Friday, September 12

How to Change Opinion 

We change opinion and opinion polls by changing the subject.

Look at our choices. We could get bogged down in actual discussions about whether something was right or wrong, whether we're doing the right thing for the country... blah, blah, blah... that's hard, time-consuming, and has no guarantee that opinions of us will improve. Or we could create a spectacle.

Yes, it is something we are good at, and you always fall for it. Sometimes it takes a speech in front of some flags. Other times we have to go to great lengths. We knew Pearl Harbor was coming, but let it happen to get all those fence-sitters to feel a reason to jump into WWII.

Sometimes, we even create another scandal or reason to be enraged... something that will take the angry folk and send them off in other directions. You are so easy to distract. If you're mad that I'm giving tax breaks to my rich friends, I can announce that I'm going to roll back pollution standards... and off you go. You can't fight all the evil all the time, right? And you won't stay focused if we give you a good reason.

It's the basic rule of table magic.... look over here while I do my trick over there.

You love to be fooled, face it. And we benefit greatly. Money, power... anything we want is ours. You will someday be our slaves, and you won't even realize it.

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Bush's Approval Ratings Drop After Sunday's Speech 


On CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight Show" last night, that would be September 11, Bill Schneider reported that after Bush's speech, his approval ratings went down 8 points.

The tide may really have changed:

DOBBS: President Bush Sunday night asked Congress for $87 billion to fight the war against radical Islamist terrorists, and rebuild Iraq.

As Bill Schneider now reports, that request has cost the president.


WILLIAM SCHNEIDER, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST (voice-over): It didn't work. That is the unambiguous conclusion of a poll taken in the days following President Bush's speech Sunday night.

Before the speech, the president's job approval rating was 59 percent in the CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup poll. After his rating dropped suddenly to 52 percent. That's his lowest rating since -- note the date -- September 10, 2001.

Why the drop? One word: Iraq.

SEN. RICHARD SHELBY (R), ALABAMA: We knew that it was going to be a lot of money and it was going to take a lot of time. But this was the first strong message that the president put out like that.

SCHNEIDER: Approval of the president's handling of Iraq dropped from 57 to 51 percent.

BUSH: Two years ago I told the Congress and the country that the war on terror would be a lengthy war, a different kind of war, fought on many fronts and many places. Iraq is now the central front.

SCHNEIDER: People don't get that connection. Approval of the president's handling of terrorism remains high. Much higher than his rating on Iraq. And that rating hardly changed.

SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (D-CT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: What President Bush gave the American people on Sunday night was a price tag, not a plan.

SCHNEIDER: The public agrees. Strikingly, after the president laid out his policy, the number of Americans who felt the Bush administration does not have a clear plan in Iraq went up, from 54 percent before the speech to 59 percent afterwards.

And what about that price tag?

BUSH: I will soon submit to Congress a request for $87 billion.

SCHNEIDER: Yikes, said the Democrats.

REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT (D-MO), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It's costing a billion dollars a week. He needs to get the help from the international coalition that he should have gotten months ago.

SCHNEIDER: Yikes, say the voters, who balk at the prospect of spending $87 billion in Iraq when the U.S. economy is shaky.

Our polls suggest President Bush is in political trouble.

Before his speech Sunday night, he had a 12-point edge over an unnamed Democrat for re-election. After the speech, that lead shrank to 4 points. Too close to call.

(on camera): There is a little good news for President Bush. Nearly 60 percent of the public still says Iraq was worth going to war over. The public hasn't turned against the policy, they've turned against the game plan and the price tag.


If I were the person writing that segment, I would have changed the words at the end of Bill Schneider's sentence from "the game plan and the price tag" to "Bush".

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Thursday, September 11

How We Elect Our People 

Oh, America. You are so cute. And so naive.

Haven't you seen what we have done over the last decade? We know we can't win elections fairly. We use all sort of dirty tricks. But you don't even read the newspaper or even seem to care. Today's lesson is about owning the only thing that matters - the votes.

You know about Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska). He ran for Senate in 1996, and people were amazed that he won - the first Republican in 24 years. "Stunning upset" they said. Ha!

His company, Election Systems & Software, installed, programmed, and ran the majority of voting machines. Duh! He even did it again in 2002, and won by a "landslide"

Get it? We own and program the machines. It's EASY. We did it in Georgia and rid ourselves of Max Cleland. Getting Chambliss and Hagel in got us majority in the Senate. See how friggin' easy this is, folks?

Amazed that exit polls suddenly don't work? No surprise to us, we planned it that way. Why would we want an independent, accurate view of how people voted? We're not stupid, like you...

