November 21st, 2005

Chris Keeley

Doris Payne, a 75-year-old woman who made her living as an international jewel thief. Payne would dr

75-year-old intl jewel thief profiled

The AP has a profile of Doris Payne, a 75-year-old woman who made her living as an international jewel thief. Payne would dress up as a high-society woman, go into jewelry shops, try on diamong rings, and walk out with one or two more on her fingers than she started with. Now she's in jail in Vegas, and has granted an extraordinary interview telling her life's story.
There was the February day, eight years ago, when she strolled into the Neiman Marcus store on the Las Vegas Strip and asked to see a pair of diamond earrings.

Hmm, she said. She’d think about it over lunch.

She returned and asked to see diamond rings. Employee Linda Sbrocco showed her several — this one ... no, this one ... how about that one? Soon Sbrocco was swapping jewelry in and out of cases at a dizzying pace. Payne slipped rings on and off, and had Sbrocco do the same.

Then Payne was gone. And so was a $36,000 marquis cut, 2.48-carat diamond ring.

This was how Doris Payne went about her work as an international jewel thief.

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75-year-old jewel thief looks back
Style and cunning allowed her to confuse store clerks

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Chris Keeley

Garry Trudeau drew a series of high-larious cartoons to commemorate the confirmation hearings for Ha

Doonesbury's lost Miers confirmation strips

http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/miers.html

Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau drew a series of high-larious cartoons to commemorate the confirmation hearings for Harriet Miers, toons that were rendered obsolete by Miers's withdrawal from this race. His publisher has posted them all anyway -- they're great.
Harriet, we hardly knew ye. The following week of daily strips on the planned confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers were intended for publication beginning Monday, October 31st, with a Miers Sunday strip to follow on November 13th. Rendered obsolete by the announcement of her withdrawal from consideration on Thursday the 27th, they are nonetheless presented below for your reading pleasure. This week's strips, and the November 13th Sunday, will be repeats.

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http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/miers.html

Chris Keeley

Be sure to watch for the smirk Bush makes as he at first thinks he's about to successfully duck out

The Bush Escape Video

Gary Lerhaupt says: "Video of the Bush Escape incident from China on Sunday. The video was grabbed from the BBC after I spent a half hour fighting with Linux to get it to play, I decided to re-encode to make it more friendly. Be sure to watch for the smirk Bush makes as he at first thinks he's about to successfully duck out of the conference and then the 'beam me up' pose he later goes into when he doesn't know what to do." Link

 

http://www.prodigem.com/torrents/torrent_971.html

Chris Keeley

how the Bush administration and Iraqi National Congress used the PR firm Rendon Group to feed journa

The Man Who Sold the Iraq War: John Rendon, Bush's General in the Propaganda War
Monday, November 21st, 2005

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/21/1516257
Investigative journalist James Bamford examines how the Bush administration and Iraqi National Congress used the PR firm Rendon Group to feed journalists - including Judith Miller -- fabricated stories in an effort to sell the war. The firm has received millions in government contracts since 1991 when it was by the CIA to help "create the conditions for the removal of Hussein from power." Iraq wasn't the first regime change case for Rendon. In 1989 the CIA turned to Rendon to use a variety of campaign and psychological techniques in Panama to put the CIA's choice, Guillermo Endara, into the presidential palace to replace Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Earlier this month, Democrats forced the Senate into an unusual closed session to question pre-war intelligence and claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The move came one week after the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby for his involvement in the CIA leak case in which the identity of an undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame was exposed after her husband Joseph Wilson criticized the Bush administration's use of a debunked piece of evidence for WMDs in Iraq.
So how did the Bush administration sell the war to the American public? Well a new article in Rolling Stone magazine examines just that. In it, investigative journalist James Bamford looks at the role of one of the most powerful public relations firms in Washington D.C in setting the stage for the Iraq war. Collapse )
JAMES BAMFORD: Exactly. Even in – he didn't use his name, but even in George Bush's State of the Union address he referred to the al-Haideri revelations, and again this is information that his own agency said was wrong, was a lie. So, it’s very hard to justify.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, James Bamford, I want to thank you very much for being with us. James Bamford is the author of A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies. And he wrote a piece in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine called "The Man Who Sold the War," talking about John Rendon and the Rendon Group.


