July 14th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rove and the former Cheney aide, I. Lewis Libby Jr., of conspiring to destroy Ms. Wi

the Wilsons’ suit has the potential to keep alive those issues in a civil case, which generally allows a wider scope of evidence.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/14/washington/14leak.html?hp&ex=1152936000&en=09939cc58b0d6b6a&ei=5094&partner=homepage



Valerie Wilson and Joseph C. Wilson IV on Thursday
7.13.2006

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sues Cheney and Others Over Leak

WASHINGTON, July 13 — Valerie Wilson and her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, filed suit on Thursday against Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Cheney’s former top aide and the senior presidential adviser Karl Rove, charging they had conspired to violate their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court, accused Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rove and the former Cheney aide, I. Lewis Libby Jr., of conspiring to destroy Ms. Wilson’s career by leaking her identity as an undercover C.I.A. operative to the press. It says the three men had conspired to punish Mr. Wilson for his public assertions that the Bush administration had twisted intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.

The civil lawsuit, which does not specify any amount of damages being sought, is the latest chapter in a complicated legal and political story that began when Valerie Plame, Ms. Wilson’s unmarried name, first appeared publicly in a newspaper column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.

The fallout from that disclosure led to an investigation by a special prosecutor into whether the leak violated any laws and whether Ms. Wilson’s name was leaked as part of a campaign to punish Mr. Wilson, a former ambassador, for his criticism of the White House.

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Chris Keeley

A LYNCH CLINCH

Frank (Dennis Hopper) consorts with Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini) in David Lynch’s 1986 film, which is being re-released for a one-week run at Landmark’s Nuart Theate

A Lynch clinch

On July 14th, 2006, 04:41 pm, </a></strong></a>ivy_blue commented:
I Love David Lynch!
Thanks for the heads up!
I MUST see this on the big screen!

I have a quote from this film on my Myspace Pro.

"I'll have to send you a love letter! Straight from my heart, fucker! You know what a love letter is? It's a bullet from a fucking gun, fucker! You receive a love letter from me, and you're fucked forever! You understand, fuck? I'll send you straight to hell, fucker!... In dreams... I walk with you. In dreams... I talk to you. In dreams, you're

Chris Keeley

Noam Chomsky says the US and Israel are punishing Palestinians for electing Hamas

Noam Chomsky says the US and Israel are punishing Palestinians for electing Hamas

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/14/146258

Noam Chomsky: U.S.-Backed Israeli Policies Pursuing "End of Palestine"; Hezbollah Capture of Israeli Soldiers "Very Irresponsible Act" That Could Lead To "Extreme Disaster"

Friday, July 14th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/14/146258

Israel has intensified its attacks on Lebanon as warplanes launched fresh strikes on Beirut airport, communication networks, Lebanese roads and a power plant. Meanwhile, the US has vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip. MIT professor Noam Chomsky says the US and Israel are punishing Palestinians for electing Hamas, and says Hezbollah's capture of Israeli soldiers subjects Lebanese "to terror and possible extreme disaster" from Israeli strikes. We also get analysis by Middle East analyst Mouin Rabbani from Jerusalem.

 


Israel has intensified its attacks on Lebanon as warplanes launched fresh strikes on Beirut airport, communication networks, Lebanese roads and a power plant.

More than 60 Lebanese civilians have been killed in the offensive which follows the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah.

Israeli jets bombed the main highway linking Beirut to Damascus, tightening an air, sea and land blockade of Lebanon.

The Israeli army said Hezbollah fighters fired more than 100 rockets on northern Israel on Thursday, killing two people, wounding 92 others and hitting Haifa, Israel's third largest city. Hezbollah denied firing into Haifa, but Israel described the incident as a "major escalation" of the crisis. The Lebanese army also responded to the offensive with anti-aircraft fire.

Israel has warned that the south of Beirut could be targeted. Israeli jets dropped leaflets on Thursday warning people to stay away from Hezbollah offices. Some areas of the city are now without electricity following an attack on a power station. Israeli jets also struck a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in eastern Lebanon. No casualties were reported.

The escalation has sparked international calls for restraint. The European Union and Russia have criticized Israel's strikes in Lebanon as disproportionate. President Bush said Israel has the right to defend itself, but should not weaken the Lebanese government.

The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting later on Friday. Lebanon has urged it to adopt a resolution calling for a ceasefire. The US has already vetoed a council resolution demanding Israel end its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Eight of the last nine vetoes have been cast by the United States. Seven of those were to do with the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

 

  • Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is author of dozens of books, including his latest "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy." In May he traveled to Beirut where he met, among others, Hezbollah leader Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah. He joins us on the line from Massachusetts.
  • Mouin Rabbani, senior Middle East analyst with the International Crisis Group and a contributing editor of Middle East report. He joins us on the line from Jerusalem.
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Chris Keeley

HENRI ROUSSEAU’S paintings have been stopping people in their tracks for nearly 120 years, and despi

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris” at the National Gallery of Art.





What happens when a lion fells an antelope in the forest, or (somehow) a gorilla attacks an American Indian, and no one hears it? Life goes on.

Strangest of all, Rousseau painted his jungles without leaving Paris.



three more vitrines of ephemera

moments of Darwinian struggle or startlingly Surreal strangeness unfold amid velvety botanical Edens

The focus might also be a dark-skinned snake charmer or an alert nude on a red couch. But Rousseau’s leafy grandeur, his tapestrylike parade of starchy, incipiently Cubist foliage and outsize lotuslike blooms, remains profoundly indifferent, decoratively intact, nearly abstract.

Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris” is at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Constitution Avenue between Ninth and Third Streets, Washington, through Oct. 15; (202) 737-4215.

Chris Keeley

his drug-dealing girlfriend, Donna Hawthorne (Ryder),

a fine cautionary tale about drug addiction, paranoia and institutional treachery in a foundering police state

A Scanner Darkly: Finely Controlled Substance

By Desson Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 14, 2006; C01

 

Without its animation, "A Scanner Darkly" would have made a fine cautionary tale about drug addiction, paranoia and institutional treachery in a foundering police state. But with a technique that turns live action into a two-dimensional cartoon, the movie goes one -- maybe even 10 -- better.

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PLAME NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO

PLAME NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2006/07/14/VI2006071400639.html

Former CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, hold a news conference Friday to announce their intention to sue Vice President Cheney and presidential adviser Karl Rove
 
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ties between Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. According

Abramoff would arrange life-insurance polices that would have made him the beneficiary when elderly Church members passed away. 

Report: Reed, Abramoff Hatched “Black Churches Insurance Program”
GQ Magazine has revealed new details of the ties between Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. According to former associates, Reed and Abramoff devised a plan they called the Black Churches Insurance Program. The plan would offer lobbying services to African-American churches. Instead of direct payment, Abramoff would arrange life-insurance polices that would have made him the beneficiary when elderly Church members passed away. A former Reed associate said: “…It sounds like Jack approached Reed about mortgaging old black people.” The news comes just one week before Reed faces a primary in his campaign for Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor.