, ill-fated United 93 passengers to be too much, too soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington