November 12th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Two Boats

Two Boats

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A staggering new bill for the war in Iraq--Forbes 11/9/06

 *A Staggering New Bill For Iraq?*
   By Jessica Holzer and Matthew Swibel

   Thursday 09 November 2006

   The U.S. armed services have requested a $160 billion supplemental
appropriation to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the remainder
of fiscal year 2007 - a staggering amount that, if approved by the
Defense Department, may hasten the showdown between resurgent
congressional Democrats and the Bush administration over the budget-
busting War on Terror.
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Translating Karen Hughes's memo: (V. brief translations in

Translating Karen Hughes's memo: (V. brief translations in

Beacon No. 100: Hughes Talks Talking to ALDAC


Some enterprising soul at State recently leaked one of Karen Hughes'
memos to the Washington Post. Its topic is "Speaking on the Record," and
it purports to allow officials at ALDAC—an acronym for "all U.S.
diplomatic and consular posts"—some latitude in speaking to the media or
in other public settings.

The Post helpfully printed a * *copy of the memo*
which I will now present with some annotations:

1. Last year, I sent out a message detailing some guidelines for
speaking on the record and engaging with media. With the launch of our
regional hub effort, it is especially timely to reissue this message so
that my policy on this is crystal clear. I also want to reiterate up
front that media outreach, especially television interviews, should be a
top priority in mission activities and when developing the schedules for
visiting USG [ U.S. government] officials.

**Translation: Court the media.

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the Black Label Bike Club, whose members across the country customize bicycles and style themselves

On Oct. 28, members of the Black Label Bike Club held a block party in a street behind a Home Depot parking lot in Brooklyn. While spectators crowded around, cyclists in body armor jousted with big sticks, knocking each other onto beer-soaked mattresses. Mr. Doyle doused the crowd in a wet clay mixture shot from a giant phallus.

the Black Label Bike Club, whose members across the country customize bicycles and style themselves after motorcycle gangs like the early Hells Angels.

BORN TO BE WILD: Members of the Black Label Bike Club ready to joust at a party in Brooklyn. The club wanted a scene less “soft and safe” than Burning Man.

Michael Spezialy paints black-light paint on Luna Hendricks at the Los Angeles Burning Man “decompression” party last month.

Burning Man Spreads Its Flame

THEY were all there: the shirtless guys in weird top hats walking around on stilts; women with unexercised buttocks spilling out of metallic hot pants; people in loincloths twirling fire. To anyone who has visited Burning Man, the arts festival in the Nevada desert now in its 16th year, the cast was instantly recognizable.

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close-ups of Bond fetish objects, like the shoe with the pop-out knife that Lotte Lenya wore in “Fro

a picture of Mr. Connery napping on the set, which shows that Bond is sexier asleep than most men can dream of being when awake. It’s enough to make a Bond girl sigh, “Oh, James!

The Philandering Toff Who Would Be Bond


A Personal Journey into the Disturbing World of James Bond.

By Simon Winder.

312 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.



From the Storyboard to Screen: The Creative Process Behind the James Bond Phenomenon.

By Laurent Bouzereau.

240 pp. Harry N. Abrams.


THREE little words, possibly the most powerful ever strung together, shake the soul and stir the blood of practically every moviegoing man on the planet: “Bond, James Bond.”

And yet, in 1953, the year that this icon of British influence first appeared in print in Ian Fleming’s thriller “Casino Royale,” the country he glorified, Britain, had lost its empire, was reeling from two world wars, which had left its populace economically and emotionally battered, and was suffering from what Simon Winder calls “a sort of paroxysm of national self-loathing.”

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In his memoirs, Profits of War, Ben-Menashe said he recognized several Americans, including Republic

In his memoirs, Profits of War, Ben-Menashe said he recognized several Americans, including Republican congressional aide Robert McFarlane and CIA officers Robert Gates, Donald Gregg and George Cave. Then, Ben-Menashe said, Iranian cleric Mehdi Karrubi arrived and walked into a conference room.

Robert Parry: The Bushes and the Truth About Iran

The Bushes and the Truth About Iran

By Robert Parry
Consortium News &
Thursday 21 September 2006

Having gone through the diplomatic motions with Iran, George W. Bush is shifting toward a military option that carries severe risks for American soldiers in Iraq as well as for long-term U.S. interests around the world. Yet, despite this looming crisis, the Bush Family continues to withhold key historical facts about U.S.-Iranian relations.

Those historical facts - relating to Republican contacts with Iran's Islamic regime more than a quarter century ago - are relevant today because an underlying theme in Bush's rationale for war is that direct negotiations with Iran are pointless. But Bush's own father may know otherwise.

The evidence is now persuasive that George H.W. Bush participated in negotiations with Iran's radical regime in 1980, behind President Jimmy Carter's back, with the goal of arranging for 52 American hostages to be released after Bush and Ronald Reagan were sworn in as Vice President and President, respectively.

In exchange, the Republicans agreed to let Iran obtain U.S.-manufactured military supplies through Israel. The Iranians kept their word, releasing the hostages immediately upon Reagan's swearing-in on Jan. 20, 1981.

Over the next few years, the Republican-Israel-Iran weapons pipeline operated mostly in secret, only exploding into public view with the Iran-Contra scandal in late 1986. Even then, the Reagan-Bush team was able to limit congressional and other investigations, keeping the full history - and the 1980 chapter - hidden from the American people.

