November 2nd, 2006

Chris Keeley

Connolly Arrest

Attorney dressed as Osama arrested in Maine Portland, Maine -- Attorney Tom Connolly was arrested by South Portland police this morning, after motorists reported a man with a gun near Interstate 295. It turns out the gun was part of a Halloween costume, but it looked real enough to passersby and police. Connolly was dressed in an Osama Bin Laden costume and holding a fake gun and a sign that said "I love TABOR". Officers drew their weapons on Connolly, who was taken into custody a few minutes later. It will be up to the District Attorney's office to decide what charges to file, but police say one possibility is a charge of terrorizing. Connolly is a well-known attorney. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1998. In 2000, Connolly tipped the media off to a 1970's DUI arrest by presidential candidate George W. Bush. 

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6ba9453594

Video of lawyer arrested for dressing as Bin Laden

Picture 7-8 The lawyer who revealed George W. Bush's suppressed drunk driving conviction was arrested for dressing up like Osama Bin Laden for Halloween. Here's a video of the incident. Link 

Tiny rubber stamp removes "God" from US Currency

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Atheist uses little red rubber stamp to strike out "God" from paper bills. Link

Reader comment:

Kim says:  Fsm Fsm The next obvious step is for somebody to create a tiny FSM [Flying Spaghetti Monster] stamp that can be applied over the word "God" on paper currency. It would look something like this.




Chris Keeley

The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power (Hardcover)

The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power (Hardcover) 

From Publishers Weekly
This bold follow-up to journalists Moore and Slater's bestseller, Bush's Brain, takes a provocative look at how Karl Rove used George Bush's various campaigns and presidency to engineer nothing less than the assertion of a long-term Republican hegemony and the complete dismantling of the Democratic Party. To make their case, they draw on a wide range of materials, including interviews and reportage done by other journalists to demonstrate how Rove mobilized his party's base, forging an unlikely alliance between religious and economic conservatives, while mounting targeted assaults on gays and lesbians, trial lawyers and labor unions. Yet in this narrative, his bid for a complete realignment of American politics begins to derail with the failure of Bush's Social Security reform plan, the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and, most significantly, the implication of Rove in the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame's identity. In this damning but scattered account, Rove remains an elusive, almost inhuman figure, despite short digressions about his relationship with his gay stepfather and his weekly brunches with members of the White House and RNC teams during the reelection campaign. The result is a compulsive page-turner that's bound to be divisive.
Chris Keeley

Hamas Adviser on a Truce--NYTimes op ed 11/1/06

A truce is referred to in Arabic as a “hudna.” Typically covering 10
years, a hudna is recognized in Islamic jurisprudence as a legitimate
and binding contract. A hudna extends beyond the Western concept of a
cease-fire and obliges the parties to use the period to seek a
permanent, nonviolent resolution to their differences. The Koran finds
great merit in such efforts at promoting understanding among different
people. Whereas war dehumanizes the enemy and makes it easier to kill, a
hudna affords the opportunity to humanize one’s opponents and understand
their position with the goal of resolving the intertribal or
international dispute.

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NYTimes edit on Bush--11/2/06

November 2, 2006
Editorial


 The Great Divider

As President Bush throws himself into the final days of a particularly
nasty campaign season, he’s settled into a familiar pattern of ugly
behavior. Since he can’t defend the real world created by his policies
and his decisions, Mr. Bush is inventing a fantasy world in which to
campaign on phony issues against fake enemies.

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Member Article: Chas Freeman on the Mid East Policy Consequences

The American Academy of Diplomacy
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The GCC and the  Management of Policy Consequences

Remarks to the 15th Annual US-Arab  Policymakers Conference
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., USFS  (Ret.)
October 31, 2006
Washington, DC


It is an honor  once again to make the concluding remarks at the annual
US-Arab  Policymakers Conference. I do so, of course, as an individual
and as an  American concerned with the implications of events in the
Gulf region, not  on behalf of any organization or group with which I am
affiliated.  Speaking only for oneself enables one to call it like it
is. I shall.

The Gulf Cooperation Council began in a time of crisis 25 years  ago.
Since then the GCC has passed through many stressful strategic
 environments. It was, after all, formed to cope with the challenges
that  caused Americans first to declare the Gulf a region of vital
interest to  the United States - the Islamic revolution in Iran, the
Soviet invasion of  Afghanistan, and the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war.
The GCC was also, of  course, created to provide a means of dealing with
the sudden rise in US  interest and military activity in the Gulf in the
wake of these events,  the oil boom, and the Camp David accords between
Egypt and Israel.

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The United States

The United States
invaded Iraq against the counsel of our allies  and friends, drunk with
our own self-importance, convinced by our own  delusions, apparently
invincible in our ignorance, and utterly unprepared  for the
quasi-colonial mission we assumed. Contemporary Iraq is a monument  to
American martial prowess and civil ineptitude.
Chris Keeley

Grace Jones

Grace Jones 



At Bond Girls Reunion

At Bond Girls Reunion
Actress Grace Jones attends the Bond Girls Reunion to celebrate Delta Airlines' new international service launch from New York to London at the Stone Rose Lounge in New York on Nov. 1. (AP/Paul Hawthorne
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Borat’ is coming to America, but not everyone is in on the joke

To know Borat is to love Borat, unless you’re from Kazakhstan.

To know Borat is to love Borat, unless you’re from Kazakhstan.

Officials from that country have been up in arms over the outrageous buffoon played by Sacha Baron Cohen in “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” opening Friday. They say Borat Sagdiyev has muddied the Kazakh national identity.

But Borat—Cohen—isn’t making fun of Kazakhstan. He’s poking fun at America.

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about Rove’s secret: in July 2004, Karl Rove launched the national Republican campaign against gay m

about Rove’s secret: in July 2004, Karl Rove launched the national Republican campaign against gay marriage within days of burying his gay father.

Karl’s Rove Secret: Bush’s “Architect” Launched Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign After Burying Gay Father

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/02/1451226

The Washington Post recently reported that there is widespread panic amid the Republican establishment about next week’s midterm elections. But the paper found that there are two people whose confidence about Republicans prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat -- President Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove. Does Rove know something the rest of the country doesn’t? James Moore, co-author of the new book “The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power”, helps us answer the question, and also talks about Rove’s secret: in July 2004, Karl Rove launched the national Republican campaign against gay marriage within days of burying his gay father. [includes rush transcript]

 


The Washington Post recently reported that there is widespread panic amid the Republican establishment about next week’s midterm elections. But the paper found that there are two people whose confidence about Republicans prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat.

They are President Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove. Last week Rove told National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel about why he remains so optimistic.

 

    Karl Rove: "Unlike the general public, I'm allowed to see the polls on the individual races and after all, this does come to individual contests between individual candidates... I'm looking at all these, Robert, and adding them up, and I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math, but you're entitled to your math, I'm entitled to the math."

Karl Rove’s comments have led many to ask whether he knows something that the rest of the country doesn’t? To help answer that question we are joined by journalist James Moore in Austin Texas. He is co-author of the new book “The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power.” He is also co-author of “Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.”

 

  • James Moore. Co-author of the new book “The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power.”


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