February 9th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Dad wasn't dad after all, but still owes child support

from the February 09, 2007 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0209/p01s01-usju.html

Dad wasn't dad after all, but still owes child support                

A Florida Supreme Court case raises fundamental questions about the nature of fatherhood and legal responsibilities.

By Warren Richey | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.

Sixteen months after his divorce, Richard Parker made a devastating discovery. A DNA test revealed that his 3-year-old son had been fathered by someone else.

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The case raises new questions about whether contractors can be held legally accountable for miscondu

After being shot, the men’s bodies were dragged through the streets and mutilated. Two of the corpses were strung from a bridge. 

Blackwater USA Takes Congressional Hot-Seat as Landmark Hearing Probes Mercenary Firm’s Role in Iraq

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/08/1611238

The private security company Blackwater admitted on Tuesday for the first time that one of its employees shot and killed an Iraqi guard inside the Green Zone in December. The disclosure came during a landmark hearing on the role of private contractors in Iraq. Among those to testify was Katy Helvenston. Her son Scott was one of the four Blackwater employees killed in Fallujah in 2004. Katy Helvenston joins us to talk about why she wants Blackwater held accountable for her son’s death. We’re also joined by Jeremy Scahill, author of the forthcoming book “Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.” [includes rush transcript]

 


The private security company Blackwater admitted on Tuesday for the first time that one of its employees shot and killed an Iraqi guard inside the Green Zone in December. Blackwater removed its worker from Iraq on the next day before criminal charges could be filed. The case raises new questions about whether contractors can be held legally accountable for misconduct. Congressman Dennis Kucinich questioned Blackwater’s general counsel Andrew Howell during a Congressional hearing on the role of private contractors in Iraq.

 

  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich, questioning Blackwater general counsel Andrew Howell.

Critics of Blackwater have complained that its employees are not accountable under Iraqi or U.S. law. Wednesday’s hearing on private contractors began with testimony from the relatives of the four Blackwater contractors who were brutally murdered in Fallujah in March 2004. After being shot, the men’s bodies were dragged through the streets and mutilated. Two of the corpses were strung from a bridge. The families of the four men are now suing Blackwater alleging the men were sent into Fallujah unprepared.

A day before the men died, a co-worker wrote an email to company officials urging them to send new equipment to Iraq. The content of the email was released yesterday. It read in part: “I need new vehicles… I need Ammo… I need Glocks and M4s… all the client body armor you got… guys are in the field with borrowed stuff and in harms way.” Henry Waxman, the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform questioned Blackwater’s general counsel about the email.

 

  • Rep. Henry Waxman, questioning Blackwater general counsel Andrew Howell.

Wednesday's hearing began with testimony from Katy Helvenston. Her son, Scott Helvenston, was one of the four Blackwater employees killed in Fallujah. Katy joins us now from Washington D.C. -- and with us here in our fire house studio is Jeremy Scahill -- He is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and the author of the forthcoming book, “Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.”

 

  • Katy Helvenston. Mother of Scott Helvenston, who was killed in Fallujah on March 31st 2004.

 

  • Jeremy Scahill. Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and the author of the forthcoming book, “Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.”

JUAN GONZALEZ: The private security company Blackwater admitted on Tuesday for the first time that one of its employees shot and killed an Iraqi guard inside the Green Zone in December. Blackwater

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Three versions of the briefing prepared by Feith's office were presented in August and September 200

Intelligence provided by former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq included "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community, according to a report by the Pentagon's inspector general.

Official's Key Report On Iraq Is Faulted
'Dubious' Intelligence Fueled Push for War

By Walter Pincus and R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, February 9, 2007; A01

 

Intelligence provided by former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith to buttress the White House case for invading Iraq included "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" that supported the political views of senior administration officials rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community, according to a report by the Pentagon's inspector general.

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Douglas J. Feith, center, has been accused by critics of the administration of distorting intelligen

Mr. Feith and other officials in his Pentagon office have been accused by critics of the administration of distorting intelligence data to justify the invasion of Iraq. When Democrats were in the minority in Congress, Mr. Levin conducted an inquiry and issued a report excoriating Mr. Feith and others at the Pentagon for their conduct
Pentagon Group Criticized for Prewar Intelligence Analysis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 — A Pentagon investigation into the handling of prewar intelligence has criticized civilian Pentagon officials for conducting their own intelligence analysis to find links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, but said the officials did not violate any laws or mislead Congress, according to Congressional officials who have read the report.

