Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Letter to Pres Bush Concerning the “Downing Street Memo”

Join the call from Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) to sign his petition to the President regarding the Downing Street Memo.  Conyers is looking for 100,000 signatures.

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

Dear Mr. President:

We the undersigned write because of our concern regarding recent disclosures of a Downing Street Memo in the London Times, comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. These minutes indicate that the United States and Great Britain agreed, by the summer of 2002, to attack Iraq, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action, and that U.S. officials were deliberately manipulating intelligence to justify the war.

Among other things, the British government document quotes a high-ranking British official as stating that by July, 2002, Bush had made up his mind to take military action. Yet, a month later, you stated you were still willing to “look at all options” and that there was “no timetable” for war. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, flatly stated that “[t]he president has made no such determination that we should go to war with Iraq.”

In addition, the origins of the false contention that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction remain a serious and lingering question about the lead up to the war. There is an ongoing debate about whether this was the result of a “massive intelligence failure,” in other words a mistake, or the result of intentional and deliberate manipulation of intelligence to justify the case for war. The memo appears to resolve that debate as well, quoting the head of British intelligence as indicating that in the United States “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

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?

These are the same questions 89 Members of Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., submitted to you on May 5, 2005. As citizens and taxpayers, we believe it is imperative that our people be able to trust our government and our commander in chief when you make representations and statements regarding our nation engaging in war. As a result, we would ask that you publicly respond to these questions as promptly as possible.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


Posted by Nuttshell on 05/31 at 06:02 PM in Politics
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The ‘I’ word

By Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese | May 31, 2005

in the Boston Globe

THE IMPEACHMENT of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.

Minutes from a summer 2002 meeting involving British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveal that the Bush administration was ‘’fixing” the intelligence to justify invading Iraq. US intelligence used to justify the war demonstrates repeatedly the truth of the meeting minutes—evidence was thin and needed fixing.

President Clinton was impeached for perjury about his sexual relationships. Comparing Clinton’s misbehavior to a destructive and costly war occupation launched in March 2003 under false pretenses in violation of domestic and international law certainly merits introduction of an impeachment resolution.

Posted by Nuttshell on 05/31 at 02:02 PM in Blogging
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Girl 9, Charged with stabing 11 year old pal.

NEW YORK - A 9-year-old girl fatally stabbed an 11-year-old girl in the chest with a kitchen knife during a fight over a ball, authorities said.  The 9-year-old, whose name wasnít released, was charged with manslaughter.  Police spokesman Paul Browne told The New York Times that he was ìunaware of anyone younger implicated in such an act in New York City.î

The victim, Queen Washington, 11, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

ìI donít understand how this could happen,î Joyce Porter, Queenís grandmother, told the Times. She said Queenís mother had called her earlier that afternoon. ìShe told me, íQueen is dead,îí Porter said, adding, ìIt was over a ball.î

The girls had been playing together at the 9-year-oldís apartment on Monday, but the girlís mother had stepped out to borrow something from a neighbor, police said.

A spokesman for the Brooklyn district attorneyís office said the case would go to family court because the girl is younger than 14.

In 1999, 12-year-old Lionel Tate became the youngest person in modern U.S. history to be sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick in Florida.

now if you ask me this seems to be hapening a whole lot more.  sue we can blame it on parental absentism, or violent video games, and violent movies ~ but havn’t those been the prelude to the unleasing of the beast upon the earth?  Yeah I know that might sound a litle wacko to some of you but look at this a 9 year old girl stabbed her buddy to death while they where playing ball.... now think about this what on earth POSESSED this childs mind to do this, yes i use the word POSESSED.  We are entering some very dark times I think and there is more evidence than just follies as these.  Look at the attack on Iraq.  The false pease in Isreal.  The time is here but we don’t know the moment.

Posted by bbeard on 05/31 at 09:23 AM in Blogging
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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Movie Review! “Hotel Rawanda”

This will be a hard review to write.  I waited a while to see this film/DVD and it surpased my expectations right away I will tell you that my rating for this film is a 6 out of 6 stars and I believe everyone should set aside some time to view the film not only will it possibly change your views on humanty but it just might have a gigantic opportuntiy at wedging some love in your black hearts for you family as well ~ this film may hold they very key to success in the modern world around us; that key - compassion the film spells it out cleanly and in a dignified way. 

