Hunter S. Thompson shoots self in head
"Fear and Loathing" author dead at 67http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2723492,00.html
The godfather of gonzo says 9/11 caused a "nationwide nervous breakdown" -- and let the Bush crowd loot the country and savage American democracy.http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2003/02/03/thompson/index_np.html
"Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads?" he writes, referring to the people currently occupying the White House. "They are the racists and hate mongers among us -- they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis."
Rest in peace, Hunter. Thank you for everything. We're going to deal with this Gannon/Guckert/Whoever person, and then move down the line and deal with the rest of the whores. You died on the eve of the birth of a new journalism, populist in nature, beholden to the truth and thanking the Google gods every step of the way. I wish you had stuck around to see it, but I'll tell you all about it when we meet at that clearing at the end of the path. Until then...http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/022105Z.shtml
Hunter once wrote in 'The Great Shark Hunt' about walking in on two Secret Service agents sharing a joint back and forth in a hotel room. Maybe that's how Gannon/Guckert/Whoever got within pistol range of the leader of the free world. No other explanation seems to satisfy.
It comes down to this. The Bush crew has been caught in bed with the proverbial 'live boy.' Someone in that White House either eased Gannon/Guckert/Whoever through the 'hard pass' application process, which requires a thorough background check, or else smoothed the way for him to get day pass after day pass after day pass. Some complain that Gannon/Guckert/Whoever is being victimized for his political views. This misses the point. Someone let a working, advertising whore into the White House, and then was stupid enough to let him walk around alive and free after he blew his own cover. That's the point.
My hero died tonight. He was a flawed man, a maniac, in so many ways the antithesis of what a journalist is supposed to be. Worst of all, he told the truth. There is now one less warrior on this planet filled with Guckert clones, drones who get fed shit and regurgitate it wholesale for the masses because that is what we are trained to eat.
When the history of this era is written, people will wonder why we didn't challenge its excesses, why we didn't know the things we should have.http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/editorial/10950740.htm
If you're still around, remember the uproar you do not hear right this moment, and tell them the truth: Ignorance was easier.
Bush administration blurs media boundaryhttp://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2352&ncid=2352&e=10&u=/csm/20050217/ts_csm/ajourno
First came video "news releases" produced by the Bush administration using a TV news format. Then came three conservative columnists who got big paychecks from federal agencies. Now, there's Jeff Gannon (not his real name), a journalist (maybe) who gained surprisingly easy access to the president, only to lob a sympathetically slanted question.
“At the moment the major press is under attack from ideologues on the right and left.”http://www.columbiaspectator.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/02/21/4219954bc022f
“A blog is still a view of the world through a pinhole,” he said, noting that it can sometimes fall as low as being a “one man circle jerk.”
Blogs or Blotto?http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer97.html
There is nothing "faddish" about the collapse of vertically-structured institutional systems, and the emergence of horizontal networks of interconnected individuals. Centralized systems are rapidly becoming decentralized – a matter about which I have written before – producing a fundamental change in how people will organize themselves in society. Because of the Internet, the information-genie has escaped its institutional confines – where it has been controlled, manipulated, and hidden from view, in furtherance of institutional interests to monopolize the content of the minds of subjugated men and women.
In our schools, children learn that the US fought the Vietnam war against a "communist threat" to "us".http://220.127.116.11/article8112.htm
Is it any wonder that so many don't understand the truth about Iraq?
Among the believershttp://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/02/19/cpac/index_np.html
At the Conservative Political Action Conference, where rabid Bush-worshippers learn that liberals hate America and that we really did find WMD in Iraq.
U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals are not counted.http://www.iraq-war.ru/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=40295
They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005.
Bush to Poor: Drop Deadhttp://www.commondreams.org/views05/0219-21.htm
What surprises me most about Bush's new Budget Proposal is that the front gates of the White House aren't being knocked down by legions of outraged clergy armed with spiked bats and pitchforks and acetylene torches screaming for the head of any of the leering corporate lackeys possessing even the remotest of roles in submitting this moral crime against humanity to Congress.
