Friday, June 02, 2006

FEC Slaps Frist Campaign with Fine


Our favorite telesycian has been found guilty of "failing to properly report a $1.4 million loan" and fined $11,000.
Kudos to CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), for catching and reporting this.
Read more HERE and HERE.

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

AS IF WE DIDN'T KNOW...



June 1, 2006 - Bush Tops List As U.S. Voters Name Worst President... Quinnipiac

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Declaration of Energy Independence



Looking forward to celebrating America's Independence this July 4th? Today, May 31st, is Dependence Day. Starting in 2006, we will be relying solely on foreign oil from this day throughout the rest of the year. Dependence Day is being launched by Environmental Action as a national event to "pressure our leaders to act and to engage more Americans in winning our independence from oil".

Please visit the Environmental Action website, become more informed and sign their petition. There is no hope for a better tomorrow if we choose not to roll up our sleeves today.

Buck


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

GOING HOME


I'm going home to see family and friends. I'm hopeful that Buckarooni and Bro will post when I'm gone. Hope you all have a good week. I'll be eating a REAL pizza, Italian beef sandwich, Chicago style dog, gyros made the right way, ribs..... it's all about food. :-) Other than my kids.....the food is what I miss the most about Chicago.


Question Girl




JAPAN, U.S. REACH AGREEMENT ON COST OF MOVING TROOPS TO GUAM

I've been reading Blowback, by Chalmers Johnson. There's alot of information in it pertaining to the history of our military in Okinawa. We have been raping these people and their land for years. As our current President is raping us of our freedoms and constitutional rights, with the threat of terror, so have the Okinawans been told for years that the presence of a gross amount of U.S. military bases and personnel was for their benefit. For their protection. We forcibly seized their land without any kind of compensation paid. We have NOT helped the economy there, but hurt it. There have been problems, including sexual assaults, noise problems, to a gross amount of traffic accidents due to the Americans being there.

They say the noise from planes landing and departing is unbearable. There are 52,000 takeoffs and landings each year from Futenma Marine Corps Air Station alone, or 142 a day. This airfield is in the middle of a densely populated area. In 1997 the Marines grounded helicopters for a day so the local school children could take college entrance exams in peace. From 1973 to 1997, the 12th Marine Regiment passed time in Okinawa by periodically firing 155mm. howitzer shells over Hwy. 104. Everytime they decided to fire, the highway had to be closed down. In 1993 they poured 5,606 rounds onto the other side of the highway, causing great environmental damage.

As far as the economy goes, it was reported by economist Koji Aira that "According to the best estimates, the incomes generated directly or indirectly by the bases are only 5% of the gross domestic product of Okinawa. This is far too small a contribution for an establishment sitting on 20% of Okinawa's land. Given the choice locations of the bases, if these areas were used as part of a the civilian market economy, they should yield more than 20% of Okinawa's GDP. In effect, the U.S. and Japan are forcing on Okinawa's economy a deadweight loss of it's GDP every year."

It is stated clearly in the Status of Forces agreement that the U.S. will bear, without cost to Japan, all expenditures incident to the maintenance of the U.S. forces in Japan except for the construction of facilities. In May 1978 it was arranged for Japan to donate 6.2 billion yen toward support of the U.S. forces, because the American Government told Tokyo that it was experiencing budgetary difficulties following the VietNam war and could not cover all the costs of it's bases in Japan. This money came to be known in Japan as the "sympathy budget." The Americans have asked for increases in this budget yearly since then, and as of 1997 it was up more than 44 times larger than the original sum. As of 1998, Japan supplied 78% of the costs of U.S. troops on it's soil.

I could go on and on.... the point is, we have shit on these people for years and years. And now, we are finally moving out some of our bases.....but again, they pay approximately 60% of the cost of doing so.

And then we wonder why people around the world hate us..... go figure.

Read more here , here and here. To get a feel what the Japanese feel overall......read here.

If you haven't read Blowback yet, I'd recommend it.


Question Girl




HARRY, HARRY, HARRY!!

I'm not real fond of Harry Reid. Never have been. Two things in this article struck me. 1.) HE was a boxer? Hard to believe. 2.) Check out who he's hanging with at the fights.



AP: Senate Leader Took Free Boxing Tickets

By JOHN SOLOMON
Associated Press Writer
Posted May 30 2006, 5:12 AM EDT


WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, who has criticized Republican ethics, accepted free ringside tickets to three professional boxing matches from Nevada officials who were trying to influence his federal legislation regulating the sport.

Reid, D-Nev., took the free seats for Las Vegas fights between 2003 and 2005 from the Nevada Athletic Commission as he pressed legislation to increase federal oversight of boxing, including the creation of a government commission.


Read the full story here


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Monday, May 29, 2006

75 NOW ON HUNGER STRIKE IN GUANTANAMO

I think I'd go on a hunger strike, too... imprisoned without being charged with anything, tortured, no trial and told you can be held as long as the "War on Terror" is ongoing.....which will be F O R E V E R!



75 Now on Hunger Strike at Guantanamo

By BEN FOX
Associated Press Writer
Posted May 29 2006, 4:26 PM EDT


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has ballooned from three to around 75, the U.S. military said Monday, revealing growing defiance among prisoners held for up to 4 1/2 years with no end in sight.

Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand called the hunger strike at the U.S. naval base in southeastern Cuba an "attention-getting" tactic to step up pressure for the inmates' release and said it might be related to a May 18 clash between detainees and guards that injured six prisoners.

"The hunger strike technique is consistent with al-Qaida practice and reflects detainee attempts to elicit media attention to bring international pressure on the United States to release them back to the battlefield," Durand said from Guantanamo Bay.

The United States now holds about 460 people at Guantanamo on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. But human rights groups say innocent people have been sent to the jail.


Read the rest here


Question Girl




Sunday, May 28, 2006

THE VETERAN








It is the VETERAN , not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN,
who salutes the Flag,

It is the Veteran
who serves under the Flag,

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.


Question Girl




TROPICAL STORM ALETTA


Here we go folks..... first named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Aletta has formed off the west coast of Mexico in the eastern Pacific. The Eastern Pacific storm season begins May 15th and runs through November. The Atlantic storm season begins June 1st and runs through November. I'll be posting hurricane information through the season.

Watch Aletta here

Storm names for 2006


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