The main character Paul ,the hotel manager, is so obsessed with stockpilling favors from his military friends that frequent his five star hotel and love his scotch.  Quickly Paul’s attitude changes from neccesity when he returns home from work and finds his wife and 15-20 neighbors hiding in his upper middle class paddock/home.  They are hidding in the safe-room from the soliers that are storming the streets and looting and pillaging the neigborhood.  Soon a miliraty vehicle shows up and demands his presence at the hotel because there is a disturbance P aul realizes he can not leave any of these people behind or they will be murdered.  He pleads for thier passage and packs them all into his passenger van enroute to the Hotel Rawanda.  On the wa the make a stop at a local bank where Paul is forced to get some keys that are of special interest to the sargent.  in the time that it takes to fetch the keys from the vault the sargent has changed his mind about the extra travelers: he demands 5,000 francs for each ones life.  Of course Paul does not have that kind of money on him there are too many people but quick thinking saves his travelers and family.  He begs the sargent for the lives of his family for a fair sum and offers the rest of the money for the rst of the people and asks that he allow them to pay what they can - of course money watches chains etc come forward imediatley.  Paul also promises 10,000 Francs for the lot and the sargent agrees.  they travel off to the Hotel Rawanda once inside Paul opens a safe gets the money exchanges for the people and brings them inside.  By this time its a full war zone outside the Hotel and inside its more of a triage and refugee camp.  He manages to find accomodations for all of his family and friends.

It was this one scene in the movie that really got a hold on me the deep compassion that Paul showed his fellow man so deep that he was willing to risk everything his job, everything, to save thier lives, and i asked my self would i do that?  I would like to say that I would - untill faced with the challenge I’ll never know exactly what I’m made of, but I sure would like to think that GOD blessed me some courage like that, now that man saved some lives not just some lives some lineage, some stories, he saved some roots, some deep roots.

I still insist that this is a MUST watch film.  For me it was much less about the battle between the Tutsis and the Hutus; Although that was extreemly educational for me.  For me it was the tender relearning of what compassion really is and why it is SO important!

Again 6 out of 6 stars.  And a strong reccomendation to watch if not to purchase

Posted by bbeard on 05/28 at 12:13 AM in Movies
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Friday, May 27, 2005

I’m on vacation for a few days.

So, if I miss anything special, I’ll try and catch up on my return.  I won’t have easy access to a computer during this time.

Posted by SPN on 05/27 at 06:55 PM in Personal
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Confessions of a Blue State Christian

The only thing Americans are more weary about than discussions about
by Donna Britt in Sojourner’s Magazine

As a pre-teenager, I was furious with my mother because she wouldnít let me see James Bond movies.

Her concern wasnít so much that people were shooting, stabbing, and otherwise dispatching each other in the spy series. By the late í60s, most kids saw that stuff on TV. Momís principal problem was that Agent 007 was shown as having “relations” with numerous women - not one of whom answered to “Mrs. Bond.” In an era in which TV husbands and wives didnít share beds - or, it appeared, have sex - this clearly contributed to my wheedling to see the films.

Unmoved, Mom didnít agree to let me see a Bond movie until I was in my teens.

Posted by Nuttshell on 05/27 at 01:14 PM in Religion / Sprituality
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God-talk in the GOP

by David Domke and Kevin Coe
in Sojourner’s Magazine

George W. Bush is delivering two commencement addresses this spring. One will be Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland - an unsurprising venue. The other took place last week at Calvin College, a small evangelical Christian school in western Michigan. The latter is the latest attempt by the administration and the Republican Party to use God for political gain.

Posted by Nuttshell on 05/27 at 10:19 AM in Blogging
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Bush’s Calvin College surprise

by Jim Wallis of Sojourner’s Magazine

As I’ve traveled the country this spring - 82 events, 48 cities, and hundreds of media interviews since January - I’ve witnessed a new movement of moderate and progressive religious voices challenging the monologue of the Religious Right.

An extremely narrow and aggressively partisan expression of right-wing Republican religion has controlled the debate on faith and politics in the public square for years. But that is no longer true. 

Posted by Nuttshell on 05/27 at 09:57 AM in Politics
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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Art work for sale on Ebay.

Please take a look and pass the word around.


Posted by SPN on 05/26 at 09:10 AM in Personal
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Roundtable discussion question #1

If economic globalisation is inevitable, should it primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations?

Posted by SPN on 05/26 at 07:22 AM in Blogging
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