Monday, December 12, 2005

December 12, 2005

December 12, 2005

My friend, Ian, recently sent me this from Buenos Aires. We taught school together in Canada, starting in 1965. Grade 9 Social Studies was part of our curriculum. Much anguish was shared over our lack of knowledge regarding Latin America.

Buenos Aires, December 7, 2005

"Sitting in a rather chaotic internet spot in Downtown Buenos Aires. Keeping my eye open for ladrons and other neér do wells. Buenos Aires has a lot of sizzle. Ñew York on uppers."

"Buenos Aires should have enough for us to keep ourselves occupied for a couple of weeks."Social Studies 9 didn´t really prepare me for this."

Dean Reed continued

I am still working my way through the Dean Reed book. Quite fascinating for me. While Ian and I were struggling with our lack of knowledge about South America, my former Colorado high school classmate was gaining first hand experience. His first visit to Chile and stardom was in 1961. Then, he lived in Buenos Aires in 1964, I think it was. Che Guevera was a houseguest. I'll definitely write a review of the book.

Word from a reader is that Tom Hanks bought the rights to the Reed story and plans to do a film.

Some news items:

Here's are news stories that jumped out at me today.

At FBI. frustration over limits on an antiterror law.

"'While radical militant librarians kick us around, true terrorists benefit from OIPR's failure to let us use the tools given to us,' read the e-mail message, which was sent by an unidentified F.B.I. official. 'This should be an OIPR priority!!!'"

Damn those librarians and the Constitution!

French told CIA of bogus intelligence

"'More than a year before President Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa, the French spy service began repeatedly warning the CIA in secret communications that there was no evidence to support the allegation.'"

Never mind, the Midland Moron said today in Philadelphia that given what he knows now (and then), he'd illegally invade Iraq all over again.

Abuse cited in 2nd jail operated by Iraqi ministry

"An Iraqi government search of a detention center in Baghdad operated by Interior Ministry special commandos found 13 prisoners who had suffered abuse serious enough to require medical treatment, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday night."

As in all US misadventures in the politics of other nations, a new Saddam will emerge in Iraq.

Saddam & secret witnesses

"Now, the latest example of the U.S. media’s anti-Hussein blinders is occurring in plain sight during his trial for the slaughter of more than 140 men and boys in the Iraqi village of Dujail after a 1982 ambush that sought to kill him.

"While the media coverage has focused on outbursts by Hussein and his co-defendants, much less attention has been given to the unorthodox procedure of allowing witnesses to testify without using their real names and with their faces and voices obscured."

Question is, will Iraq have a US system of justissss or an Iraqi system. Will it make any difference?

Hunt continues for 1,300 children lost during Katrina

"While investigators believe most of the missing are safe somewhere, finding splintered families is proving a gargantuan task"

Looks like a lot of missing child milk cartons will be coming out soon.

Socialist Bachelet faces runoff after Chile Election

"If elected Bachelet, a separated mother of three who was tortured during Chile's 1973-1990 dictatorship, would extend the 15-year rule of a center-left coalition that has cut poverty by half and overseen the country's transformation into the region's star economy."

Thanks to Nixon and the CIA led assassination of Allende, people like Bachelet had the freedom to be torture by Pinochet. Freedom was on the march even then.

Quotes from

"Some say by liberating Iraq we stirred up a hornet's nest. They overlook the fact: We were not in Iraq on 9-11 and the terrorists hit us anyway." -- Unka Dick, still saying Saddam caused 9-11 Link

"The economy continues to move ahead, thanks in part to the Bush tax cuts, but that doesn't seem to be doing much for the president's standing with the voters. Over 60 percent of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going, and 58 percent say they expect economic conditions to worsen. For Bush, there is no balm in Washington." --Irwin Stelzer, Link

I doubt the BFEE [Bush Family Evil Empire] is very worried about "balm." They stole the $11 trillion from the Treasury and they're stealing over $100M a day in Iraq. Bush can't run again, Cheney's too old and sick to run, so what to they care about reputations?

They have trillions in stolen loot. Who needs a reputation when you've stolen trillions?

"I don't give a goddamn. I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way. Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a goddamned piece of paper!" -- Our Godly statesman President Monkey, on why we should bow to him. Link


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