The long-awaited report by the Pentagon’s acting inspector general, Thomas F. Gimble, was sent to Congress on Thursday. It is the first major review to rebuke senior officials working for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for the way intelligence was used before the invasion of Iraq early in 2003.

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Tom D. + Melissa Duimstra: Grand Visions From Grand Rapids at Garde Rail Gallery in Seattle, WA

 Tom D. + Melissa Duimstra: Grand Visions From Grand Rapids at Garde Rail Gallery in Seattle, WA

Tom D. + Melissa Duimstra: Grand Visions From Grand Rapids Melissa Duimstra... Vintage Barbies (mixed media on masonite). From the exhibition Tom D. + Melissa Duimstra: Grand Visions From Grand Rapids at Garde Rail Gallery in Seattle, WA. "...Tom D's first show was with Howard Finster in the early 1980's and his whimsical paintings on wood have been favorites of folk art collectors ever since. Over the last couple of years, Tom's wife Melissa Arpin Duimstra has begun to come into her own. Tom and Melissa have also been collaborating, and this recent work has been very popular with collectors, new and old alike

http://www.garde-rail.com/artists/tomd.html

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Lewis "Scooter" Libby: "Did you know that his wife works at the CIA?"

    Libby: "’Yes’ -- something like, ‘Yes, yeah, all the reporters know”"

    As Prosecution Rests in Trial of ex-Cheney Chief of Staff, Pentagon Report Faults Bush Admin on Pre-War Intelligence

    Friday, February 9th, 2007

    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/09/1614218

    The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff. Libby faces five counts of lying to federal investigators, perjury, and obstruction of justice in connection to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame’s identity was leaked after her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, questioned the Bush administration’s pre-war claims on Iraqi weapons. Meanwhile, a Pentagon investigation has concluded Bush administration officials engaged in inappropriate behavior in their handling of Iraq intelligence before the US invasion. We’re joined by Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff. [includes rush transcript]

     


    The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff. Libby faces five counts of lying to federal investigators, perjury, and obstruction of justice in connection to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The prosecution’s key witness over the past two days has been Tim Russert, NBC News Washington bureau chief and the host of Meet the Press. Russert testified he didn’t talk about Plame with Libby -- contradicting Libby’s claim. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald played the jury a recording that begins with Libby describing to Fitzgerald what he claims Russert told him.
      Lewis "Scooter" Libby: "Did you know that his wife works at the CIA?"
      Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald: “And you said?”
      Libby: "No, I don't know that."
      Fitzgerald: “And his response?”
      Libby: "’Yes’ -- something like, ‘Yes, yeah, all the reporters know”"
      Fitzgerald: “And your response?”
      Libby: "No, I don't know that."
    On Thursday, after two days of testifying, NBC’s Tim Russert appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams to discuss his role in the trial.

     

    • Tim Russert, interviewed on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
    Michael Isikoff joins us now on the phone.

     

    • Michael Isikoff. Investigative correspondent for Newsweek and co-author of the book “Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War.”

    JUAN GONZALEZ: The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby,

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Paul Findley: "Carter enters lions' den"

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Former Congressman Paul Findley is currently recovering from broken
bones suffered in a fall. However, as the CHICAGO TRIBUNE op-ed
transmitted below makes clear, he has not lost his fighting spirit or
his passionate concern for justice and the best interests of his country.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0702070020feb07,0,5388645.story



 Carter enters lions' den


  Despite criticism, his book is work of a true patriot





By Paul Findley

February 7, 2007

At the age of 82, Jimmy Carter entered the lion's den. With the
publication of his latest book, "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid," he did
what a patriot would do: rally Americans to vigorous debate of a
critical issue that affects our future. He deserves a hero's praise.
Instead, he has been attacked and defamed.

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ELLIOTT ERWITT

It’s always said about Elliott Erwitt that he knows how to tell a joke, which is true of course. He has told so many good ones over the years, choosing among them is tough, but one of my favorites is the 1954 photograph he shot in Las Vegas of a dour grandmother in glasses yanking the gun barrel of a painted plaster gunslinger that is really a slot machine. The tacky setting, in the glare of lights, and the deadpan humor — the plaster cowboy grimacing, the matron, icy cold, like a portly Clint Eastwood with bobby pins, an arrow and the word “push” painted on a glass door in the foreground and directly pointing at her head — lifts the image from the level of sight gag to something approaching an American paradigm. This is Mr. Erwitt’s deeper, sometimes obscured, virtue: to show us our world in a tender way that does not deny its darker side. 