Mid-East peace is our goal - Bushhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4282051.stm
Thousands of protesters are expected to stage rallies during Mr Bush's first foreign tour since his second term in office began in January.
American troops prepare for assault on Sunni strongholdhttp://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=613165
There were no WMDs. Iraq and Al Qaeda were enemies. Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. Saddam is in jail. Iraq has had elections. Why is the killing still going on?
Blame America? When necessary, yeshttp://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~155~2717811,00.html
As the Bush administration gears up for an invasion of Iran, Americans need to ask whether we can fight another pre-emptive war. To understand how wrong this doctrine really is, you need merely to reverse roles. Imagine that, in the face of all this saber-rattling, Iran decided to attack us pre-emptively. Would Americans shrug and say that it was legitimate for Iran to hit us first?
How many hundreds of billions will this war cost? Will the president give us an estimate beforehand or will he try to hide the costs as he's doing with the war in Iraq? Will American servicemen again be deployed for extended periods in a deadly conflict with vague goals and no exit strategy? How many of them will die fighting the president's pre-emptive wars?
How many more domestic programs will President Bush have to cut in order to finance the war? How much more debt will our nation take on in order to pay for it?
Outfoxed by bin Ladenhttp://www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=4898
Any day now, the neocons may orchestrate a scenario that will suck the U.S. into a wider war that America has no possibility of winning. If the American people had the slightest sense of their danger, they would demand immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and accountability for the liars who orchestrated the ill-fated U.S. invasion.
Official: Attack on U.S. may be a 'matter of time'http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/02/16/intelligence.threats.ap/index.html
"It may be only a matter of time before al Qaeda or other groups attempt to use chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.
Chavez to suspend oil exports to US in case of assassination attempthttp://www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050220214200.4meabf8e.xml
"If they kill me, there will be a really guilty party on this planet whose name is the president of the United States, George Bush," Chavez said.
According to the Bush administration, it is Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s desire to purchase weapons from Russia that threatens to destabilize the Andean region, not the $3 billion in military aid that Washington has provided to Colombia over the past five years. Likewise, in the Middle East, it is Syria’s efforts to obtain purely defensive anti-aircraft missiles that pose a threat to that region, not the $1 billion a year in U.S. military aid to Israel. And on the nuclear front, while there is no evidence that Iran is intending to build nuclear weapons, it is the regime in Tehran that is threatening to further destabilize the region, not President Bush’s apparent pledge to support any future Israeli attack against Iran. Meanwhile, North Korea’s withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in order to develop nuclear weapons makes the Asian nation a “rogue state,” but Washington’s abandonment of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM) to build its missile defense system, which could lead to the weaponization of space, apparently does not justify the same anti-multilateralist label being applied to the United States.http://www.colombiajournal.org/colombia203.htm
The hypocrisy of the Bush administration is clearly evident in its targeting of alleged rogue states—Venezuela, Syria, Iran and North Korea—while supporting non-democratic and repressive regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, among others. The Bush administration’s militaristic rhetoric and actions have not only resulted in increasing numbers of people around the globe viewing U.S. foreign policy as a significant destabilizing factor in international relations, it has also made clear exactly who is the world’s principle warmonger.
WHO IS SENDING YOUR CHILDREN OFF TO DIE IN WAR?http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/offtowar.html
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has laid out the road map, with Iran, Libya and Syria next on the list: "These are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass destruction," he told visiting U.S. congressmen, "and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve."
Mass Firings - Sharon Fights To Prevent Military Couphttp://www.rense.com/general63/firdst.htm
PM Sharon is now scrambling to prevent another attempt at a coup d'etat. The top echelons of the IDF, Shabak and intelligence community have all reached the same conclusions: the planned Gaza withdrawal will be a security disaster. Once the withdrawal is over, Israel will no longer be able to secure its southern coastal flank. This will be the first step in the dismantling of the country.
