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Thursday, August 12

Governor McGreevey, You Are Courageous, Just Wish You Had Been More Courageous 

Coming out is hard to do. That's what Gov. McGreevey is facing today as he announces that he will resign his post as Governor of New Jersey Nov. 15 because of an extramarital affair with a man.

Gov. McGreevey is 47 and the fact that he announces his sexuality at this point in his life is, as he called it, a bit late. It was courageous for him to take the stand and say, "I am a Gay American".

I just only wish he had added, "And I plan to stay on as Governor of this great state of New Jersey. I am Gay and I am proud of it. And I will run for reelection." Having an extramarital affair in this country means your career in politics is ruined. I feel badly for Gov. McGreevey as well as for his wife.

To use this news as an opportunity politically to attack Democrats will no doubt be taken up by Fox News, the Christian Right Coalition and the Republicans. Unfortunately they miss the point of America. They will accuse Gov. McGreevey of all sorts of vile things which will all be untrue and will get enormous airplay. The truth is that facing the American Public with truthful assertions is the best thing you can do for your country. Why hide the way you feel, the way you think, or who you are? Come out and speak the truth forever and forward onward because the truth always, not sometimes, will set you free.

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According to Chance 

Despite the retreat tactic used yesterday by U.S. forces in Najaf, the assault on the holy city has begun.

CNN: "CNN's Matthew Chance, embedded with U.S. Marines, said the military assault includes tanks, heavy weapons and armored vehicles. Helicopter gunships patrolled overhead."

Yet the portion of the Holy City of Najaf, around the shrine of the Imam Ali located in the Old Town, is a maze of narrow alleys and twisting streets.

The type of heavy machinery the U.S. has decided to use is cumbersome to say the least in any situation. The M1 Abrams tank weighs over 62 tons and guzzles three gallons of gas for one mile; therefore tractor trailers must carry the tanks to staging areas before maneuvers. The M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, an armored personnel carrier, works with the Abrams tank and has two 25mm cannons which can destroy armored vehicles. Helicopter gunships are no doubt the Apache gunboats shooting the Hellfire missiles, which were designed to destroy tanks.

Now the Iraqi militia has grenades and rifles. Last I heard they didn't have tanks or armored vehicles.

I don't see what the U.S. forces are intending to do unless they plan on bulldozing the cemetery where suspected militia were hiding out.

Once again, the U.S. forces are throwing heavy weaponry at a small mobile force, which makes them look like Darth Vader's Imperial Empire Navy Forces aboard the Death Star waiting for the right moment to obliterate the rebel forces.

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Wednesday, August 11

U.S. Forces Retreat Citing They Will Fight Another Day 

12:32 P.M.

U.S. Army Officers declined to give any specific reason for calling off the major offensive they had been promising for the past two days. The New York Times and the Washington Post both carried this headline on their web sites within half an hour of each other. The Times ran its story at around 11:30 a.m. this morning and the Post at approximately 12 noon today.

Yet the Associated Press and Reuters news wire agencies, as well as CNN, the BBC and almost every other cable news station all have had nothing on the story so far. In fact there seems to be some conflicting information from Reuters, which reported at 12:07 p.m., "U.S. marines said on Wednesday they were preparing a final assault on Iraqi Shi'ite militia in the holy city of Najaf, after a radical cleric ordered his men to keep fighting even if he was killed."

The U.S. bombing of the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf has outraged Iraq's Shi'ite population of 15 million. Yet many residents of Najaf stood on the sidelines as the battles mostly raged between the Mahdi militia loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr and the U.S. forces deployed alongside the Iraqi security forces.

The U.S. had promised it would enter the Old Town and kill every single insurgent. Even militia officers of the Mahdi army were calling for a resolution to the conflict but were doubtful as to the validity of any offers from the Iraqi Interim government of a real truce.

The U.S. forces were also bombing the cemetery near the holy site of the Shi'ite shrine of Imam Ali. Earlier yesterday two U.S. helicopter gunboats bombed targets they thought to be protecting members of the Mahdi militia. They fired off rounds of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. These air-to-ground missiles, 5 feet in length and weighing 98-107 pounds, are used by the U.S. army to destroy tanks. Drone planes were also used to fire Hellfire missiles at the cemetery.

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Tuesday, August 10

Terrorists Using Kittens 

Reuters lets us know about the latest threat to air safety -- cats:

"A cat running loose on a Belgian commercial flight attacked a pilot and forced the crew to turn back to the airport.

The gray cat, named 'Gin,' broke out of its cage about 20 minutes after take-off and scurried to the cockpit where it scratched the co-pilot, SN Brussels Airlines said Tuesday."


Dogs will soon be required on all flights.

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U.S. Has Third World Status 

The AP tells us:

"Major international monitors will issue an unprecedented report on the handling of this year's U.S. presidential election, after the 2000 vote raised concerns of disenfranchisement, U.S. officials said on Monday."


International monitors are used when the outcome of an election is expected to be rigged in favor of one candidate, subverting the democratic process. Now the U.S. will have some for our elections, so they can watch it be subverted and tell everyone aftrward that it was indeed subverted, but oh well, it is too late to do anything about it.

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