Upon taking office on Jan. 20, 2001, George W. Bush walled up the history even more by issuing an executive order blocking the scheduled declassification of records from the Reagan-Bush years. After 9/11, the younger George Bush added more bricks to the wall by giving Presidents, Vice Presidents and their heirs power over releasing documents.

Impending War

But that history is vital today.

First, the American people should know the real history of U.S.-Iran relations before the Bush administration launches another preemptive war in the Middle East. Second, the degree to which Iranian officials are willing to negotiate with their U.S. counterparts - and fulfill their side of the bargain - bears on the feasibility of talks now.

Indeed, the only rationale for hiding the historical record is that it would embarrass the Bush Family and possibly complicate George W. Bush's decision to attack Iran regardless of what the American people might want.

The Time magazine cover story, released on Sept. 17, and a new report by retired Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner - entitled "The End of the 'Summer Diplomacy'" - make clear that the military option against Iran is moving rapidly toward implementation.

Gardiner, who taught at the National War College and has war-gamed U.S. attacks on Iran for American policymakers over the past five years, noted that one of the "seven key truths" guiding Bush to war is that "you cannot negotiate with these people."

That "truth," combined with suspicions about Iran's nuclear ambitions and Tehran's relationship with Hezbelloh and other militant Islamic groups, has led the Bush administration into the box-canyon logic that war is the only answer, despite the fact that Gardiner's war games have found that war would have disastrous consequences.

In his report, Gardiner also noted that Bush's personality and his sense of his presidential destiny are adding to the pressures for war.

"The President is said to see himself as being like Winston Churchill, and to believe that the world will only appreciate him after he leaves office; he talks about the Middle East in messianic terms; he is said to have told those close to him that he has got to attack Iran because even if a Republican succeeds him in the White House, he will not have the same freedom of action that Bush enjoys.

"Most recently, someone high in the administration told a reporter that the President believes that he is the only one who can 'do the right thing' with respect to Iran. One thing is clear: a major source of the pressure for a military strike emanates from the very man who will ultimately make the decision over whether to authorize such a strike - the President."

A Made-Up Mind

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Subject: Re: Chas Freeman on the Mid East Policy Consequences

Subject:        Re: Chas Freeman on the Mid East Policy Consequences
Date:   Sat, 11 Nov 2006 18:36:08 -0500
From:   Chas Freeman


Outrages like our veto of a UNSC resolution condemning the Beit Hanoun
massacre may be building enough animosity toward the United States to
provoke condemnation of us by the General Assembly and the authorization
of actions that the UNSC cannot authorize due to our veto.  But the
limitations of such an action are manifest:

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David Grossman Rabin Memorial Speech

Democrats shouldn't fool themselves. The American people haven't given
them a mandate to govern; they have given them a mandate to stop Bush
from governing. Peter Beinart
<>_, _editor-at-large at The
New Republic

David Grossman is an Israeli author of fiction, nonfiction, and youth and children's literature, whose books have been translated into numerous languages. The Yellow Wind, his incisive nonfiction work on the Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, met with acclaim abroad and sparked dialogue and controversy at home.  Like most Israelis, Grossman supported Israel during the 2006 Lebanon conflict.  However, on August 10, 2006, he and fellow authors Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua spoke at a press conference calling upon the government to agree to a ceasefire as a basis for talks toward a negotiated solution, describing further military action as "dangerous and counterproductive" and expressing particular concern for the Lebanese government. Two days later, his 20-year-old son Uri, a staff sergeant in an armored unit, was killed by an anti-tank missile.

Last Saturday, Grossman spoke before 100,000 people in Tel Aviv, expressing his despair about the present and hope for the future. Neither the New York Times or the Washington Post thought it was important enough to carry the story.  In fact, when I checked for anything on Grossman in the past, the result was nil.  Does that mean that Grossman the man and this speech are not important?  I urge you to read the speech and make up your own mind.

Peace Now NEWSFLASH: David Grossman's inspirational speech
This Saturday, David Grossman - Peace Now leader, prominent author, and bereaved father - addressed a 100,000-person rally commemorating Rabin in Tel Aviv. His speech continues to generate responses across the globe. Newspapers from Jerusalem, Washington, New York, London and more are re-printing the speech. Dozens of op-eds have been authored about it. Thousands have blogged about it. And who knows how many have been inspired by it.
It simply is a must-read.
Below is the English translation provided to Peace Now by David Grossman.

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Octopus Ink/Squid Ink  - Aliki - Themis and Chris  Seralia

Fun in Seralia - Dimitri's the photographer  Squid Ink
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An Open Letter to Carl Levin: No Free Pass to Gates*

An Open Letter to Carl Levin: No Free Pass to Gates*
   By Ray McGovern

An Open Letter to Carl Levin: No Free Pass to Gates*
   By Ray McGovern
   t r u t h o u t | Perspective

   Saturday 11 November 2006

   Dear Senator Levin:

   The humiliation you felt was palpable when, as the ranking Democrat
on the Armed Services Committee, you were unceremoniously diddled by
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputies Paul Wolfowitz and
Douglas Feith, chief architects of the fiasco in Iraq. They all but
thumbed their noses at you, and you often complained about their "lack
of candor." In two short months, you will chair Armed Services and will
no longer have to tolerate such behavior. Indeed, you can start
practicing now by not letting the nomination of Robert Gates be a "slam

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