This time around, we're going to help George Bush get a landslide. My pal in Ohio who runs Diebold is working on it right now. You people are dense, though, so we had him make a statement to the press : "I plan to deliver the votes to get Bush elected." You folks don't even care. (Note to self: stop allowing receipts at ATM's). You deserve what you get, we say.

All the primaries, all the debates, all the fundraisers (even ours - we're just robbing the rich folk we know who THINK we're their friends) do not matter in the least. Let Howard Dean have 90% popularity. What do we care? We push some buttons, ta da: "stunning upset". Then we just call anyone who complains a bunch of names.

We have many more tricks to share with you. I'm not afraid of telling you, either, since you just sit there and watch TV. You'll never get mad. You'll never take action against us.

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Remembering 9/11: Those Suspicious 'Put' Options On Airline Stock Still Suspicious 

Remember those suspicious 'put' options on airline stock, the ones that came in just prior to 9/11? Remember how 'put' options are basically a bet that a stock will fall in price? Remember how no one came forward to claim their winnings after 9/11? Remember how Buzzy Krongard and the CIA seemed to be implicated? Well, here's a surprise -- the explanation for those put options still hasn't been made. I'm not even sure if anyone is investigating it really. But as long as we're remembering 9/11, we may as well remember this one too, just one of the many unanswered questions surrounding this singular event. According to Global Research in their article of 10/20/01:
Although uniformly ignored by the mainstream U.S. media, there is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific (criminal) foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. That evidence also demonstrates that, in the case of at least one of these trades -- which has left a $2.5 million prize unclaimed -- the firm used to place the "put options" on United Airlines stock was, until 1998, managed by the man who is now in the number three Executive Director position at the Central Intelligence Agency. Until 1997 A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard had been Chairman of the investment bank A.B. Brown. A.B. Brown was acquired by Banker's Trust in 1997. Krongard then became, as part of the merger, Vice Chairman of Banker's Trust-AB Brown, one of 20 major U.S. banks named by Senator Carl Levin this year as being connected to money laundering. Krongard's last position at Banker's Trust (BT) was to oversee "private client relations." In this capacity he had direct hands-on relations with some of the wealthiest people in the world in a kind of specialized banking operation that has been identified by the U.S. Senate and other investigators as being closely connected to the laundering of drug money.

For the rest of the background, read the full article: Suppressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading lead directly into the CIA`s Highest Ranks: CIA Executive Director "Buzzy" Krongard managed Firm that handled "put" Options on UAL.

Will we ever get answers? Not if we don't start asking the questions...

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Wednesday, September 10

We Are Shocked, Shocked To Hear That Computerized Voting Can Be Tampered With 

For those who care about such things, here's a great story about vote tampering in US elections and the role played by Diebold and ES&S, the two leading voting machine vendors in the Unitied States. According to the article:

"Bob Urosevich, CEO of Diebold Election Systems is also the founder of ES&S, a competing voting machine company. Together these two companies are responsible for tallying around 80% of votes cast in the United States. Also significant, from what we can determine about the architecture of the software, is that its basic structure was specifically a creation of Mr Urosevich's company I-Mark."

In short, the same guy, Bob Urosevich, seems to control most of the voting and tallying of votes in the United States. Make you queasy? Bob's company is also reputed to have strong ties to the hard right wing of the GOP.

I smell a rat... But who knows? Maybe this is a big fuss over nothing. I'll leave it to Czar NeoCon to explain what all this means. Black box voting machines, anyone?

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Running On Terror 

What is a Bush Running For President in '04?

It's a fanatic, that can't change his mind and won't change the subject
Winston Churchill

"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it's gonna happen? It's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
Barbara Bush (On March 18, 2003 two days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq)

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
Groucho Marx

Every soldier is an enemy.
Erno Pasilinna

When the rich make war it's the poor that die
Jean-Paul Sartre

All warfare is based on deception.
Sun Tzu The Art of War

Always remember your weapons system was made by the lowest bidder.

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent
Isaac Asimov

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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9/11 Family Member Reviews Showtime's 9/11 Atrocity 

I don't get Showtime so I didn't see this piece of work, but Kristen Breitweiser, widowed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers, did:

DC911 Review.

She raises some interesting questions including: How did clueless Condi come to know so much about al-Qaida just hours after the attacks, when she claimed to know nothing a year later? How could the president and his cabinet remain so calm in the face of such tragedy? Why did Bush require so much coaching from Karen Hughes to look appropriately compassionate when he appeared before the nation that night? And who knew Dubya could benchpress so much weight?

These and many more, begging the question, was the film maker really pro-Bush as he is reputed to be?

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How We Plan To Keep W. In Office... 

