Saturday, September 25

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power 

my grandson
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In the Guardian Today:

George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.

The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.....

Bush Sued For $40bn by Holocaust Survivors

The two Holocaust survivors suing the US government and the Bush family for a total of $40bn in compensation claim both materially benefited from Auschwitz slave labour during the second world war.

Kurt Julius Goldstein, 87, and Peter Gingold, 85, began a class action in America in 2001, but the case was thrown out by Judge Rosemary Collier on the grounds that the government cannot be held liable under the principle of "state sovereignty".

Jan Lissmann, one of the lawyers for the survivors, said: "President Bush withdrew President Bill Clinton's signature from the treaty [that founded the court] not only to protect Americans, but also to protect himself and his family."

The case is built around a January 22 1944 executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt calling on the government to take all measures to rescue the European Jews. The lawyers claim the order was ignored because of pressure brought by a group of big American companies, including BBH, where Prescott Bush was a director.

Lissmann said: "If we have a positive ruling from the court it will cause [president] Bush huge problems and make him personally liable to pay compensation."


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Friday, September 24

It's Great To Be Rich 

The AP lets us know that thew rich had a very good year:
"For the first time since 2000, the total net worth of the richest Americans topped $1 trillion in 2004, up $45 billion from last year. The list includes a record number of billionaires at 313, or 78 percent of the list."

Did your bank account go up $45 billion? I think not.

This is a scramble to get into position for the class war. The upper middle class is either jumping up to this level, or being smashed down into poverty. The middle is going away.

The rich are the ones making all the rules and deciding how the rest of us will live. They are also being greedy and not sharing for some reason. They seem to feel it is best if they have everything and it is just too bad for the lazy folks who aren't as smart as they are. We know this is hogwash, but it is the way they think.

These people aren't getting taxed on the money they make from their jobs...they don't make money that way. And their investments are tax free, "to stimulate the economy". No taxes there.

So what do you do if you if you are the Walton family, owner of Walmart, where five family members each make the list with $18 billion. Yes, each has that much.

What does one family possibly need with $90 billion dollars you might ask? It is a reasonable question, when other fellow citizens are starving, homeless, sick, unable to pay bills, and generally down on their luck because businesses like Walmart has destroyed jobs with fair wages and the towns they were located in.

Who are the real bad guys? Who really is an enemy of the people? Those greedily grasping their billions, unwilling to share with fellow humans, thinking the world is about them and them alone.

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Wednesday, September 22

Bush Lifts Sanctions On Libya Symbolically 

al-fatah university, built with Vulcan Materials
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Yesterday, George Bush lifted the U.S. trade embargo on Libya though it was largely seen as symbolic. In April, Tripoli's decision to give up weapons of mass destruction ultimately resulted in the suspension of trade sanctions by the United States.

Libya was blamed for the bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 in 1988 that killed all 259 passengers, including 189 Americans, over Lockerbie Scotland.

Libya has long been connected with terrorist activities. In 1985, during Reagan's term, the National Security Council was seriously considering a land-air invasion of Libya over the bombing of a Berlin disco frequented by American troops, which Libya claimed responsibility for. But George Schulz, Secretary of State at the time, and previously Director of Bechtel, called the NSC "madmen" and so puff! went the invasion. Bechtel, which Schulz returned to direct after his tenure as head of the State Department, helped to build Libya out of the sand and still had contracts to do business in that country.

Another man who probably didn't want the U.S. to invade Libya was Donald Rumsfeld. From 1983-1984, Rumsfeld was Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East. He was also on the Board of Directors of Vulcan Materials, one of the largest construction firms in the world with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. Vulcan was also a major building contractor in Libya.

Serving alongside Rummy on the Board of Vulcan in 1982 was S. Richardson Hill, President of the University of Alabama's Birmingham Campus.

Hill was the appointee sent by the trustees of the university to travel to Libya in 1977. His purpose there, to meet with officials of al-Fatah University (named after terrorist Qaddafi's coup d'etat in 1969) and to set up an exchange Center for Islamic Studies at the U. of Alabama (Birmingham Campus).

(Some background: Libya's Chief of State since 1969 has been Revolutionary Leader Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qaddafi. There are no political parties in the country, no elections. Qaddafi has been the self-appointed leader of Libya for 36 years. With the lifting of trade sanctions by the U.S. on "his" country, Col. Qaddafi will probably become one of the richest dictators in the world thanks to George Bush.)