Baiting a Trap for Bush?http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=4894
No Arab nation has attacked the United States since the Barbary pirates, and none wants war with America. Only Osama, Sharon, and the neoconservatives look longingly to a "World War IV" and a "clash of civilizations" between America and Islam.
"Islamic extremists are exploiting the Iraqi conflict to recruit new anti-U.S. jihadists." He added, "These jihadists who survive will leave Iraq experienced and focus on acts of urban terrorism."
The war, said Mr. Goss, "has become a cause for extremists." In his view, "It may only be a matter of time before Al Qaeda or another group attempts to use chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons."http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/21/opinion/21herbert.html?hp&oref=login
What is also dismaying is the way in which the administration has taken every opportunity since Sept. 11, 2001, to utilize the lofty language of freedom, democracy and the rule of law while secretly pursuing policies that are both unjust and profoundly inhumane. It is the policy of the U.S. to deny due process of law to detainees at the scandalous interrogation camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where prisoners, many of whom have turned out to be innocent, are routinely treated in a cruel and degrading manner.
How Catholic conservatives got it wronghttp://commonwealmagazine.org/article.php?id_article=1032
Abu Ghraib presents a dilemma for Christian defenders of Bush’s “war” on terror. The argument that Abu Ghraib was just the work of “a few bad apples” might have convinced some, but it should give pause to theologians who spend so much time telling Americans how corrupted we have become because society has turned away from religious truth. I am sure George W. Bush meant what he said when he reacted to the photographs of tortured prisoners with “their treatment does not reflect the nature of the American people.” But you don’t have to spend much time reading First Things or other “orthodox” critics of secularism to wonder about that. Christian conservatives regularly tell us how “barbarian” and “nihilist” we as a culture have become. Over and over again we are told about how debased American sexual practices are. War has always created its own horrors, but when you add soldiers produced in a culture as debased as First Things thinks this one is, Abu Ghraib should be no surprise at all. Surely, when seen through the lens of the conservative Christian indictment of American culture, the events at Abu Ghraib must raise the question of whether America can produce soldiers capable of jus in bello.
An Iraqi whose corpse was photographed with grinning U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib died under CIA interrogation while in a position condemned by human rights groups as torture — suspended by his wrists, with his hands cuffed behind his back.http://www.thismodernworld.com/weblog/mtarchives/week_2005_02_13.html#002057
The prisoner died in a position known as "Palestinian hanging," the documents reviewed by The AP show. It is unclear whether that position was approved by the Bush administration for use in CIA interrogations.
Iraqi women no better off post-Saddam - Amnestyhttp://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ns/news/story.jsp?id=2005022113450002453854&dt=20050221134500&w=RTR&coview
"Women have been subjected to sexual threats by members of the U.S.-led forces and some women detained by U.S. forces have been sexually abused, possibly raped," it added.
Iraq: Bush Must Negotiatehttp://antiwar.com/justin/
Secret talks with insurgents signal hope for peace
Talking with the Enemyhttp://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1029805,00.html
Inside the secret dialogue between the U.S. and insurgents in Iraq—and what the rebels say they want
Reuters: U.S. in Secret Talks with Iraqi Insurgentshttp://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20050220/ts_nm/iraq_sunni_talks_dc
The Bush administration has said it would not negotiate with Iraqi fighters and there is no authorized dialogue but the U.S. is having "back-channel" communications with certain insurgents
Insurgents Wage Precise Attacks on Baghdad Fuelhttp://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/21/international/middleeast/21sabotage.html?hp&ex=1109048400&amp;amp;en=42d988dc64929643&ei=5094&partner=homepage
Entire US column reported wiped out in ambush near Iranian borderhttp://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=iraq_war&Number=293392521
US helicopters arrived on the scene 20 minutes after the battle and began revenge attacks on the local people. The US aircraft rocketed four houses, killing 19 Iraqi civilians, including 11 women and children, according to the account of al-Mundhiriyah General Hospital.