Chris Keeley

FEATHERS, FLOWERS, TALONS AND FANGS

FEATHERS, FLOWERS, TALONS AND FANGS
Power and Serenity in Japanese Nature Prints

http://www.risd.edu/museum_exhibitions.cfm?type=museum&onview=museum_onview_100.cfm


FEATHERS, FLOWERS, TALONS AND FANGS
Power and Serenity in Japanese Nature Prints

February 2-June 10, 2007

This exhibition brings fresh attention to bird-and-flower subjects (kachoga), a seldom-studied category of Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e). In an unprecedented show drawn from a group of about 720 outstanding but little-known Japanese prints given to The RISD Museum by Mrs. John D. (Abby Aldrich) Rockefeller, Jr., in 1934/38, approximately sixty exquisite examples are on view. The depth and scope of RISD’s holdings are almost unequaled in museums and private collections and span the development of kachoga during the Edo period (1603-1867). Their lush visual content enriches our current understanding of ukiyo-e.


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prints, German Expressionist, Brücke, Brucke, The Artists of Brucke, the Artists of Brücke, Expressi

http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2002/brucke/index.html

Enter Exhibit

prints, German Expressionist, Brücke, Brucke, The Artists of Brucke, the Artists of Brücke, Expressionism, 
Otto Mueller, Max Pechstein, expressionist, print making, woodcut, etching, lithography, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 
Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Otto Mueller, Kirchner, german prints,

the Museum’s first exhibition created exclusively for the web and showcases its unparalleled collection of German 
Expressionist prints and illustrated books. The Brücke group, formed in 1905 in Dresden by four revolutionary 
architectural students including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, strove to achieve a new synthesis between 
art and life, bringing meaning back to what they considered the superficial bourgeois existence of German life under 
Kaiser Wilhelm II. They organized exhibitions and publicized their own work by issuing annual portfolios of prints.

http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2002/brucke/index.html
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homeless dumping

crawling in a gutter in skid row in Los Angeles

Paraplegic allegedly 'dumped' on skid row

L.A. police say man was dropped off in front of dozens of witnesses by van linked to Hollywood Presbyterian hospital.
By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
Times Staff Writers

February 9, 2007

A paraplegic man wearing a soiled hospital gown and a broken colostomy bag was found crawling in a gutter in skid row in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being dumped in the street by a Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center van, police said.

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City officials are trying to crack down on crime and blight in the district, which has the largest concentration of homeless people in the western United States. In recent months, a police crackdown has resulted in more than 1,000 arrests and a drop in crime.

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cruel and a bloody diversion for gamblers and thugs

A dogfighting tourney was held at a sanitarium in the Tula region. 

Video

Dogfighting in Russia 

 

MOSCOW, Feb. 8 — The two opponents padded and paced on a snowcovered basketball court, waiting for their fight to begin. 

http://video.on.nytimes.com/ifr_main.jsp?nsid=b2658c440:110a859b846:-408c&fr_story=b97b189f8f2ad5ce29b082882909d019a8d9d307&st=1171055719580&mp=FLV&cpf=false&fvn=7&fr=072706_083809_w23e0c5bcx10caff5ecc7xw764d&rdm=606774.1922391518

They were adult Central Asian wolf dogs in the middleweight class. Both were undefeated in a combined 42 appearances in Russia's fighting-dog rings. Each weighed more than 100 pounds.

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Diplomacy and Empire" Speech by Amb. Freeman

Ambassador Chas. W. Freeman, Jr. addressed DACOR (Diplomats and Consular
Officers, Retired) on Friday, February 09, 2007. The title of the speech
is *Diplomacy and Empire.* The full text of the speech is available at
http://www.mepc.org/whats/diplomacy.asp.

