Silence is Consent

If you don't speak up you accept what is happening. This site was born out of the mainstream media's inability to cover the news. I am just an American cititzen trying to spread the word in the era of FCC consolidation, post 9/11 Patriot Act hysteria, hackable voting machines and war without end. I rant and post news items I perceive to be relevant to our current situation.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
- Thomas Jefferson

Social Security is not broken and therefore does not need to be fixed

So Called Social Security Crisis (SCSSC)

Comments, questions, corrections, rebuttals are always welcome.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004
What a week to be gone. I purposefully stayed away from the computer last week so I could enjoy my vacation. When I get on the computer I tend to stay for a while. I caught PBS one night and also jumped on a PC one time to check email and glanced at Dailykos for a few minutes to see what was happening. But it appears that I missed quite a bit:

Iraq blew up
On Monday morning guerrillas detonated a car bomb outside the house of Diyala provincial deputy Governor Aqil Hamid al-Adili. He escaped with light wounds, but several policemen guarding him were killed and 16 persons, some passers-by, were wounded. The capital of Diyala is the troubled city of Baquba.

A Fake Terror Alert
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Tuesday defended the decision to tighten security in New York and Washington even though the intelligence behind the latest terror warnings was as much as four years old.

Terror Alert 101. If you are accused of trumping up a terror alert what do you do? Why out your secret agent, of course.
"U.S. officials providing justification for anti-terrorism alerts revealed details about a Pakistani secret agent, and confirmed his name while he was working under cover in a sting operation, Pakistani sources said on Friday. A Pakistani intelligence source told Reuters Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, who was arrested in Lahore secretly last month, had been actively cooperating with intelligence agents to help catch al Qaeda operatives when his name appeared in U.S. newspapers."
Juan Cole has more on that as well.

More bad job numbers
There is no sugarcoating the report released Friday by the Labor Department. The consensus forecast was for the American economy to add more than 200,000 new jobs in July. The actual number was 32,000. June's already weak report was revised downward, to 78,000 jobs from 112,000. Even May's hopeful numbers turned out to be less so, with 27,000 fewer jobs created than originally reported. The report's immediate impact will be to neutralize, if not undercut, President George W. Bush's campaign boasts of a strong economic recovery.

Chalabi has really outstayed his welcome
How ironic that a close alliance between Iraq and the fanatical ayatollahs of Iran is the most likely accomplishment of the U.S. invasion. That would lend credence to the claim in a revealing Newsweek cover story on Ahmad Chalabi's checkered past that "the Bushies were bamboozled by a Machiavellian con man for the ages."
Of course, if we reelect this president, then we'll be the dumbest marks of all.

The Bush campaign released its new campaign slogan:
high taxes on the rich are a failed strategy because "the really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway."
Listen to your President discuss sovereignty.
And a Freudian slip, "They (our enemies) never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

An editorial comdemning the swift boat liars and the truth on the subject.

I went to look at the casualty count today and noticed that we were up to 20 for the month so far. I checked to see who was added and when clicking on the name Andrew R. Houghton this page came up. It chronicles his and his family's struggle from the time he was injured (July 10, 2004) to when he passed away (August 9, 2004). It was a very nice way to do it, I think. He seemed like a very special person. Another huge loss for our country in this war.



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