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – A Marine assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action February 19, while conducting security and stability operations in the Al Anbar Province.http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050229.txt
I MEF force protection measures preclude the release of any information that could aid enemy personnel in assessing the effectiveness, or lack thereof, with regard to their tactics, techniques and procedures. The release of more details about the incident could place our personnel at greater risk.
Bush Demands Action From Iran and Syriahttp://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=050221&cat=frontpage&st=frontpageap20050221_923&src=abc
"All nations now have an interest in the success of a free and democratic Iraq, which will fight terror, which will be a beacon of freedom and which will be a source of true stability in the region."
Bush Urges Allies to 'Move Beyond Iraq'http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&e=1&u=/ap/20050221/ap_on_re_eu/bush
Bush Issues Forceful Words to Iran, Syria
OCCUPIED BAGHDAD, Iraq There have been more explosions in Baghdad.http://www.kbcitv.com/x5154.xml?ParentPageID=x5155&ContentID=x51828&Layout=KBCI.xsl&AdGroupID=x5154&URL=http://localhost/apwirefeed/d88cscn00.xml&NewsSection=InternationalHeadlines
Associated Press Television News footage shows an injured American soldier being treated by other troops near an overturned Humvee from one of at least a-half dozen blasts.
Military offering more, and bigger, bonuseshttp://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-02-20-military-bonuses_x.htm
'More of a mercenary role'
Army Having Difficulty Meeting Goals In Recruitinghttp://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A40469-2005Feb20?language=printer
Army officials see worrisome signs that young American men and women -- and their parents -- are growing wary of military service, largely because of the Iraq conflict.
Bush due in Brussels to kiss and make up with Europehttp://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1504&amp;amp;amp;ncid=1504&e=5&u=/afp/20050220/ts_afp/usbusheunato_050220022333
Bush said that talk of a US military strike on Iran's nuclear programs was "just not the truth."
Israel presses U.S. to stop Iran’s nuclear programhttp://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=7102
The U.S. “would have no problem” attacking Iran!
The US primes Israel to attack Iran and Syriahttp://www.redress.btinternet.co.uk/uavnery114.htm
The plan is simple. Israel bombs Iran, knowing that Iran has to march through the US troops already in Iraq in order to strike back.
SCOTT RITTER SAYS U.S. PLANS JUNE ATTACK ON IRANhttp://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=iraq_war&Number=293393206
George W. Bush has received and signed off on orders for an aerial attack on Iran planned for June 2005.
Syria says it will withdraw troops from the Lebanonhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1493978,00.html
Syria says it is willing to withdraw its troops from neighbouring Lebanon, after fifteen years of effective military occupation.
Bush demands end to Syrian 'occupation' of Lebanonhttp://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12765
"In Iran, the free world shares a common goal for the sake of peace," Bush said. "The Iranian regime must end support for terrorism and must not develop nuclear weapons," he added.
Iran denies rumors it has arrested bin Ladenhttp://www.drudgereport.com/flash3.htm
The Saudi-born militant is blamed for the September 11, 2001 terror strikes on the United States and a string of other attacks around the world.
"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified."http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/spyring
It's been 1, 253 days since G.W.B. said he'd catch U.B.L. 'Dead or Alive!http://www.buzzflash.com/perspectives/Osama_Clock.html
Usama bin Laden:A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US governmenthttp://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osama_dead.htmlAbu Musab al-Zarqawi:The Dead Voice of "al Qaeda" in Iraq
Homosexual press hot to 'out' Bush figureshttp://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42954
"The Bush administration is the gayest in memory, although they are all quivering in the closet, or is that gyrating on the Internet?" Gannon is now considering suing the bloggers, "liberal interest groups" and others for the "political assassination" that drove him from his reporting job, he tells Newsweek in its current edition.
