November 1st, 2007

Chris Keeley

internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Musli

internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid "physical labor" and wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran" and develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.

From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld . . .
In Sometimes-Brusque 'Snowflakes,' He Shared Worldview, Shaped Policy

By Robin Wright
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 1, 2007; A01

 

In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld argued that Muslims avoid "physical labor" and wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran" and develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.

The memos, often referred to as "snowflakes," shed light on Rumsfeld's brusque management style and on his efforts to address key challenges during his tenure as Pentagon chief. Spanning from 2002 to shortly after his resignation following the 2006 congressional elections, a sampling of his trademark missives obtained yesterday reveals a defense secretary disdainful of media criticism and driven to reshape public opinion of the Iraq war.

Rumsfeld, whose sometimes abrasive approach often alienated other Cabinet members and White House staff members, produced 20 to 60 snowflakes a day and regularly poured out his thoughts in writing as the basis for developing policy, aides said. The memos are not classified but are marked "for official use only."

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Chris Keeley

Blackwater Mounts a Defense With Top Washington Talent

Blackwater Mounts a Defense With Top Washington Talent

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 — Blackwater Worldwide, its reputation in tatters and its lucrative government contracts in jeopardy, is mounting an aggressive legal, political and public relations counterstrike.

It has hired a bipartisan stable of big-name Washington lawyers, lobbyists and press advisers, including the public relations powerhouse Burson-Marsteller, which was brought in briefly, but at a critical moment, to help Blackwater’s chairman, Erik D. Prince, prepare for his first Congressional hearing.

Blackwater for a time retained Kenneth D. Starr, the former Whitewater independent counsel, and Fred F. Fielding, who is now the White House counsel, to help handle suits filed by the families of slain Blackwater employees.

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Chris Keeley

Five good news, resources, and upcoming events

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Five good news, resources, and upcoming events

 

Fact of the day gleaned from the internet (from Eleanor Grant):

Did you know that Pres. Roosevelt spearheaded a successful initiative to persuade Allied nations to take in virtually all of Europe's displaced Jews, and was talked out of it by American ZIONIST leaders? The story is told in Alfred Lilienthal's 1953 book "What Price Israel?" and can be read at http://users.sgci.com/~originaltestament/MorrisErnst.html

 

GOOD NEWS:

 

More isolation of the US and Israeli governments: On Tuesday, the UN General assembly voted overwhelmingly (184 to 4) to ask the US to lift the embargo on Cuba.  Who are the four? The US, Israel, Palau, and Marshal Islands! Other recent votes at the UN were also lopsided including those on Israel (and the dollar will keep declining against other currencies so long as current foreign policies remain) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071030/pl_nm/cuba_un_embargo_dc

 

A positive action done in the US: confronting the racist David Horowitz at Emory University http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SrFXdkjbdY

more videos from this event at

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=sklarbar29&p=r

 

A positive action done in Paris to confront the army of occupation:

Read text in French, English, and Arabic and watch the video posted:

http://tinyurl.com/2qre8s

 

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Chris Keeley

U.S. Diplomats in Uproar Over Mandatory Iraq Assignments

U.S. Diplomats in Uproar Over Mandatory Iraq Assignments
The Washington Post is reporting the State Department is facing an internal uproar over new rules that would force U.S. officials to serve in Iraq. The dissent was heard Thursday at a town-hall meeting of hundreds of U.S. diplomats in Washington. One Foreign Service Officer received “sustained applause” after calling service in Iraq “a political death sentence” that otherwise would have been closed were it anywhere else in the world. Another officer complained the State Department refused to pay for her medical treatment after she returned from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder. Diplomats were informed last week that nearly fifty vacant positions would be filled in Iraq through mandatory assignments. It’s believed to the first time officials have been ordered into foreign posts since the 1960s.
Chris Keeley

Ms. Stein’s body was found face down in the living room in a pool of blood, the police said. She was

Ms. Stein’s body was found face down in the living room in a pool of blood, the police said. She was wearing a sweatshirt with a hood, which was pulled over her head. Investigators at first believed the bleeding could have resulted from a fall, but when the hood was pulled back, a severe skull injury was exposed. Yesterday, the medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide.



At a 1979 event, from left, Joey Ramone, Linda S. Stein, David Bowie, Dee Dee Ramone, his wife, Vera March, and, standing, Danny Fields.

Ms. Stein had many tumultuous relationships in her life, but investigators have not focused on any particular people, and did not comment on possible motives, a law enforcement official said. Investigators said they thought Ms. Stein was seen alive earlier on Tuesday, and they were trying to determine who was with her later that day.

A blind date with Seymour Stein, the founder of Sire Records, put her life on a new path into the popular music business. After their marriage, the couple worked together.

Ms. Stein was a co-manager of the Ramones as they helped spawn punk music and is credited with arranging their breakthrough performances in England. Her co-manager at the time, and a longtime friend, Danny Fields, attested to her forceful style. “She had powerful emotions,” he said, “and she didn’t appreciate being dissed or not having a phone call returned.”

Chris Keeley

Eliza Dushku will play Echo in the new show "Dollhouse

Eliza Dushku will play Echo in the new show  Dollhouse

Echo

Buffy Summers was just a regular mall-crawling SoCal teenager, until destiny kicked in and she became a Slayer. She, and she alone was chosen to fight evil supernatural forces like vampires, demons, witches and evil nerds.

Sarah Michelle Gellar infused the character with humanity, and with her side-kicks Willow, Xander

Buffy