May 1st, 2007

Chris Keeley

In Michigan, Not Even the Dead Are Safe

In Michigan, Not Even the Dead Are Safe

By THOMAS LYNCH

Milford, Mich.

THE big cemetery with the name like a golf course out on the Interstate
across from the mall was seized by a state conservator this winter.
Seems someone took the money — $70 million in prepaid trust funds — and
ran. It’s one of those theme park enterprises with lawn crypts and cheap
statuary and an army of telemarketers calling up locals in the middle of
dinner to sell us all our “commemorative estates.”

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Chris Keeley

Amy's Snake Charmers

http://amycrehore.blogspot.com/2007/05/snake-tamers-and-serpent-charmers.html

Snake Tamers and Serpent Charmers

Rattlesnake charmer lady, Oregon, 1909
Image of Mami Wata (mother water) found in African Culture
"Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden" 1916 by John H. Coates (Smithsonian)
The top photograph is from Historic Photo Archive - taken by a travelling circus photographer in Oregon in 1909. The Mami Wata image is from a favorite postcard of mine. She represents power and wealth and her image is found throughout West and Central Africa. In some areas, she is a religious cult. The third image is from another postcard. A pen and ink by folk artist John H. Coates.
I love all of these images!
Also, you can read about the Minoan Snake Goddess if you like.
(Thanks to Chris Keeley of Daily Dreamtime for the link to the top photo.)
Chris Keeley

Carl Levin gets more money from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC than any other senator. Now, do I suggest

Carl Levin gets more money from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC than any other senator. Now, do I suggest that he’s doing this for the money? I think we have to give him the benefit of the doubt, because he’s one of the good guys, but certainly he appears to be one of those folks like the neocons who can’t see any daylight between what they perceive to be the strategic interest of Israel, on the one hand, and the strategic interests of the United States, on the other. And when Olmert and Livni, the foreign minister, come here to the AIPAC meeting four weeks ago and say, “Don’t show weakness on Iraq now. If you leave Iraq, that would make this area more dangerous for Israel -- well, and for the whole world and for yourselves, too,” -- my goodness, Amy, it’s very transparent. If Levin is one of those people that can’t see any daylight between our interests and those of Israel, well, he hasn’t read George Washington's farewell speech, which warned against precisely this: passionate attachments, entangling alliances. That’s what we’ve got, and that lies at the bottom of a lot of our troubles in the Middle East. 

Ex-CIA Analyst Accuses Tenet of Hypocrisy For Not Speaking Out Earlier on White House Push For War

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/01/1410229

In a new book, former CIA director George Tenet blasts the administration, saying it had no firm rationale for invading Iraq, and accuses the White House of trying to shift blame to the CIA. In response, six former CIA officials are accusing Tenet of hypocrisy for not speaking out earlier.We speak with one of those former Intelligence officials, Ray McGovern. [includes rush transcript]

 


On May 1st, 2003, President Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished."

 

  • President Bush, speaking May 1, 2003: "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

     

Four years later, the US occupation of Iraq continues with no clear end in sight. President Bush has promised to veto a bill being sent to the White House today by the Democratic leadership that sets a non-binding timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Meanwhile, the daily bloodshed in Iraq continues unabated. At least 102 Iraqis were killed on Monday alone and the U.S. military announced five more US troops died over the weekend.

Now, in the fifth year of the war, yet another former Bush administration official is accusing the White House of manipulating intelligence to justify the 2003 invasion: George Tenet - the former director of the CIA. Tenet's new book "At the Center of the Storm" went on sale on Monday. In it, he blasts the administration, saying it had no firm rationale for going to war. Tenet accuses the White House of trying to shift blame to the CIA by falsely asserting that he told President Bush finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq would be a "slam dunk."

Tenet also accuses Vice President Dick Cheney and his neoconservative allies of pushing the nation into war. He writes: "There was never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat."

Tenet resigned in 2004 as the second-longest-serving director of central intelligence. Bush later awarded him the presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian award.

Now, six former CIA officials, including former top terrorism experts, are accusing Tenet of hypocrisy for not speaking out earlier. In a letter issued over the weekend, they call on Tenet to "dedicate a significant percentage of the royalties from [his] book to the U.S. soldiers and their families who have been killed and wounded in Iraq."

One of those former intelligence officials joins me now from Washington DC:

 

  • Ray McGovern, a 27-year career analyst with the CIA.

AMY GOODMAN: On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished."

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Major combat

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