"So you're not gay if you're on top."http://www.buzzflash.com/editorial/05/02/edi05031.html
The worst reality for America is not that some of the top bulldog Republicans are screwing other gay Bush Republicans; it's that they are screwing democracy.
Who Allowed Gay Prostitutes To Freely Roam The West Wing Of The White House?http://americablog.blogspot.com
Say what you will about Monika Lewinsky - a tasteless episode, "inappropriate," whatever. Monika wasn't a gay prostitute running around the West Wing. What kind of leadership would let prostitutes roam the halls of the West Wing? What kind of war-time leadership can't find the same information that took bloggers only days to find?
Tapes Show Bush Likes Gays And Smoked Pothttp://www.rense.com/general63/AGAY.HTM
President Apparently Admits Drug Use, Says He Wouldn't Bash Gayshttp://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/news/4216141/detail.html
"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried. ... Do you want your little kid to say, 'Hey Daddy, President Bush tried marijuana and I think I will.' " George W. Bush
"The cocaine thing, let me tell you my strategy on that," Bush said on the tape. "Rather than saying no … I think it's time for someone to draw the line and look people in the eye and say, you know, 'I'm not going to participate in ugly rumors about me and blame my opponent,' and hold the line. Stand up for a system that will not allow this kind of crap to go on."http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Politics/story?id=518678&page=1
Bush has acknowledged having a problem with alcohol in the past but has not publicly admitted any illegal drug use.
Bush burning over tapeshttp://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/283029p-242478c.html
He's feeling betrayed by stealthy pal
Warning! more Rovian tricks! Red Herring!http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/02/311181.shtml
Its all to get focus off of the Gannon Gay Prostitution White House connection.
Why isn't Bob Novak going to jail?http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05049/459428.stm
And then, with the announcement that "Jeff Gannon," a proud sycophant of the White House press corps, is actually James Guckert, a Republican dirty trickster and homosexual prostitute, one has to wonder whether this administration's contempt for journalists knows any bounds.
As bad as things are now, there's still room for it to get a little worse.
Where Was The Press When This Was Going On?http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0220-21.htm
"The blogging world did what the lackey mainstream press will no longer do, expose a story that is at the epicenter of the deceit and propaganda media campaign central to how the Bush Cartel continues to control America?"
An unscripted, off the cuff, unflattering remark about the President’s agenda or policies can cost a journalist his job.http://www.interventionmag.com/cms/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1021
...in Bush’s New World Order, by February 7, 2005, seasoned journalist Jordan had already been driven from his newsroom -- permanently. So then the issue is not simply whether or not journalists are targeted in Iraq by American troops, which is still unresolved. Rather, today’s issue is that American journalists who open their mouths and don't follow some kind of ideological line are targeted at home. For a free and democratic society, that should be frightening.
Credible Evidence Emerges That Jeff Gannon Coordinated With the G.O.P. to Bring Down Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) in 2004 Electionhttp://nashuaadvocate.blogspot.com/2005/02/credible-evidence-emerges-that-jeff.html
Despite the best efforts of the Corporate Media the Gannon Scandal kept rolling last week. Since last week's Idiots, a number of new stories have come to light. First, it was revealed that Gannon was in fact selling himself for sex online
while he was a member of the White House press corps. Then it came out that Gannon was actually in the White House as early as February 28, 2003 - a month before Talon News even existed
, which completely disproves White House press secretary Scott McClellan's recent statement
that "[Gannon], like anyone else, showed that he was representing a news organization that published regularly, and so he was cleared two years ago to receive daily passes, just like many others are." (Maureen Dowd meanwhile revealed that White House press passes simply aren't that easy to come by
There are two reasons why the Corporate Media is shying away from the Jeff Gannon scandal. The first is obvious: they're plain scared of getting scooped by a bunch of bloggers who have nothing but facts at their fingertips and a willingness to actually ask questions that people want the answers to. The second reason is more insidious: the Jeff Gannon story doesn't support "conventional wisdom," and if it doesn't support conventional wisdom then the Corporate Media doesn't want to know.