In 1982, the Arab Affairs Council (AAC), a pro-Arab lobyying group, contacted Vulcan Materials' Directors to coordinate a conference in Birmingham. The conference would be called "U.S. Economic and Political Challenges in the Arab World".

Persian Gulf investors and Arab Embassy officials took part alongside Rumsfeld and Hill to discuss the "plight of the Arab". James Akins, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, proclaimed that if it weren't for the Jewish lobby in the U.S., American Government officials would always be defending the Arabs.

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Tuesday, September 21

Vote Tampering, Example 38 

The AP informs us:

"Americans abroad, whose votes could be crucial if the Nov. 2 presidential election proves close, are being denied access to a U.S. Department of Defense Web site designed to make it easier for them to cast absentee ballots."

The Pentagon is worried about hackers, you see, and therefore denies access to the site for many people by blocking their IP address. You know, you wouldn't want anyone living in Europe or Asia to cast their ballots. And not those pesky reservists who have nothing good to say anymore.

The democrats are on it, though:

the Democratic Party has set up the site www.overseasvote2004.com, where even people using blocked ISPs can still register.

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Second Judge In New Mexico Also Gave to the Democratic Party 

Yesterday in New Mexico Judge Theresa Baca ordered Nader off the ballot again. Not surprising. Theresa Baca supports the Democratic Party. According to public records on opensecrets.org




On 1/14/2004,

Donated $250

To Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The other judge who had ruled last week that Nader be removed from the New Mexico ballot, Judge Wendy York, instead decided to remove herself from the court case because she had donated $1,000 to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign in April. Judge Baca should have the decency and honor to do the same as Judge Wendy York did.

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Monday, September 20

On again, off again, on again... Nader's Court Saga Continues 

Nader is back on the ballot in New Mexico, and earlier Monday the highest court in Maryland ordered that Nader election officials put Nader on the ballot. According to the AP:

"His supporters turned in petitions with more than 15,000 signatures, but when the petitions were checked against voter rolls, the state board ruled the campaign was 537 signatures short of the required 10,000 signatures of registered voters. The case turned on a state law specifying that each petition include a county name and that only signatures of voters registered in the county specified on the petition could be counted."

In New Mexico, a Judge withdraws ruling against Nader and removes herself from the case.

The Albuquerque Tribune Reporter today reports, "He (Nader) has state District Judge Wendy York to thank for his return to the state's ballot, as he did for getting knocked off it.

York withdrew herself this morning from the case over Nader's candidacy in New Mexico. She also withdrew her Friday ruling that Nader couldn't be on the ballot as a presidential candidate.

A hearing before state District Judge Theresa M. Baca was set for 1 p.m. today.

York had donated $1,000 to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign in April, prompting Republicans to ask for her removal from the case.

"I did not - and do not - believe my political participation made me unable to sit as a fair and impartial judge in this case," York wrote in a letter of recusal today. "That being said, it is critically important to me that the parties and the public have absolute confidence in this court and in the fairness of the upcoming election."

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No Need to Fly, Part 732 

The AP tells us that Bush wants to cut funding to the FAA:

"Sept. 2 was the busiest day ever for the U.S. air traffic control system. The FAA forecasts a 24 percent increase in the number of planes in the sky - including passenger and cargo planes, general aviation and military aircraft - between this year and 2015.

But the administration has proposed cutting next year's FAA budget for equipment and facilities by 12.6 percent, from $2.862 billion to $2.5 billion. Both the House and the Senate have gone along with that figure so far in the budget process."

This means that the new airport screeners will be searching you for laptops and other tech devices, confiscating them, and delivering them to air traffic controllers so they can be up to date.

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Sunday, September 19


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By a Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter
LOWELL, Mass. -- Two campaign workers for John Kerry were arrested at 1:40 a.m. yesterday in the basement of the building housing the headquarters of one of Mr. Kerry's strongest opponents in today's primary election.
The workers -- one of whom, Cameron F. Kerry, 22, is the brother of the war protester and congressional candidate -- said they received an anonymous call warning of a possible effort to cut phone lines to the Kerry headquarters. Phone terminals are located in the basement of the building where they were apprehended; the area of the building where they were located also is the headquarters for candidate Anthony DeFruscia.
The pair said they went to the building to prevent any cutting of the phone lines. They have been charged with breaking and entering.
[Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19,1972]

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