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Chris Keeley

He drank fermented mare's milk - sometimes likened to a mix of warm beer and buttermilk - sipped tea

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1151AP_No_Time_for_Camels.html

Monday, November 21, 2005 · Last updated 11:17 a.m. PT

Bush drinks mare's milk, avoids camels

By JENNIFER LOVEN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia -- The scene was straight out of a Genghis Khan movie. There were Mongol warriors clad in armor and helmets, armed with swords and mounted on the short, stout horses unique to Mongolia. The warriors hoisted colorful battle flags on spears.
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He said he would name it Montana because the arid, mountainous landscape around the Mongolian capital reminded him of the state where his wife, Joyce, was born.

But because the horse was the kind of gift Rumsfeld couldn't take back to the Pentagon, Montana remains in Mongolia, cared for by a herdsman who goes by the single name of Bilegerdene. The horse is never to be ridden by anyone for the rest of its life.
Chris Keeley

ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/cs_onebrightshiningmoment.html

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Coming Soon- One Bright Shining Moment

ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

125 minutes, color / b&w, 2005

Narrated by Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman

George McGovern’s bold and grassroots presidential campaign of 1972 may have been the ultimate political defeat of the American Century, but also was perhaps its high watermark. Using a wealth of archival materials, interviews with prominent progressives like Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, Howard Zinn and featuring music from Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, and Elvis Costello, this portrait of an “honest, idealistic man driven by a sincere wish to help his country will make you weep for our current political state.” - IFC

Click here to view the trailer.

** Director Stephen Vittoria and Senator George McGovern will lead a Q&A following the 6pm show and introduce the 9pm show on opening night, Friday, September 16th. Stephen Vittoria will also speak at the 6pm and 9pm shows on Saturday, the 17th.

"An elegy for decency and true democracy in American politics...Its ferocity about the state of American politics could earn it substantial numbers among doc, arthouse and politically progressive audiences." - Variety

"Thoughtful interviews with an array of insiders (including Dick Gregory, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, and Gary Hart) reflect back on the man who ran on a platform of fairness and compassion. Of the many political documentaries that have recently emerged, ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT resounds perhaps more strongly than any other." - Hamptons International Film Festival

http://www.firstrunfeatures.com/cs_onebrightshiningmoment.html

Chris Keeley

The Iraqis had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. Saddam Hussein was a big enough S.O.B. without ac

From Vietnam to Iraq: Sen. George McGovern Discusses the Lies of War from the Gulf of Tonkin to Iraq's WMDs

Monday, November 21st, 2005

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/21/1517201

The 1972 presidential candidate looks back at how the U.S. entered the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. We also play an excerpt from the new documentary "One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern."

In the past few weeks new information has been revealed about the U.S government's deceptions during the Vietnam War. Early this month new evidence emerged about the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 that precipitated the escalation of the Vietnam War. A National Security Agency historian determined that officers at the agency knowingly falsified intelligence in order to make it look as if North Vietnam had attacked U.S. destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf. Following the alleged attack, President Johnson ordered retaliatory air strikes on North Vietnamese targets and used the event to persuade Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which led to the escalation of the war.

And just last week, documents were released from the National Archives that gave fresh insight into the Nixon administration's efforts to deceive the public over its 1970 attack on Cambodia. The over 50,000 pages of declassified material include records of then-President Richard Nixon meeting with aides at a time Americans were told US forces in Cambodia were there to support South Vietnamese. Nixon told aides: "That is what we will say publicly. But now, let's talk about what we will actually do."

George McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate in the 1972 race against Richard Nixon. McGovern was one of the leading critics of the Vietnam war in Washington. A new film that looks at his life opened in Los Angeles this past weekend. It's called "One Bright and Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern." It was produced and directed by Stephen Vittoria. I was asked to narrate it.

  • Sen. George McGovern, ran for president in 1972 against Richard Nixon. He served in the Senate from 1962 to 1980.

AMY GOODMAN: George McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate in the 1972 race against Richard Nixon. McGovern, one of the leading critics of the Vietnam War in Washington. A new film that looks at his life has opened in Los Angeles. It is called One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern. It was produced and directed by Stephen Vittoria. I narrated the film. This is an excerpt.

    WARREN BEATTY: It’s hard to find a person who has run for something that has engendered as much affection as George McGovern has engendered.

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