EXCERPT:

“America defines itself by its values, not its territory or ethnicity.
The supreme purpose of our foreign policy must be to defend our values
and to do so by means that do not corrode them. By these measures, what
we are doing now is directly counterproductive. It must be changed. Let
me very briefly propose a few principles to guide such change:”
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Full text of Ambassador Freeman's Talk on 2/9/07

Diplomacy and Empire
Remarks to DACOR (Diplomats and Consular Officers, Retired)
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)
9 February 2007
DACOR-Bacon House, Washington, DC


In 1941, as the United States sat out the wars then raging in both the
Atlantic and Pacific, Henry Luce penned a famous attack on isolationism
in Life Magazine. "We Americans are unhappy," he began. "We are not
happy about America. We are not happy about ourselves in relation to
America. We are nervous – or gloomy – or apathetic." Luce argued that
the destiny of the United States demanded that "the most powerful and
vital nation in the world" step up to the international stage and assume
the position of global leader. "The 20th Century must be to a
significant degree an American Century," he declared.
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Douglas Feith "Teaching" at Georgetown as a "Professor"!

Douglas Feith "Teaching" at Georgetown as a "Professor"!

   1. I will shortly circulate the text of the report in today's
Washington Post on the official disclosure that Douglas Feith in fact
fabricated "intelligence" that was used by the administration to justify
the invasion of Iraq.
   2. Separately it has been reported that Feith has been appointed as
a "Visiting Professor and Distinguished Practitioner in National
Security Policy" at Georgetown University's Edmond A.Walsh School of
Foreign Service. That term "distinguished practitioner" really does grate.
   3. One of my correspondents, a retired Foreign Service Officer like
me, has emailed me a copy of the protest message he has emailed to the
Dean of the Walsh School. Here is the text of his protest, which
obviously appeals to me:
"In view of the recent report of the Department of Defense's Inspector
General, it would appear that Douglas Feith has no business teaching at
the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.  What is the message you wish
to send to your students?  What would you do to a doctoral candidate who
falsified data for his or her dissertation?  Mr. Feith's actions have
made clear that he lied to drag his country into war.  He shares
criminal responsibility for every US soldier and innocent civilian who
has died in Iraq.  The School of Foreign Service should terminate his
employment immediately."
  4. He suggested that others of us should follow his example and
protest to Georgetown. If you would like to do so, may I suggest that
you use your own wording, to make the protest more effective, though no
doubt the recipient will recognize a concerted campaign.
   5. Your message should be addressed to the Dean of the Walsh School
of Foreign Service, Robert Gallucci. The address is:
galluccr@georgetown.edu.
   6. If you object to this sort of effort, just don't join it. If you
feel like supporting Douglas Feith, send him a message. Unfortunately I
don't have his email address.
   7. I am listening to the ABC evening news. The Feith news is the
first item. They call it "manipulating" intelligence. It was
"fabrication." Sorry. There was no apology from Feith, whom they
interviewed.
   8. We shall see. Or we won't.
Chris Keeley

Never Die Alone (2004)

Never Die Alone (2004)

Never Die Alone (2004) - Reagan Gomez-Preston, DMX

A film noir centering around a hard-boiled, stylish kingpin drug dealer, called King David, who returns to his hometown seeking redemption--but ends up only finding violent death. But he did not die alone...King David's final moments are spent with Paul, an aspiring journalist who knew him for just a few minutes; yet King David would forever more have an impact on Paul's life

Never Die Alone" Movie Synopsis: King David (DMX) is a hard-boiled, stylish criminal who returns to his hometown seeking redemption but finding only violent death. But he did not die alone...King David’s final moments are spent with Paul (David Arquette) an aspiring journalist who knew him just a few minutes but upon whose life he would forever have an impact.

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An Iraq Interrogator's Nightmare--WashPost 2/9/07

*An Iraq Interrogator's Nightmare*

By Eric Fair
Friday, February 9, 2007; A19

A man with no face stares at me from the corner of a room. He pleads for
help, but I'm afraid to move. He begins to cry. It is a pitiful sound,
and it sickens me. He screams, but as I awaken, I realize the screams
are mine.

That dream, along with a host of other nightmares, has plagued me since
my return from Iraq in the summer of 2004. Though the man in this
particular nightmare has no face, I know who he is. I assisted in his
interrogation at a detention facility in Fallujah. I was one of two
civilian interrogators assigned to the division interrogation facility
(DIF) of the 82nd Airborne Division. The man, whose name I've long since
forgotten, was a suspected associate of Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, the
Baath Party leader in Anbar province who had been captured two months
earlier.
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