BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC.
ON THE HEELS OF HIS HUNTING LIE BEING EXPOSED, FORMER MASS. GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY, WHO IS CAMPAIGNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINTATION FOR PRESIDENT, DECIDED TODAY TO FIGHT BACK.
RATHER THAN ADMIT THAT HE LIED WHEN HE SAID HE WAS A LIFELONG HUNTER, ROMNEY STUDIED A BOOK LEANT HIM BY KARL ROVE ENTITLED TEXAS WHOPPERS. FOLLING A SPEED READING OF MAIN POINTS, MITT ROMNEY TOLD REPORTERS:
A) HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL NASCAR DRIVER.
B) HE WAS THRICE DECLARED "THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPION."
C) HE OVERSAW ALL NASA FLIGHTS BEGINNING IN THE EARLY 60S.
D) HE HAD ALREADY WON THE G.O.P. PRIMARY SO IF YOU HADN'T VOTED FOR HIM, DON'T BOTHER TURNING OUT, YOUR VOTE WILL BE WASTED.
E) HE IS THE SPIRITUAL HEIR TO RONALD REAGAN BASED ON THE FACT THAT HE KNOWS ALL THE LINES TO BEDTIME FOR BONZO.
F) HE HAS SINNED IN THE PAST, INCLUDING A NASTY ADDICTION TO MS. PACMAN, BUT THE GOOD LORD JESUS HAD SAVED HIM RECENTLY SO ALL THINGS THAT HAPPENED BEFORE HE WAS SAVED HAVE BEEN ERASED BY JESUS AND NONE OF THOSE NO-GOOD REPORTERS BETTER BRING UP ANYTHING FROM HIS PAST UNLESS THEY ARE JESUS HATERS.
KARL EXPLAINED TO THESE REPORTERS THE BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF TEXAS WHOPPERS, A BOOK HE PENNED, "SPREAD ENOUGH MANURE AROUND AND THE STINK WILL BE SO BAD EVERY ONE WILL FORGET ABOUT THE HORSE. WORKED WITH BULLY BOY."
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Turning to the topic of war resistance, Dave Zirin discussed with Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) today one of the more famous war resisters, Muhammad Ali: "And, you know, going back to that Kinshasa fight, I think it's a great example of the redemptive power of Muhammad Ali, because by that time he was somebody who, you know, had returned to the world of boxing, had fought off through the Supreme Court a five-year prison sentence given down to him by the federal courts, an outrageously high sentence for a draft resister at the time, and by the end, after that fight, he was named 'Sportsman of the Year' by Sports Illustrated. So he makes this amazing journey from being the most vilified, hated athlete in the history of the United States -- and I don't think there's any contention about that -- to becoming a figure of reconciliation, who was invited by Gerald Ford to the White House to shake hands. And that's the thing about Ali, is that he was always bound up in the rhythms of the social movements of the day." Denying the social movement today in the New York Times, Paul von Zielbauer writes that self-check outs result soley from PTSD and the military lowering the standards of who is recruited -- no one, to read von Zielbauer's clampdown of an article, ever self-checks out because they are opposed to the war and he gets that point across, in article noting the increase in court-martials, by refusing to speak to any one who has been court-martialed or to any one who self-checked out and went to Canada. Someone who does suffer from PTSD and did self-check out because he turned against the illegal war after serving in Iraq is Joshua Key.
Last month, three men claiming to be Canadian police visited the home of Winne Ng who provided housing for Joshua, Brandi and their children early on when they went to Canada. Winnie Ng maintained that they identified as Canadian police but she suspected they were the US military. The three men were looking for Joshua Key and asking questions about him. Jeffry House, Key's attorney, immediately contacted the military which has not yet -- one month later -- bothered to return his calls. That certainly gives the impression that the US military was not interested in speaking to Key. But what of Winnie Ng who one 'helper' suggested might be lying? The Candian police swore none of their police officers had visited her home. It was suggested, by 'helpful' that Ng might have made it up or be lying.
Winnie Ng was not lying. At the end of last week, The Toronto Globe and Mail reported that Canadian police were now admitting one of their police officers visited Ng's home. In addition, who accompanied them? Two US military members. The Canadian police maintains that the two men were never presented as police officers. That claim is as believable as their earlier claim that they knew nothing about, that no police officer visited Ng's home, go down the list. Ng told the truth. It's the Canadian police which continues to change their stories. In one of the few moments of truth in his article, von Zielbauer notes that the military is upping their quest for those who self-check out. Until futher information is furnished, the possibility that the US military was there no to speak with Joshua Key but to attempt to take him back to the US remains a strong one.
Joshua Key is part of a movement of resistance within the military that also includes
Ehren Watada, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder , Corey Glass, Ricky Clousing, Mark Wilkerson, Agustin Aguayo, Camilo Mejia, Dean Walcott, Patrick Hart, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Jeremy Hinzman, Stephen Funk, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Katherine Jashinski, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake and Kevin Benderman. In total, thirty-eight US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters.
In US Congressional news, how does one cave after Democratic leadership in both houses pass non-binding, toothless legislation, that does not enforce ALL US troops leaving Iraq and that funds all of Bully Boy's requests and then some? Count on the Democratic leadership to find a way. As Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) observed today, "Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, a key Democratic leader has given new indications Democrats are prepared to back down on their call to cut off war funding if President Bush vetoes a bill calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Speaking on ABC Sunday, Armed Services Committee chair Senator Carl Levin said: 'We're not going to vote to cut funding, period.' Levin said a veto would lead Democrats to consider removing language calling for the withdrawal of troops." Guest Laura Flanders, host of RadioNation with Laura Flanders and author most recently of Blue Grit, noted that the Democratic leadership "had to be dragged kicking and screaming" to the topic of the illegal war and spoke at length of how the right-wing fuels the Republican Party while the Democratic Party is more inclined to run from their own base. (This is one of the themes of her new book Blue Grit, another theme is the power driving change is on the ground in local areas, not in DC.) More on Democratic leadership caving can found at BayouBuzz which also notes US Senator Charles Schumer's caving remarks. While Democratic leadership caves in the face of a threatened veto (one they knew of all along), Evelyn Pringle (CounterPunch) observes that "what is clear, is that Bush plans to leave our troops dying in a war without end indefinitely, and therefore, its up to American citizens to rescue these young men and women in the only way possible, by insisting that Congress cut off funding for Iraq to force Bush to get them out of that hellhole."
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