I should really introduce myself. I am Czar NeoCon and I am the one pulling the strings from behind the curtain. All that stuff about conspiracy theories... it is true. We do meet in a secret room and make plans to take over the world. You get off track by calling it conspiracy THEORY. Theories were decades aga. Now it is simply conspiracy fact. It works, and we use it.

I'm feeling guilty, though, so I'm going to start sharing the inside dirt from our meetings.

Just so you know, we're going to re-annoint Bush by any means necessary (thanks, Malcolm!). It will be nasty and we will stop at nothing. I'm going to help you see how we plan to do it, though, since it so much fun to be evil.

Most people don't want to be evil, so they can't imagine others being evil. Trust me. We are evil. We want it all. For ourselves. We want you to be puny serfs, slaving away for our lives of luxury.

Today's lesson? Overseas ballots. We had so much success in the last election manipulating overseas ballots from men and women defending the country that we fully plan to do this again. In order to maximize our take, we are trying to ensure that as many armed forces are out of the country as possible.

The more that need to use Armed Forces mail, the better. Those votes are all ours.

Stay tuned. I have lots to share.

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Tuesday, September 9

RIAA Settles First Case 

Our lovely friends at RIAA have done us the noble duty cracking down on Internet music sharing. What a success it is, too. They've settled their first case.

A 12 year old girl in Australia will pay $2000 to them.

What a great organization, the RIAA. Hopefully they will catch those babies drooling on CD cases soon and put them behind bars, too.

Thanks Atrios...

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About that $87 Billion... 

The LA Times is reporting that the $87 billion requested on Sunday is actually now $55 billion short of what is REALLY needed.

(requires free registration on their site to view story)

I want an increase in my allowance, too.

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Monday, September 8

The Week That Was: Highlights of Early September '03 

In an attempt to wrap up last week for myself, I have composed the following list of things that have happened since the new moon a week ago Tuesday, in somewhat random order:

The Democratic debate on Thursday night: 7 of 9 candidates all blasting Bush (and attempting to speak Spanish). Sadly, Al Sharpton couldn't make it.

Same day: Bush withdraws Estrada nomination (coincidentally coinciding with the debates which were co-presented by Univision and designed to appeal to Hispanic voters -- this noted by Gwen Ifill of Lehrer News Hour and Washington Week.)

NFL holds spectacular(ly bad) gung-ho America NFL/rock concert on Mall, featuring exotic-dancing lip-synching Bush-loving Britney Spears. Bush introduces show via satellite without a trace of shame. America is spellbound. Coincidentally, this show is on at the exact same time as the Democratic debates.

Dean, Dean, Dean. Did I mention Dean? (Gee, I wonder if the Republicans are worried about him at all.)

Andrew Sullivan, loudly conservative pundit, wonders aloud if Dean might be the better choice for fiscally conservative republicans than Dubya.

Bush goes to UN for help -- monetary and military -- in Iraq. Yes indeed, the same people his minions shredded months ago when they wouldn't help him out with his dirty little war, are now being asked to help him now so he can get re-selected with at least a modicum of plausibility.

France, Germany, Russia, Australia, and Canada decline to send troops to Iraq. Several declinations are described in headlines as 'snubs.' India and Turkey may go but want conditions. (Fiji islanders recruited by private London firm as private security guards.)

Gerhard Schroder, Chancellor of Germany, says that calls from within his own country to commit troops to any UN force headed for Iraq make him 'want to puke.' (OK, so he's squabbling with the Greens. Still, he said it.)

Rumsfeld goes to Iraq even as some in the US-led local ruling council call for America to go home.

US troops in Iraq still want to go home (GO HOME).

Jessica Lynch announces million dollar book deal amid accusations of war profiteering.

Blair in deep trouble over Kelly, as the final emails from Kelly hit the news in the UK.

First of two 9/11 tv movies aired Sunday night -- this one described as being one continuous howler (since it was on Showtime, I didn't see it which is probably just as well considering how much I enjoyed listening to the real Bush's speech the same night). As most probably already know, the film starred Timothy Bottoms of the short-lived Comedy Central show 'That's My Bush', as rootin-tootin Dubya.

Republicans reported to be outsourcing their call centers to India. According to sources, impressive technology will make it so American recipients of their calls will never know that the Republicans are using cheap Indian labor to ask them for money to fund Dubya's campaign. Never mind the U.S. unemployment numbers.

U.S. unemployment numbers still bad.

Bush requests $87 billion dollars for Iraq next year, much of it earmarked for Halliburton. Congress gasps, but members admit it will probably give him whatever he wants...just like always...

Something about China saying no to Snow, when asked if they would please stop tying their currency to our dollar.

Deficits? What deficits?

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