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Monday, June 13, 2005

MJ Walks. A few thoughts

A few disjointed thoughts.

As joe said, an to paraphrase AL Pacino in "....and Justice For All" (great flick, bi the way), the prosecution "forgot to bring a case.'

What they brought was a larcenous piece of trailer trash who thought she scam a few million out of Jackson. Herv erratic behovior on the stand did not help. Her spening spree on Jackos plastic helped less.

What I think mighht have happned, as sick as it sounds, was that she sent her kid in to seeif he could coax MJ into flagrante delicto. Whether MJ took the jailbait or not is not certain, but I think the mom does have some explaining to do...preferably in front of a judge.

One of the things that really turned my stomach was not the possiblity of Jackson's guilt...I could live with that. It was the Angry Mob truly wishing that Jackson would go crazy on a guilty verdict....jump out of a window or have the cops shoot him or something. As sick as Micheal could be, society is probably as sick.

Finally, if I were MJ, I would tradmark the name "Jesus Juice." I would, but the Landover Baptist Church alrrady has dibs.

oh well.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Downing Street Memo

It all started with a memo printed in the Times of London. It was a memo that, in brief, said that the pretext for our invasion of Iraq....the presence of weapons of mass destruction or WMD's....was a bald face lie.

Here is a link to the actual memo:

http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/memoplain.html

SInce then, the Euro press has been buzzing about the contents of the memo....it almost led to the downfall of Tony Blair in a recent election. But the American press has been strangely silent.

Search the news sites for CBS, NBC, and the usually reliable ABC, and you find nothing. FoxNews..nothing.

Or maybe not. It took an appreance by actor Tim Robbins on MSNBC's HardBall to get a mention about it...brief as it was:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7994512/

TIM ROBBINS: I think there should be more discussion about the Downing Street memo and less about “Newsweek.” I think that that story seemed to be buried. And there seems to be a lot of questions that the Downing Street memo raises.
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST OF "HARDBALL": Tell me about that.
ROBBINS: Well, it suggests that the administration knew full well T. hey were being duplicitous and were operating with weak intelligence.
MATTHEWS: Well, they—well, they did tell us at the time, Tim, that the best argument for getting the Europeans to join us in the war was using the WMD argument, but it wasn‘t their primary purpose. The primary purpose apparently was democratization in the Middle East, nation building.
ROBBINS: And I think they didn‘t mention that until much later, Chris. I think that the original—original reason was that he was an imminent threat.
And not that it has NOT been covered. The Christian Science Monitor offers an article that explores why the story has been a "dud" here in the USA: http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0517/dailyUpdate.html
Now the question is, if we sent thousands of America's Sons and Daughters to thier deaths and maiming on false pretenses, is that an impeachable offense by the President?
Enter US Representaive John Conyers of Michigan.
According to his bio, Conyers, Jr., a Detroit Democrat, was re-elected in November 2002 to his nineteenth term in the U. S. House of Representatives. Conyers has been spearheading an effort to get 100,000 signitures on a open letter to President Bush asking him to respond to particulars in that memo. So far, over 59,000 have visited the website, and many people have signed on to that letter. Including me.
This is that letter:
http://www.johnconyers.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=SUPERFORMS&SEC={BBD20340-D3E5-447E-9094-37D7458E305B}
And these are the questions asked by Conyers in that letter:
As a result of these concerns, we would ask that you respond to the following questions: 1)Do you or anyone in your administration dispute the accuracy of the leaked document?
2) Were arrangements being made, including the recruitment of allies, before you sought Congressional authorization to go to war? Did you or anyone in your Administration obtain Britain's commitment to invade prior to this time?
3) Was there an effort to create an ultimatum about weapons inspectors in order to help with the justification for the war as the minutes indicate?
4) At what point in time did you and Prime Minister Blair first agree it was necessary to invade Iraq?
5) Was there a coordinated effort with the U.S. intelligence community and/or British officials to "fix" the intelligence and facts around the policy as the leaked document states?
Conyers and 89 other Congresspeople submitted those same questions to Bush last month. They have yet to recive an answer.
In my opinion, attacking a country on knowlingly false charges is, if nothing else, and impeachable offense, bordering on treason. It is an immesnse misuse of Presidential powers, and the President must explain his actions or atone for his alleged crimes.
The press will not cover it because, they will say, this does not matter to the average American. They have a point. They would rather stare endlessly at freakshows like "American I-Dull" than gain information about why thier childern are dying in the desert. No conspiracy here, just the media responding to the dumbth of the general audience.
Well, THIS is why you should care, America. Look at the FACTS as opposed to Bush's ACTIONS:
http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/whycare.html
What can we do? According to the website set up by Conyers, http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/, plenty.
Congressman John Conyers is calling on American citizens to sign on to a letter to the President that demands a response to questions originally posed by Conyers and 88 other members of Congress in a similar letter dated May 5, 2005. Conyers has committed to personally delivering the letter to the White House when it garners 100,000 citizen signatures. http://www.johnconyers.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=SUPERFORMS&SEC={BBD20340-D3E5-447E-9094-37D7458E305B}
Contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to join the 89 members who already have called on the President to explain the memo. http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/letters/bushsecretmemoltr5505.pdf
Awaken the mainstream news media. More than a month after this document was published, the news media in the US has produced barely a trickle of reports on it (mostly coverage about the lack of coverage). Most of the news giants have ignored it entirely; some have belittled its significance while actually rebuffing citizens’ requests for serious news reporting. We are confident, however, that a campaign to inundate these journalists with earnest requests will succeed in focusing their attention (just as the Washington Post finally produced some reports after a recent deluge of letters).
Thus our campaign: Every weekday in June, in cooperation with other activists and bloggers, we will publicize contact information for three distinct media outlets. We ask that you:
• Write a brief letter requesting the journalists to report on the Downing Street Memo, stating succinctly why you believe the leaked document is significant for the US.
• Send that letter as an email to each of the day’s three contacts.
• Return the next day and contact the next three targets of our media campaign.
We demand answers, Mr. President. We will wait for them. But not patiently.
polybi
Other sources:
http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/takeaction.html
http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/
http://www.mikemalloy.net/
http://www.majorityreportradio.com/weblog/index.php